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Alive at 25

24 February 2010 9:03 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation was formed 25 years ago out of necessity—a necessity that now seems a bit silly, given the scope and success of the organization it gave birth to."At that time, there were a lot of telethons," says JoBeth Williams, the foundation's president. "That was a very popular thing to do, TV fundraising telethons, at which our guild members would waive their salaries." But even though SAG members may have declined their paychecks, that money was still legally obligated to go somewhere. "The guild is a union, not a charity," Williams explains. "People wanted to be able to use this money for membership help, aid, emergency assistance, basically. So the foundation was formed first for the purpose of being able to accept those checks and use the money to be able to assist guild members in need."Since it was formed in 1985, the SAG Foundation has »

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