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General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn Talks Her Sudsy ALS Benefit

Hostess with the mostest, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis, General Hospital) will be on hand to emcee a gathering of the brightest soap stars for a most worthy cause.

Nancy Lee Grahn Talks Uniting Daytime Community

On May 4, in Glendale, California, a contingent of actors representing all four currently airing sudsers will unite for a fundraiser benefiting ALS ONE.

Relayed the actress to Soap Opera Digest, “This is going to be a really classy event for ALS, where all monies are going to ALS.”

Among the attendees will be a gaggle of GHers, including Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos), Jane Elliot (Tracy Quartermaine), Genie Francis (Laura Collins), Gregory Harrison (Gregory Chase), and Maura West (Ava Jerome), as well as The Bold and the Beautiful‘s Thorsten Kaye (Ridge Forrester) and Scott Clifton (Liam Spencer), Days of our Lives’ Stephen Nichols (Steve Johnson), and a quartet of Young and Restless performers, namely, Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott), Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Lawson), Christian LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin), and Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott).

While many no doubt assume Grahn was spurred to arrange the shindig by her character’s involvement in Gregory Chase’s struggle to reconcile his ALS diagnosis, they would be wrong. Explained Grahn:

“I was actually doing Zoom events during Covid and I met this woman that I just fell in love with, Michelle Strojny. At the time, Michelle had been living with ALS for four years. Now, it’s five years. She is a mom of a teenage son, she has the most wonderful husband, and she has been dealing with this [disease] for quite a while. And obviously, there isn’t a cure yet. It’s not survivable yet. But as she says, it’s not incurable. Nothing is; it’s underfunded…We did a fundraiser for her last year and then I thought, ‘You know what? The soaps don’t ever get together to do something for charity.’ Collectively, we have this amazing community and we don’t collectively use it for a good cause, and I think it’s such an easy thing for us to do and we could potentially really make a difference. I thought, ‘We should gather together, have a fun day and night, and raise money!’ It’s called Daytime Unites, and it’s my hope that we do it again next year for another meaningful, underfunded cause.”

She went on to detail that the ALS ONE event will feature opportunities to mix and mingle with the stars as well as, “a really fun panel with the actors with some games and autographs, but a concert, as well. It should be a really fun event. It starts at one and will probably go until about nine or 10 at night. We need to sell lots of tickets and every penny is a tax deduction and will go to ALS.”

For more information including a full roster of guest attendees, and to purchase tickets, click here.

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