Denver Actors Fund in Action: Rob Riney

Rob Riney

Without your help, I never would have been able to see a light at the end of this very long tunnel.’

Aid recipient: Rob Riney has performed on stages around the state for more than 10 years, most recently in the Aurora Fox’s Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Equinox Theatre’s Disaster The Musical and the Platte Valley Players of Brighton’s Forbidden Broadway. He is a graduate of Bear Creek High School and has also worked at the Arvada Center, Bas Bleu (Fort Collins), Vintage Theatre, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse (Johnstown), Ignite Theatre, Aurora Fox, Performance Now, Town Hall Arts Center and others.

Rob Riney Miss Saigon

Rob Riney in ‘Miss Saigon’ for Vintage Theatre in 2014.

His medical story: Rob has been in and out of the hospital since October after minor intestinal pain turned into a near-total failure of his digestive system and several surrounding organs. He was ultimately diagnosed with Choledocholithiasis, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and gallstones. Surgery to insert stents restored normal blood flow between his liver, pancreas, lower intestine and pancreas and Rob was able to briefly return to his full-time job at a local deli. But there have been subsequent complications, including a blood clot in his liver, necessitating several more hospital visits since (including right now). Medicaid has picked up most of his medical costs, but he has missed many weeks of work and has had little chance to keep up on living expenses.

How initially helped: After Rob’s first two-week hospital stay, The Denver Actors Fund board voted to cover Rob’s essential October living expenses, or $1,023.

The next chapter: Rob has continued along a difficult and mysterious medical odyssey since with multiple hospital stays over the past two months as doctors have continued to ts solve Rob’s gallstone and other issues. That has made working more than intermittent shifts at the deli impossible. The Denver Actors Fund board subsequently voted to cover Rob’s comparatively modest essential living expenses for November and December, or an additional $2,046. In addition, targeted donations to Rob from you, our dear Denver Actors Fund supporters, have come to $310 to date. That brings the total support to Rob from the Denver Actors fund to $3,379 as of December 14.

How you can help us help Rob more: If you would like to direct a specific donation to help Rob pay down present and upcoming living expenses that continue to accrue while he is unable to work, simply mail checks in any amount made out to Denver Actors Fund (with Rob Riney’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 Rob Riney. (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.

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Rob Riney in ‘Altar Boyz’ for Evolution Theatre Company in 2009.

A message from Rob:I always knew the Colorado theatre community was a family. But I didn’t realize it truly is more than that until the past couple of months. The love and support I have received is beyond anything I could have imagined. My theatre family has stood by me and given me strength while I undergo multiple hospital admissions and various procedures in trying to get back to being healthy and pain-free. Dealing with my medical issues, I have been unable to keep up with life including working and paying bills, and even more heartbreaking – not being on that stage. So I want to thank you all. Without your help, I never would have ever been able to see a light at the end of this very long tunnel. You gave me faith and courage to get through this unforeseeable situation. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you all.”

The Denver Actors Fund has now made more than $300,002 available to Colorado artists in medical need.

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.


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 $302,000 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:

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

VOLUNTEER:

Ever thought about taking a more active role in the Denver Actors Fund? Click here for more information

COME TO OUR EVENTS:

Monday, December 17: The Nightly Met Christmas Special is back for another rocking night of holiday fun. Hosted by The Nightly Met‘s Avery Anderson and Henry Award-winning actor Annie Dwyer, the night will feature Avourneen, Kenny Moten, Jenna Bainbridge, Matt LaFontaine, Markus Warren, Sophia Dotson, Grace Dotson and Hannah Dotson. 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the DL Parsons Theatre in Northglenn. Tickets just $8-$10. All proceeds benefit the Denver Actors Fund. Click here for tickets.

Tuesday, December 18: Miners Alley Playhouse is donating all proceeds from that evening’s performance of Josh Hartwell’s A Christmas Carol to The Denver Actors Fund. This fast-paced comic adaptation uses only six actors to bring Dickens’ most beloved characters to life using nothing more than simple props, fun physicality, and the power of imagination. The cast includes Jim Hunt (Scrooge), Lisa DeCaro (Christmas Present and more), Meredith Young (Christmas Past and more), Jason Maxwell (Fred and more), Josh Hartwell (Marley and more) and Ella Matheo as Tiny Tim and Ignorance. 7:30 p.m. at 1224 Washington Ave., Golden. Call 303-935-3044 or buy online at minersalley.com.

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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:

Ever thought about taking a more active role in the Denver Actors Fund? Click here for more information

VISIT OUR ONLINE MERCH STORE:

Click here to see how you can buy DAF products such as T-shirts, key chains, puzzles and much more

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Emma Maxfield

EMMA MAXFIELD

Emma Maxfield starred in ‘The Wedding Singer’ for Performance Now in July 2017, and at the time performed in a screening of the source film to benefit The Denver Actors Fund. Photo by John Moore.

 

Aid recipient: Emma Maxfield is a busy local actor currently performing in the Arvada Center’s children’s theatre production of Seussical and having just understudied the two female roles in BDT Stage’s I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change in Boulder. She previously starred as Julia in Performance Now’s The Wedding Singer and played Taylor in Disney’s High School Musical for Fearless Theatre, among many others. She is a graduate of the Community College of Aurora and also works as a Teching Artist with the Denver Center.

Emma Maxfield 300Her medical story: Emma was biking home from her job as a Denver Center Teaching Artist this past summer when she was hit by an SUV that literally landed on top of her. She was taken to the E.R. at Denver Health but miraculously made it out with no broken bones. Despite lingering recovery issues, she has managed to continue performing at the Arvada Center. Emma was charged with $2,564 from Denver Health for treatment and an additional $1,548 for the ambulance ride. To date she has had no success seeking compensation from the offending driver or insurance company.

How we are helping: The Denver Actors Fund has gifted Emma with $4,112 to cover her combined out-of-pocket expenses from her E.R. visit.

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. Your donation will be applied to the replenishment of the Denver Actors Fund’s general fund.

A message from Emma: “I don’t really have the words to fully express what the Denver Actors Fund has done for me. I get so overwhelmed and teary whenever I try. The goodness and kindness that emanates from this group of beautiful people is what makes all the difference. I hit a point where every institution and policy had let me fall, and was left to struggle and fend for myself. I was saved and pulled to my feet again by that same singular sparkly kindness. People, given the space to be kind, make all the difference. The Denver Actors Fund made (and continues to make) all the difference. I am eternally grateful.”

The Denver Actors Fund has now made more than $290,000 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.

From left: Alissa Robinson, Barret Harper, Emma Maxfield, Leiney Rigg and David Miller in ‘Suessical’ at The Arvada Center. Matt Gale Photography 2018


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 $262,000 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:

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

VOLUNTEER:

Ever thought about taking a more active role in the Denver Actors Fund? Click here for more information

COME TO OUR EVENTS:

Monday, November 12: Denver Actors Fund Film Series Presents: Xanadu. The Alamo Drafthouse At Sloan’s Lake hosts a regular film series in partnership with the Denver Actors Fund featuring films inspired by musicals that are currently being performed by a Colorado theatre company. Next up is the campy cult classic roller-skating film Xanadu, with live pre-screening entertainment from the cast of the Denver Center for The Performing Arts’ upcoming updated musical adaptation of the film. Therw will be captions for you to sing along. Cast members will be making a special live appearance Nov. 12 at Alamo Drafthouse Denver before a screening of the hilariously stupid cult-classic film. 4255 W. Colfax Ave. Order Xanadu film tickets here

COLORADO GIVES DAY:

Tuesday, Dec. 4 is Colorado Gives Day. You can schedule your donation in any amount right now.

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