JERSEY BOYS Lends a Hand to Raise $11,000 for the Actors' Fund of Canada
THE ACTORS’ FUND OF CANADA
January 22, 2010
For Immediate Release
TORONTO – For the second time in a year, the hit musical JERSEY BOYS at the Toronto Centre for the Arts has collected donations to help the Actors’ Fund of Canada, recently contributing $11,000 towards a total of $43,000.raised by the production.
Dancap Productions’ Canadian company of JERSEY BOYS made curtain speeches and collected donations from audience members at the Toronto Centre for the Arts for a week in November 2009, splitting the proceeds between the Actors’ Fund and a cast member who had recently been diagnosed with cancer and who could no longer work. The $11,000 recently raised for the Fund adds to the money raised by the North American Touring Company of JERSEY BOYS, at shows in Toronto in November 2008 prior to the installation of the Canadian company.
Dancap Productions President Aubrey Dan is an enthusiastic supporter of the Actors’ Fund. Commenting on the company’s recent fundraising efforts, Mr. Dan said, “As a commercial theatrical producer, we have the opportunity to rally the support of very sizeable audiences, many of whom may never have thought about the difficulties that entertainment workers face. We take this opportunity very seriously and are proud to be a regular contributor to the Fund.”
The Actors’ Fund of Canada is the lifeline for Canada’s entertainment industry. Performers and others who work behind the scenes in film and television, theatre, music and dance can apply for emergency financial aid from the Fund, which recently set a new record for the amount of financial aid delivered to industry members in a single year, topping $600,000 in 2008. The Fund has helped over 10,000 entertainment industry workers recover from illness, injury or other circumstances causing severe economic and personal hardship since it was founded in 1958.
The Actors’ Fund of Canada is a registered charity that has paid out over $3.7 million in rent payments, grocery money, utility payments and other basic living expenses in the last 10 years. Performers, creators, technical staff and other production team members can benefit from the Fund, which receives no major government funding and is sustained by support from individuals and entertainment industry organizations.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
David Hope, The Actors' Fund of Canada
Web site: www.actorsfund.ca