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46 SAG-AFTRA | Winter 2021 | VISIBILITY TAKES CENTER STAGE AT 41 ST MEDIA ACCESS AWARDS Lauren Ridloff of The Walking Dead received the SAG-AFTRA Harold Russell Award at the 41st Media Access Awards presented by Easterseals on Nov. 19. The annual ceremony, which honors the on- and off-screen work of creatives and productions that endeavor to increase the visibility of performers with disabilities, took place virtually. GETTY IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES FOR EASTERSEALS S AG-AFTRA members Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker and Brian Stokes Mitchell were among honorees at The Actors Fund and Career Transition for Dancers Gala on Nov. 2. SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris and other union leaders attended the virtual event, which celebrated both The Fund and the 35th anniversary of the organization's Career Transition for Dancers program. Broderick, Parker and Mitchell received The Actors Fund Medal of Honor, which recognizes individuals and organizations committed to enriching the entertainment community. Also honored was AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka, whose work has included establishing investment programs for union workers' pension and benefit funds. In addition to a number of special performances, The Fund raised more than $1.1 million for its continued philanthropic efforts. Since March, the organization has provided more than $16 million in emergency relief to performers in need. SAG-AFTRA Members Honored at Actors Fund Gala SAG-AFTRA leadership, right, sat together at a virtual "table" at The Actors Fund and Career Transition for Dancers Gala on Nov. 2. The event paid tribute to, clockwise from upper left, Richard L. Trumka, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker. This award is a reminder of the opportunities I've been given thanks to those who paved the way for me on Broadway and in Hollywood. Because of their talents and advocacy, I've been given an incredible platform to continue the work of reshaping the deaf narrative. — LAUREN RIDLOFF

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