Robert E. Wankel, Bob Bakish Will Receive Actors Fund Medal of Honor | Playbill

Benefits and Galas Robert E. Wankel, Bob Bakish Will Receive Actors Fund Medal of Honor

The honors will be presented in May at The Actors Fund Gala, a bicoastal event that will also be streamed.

Robert E. Wankel

The Actors Fund has announced the spring return of The Actors Fund Gala, which will be held May 9 with simultaneous live broadcasts at events in New York City (at the Marriott Marquis) and Los Angeles (at Paramount Pictures) and a national private stream for people to watch around the country.

The evening will feature the presentation of the Medal of Honor, an annual award that recognizes those who have had a profound impact on the entertainment community. Recipients this year include Shubert Organization Chairman and CEO Robert E. Wankel and Paramount President and CEO Bob Bakish. Additional honorees will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2022 Gala is co-chaired by Actors Fund Vice Chair Annette Bening and Chairman of the Board Brian Stokes Mitchell.

“The Actors Fund is thrilled to host our first bicoastal gala in Los Angeles and New York City to celebrate everyone in the performing arts and entertainment community,” says Mitchell. “It’s a privilege to recognize Bob Bakish, President and CEO of Paramount, and Bob Wankel, Chairman and CEO of The Shubert Organization, with our Medal of Honor, as they fully embody our shared mission of supporting a life in the arts with their leadership, collaboration, and dedication to the entertainment industry.”

The Actors Fund is the national human services organization supporting those working in performing arts and entertainment. Since March 2020, The Actors Fund has distributed more than $26 million in direct financial assistance to more than 17,700 entertainment professionals.

Tickets to the benefit begin at $500 with customized packages available beginning at $25,000. Visit

Bernadette Peters and Joel Grey Honor Philip J. Smith and Robert E. Wankel of The Shubert Organization


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