Financial-aid recipient: Joey Wishnia, who won the Colorado Theatre Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, was educated at Rhodes University and received a teaching diploma in Speech and Drama from Trinity College in London. He came to the United States in 1993 and quickly established himself in the local theatre community as an actor and director concentrating on classical theatre. He has worked in practically every facet of the entertainment industry, most recently having performed in Vintage Theatre’s “Sunset Boulevard.” He has also written scripts for children’s theatre, devised and appeared in four one-man shows and developed several educational programs aimed at encouraging children to read.
His story: Joey Wishnia has Macular Degeneration, which involves monthly visits for eye injections. He also has recently had two cataract removal surgeries (one eye at a time) and also has had two teeth extracted. These medical setbacks have made it hard for Joey to keep up with his everyday expenses.
How we will help: The Denver Actors Fund has made $522.40 available to Wishnia to help satisfy his immediate financial needs and give him some breathing room going into September.
Update: In May 2018, the DAF Board approved an additional grant of $520.37 to pay for Joey’s continuing eye injections for macular degeneration, bringing his total overall support including targeted donations from the public to $2,237.37.
How you can help us help Joey Wishnia more: If you would like to target a specific donation to Joey Wishnia, simply mail tax-deductible checks made out to Denver Actors Fund (with Joey Wishnia’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 Joey Wishnia. Otherwise it will be applied to the replenishment of the DAF’s general fund.
A message from Joey Wishnia: “I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the Denver Actors Fund. Not only because they have helped me, but because they hold an umbrella over the heads of our theatre community to protect us from the rain that always comes unexpectedly.”
(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.)
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