Our History & What We Stand For
In 1956, two entertainers, Leon Fields and Hal Fisher, created the Footlighters Club. Its purpose was to bring together entertainers, musicians and community business professionals for fun, friendship and fellowship. The club that grew from this idea now numbers over 500 members worldwide. They represent every phase of show business and the private business sector.
In 1962, members Lou Marsh, Tony Adams and Tommy Dale created the FOOTLIGHTERS FOUNDATION. From 1971 to the present, the Footlighters Foundation has distributed over one million dollars to entertainers and musicians who were ill or in need of financial assistance. As a Footlighter, YOU would be part of a socially responsible organization that supports and assists indigent entertainers and musicians who have made your life happier and more enjoyable.
Through the Footlighters Fund, established at Florida International University, we are proud to further extend our social responsibility by providing scholarships to students in music and theatre. These students are the future generation of musical artists and performers. We welcome the opportunity to share with these students what we have gained through our own experiences as performers.
Our club is proud to have honored some of the biggest stars in the business, including: Tony Bennett, Jack Carter, Sammy Davis, Jr., Maurice Chevalier, Pat Cooper, Norm Crosby, Redd Fox, Robert Goulet, Shecky Greene, Jackie Mason, Jerry Lewis, Tony Martin, Don Rickles, Sid Caesar, Frank Sinatra, Jerry Vale, Henny Youngman, and the list goes on. During the last 4 years, we have honored Connie Francis, Sal Richards, Circuit Judge J. Cristol, Ben E. King and Neil Sedaka.
The Footlighters are proud of the camaraderie we share. All of our members look forward to the events we plan, the shows we put on, the luncheons, picnics and the activities for special occasions planned throughout the year.
NOW IS THE TIME TO JOIN THE FOOTLIGHTERS! To become part of this prestigious entertainment and theatrical organization, please print out our application. Mail it to the address indicated, along with a check for $100.00. Fifty dollars ($50.00) is for the initiation and Fifty dollars ($50.00) is for your yearly membership dues. After your first year, the dues will be $50.00 per year. Because our club is a theatrical organization, we will wave the $50.00 initiation fee for all entertainers and musicians who join. The membership entitles you to all the functions at membership discounts. You will also receive the monthly Footlighters Newsletter. Click here to download Membership Application