Stephen Moyer’s fans know him as a witty, talented, and generous man. Here are a few of the charities that Stephen supports on his own and through his fan base. Please consider them when making your charitable donations.
Facing the Atlantic is a “race in a two man rowing boat across the Atlantic from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to English Harbour in Antigua, the West Indies, to raise £300,000 (about $480,000 U.S.) for the charity Facing the World. This figure includes funding for Facing the Atlantic.’
An unsupported and totally self sufficient race of 2,500 nautical miles departs from La Gomera in December. Entrants must deal not only with 50ft waves, oil tankers and sharks but tackle the very limits of their physical and mental fitness.”
Facing the World co-founder, Martin Kelly, was dedicated to helping children with severe facial disfigurements who cannot be treated in their home countries. He died suddenly two years ago, leaving behind his wife, actress Natascha McElhone (“Californication”) and their children. Steve and McElhone met and became friends while attending the London Academy for Music and the Dramatic Arts. Please watch the video Kelly narrated about the work of Facing the World:
The two men rowing that boat across the Atlantic are Bert Portal and James Cash. Portal is a close friend of Steve’s – best man at his wedding to Anna Paquin – an actor for 20 years most recently seen in “The King’s English,” and a close friend of Martin Kelly, co-founder of Facing the World. He undertakes this challenge to fulfill a promise made to Kelly. “This charity is close to my heart and 60 days of heightened physical and indeed mental danger is nothing compared to what these children go through.”
James Cash is a personal trainer with more than 10 years’ experience in marathons, triathlons, and long distance cycling. Facing the Atlantic is the biggest challenge he’s undertaken. Cash cites his reasons for participating: “It is a charity so worthy of support, the courage of these children puts us to shame.”
The CLARE Foundation is a nonprofit that provides compassionate treatment and recovery services to individuals, families, and the community, regardless of ability to pay. We have 11 programs that serve over 3,000 people each year, and reach about 30,000 more with information and referrals.
Steve was honored on November 11, 2010 at the 13th Annual Friends of CLARE Tribute Dinner with the Friend of CLARE Tribute Award. He attended the dinner with his wife, Anna Paquin.
The Darnell Family Fund
The four remaining Darnell children lost a sibling and were left orphaned on August 30, 2010 when their mother, 43-year-old Missy Darnell and Genevieve Darnell, their 10-year-old sister, were struck and killed by a car while walking to a local convenience store. The children lost their father eight months earlier.
Stephen and Anna became aware of the Darnell family through a neighbor and decided to help the family with a fund raising event and online auction. The auction raised more than $2,000 for the Darnell children.
However, the True Blood couple weren’t done trying to help the family, and on Valentine’s Day 2011 Simply Moyer opened an online auction of a True Blood script signed by Stephen, Anna, and Alan Ball.
Please visit the Darnell Family Fund’s Facebook page for current information on fund raising events for the children. You can read about their story online and donate via check to the following address:
Darnell Memorial Fund
Antelope Valley Bank, Acton branch
31924 Crown Valley Road
Acton, CA 93510
Although the idea for a theatre in Stephen’s home town was first put forward in the 1970s, the Brentwood Theatre opened in December 1993 when the Brentwood Arts Council recognized the fact that Brentwood had large number of performance groups. At the time, Brentwood was the largest town in England without a dedicated performance area.
Although the initial plans were for a 350-plus seat theatre, it soon became obvious that a smaller venue was needed. The Theatre was built to take fewer seats and a standing area for live music and similar events. When the theatre opened there was insufficient money to complete the backstage facilities, and with their final £1000, they purchased a ‘portacabin’ to be used as a temporary dressing room.
Brentwood has come a long way and now serves more than 40 non-professional performing arts groups. With its superior lighting, sound, set design/production, and flexible staging, it’s an ideal venue. Overseeing the needs of the theatre, Mark P. Reed and other chair members started, “The Reaching Out, Building On” campaign. The campaign was well publicized by local station Phoenix FM and enabled the theatre to improve its facilities. They added an entire back wing, enhancing the theatre with dressing rooms, elevator, office space, kitchen, and the Audrey Longman Studio, which is a 40-seat multi-purpose room equipped with dance mirrors, staging, seating, lighting, and sound for intimate performances, rehearsals, workshops, classes, and community meetings and ceremonies.
Stephen Moyer has never performed at the theatre. However his mother helps run it and he attends performances when visiting home. Stephen was introduced to Mark Reed and they became friends, and Mark eventually asked Moyer to become Brentwood’s first Patron – he said ‘yes.’ This didn’t surprise Reed since he knew Moyer was just that kind of sweet guy. However, what did leave Reed speechless was the generosity and support from Stephen Moyer fans. Money began pouring in from not only the U.S. but other countries as well, when Brentwood’s volunteer fund raiser Jean Armitage started the “buy a brick” campaign. Stephen Moyer fans continue to help the theatre in any way they can.