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Run/Walk Wednesday: Team Captain Caroline Parrone!

March 27, 2013 Comments off

Caroline's mother Donna, her grandmother Joyce & Caroline.

Caroline’s mother Donna, her grandmother Joyce & Caroline.

Every Wednesday leading up to the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Revlon Run/Walk (May 4 in New YorkMay 11 in Los Angeles), we’re sharing memories and celebrating our members! Today we chat with this year’s team captain, Special Events Associate (and Young Professionals guru) Caroline Parrone.

Actors Fund: Are you walking in “honor” or “memory” of someone special in this year’s EIF Revlon Run/Walk?
Caroline Parrone: I am walking in honor of all the women in my life who have been affected by cancer, including my great-grandmother Nathalie Rosa, my grandmother Carita and my husband’s grandmother Mimi.

It is so scary to come from a family line of women who have been affected by cancer (on both my mother’s and father’s sides), and I walk in hopes that my mother, cousins, maybe future daughters and I will live to see a cure.

AF: Why do you walk with The Actors Fund Team?
CP: Not only do I fully believe in and support the work of the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, but I also enjoy this event so much that I asked to be Team Captain while our regular TC Amy Picar spends time with her new baby!   

AF: Do you fundraise for RRW, or have anything special planned this year?
CP: I love fundraising for this event! Last year I knit a little something for each person that donated to my page. This year I am creating a small piece of paper art for each person who donates. Just a little thank you to my supporters.

AF: Run or Walk, and why?
CP: I tend to walk this 5k, mostly so I can chat and snap photos.

AF: We’re taking a vote… Suggest a Theme Song for this years’ team?
CP: “Think,” Aretha Franklin

The EIF Revlon Run/Walk is an annual event that raises money and awareness for the fight against women’s cancers, and funds raised by The Actors Fund team supports The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative (PNWHI), created to address the myriad of concerns women face when dealing with a serious medical condition. Help us fight the fight by joining one of our teams (clickhere for NYChere for LA), or making a pledge or donation on behalf of someone who’s walking with us. Your pledge will help fund important research into the cause and cure of women’s cancers, prevention, education and support service programs for those women battling cancer and their families.

There’s Nothing Like “Nothing Like A Dame”

March 14, 2012 Comments off

As we prepare for 2011’s Nothing Like A Dame — the 17th annual installment of the always-unforgettable benefit for The Actors Fund’s Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative (PNWHI) — we keep finding incredible photos from DAMES past…which makes us even more excited for March 26th! Check out a few of our latest finds, then head on over to our site for more information and to purchase tickets!

A shot from DAME 1997, featuring Phyllis Newman with (l-r) Adolph Green, Mary Rodgers, Paul Libin and Florence Rowe Libin. Photo by Jerry Speier.

The always amazing Julie Andrews sings a number from Victor/Victoria in 1997. Photo by Jerry Speier.

Margo Jefferson and S. Epatha Merkerson in 1997. Photo by Jerry Speier.

Idina Menzel and Marisa Tomei celebrate DAMES 1997. Photo by Jerry Speier.

Audra McDonald in 2009. Photo by Anita Shevett.

Andrea McCardle performs for DAMES 2009. Photo by Anita Shevett.

Bebe Neuwirth in 2009. Photo by Anita Shevett.

Polly Bergen brings down the house in 2010 -- she'll be returning to do the same thing this year! Photo by Jay Brady Photography.

The 17th annual Nothing Like A Dame will take place March 26, 2011, at the Gerald Lynch Theatre. Visit our website to purchase tickets!

Check out our New York & Los Angeles Ticket Giveaways!

March 1, 2012 Comments off

The Actors Fund is incredibly fortunate to be part of a community that regularly — and so generously — gives its time and talent to support those in need. And sometimes our partners are even a little more generous…and work with us so we can give away a few free tickets to some of our wonderfully dedicated supporters and fans. We just so happen to have two of these challenges currently underway, both of which wrap next week!

First up is for an exiting Los Angeles event: We’ve partnered with the folks at Grey’s Anatomy in a Twitter giveaway, the winner of which will receive two free tickets for the upcoming Actors Fund benefit, Grey’s Anatomy: The Songs Beneath the Show. Head on over to our website to read the rules, then get tweeting until March 6th at 11:59pm! You could join us on March 18th at UCLA’s Royce Hall, for a one-night-only event featuring some of Grey’s cast, including Jessica Capshaw, Justin Chambers, Eric Dane, Sarah Drew, Kevin McKidd, Sandra Oh, Jim Pickens, Jr., Sara Ramirez, Kim Raver and Chandra Wilson! (And you can still buy tickets here!)

In New York, the always fabulous Phyllis Newman is helping us give away two tickets to this year’s Nothing Like A Dame, the always-amazing benefit to support The Fund’s Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative (PNWHI). Harkening back to her popular appearances on the much-loved game show What’s My Line?, she’s given us some hints as to one of the evenings special guests…and we want you to play along! Check our Nothing Like A Dame — What’s My Line? Reality TV Challenge page for details on how to enter — we’ll be dropping hints on Facebook throughout the next week, and when you think you know who it is, shoot us your entry by March 6th at 11:59pm — you could be joining us on March 26th at NYC’s Gerald Lynch Theatre! (You can also purchase tickets here.)

And in honor of Ms. Newman’s many What’s My Line? appearances, we thought we’d share a few of our favorites…

An episode featuring Lauren Bacall, who appeared in DAME 2003: 

Another with the fabulous diva Leontyne Price: 

And finally… Ol’ Blue Eyes: 

The Actors Fund Helps: Zoë

October 6, 2011 Comments off

Since she turned to The Actors Fund’s Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative (PNWHI) for help when she was fighting cancer nearly ten years ago, Zoë Morsette has been a huge fan of The Actors Fund, and has done whatever she can to give back. A successful Theatrical Craftsperson who was unable to work during chemotherapy, PNWHI helped Zoë through that incredibly difficult time, offering her psychological support, financial assistance, and a helping hand. We’ve chatted with Zoë in the past about the bears she’s created for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ Broadway Bears auctions, but we decided it was time to ask her to sit down for one of our video interviews, so she could share with everyone the story of her cancer fight — and how PNWHI helped.

For more information on The Actors Fund’s Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, and all of our programs and services, visit our website at www.actorsfund.org.

Why I Run/Walk: Pamela Dayton

April 28, 2011 Comments off

The EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women is this Saturday in New York and May 7, 2011, in Los Angeles! Our series of videos leading up to the event wraps up with Pamela Dayton, a long-time volunteer, member, and supporter of The Actors Fund — and The Fund’s Run/Walk team. Highlights of Pam’s busy acting career include roles on Broadway/Production include The Producers (she also toured with the show in the USA and Japan), A Little Night Music in LA at the Ahmanson, as well as Frank Loesser: Chance and Chemistry, the All Star Actors Fund Benefit at the Minskoff. Regional highlights include Mrs. Higgins in My Fair Lady, Dolly Tate with Andrea McArdle in Annie, Get Your Gun, and Boston’s Forbidden Broadway/Hollywood, in which she shared the stage with dear late friend Denice Guanci, for whom she’s participating on The Actors Fund team. Pam is also volunteering in memory of Lynn Redgrave who she met — along with her mother Rachel Kempson — while working on a Theater at Sea cruise to the Amazon.

Sign up for the 14th Annual Revlon Run/Walk as part of The Actors Fund team: click here for NYC and here for LA. This year we’re walking in memory of our beloved friend Lynn Redgrave, as well as all women in our lives that have faced cancer. Your participation directly impacts EIF funding for The Actors Fund Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, which serves women in the entertainment community who are confronting cancer and other serious heath diagnoses. Questions about The Actors Fund Team? Please contact Amy Picar at 212.221.7300 ext. 134 or apicar@actorsfund.org.

Why I Revlon Run/Walk: Karen Zabinski

April 14, 2011 Comments off

Karen ZabinskiIt’s not too late to become part of the Actors Fund Team for the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women (April 30, 2011 in New York and May 7, 2011, in Los Angeles)! Our series of videos featuring some of our team members continues with Karen Zabinski, a long-time participant and member of IATSE Local 1, who took some time out between performances of Mary Poppins at the beautiful New Amsterdam Theatre to talk to us. Karen has been in the entertainment business since 1975, when she went to work for Seattle Repertory Theatre’s prop department. She became an IATSE member in 1979 and began mixing sound for touring Broadway shows in 1981, for which spent the next 15 years on the road. Karen moved back to New York City in 1996, and has been fortunate enough to work on Broadway ever since.

She’ll be walking not only for the Broadway cast of Mary Poppins on April 30 (and to make the fundraising more fun for them, she’s raffling off the iPod Nano she won at last year’s Run/Walk), but also because “I come from a large, noisy family with 6 brothers and sisters. To lose my Mother and sister to cancer created such a hole in our hearts. I walk in their memory.”

Become part of The Actors Fund team for the 14th Annual Revlon Run/Walk (click here for NYC and here for LA) , for which we’re walking in memory of our beloved friend Lynn Redgrave, as well as all women in our lives that have faced cancer. Your participation directly impacts EIF funding for The Actors Fund Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, which serves women in the entertainment community who are confronting cancer and other serious heath diagnoses. Questions about The Actors Fund Team? Please contact Amy Picar at 212.221.7300 ext. 134 or apicar@actorsfund.org.

Why I Revlon Run/Walk: Amy Wilder

April 6, 2011 Comments off

Amy WilderThe third clip in our video series highlighting Actors Fund Team members for the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women (April 30, 2011 in New York and May 7, 2011, in Los Angeles) features Amy Wilder, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) for The Fund’s Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative (PNWHI). Amy initially moved to New York to pursue a career in professional ballet, and was a member of the American Ballet Theatre from 1986–98. She also attended NYU and studied and taught Pilates, but eventually decided to take a slightly different path by earning her MSW at Hunter College School of Social Work. Amy has been working as a social worker since 2004, and has been with The Fund since 2009.

On April 30, she’ll take to the streets inspired by all of the wonderful, brave women she has encountered who have faced their cancer and chosen life—no matter the outcome. She’s also taking part for a dear friend currently living with ovarian cancer.

Become part of The Actors Fund team for the 14th Annual Revlon Run/Walk (click here for NYC and here for LA) , for which we’re walking in memory of our beloved friend Lynn Redgrave, as well as all women in our lives that have faced cancer. Your participation directly impacts EIF funding for The Actors Fund Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, which serves women in the entertainment community who are confronting cancer and other serious heath diagnoses. Questions about The Actors Fund Team? Please contact Amy Picar at 212.221.7300 ext. 134 or apicar@actorsfund.org.