Photos, Video: Denver Actors Fund 'Be Brave' concert

Denver Actors Fund 'Be Brave' concert Our photo gallery from the Hard Rock Cafe’s “Be Brave” concert on May 10. To see more photos, hover your cursor over the photo above and click the “forward” arrow. Photos by John Moore and Emily Lozow for the DCPA’s NewsCenter.

The Hard Rock Cafe Denver hosted a concert to honor late Denver Actors Fund President Brenda Billings on May 10. Local actors re-gathered to perform songs from musicals directed by Billings for the Evergreen Players and Miners Alley Playhouse in Golden.

Family members also participated, including in the video below, daughters Jamie, Jacquie Jo, Jessica and son Brady.

The event raised $3,814 for the Denver Actors Fund, which provides financial and other services to members of the local theatre community in situational medical need.

New Denver Actors Fund Board Member Will Barnette (Billings’ son-in-law) announced a $10,000 gift from an anonymous donor in honor Billings, who died April 13 at age 57. The $10,000 donation puts the Denver Actors Fund over the $100,000 mark in total funds raised in less than three years of existence. It will be applied toward the Denver Actors Fund’s first-ever matching campaign, the Brenda Billings Memorial Match.

The $10,000 donor’s hope was that friends of Brenda Billings will match the donation in her honor. Here’s how to help:

In addition, the concert raised $2,414 for Miners Alley Playhouse in Golden, where Billings was Artistic Director. The emcee was Paul Dwyer. The Musical Director was Mitch Samu. In all, there were 30 performers, including surprise guests Tucker Worley (Billings’ nephew) and Jordan Geiger, both New York-based actors.

In the video above, Will Barnette announces the $10,000 Brenda Billings Memorial Match.

Previous NewsCenter Coverage of Brenda Billings
Donor launches $10,000 Brenda Billings Match Campaign
Evening of songs to honor Brenda Billings at Hard Rock Cafe
Photos: Brenda Billings’ Life Celebration brings Ashford home
Colorado theatre loses Brenda Billings: ‘A warrior of acceptance’
Brenda Billings named Denver Actors Fund President
​Miners Alley Playhouse makes way for new artistic leadership

Brenda Billings Be Brave

Be Brave performer list:
Megan Augustin
Jacquie Jo Billings
Jamie Billings
Ashley Brown
Chris Burroughs
Timothy Campbell
Lisa DeCaro
Paul Dwyer
Kerri Emswiller
McKenzie Evans
Jordan Geiger
Drew Horwitz
Matt Kok
Shelley Krane
Margie Lamb
Kate Lubotsky
Daniel Langhoff
Chas Lederer
Mark Lively
Patrick May
Gail Montgomery           
Gabriel Morales
Andy Nikhomvan-Nuanhngam
McKenna O’Meara
Anna Paul
Ken Paul
Rory Pierce
Tyrell D. Rae
Leslie Randle
Josh Rigo
Kristen Samu
Cody Schuyler
Sonsharae Tull
Brad Wagner
Bailey Walton
Tucker Worley

The band: Mitch Samu, Mitch Jervis, Steve Klein, Tag Worley.

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