Denver Actors Fund in Action: Kent Sugg

Kent Sugg, recently diagnosed with lymphoma, is playing Fagin in 'Oliver!' at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse. Garland Photography

Kent Sugg, recently diagnosed with lymphoma, played Fagin in ‘Oliver!’ at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse. Garland Photography

‘I’m blown away by the kindness and generosity of The Denver Actors Fund’

Aid recipient: Kent Sugg is a veteran actor and director living in Boulder. He has most recently payed Emma’s father in Candlelight Dinner Playhouse’s production of Jekyll and Hyde, Porter in Tarzan, Fagin in Oliver!, the title role in Scrooge and a member of the ensemble in Mary Poppins. Before that he appeared in Candlelight’s Newsies as Joseph Pulitzer and in Man of la Mancha.

His initial medical story: Kent was diagnosed with Stage 3 Non-Hogkins Lymphoma toward the end of 2018, so he was hit with the double burden of having to reach the annual out-of-pocket deductible on his health insurance both at the end of 2018 and all over again at the start of 2019. Fortunately, Kent has been able to continue performing at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse as he pursues his course of continuing treatment.

How we are helping: Kent has been hit with significant expenses ranging from radiation to pathology. In February 2019, The Denver Actors Fund Board unanimously approved reimbursing Kent for $3,517.14 in out-of-pocket medical bills he had incurred. In March 2020, Kent submitted an additional $980 in out-of-pocket expenses for a consultation and examination with an oncologist, which we also have paid.

Kent Sugg Check

Kent Sugg accepting his initial check for $3,507 from The Denver Actors Fund.

Oh, and another thing: Kent also recently had a dental crown break that had to be replaced, and his dental insurance does not cover crowns. (Because why should insurance, you know – actually pay for anything?) Consequently, he was left with an out-of-pocket bill for $850. That brings the total support The Denver Actors Fund has now provided to Kent to date to $5,317.

A message from Kent: “I’m blown away by the kindness and generosity of The Denver Actors Fund. This is a huge financial relief, and I just can’t thank them enough. They are are angels.

How you can help us help Kent more: If you would like to direct a specific donation to help give Kent more financial breathing room, simply mail checks in any amount made out to Denver Actors Fund (with Kent Sugg’s name written in the topic field), to P.O. Box 11182, Denver, CO 80212. Or use this donation link. If you use the online option, be sure to designate that your donation is a targeted donation for Kent Sugg. (He will receive 100 percent of your donation.) Otherwise, your donation will be applied to the replenishment of the Denver Actors Fund’s general fund.

How you can help us replenish: At The Denver Actors Fund, we love it when the money goes out as fast as it comes in, which means we are in a constant state of replenishment. That’s the gig. If you would like to help us do that, simply mail checks in any amount made out to Denver Actors Fund to P.O. Box 11182, Denver, CO 80212. Or use this donation link.

The Denver Actors Fund has now made $516,000 available to Colorado artists in medical need. If you would to help us replenish our general fund, simply mail checks made out to The Denver Actors Fund to P.O. Box 11182, Denver, CO, 80212. Or use this donation link.

Read testimonials from other Denver Actors Fund beneficiaries here

Introducing the Denver Actors Fund’s DEAR Fund: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Denver Actors Fund has launched a temporary Emergency Artist Relief fund for qualified Colorado artists. Read more, apply for help or donate to the cause.

Note: At the Denver Actors Fund, anonymity of aid recipients is presumed and fully protected, unless and until the recipient chooses to have his or her story told.

Marley and Scrooge Kent Sugg and Brian Burron

Kent Sugg and Brian Burron as Marley and Scrooge in Candlelight’s recent ‘Scrooge.’


HOW YOU CAN HELP US REPLENISH:

To DONATE the Denver Actors Fund, please CLICK HERE (with our humble thanks)


ABOUT THE DENVER ACTORS FUND:

The Denver Actors Fund is a modest source of immediate, situational relief when members of the local theater community find themselves in medical need. In addition to $520,000 in financial relief, a team of more than 60 Denver Actors Fund volunteers has offered good neighborly assistance to more than 100 beneficiaries including meal prep and delivery, child care, transportation, errands, construction, pet-sitting and more. For more information, visit our web site at DenverActorsFund.Org.
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HOW TO APPLY FOR AID:

To apply for Denver Actors Fund aid: Fill out this brief online form here


MORE WAYS TO HELP:

DONATE BY MAIL:

Send checks made out to the Denver Actors Fund to:
P.O. Box 11182
Denver, CO 80212

VOLUNTEER:

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