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Go Red, Variety Celebrate Elizabeth Banks

 

by Nora Bass

On Oct. 4, Variety celebrated Hollywood’s most philanthropic and inspiring women at the 5th Annual Variety Power of Women Luncheon presented by Lifetime.

Honoree Elizabeth Banks, director and star of Go Red For Women’s short film, “Just a Little Heart Attack,” received a special Go Red For Women Award at the Variety event.

The other honorees include Academy Award® winning actresses Nicole Kidman (UN Women) and Charlize Theron (Charlize Theron Africa Outreach), Emmy Award® nominee Kerry Washington (President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities), Golden Globe® and Emmy Award® nominee Amy Poehler (Worldwide Orphans Foundation), and Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures, Amy Pascal (Teen Line).

In conjunction with Variety’s annual Women’s Impact Report, and in partnership with Lifetime Television, Variety honored these philanthropic women as “Lifetime Impact Honorees” for their humanitarian efforts that have made a significant difference in their chosen causes.

About the Power of Women Luncheon

The exclusive luncheon hosted 450 guests comprised of Hollywood insiders to celebrate, support and pay tribute to the philanthropic efforts of these amazing women. The afternoon included VIP pre- and post-ceremony cocktail receptions with an interactive “Philanthropy Bazaar” designed to engage guests with the featured charities and participating brand sponsors.

“The goal of Variety’s Power of Women is to galvanize the influence of the entertainment industry to support our peers and fans alike to get involved and give back,” says Michelle Sobrino-Stearns, Publisher, Variety. “Variety is proud to continue…celebrating these incredible women, who all share an understanding of this power and have used their voices, platforms and reach to make a positive impact for the charitable causes that have touched their hearts.”

Elizabeth Banks’ “Just a Little Heart Attack”

“As women, we take care of everyone in our lives: our husbands, our kids, our mothers, our fathers, but we never look at ourselves,” Banks said previously, speaking on Go Red For Women’s short film. “So this little film is about a super mom who takes care of everyone except herself and learns the lesson that she better look at herself, as well.” View her speech at the event.

“Just a Little Heart Attack” has generated more than 3.2 million views since its launch in September 2011.

Watch Elizabeth Banks in Go Red For Women’s short film, “Just a Little Heart Attack.”

Tweet @GoRedForWomen @ElizabethBanks #PowerofWomen to show your support.

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Photo (L to R): Actress Kerry Washington, Variety Publisher Michelle Sobrino, Actress Elizabeth Banks.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Variety.