William Macy presents, Felicity Huffman rests

William H. Macy

Talk about a mensch.

As if attending all the recent award shows with his wife -- the continually nominated (Globe, SAG and Indie Spirit winning) actress Felicity Huffman -- wasn't enough, William H. Macy presented an award at the 14th annual "A Night at Sardi's" benefit.

The guy's indefatigable. But he had a darn good reason for being there: to present an award to Shonda Rhimes, creator of "Grey's Anatomy," for the hit ABC show's ongoing awareness-raising Alzheimer's disease storyline.

On the show, Meredith Grey's mother, played by Kate Burton, has Alzheimer's. And -- as Macy announced to the Beverly Hilton ballroom audience of 1,000 -- his father also has the mentally and physically crippling fatal disease.

This year's event -- themed around the Broadway hit "Funny Girl" -- featured Peter Gallagher, fresh from singing a lewd "Brokeback Mountain" ditty "On Top of Old Brokeback" at the Independent Spirit Awards last weekend.

He sang a duet of "You Are Woman" with Ricky Lake, and Chandra Wilson, who plays "The Nazi" on "Anatomy," belted out "Coronet Man" at the event which raised $1.1 million for the Alzheimer's Association's research, patient and caregiver support programs.

Macy's wife Huffman had been set to attend the Wednesday awards benefit. But, frankly, she's flat exhausted from the awards, the parties, taking care of her two kids and her day job -- playing overworked Lynette Scavo on "Desperate Housewives."

Besides, she needs a serious fashion break. And the Emmys (Aug. 27) are practically right around the corner.

Photo: William H. Macy rallies for the Alzheimer's Association cause at A Night at Sardi's, posing AA chairperson Laurie Burrows-Grad in a Bradley Bayou gown and Martin Katz bling.
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