The Actors Fund’s Annual Gala, hosted by Michael Urie (Torch Song, Ugly Betty), is held April 29 at the New York Marriott Marquis, located at 1535 Broadway.
Four members of the entertainment industry will be presented with The Actors Fund's Medal of Honor: Tony-winning playwright and actor Harvey Fierstein; Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony-winning actor Rita Moreno; International President of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and international labor leader and community advocate Matthew D. Loeb; and Chairman & CEO of the John Gore Organization and Tony-winning producer John Gore.
The celebration includes performances by Amber Gray (Hadestown), The Prom's Beth Leavel, Michael Potts, and Matthew Sklar, Oklahoma! duo Damon Daunno and Rebecca Naomi Jones, Sarah Stiles (Tootsie), and a special appearance by Chairman of The Actors Fund Brian Stokes Mitchell. Luke Hawkins and Evan Ruggiero will open the gala with an original tap dance number.
The evening begins at 6 PM with cocktails, followed by dinner at 7 PM and a tribute.
“Harvey, John, Matthew and Rita are legends in our community,” said Actors Fund Chairman Mitchell in an earlier statement. “They are rightfully due this highest honor from The Actors Fund, both for their dedication to performing arts and entertainment and for the leadership they provide in guiding the way for the next generation of artists and arts workers.”
The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that fosters stability and resiliency and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan.
Tickets to the benefit begin at $1,500 and include reception, dinner, and entertainment. For tables and sponsorships, call (212) 627-1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit ActorsFund.org.
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(Updated April 29, 2019)