2024 Bridge Awards and Benefit

Monday, June 3, 2024 at 6pm
The Manhattan Penthouse
80 Fifth Avenue, E 14th St, New York, NY 10011

Join us for an unforgettable evening as we celebrate the remarkable achievements of the extraordinary individuals and organizations dedicated to advancing labor rights. At the 2024 Bridge Awards and Benefit, we are honored to recognize SAG-AFTRA, represented by Rebecca Damon (Executive Director of the New York Local, Labor Policy, and International Affairs for SAG-AFTRA), for summer strike efforts in 2023 which achieved historic victories for their members, and Michelle Zettergren (President of Labor and Public Sector at MagnaCare), for her sustained commitment to innovative and collaborative partnerships that serve working people. Their tireless efforts have made a profound impact on the lives of countless workers, and we are privileged to recognize their contributions. Join us in celebrating their inspiring leadership and unwavering commitment to bridging the gap between the arts, labor, and community.

This event will benefit Working Theater’s 39th Season of creating theater for, about, and with working people, and will include a cocktail reception, dinner, live entertainment, silent auction, and much more. 

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If you’re interested in purchasing an ad for our benefit journal, please see below for more details on sizes and pricing. The deadline to submit is Friday, May 17th, 2024.

BACK COVER $2500 (First come)
INSIDE FRONT/BACK COVER $2000 (first come)
FULL PAGE PREFERRED PLACEMENT $1250
FULL PAGE AD $900
HALF PAGE AD $500

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Meet the Honorees

SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals.

SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond.

Rebecca Damon is Executive Director, New York Local, Labor Policy and International Affairs for SAG-AFTRA. A champion for workers’ rights, Damon’s leadership includes strengthening New York’s right of publicity and digital image rights for the benefit of all members. She has been recognized five years in a row as one of the most noteworthy figures on the front lines of New York by City and State Labor Power 100, and was named to the City and State 2023 Power of Diversity: Women 100 list. In 2018, Damon was honored with the New York LaborPress Leadership Award for her outstanding advocacy on behalf of SAG-AFTRA members and her long standing dedication and support of the labor movement. Additionally, she was a recipient of the Irish Echo Connecting America Award, the Leaders of Labor Award, the SAG-AFTRA George Heller Memorial Award gold card, and SAG-AFTRA New York Local’s Joseph C. Riley Award.

Damon served as executive vice president, the union’s second-highest elected national office, and also served as president of the New York Local. She is a fierce advocate for education and empowerment of performers nationwide. During her tenure as Screen Actors Guild New York Division Vice President, she was a founding member of both the SAG President’s Forum for One Union and the joint Group for One Union, helping lead the effort to unite SAG and AFTRA. As co-leader of the Operations Workgroup, Damon was a key architect of the merger. 

Outside of SAG-AFTRA, Damon advocates for workers’ rights as a vice president of the New York State AFL-CIO Executive Council and a member of the New York City Central Labor Council. She is a member of the New York City Film and Television Production Industry Council advising on the city’s production policies and programs. She is on the board of PowHer NY, an inclusive statewide network committed to securing economic equality for all New York women. She is also a vice president of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, an educational, humanitarian and philanthropic nonprofit organization. As the primary liaison for Foundation programming in New York, she oversaw creation of the Robin Williams Center for Entertainment and Media in Times Square.

Michelle Zettergren joined MagnaCare in 2017, becoming the first female President in the organization’s 34-year history and part of a diverse leadership team focused on serving the needs of self-funded clients with groundbreaking products and solutions.

Since joining MagnaCare, Michelle has led initiatives that have transformed the business — including new strategic health system alliances, market leading technology, increased customer acquisition and retention, national market expansion, market-leading NPS, and enhanced Trust Fund Administrative service offerings. She has a passion for partnering with Labor Funds to build innovative, collaborative, member-focused solutions.

Michelle has also received multiple honors for her outstanding leadership, including recognitions from Crain’s Notables in Healthcare (2020, 2022 and 2023) and Power Women on Long Island (2020). She is consistently named to the City and State’s Labor Power 100 list (2019-2023) and has been honored by Schneps Media as a New York Labor Leader (2021-2023).

Michelle has over 25+ years of experience in the health insurance industry primarily focused on Labor and Public Sector. She has worked for several national and regional carriers in various leadership roles. She has completed Labor Relations training with the University of Connecticut’s Office of Labor Relations. Michelle is a certified Mediator who has consulted in numerous Labor negotiations and has served as an expert witness for Labor in several successful arbitration and mediation disputes.

Michelle has served on multiple local and national boards including the American Association of Payers, Administrators and Networks (AAPAN), Special Olympics Connecticut and she currently serves on the Board of United Way of Long Island. Michelle is routinely invited to share her insights on healthcare issues and solutions at industry events and as a guest contributor in multiple publications. Michelle holds multiple state licenses in Accident & Health.

Learn More about the history of the Bridge Awards and Benefit. 

Deepest Thanks to our 39th Season Sponsors

Working Theater is supported by generous community members like you, and major gifts from:

 Howard Gilman Foundation | The One World Fund | The Shubert Foundation | The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature  | Public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council

SEASON SPONSORS:
PLATINUM SPONSOR: MagnaCare 
GOLD SPONSORS: Cigna, EmblemHealth
SILVER SPONSORS:  Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield , LLP, CWA Local 1180, NYC Central Labor Council, Segal, United Federation of Teachers, Vision Screening Inc/DDS Inc