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It’s been just over a year since the Denver Actors Fund — John Moore’s project that offers cash and assistance to members of the theater community facing medical crises — became a formal thing, and it’s grown exponentially in that time to include a board of directors, sixty volunteers on...
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It’s been just over a year since the Denver Actors Fund — John Moore’s project that offers cash and assistance to members of the theater community facing medical crises — became a formal thing, and it’s grown exponentially in that time to include a board of directors, sixty volunteers on a variety of action teams providing services from meal delivery to transportation to doctor’s appointments, and a recent 501(c)3 nonprofit designation. And although Moore admits that he still doesn’t always know what he’s doing, it must be something right: The DAF, which he describes as a “modern equivalent of the old-school telephone tree,” has raised more than $16,000, providing mini-grants to seven people in need in just its first year. The real challenge, Moore says, is getting people in need of help to ask for it: “It’s still going to take time for people to get used to the idea that they’re actually worthy of it.”

Moore also sees the organization as a way to mobilize the theater community. “In a weird way — and this is schmaltzy, I know — the local performing-arts community is like a chosen family,” he explains, noting that most theater people are too poor themselves to be expected to carry all of the project’s financial weight. So tonight’s Late Night All-Star Karaoke Night is open to the public and isn’t exactly a fundraiser, though donations are welcome. “If we make money, that’s great, but right now it’s more important for us to get awareness of our services out there.” Grants and public response, he hopes, will take care of the rest.

The karaoke with a twist — patrons choose performers from a local pool of theater talent to sing for a $10 donation — begins at 10 p.m. at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, 1260 22nd Street. Admission is $5, and if you can’t make it, there’s more to come in 2014; visit denveractorsfund.org for more information.
Sat., June 28, 10 p.m., 2014

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