HOLLYWOOD —While the world’s eyes are focused on the TONY AWARDS in New York on Sunday, June 13, theatre patrons gather in Los Angeles to watch the ceremony live via satellite and honor TONY® winner Brian Stokes Mitchell at the 14th Annual TONY AWARDS® Benefit presented by The Actors Fund. Previous recipients have included Julie Harris, Gwen Verdon, Charles Durning, Rita Moreno, James Earl Jones, Tyne Daly, Lauren Bacall, Stockard Channing, Carol Channing, Liza Minnelli, Jerry Herman and Chita Rivera.

The Celebrity Host Committee includes Carol Channing, Gordon Davidson, Laurence Fishburne, Carl Reiner, Chita Rivera, Lily Tomlin and Dick Van Dyke. The 2010 TONY® party is sponsored by *Continental Airlines *DIRECTV * Sextant Wines & 10knots Wines *Sunset Marquis Hotel Restaurant Spa and *Staging Techniques.

Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a rich and varied career on Broadway, television, film, voice-overs and recording, along with appearances in the great American concert halls. His Broadway career includes performances in “Man of La Mancha,” “Kiss Me, Kate,” “Ragtime,” “King Hedley II” and “Mail,” which earned him a Theatre World award for Outstanding Broadway Debut. His long television career began with a seven-year stint on “Trapper John, MD.” Numerous film and TV appearances include “Ugly Betty,” “One Last Thing,” recurring roles on “Crossing Jordan” and “Frasier.” PBS’ “Great Performances,” DreamWorks’ “The Prince of Egypt,” “South Pacific” at Carnegie Hall, and his Presidential Debut in “The Singer” and the “Song from the White House.”

The Actors Fund is a nationwide human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment. The Fund is a safety net, providing programs and services for those who are in need, crisis or transition. Learn more about The Actors Fund at actorsfund.org.

WHAT: Join host Tommy Tune as The Actors Fund honors TONY Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell at their 14th Annual Tony Awards® Party with the Julie Harris Award to be presented by Annette Bening in recognition of not only his theatrical accomplishments, but also his leadership as Chairman of the Board of The Actors Fund. The gala is produced and written by Marc Cherry and David Rambo with the only live feed in Calif. of the TONY AWARDS® broadcast from N.Y.

WHEN: Sunday, June 13
3:30 p.m. — Cocktails and Silent Auction begins
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Dinner and live telecast

WHERE: Skirball Center (2701 North Sepulveda Blvd. in LA)

TICKETS: Individuals $225 and tables of 10 are available at $2,750 and $5,000 Limited tickets are available and can be purchased by calling The Actors Fund at 323-933-9266 ext. 58 or at actorsfund.org