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Medical Emergency? Bill Collins Fund May Be Able Help

December 20, 2022

Please let us Know if You Know a Member Who Needs Assistance.

Musicians can be the most vulnerable people in the world when health crises occur. Even a short illness can cost a musician critical income beyond the actual costs of health care. Many Local 72-147 musicians have benefited from assistance from the Bill Collins Benefit Fund at just these difficult times.

If you know of one of our members who is struggling with a health or disability crisis, call the union office and let us know. If you wish to make a specific donation for a member in need, we will be pleased to honor that as well.

The Fund was begun by Bill Collins III in memory of his Dad, member Bill Collins, Jr., to aid sick, injured and disabled Union members in financial distress. Please consider making a donation to the Bill Collins Fund to enable Local 72-147 to help its members in crisis. Send your check to the Union office payable in any amount to the Bill Collins Benefit Fund.

There may also be help available from the AFM’s Lester Petrillo Memorial Fund.  Established by former International President James Petrillo in honor of his son, the fund provides financial aid to qualified applicants on an emergency basis. The trustees have complete discretion in determining the eligibility and the amount of the benefit, but you must be either physically or mentally disabled (as that term is defined by the trustees) and a member of the AFM in good standing. If you want to apply for assistance, call the office, and President Williams can get you an application, and help you apply.

Help us help your colleagues in a meaningful way.