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Posted on Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 9:50 a.m.

Martin Sheen appearing at sold-out benefit dinner for Dawn Farm

By Bob Needham


Martin Sheen speaks at Western Michigan University on Thursday. He is scheduled to appear at a sold-out benefit for Dawn Farm on Friday.

Mark Bugnaski | The Kalamazoo Gazette

Actor and activist Martin Sheen plans to visit Ann Arbor tonight for a special dinner at Zingerman's Roadhouse benefitting Dawn Farm, the respected local addiction-treatment center.

The event has sold out its 80 seats, each costing $250 to support Dawn Farm's programs. Roadhouse Chef Alex Young has created a special menu for the meal reflecting Sheen's Spanish and Irish heritage, Dawn Farm President James Balmer said in an email.

Billed as an "Intimate Evening with Martin Sheen," the event will give attendees the chance to hear Sheen speak and ask him questions.

Although probably best known for playing President Josiah Bartlett on "The West Wing," Sheen has also enjoyed a long and distinguished career in movies, including "Apocalypse Now," "Gettysburg" and "Catch Me If You Can." A recovering alcoholic, Sheen is active in recovery-related causes.

For more information on Dawn Farm and other upcoming events, see the group's website.



Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 9:04 p.m.

While he's in town for this wonderful cause, will be also remind people about the judicial choices on the ballot?

Susan Montgomery

Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 11 p.m.

I was thinking the same thing!


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 3:20 p.m.

I saw an interview he gave once and was struck by how thoughtful, insightful and sincere he was. I really had no idea until then and have admired him ever since.


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 2:21 p.m.

Great cause.


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 2:15 p.m.

How wonderful. I remember the two fellows who started Dawn Farms with a few dollars and an old ramshackle farm house.....but with the dream much like Bill W and Dr Bob of helping the recovering addict and alcoholic free themselves of the burdens of addiction. Great to see that Jim Balmer is still involved! Thanks to Martin Sheen for supporting this most admirable cause. The dream lives on.............