IATSE chief finds Romance

MPTF humanitarian nod to Short

IATSE president Thomas Short will be honored with the Motion Picture & Television Fund's Silver Medallion Award.

The award, which recognizes humanitarian achievement for the MPTF and the entertainment industry, will be presented Oct. 20 at the third annual MPTF fundraiser, A Fine Romance, on the Sony lot in Culver City.

"Under president Short's guidance, activity at our health centers has doubled, and we have developed and deployed a disease-management program," MPTF chief executive David Tillman said. "His contributions are immeasurable."

Short, a member of the MPTF corporate board, has been a member of IATSE since 1968 and was elected to his current union post in 1994.

A Fine Romance -- the theme harkens to the long-running lovefest between Hollywood and Broadway -- raises money for an institution long dear to the industry's collective heart. For more than 85 years, the MPTF has served California's entertainment community with services in health care, retirement needs, child care and charitable social services.

In addition to maintaining its sprawling retirement campus in Woodland Hills, MPTF's health services have expanded greatly in recent years in the area of home-based senior needs. In July, the MPTF opened the $20 million Saban Center for Health and Wellness to serve as a hub for such outreach services.

"President Short's vision has enabled MPTF to bring our concept of taking care of our own into contemporary times, where health care, prevention and wellness are critical components to the quality of life of people in the entertainment industry," Tillman said. "(He) has strengthened MPTF and enabled us to expand our mission beyond the walls of our campus to serve not only members of the IATSE but also everyone in the industry."

A Fine Romance will feature dinner and musical entertainment led by Catherine Zeta-Jones and Hugh Jackman. Among the other celebs on hand will be Michael Douglas, Audra McDonald, Dick Van Dyke, Vanessa Williams, Christine Baranski, Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth, Chita Rivera and Shirely MacLaine.

The Hollywood Reporter is a sponsor of A Fine Romance, which again this year will be chaired by Fox Filmed Entertainment co-chairman Jim Gianopulos and his wife, Ann.

"Tom is widely admired throughout the industry, and he has made tremendous contributions to the MPTF over the years," Gianopulos said of Short's award. "Honoring him at this year's A Fine Romance is not just well-deserved but a distinct pleasure."