Harrison Ford

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation will present this year’s Artists Inspiration Awards to Harrison Ford and Lady Gaga at its third annual Patron of the Artists Awards.

The event will be held on Nov. 8 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation annually honors two artists who have used their platform to advance humanitarian and philanthropic causes with Artists Inspiration Awards. Previous honorees have included Leonardo DiCaprio, Lionel Ritchie, and Kate Winslet.

“We are honored to recognize two of the most iconic and beloved artists worldwide who have not only made indelible impacts on our culture and the arts, but who have chosen to use their influence to make a difference for others,” said SAG-AFTRA Foundation Board President JoBeth Williams.

Harrison Ford is famous worldwide for playing smuggler turned rebel hero Han Solo in the Star Wars franchise, Professor Henry Jones, Jr., in the Indiana Jones franchise, and Colonel Graff in Ender’s Game –  but many don’t realize that he has also used his celebrity for decades in philanthropic service, and in support of Conservation International. 

Harrison Ford delivered a passionate speech at the Global Climate Action Summit 2018 in San Francisco, calling for voters to stop giving power to those who don’t believe in science.

Lady Gaga, BORN  Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is best known as a singer, but has recently branched out into acting in the remake of A Star Is Born, in a role originally made famous by Barbara Streisand. Her philanthropy seemingly knows no bounds. She uses her star power to support nearly two dozen worthy charities, including the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH), and the Born This Way Foundation.


Susan Macdonald
Susan Macdonald

Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as short stories in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, “Supernatural Colorado”, “Barbarian Crowns”, “Cat Tails””Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions,  Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.