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November 2012
BC/EFA Donates $250,000 Toward Hurricane Sandy Recovery: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS announced on Friday, November 2, 2012, that a portion of proceeds currently being raised by Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies, as well as other performing artists, during the six-week fall fundraising efforts will be donated to three relief agencies committed to immediately helping victims of Hurricane Sandy. Read more...
July 2012

Beach Burlesque on Fire Island: Broadway Bares made a splashy return to Fire Island on June 2, 2012, as more than two dozen sexy dancers and singers brought Beach Burlesque to the Pines, as directed and choreographed by Michael Lee Scott. Read more...

July 2012
Thespians Surpass $1 Million Fundraising Mark: Nearly 3,000 high school thespians erupted into cheers when Joe Norton, Broadway Cares' director of education and outreach, surprised them at their national festival June 28, 2012, with the news they had crossed a major milestone: the International Thespian Society has now raised more than $1 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Read more...
June 2012
BC/EFA Supports (RED) Rush to Zero: The "rush to zero" is on and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is on-board to help with a $25,000 donation to (RED) in honor of the extraordinary company of Spider-Man:Turn Off the Dark and their efforts raising $232,000 during BC/EFA's spring fundraising campaign. Read more...
April 2012
26th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition Raises $3,677,855: A roof-raising gospel revival, dancing divas in motorized scooters and even a parade of pooches helped make the 26th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition a memorable spectacle celebrating the incredible generosity and creativity of the theatre community and all Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS supporters.Read more...
February 2012
Fred Ebb Legacy Continues to Lift BC/EFA: More than seven years after his death, award-winning lyricist Fred Ebb’s gifts to Broadway reach far beyond his musical theatre genius in shows like Chicago and Cabaret. As a stipulation in his will, Ebb generously left Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS his share of his works’ royalties – a donation that in 2011 totaled $1.2 million dollars, the largest single gift in BC/EFA history.Read more...
January 2012
Healthy Meals Made Possible With $1.5 Million in Grants: For three meals a day, seven days a week, an army of volunteers spread out across Philadelphia. The women and men of MANNA deliver more than just 70,000 nutritious meals each month to people with battling HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses, they deliver a daily lifeline. Read more...
December 2011
Hugh Jackman's Return Raises $1,789,580 For BC/EFA: Bringing his wit, charm and a little bit of playful cajoling, Hugh Jackman's return to Broadway not only broke box office records, but also helped fill a widening gap of financial support for hundreds of AIDS and family service organizations across the country. Read more...
December 2011
The Red Ribbon and Broadway Cares: The gesture of wearing a simple red ribbon to honor those battling AIDS first gained national prominence when actors at the 45th Annual Tony Awards pinned them to their tuxedos and gowns.Read more...
November 2011
Audiences Respond to Heartfelt Appeals: Bringing the ovation at the Marquis Theatre to a momentary pause, Bernadette Peters, star of the acclaimed Follies revival, steps forward and begins an impassioned appeal that's echoed on stages across Broadway, off-Broadway and by national touring companies. Read more...
June 2011
BC/EFA Awards $3.7 Million In 2011 National Grants Program: In the third of three annual grant rounds that make up its National Grants Program, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS awarded $1,676,100 in early June to 324 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide. Read more...
March 2011
Broadway Cares Celebrates the Life and Mourns the Passing of Elizabeth Taylor: On March 23, 2011, the world lost an icon, an actress and an outspoken champion for people living with HIV/AIDS. Elizabeth Taylor became the voice for the voiceless thousands, speaking tirelessly and working actively on behalf of people with AIDS and their families for nearly 30 years. She died of congestive heart failure at age 79. Read more...
February 2011
Grants From BC/EFA to South African Organizations Top $3 Million Thanks to Companies of Disney’s The Lion King: At the end of February, BC/EFA awarded $140,000 to 17 AIDS service organizations across South Africa, bringing the cumulative total to more than $3 million in grants to 51 South African organizations made since 1998 through the tireless fundraising efforts of Disney’s acclaimed production of The Lion King. Read more...
February 2011
BC/EFA Partners with Audemars Piguet & Tony Awards for Special Memphis Performance: The company of Broadway’s 2010 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Memphis had their audience singing and dancing in the aisles more than usual recently as 1,100 underserved kids from public schools and AIDS service organizations across New York City collectively jumped to their feet and surprised the cast by performing the choreography during the show’s finale, “Steal Your Rock ‘N’ Roll.” Read more...
December 2010
A Moment of Remembrance: An activist from the earliest days of the AIDS epidemic, stage and screen star Judith Light ... led a moment of silence at this year's 22nd Annual GYSPY OF THE YEAR.Read more... View video... 
December 2010
Broadway Continues Tradition of New & Classic Holiday Songs for BC/EFA: What started as a bit of “nun fun” over a decade ago has grown into a theater-lover’s “must-have” holiday gift – and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Broadway Cares along the way. Read more...
October 2010
The Broadway Community Proclaims “It Gets Better!”: On Friday, October 15 and Monday, October 18, more than 60 actors, writers, directors and notable members of the Broadway community were filmed sharing their personal and often painful stories to provide hope and inspiration to LGBTQ youth across America. Read more... View video... 
September 2010
The Actors Fund Receives Over $4 Million in 2010 in BC/EFA: More than two decades ago, Equity Fights AIDS was created by the Council of Actors Equity to raise funds for the newly created AIDS Initiative of The Actors Fund.  Since that time, during which Equity Fights AIDS merged with Broadway Cares in 1992, BC/EFA has continued its unwavering support, awarding over $55 million to The Actors Fund... Read more
September 2010
Increases, Impact & A Tony: 10 Minutes with Tom Viola: Reproduced from the Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) website, published September 9, 2010. 10 Minutes with Tom Viola, Executive Director, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Read more...
September 2010
Increases, Impact & A Tony: 10 Minutes with Tom Viola: Though we continue to hear troubling reports about the economy, job loss and unemployment, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS was able to bring some much needed good news to hundreds of organizations that faced cuts in government and private funding in 2010. Read more...
Flea Market 2010
September 2010 Tables Feature Treasures, Treats And Trinkets: At the 24th Annual Broadway Flea Market, 72 tables raised over $230,000 for BC/EFA by selling everything from rare, original Broadway costume sketches to homemade cupcakes made by company members of your favorite shows. Read more... 
September 2010
A Journey of Action & Hope: BC/EFA’s Support for the AIDS Initiative of the Actors Fund: For over 22 years, The AIDS Initiative of The Actors Fund has been helping members of the entertainment industry living with HIV/AIDS cope with the extraordinary health care challenges as well as the financial and emotional crises brought on by the disease on both a short and long-term basis.Read more...
July 2010 Two Musical Phenomena Pass Fundraising Milestones: In May, The Phantom of the Opera, surpassed the $4 million mark in fundraising for Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS… Meanwhile, December 2009 saw another younger long-running smash hit, Mamma Mia!, pass the $2 million mark during the GYPSY OF THE YEAR collection period. Read more…
June 2010 Tom Viola Honored with Special Tony Award: On Saturday, June 12, 2010, in a special cocktail reception at the Manhattan Room at the InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel on the eve of The 2010 Tony Awards, The 2010 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre was presented to Executive Director of Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, Tom Viola... Read more...
Doris Eaton Travis
May 2010 A Celebration of Ziegfeld And Broadway Cares’ Doris Eaton Travis: On Tuesday, May 12, 2010, longtime friend to the theatre community and Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, Doris Eaton Travis, passed away at the age of 106. Doris was one of the legendary Ziegfeld Follies Girls, having performed in three incarnations of The Ziegfeld Follies in 1918, 1919 and 1920, and going on to a long career in show business. Read more...
March 2010
BC/EFA Awards Over $1.2 Million in Grants to Food Service and Meal Delivery Programs: The successful fundraising efforts in the last months of 2009 will have a powerful impact on the support BC/EFA can offer to scores of AIDS and family service organizations in 2010 through its National Grants Program. Read more...
March 2010
Inspired Student Creates A-LIST: Commack High School junior Simon Pincus (who has appeared on Broadway in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas), has created ALIST, the Alliance of Long Island Students of Theatre, to raise funds for theatre-related charities. Although the organization is guided by Simon’s mom, a Hauppauge theatre teacher, ALIST is entirely student-driven, including nine who sit on its Board of Directors. Read more...
Photo January 2010 Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS Makes a $100,000 Contribution to The US Fund for UNICEF in the name of the Broadway community to assist in the Haitian relief efforts. Read more...
Photo December 2009 Jackman and Craig Raise $1.5 Million, Shattering All BC/EFA Records: When the actors best known as Wolverine and 007 teamed up as Chicago cops in Keith Huff’s drama A Steady Rain, no one expected Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig to raise more than $1.5 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, breaking every conceivable BC/EFA fundraising record. Read more...
Photo June 2009 NYU Student Programming Raises Awareness & Funds for BC/EFA: For over five years, New York University has brought HIV/AIDS awareness education to its students through creative programming, specifically though two initiatives, one for freshmen class members called “FYRE* fights AIDS and one for sophomores called ‘More Goes Red.’ Read more...
Photo December 2008 Constantine Maroulis Presents Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS with $25,000: On Thursday, November 20, “American Idol” finalist Constantine Maroulis presented BC/EFA with a check for $25,000, representing the versatile performer’s winnings from an appearance earlier this year on Fox Network’s popular game show “Don’t Forget the Lyrics." Read more...
Photo September 2008 With $1.1 of $4.5 Million Total, Gazelle Tour’s Cabaret Benefit Shows Help Lion King Fundraising Totals Soar: A decade after it debuted on Broadway, Disney’s The Lion King continues to shine in its efforts on behalf of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Inc. through creative, consistent fundraising nationwide. Read more...
April 2008 Minneapolis Rocks ‘Shout House’ for BC/EFA Jersey Boys Benefit Raises Over $10,000:  All the casts of Jersey Boys – New York, Chicago and the national tour – continue to go the extra mile for Broadway Cares. Read more...
June 2007 Signs of New Orleans: Revisiting Louisiana after Katrina: Recently, Classical Action’s Associate Director Janice Mayer spent a sweaty week in Louisiana doing her part to help a volunteer organization rebuild housing in communities devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Read more...
March 2007 From Ziegfeld Girl to Century Girl: A Tribute to Easter Bonnet Showstopper Doris Eaton Travis: Since 1998, Doris Eaton Travis, at 103 the last of the original Ziegfeld girls, has danced in nine Easter Bonnet Competitions Read more...
Photo January 2007 The Fred Ebb Foundation: Although he passed away in September 2004, the generosity of legendary writer/lyricist Fred Ebb lives on through The Fred Ebb Foundation, which has given $850,000 to Broadway Cares since 2005. Read more...
Photo June 2006 As Nina West, Ohio’s Andrew Levitt Raises $2,500 for BC/EFA: With inspiration from sources as diverse as Elaine Stritch: at Liberty and memoirist James Frey, 27-year old Andrew Levitt created a sold-out AIDS fundraiser on his first try, selling out Columbus, Ohio’s Axis dance club and raising $5,000 for charity in the process. Read more...
Photo December 2006 Collections in Chicago: Elphaba and Friends are WICKED Good: At Gypsy of the Year on December 5, the Chicago-based “Shiz” company of Wicked brought home the top fundraising prize for a national production or touring show for the third straight time, collecting $175,000 for BC/EFA. Read more...
Photo December 2006

Mamma Mia! Tour Collects “Money, Money, Money:” For more than four years, Mamma Mia! – the Rodney Dangerfield of musicals – has been defying critical disrespect, selling out houses on Broadway and on tour. These sold-out crowds not only pay big dividends for the ABBA musical’s backers, but for Broadway Cares as well. Read more...

Photo October 2006 A Profile of BC/EFA’s Recent Tony Honoree Peter Neufeld: From Ruby Keeler to Eartha Kitt to Patti LuPone – drop a theatrical celebrity’s name from the past 50+ years and BC/EFA’s Peter Neufeld probably knows where to find them, be it in Switzerland next door to Julie Andrews, or at the bar at Joe Allen on Broadway’s Restaurant Row. Read more...
Photo October 2006

BC/EFA Mourns the Passing of Founding Member Patrick Quinn: Broadway Cares and the entire New York theater community mourn the passing of actor and actors’ advocate Patrick Quinn, First Vice President of BC/EFA’s board of trustees and President of Actors’ Equity since 2000. Mr. Quinn, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack at his vacation home in the Poconos, was 56. Read more...

Photo February 2006

Touring Productions Boosting BC/EFA’s Bottom Line: During the past several years, theaters outside New York, in the heartland and on both coasts, have stepped up their efforts on our behalf, playing an increasingly essential role in BC/EFA’s fundraising. Read more...

Photo November 2005

Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids Contributes $350,000 to Hurricane Relief & Aids Service Organizations Throughout The Gulf Coast: ... In response to this national catastrophe Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS has contributed $350,000 to aid in the immediate relief efforts and to AIDS and family service organizations throughout the Gulf Coast. Read more...

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