Actors' Fund 2005 Gala to Feature Sedaka and His Music

News   Actors' Fund 2005 Gala to Feature Sedaka and His Music The 2005 Annual Gala for the Actors' Fund of America — Monday, May 23 at Cipriani 42nd Street — will boast a performance by celebrated singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka.

Sedaka will also be joined by an all-star cast to be announced to perform selections from his music catalog, which includes "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," "Love Will Keep Us Together," "Laughter in the Rain," "Oh! Carol," "Where the Boys Are," "Calendar Girl" and "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen."

Entitled There's No Business Like Show Business, the evening is set to begin at 6:30 PM with cocktails, followed by a 7:30 PM dinner, and will honor Roger Berlind, Phyllis Newman and John McGuire. Producer Berlind will receive the Actors' Fund Medal of Honor; actress Newman will be presented with the Tom Dillon Humanitarian Award; and McGuire, who is senior advisor to the Screen Actors' Guild, will be honored with the Actors' Fund Nedda Harrigan Logan Award.

Actors' Fund Executive Director Joseph P. Benincasa said in a statement, "This event is the highlight of the year for us because we are able to honor a legendary Broadway producer, a true entertainment legend, and a gentleman who has made a tremendous impact in the lives of people who work in the entertainment industry." The evening will also include entertainment by several Broadway performers to be announced at a later date.

Tickets are priced $750-$2,500, with tables beginning at $15,000. For more information call Anne Rose at (212) 744-1048 or the Benefit Office at (212) 786-6186.

The Actors' Fund, which was founded in 1882, is a non-profit organization that provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Some of the many programs The Actors' Fund provides include a nursing home and assisted living care facility; senior and disabled programs; mental health services; chemical dependency services; entertainment industry assistance programs; the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative; the AIDS Initiative; and supportive housing on both coasts. Visit www.actorsfund.org for more information.