May 9, 2017: The Lambs ® celebrated it’s 140th anniversary of incorporation in grand style. The Lambs originated in London in 1869, then later formed in New York Christmastime of 1874; but the Club incorporated in the state of New York on May 9th, 1877. The date was set in New York City as “Lambs Day” by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The event, which was presented by The Lambs Foundation, was packed to the rafters with members, spouses and guests. Among them were: Lamb Joe Benincasa, President of The Actors Fund of America (which was originally found by Lambs); Rebecca Damon, the Executive National Vice-President of SAG-AFTRA (7 of the 17 founders were Lambs) and also a SAG-AFTRA Foundation Board Member; Jamie Fields, President of the Twelfth Night Club (founded by the wife of a Lamb), and Nicole Clark, a Trustee of the Twelfth Night who’s father had been a Lamb; Morgen Stevens-Garmon, Theater Archivist at the Museum of the City of New York, where there are many items of The Lambs; Robin Weaver, President of the WNRC; and Mark Peikert, Editor-in-Chief of Playbill. All gathered to celebrate the Club’s remarkable history, the upgrades to our quarters, our new Steinway pianos, and for the naming of the Club office in honor of the generosity of the late Scott Glascock, while Woody Regan turned out tunes on the new baby grand.
The jam-packed cocktail party included a brief presentation of some stand-out dates of The Lambs’ 143 year history, performances by piano virtuosos Karen Beluso and Lamb Rosa Antonelli, a report from Boy Peter Kingsley on a gift of a club book from 1900. A video of the formal presentation will be posted here shortly.
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.