The Oscars are considered the most prestigious awards in Hollywood - but others can be more meaningful, presented for causes that go beyond mere entertainment. Last week, for instance, The Abe Burrows Entertainment Award was presented to Grey's Anatomy at the Alzheimer's Association 14th annual fundrasier.
"My papa, William H. Macy Sr., has Alzheimer's. And one of the boldest and bravest characters on Grey's Anatomy is a surgeon battling this disease."
He was referring, of course, to the struggle of Meredith Grey in dealing with her mother's disease and secret.
"This award is particularly meaningful because it speaks to something that we're trying to do that is truly good and positive," said show creator Shonda Rhimes as she stood on stage with members of the cast, "That is, to give viewers a look at a debilitating and fatal disease that is impacting an increasing number of people."
The 1,000 people attending the benefit contributed $1.1 million to the Alzheimer's Association to fund research, support groups and educational programs.