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Celebrating Our In The Spotlight Members At The Geffen

December 20, 2012 Comments off

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Celebrating the season with our generous donors (l-r): Fund President & CEO Joe Benincasa, ITS Member Helen Funai Erickson, Guest, Fund Western Region Director Keith McNutt and Fund Western Council Member Barbara Allyne Bennet.

On December 13, The Actors Fund threw a very special thank-you celebration for our In The Spotlight (ITS) members at Los Angeles’s Geffen Playhouse. ITS members were treated to a buffet-style dinner and then stayed to watch A Coney Island Christmas, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Marguiles, directed by Bart Delorenzo, and based on the Grace Paley short story “The Loudest Voice.”

Our supporters had such a wonderful time, we thought we’d share some of the photos from the party! We’d also like to extend a special thank-you to everyone at The Geffen for welcoming our donors and for their continued partnership, as well as Regina Miller, The Geffen’s Chief Development Officer.

Happy Holidays to our generous donors and everyone in our community!

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(l-r): Joe Benincasa, ITS Members Alley Mills & Orson Bean, and Fund Western Council Member John Bowab.

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Our In The Spotlight members enjoyed dinner at The Geffen.

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(l-r):  Barbara Allyne Bennet, Fund Membership Manager Meg Thomas and Keith McNutt.

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(l-r): ITS Members Gregg & Debbie Oppenheimer with Fund Western Council Member James Karen, his wife Alba Francesca and Keith McNutt.

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Meg Thomas, Charlotte Rae (who performed to a sold-out crowd at the Pantages for our recent Musical Monday) and Fund National Events Director Louie Anchondo.

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(l-r): John Bowab, Meg Thomas and Charlotte Rae.

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(l-r): Jane Kean (who recently performed to a sold-out crowd for our Musical Monday at the Pantages, Meg Thomas and Guest.

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The Geffen’s Chief Development Officer Regina Miller welcomes guests.

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(l-r): ITS Member Eunice David, Guest and Joe Benincasa.

Our lives are enriched every day through the exciting and important work of professionals in performing arts and entertainment (like the artists who appear each season at The Geffen). But very few of them have full time employment or the supports – such as health insurance – that so many of us count on.

With the help of generous members and donors like our In the Spotlight members, The Actors Fund can help our community in times of need or crisis – and you can enjoy terrific membership benefits.

Play a leading role by joining In The Spotlight, The Actors Fund Premiere Giving Society!

Visit our website to learn more!

Happy Holidays!

Remembering Dale Olson

October 4, 2012 Comments off

On Thursday, September 20th, hundreds of people gathered at The Hollywood Museum to pay tribute to publicist and Actors Fund Board of Trustee member, Dale Olson. The beautiful ceremony included remembrances of Dale by Harlan Boll, Maxwell Caulfield, Donelle Dadigan (President of The Hollywood Museum who donated the space), Diane Ladd, Charlotte Rae, David Rambo, Doris Roberts, Marion Ross, Kevin Thomas and Actors Fund Western Region Director Keith McNutt, who spoke about Dale’s commitment and dedication to The Fund.

Directed by John Bowab, the event also featured Patricia Morison, who sang “So in Love,” and Davis Gaines, who performed “Someone to Watch Over Me” – two of Dale’s favorite songs.

The last speaker was Gene Harbin, Olson’s husband and companion for over 30 years, and we especially thank him for helping us pay tribute to this incredibly special man, who we all will miss very much.

We thought we’d share some photos from the event below. For more, check out The Hollywood Reporter’s piece on Dale’s memorial, and read our interview with Dale about some of his work with Rock Hudson.

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Actors Fund Western Council Vice Chair David Rambo

Diane Ladd

Patricia Morison

Western Council Member John Bowab and Western Region Director Keith McNutt

Dick Guttman wearing his trademark fedora

Maxwell Caufield and Doris Roberts

Charlotte Rae and Marion Ross

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Western Council Member B. Harlan Boll, Keith McNutt and Eugene Harbin