From left to right: Tony Goldwyn, Tess Goldwyn, Jane Musky, Sandy Nyenhuis and Americares President and CEO Michael J. Nyenhuis at the 2017 Americares Airlift Benefit.
Stamford, Conn. – Dec. 3, 2018 – Americares is pleased to announce actor, director, producer and activist Tony Goldwyn has joined the organization’s board of directors, and acclaimed production designer Jane Musky has been elected to the board of the Americares Free Clinics.
The couple became involved with Americares more than 15 years ago, when they attended a fundraiser and heard the story of the organization’s founder, Bob Macauley, chartering a plane to rescue orphans in the final days of the Vietnam War. Impressed by the organization’s work saving lives and improving health for people affected by poverty or disaster, they have been staunch Americares supporters ever since.
Goldwyn volunteered at Americares Connecticut headquarters after the 2010 Haiti earthquake and has traveled with the health-focused relief and development organization to Guatemala. In 2014, Goldwyn became the organization’s first celebrity ambassador, enhancing the nonprofit’s visibility and galvanizing support for Americares ongoing health programs around the world. Musky and Goldwyn have also served as co-chairs of the annual Americares Airlift Benefit.
“Tony and Jane are among Americares most committed supporters,” said Americares President and CEO Michael J. Nyenhuis. “Their passion and dedication is inspiring. I am so pleased that both are taking on leadership roles in the organization.”
The Americares Board of Directors oversees all aspects of the organization’s life-changing health programs, including its disaster response work and support for under-resourced hospitals and health clinics worldwide. Americares helps communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters; increase access to medicine and medical supplies; improve and expand clinical services; prevent disease and promote good health. Since its founding nearly 40 years ago, Americares has provided more than $17 billion in aid to 164 countries, including the United States.
“For over 15 years we’ve been passionate supporters of Americares and watched this organization change lives and help devastated communities all over the world recover from emergencies,” Goldwyn said. “We feel very privileged to now have the opportunity to deepen our involvement even further.”
Goldwyn dedicates much of his personal time to a number of other causes. He joined the Motion Picture & Television Foundation’s Board of Governors in 2018 and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Innocence Project. He is also a longtime supporter of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), founded by his grandfather Samuel Goldwyn. In addition, Goldwyn serves as an ambassador for Stand Up To Cancer and is a trustee for the 2nd Stage Theater.
As an actor, Goldwyn first caught audiences’ attention as the villain in “Ghost.” He went on to appear in numerous other films including “The Pelican Brief” with Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington and Oliver Stone’s “Nixon.” In 1999, he voiced the title role in the Disney film, “Tarzan” and recently starred in ABC’s hit drama, “Scandal,” as Fitzgerald Grant III. He is currently on Broadway starring in the highly anticipated run of “NETWORK.”
Musky is a longtime supporter of the Americares Free Clinics in Connecticut, volunteering to help with fundraising events over the years. The clinics, located in Bridgeport, Danbury, Norwalk and Stamford, provide quality health care to low-income, uninsured patients in a setting where all individuals are treated with dignity and respect. Since 1994, the Americares clinics have helped more than 26,000 Connecticut residents receive free health care services.
“Everyone deserves comprehensive health care, no matter their household income,” Musky said. “That’s why I’m so proud to be a part of Americares Free Clinics.”
In addition to her work with Americares, Musky also serves on the board of the B kind Foundation and on the Dean’s Advisory Board at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. She has been the production designer on dozens of films throughout her successful career including, “When Harry Met Sally” (1989), “Raising Arizona” (1990), “Glengarry Glen Ross” (1992) and “The Seagull” (2018). She is currently working as production designer for the “Murphy Brown” revival on CBS.
Goldwyn, a Los Angeles native, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Brandeis University. Musky, a New Jersey native, earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston University College of Fine Arts. The couple has two daughters Anna Musky-Goldwyn and Tess Goldwyn. Tess Goldwyn is a member of Americares Junior Council, a group of young professionals who support the organization’s mission to help people affected by poverty or disaster.
Americares Ambassador Tony Goldwyn and his daughter Tess arrive at a children’s home in Guatemala supported by Americares in October 2017.