Denver Actors Fund in Action: Jason Maxwell

Jason Maxwell, Ella Matheo and Jim Hunt in ‘A Christmas Carol.’ Sarah Roshan Photography.

Actor faced both oral surgery and nearly $3,000 in up-front costs

Aid recipient: Actor and Arvada native Jason Maxwell is a longtime favorite in the Denver theatre community. He is a company member with Boulder’s The Catamounts, where this year he performed in the ensembles of “United Flight 232,” “The Last Apple Tree” and “Everybody.” For the past three holiday seasons, Jason has played Fred, Marley, Fezziwig, Martha AND Old Joe in Miners Alley Playhouse’s seasonal staging of “A Christmas Carol” adapted by Josh Hartwell. Over the past four Decembers, Miners Alley Playhouse has donated all proceeds from one designated performance of “A Christmas Carol” to The Denver Actors Fund, generating an overall donation of $9,660 to date. Jason graduated from Faith Christian High School and the University of Colorado Denver. Favorite roles have included Jazzbo Heywood in Miners Alley Playhouse’s production of “It’s a Wonderful Life: A 1940s Radio Play”; and for The Catamounts, Public Crippen in “The Three Faces of Dr. Crippen” and John N. in “Failure: A Love Story.”

Jason Maxwell. Courtesy The Catamounts.

His medical story: Jason recently faced a severely painful dental crisis that required surgery to place a tooth implant in place of his upper left molar, which also required a sinus lift to complete. Ever the trouper, Jason suffered through the pain in order to complete this year’s run of “A Christmas Carol” before having the procedure, which took place on December 27 – four days after closing. Complicating matters: Colorado Regional Oral Surgery required payment up front before the procedure could take place, and that worked out to $2,992 in advance and out-of-pocket. Most people don’t have that kind of cash in reserve. But in true Jason Maxwell fashion, in making his application to The Denver Actors Fund for financial assistance, he volunteered to have the procedure done without general anesthetic, as that would have shaved about $600 off the bill.

How we helped: The Denver Actors Fund Board of Directors voted to pay for Jason’s entire $2,992 procedure – up front, as required by the surgeon (and including general anesthesia!)

A message from Jason: “In the 10-plus years I’ve been acting professionally in the Denver metro area, I have been amazed at the communal sense of responsibility that Colorado theatrical artists hold for each other. It’s awesome to behold when so many props/furniture/specialty set pieces/building ideas are shared by so many theatres, but what’s even more special is the sharing of funds. The Denver Actors Fund is as special to Colorado as our majestic mountains, and for a theatrical artist in need it is nothing short of a godsend. Thanks to all who donate and for the volunteers who do what they do daily to keep The Denver Actors Fund alive and well. ”

The Denver Actors Fund now has made more than $425,000 available to Colorado artists in medical need.

How you can help us help us help more 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.

From left: Bernadette Sefic, Jason Maxwell and Hossein Forouzandeh in The Catamounts’ ‘Everybody.’ Photo by Michael Ensminger.

HOW TO MAKE A DONATION


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 $425,000 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

Hippo Health LogoGET 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:

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9: Save the Date: For the fifth straight year, The Denver Actors Fund will partner with the Alamo Drafthouse and the local ABC station KMGH-7 for a “Hollywood’s Biggest Night” viewing party, with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting The DAF. Check back on the DAF Events page when advance tickets go on sale.

 

Check back in the new year for further updates!


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Denver Actors Fund in Action: Jake Mendes

JAKE MENDESActor discovers there’s no such thing as a cheap dental emergency

Aid recipient: Lakewood native and True West Award-winning actor Jake Mendes recently starred in the Arvada Center’s “Bright Star” and in DCPA Education’s “Corduroy.” He won the 2018 Henry Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for his performance in the Aurora Fox’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” Other seminal roles have included Dr. Frank-N-Furter in StageDoor Theatre’s The Rocky Horror Musical in Conifer, and the sadistic dentist in Miners Alley Playhouse’s Little Shop of Horrors. Jake has been named to the Arvada Center’s 2020 Black Box Rep Company, and will be a featured player in “Murder on the Orient Express” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Small Mouth Sounds” beginning January 31 and running through May 17. Jake is a graduate of Green Mountain High School and the University of Northern Colorado.

His medical story: Jake recently went in to see his regular dentist and was told he needed an immediate root canal and crown. Jake has dental insurance through Actors Equity, but still faced out-of-pocket expenses totaling $1,090 from both procedures.

How we helped: The Denver Actors Fund Board of Directors has voted to reimburse Jake for his entire $1,090 out-of-pocket obligation.

A message from Jake: “I recently went to the dentist … I hate the dentist … and I wasn’t surprised to be told I needed some work done. But I was very surprised when it turned out to be an urgent root canal and crown. And, of course, the surprisingly high cost to accompany those exciting procedures. I am beyond grateful to The Denver Actors Fund for what they do in our community. Their financial assistance not only helped ease the stress with my bills, but reminded me of how lucky I am to be a part of such a generous theatre community here in Colorado. I’m grateful to everyone who has ever contributed to the DAF, and look forward to paying it forward in the future.”

The Denver Actors Fund has now made more than $421,000 available to Colorado artists in medical need.

Jake Mendes in the Arvada Center’s ‘Bright Star.’ Matt Gale Photography.

How you can help us help us help more 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.

HOW TO MAKE A DONATION


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 $421,000 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

Hippo Health LogoGET 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:

Check back in the new year for updates!


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: Mary McGroary

Mary McGroary in Town Hall Arts Center’s ‘Cabaret.’ Photo by Gary Duff.

Mary McGroary in Town Hall Arts Center’s ‘Cabaret.’ Photo by Becky Toma.

 

Actor doesn’t let chronic knee injury sideline her

Aid recipient: Longtime local actor Mary McGroary, who recently played Fraulein Kost in “Cabaret” and Mona Kent in “Dames at Sea” for the Town Hall Arts Center, is currently appearing in “Holiday Inn” through January 19 at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown. Mary also has recently performed with Vintage Theatre and The Edge Theater.

Her medical story: Mary recently has been dealing with a chronic, cumulative knee issue likely brought on by a lifetime of Irish step dancing and tap dancing. While training for the recent Philadelphia Marathon, doctors discovered a cyst behind her right knee, causing sharp pain. Not good news for an actor who executes “jump-rope tap dancing” in “Holiday Inn.” Doctors recommended an injection that combats inflammation. With a support brace and lots of ice, she has been able to continue to perform. But even though she has health insurance, her doctor’s appointments, ultrasound, X-Rays and treatment left her with $824 in out-of pocket expenses.

How we helped: While Mary only specifically requested compensation for $420, The Denver Actors Fund has reimbursed her for the entire $824 obligation.

A message from Mary: “Even though I have health insurance, I can only afford a plan with a high deductible and high co-pays. I went to the Denver Actors Fund, and they quickly covered all of my out-of-pocket expenses for treatment of this injury. Thank you to The Denver Actors Fund for this incredible gift. A huge worry has been lifted, and I will be forever grateful!”

The Denver Actors Fund has now made more than $415,000 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 TODAY. CLICK HERE TO DONATE.


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 $415,000 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, DECEMBER 17: Our friends at Miners Alley Playhouse are donating ALL PROCEEDS from that evening’s performance of Josh Hartwell’s adaptation of 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. The play begins at 7:30 p.m. Miners Alley Playhouse is located at 1224 Washington Avenue. Golden. Call 303-935-3044 or buy online at minersalley.com. Thank you to Len Matheo, Elizabeth Scott-Mckean, Jonathan Scott-Mckean, Lisa DeCaro, Bryanna Scott, the cast, crew and whoever kindly works the bar. It’s nights like these that make what we do possible.


THROUGH DECEMBER 22: Our friends at Colorado Springs TheatreWorks are taking collections for The Denver Actors Fund after every performance of Around the World in 80 Days. One of the greatest adventures ever told follows fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg, who bets he can circumnavigate the world in only 80 days, only to find the task to be far more challenging than he ever imagined. Danger, romance and comic surprises abound in this adaptation of the Jules Verne novel by Cherry Creek High School graduate Laura Eason. Starring Tyler Esselman as Phileas Fogg and Regina Fernandez as Von Darius. At the Ent Center, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, 719-255-3232 or theatreworkscs.org. Thank you to Artistic Director Caitlin Lowans, Director by Lavina Jadhwani. cast member and former Denver Actors Fund recipient Regina Fernandez for facilitating, all other cast, crew and audience members!

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.