VIDEO: Brian Stokes Mitchell Reflects on Nearly 20 Years as Entertainment Community Fund Board Chair
Annette Bening succeeds the Tony Award winner in this role.
in new video Brian Stokes Mitchell Look back on nearly 20 years as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Entertainment Community Foundation, a national human services organization serving everyone in the performing arts and entertainment.
“As I reflect at this moment, one word keeps coming up: gratitude,” said Tony Award winner Mitchell. Watch Mitchell’s heartfelt remarks in the video above.
Broadway favorite Mitchell will continue to serve as a trustee of the fund and chair the newly formed Leadership Council, comprised of former trustees, Entertainment Community Fund Medal of Honor recipients and volunteer representatives, to help advance the organization’s work .
Under his leadership as chairman, Mitchell steered the fund through several momentous moments in the entertainment industry. During the height of the pandemic in 2020 and 2021, the organization helped more than 60,000 people through a wide range of programs and services. Since March 2020, the fund has distributed more than $30 million in emergency financial assistance to more than 20,000 people.
In an earlier statement, Mitchell said: “Where do I start to reflect on my time as IMF chairman? Being able to serve my peers is what I do when we are doing what we love in our artistic lives. It is an honor, even though doing what we love brings challenges and uncertainty. Thanks to all the wonderful people in the fund, I know our community will continue to have a safety net of support in times of need. As my friend – and before High school friend of mine! – Annette is chair, and I know the board and fund are under excellent stewardship.”
Since 1882, the foundation has worked to ensure stability, encourage resilience, and provide a safety net for those who shape our nation’s cultural vibrancy.access EntertainmentCommunity.org.