Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Broadway Flea Market and Auction Raises $403,929 for BC/EFA

I was so glad to learn that Sunday’s 23rd annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction raised $403,929 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, in spite of the rain which forced us from Shubert Alley to inside at Roseland Ballroom.

I was at the Episcopal Actors’ Guild table with Tom Miller from 2 to 4 in the afternoon and had a blast. We were selling and giving away a variety of theatre memorabilia and were so busy I missed most of the bold face names. I was happy I got to see Mary-Mitchell Campbell at the ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty) tables. So glad she’ll be back on Broadway in the spring as musical director of The Addams Family musical.

"Changing venues from outdoors in Shubert Alley to indoors at Roseland over 24 hours was both necessary and extremely crazy, but ultimately a success, making a day that surely would have been canceled, truly unforgettable,” BC/EFA executive director Tom Viola said in a statement. “My hat is off to the intrepid BC/EFA staff and extraordinary volunteers, as well as to the entire theatrical community for their good will and extraordinary generosity of spirit. But next year, please: Let the Sunshine In!"

Since its founding in 1987, the flea market and auction have raised more than $8,161,752 for BC/EFA. For further information visit www.BCEFA.org.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the nation's largest industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization, which provides services for people with AIDS, HIV or HIV-related illnesses.

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