Denver Actors Fund in Action: Kevin Lowry

Kevin Lowry.

Financial-aid recipient: Kevin Lowry is an actor, improviser, teacher and photographer whose recent credits include “12 Angry Men” for the Cherry Creek Theatre, “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” for The Edge Theatre, “The 39 Steps” for the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre and “Juliet and Romeo” for the Betsy Stage. Other credits include the Arvada Center, Miners Alley Playhouse, Aurora Fox and No Holds Bard. He is also very active on improv comedy stages around Denver with the group Hot Nap. When local actor Shelly Bordas was receiving treatment for cancer, Lowry hosted a fundraiser on her behalf at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse. He studied at Millikin University in St. Louis.

His story: Kevin’s permanent retainer recently broke after 22 years, leaving him with a sharp metal wire poking directly into his mouth. He had to go to an emergency dentist to have the rest of the retainer removed, and have a new retainer and night guard made. He was told the cost of the repair and replacement was not covered under his insurance. After his dentist convinced him of the overall health benefits, Kevin had no choice but to put the $444.06 expense on a credit card.

How we will help: The Denver Actors Fund is reimbursing Kevin Lowry for his expense of $444.06.

A message from Kevin Lowry: “When I wrote to the Denver Actors Fund, I was not sure if they helped with dental issues, or if this were a large enough expense (to bother). But within 24 hours, I got a return call assuring me this was indeed why Denver Actors Fund exists. Not having this unexpected debt really allows me to breathe a little easier, and the financial assistance makes me feel connected to our theatre community in a powerful and unexpected way. Thank you, Denver Actors Fund. Thank you, Denver theatre community.”

(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.)

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 financial relief, a team of more than 60 Denver Actors Fund volunteers offers good neighborly assistance including meal prep and delivery, child care, transportation, errands, construction, pet-sitting and more. For more information, visit our web site at www.DenverActorsFund.Org.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

To DONATE the Denver Actors Fund: Please click here (with our humble thanks):

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:
4594 Osceola St.
Denver, CO 80212

ATTEND UPCOMING DENVER ACTORS FUND EVENTS

TUESDAY, MAY 10: “Be Brave!” The Denver Actors Fund celebrates the life of its late President, Brenda Billings, with an evening of songs from musicals she directed with the Evergreen Players and Miners Alley Playhouse. Songs will be performed from Hair, Hairspray, Godspell, The Fantasticks and Songs for a New World. This promises to be a night of wonderful music and surprise guest appearances that all fans of the musical theatre – and living life to the fullest – will enjoy. Hosted by Paul Dwyer. Musical Direction by Mitch Samu. Proceeds will equally benefit the Denver Actors Fund and Miners Alley Playhouse. Advance reservations strongly encouraged. Ticket information here.

 

ATTEND THE “DENVER ACTORS FUND PRESENTS …” MONTHLY FILM SERIES: The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Littleton hosts a monthly 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 on Monday, May 23 is “Legally Blonde,” featuring pre-screening entertainment by cast members from Littleton Town Hall Arts Center’s upcoming production, scheduled May 20-June 19. “Legally Blonde” film director Robert Luketic and screenwriters Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah are scheduled to appear at this special screening and will participate in a Q&A and autograph-signing in the lobby afterward. Luketic’s films include “The Ugly Truth,” “Killers,” “Paranoia” and “21.” More information.

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Denver Actors Fund in Action: Amy Malmgren

Watch: Amy Malmgren is interviewed along with the rest of The Denver Actors Fund Board of Directors on a recent episode of  “In Focus With Eden Lane.”

Update: So there is a reason we have legal counsel! The Denver Actors Fund has a stipulation that was unanimously approved by its board of directors upon founding that states board members are ineligible for financial gifts. That means no matter how badly we want to help Amy Malmgren with funds to help defer her medical expenses, we are legally prohibited from doing so. What we can do is help get Amy’s story out there, and encourage the community to support Amy Malmgren directly.

Amy Malmgren appeared at the very first Denver Actors Fund event, a late night of theatre-themed karaoke.

Amy Malmgren appeared at the very first Denver Actors Fund event, a late night of theatre-themed karaoke.

Financial-aid recipient: Highlands Ranch resident Amy Malmgren, a graduate of Arvada High School and Metro State College, has often appeared in Magic Moments’ annual musical revue extravaganza, most recently in 2014. She also serves as Treasurer on the Denver Actors Fund’s Board of Directors. Amy actually sits on several boards, and she prefers to concentrate on issues that impact the health, independence and quality of life of individuals living with spinal-cord injury or disease.

Her story: Amy was paralyzed in a near-death car accident 24 years ago. Since then, she has battled infection, illness and overcoming the stigma of living with a disability. All while raising three young men as a single mother, including two now 16-year-old twins. Nine months ago, Amy was diagnosed with Stage 4 bladder cancer. (There is no Stage 5.)  After a strict regimen of chemotherapy and radical surgery, doctors miraculously declared her cancer-free in October. But her celebration was short-lived. Her cancer has returned, again as Stage 4. It has metastasized from her lymph nodes, spread into the small intestines and has possibly reached the pubic bone. Amy is taking on the challenge with good grace: “I beat it before, and I will beat it again,” she says. But Amy’s first fight against cancer depleted her savings. She currently owes Swedish Hospital $2,358, before the next round of treatment begins. Amy is self-employed, but had to let many of her contracts go last year while she focused on chemotherapy and surgery.

How we will help: See the update above

How you can help us help Amy Malmgren more:  Amy will face significant new costs associated with her next round of treatment. Any support you can help her with would be greatly appreciated, and will be directly applied to medical costs. If you would like to direct a specific donation to help Amy Malmgren, you have two options:

Online: Click here to go to a GoFundMe page that has been set up to support Amy.

Postal:  Checks made out to Amy Malmgren may be sent to 4594 Osceola St., Denver, CO 80212. They will be forwarded directly to her. Checks must be made out to Amy Malmgren.

A message from Amy Malmgren: “Life is crazy sometimes. We don’t get to choose all our paths, or I certainly wouldn’t have chosen cancer. But here I am again. With lots (and I mean LOTS) of prayers, I beat the highest stage of cancer in just four months, and I plan on doing it again. Please pray for my healing and ask everyone you know to do the same. If you can donate, wonderful. If your prayers are what you can offer, that is wonderful, too. I appreciate any and all of it. Thank you, family and friends for all your generous support and may God bless you!

 

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 financial relief, a team of more than 60 Denver Actors Fund volunteers offers good neighborly assistance including meal prep and delivery, child care, transportation, errands, construction, pet-sitting and more. For more information, visit our web site at www.DenverActorsFund.Org

 

Denver Actors Fund in Action: Tom Borrillo

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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.

BorrilloFinancial-aid recipient: Veteran Denver actor Tom Borrillo, a graduate of Mullen High School, has performed as the hot-tempered patriarch Chet in the 1950s family vignette Over the Tavern everywhere from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival  to the Arvada Center to the Bas Bleu Theatre in Fort Collins. He won the 2007 Henry Award for his performance in the Paragon Theatre Company’s Frankie and Johnny. His local stage credits include Misery (Paragon), Rounding Third (Arvada Center), Ulysses Chapter 15 (Germinal Stage-Denver), Lost in Yonkers (Mizel Center) and Sleuth (Lake Dillon Theatre Company). His Off-Broadway credits include Circle in the Square, and three seasons as a stunt fighter with the Metropolitan Opera. He has appeared on The Cosby Show, Spin City and Daria, as well as in six films. Tom is from the busy local theatre family that includes cousin Paul Borrillo and his wife, Erica Sarzin-Borrillo.

His story: Tom broke his shoulder in DAFJune during a fall on a visit to Amsterdam. His emergency surgery there was botched, and his arm broke free. He had to fly home using special medical transport for an emergency second surgery. His Kaiser insurance does not cover the botched overseas operation or the flight home. Those specific expenses alone total about $8,000. His second, corrective surgery in the U.S., partially covered by insurance, has brought his remaining out-of-pocket expenses to nearly $15,000. When not performing, Tom is a bartender, but he won’t be able to return to work for several more months while he undergoes physical therapy.

How we will help: he Denver Actors Fund Board of Directors unanimously approved a $1,200 grant to help relieve Tom’s immediate financial burden. He later received $390 in targeted gifts from the community, bringing our overall support to $1,590.

A message from Tom:I want to put out an enormous thank you to the Denver Actors Fund and everyone who makes it possible. The last 2 1/2 months, I have been through the ringer. It has been very touching to know there is a community of like-minded people out there who cared enough to create this foundation. Thank you to everyone involved. ‘Recovery Can Be An Overwhelming And Lonely, Boring Time.’ (I even started watching Dance Moms for a while.) Thanks one more time. You all have really helped keep my chin up; my chicken-arm still needs a pulley.”

To help us help Tom more: If you would like to donate to the Denver Actors Fund, see below. If you would like to direct a specific donation to Tom Borrillo, mail checks in his name to Denver Actors Fund, 4594 Osceola St., Denver, CO 80212.

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Tom Borrillo starred in the Bas Bleu Theatre of Fort Collins’ recent production of “Over the Tavern.” Photo by John Moore.

Read more Denver Actors Fund testimonials by clicking here

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

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 financial relief, a team og more than 60 Denver Actors Fund volunteers offers good neighborly assistance including meal prep and delivery, child care, transportation, errands, construction, pet-sitting and more. For more information, visit our web site at www.DenverActorsFund.Org

How you can donate to the Denver Actors Fund: Please go here (with our humble thanks):

 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:
4594 Osceola St.
Denver, CO 80212

 

COME TO OUR FUNDRAISING EVENTS:

Sept. 29: Miscast 2014, Directed by Robert Michael Sanders  at the Aurora Fox. Click here for details and tickets.

Dec 8 and 15: “BALLS! A Holiday Spectacular” will perform at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. Click here for details and tickets. 

 

SHOP AT AMAZONSMILE:

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BUY A POSTER!
poster1.4_Cross 134 women (and a few token dudes) from the Colorado theater community, all supporting the Denver Actors Fund. They cost $20 per poster (20×28). To order, email your quantity to denveractorsfund@gmail.com. We’ll take care of delivery and payment from there.

 

 

 

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

 

Video: See highlights from a Feb. 10 fundraiser held on behalf of the Denver Actors Fund: