Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Heroes Star Greg Grunberg Auctions Charity Video Chat

Meeting with Fans to Benefit the Epilepsy Foundation Charity

Greg Grunberg, star of NBC’s “Heroes” and creator of, will auction his time for a one-on-one video chat to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation charity. Bidding is exclusively online at and will open to the public beginning at 4:00 P.M. Thursday, March 26, and end at 4:00 P.M. April 5. The winning bidder will participate in a personal 30-minute video conversation with Grunberg at a later date. The auction is conducted by Humanety, which will record the conversation and make it available for playback from its Web site.

Grunberg’s son, Jake, 12, has epilepsy and the actor relied on the Epilepsy Foundation to gain the knowledge needed to care for him. Over time, Grunberg became the official spokesperson for the Epilepsy Foundation and He recently created, a website that helps remove stigmas about epilepsy and provides a forum for information about the affliction.

“When I heard about Humanety, I jumped at the chance to raise money and awareness about a cause I feel so passionately about. I love talking with my fans, and nothing is off limits: Heroes, Alias, Felicity, Yowza!!, my best friend JJ and his new Star Trek movie and, of course, epilepsy. Let’s talk about it,” said Grunberg.

"Humanety is a new way to help support and promote a wide variety of vital charities," said Michael Campbell, CEO of Humanety. "By conducting these meetings over the Internet, we are able to connect celebrities to their fans anywhere around the world. We are honored to work with Greg to help him promote the cause of the Epilepsy Foundation and hopefully raise significant donations in the process."

The Epilepsy Foundation is a national voluntary agency solely dedicated to the welfare of more than three million people with epilepsy in the U.S. and their families. The charity works to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; to improve how people with epilepsy are perceived, accepted and valued in society; and, to promote research for a cure.

Two-time Saturn Award nominee Greg Grunberg stars in NBC’s Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated ensemble drama series “Heroes” as Matt Parkman, a police detective with the ability to hear the thoughts of others. He just wrapped the romantic comedy “Group Sex” which he co-wrote, co-produced and starred, and will soon launch Yowza!! a mobile coupon application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. A philanthropist by nature, Grunberg started the celebrity rock band for charity "Band From TV" with fellow actors Hugh Laurie, James Denton, Adrian Pasdar, Jesse Spencer and Bob Guiney. Most recently, Band From TV performed on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “American Idol Gives Back” where they helped raise over $60 million.

Humanety is a new method of aiding charities. Fans bid on auctions to meet their favorite celebrities, and this helps raise awareness and funding for worthy causes. Two-way conversations are conducted over Internet videoconference and shared with the world via the Humanety web site.

Release Summary: Greg Grunberg, star of NBCs Heroes, will auction his time for a one on one video chat to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation charity. Bidding is exclusively online at www [dot] humanety [dot] com and starts Thursday, March 26.

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