Star of "Flight" to Appear at Alexandria Fundraiser for Kids

Every Child Matters is bringing Tamara Tunie to Alexandria!

On the evening of Wednesday, June 12, Ms. Tunie will be featured alongside former Congressman Tom Perriello, now Counselor for Policy with the Center for American Progress and President and CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, as the guest speakers at an awards reception honoring two lifetime children’s advocates — Alexandria residents and former members of the House of Delegates Vince Callahan (R-34) and Brian Moran (D-46).

Every Child Matters is a national 501(c)(3) non-partisan children’s advocacy group.  The event, to be held at the home of Brooke and Chris Curran, will help fund the organization’s Strong Kids, Strong Virginia campaign.

The reception will have live music and food donated by “Mango Mike” Anderson.

Strong Kids, Strong Virginia will educate the public about the challenges faced by Virginia’s children and youth and encourage people to vote in this year’s elections for candidates who will best address them.

In Virginia:   

  • 280,000 children live in poverty
  • 148,000 children have no health insurance
  • Some 65,000 children are reported as abused or neglected yearly, and 
  • Thousands of young children can’t attend high quality pre-school.

Tamara Tunie. Best known for her roles as Dr. Melinda Warner, Medical Examiner on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; ” Jessica Griffin in “As The World Turns;” Alberta Green on “24”; Mrs. Jackie Heath in The Devil’s Advocate; and, most recently, lead flight attendant Margaret Thomason in “Flight” with Denzel Washington and John Goodman, Ms. Tunie has also acted and sung on Broadway, as well as been a part of the producing team for the Tony Award-winning musical “Spring Awakening.”

Ms. Tunie also had the honor of performing in the classic role of Maggie in the first all-African American production of Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at Theatre Virginia in Richmond.

With her success, Ms. Tunie has made sure to give back to society.

As reported on NBC’s website for Law & Order: SVU, Ms. Tunie is Chair Emerita of the Board of Directors of Figure Skating in Harlem, a non-profit organization that teaches education and life skills to young girls in the Harlem community through the art and discipline of figure skating. 

She is also on the Board of Directors of God’s Love We Deliver and Harlem Stage/The Gatehouse, and serves on the Advisory Board of Hearts of Gold, The Cherry Lane Theatre and Landing Strip Films.  In 2005, Mayor Bloomberg awarded Tunie the “Made in New York Award” from the City of New York for her support and commitment to Film, Television and Theater in Manhattan.

Additionally, for the past few years, Ms. Tunie has served as the national celebrity spokesperson for the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths, which was created by the National Association of Social Workers, the National Center for the Review and Prevention of Child Deaths, the National Children’s Alliance, the National District Attorneys Association and the Every Child Matters Education Fund.  The coalition recently was proud to announce that its top priority legislation, the 2012 Protect Our Kids Act, passed on the final day of the last Congress and was signed by the President in January.

To attend or sponsor, contact Paul Friedman at