"I WANT TO LIVE IN A SOCIETY IN WHICH PEOPLE CAN VOICE

UNPOPULAR OPINIONS, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT, AS A RESULT

OF THAT, A SOCIETY GROWS AND MATURES."

-Hugh M. Hefner

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Gathering virtually for the 40th anniversary of the First Amendment Awards, the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation honored eight individuals on October 19th who have taken outstanding action to protect and enhance First Amendment rights. Now more than ever, it's critical to recognize these brave defenders of our right to free speech. You can view the event in its entirety on YouTube.

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The Hugh M. Hefner Foundation celebrated seven individuals in 2019, including students, authors, an epidemiologist and two renowned attorneys. The winners (L to R): Dr. George Luber, Grace Marion, Floyd Abrams, Christie Hefner (Foundation President), Christian Bales, Ted Boutrous, and Greg Lukianoff. Not pictured: Jonathan Haidt.

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Hef's 1963 Royal Empress typewriter is currently on display at The American Writers Museum in Chicago. AWM live streamed a virtual tour of their "Tools of the Trade" exhibit, which you can view on YouTube Live. Hef's Underwood Standard was also recently featured at a University of Chicago at Urbana-Champaign (his alma mater) exhibition.

FILM & TELEVISION PROJECTS

American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story (Amazon Original)   |   1:37

A fascinating docuseries chronicling Playboy magazine's charismatic founder, Hugh Hefner, and his impact on global culture. Told from his unique perspective with never-before-seen footage from his private archive, discover the captivating story about the man behind the bunny.  VIEW MORE

Hugh & Christie Hefner Free Expression Awards

Hef and Christie were honored at the Newseum's 2017 Free Expression Awards, which recognizes those who work to defend and promote our First Amendment rights. They received the Free Expression Award in the Arts & Entertainment category.

Julien's Auction

Julien's Auctions hosted a two-day live auction that brought in over $3M and directly benefitted the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation. Sale highlights included Hef's Underwood Standard Portable typewriter, his iconic smoking jacket, his personal copy of the inaugural issue of Playboy, and his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star.

Hugh Hefner TIME Magazine

Hef's legacy is a life lived openly, honestly, and in defense of all Americans - regardless of race, creed, gender, or sexual proclivity. His civil rights activism, women's rights advocacy, and dedication to upholding the First Amendment was reported on extensively following his death.

© Hugh M. Hefner Foundation 2020
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