Testimonial: GerRee Hinshaw on the Denver Actors Fund

A testimonial from GerRee Hinshaw, pictured above performing in the 2013 presentation of “BALLS!, A Holiday Spectacular.” This year’s “BALLS!” benefits the Denver Actors Fund:
“One Sunday morning last April, my husband, Lee, called me from his parents’ Washington farm with the unimaginable news that his dad had just died in an accident. My son, Manny, and I were on a plane within hours and we stayed with our family in Washington for a week. As the week drew to a close, I began bracing myself for the sudden re-entry to the work week and how tough it would all be on Lee. It occurred to me that nearly everything in the fridge at home in Denver would be spoiled and that we would be arriving to DIA late at night. I was quickly resigning myself to feeding Manny PB&J “parental failure” sandwiches that first day or so back. Then I got an email that the Denver Actors Fund intended to support us with meals upon our return to Colorado. We were stunned. Overwhelmed with gratitude. It was completely unexpected, this show of love from my theatre community, some of whom didn’t know me from Adam, let alone know Lee and his family. Grief is a messy process. It is distracting and confusing. It is painful and revealing. And because of The Denver Actors Fund, we did not go through it alone. And Manny didn’t eat a single failure sandwich. That week.”


10300052_858059890874668_5645312277954252133_n“BALLS!, A Holiday Spectacular,” a fundraiser for the Denver Actors Fund, will be held on Dec. 8 and 15 at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret on the 16th Street Mall at Arapahoe Street.

The Denver Actors Fund is a modest source of immediate relief when members of the Denver theater community find themselves in situational medical need. In its first 18 months, it has raised more than $26,000, delivered more than 50 meals and provided more than 15 bags of groceries.

“BALLS!” is an annual holiday variety show with musical  guest stars, audience sock puppet singalongs, spontaneous haikus and a white elephant. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Mondays, Dec. 8 and 15. Hosted by GerRee Hinshaw, Emily K. Harrison, Jim Ruberto and Mare Trevathan, along with guest stars including musicians John Common, Jess DeNicola, Janet Feder and Jen Korte; storyteller Adam Goldstein; drag queen Zoe O; and comedians Mara Wiles and Eric Mather..  Click here for tickets and more details.

For tickets: http://lannies.com/?p=12918. For info on the Denver Actors Fund: http://www.denveractorsfund.org.




By John Moore

Award-winning arts journalist John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the United States by American Theatre Magazine during has 12 years at The Denver Post. Hen then created a groundbreaking new media outlet covering Colorado arts an culture as an in-house, multimedia journalist for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He also founded The Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that has raised more than $600,000 for theatre artists in medical need. He is now a journalist for hire as the founder of Moore Media Colorado. You can find samples of his work at MooreJohn.Com. Contact him at culturewestjohn@gmail.com