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September 30, 2002

The Actors' Fund of America plans information session for Chicago area entertainment industry professionals

The Chicago area entertainment community is invited to a daylong session being presented by The Actors' Fund of America on Wednesday, October 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 pm at the SAG/AFTRA Kaufherr Members Resource Center, 1 East Erie, Suite 660, Chicago (near State and Erie). The Actors' Fund of America is the national human services organization that serves the entertainment community through its offices in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. The Fund provides vital social services programs, health care services, supportive housing, and financial assistance as well as support for employment and training, through The Actors' Work Program.

Participants should plan to attend the entire session. The morning portion of the program will present an overview of the services and resources of The Fund, including services such as: access to health insurance, mental health resources, budgeting, and career counseling. In the afternoon, The Actors' Work Program will conduct a workshop focusing on strategies for developing meaningful sideline and second careers. Presenters will be Don Towne of the Fund's Chicago office and Patch Schwadron, Career Counselor Supervisor of The Actors' Work Program.

"We're delighted to meet with our community in Chicago," states Joe Benincasa, Executive Director of The Actors' Fund of America. "By definition, work in the entertainment industry is not full-time or stable. The services of The Fund help entertainment industry professionals manage both their personal and professional lives. This session will help people learn more about The Fund; obtain information about other career and job options, and network with their colleagues. We expect all participants to walk-away with concrete information, that will help them address work and personal issues."

To reserve a spot at this free program, please contact: Don Towne, The Actors' Fund of America, Midwestern Region, 203 N. Wabash, Suite 2104, Chicago, IL 60601; (312) 372-0989; fax: (212) 372-0272.

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