Late Billboard editor in chief Timothy White will be posthumously honored Oct. 29 with the Creative Coalition’s Christopher Reeve First Amendment Award. The honor will be bestowed during the Seconding the First concert event at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, which will feature performances by Elvis Costello, Lou Reed, and Public Enemy’s Chuck D, among others.
White’s widow Judy Garlan will be on hand to receive the award. Previous recipients include Walter Cronkite, Playboy publisher Christie Hefner, and Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos. The honor comes just weeks after White’s life was celebrated with all-star concerts in Boston and New York, which also raised funds for the education of his children, one of which suffers from autism.
Also performing at Seconding the First will be Shawn Colvin, Paul Shaffer, and Quraishi. Bebe Neuwirth, Bo Derek, Bob Costas, Carl Bernstein, Caroline Rhea, Cynthia Nixon, Danny Glover, Giancarlo Esposito, Hector Elizondo, James Gandolfini, Liev Schreiber, Marlo Thomas, and Peter Boyle will also be on hand to celebrate the freedom of expression that the First Amendment guarantees.
Tickets to the gala dinner and concert are available by calling 212-614-2121. Proceeds will benefit the Creative Coalition, a nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. For more information, visit the group’sofficial Web site.