You don’t need supernatural abilities to raise money for children in need, and the cast of “Grimm” recently proved that they’re adept at fundraising even without their characters’ special skills.
Over the weekend, Sasha Roiz (who plays Captain Sean Renard on the show) spearheaded the Grimm Gala in Portland, Ore., to raise funds for the Grimmster Endowment (“a patient-assistance fund that provides children and families critical support associated with uncompensated care, travel, lodging and other services integral to the care and comfort of the most vulnerable patients,” according to Roiz) which benefits the OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. The goal of the evening was to raise $100,000, but Portlanders and “Grimm” fans ended up contributing $310,000.
The “Grimm” team was eager to make a difference in its adopted home of Portland, where the show is both set and filmed.
“Over the past few years, my fellow cast and crew members and I have fallen in love with the city,” Roiz said in a statement. “Since Portland has given us so much, we wanted to give something back.”
Give back they did. Because the evening was underwritten by Comcast and NBCUniversal, donations went directly to the Grimmster Endowment. An auction featuring exclusive Nike products, a set visit prize and props from the show bolstered the earnings.
The success of the “Grimm Gala” is the latest example of a recent boost in actors’ charitable giving, like the Super Bowl bet between Marvel stars Chris Evans and Chris Pratt that ended up raising $27,000 for children’s hospitals in Seattle and Boston.
“Grimm” is currently in its fourth season and airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on NBC.