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NEWS: AFBS increases its support of The AFC with incredible $115,000 donation

Toronto – March 17, 2017 – The AFC is pleased to announce that ACTRA Fraternal Benefit Society (AFBS) has renewed its annual support for The AFC with a contribution of $115,000 to help entertainment professionals in crisis situations. AFBS’s 2017 contribution reflects an increase of $15,000 over its allocation for The AFC in 2016.

AFBS, the only national insurance and investment provider that is owned by Canadian performers and screenwriters, has been a supporter of The AFC for over two decades.

“AFBS is committed to supporting the overall health of Canadian artists and we’re proud to support The AFC,” said AFBS president and CEO Robert M. Underwood. “The AFC is truly the lifeline for the entertainment industry, helping Canadian entertainment professionals when they are at their most vulnerable, and we are happy to increase our contribution this year to reflect The AFC’s growth into new programs and initiatives.”

“We are extremely grateful to AFBS for their continued generosity,” said The AFC’s executive director David Hope. “This generous donation will not only allow us to continue providing emergency funding to entertainment professionals going through hard times, but will also enable us to offer more services that assist industry members in their long-term recovery.”

AFBS has been supporting artists’ health and retirement needs since 1975 and is one of Canada’s strongest insurance companies and retirement plan providers.

The AFC is the lifeline for Canada’s entertainment industry. Through compassionate and confidential support, The AFC helps Canadian entertainment professionals maintain their health, dignity and ability to work. In the last 24 months, The AFC has distributed over $1 million in emergency financial aid to help entertainment professionals working in all aspects of film & TV, music, theatre and dance.



David Hope

Executive Director

The AFC – the lifeline for Canada’s entertainment industry



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