Debbie Allen, Stars in the House's James Wesley and Seth Rudetsky, More Honored at Actors Fund Gala November 1 | Playbill

Awards Debbie Allen, Stars in the House's James Wesley and Seth Rudetsky, More Honored at Actors Fund Gala November 1 Niko Elmaleh and Stacey Mindich also receive the Fund's Medal of Honor at the virtual event.
Debbie Allen, James Wesley, and Seth Rudetsky

The Actors Fund's Virtual Gala, featuring the presentations of The Fund's Medal of Honor, streams November 1 at 7 PM ET.

This year's recipients are Emmy winner, Tony nominee, and recent Kennedy Center Honoree Debbie Allen, World-Wide Holdings Executive Vice-President and philanthropist Niko Elmaleh, Tony- and Olivier-winning producer Stacey Mindich (Dear Evan Hansen), and Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, whose streaming talk show Stars in the House has raised over $1 million for The Fund.

Santino Fontana, Jose Llana, and Kelli O’Hara

Performers for the one-night-only event include Jason Robert Brown, Megan Fairchild, Santino Fontana, Syncopated Ladies, Jose Llana, Kelli O’Hara, Zachary Noah Piser, and Michael Rosen. Presenters for the gala are Robert Fairchild, Michael Greif, Andrea Martin, and Chandra Wilson with an appearance by Brian Stokes Mitchell, chair of the organization's board.

“Throughout our 139-year history, The Actors Fund has been incredibly fortunate to have steadfast support for our work,“ said Joe Benincasa, president and CEO of The Actors Fund, in an earlier statement. “And this year’s Medal of Honor recipients continue this legacy in their commitment to not only The Actors Fund, but also to the entire performing arts and entertainment community. We can’t wait to celebrate their invaluable contributions to supporting a life in the arts.”

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. Since March 2020, The Fund has distributed more than $23.7 million in direct financial assistance to more than 17,000 entertainment arts professionals.

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