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President Short Receives Highest Honor

Photo caption: On October 30, 2004 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, International President Thomas C. Short was presented “The Actors’ Fund Medal of Honor,” the Fund’s highest honor.

The Actors’ Fund of America, a nonprofit organization founded in 1882, provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals - designers, writers, sound technicians, musicians, dancers, administrators, directors, film editors, stagehands - as well as actors.

Each year The Actors’ Fund honors members of the entertainment community for their extraordinary achievement and contribution to the industry.  On Saturday, October 30, the gala event was held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City where International President Thomas C. Short was presented “The Actors’ Fund Medal of Honor”, the Fund’s highest honor. President Short, who serves as a member of the Fund’s Board of Directors, expressed his deep appreciation for this honor and stated that he was proud to accept the Award on behalf of the entire membership of the IATSE.

Other honorees that evening included J.  Nicholas Counter III, President of the AMPTP who received the Fund’s “Nedda Harrigan Logan Award”; actor Johnny Depp received the “Lee Strasberg Artistic Achievement Award”; and a “Special Lifetime Achievement Award” was presented to longtime actress Angela Lansbury.

The event was attended by the entire General Executive Board, invited representatives of the International, representatives of many IA local unions and other labor organizations, as well as friends and distinguished guests of all the honorees.