Aid recipient: Broc Timmerman of Loveland has been an actor at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse in Johnstown for most of its 10-year existence, most recently as a tumbling salt shaker in Beauty and the Beast; in the ensemble of Kiss Me, Kate; as Tenario in Man of La Mancha, and, coming up next, in Newsies. Before that, he appeared in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at the Arvada Center in 2007 and as Luke in productions of Altar Boyz for both the Carousel Dinner Theatre (now Midtown Arts Center) and in Denver at the Clocktower Cabaret. Broc is originally from Kimball, Neb., and graduated from the University of Wyoming.
His medical story: Broc recently aggravated an old back injury while in performance of Kiss Me, Kate, and had to undergo emergency back surgery for a ruptured disc. The surgery and its recovery hurt him on several fronts: Post-insurance, Broc was left with a variety of bills totaling $6,772 in out-of-pocket expenses covering surgery, an MRI, radiology treatment, pain management, urgent care and more. It also sidelined him both from performing and working his day job as a massage therapist. His recovery cost him about $3,000 in lost wages, leaving him without income for basic living expenses. Broc’s primary income comes from performing and tips from waiting tables at Candlelight, as well as his job at Massage Envy.
How we have helped: The Denver Actors Fund’s board of directors has approved a grant of $4,500, equaling the largest gift in our history, to help Broc with immediate bills due and catching up on essential living expenses.
How you can help us help Broc more: By our estimate, the DAF gift still leaves Broc with at least $2,200 in unpaid medical obligations and about $1,000 behind on living expenses while he couldn’t work. If you would like to direct a specific donation to help give Broc some more breathing room as he gets back on his financial feet, simply mail checks in any amount made out to Denver Actors Fund (with Broc Timmerman’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 to Broc Timmerman. (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.
Update: Targeted donations totaling $152 to help Broc Timmerman have brought the total amount of DAF assistance for him to $4,652 through Aug. 30.
A message from Broc: “I can’t put into words how grateful I am. The Denver Actors Fund truly helps to change people’s lives for the better. I can attest to that.”
The Denver Actors Fund has now made more than $238,000 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.
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