The Actors Fund, the nationwide human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment, presented the 17th edition of Nothing Like a Dame, a benefit for the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative (PNWHI) last night, March 26, at The Gerald Lynch Theatre.
Nothing Like a Dame: Their Favorite Things Through took the audience on a tour of favorite shows, songs and performances.
The cast included Polly Bergen (Follies 2001), Andréa Burns (In the Heights), Bobby Cannavale (The Motherfucker with the Hat), Mario Cantone (Laugh Whore), Lauren Flanigan, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music), Jackie Hoffman (The Addams Family, Xanadu), Countess Luann de Lesseps (Real Housewives of NY), David Lutkin, Alexandra Silber (Master Class), Talise Trevigne, and Bruce Vilanch.
The Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative (PNWHI) was created to address the myriad of concerns women face when dealing with a serious medical condition. When women come to The Fund after a serious medical diagnosis they are often overwhelmed with concerns about their ability to work, family issues, managing basic bills as well as medical bills, and coping both physically and mentally with a challenging medical situation. The PNWHI Social Workers help women negotiate the steps that follow a serious medical diagnosis. Through intensive case management, access to individual counseling, support groups, educational seminars, linkage to community supports and short-term financial assistance, the social workers help women receive the nurturing support that they need.
The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone – performers and those behind the scenes – who works in performing arts and entertainment, helping more than 12,000 people directly each year, and hundreds of thousands online. Serving professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio and dance, The Fund's programs include social services and emergency assistance, health care and insurance, housing, and employment and training services. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund has – for nearly 130 years – been a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition. Visit www.actorsfund.org.