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Ground Breaking For Actors Fund Home Expansion and Renovation Project April 17



DATE: April 19, 2006
CONTACT: Lynne Hoppe, 212.221.7300 ext. 129, Fax: 212.764.0238

Groundbreaking For Actors’ Fund Home Expansion and Renovation Project April 17

(New York) – Actors James Earl Jones and Actors’ Fund President Brian Mitchell Stokes will be on hand at 12 noon on Monday, April 17, for the official groundbreaking of The Actors’ Fund expansion and renovation project at The Lillian Booth Actors’ Home of The Actors’ Fund in Englewood, New Jersey. “The Actors Fund is thrilled to begin this exciting and essential expansion of our Lillian Booth Actors’ Home of The Actors’ Fund.  This expansion, made possible by the continued generosity of many friends and colleagues, is a perfect example of the vital work of The Fund – recognizing the needs of our community and taking care of our own.”

The expansion and renovation of The Actors’ Fund’s acclaimed assisted living and skilled nursing care facility includes the addition of 15 new beds, the expansion of sub-acute care to offer more residents IV therapies, wound care, pain management and hospice services, and the creation of a rehabilitation and activities wing to provide physical, occupational and speech therapies.  Improvements will also be made to the lobby and shared living areas.

“The renovation and expansion will improve patient care with the addition of both beds and services,” said Jordan Strohl, Administrator of The Lillian Booth Actors’ Home.  “And, the beautification will create a warm, comfortable, welcoming atmosphere for all our residents.”

The Home has a current capacity of 109 residents, and the need for its services continues to grow.   “Over the next ten years, the number of Americans between the ages of 75 and 84 will increase by 28%, and those over 84 by 42%,” said Barbara Davis, Chief Program Officer at The Actors’ Fund.  “Already, applicants hoping to move into our skilled nursing home are too often asked to wait, or are referred someplace else, because there are not enough beds available to meet the demand.” 
To finance the project, The Actors’ Fund is launching a $4-million capital campaign, which has been dubbed The Sunshine Boys Campaign in honor of vaudevillians Smith & Dale, the original “Sunshine Boys” and former residents of The Actors’ Fund Home in Englewood.  The official groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, April 17, will mark the start of the fundraising campaign and launch the first phase of construction at the New Jersey facility.  James Earl Jones and Brian Mitchell Stokes will be joined at the groundbreaking by Actors’ Fund Executive Director Joe Benincasa.

Founded in 1882, The Actors’ Fund is the national human services organization helping all entertainment and performing arts professionals in television, film, music, theatre, opera and dance.  The Actors’ Fund’s broad spectrum of programs includes comprehensive social and health services, supportive and affordable housing, career counseling, and skilled nursing and assisted living care.  Actors Fund programs address the essential needs of people in our industry.  Administered from offices in New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Fund is a safety net, providing essential support for those in need, crisis or transition.

For more information about the fund, please call 212.221.7300 or visit the website



Veterans of stage and screen gathered to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday and break ground on a major renovation project at the Lillian Booth Actor’s Home of The Actors’ Fund in Englewood, New Jersey on Monday, including (left to right) Actors’ Fund executive director Joe Benincasa, Lillian Booth, Frances Gaar, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Carol Herbert of the New Jersey Arts Council, Actors’ Fund Trustee Steve Kalafer, James Earl Jones and Dominic Chianese.