PHILADELPHIA (May 27, 2010) — The SAG Philadelphia Branch celebrated its 40th anniversary on Monday with a ceremony at Philadelphia City Hall and recognition by Mayor Michael A. Nutter (see video below). SAG President Ken Howard met with local members and welcomed new members with SAG pins. Approximately 90 people attended, including Philadelphia Branch President Tom McCarthy, and National Board Member Helen McNutt.
"I'm particularly pleased to be here in Philadelphia," Howard told the members in attendance. "It is a remarkable city, the heart of our nation and the home of the founding fathers. Knowing how you, and our other members in the Branches, think about issues that affect the union is crucial to my ability to represent the interests of all SAG members."
Mayor Nutter presented Howard with a Tribute certificate that read in part:
It is fitting and appropriate…that the City of Philadelphia officially recognize with this tribute Ken Howard and urge all citizens to be aware of the many contributions made by the members of the Philadelphia Branch of the Screen Actors Guild and of the pride that we hold in our city as a source of talent and a location worthy of the world’s film screens.
On behalf of Councilman William Greenlee, Constituent Representative Marlene Goss presented Philadelphia Branch President Tom McCarthy with a Citation, recognizing him and thanking him for his more than 30 years of service as president of the Philadelphia Branch, and for his continuous work as a prominent Philadelphia actor. McCarthy will retire at the end of his term in September.
The previous day, at the annual board meeting of the SAG Regional Branch Division in Washington, D.C., a presentation was made to McCarthy by his fellow SAG officers. As part of the tribute, Howard surprised McCarthy by recreating his portrayal of Thomas Jefferson. In 1969, Howard played Jefferson on Broadway in 1776, reprising the role for the 1972 film adaptation. SAG 3rd National Vice President David Hartley-Margolin played Benjamin Franklin in the tribute skit.