Denver Actors Fund in Action: Hannah Marie Harmon

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Unique DAF partnership helps another Colorado theatre artist return to dental health

Aid recipient: Hannah Marie Harmon is a Colorado Springs actor who performed in “My Fair Lady” at the Midtown Arts Center in March. (She was described as “As delightful as ever,” by reviewer Tom Jones.) Before that, she sang as Sarah Brown in a concert presentation of “Guys and Dolls” at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley. She has also performed with Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Performance Now Theatre Company, Vintage Theatre, The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the Lone Tree Arts Center and at the PACE Center in Parker, among others.

Hannah Marie Harmon in Midtown Arts Center’s ‘My Fair Lady.’

Her medical story: Hannah was in need of having several cavities filled. But without dental insurance and her family facing other financial challenges, she had no choice but to wait, and the condition worsened.

How we helped: The Denver Actors Fund has a unique, ongoing partnership with Thornton dentist (and former Broadway dancer) Brian Kelly, who each year accepts a limited number of emergency dental cases referred through the DAF as his own personal in-kind donation to the non-profit. Kelly’s goal is to transition every referred patient from gum disease to health. What’s interesting about Hannah’s case is that before she knew to approach The Denver Actors Fund, she visited another dentist who quoted her a cost of $2,263 to have the work done. After Dr. Kelly completed Hannah’s care, he reported the value of Hannah’s treatment as $1,271. This is further evidence, Dr. Kelly believes, of the widespread practice of massive overcharging in the wider dental field. In two years, Dr Kelly has now provided more than $45,000 in emergency dental care (his totals!) to qualified Colorado theatre artists.

A message from Hannah: “Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to Dr. Kelly, his team and The Denver Actors Fund for making it possible for me to get this work done. It has been a huge blessing to not have that pain any longer, and without you it would have been a continuing issue. After my family’s job loss and subsequent loss of health and dental insurance this year, we felt like we had to put our health care on the back-burner in order to make ends meet. This was such a huge kindness. Thank you to The DAF for everything you do to support actors in this community.”

The Denver Actors Fund has now made more than $414,000 available to Colorado artists in medical need.

How you can help us help us help Colorado theatre artists: If you would like to make a donation to The Denver Actors Fund, 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, with our humble thanks.

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 their story told.

COLORADO GIVES DAY IS COMING ON DECEMBER 10. YOU CAN SCHEDULE YOUR DONATION TODAY.


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 $414,000 in financial relief, a team of more than 60 Denver Actors Fund volunteers have 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

GET FREE, INSTANT MEDICAL ADVICE: The Denver Actors Fund has launch of a major new FREE medical service for qualified Colorado theatre artists: We are partnering with Hippo Health to provide access to emergency medical evaluations via video conferencing with a Board-certified physician. Click to read more about this wonderful, innovative new partnership that will further improve the lives of artists!


MORE WAYS TO HELP:

DONATE ONLINE:

Go to our online giving site at: ColoradoGives.Org

DONATE BY MAIL:

Send checks made out to The Denver Actors Fund to:
P.O. Box 11182
Denver, CO 80211

VOLUNTEER:

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


SHOP AT KING SOOPERS

Sign up for King Soopers’ Community Rewards Program and raise money for The DAF just by shopping for your groceries – and it doesn’t cost you an extra penny. It’s like the Amazon Smile Program. To sign up, simply go here and designate The DAF as your preferred non-profit. Each quarter, King Soopers sends us a donation based on how much our supporters have spent. Thanks to all of you who are shopping for The DAF!


COME TO THE EVENTS THAT SUPPORT US:

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19: Heritage High School and the Littleton Town Hall Arts Center will present a collaborative concert performance of Jason Robert Brown’s “Songs for a New World” as a one-night-only benefit for The Denver Actors Fund. “Songs for a New World” is a contemporary song-cycle with intriguing characters and unique moments throughout history performed with modern choreography and intense, soaring vocals covering the gamut of musical styles. This concert will be performed by members of the Heritage High School Theatre Department, choreographed by Jessica Hindsley and directed by Andrew Fischer. Brown also wrote the music and lyrics for “The Last Five Years” and “13 The Musical.” Tickets are $12 at townhallartscenter.org

Calendar Girls

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9: Firehouse Theater Company will hold a 7:30 p.m. Industry Night performance for its new comedy “Calendar Girls,” with all ticket sales going to the Denver Actors Fund. “Calendar Girls,” based on the 2003 British film by Tim Firth, tells of a British women’s group who become a media sensation when they pose nude for a calendar to raise money for a new couch in a local hospital’s waiting room. “Calendar Girls” features Suzanna Wellens, Christine Kahane, Linda Swanson Brown, Linda Button, Michelle Grimes, Erin T. Bell, Mary Campbell, Kristen Mair, Beki Pineda, Rand Moritzky, David Cervera, Brandon Palmer and Jeremy Umansky. The director is Linda Suttle. All tickets are $15. John Hand Theatre, 7653 E. 1st Place, 303-562-3232 or firehousetheatercompany.com


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DAF announces free virtual urgent-care benefit for Colorado theatre artists

 

New partnership could save Colorado theatre artists unnecessary, expensive trips to Urgent Care or emergency rooms

The Denver Actors Fund today announced an important new health-care benefit for qualified members of the Colorado theatre community. The grassroots nonprofit is partnering with Hippo Health to provide on-demand, free access to emergency medical evaluations via video conference with a Board-certified physician. This first line of defense may save members of the theatre community an unnecessary trip to Urgent Care or a hospital emergency room – and the financial burden that might result.

If you are a qualified Colorado theatre artist and become sick or injured, you can now reach out to a doctor using the Hippo Health app to connect with a Board-certified physician. A doctor will ask you about your medical history, assess your situation and recommend a treatment plan.

The Denver Actors Fund and Hippo Health share the common goal of helping those who need the most help. – DAF President Chris Gibley

Signing up to use this new service is easy:

  • Visit denveractorsfund.org and follow the easy sign-up instructions. (It takes less than five minutes.)
  • Download the Hippo Health app to your phone or other device.
  • That’s it. The service is now avaiable for use seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Eligibility requirements for this benefit are the same as when applying for actual financial assistance from The DAF: To qualify, an applicant must have been a Colorado resident for at least six months in the past year, and have worked in a creative capacity on at least one credible theatrical production in Colorado in the previous  five years.

Through Hippo Health, we hope to help local acting professionals get happy, healthy and on their way to their next great performance. – Hippo Health Co-Founder Dr. Kevin McGarvey

This benefit, the brainchild of new DAF board member Dr. Kelli Lewis, is being provided by The DAF at no cost to eligible participants. Under the initial agreement, The DAF will pay Hippo Health $25 each time a qualified member of the community uses the service, DAF President Chris Gibley said. The applicant will pay nothing.

“The DAF is excited to offer this benefit and to partner with Hippo Health for many years to come,” said Gibley. “We share the common goal of helping those who need the most help. Many thanks to the folks at Hippo for their commitment to our community, and making this possible.”

Hippo Health was started by a team of eight physicians (including Lewis) who have worked together for more than a decade. “From that experience, we have built a new way to do virtual care coordination that helps patients and clinicians truly feel cared for,” said Hippo Health Co-founder and CEO Dr. Kevin McGarvey.

“We are honored and humbled to serve DAF members. Our emergency-physician team is excited to connect with actors in the community and serve them medically when they are in need. Through Hippo Health, we hope to help local acting professionals get happy, healthy and on their way to their next great performance.”

The Denver Actors Fund is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that since 2014 has served as a source of both immediate financial and neighborly assistance to members of the Colorado theater community in situational medical need. To date, The Denver Actors Fund has distributed more than $400,000 to help recipients with medical bills, insurance, co-payments, supplies, dental care and more. In addition, The DAF’s army of more than 60 volunteers have donated more than 500 hours of practical service ranging from providing meals, child care and transportation to pet-sitting, snow-shoveling, personal company and more.

DAF Founder and Executive Director John Moore said this new partnership with Hippo Health is tangible evidence of the non-profit’s desire to expand its ability to make a positive impact on the lives of artists in medical need. “When we decided to expand the board from four to seven members earlier this year, it was my stated goal to identify and recruit high-impact candidates such as Chris and Kelli,” Moore said. “Kelli has been an emergency-room doctor in Denver for 26 years and brings invaluable credibility and expertise into everything we do. And now, to be able to make her innovative video-doctor service to our community at very low cost to us is another significant step forward.”

Lewis joined the board with a goal of finding new ways to be helpful to the local theatre community as they encounter medical challenges. “I’m very excited to see what’s possible,” she said.

Click here to read stories about some of the actors, directors, stage managers and others who have been helped through The Denver Actors Fund to date.

From left: Dr. Kevin McGarvey, Dr. Kelli Lewis and DAF President Chris Gibley.