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Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala

Anka Palitz, The Actors Fund National Ambassador Vice Chair and founder of the Heart & Soul Gala was honored at the Gala's 10th Anniversary in Palm Beach at The Breakers last night, along with Gillian Murphy, Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theatre and Ethan Stiefel, Principal guest instructor at the American Ballet Theatre. Tony and Emmy Award winning actress/singer/dancer Bebe Neuwirth hosted The Actors Fund event which featured performances by local Florida dancers.

The Heart & Soul Gala is a benefit for Career Transition For Dancers, a program of The Actors Fund.

As Vice Chair of The Actors Fund Board of Trustees Bebe Neuwirth is the founder of The Dancers' Resource, a program of The Actors Fund that addresses the unique challenges of dancers' physical and emotional health. Ms. Neuwirth is a two-time Tony Award winner (Sweet Charity in 1986, Chicago in 1997) and won two Emmys for her role as Lilith in Cheers. Additional Broadway credits include A Chorus Line, Dancin', Little Me, Damn Yankees, Fosse and The Addams Family; and she has appeared in such major motion pictures as Say Anything, Bugsy, Malice, Jumanji and Tadpole. Her TV career includes roles in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Blue Bloods, Frasier, Law & Order: Trial By Jury, The Good Wife and 71 episodes of Madam Secretary.

Ethan Stiefel was the first individual dancer supported Anka Palitz and he is married to fellow honoree Gillian Murphy. Palm Beach cultural patron Anka K. Palitz has been a generous and tireless supporter of dancers for decades, both during and after their dance careers. After a successful life in the fashion and cosmetics industry, Mrs. Palitz has dedicated her life to helping dance companies and professional dancers. A Board member of American Ballet Theatre for more than 25 years, she also helped to formulate and served as a Board Member of Career Transition For Dancers (CTFD). As a program of The Fund, CTFD continues to enable dancers to define career possibilities and hone the skills necessary to excel in a variety of disciplines, thus supporting them in developing rewarding post-performance careers. Mrs. Palitz serves as National Ambassador Vice-Chair of The Actors Fund. Grandson Ryan Alexander Kriser presented his grandmother Anka Palitz with her award.

Photo Credit: Stephen Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
Bebe Neuwirth, Heart & Soul Gala

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
Bebe Neuwirth

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
Anka Palitz, Ethan Stiefel, Gillian Murphy

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
Anka Palitz

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
Anka Palitz & Ryan Alexander Kriser (Grandson)

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
Anka Palitz & Ryan Alexander Kriser

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
Bebe Neuwirth

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
Jonas Terleca & Ruby Castro, Dance Town

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
Jonas Terleca & Ruby Castro

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
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Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
Madeleine Miller & Aaron Melendrez

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
Madeleine Miller & Aaron Melendrez

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
Anka Palitz

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
Joseph Benincasa, CEO The Actors Fund

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
Joseph Benincasa

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
Cheerful Little Earful, Boca Ballet Theatre Trainee Program, Sophie Eldridge, Christina Fedele, Gabriella Garbarini, Brida Gibbons, Hannah Hutchins, Zoe Robert

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
Cheerful Little Earful

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
Bebe Neuwirth & Chris Calkins

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
Lee Bell & Eda Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
Steven Caras

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
Steven Caras

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
Eda Sorokoff & Jan McArt

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
Anka Palitz

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
Lois Pope, Co-Chair

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
Joseph Benincasa & Jeffrey Bolton

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
Rob Russell

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
Dancers In Transition

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala
The Breakers, Heart & Soul Gala

Photo Coverage: Bebe Neuwirth Hosts Dancers In Transition Heart & Soul Gala



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