This past weekend along with Reese Witherspoon, Renee Zellweger, Courtney Cox and others she walked in the ALS Association Golden West Chapter Los Angeles County Walk To Defeat ALS in support of publicist Nanci Ryder. I have added images from this awesome event to the gallery.
To learn more about this illness and what you can do to help go to alsa.org.
Veteran publicist Nanci Ryder saw a strong showing of support for her third outing at Sunday’s L.A. County Walk to Defeat ALS hosted by the ALS Association Golden West Chapter. Of the outpouring, she told THR: “Lot of love. Lot of support. Cause for a cure.”
In a sea of approximately 2000 participants and volunteers at Sunday’s Walk to Defeat ALS, Team Nanci members were easy to locate.
Gathered in clusters near the VIP tent at the walk’s starting location — Exposition Park in downtown L.A. near the USC campus — one could spot the famous faces, high-profile agents and managers, and more than a handful of power publicists who all turned out for veteran publicist and BWR Public Relations co-founder Nanci Ryder. Every last supporter of Ryder, making her third appearance at the Walk since being diagnosed with ALS in 2014, sported a red rose-colored T-shirt topped with capital letters spelling out “Team Nanci.” Or rather, like this: “TEAM NANCI.”
Their boldness proved to be more than a fashion statement, something evidenced by that VIP tent, which happened to be a bonus treat awarded to the team that raised the most amount of money for the organization. (Inside, coffee, pastries and cookies got walkers energized for the start.) This year, the 15th annual L.A. County Walk hosted by the ALS Association Golden West Chapter, Team Nanci came out on top again with a whopping $128,883 raised as of press time on Monday afternoon. (By comparison, the closest team came in with $26,000.)
But this isn’t a competition, it’s a race for a cure to help the thousands living with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Many of Team Nanci attendees were quick to point out that their presence at the Sunday morning walk was simply to show Ryder how much they love and support her, and to show the world how their hope aligns with hers in finding a treatment for the progressive, and always fatal, neurodegenerative disease.
According the ALS Association, approximately 6,000 people are diagnosed with the disease each year. Life expectancy ranges from 2-5 years, though some people are known to live longer, even if the quality of life is questionable. People with ALS lose the ability to move, speak, swallow, and eventually, to breathe, while their senses and awareness remain in tact. There is no known cure, which makes fundraising and research that much more important, a fact Ryder’s friends know well.
“Like so many people out here today, I’m looking to follow the puzzle pieces that are coming together until there’s a cure ultimately,” said Renee Zellweger, Ryder’s longtime friend and former client. “Each little bit of new information brings a little more hope. There’s a lot of research that is going on, even internationally, and with all the funds that are raised, it still so elusive.”
But Zellweger said what isn’t slippery is her determination to stand up for Ryder and be a voice, along with all of her friends, to garner attention and funds as they look forward to new research and clinical trials. Zellweger joined Reese Witherspoon, Courteney Cox and Jennifer Garner in rallying Team Nanci members, of which there were close to 100 strong. Ryder herself looked pleased with the turnout, greeting friends from a wheelchair, her newest accessory, and posing for photographs on the park lawn. (One of her favorite pals also roamed around — a Golden Retriever named Jack Maffei, the dog belonging to close friends and Team Nanci stalwarts Tom and Kathy Maffei, who were also there.)
Other supporters included agents (CAA’s Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane), managers (Management 360’s Evelyn O’Neill and Nicole King, and The Creed Co.’s Brandon Creed), plenty of power publicists (Wolf Kasteler’s Lisa Kasteler; Viewpoint’s Melissa Kates and Jennifer Allen; 42 West’s Meredith O’Sullivan Wasson; PMK*BNC’s Danica Smith; BWR’s Paul Baker, Larry Winokur, and Brett Ruttenberg, and more), and friends like veteran photographer Jeff Vespa and publicist wife Emily Yomtobian (with daughter Genevieve), Peter Horton, Lawrence and Gregory Zarian, Shannon Rotenberg and Blaine Lourd.
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More stills have been released from Jennifer’s film Nine Lives.
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Last night Jennifer attended the premiere of Wakefield at the Toronto Film Festival. She looked beautiful in a form fitting geometric printed dress.
– Jennifer Garner Online > 2016 > September 13 | Toronto Film Festival – Wakefield Premiere
– Jennifer Garner Online > 2016 > September 13 | Toronto Film Festival – Grey Goose Party for Wakefield
The first still of Jennifer in hew new film Wakefield has been released and added to our gallery.
Jennifer is at the Toronto Film Festival to help promote her new film Wakefield. Here is an interview she did along with her co-stars for the Hollywood Reporter.
Added a few new stills from the movie Nine Lives to our gallery and upgraded some of the current stills to HQ.