Donate Life Hollywood Honors Positive Organ Donation Storylines

On June 22 Donate Life Hollywood will present an Inspire Award to the producers of THE 5TH QUARTER for the film’s positive organ donation storyline.

Donate Life Hollywood is a project of Donate Life America and OneLegacy designed to engage the entertainment community to inspire their fans and viewers to donate life.

The Donate Life Hollywood Inspire Awards are given annually to television episodes and films featuring organ donation and transplant storylines that:

Entertained: The writers utilized organ/tissue donation and transplantation to tell an engaging and dramatic story.
Enlightened: The episode conveyed factual information about the organ/tissue donation and transplant process and did not perpetuate common donation myths.
Inspired: Viewers were left with a positive feeling about organ/tissue donation that may motivate them to sign up as donors.

This year 11 television episodes and one independent film rose to the top to win a Donate Life Hollywood Inspire Award:

Boston Med      Episode 8

Desperate Housewives      Susan’s kidney storyline

Entourage      “Buzzed”

ESPN’s E:60      The Gift

Family Guy      “New Kidney in Town”

General Hospital      Jake’s organ donation

Glee      “Special Education”

Grey’s Anatomy      “These Arms of Mine”

The Ellen DeGeneres Show      Tara Storch Interview

The Nate Berkus Show      The Ogbuji Family

The NFL Today      Chris Henry Feature

The 5th Quarter      Independent Film

For more information contact campaign director Tenaya Wallace at .


Ryan Merriman on NewsOK


Associate Producer Joel McDonell on CBS Sacramento


Steven and Maryanne Abbate on CNN


Andie MacDowell, Steven and Maryanne Abbate on ‘Huckabee’


Aidan Quinn Discusses the Film on The Laura Ingraham Show

Aidan Quinn on The Laura Ingraham Show



Maryanne Abbate & Andie MacDowell on ‘Today’



Oklahoma native Ryan Merriman brings inspirational football film to home state for screenings – NewsOK
Hollywood Director Speaks to Western Observer About New Movie 5th Quarter – Western Observer
Inspirational Movie Focuses on DeLand Woman’s Grandson – Daytona Beach News-Journal
Movie Tells Family’s and Team’s Story –
Powder Springs Family’s Story Subject of ‘The 5th Quarter’ – Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Popular Film Tells DeLand Family’s Story – West Volusia Beacon
In Theater, He Watches His Family Story Told on Screen – Athens Banner Herald
One Family’s Story of Love and Loss – Marietta Daily Journal
‘The 5th Quarter’ – CBN NewsWatch
49ers Coach and ‘The 5th Quarter’ – Charlotte Observer
Movie on Abbate Family Is ‘Our Life Coming True’ – Winston-Salem Journal
Football Flick ’5th Quarter’ Inspires Doing Good – Christian Post
Newton Businessman Financed Inspirational Movie – Hickory Daily Record
‘The 5th Quarter’ Opens Today – ASSIST News
Aidan Quinn in ’5th Quarter’ About Wake Forest – ESPN Page 2
‘The 5th Quarter’ Movie Opens Today – ESPN ACC Blog
’5th Quarter’ Film Promotes Organ Donation – WSMV Nashville
’5th Quarter’ Film Hits Close to Home – 11 Alive (NBC) Marietta
‘The 5th Quarter’ Premieres Mar. 25 – Wake Forest Magazine
Raising A High Five For Luke Abbate – Florida Catholic
Film About Georgia Family Premieres – Fox 5 Atlanta
The 5th Quarter Returns to Winston-Salem – Yes! Weekly
Columbia native Sammy Nagi Njuguna has role in new movie – The State



Interview with Andie MacDowell – Star 104.3, Asheville, NC
Interview with Associate Producer Joel McDonell, Mama’s Gravy and Ken Rudolph – Capital Public Radio
Making The 5th Quarter –
Interview with Stacy Earl – We Got This Covered
Interview with Rick Bieber -We Got This Covered
Interview with Jon Abbate – WCNC Charlotte
Interview with Aidan Quinn – EWTN
Interview with Maryanne Abbate & Andie MacDowell – The Today Show (NBC)
Interview with Aidan Quinn – CY Interview
Interview with Andie MacDowell – Winston-Salem Journal



Film Review – NewsOK
Asheville’s Andie MacDowell, ’5th Quarter’ score emotional points – Asheville Citizen Times
Film Review – The NYC Movie Guru
Film Review – The Business Journal
Film Review – Charisma Magazine
Film Review – Hollywood Jesus