SEASON OF CONCERN IN CHICAGO DONATES $175K IN SUPPORT OF THE ACTORS FUND
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SEASON OF CONCERN
THE ACTORS FUND
IN CHICAGO AND THEIR SERVICES FOR
PERFORMING ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT PROFESSIONALS
Chicago, IL (June 22, 2020) – The Actors Fund, a national human services organization for everyone in performing arts and entertainment, announced today that Season of Concern, a non-profit dedicated to providing financial assistance to Chicagoland theater practitioners, both Equity and Non-Equity, impacted by illness, injury or circumstance that prevents them from working, has donated $175,000 to The Actors Fund to support their services in Chicago for the performing arts and entertainment community.
“We are so grateful to our friends at Season of Concern for this generous support for entertainment professionals in need in Chicago,” said Actors Fund Chairman Brian Stokes Mitchell. “This collaboration and generosity is nothing short of staggering, and it speaks to the importance of The Fund being there for everyone in the Midwest region in this time of economic crisis for the arts community.”
“We are proud to support The Actors Fund with this grant for the care of those in the Chicago area and to underwrite much-needed services in the face of COVID-19 for our community,” said Season of Concern Board President, Luther Goins.
“This emergency financial aid will go to help the most vulnerable members of the Chicago performing arts and entertainment communities,” said SAG-AFTRA Chicago Executive Director and Chair of The Actors Fund’s Central Region Advisory Council Eric Chaudron. “Thanks to Season of Concern, The Fund will be there to help people facing financial hardship, and also provide stability and resiliency through all of their supportive services. For this we are truly grateful.”
Emergency financial assistance grants from The Actors Fund are provided to help those in need in performing arts and entertainment with assistance for basic living expenses such as essential medications, housing costs, food, and utilities. To apply for assistance to The Actors Fund, visit www.actorsfund.org/GetHelp.
As the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, The Actors Fund has transitioned to online and phone-based services, which remain available for everyone in the performing arts and entertainment community. These services include: Artists Health Insurance Resource Center, The Career Center, Housing Resources, Addiction & Recovery, HIV/AIDS and Senior Services, Counseling and Emergency Financial Assistance and more. For a listing of all services of The Actors Fund, visit www.actorsfund.org/Services.
THE ACTORS FUND
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. Through offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Fund serves everyone in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance with programs including social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and secondary employment and training services. Visit www.actorsfund.org.
SEASON OF CONCERN
Founded in 1987, Season of Concern Chicago is dedicated to providing financial assistance to Chicagoland theater practitioners, both Equity and Non-Equity, impacted by illness, injury or circumstance that prevents them from working. We provide short-term emergency financial assistance to theater practitioners through our own Biscotto-Miller Fund.
Originally formed to assist those afflicted with AIDS-related illnesses, Season of Concern continues to support over 25 Chicago-based direct care HIV/AIDS organizations and has expanded its mission and support to meet the greater health needs of the Chicagoland theater community. Season of Concern relies on fundraising and donations to complete its mission. To date, we have distributed more than $3 million to those in need. Visit www.seasonofconcern.org or contact Michael Ryczek, Managing Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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