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    The stars were out in San Francisco on Thursday night. Wayne Brady, Idina Menzel and Glenn Close were on hand at Bimbo's 365 Club for the fifth annual fundraiser for Bring Change to Mind, a nonprofit with the mission of ending the stigma of mental illness (Published Friday, Oct. 20, 2017)

    The stars were out in San Francisco on Thursday night.

    Wayne Brady, Idina Menzel and Glenn Close were on hand at Bimbo's 365 Club for the fifth annual fundraiser for Bring Change to Mind, a nonprofit with the mission of ending the stigma of mental illness.

    Comedian Billy Crystal received the Robin Williams Legacy of Laughter Award during Thursday's event. Crystal and Williams were close friends.

    Another longtime friend, Whoopi Goldberg, made an appearance via video.

    Williams' children, Zak and Zelda, presented the award to Crystal.

    Willams, who was a longtime Bay Area resident, took his own life on Aug. 11, 2014, at the age of 63. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but an autopsy report later revealed he suffered from a severe case of Lewy body dementia.

    Close founded Bring Change to Mind in 2010 after her sister, Jessie Close, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and her nephew, Calen Pick, with schizo-affective disorder, according to the organization's website.

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