The Actors’ Fund of America held a ribbon cutting ceremony today for their new Samuel J. Friedman Health Center. The center is now located at 729 Seventh Avenue on the 12th floor, offering a much larger space to better serve the entertainment community, and will be operated in partnership with the Mount Sinai Doctors. The doors officially open on March 6th, and the expanded space boasts state of the art facilities.
The Lambs and the Fund have held a close relationship from the very beginning. Among the founding members of the Fund (1882) was Shepherd J. Lester Wallack; The Fund’s first VP was Lamb A.P. Palmer, and Secretary was Lamb Daniel Frohman. Of the Fund’s 12 Chairman, eight were Lambs: Lester Wallack, Albert Palmer, Louis Aldrich, Daniel Frohman, Walter Vincent, Vinton Freedley, Louis A. Lotito and Tom Dillon. The current President & CEO, Joe Benincasa is a Lamb, and past Lambs who were Fund Trustees include AJ Pocock, Mike Mearian, Ed Herlihy and Fran Gaar. Read more on the Fund by clicking here.
Did you know that in addition to being one of the most popular American entertainers of the 20th century, W.C. Fields was also a proud member of The Lambs?
The clubhouse will once again be filled with the stories and charm so oTen on display from Fields during a special night on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. The team behind the upcoming stage show Fields For President (based on the book by Fields) will present a night devoted to the showman’s legacy.
The event will bring to The Lambs actor-circus performer Glen Heroy, star of the one-man show, and its writer-director, the mountebank Trav S.D. (author of No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous). This event also kicks off Fields Fest, a celebration of the life of W.C. Fields coming soon.
Fields For President is just one week before the general election. As Fields said, “Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against.”
Limited Space. RSVP Strongly Recommended: 212-586-0306. Members may RSVP in the online calendar; guests may reserve by email: [email protected]. A suggested $5 cash donation for members, $10 for guests, is greatly appreciated and will benefit The Lambs Foundation.
On Tuesday, October 18th, 2016, The Lambs held a Shepherd’s Luncheon, “Conversations with Matthew Broderick.” (You can read Matthew’s program notes HERE.)
A large turnout of fans, Lambs and friends enjoyed a 3-course meal then listened to a Q&A with Matthew, moderated by Lamb Lee Pfeiffer. Lee runs Cinema Retro Magazine and is well versed in the craft of the interview. Matthew was candid, genuine and funny. After the event guests posed for photos while he signed programs. The event benefited The Lambs Foundation Piano Drive. It is our custom to offer Shepherd Luncheon speakers an honorarium of $150 as a donation to the charity of their choice. Matthew’s choice was The Lambs Foundation. The event raised approximately $2,000 for our piano fund.
At the end of the conversation, Shepherd Marc Baron presented Matthew with a certificate of Honorary Lifetime Membership. The certificate read, “”On this day of October 18, 2016, by Proclamation of Council, hereby confers upon Matthew Broderick Honorary Lifetime Membership in recognition of outstanding achievement in theater, film and television, and for his dedication to charitable community events and theatrical organizations.”
Boy Peter Kingsley and Entertainment Co-Chair Davida Rothberg ran their 50/50 raffle magic. A total of $685 was collected, 1/2 of that being the prize. The winner was….Peter Kingsley, who generously donated the prize to the Foundation. Many thanks to Chef Gary and the 3 West kitchen staff, to Bob Felice, Roy Mezzappelle and leslie Shreve for manning the check-in desk, and to Jim Manley for the photographs (some posted below, more to come!)…and our next event can be seen HERE.
Here’s a video of the Q & A: