Brian Stokes Mitchell Concert Among Actors' Fund 125th Anniversary Events

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A concert by Brian Stokes Mitchell, the Actors' Fund's president, on Oct. 16 at Carnegie Hall will be among the events celebrating the Fund's 125th anniversary year in 2007.

Other events will include benefit performances of The Little Dog Laughed (Feb. 18) and A Chorus Line (March 25). For Actors' Fund benefits — which have gone on for 80 years — the shows add a ninth performance during the week and the participants donate their time.

The Fund will hold a special anniversary edition of its annual Auction of 1000 Stars — an on-line auction of star-gazing experiences and memorabilia — from June 11-28.

On April 30 New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will issue a proclamation designating the date "Actors' Fund Day." That evening will be the organization's annual gala at the Waldorf Astoria, produced by Kevin McCollum (Rent, Avenue Q), with acts to be announced.

Among the other Fund events scheduled are a 92nd Street Y panel called "The Life of an Actor" on June 4 and the previously announced Working benefit on March 5 at the Harris Center for Music and Dance in Chicago.

The Actors' Fund will also release a 125th Anniversary commemorative book, which will include photos, documents and anecdotes. Founded in 1882, the Actors Fund helps all entertainment and performing arts professionals with programs such as social services, health services, housing, emergency financial assistance, employment and training services, and skilled nursing and assisted living care.

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