Denver Actors Fund in Action: Kent Sugg, $4,337

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

Kent Sugg, recently diagnosed with lymphoma, is playing 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 is currently playing Fagin in Candlelight Dinner Playhouse’s production of Oliver! after having played 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 medical story: Kent was diagnosed with Stage 3 Non-Hogkins Lymphoma toward the end last year, so he was hit with the 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. Luckily, Kent has been able to continue performing at the  Candlelight Dinner Playhouse as he pursues his course of treatment. But so far he has been hit with significant expenses ranging from radiation to pathology. Kent’s treatment plan will continue for at least the next year.

How we are helping: The Denver Actors Fund Board has unanimously approved reimbursing Kent for the full $3,517.14 in out-of-pocket medical bills he has submitted to date.

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.

Kent Sugg Check

Kent Sugg accepted his check for $3,507 from The Denver Actors Fund on Friday night.

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 provided to Kent to date to $4,337.

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 $330,000 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

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:

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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 $330,000 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.


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:

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Denver, CO 80212

VOLUNTEER:

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COME TO OUR EVENTS:

Friends, we at The Denver Actors Fund believe in building community while building funds. Most of our events are performative in nature so that you have a good time while helping a good cause. Here are some of the events that are currently being planned on our behalf.

MONDAY, MARCH 18: Lauren Bahlman and Jessica Austgen, improv comedians, book nerds and hosts of a popular podcast called “Required Readcast,” are hosting a special event in collaboration with Benchmark Theatre: Their first-ever LIVE recording of the podcast, during which they comically dive back into the age-old required-reading list to see which books are still awesome … and which scarred them for life. (For a taste, just listen to this hilarious conversation about “Lord of the Flies.”) On March 18, the quippy literary pair will be discussing George Orwell’s 1984. Which is perfect because Benchmark Theatre will be staging the dystopian classic from March 15-April 13. “We’ve been wanting to discuss this one on the pod for a while, and thought it would be a perfect collaboration with the opening of the Benchmark production,” Bahlman said. “Maybe we can bring a little levity to the situation. We’re hoping to have one of the cast members as a guest as well.” All proceeds from that evening, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at 1560 Teller St. in Lakewood, will go to The Denver Actors Fund. Suggested donation of $5. Drinks and such will be available. No reservation necessary.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20: Local actor (and former DAF aid recipient) Emma Rebecca Maxfield (Performance Now’s The Wedding Singer) and actor Andy Seracuse (Vintage Theatre’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) present an evening of songs at the Vintage Theatre with special guest Brandon Bill. Maxfield and Seracuse plan to independently stage an upcoming production of The Last Five Years in September with a “large portion of our proceeds going to The Denver Actors Fund every step of the way,” Maxfield says. So attend the fundraising event at Vintage on March 20 and enjoy an evening of cabaret. A portion of the ticket sales will go to Vintage; of what remains, a portion will go toward The Last Five Years, and an equal portion to the DAF. 7:30 p.m. at 468 Dayton St., Aurora, 303-839-1361 or vintagetheatre.com.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, MARCH 22-23: Darrow Klein, star of the Arvada Center’s new production of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” is also one of the youngest and oldest (as in longest) supporters of The Denver Actors Fund. She is arranging to take collections for the Denver Actors Fund following the March 22-23 performances. This effort is being initiated entirely by Darrow, who is also donating one week of her own acting stipend. If you plan to see this important and acclaimed show about the 13-year-old Jewish girl who chronicled the horrors of being trapped in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, why not plan to attend on one of our special DAF nights? Performances take place at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. For ticket information, call 720-898-7200 or go to arvadacenter.org

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