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Tuesday, November 17th

To celebrate National Adoption month, on November 17th, You Gotta Believe hosted a virtual event presented by Charter Communications, “Building a Family,” a conversation with Willie Garson and Nia Vardalos.

Meet our special guests

Willie Garson, host

In 2010, Willie adopted his son Nathen in Los Angeles. Since then, he’s been a vocal advocate for adopting older kids and a great supporter of You Gotta Believe. In October 2020, Willie joined our Board of Believers! You’ll recognize Willie from White Collar, Sex & the City, Hawaii 5-0, and from our very own Voices events.

Nia Vardalos, special guest

Known for writing and starring in America’s favorite romantic comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Nia is also a huge advocate for adoption and foster care. In 2009, she was given 14 hours notice before bringing her daughter home from foster care, which inspired the title of her New York Times bestseller INSTANT MOM. Vardalos donates all proceeds to adoption groups and social workers estimate the information from the book has placed 1700 children in permanent homes!

She recently appeared in You Gotta Believe’s benefit with Stars in the House on May 21st, 2020. 

Purchase a copy of Nia’s book here!

Donate to Willie Garson's fundraiser!

For National Adoption Month, help Willie Garson raise $15,000 to help YGB connect older kids with loving families!