From left, Chris Aronson, Natalia Jovovich, Swoop, Nicole Rose Lomis and Patricia Laucella attend the 2023 Will Rogers Pioneer of the Year Dinner honoring Erik Lomis on Oct. 4, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Reza Allah-Bakhshi/Capture Imaging)

Thank you to everyone who made the 2023 Pioneer of the Year Dinner an evening to remember. Together, with the support from our major event sponsors, co-sponsors, company contributions and individual ticket purchases, we raised $1.2 Million for the Pioneers Assistance Fund!

Among the many things we will remember about Erik Lomis, his commitment and passion for this charity will be at the top of the list. Thank you for continuing his legacy of taking care of our industry members in need and supporting the Pioneers Assistance Fund.

If you were unable to join us at the event and would like to support the 2023 Pioneer of the Year Dinner, please click here.

The Pioneers Assistance Fund provides financial aid and supportive counseling to individuals working in theatrical of exhibition, distribution and vendors exclusive to either sector who are encountering an illness, injury or catastrophic event. Since 1939, the Pioneers Assistance Fund has had one mission — take care of industry veterans in their time of need.

The Pioneers Assistance Fund has helped thousands of industry members in need over the years and always with the utmost respect, dignity and discretion. The Fund is the only program in our industry that provides both short and long-term assistance to lifelong veterans of the motion picture industry who are sick, elderly, disabled or a victim of an unfortunate circumstance.

Whether it’s the widow of a long-time exhibitor who just needs help paying for her medications, a theatre manager dealing with an untimely illness or a former studio employee who has had an unfortunate circumstance — we are here.

People are marvelous in their generosity if they just know the cause is there.

Will Rogers