The Lambs Foundation
A theatrical non-profit charity established in 1943
ABOUT THE LAMBS
No history of The Lambs,
Inc. would be complete without reference to the Club's non-profit branch,
and its response to community needs, whereas mention must be made to the Percy William's Home, Winchell Smith, and
The Lambs Foundation.
Percy Williams, once the treasurer of the Club, is remembered for his great generosity. By his request, the handsome Williams estate in East Islip, Long Island, along with ample funds to maintain it, was established as a Home for actors and actresses in advanced years. Terms of his will required that six members of The Lambs and six members of the Actors' Fund of America be elected to supervise the operation of the Home. Eventually the home merged in The Actors' Fund of America.
Winchell Smith, nephew of the eminent actor and author William Gillette, was himself a successful actor, playwright and producer. In the latter field he was long associated with the late John Golden. At his death in 1933 it was disclosed that Smith had left a lasting memorial to his name, as well as a perpetual source of benevolence to his fellow actors, the Winchell Smith Fund.
The Lambs Relief Foundation was formed in 1943 as an organized charity under the laws of the State of New York. Supported by donations, it dispenses funds for the benefit of the needy, sick or destitute members of the entertainment profession. By action of the 1961-62 Council the corporate name was changed to
The Lambs Foundation, and its purview expanded to include
the support of theatrical organizations and development of new works.
The Lambs Foundation is very active today, supported in part by a bequest by Frederick Loewe's estate, and benefits many theatrical charities, education programs and theatre companies. Past recipients have included The Actors' Fund of America, Tony Randall's National Theater, The Pearl Theater Company, Circle-In-The-Square, the Manhattan Theatre Company, the Theatre Hall of Fame, St. Clare's Hospital, The Oberon Theater Ensemble and several universities.
For more information please contact us at (212) 586-0306, or E-mail us. The Lambs Foundation gladly accepts donations, which are fully tax-deductible as provided by law (please check with your tax advisor), not only for continuing its mission, but for the restoration of its archives and art work - persons may 'adopt' a painting by accepting the cost of its restoration, and a plaque honoring their donation will be placed near that painting.
The Lambs Foundation
connected in any way to other similarly
named charities, such as Friends of the Lambs, or The Lamb Foundation
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