Gypsy of the year Phyllis Newman Womenâ€™s Health initiative
The Actors Fund
National Food Grants
$1.5 Million to 121 Providers
Classical Action 20th
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BROADWAY BAC KWARDS DANCE FROM THE HEART
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Dear Friends: At its core, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS embraces – and relies upon – the kindness of others. In this issue of Behind the Scenes, we shine a bright, thankful light on some of the volunteers and activists on both sides of the footlights who make what we do possible. We champion the stories of those who step up to the plate – providing a strong shoulder or setting a positive example for others.
Tom Viola, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Michael Graziano, PRODUCING DIRECTOR Larry Cook, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION Danny Whitman, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
BC/EFA OFFICERS Paul Libin, PRESIDENT Ira Mont, FIRST VICE PRESIDENT Thomas Schumacher, SECOND VICE PRESIDENT Nina Lannan, THIRD VICE PRESIDENT Sherry Cohen, FOURTH VICE PRESIDENT Philip Birsh, TREASURER Judith Rice, SECRETARY BC/EFA BOARD OF TRUSTEES Cornelius Baker John Barnes Scott Barnes Joseph Benincasa Chris Boneau Bob Boyett Barry Brown Kate Burton Robert Callely Kathleen Chalfant Alan Cumming Gavin Darraugh Michael David B. Merle Debuskey Maria Di Dia Paul DiDonato Sam Ellis Richard Frankel Roy Harris Richard Hester Craig Jacobs Richard Jay-Alexander Cherry Jones Nathan Lane Jay Laudato
Margo Lion Nancy Mahon Michael McElroy Mary McColl Kevin McCollum Terrence McNally Jerry Mitchell Bernadette Peters Martin Richards Chita Rivera Jordan Roth Nick Scandalios Peter Schneider Robert Score Marian Seldes Jeffrey Seller Philip J. Smith Charlotte St. Martin David Stone Stuart Thompson Tim Tompkins Tom Viola (ex-officio) Robert E. Wankel Beth Williams Nick Wyman
Behind the Scenes Tom Viola, Danny Whitman, Lane Beauchamp, EDITORS Aaron Waytkus, LAYOUT & DESIGN Contributors Peter Borzotta, Mo Brady, Sarah Cardillo, Jeff Metzler, Joe Norton, Ryan Walls Photographers Jay Brady, Laura Marie Duncan, Rick Edwards, Kristie Fuller, Kevin Thomas Garcia, Kurtco.com, Ryan Mueller, Joy Nelson, Rosalie O’Connor, Joe Norton, Michael Portantiere, Danny Roberts, Steve J. Sherman, Monica Simoes, Stephen Sorokoff
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Those efforts began to pay off immediately following Gypsy of the Year and through March, as BC/ EFA awarded more than $5 million in grants. More than $2.2 million was sent to The Actors Fund, of which $500,000 was earmarked for the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative in addition to our continued support for the HIV/AIDS Initiative and other programs essential to all entertainment industry professionals. In February, Broadway Cares awarded more than $1.5 million to 121 food pantries, congregate meal and meal delivery program, addressing the physical and emotional needs of individuals across the country. These grants help not only with issues of nutrition, but also the isolation and stigma so many face by providing care and nurturing the sense of community that are equally important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.A second grant round in March awarded $730,000 to 40 nationally recognized AIDS service and advocacy organizations, including 16 of the leading health clinics and direct service organizations in major metropolitan areas across the country. We continue to be able to provide this substantial level of support thanks, in large part, to the incredible generosity of the theatre community. Through audience appeals made by 26 Broadway productions, 16 national touring companies and eight Off-Broadway shows in the fall fundraising campaign leading up to Gypsy of the Year, Dance from the Heart, Broadway Backwards and Classical Action’s 20th Anniversary Gala, individuals within the performing arts community have donated their valuable time and talents toward the greater good. Together, we have raised resources that are in turn shared with social service organizations large and small reaching hundreds of thousands facing a variety of health crises and personal challenges. Each of these efforts serves as a reminder of just how fortunate we are to be surrounded by so many genuinely compassionate and talented individuals. No matter your relationship to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, thank you for being a part of our community, a family of extraordinary generosity of spirit and resolve. You have our deepest gratitude. It is the passion and dedication of each of you that helps us, together, continue to make a difference. Sincerely, om Viola T Executive Director
Library of Congress Includes Broadway Cares’ Site in Archives The website for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has been selected for inclusion in the archives of the Library of Congress. The Library is “collecting” sites similar to its collection of books, music or recordings to preserve them for future researchers and scholars. The Broadway Cares site was chosen because of its unique content and focus. Selected sites are scanned on a scheduled basis so that changes are captured over time, while each previous scan is maintained. For now, access to the archives is only available at the Library of Congress. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is honored to be part of the Library’s esteemed collection and looks forward to continuing to contribute to our nation’s history.
[BC/EFA] 2012 Grant-Making “Where Does All That Money Go???” Support for THE ACTORS FUND HIV/AIDS INITIATIVE
PHYLLIS NEWMAN WOMEN’S HEALTH INITIATIVE
AL HIRSCHFELD FREE HEALTH CLINIC
ACTORS FUND WORK PROGRAM
THE DANCERS’ RESOURCE
Stage ManagerS’ Project
EMERGENCY GRANT – January 2012
special Grant – in honor of Hugh Jackman
Miscellaneous Annual Gala, Memorial Donations, Benefit Support, etc.
THE ACTORS FUND
FOOD SERVICE and MEAL DELIVERY PROGRAMS 125 Organizations in 34 States
LOCAL AIDS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS $ 2,255,560 324 Organizations in 47 States Health Clinics, Housing Programs, Case Management, Emergency Financial Assistance, Harm Reduction Programs, Quality of Life Services NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED AIDS SERVICE and ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS
THEATRE COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS and SPECIAL GRANTS
INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE GRANTS Washington, DC – July 2012
AIDS RESEARCH amfAR and IAVI (International AIDS Vaccine Initiative)
PHYSICIAN VOLUNTEERS FOR THE ARTS Broadway Flu Shot Initiative
INTERNATIONAL GRANTS South Africa / THE LION KING Grants to 32 AIDS Service Organizations and Whole Grain Bread Project
TheatreMAD, London NOMAD TWO WORLDS – Sydney, Austrailia in honor of Hugh Jackman
the ACTORS FUND NATIONAL Grants
$ 4,625,000 $ 5,677,160
2012 BC/EFA GRANT-MAKING TOTAL broadwaycares.org
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MISSION STATEMENT Approved by the BC/EFA Board of Trustees – May 27, 2010
• To mobilize the unique abilities within the entertainment industry to mitigate the suffering of individuals affected by HIV/AIDS; • To ensure direct support specifically through social services and programs of the Actors Fund to all individuals in the entertainment industry affected by critical health issues, including but not limited to HIV/AIDS; • To support organizations across the country which provide treatment or services for people specifically affected by HIV/AIDS and their families; • To promote and encourage public support for national and international programs and services which benefit people with HIV/AIDS;
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CONTENTS 3 Where Does All That Money Go? 5 Gypsy of the Year 8 The Actors Fund 11 Collections Volunteers 12 National Food Grants 14 Sharing Resources 15 Broadway Backwards 16 Dancers Responding to AIDS 18 Classical Action 19 Education & Outreach 20 The Angels Circle 23 Online Store
• To increase public awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS through the creation and dissemination of educational materials; • To support efforts by the entertainment industry to address other critical health issues or respond to an emergency, in each case as approved by the Board of Trustees; • To support efforts by the entertainment industry in other charitable or educational endeavors, in each case as approved by the Board of Trustees.
A HISTORY OF BC/EFA’s grant-making National & The Actors Fund Int’l Grants 1987–1992 Equity Fights AIDS $ 2,775,250 1988–May 1992 Broadway Cares $ 1,067,000 BC/EFA Contributions 5/92–12/92 $ 634,000 $ 771,780 1993 $ 1,654,000 $ 1,184,119 1994 $ 1,758,000 $ 676,404 1995 $ 1,791,000 $ 707,916 1996 $ 2,010,000 $ 1,400,549 1997 $ 2,247,500 $ 1,342,200 1998 $ 2,471,000 $ 1,711,819 1999 $ 2,700,000 $ 3,039,841 2000 $ 2,955,336 $ 3,033,566 2001 $ 2,829,500 $ 3,238,765 2002 $ 2,732,000 $ 2,689,679 2003 $ 3,022,500 $ 3,115,969 2004 $ 3,360,500 $ 4,437,338 2005 $ 3,516,500 $ 4,469,798 2006 $ 3,517,500 $ 4,518,364 2007 $ 3,671,500 $ 5,152,546 2008 $ 4,302,000 $ 5,737,298 2009 $ 3,400,000 $ 4,492,489 2010 $ 4,160,000 $ 5,824,988 2011 $ 4,014,500 $ 5,305,700 2012 $ 4,625,000 $ 6,231,755 Total Support 1988–2012
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Total $ 2,775,250 $ 1,067,000 $ 1,405,780 $ 2,838,119 $ 2,434,404 $ 2,498,916 $ 3,410,549 $ 3,589,700 $ 4,182,819 $ 5,739,841 $ 5,988,902 $ 6,068,265 $ 5,421,676 $ 6,138,469 $ 7,797,838 $ 7,986,298 $ 8,035,864 $ 8,824,046 $ 10,039,298 $ 7,892,489 $ 9,984,988 $ 9,320,200 $ 10,856,755 $134,297,466
24th annual gypsy of the year
Gypsies Raise Awareness, Spirits and $3,902,608
n the words of celebrated lyricist Fred Ebb, “We’re a special kind of people known as show people.” And for the 24th year, more than 200 of the best and brightest Broadway show people showed just how special they are with a rousing, emotional and heartpounding edition of Gypsy of the Year. The annual event, held December 3 and 4, was the culminating celebration of six weeks of fundraising by 51 participating Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies, which this year raised $3,902,608 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Since 1989, the 24 editions of Gypsy of the Year have raised a total of $52,934,581. Two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera joined Katie Holmes and Ricky Martin in announcing the grand total to a standing-room-only audience at the New Amsterdam Theatre, home to Disney’s Mary Poppins. The three presented awards to the top fundraising companies and to the best performances in this year’s show.
The company of The Lion King took honors for the best onstage presentation with a modern dance choreographed by Ray Mercer. The piece transformed a spoken word introduction into a graceful, powerful dance. The cast of Broadway’s Bring It On: The Musical grabbed the runner-up spot with a high-flying, acrobatic hip-hop routine. The show’s opening number celebrated the history of Broadway dance, spotlighting iconic choreography from West Side Story, Fosse, 42nd Street, The Will Rogers Follies, Crazy for You, Legally Blonde and A Chorus Line. Seth Rudetsky, host of “Seth’s Big Fat Broadway” on SiriusXM Radio, returned for his fifth hysterical turn as Gypsy host, peppering the show with his infamous deconstructions of musical moments. He even shared one of his own over-the-top memories: a recording of a 12-yearold Seth performing a unique version of “Tomorrow” from Annie. He was joined by surprise guests Andrea McArdle, the original Annie, and Lilla Crawford, who stars as Annie in the current hit Broadway revival.
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The cast of Chicago saluted the groundbreaking work of that show’s legendary choreographer, Bob Fosse. Grammy Award nominee Billy Ray Cyrus started the tribute with an a capella version of “Bye Bye Blackbird” before turning the stage over to a high-energy recreation of Fosse’s legendary choreography of “Sing, Sing, Sing.” The “non-dancing” ensemble members of Disney’s hit Newsies comically lamented their plight, wishing they could “dance like the newsies.” The “Island of Misfit Shows” came to life through the cast of Mary Poppins, who poked fun with “Grannie” (America’s favorite little orphan all grown up) and “The Book of Merman.” In a spirited number, choreographed by David Marquez, 21 dancers swinging 42 of the well-recognized red BC/EFA collection buckets saluted the 17 national touring shows that collectively raised $1.9 million of the event’s grand total. Other shows presenting included Evita, Mamma Mia!, Once, Rebecca, Rock of Ages and Off-Broadway’s NEWSical The Musical. Tony winners Katie Finneran and Steve Kazee shared how BC/EFA committed to helping the victims of Hurricane Sandy 6 [behind the] scenes
fundraising Awards Broadway Musicals Top Fundraiser First Runner-up Second Runner-up Third Runner-up
Once............................................ $232,770 Evita............................................. $224,105 The Book of Mormon................... $209,265 Wicked......................................... $165,370
National Touring Shows Top Fundraiser First Runner-up Second Runner-up Third Runner-up
The Book of Mormon................... $478,130 Wicked – Emerald City................ $357,379 Wicked – Munchkinland.............. $252,152 Les Misérables............................. $172,290
Broadway Plays Top Fundraiser
Off-Broadway Top Fundraiser First Runner-up
Avenue Q........................................$24,940 Vanya and Sonia.............................$20,700 and Masha and Spike
51 companies raised $3,902,608
and announced $350,000 worth of donations to The Actors Fund and three relief agencies providing assistance for those affected in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Tony Award winner Judith Light returned to again lead a poignant moment of silence. This year’s judges included John Bolton, Judith Ivey, composer John Kander, Judy Kaye, producer Hal Luftig, Laura Osnes,
Adam Pascal and Michael Shannon. Also joining the panel were Hollis Stern and Peg Wendlandt, who both won spots as high bidders at the 26th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction in September. The judges were introduced by Peter and the Starcatcher stars Adam Chanler-Berat and Celia Keenan-Bolger. The 24th Annual Gypsy of the Year was
directed by Kristin Newhouse with Jason Trubitt serving as production stage manager. The opening number was directed and choreographed by Rommy Sandhu with music arrangements by Ben Cohn and lyrics by Stacia Fernandez. Gypsy of the Year is sponsored by United Airlines and The New York Times. n PHOTOS & VIDEOS
Fred Ebb’s Legacy of Generosity Celebrated at Gypsy 2005, Ebb’s nephew and executor, Mitchell Bernard, presented Broadway Cares with a first “royalty check” of $300,000. Ebb’s legacy continued in 2012 with a gift of $1.3 million, the largest single donation in Broadway Cares history. The total donation from Ebb and the Fred Ebb Foundation now tops an amazing $6.9 million. As a tribute to Ebb and his incredible legacy, and in honor of the great team of Kander and Ebb, the 24th Annual Gypsy of the Year featured a reunion of members of the original cast of Curtains, led by its Tony Award-winning stars David Hyde Pierce and Debra Monk. They were joined by Chicago alumni in a stirring Gypsy finale of “Show People,” staged and choreographed by JoAnn M. Hunter, based on the original by Rob Ashford.
Kander was in attendance for the tribute, acting as a judge for Gypsy of the Year. He received a standing ovation upon his introduction to the standing-room-only crowd.
tarting with 1965’s Flora and the Red Menace, Fred Ebb and John Kander gave us more than a dozen groundbreaking and often heartbreaking musicals, from Cabaret and Chicago to Kiss of the Spider Woman, Curtains and The Scottsboro Boys.
Ebb’s annual donation enables Broadway Cares to fund initiatives that were so important to Ebb, particularly the essential programs of The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic.
Not just a creative genius, Ebb was generous and compassionate. As a stipulation of his will, Ebb, who died in 2004, left a share of his works’ ongoing royalties to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS to be distributed through the Fred Ebb Foundation. In
“It doesn’t surprise me at all that Freddy would leave such an amazing gift through his foundation,” Monk said. “It just makes sense since he was such a generous spirit. He always wanted to help people in whatever they needed.” n [behind the] scenes 7
Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative
Healthy Living Requires Taking Care of Mind and Body
my Wilder works on the front lines every day. She experiences the devastating lows and euphoric highs of her clients – women facing desperate situations and searching for help. The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative of The Actors Fund may be better known for helping women battling physical health crises like breast or ovarian cancer, Parkinson’s disease and recovering from a stroke. But the initiative is equally active helping women address mental health concerns. “The performing arts and entertainment industries can be a particularly stressful one,” Wilder, the initiative’s social worker, said. “Women need to be able to take care of their mental health and have access to decent services.” And that’s where The Actors Fund makes a difference. In 2012, BC/EFA awarded $676,000 to the Women’s Health Initiative. In turn, the initiative helped 611 clients with the emergency financial assistance they needed to confront breast, cervical and ovarian cancers, mental health issues, domestic violence, chemical dependency and other critical conditions. The Actors Fund created the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative in 1996 with the help of an initial grant from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. In the years since, BC/EFA has provided more than $6.8 million to the program and remains its largest funder. The initiative provides a safety net for women in the entertainment industry who are coping with critical health concerns. In 2012, the program provided $267,520 in financial assistance to its clients.
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Wilder said it’s not uncommon for her to see clients who need to go on permanent disability, but because they have no savings, they keep attempting to work even when their health tells them they shouldn’t. Some programs exist for people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS to help cover expenses between the time they become disabled and when they actually start receiving disability. “Unfortunately the average industry woman with Parkinson’s disease, cancer, stroke, etc., is basically out of luck if they don’t have family or friends to turn to,” Wilder said. “Often, then, the Fund becomes the only resource and that’s definitely one of the things I find most challenging.” Nearly 40 percent of the initiative’s clients are diagnosed with some type of mental health concerns, which range from a need to simply be connected with an appropriate therapist to those who require crisis intervention services. Often clients can’t pay much, if anything, for therapy and typically they have no insurance. “That makes mental health services really hard to obtain and yet they are so necessary,” Wilder said. “I would say that industry women, especially but not limited to performers, are particularly vulnerable, due to the obvious reasons of being in the spotlight and having to keep up with a lot of pressure about appearance and the frequently unattainable standards of ‘beauty.’ ” Wilder explained that this pressure often manifests itself through eating disorders, which raises additional concerns and pressures for clients. Recent research published by the American Journal of Psychiatry and others found that almost 50 percent of people with eating disorders meet the criteria for depression yet only one in 10 men and women with eating disorders receive treatment.
Overall up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the United States. And of all mental illnesses, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate. Just as startling are the common factors of those who are diagnosed with an eating disorder: perfectionism, competitiveness, repetitive exercise routines, high self-expectations, drive, compulsiveness, body image distortion, pre-occupation with dieting and weight. These traits are all closely associated with the nature of the entertainment industry. The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative creates confidential connections between clients – regardless of whether they have health insurance – and an appropriate therapist. The initiative can offer short-term therapy grants for those without or between insurance coverage and it can provide referrals to psychotherapy institutes and clinics. Crisis intervention services also are available for clients nationwide. Ultimately, as Wilder pointed out, “The Actors Fund and Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative are there if a woman does end up with a scary diagnosis of any variety and needs to know what some of her options might be, and we are available to support her through the process.”
And it’s working, as one client recently wrote: “It is such a relief to have the help of the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative. I don’t know how I would have managed otherwise. I keep pinching myself that the collaboration between Broadway Cares and The Actors Fund exists and some angel has smiled down on me and offered help. Thank you doesn’t begin to say it.” n
BC/EFA Support for The Actors Fund Tops $4.6 Million in 2012 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS awarded more than $4.6 million to The Actors Fund in 2012. Through this unique partnership, 13,523 entertainment industry professionals received much needed help to cope with a variety of health issues, crises and challenges. BC/EFA funds the essential social service programs of The Actors Fund, ensuring a safety net of vital programs and services, including: the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic, the Actors Fund Work Program, The Dancers’ Resource and the Stage Managers’ Project. Grants from Broadway Cares also help fund The Actors Funds’ supportive housing residences – The Dorothy Ross Friedman Residence in Manhattan, The Schermerhorn in Brooklyn and The Palm View in Los Angeles. Throughout the year, 3,267 people received $2,861,222 in emergency financial assistance from The Actors Fund for essential needs such as rent, health insurance payments and living expenses. The Actors Fund helps all entertainment professionals, including performers and those behind the scenes, such as designers, writers, sound technicians, dancers, administrators, directors, film editors, stagehands, electricians, as well as support staff in theatre, film and the performing arts. n
HIV/AIDS Initiative The HIV/AIDS Initiative works with men and women in the entertainment industry to create confidential, holistic plans and support systems that will meet each person’s emotional, medical and financial needs. As the primary funder of the HIV/AIDS Initiative, Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS ensures the program can provide a full spectrum of essential services. These include health insurance payments and rent, case management services and referrals to other sources of assistance, benefits advocacy, and counseling and support groups for people with HIV/AIDS, their partners, families and caregivers. Since its inception in 1988, the HIV/AIDS Initiative has received more than $42 million from Broadway Cares.
“I got to view the first black president and I can be married now! Thank you for helping me be alive to see these two moments of my life.” – Pi 9
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Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic
Actors Fund Work Program
E stablished in 2003, the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic provides free care to members of the entertainment community who are either uninsured or who have inadequate coverage. In 2012, the clinic served 1,485 patients. The clinic offers urgent, primary and specialty care through a staff of general practitioners and specialist volunteers for health screenings, flu vaccinations, mammograms, tuberculosis and diabetes screenings, breast examinations, health fairs and much more. The Hirschfeld Clinic works to prevent illness and emergency room visits that result from neglecting health care. BC/EFA has provided the clinic with more than $6.16 million in funding and remains its largest funder.
For members of the entertainment community living with the natural uncertainties of employment within the profession, the Actors Fund Work Program provides entertainment industry professionals a comprehensive employment and training program for finding sideline work and new careers. These programs foster resiliency and self-reliance in addition to providing a resource for referrals of highly skilled and creative workers to the larger employment community. In addition, the AIDS Training and Education Program assists HIV/AIDS Initiative clients explore their options for transitioning to work, school, volunteering or other meaningful activity. Since 1998, BC/EFA has provided more than $3.2 million to the Actors Fund Work Program.
“It’s remarkable to be able to have such skilled care – especially in times when health insurance is really expensive. It means so much to know that you’re being taken care of. ” – Amy
“I was feeling lost and overwhelmed about my side career to support myself. They showed me the path that I should follow in order to make a living while pursuing my acting dream.” – Sanem
The Dancers’ Resource assistance and educational seminars concerning topics such as nutrition, wellness and financial planning are a few of the resources available to dancers in need. Assistance also is available with health care and health insurance, information and advocacy with Workers Compensation and Disability Insurance and emergency financial assistance. Since 1998, BC/EFA has provided over more than $1 million to The Dancers’ Resource.
D ue to the many unique situations dancers are faced with because of the demanding physical nature of their work, The Dancers’ Resource provides multiple services to dancers and choreographers within the community. Individual and group counseling, emergency financial 10 [behind the] scenes
“Dancing is a career so driven by passion and heart that an injury can leave you feeling more mentally defeated than physically. The Dancers’ Resource really provided support from all angles.” – Abbie LEARN MORE
Collections & Volunteer spotlight
‘Bucket Brigade’ Steps Up for Fundraising
hey dash in after work or sometimes on breaks. They’re college students and professionals, business owners and retirees.
“They” are the increasingly infamous “bucket brigade” for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS – volunteers who put their evenings on hold for six weeks at time to help during BC/EFA’s twice-a-year fundraising campaigns. The bucket brigade supports the work of Broadway and Off-Broadway companies who need a few extra hands for collections.
During Gypsy of the Year fundraising, 156 volunteers held buckets at theatre exits and sold autographed memorabilia at 19 shows. Over six weeks, they filled 1,950 shifts at 906 appeals. Managing this cadre of collectors is no easy task. Broadway Cares Collections Volunteer Coordinator Keith Bullock tackles the scheduling with Producer Kimberly Russell and Associate Producer Trisha Doss. “All the volunteers submit their availability, week by week,” Bullock explained. “Then we begin the task of matching up where
we need people and who we have available. It’s something we have to check and double-check because the actual collections happen so fast that we have to make sure we’re completely covered. The process has truly turned into a machine.” The volunteers come from near and far, including four of the five boroughs of New York. Several travel into Manhattan’s theatre district from New Jersey and Connecticut – as far as 50 miles each way – just to help with collections. “A lot of the brigade volunteers started because they were attending shows and saw other people holding buckets as they left,” Bullock said. “They wanted to help and are generous enough to commit their time to do this.” Longtime volunteer Briana Jacobson anxiously anticipates each collection period. A co-owner of successful New York production company, Jacobson finds that being a part of the bucket brigade allows her to contribute, in a unique way, to a cause that’s important to her. “It’s a great feeling when you see a teenager opening up their own wallet and dropping money in the bucket, all on their own,” Jacobson says. “Those are the times when I realize that what we’re doing isn’t just making a difference for the people who end up getting help, but we’re also making an impact on the people donating.” n
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2013 National Food grants
Healing and Helping: One Healthy Meal at a Time
ike lives in rural Minnesota. He’s HIV-positive. His partner has AIDS. Their primary care physician is 56 miles away; their HIV specialist more than 100 miles away. The closest grocery store is a 15-mile drive once you’re off the dead-end dirt road that leads to their house. Mike and his partner live in isolation. “None of our neighbors even know about our health because many have said they would burn down a house if they knew someone in our area had AIDS,” Mike wrote in a recent letter to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. To survive, Mike relies on Minnkota Health Project, a volunteer-run support program established in 1987 that serves the rural areas of western Minnesota and North Dakota. At regular emotional support group meetings, Minnkota gives Mike his only opportunity to talk openly about his struggles, and they also counsel him on how to eat healthy to positively impact his HIV treatment.
The food grants round is the first of three annual grant-making rounds for Broadway Cares. In March, the Nationally Recognized Service and Public Policy grant round awarded $730,000 to 39 organizations. In June, the final round of grants for the year will be awarded, covering emergency assistance programs, direct services, substance abuse and harm reduction services, and quality of life programs. Since 1988, more than $69 million has been distributed by BC/EFA through the National Grants Program. For the people receiving the benefits of these grants, a healthy meal can literally save their life. A medically tailored diet helps HIV patients recover, heal and lead a higher quality of life. In Arkansas, the Broadway Cares grant of $12,500 means the all-volunteer Hot Springs AIDS Resource Center can continue providing more than 12,000 meals through its pantry program, more than 200 congregate meals and nearly 2,300 home-delivered meals this year.
“Living in rural Minnesota with HIV/AIDS is very difficult,” Mike wrote. “Minnkota provides such critical services, not only the support groups, but essential meals and groceries to help us make it through each month.”
“This grant provides more than the food nutrition that comes with it,” board president Mike Melancon said. ���It provides peace of mind and the social attachment that comes along with it that’s so desperately needed for many of the people we serve.”
That’s why Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS expanded its grant-making seven years ago to separate food service into its own round of funding. This newly created grant round covers three categories: food pantries, congregate meal services and delivered meal programs. Organizations like Minnkota that have expanded missions to include these services and programs are offered the opportunity to receive grants of up to $35,000.
Because of the generosity of BC/EFA donors, nearly $9.8 million in food service and meal delivery grants have been awarded since 2006.
In February, Broadway Cares awarded $1,505,500 to 121 food pantries, congregate meal and meal delivery programs in 36 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico – including a $15,000 grant to Minnkota Health Project, up from last year’s grant of $12,500.
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Providing Nutritious Meals for Many Tables Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has long understood the necessity that people living with HIV/AIDS need nutritious meals if medical regimens are going to have a lasting impact. “Our food and nutrition programs are literally saving lives, thanks to BC/EFA’s support not only for those living with HIV/AIDS but for many others who are also homebound and facing the challenges of other critical and chronic illness,” said David B. Waters, CEO of Community Servings in Boston. “Broadway Cares leads the way in encouraging organizations such as Community Servings to expand their missions while ensuring that services for those living with HIV/AIDS are maintained and secure. We are incredibly grateful for the longstanding support of BC/EFA and its generous supporters.”
Waters recently wrote a compelling column for The Boston Globe. With his permission, we are proud to include an excerpt.
Food insecurity is a social justice problem. In the United States, food insecurity hit record levels in 2010 when the number of households uncertain of where each day’s meals will come from reached 17.2 million. That’s one in seven U.S. families. The daily struggle to put food on the table also has a direct link to the $3.2 trillion Americans spend on health care. Malnutrition is one of the greatest contributors to hospital and nursing home admission and readmission. This is a costly problem for all of us. It takes about $20 a day to feed someone nutritious meals at home. It costs upward of $4,000 a day for a hospital stay. Community Servings was founded in 1990 to serve those with HIV and AIDS. One of the things we’ve learned providing meal delivery services to HIV patients is that medically tailored meals strengthen the immune system and enable the body to better fight the disease. Good nutrition acts as a positive catalyst – helping the body process medications. Today, Community Servings provides more than two dozen medically tailored diets to 1,300 patients in 18 Massachusetts communities battling cancer, diabetes, heart failure, immune deficiencies and many other conditions. In many households we encounter patients who are routinely confronted with
the decision of whether to feed their families or purchase medicine. On a very basic human rights level – nobody should ever have to make such a decision. This is where the individual experiences of the food insecure become very relevant to health care policy. Those who are food insecure are more likely to miss medical appointments, have poor medication adherence, make frequent trips to the emergency room, and have poorer health outcomes. A recent survey of healthcare workers conducted by Community Servings and Daniel J. Cohn, an Emerson National Hunger Fellow at the Congressional Hunger Center, found an overwhelming majority of respondents (96 percent) reported that medically tailored home-delivered meals improved their clients’ health. Nearly two thirds (65 percent) believed the meals program had resulted in decreased hospitalizations for their clients. The Affordable Care Act that goes into effect in 2014 requires every state to establish an Essential Health Benefits Package. A wise investment and smart policy move by every state would be to include food and nutrition services in those benefits and codify the outcome-based belief that “food is medicine” into our health care system.
AmpleHarvest.org Connects Farmers with Local Pantries Gary Oppenheimer turned a backyard garden surplus of spaghetti squash and cucumbers into a bounty of nutritional goodness that’s connecting gardeners who have excess produce to food pantries in need of fresh fruits and vegetables. At the end of the gardening season back in 2007, Oppenheimer found himself with more fresh produce than his family could eat and discovered there was no easy way to find a place where it could be put to good use. So he created AmpleHarvest.org, a innovative, nonprofit organization that uses its website to connect America’s food pantries with local growers looking to donate excess produce.
“We all want nutritious food for ourselves and our families, and for those who are living with HIV/AIDS, this need is critical,” Oppenheimer said. “Yet for the millions of Americans who rely on a local food pantry to help feed their family, fresh food is rarely, if ever available. Yet nearby growers often harvest more food than they can use, preserve or give to friends. AmpleHarvest.org links the excess supply to the critical need.” As part of its 2013 food grants, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS awarded AmpleHarvest.org $10,000 to help grow the number of food pantries in its network (currently about 6,000 nationwide) while also reaching more growers who have excess food in their garden. The food is provided free of charge to the pantries. Broadway Cares shared information about AmpleHarvest.org with all of this year’s food grant recipients, many of which have already begun participating with local farms and markets. n LEARN MORE
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BC/EFA Supports Hurricane Victims, Other Charities
roadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS historically has moved quickly and responsibly, on behalf of the entire theatre community, to help those affected by extraordinary events and natural disasters. Hurricane Sandy dealt a stinging blow in late October to millions of people in more than a dozen states. On behalf of the theatre community and our generous supporters, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS announced hurricane relief grants of $50,000 each to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, AmeriCares and the American Red Cross. An additional $200,000 was awarded to The Actors Fund to address hardships within the entertainment community. In all, Broadway Cares donated $350,000 toward hurricane relief efforts. Additionally, many actors who help make our fundraising efforts a success have existing, deep connections with other charitable organizations. In appreciation of their enthusiastic efforts, BC/EFA often makes a contribution to those organizations in honor of those company members. Ricky Martin, who returned to Broadway in 2012 to star in the revival of Evita, created his own foundation eight years ago to advocate for the well-being of children around the world in critical areas such as education, health and social justice. In honor of the tremendous fundraising efforts for BC/EFA by Martin and the company of Evita, Broadway Cares made a $75,000 donation to the Ricky Martin Foundation in their honor.
Actor and activist David Hyde Pierce received a special Tony Award for his longtime advocacy work in the fight against Alzheimerâ€™s disease. A special donation of $10,000 was made to the Alzheimerâ€™s Association in honor of Pierce and his cast mates in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
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Broadway Cares made a donation of $25,000 to the American Cancer Society in honor of the Broadway company of Nice Work If You Can Get It, many of whom have been affected by cancer, personally or as a caretaker to a family member or close friend.
Backwards Sells Out the Palace, Raises $347,060
roadway Backwards, the once-a-year celebration of the LGBT community, brought down the house March 18 while raising a record-setting $347,060 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City. The sold-out show included a recurring story about a man on a personal journey, ultimately finding love in an unexpected place. Featured were Tony nominee Tony Sheldon and Jim Brochu with special appearances by five-time Emmy Award winner Doris Roberts and multiple Tony and Emmy nominee Victor Garber. The eighth annual edition of Broadway Backwards, produced by Broadway Cares, was presented in the historic Palace Theatre. It featured a talented 80-person cast and live orchestra performing the great songs of musical theatre with a twist: women sang songs originally written for men and men sang songs written for women. Tituss Burgess raised the roof with an explosive rendition of “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls. Burgess was joined by Jamie Cepero, Steven Cutts, Miles Johnson, Rashad Naylor, Brandon Pearson and Dennis Stowe. The audience leapt to its feet with approval for the heartbreaking anthem. Brian Stokes Mitchell left the capacity crowd breathless after an intimate rendition of the Gershwin standard “The Man I Love.” Other memorable solo performances included five-time Tony nominee Jan Maxwell, Academy Award winner, four-time Tony nominee Estelle Parsons and Australian stage veteran Anthony Warlow.
Tony winner Karen Ziemba led a dozen tap-dancing ladies in “Go Home with Bonnie Jean” from Brigadoon. Tony nominee Josh Young, surrounded by a dozen hunky Broadway dancers, tapped the powers of Jekyll & Hyde to “Bring on the Men.” Stephanie J. Block led an inspirational finale of “Our Time” from Merrily We Roll Along, appropriately capping off the evening. Other memorable performances included Ward Billeisen, John Bolton, Jake Boyd, Mo Brady, Daniel Breaker, Ashley Brown, Robert Creighton, Malcolm Gets, Anita Gillette, Judy Kaye, Jose Llana, Kyle Dean Massey, Stacey Oristano, Howie Michael Smith and Bruce Vilanch, teen poetry sensation Noah St. John and former Paul Taylor Dance Company principal dancers Patrick Corbin and David Grenke. The evening’s creative team included the show’s creator, writer/ director/co-choreographer Robert Bartley, music supervisor MaryMitchell Campbell, music director Tim Rosser, co-choreographer Amy Jones, additional music directors Laura Berquist, Mat Eisenstein, Brad Haak and James Sampliner, lighting designer Paul Miller, costume designer Ryan Moller and sound designer Lucas Indelicato. Matthew DiCarlo served as production stage manager, leading a team of 20 first-class stage managers. The presenting sponsor of this year’s Broadway Backwards was Lifetime Television Networks with generous support from HBO, The New York Times, United Airlines, DIRECTV, Here Media, John’s, Marriott Marquis, Mercer, Bloomberg, Chelsea Pines Inn, Christopher Street Financial, Get Services and Next Magazine. n PHOTOS & VIDEO
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DANCE FROM THE HEART
DRA Pays Homage to Icons and Celebrates New Works
he eighth annual installment of Dance from the Heart honored the work of legendary choreographers and showcased emerging talents as it raised a record $113,140 for Dancers Responding to AIDS, eclipsing last year’s total of $66,840. The four eclectic performances on January 28 and 29 at New York City’s Cedar Lake Theater featured 15 gifted choreographers and 78 extraordinary dancers. The dazzling work of iconic choreographer Jiří Kylián was showcased by two pairs of dancers from Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, who effectively moved their sculpted bodies in and out of the shadows to create cleverly balanced off-center movement. American Dance Machine for the 21st Century paid tribute to legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins with a sultry recreation of “Mr. Monotony.” Backed by a five-piece live band, the number featured Tony Award-winning singer Debbie Gravitte, Amar Ramasar and Georgina Pazcoguin from New
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York City Ballet and Charles Askegard, founder of Ballet Next. Michelle Fleet and Michael Trusnovec of Paul Taylor Dance Company echoed in dance the symmetry of the accompanying Bach piano concerto in an excerpt from “Cascade.” Rising choreographer Al Blackstone added an engaging flair of theatricality with “Hello Dolly,” a comedic take on the budding romance between two shy, awkward co-workers. A heart-pounding excerpt from Takehiro Ueyama’s Salaryman left the audience breathless as four athletic dancers in business suits illuminated the frenetic pace of the battle for success in today’s corporate culture. Marcelo Gomes, principal dancer for American Ballet Theatre, stepped into the choreographer’s role for the premiere of “Endlos,” a visual representation of the depths of true love featuring Jessica Saund and Thomas Forster, members of the corps de ballet for American Ballet Theatre. Abdur-Rahim Jackson choreographed an intricate piece for two
women who danced as mirror images of each other, exploring aspects of one’s self through reflection. Tom Gold Dance premiered a ballet to a string quartet version of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” with dancers from Miami City Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet who brought a dash of whimsy to the evening. Other featured performances included Ayodele Casel, Nora Chipaumire, Doug Varone and Dancers, Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects, Mark Dendy Dance and Theater Projects, Project Moves Dance Company and Corey John Snide. The event included the world premieres of four pieces, made possible by the generous support of major choreographic
sponsors Gerald M. Appelstein, The Charles Evans Foundation and Rockefeller Brothers Fund and choreographic sponsor Movmnt Magazine. Dance from the Heart was produced by and benefited Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS. This year’s event was generously sponsored by The New York Times, United Airlines, Beaulieu Vineyard, Cedar Lake Theater and New York City Dance Alliance. n
Connections with Dance Students Last a Lifetime
or 10 years, thousands of students have connected with Dancers Responding to AIDS through its annual invitational, Stars of Tomorrow. For many like Skylar Brandt, it’s made a lasting impression. Brandt, now a member of the corps de ballet for American Ballet Theatre, was first introduced to DRA in 2003 when she performed with Scarsdale Ballet Studio. She continued her fundraising efforts at her spring performance with ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. And she continues to support DRA through ABT audience appeals and benefit performances. Brandt epitomizes the importance of participation in DRA’s fundraising efforts early on in dancers’ careers. “Ever since I performed for DRA as a young girl, I knew this was a cause I wanted to support throughout my career,” Brandt says. “It is an honor to be able to give back through the art form that I love and, for this, I will always be grateful to DRA.”
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Legends Gather to Celebrate at 20th Anniversary Gala
lassical Action celebrated its 20th anniversary with a star-studded gala benefit on April 11 featuring performances by Grammy Award-winning soprano Renée Fleming, Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell and six other extraordinary artists. The evening, which honored Classical Action’s founding director Charles Hamlen, raised a remarkable $280,900. Classical Action, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, was founded in 1993 and draws upon the talents, resources and generosity of the classical, opera and jazz communities to raise money for those battling HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses. Fleming served as host of the lively evening, which included performances by bass-baritone Eric Owens, pianists Natasha Paremski and Anne-Marie McDermott, jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and acclaimed cabaret singer Karen Akers. Fleming capped off her hosting duties for the evening with an emotional rendition of John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s “In My Life,” arranged and performed by Hersch on piano. Mitchell delivered a moving and passionate interpretation of “This Nearly Was Mine” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. Hersch performed two original works: a wistful jazz melody “Pastorale,” inspired by the compositions of Robert Schumann’s “Scenes from Childhood,” and a lilting piece dedicated to Hamlen called “Valentine.” Salerno-Sonnenberg and McDermott collaborated on two distinct pieces, the haunting “Midnight Bells” by Fritz Kreisler and a
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playful interpretation of “It Ain’t Necessarily So” from George and Ira Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. McDermott also gave a passionate interpretation of Schumann’s ode to love “Widmung” on piano. Owens delivered a stirring performance of Mozart’s “Mentre di lascio, in E-flat Major, K. 513” depicting a grief-stricken father as he is being parted from his daughter. Owens was accompanied by Paremski on piano, who also gave an expressive solo performance of Chopin’s “Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60.” Akers offered an intoxicating rendition of “Padam, Padam” by Norbert Glanzberg and Henri Content, accompanied by Luke Frazier. This French cabaret song, originally performed by Edith Piaf, was a sly warning against breaking the hearts of those who have loved you. Hamlen founded Classical Action in 1993 after a successful career in artist management. He served as co-director of IMG Artists from 1984 to 1992. There he oversaw the careers of artists including violinists Joshua Bell and Leila Josefowicz; flutist James Galway; pianists Stephen Hough, Evgeny Kissin and Jean-Yves Thibaudet; and the Emerson String Quartet. In 1993, Hamlen left IMG Artists to found Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS. After 16 years at the helm of Classical Action, Hamlen returned to IMG Artists where he served as chairman until 2012. He is currently vice president for artists and programs at the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Adrienne Arsht served as event chair for the gala. The evening was made possible, in part, by the generous support of Arsht and presenting sponsor Michael Palm Foundation. n PHOTOS & VIDEO
Education and outreach Making a Difference Inspires Activism Across Generations
ony Moreno, a central Florida teenager, wanted to come of age with a purpose. Chris Marhevka and his college classmates in Ohio wanted to learn how to be on the front lines of activism. Kristie Fuller wanted to inspire her northern New York high school students to make a difference for others. Each found their own way to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and, in turn, found something bigger than themselves. Moreno, who attends Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park, FL, dedicated his bar mitzvah celebration to raising money for Broadway Cares. He was inspired to help after seeing shows on Broadway and in nearby Orlando support the organization. “I love that the Broadway community reaches out to its audiences about HIV and AIDS, and every time I get the opportunity, I donate,” Moreno said. “To show my appreciation, I decided to talk to others about what Broadway Cares does and invite them to donate as well. Their response was great! I raised slightly more than $650.” It means a lot to Moreno that BC/EFA awards grants to more than 25 Florida-based organizations annually, but he sees beyond that, too. “I tell kids like me that it doesn’t matter what you do to help others, as long as you do good for something you love and support,” he said. “When I donated to Broadway Cares, it felt great to know that I was helping an amazing cause, and, hopefully, because I donated, it will show other kids my age that they can do the same.” Fuller, a theatre teacher at Indian River High School in Philadelphia, NY, recruits students to serve on a Teen AIDS Task Force that shares education and advocacy with surrounding schools. She also encourages them to raise money for and walk in the annual First Frost AIDS Walk, where they’ve been the first place team for nine years. And in between putting on plays to raise awareness, the team also volunteers at a local soup kitchen and attends an HIV/AIDS ministry through a local church.
Fuller supports the notion that theatre artists are great activists, especially when they are young. “I see them easily stepping out of their comfort zone to serve others,” she said. “I also see them reaching out to their peers and their community through education and advocacy as well as service and caring for those affected by HIV/AIDS.” For Marhevka and a group of fellow students at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, it was their collective desire for civil rights that led them on an alternative spring break excursion to New York City. “As LGBT students and allies, we saw it as our duty to push for progress toward civil rights,” Marhevka said. “We chose to come to New York to see how many groups we could help. We had all heard of Broadway Cares, so we started there.” In addition to holding BC/EFA donation buckets during Easter Bonnet collections at various Broadway shows, the college students toured AIDS and LGBT facilities during their days while working at a marriage equality phone bank for Broadway Impact at night. They even volunteered with BC/EFA affiliate ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty) to help with ongoing local hurricane relief efforts for a day. “The hurricane shut down our school for a week, so it felt really good to help people so directly affected by the storm,” Marhevka said. “And phone banking for equal rights is about standing up for someone else who’s being stepped on. We learned that we are all so capable of helping others. There’s so much we can do to make a difference. Now, back at school, we’ll inspire others to do the same.” n LEARN MORE
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the Angels Circle 2012-2013 Providing a Sustainable Foundation The following are members of The Angels Circle as of May 15, 2013. Names in bold indicate Broadway Cares Archangels, donors who increased their gift by 25 percent or more over the previous year. Members of The Angels Circle include individuals, family foundations and corporations. Contributions are unrestricted and not related to event or merchandise purchases. On behalf of our volunteers, staff, Board of Trustees and the many men, women and children with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses who count on Broadway Cares for assistance, we salute these donors. In appreciation of an annual contribution of $1,000 or more, Angels receive VIP status at some of Broadway Cares’ most high-profile events, including Gypsy of the Year and the Easter Bonnet Competition, as well as a host of other exciting benefits. There are many ways to become a member of The Angels Circle. You can join as an individual, a couple, a family or even as part of a group of friends, co-workers, fan club or sports league. You can charge your membership on a monthly or quarterly basis. In addition, if your employer matches charitable contributions, a gift of $500 or more can qualify you for membership at the $1,000 level. For more information about the benefits of The Angels Circle, please contact Ryan Walls, major gifts officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.840.0770, ext. 275.
gifts of $50,000 and above
gifts from $5,000 to $9,999
Sam Altman in memory of Murray Schapiro The Apatow-Mann Family Foundation ATPAM The Barrington Foundation, Inc. Roger Berlind Bertsch Family Charitable Foundation in memory of June Bertsch gifts from $25,000 to $49,999 George L. Bielitz & John Derco The Carl Jacobs Foundation Laura M. Boedeker City National Bank Front Runners New York The Column Awards Myrna & Freddie Gershon remember Scott Dainton Marvin Hamlisch, Peter Allen, Deborah Dakin Jerry Bock, Allan Carr, Tom Eyen, Michel G. Delhaise & George E. Jordan Ron Field, Tyler Gatchell, Paul Jabara, Sam Ellis in memory of Doris Eaton Travis Jerry Kravat, Arthur Laurents, Robbie Lantz, Joe Stein & Paul Woerner The Fosdick Fund I. Steven Goldstein & William Popeleski, Jr. H. van Ameringen Foundation Winnie Holzman & Paul Dooley John W. Holloway James C. Hormel & Michael P. Nguyen Sam & Happy Shipley Jane Morison Iwanowski The Ted Snowdon Foundation John L. McHugh Foundation Lizzie & Jonathan M. Tisch Detlef Kamps Harriett Kittner William Ludel & Tracy Cohen gifts from $10,000 to $24,999 Larry Luing & Dario Espinosa Scott R. Mallalieu Adrienne Arsht Steven Markov & Jeffrey Meleski Paul Boskind Peter McKown The Chapman Family Charitable Trust Cookie & Mike Miller Gene Dickey Calvin Mitchell William W. Donnell Ruth Neale Aaron Frankel in loving memory John Okuloski & Frank Duff of Abetha Aayer Frankel Playbill, Inc. ® George W. Schaeffer Foundation Mimi Prentice Anita Jaffe Reel Time Video Production & Alex Pearlman Paul Libin & Florence Rowe Libin Jose Rojas & Nina Cavalli Newman’s Own Foundation, Inc. Mickey Rolfe & Bruce Tracy Platt Family Foundation in memory Schaeffer Family Foundation of Gary Platt Amy Sherman-Palladino Martin Richards The Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation, Kevin Spacey The Stephanie & Carter McClelland San Francisco Foundation Joshua Safran The Swanton Family Foundation Thomas Schumacher & Matthew White Anthony Sweeney Hollis Stern Theatrical Stage Employees Local One/IATSE David Terveen Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 764 IATSE The Tiger Baron Foundation Nina & Gary Wexler Robert Tuschman Bonnie Pfeifer Evans & the Charles Evans Foundation* The Fred Ebb Foundation The Shubert Foundation
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gifts from $2,500 to $4,999 Actors Federal Credit Union Actors’ Equity Foundation James D. Akins, Jr. James Andrews* Michael Artura & Thomas Pugh H. Thomas Axt & Alan Hassell Nan & Joe Benincasa Elaine D. Berger Melvin Bernhardt & Jeff Woodman Walter Bobbie & David Frye Carleton Carpenter CESD Talent Agency Charlie & Moll Anderson Foundation Cathy Chernoff William Craver Mitties M. DeChamplain in loving memory of Stephen Anthony Moore Jamie deRoy in memory of Bradshaw Smith Drew Desky & Dane Levens The Edith Meiser Foundation in memory of Irving Cheskin Entertainment Industry Foundation Joe Evall & Richard Lynn in memory of Spencer Cox Robert Evers Jules Fisher & Graciela Daniele Maggie Flanigan & Richard Dow Marianne Ganzer in memory of John Ganzer John Paul Geurts & Robert W. Stolt Dale & Ellyn Glasser in memory of Steven Glasser Jill & Marty Handelsman Jerry Herman William S. Hoover, MD Matthew P. Hui J. Russell Jackson Amy Kaufmann & Ruth Ro Kathryn Keneally & Thomas Marshall Karen Kennedy in memory of Muriel & Bob Kennedy Edgar A. Knudson Angela Lansbury Jay Laudato & Thomas Watson Stephanie Lee/Group Sales Box Office
Kevin R. Lyle Richard M. Lynn & Joseph Evall James Martin Daniel Maury Marin Mazzie & Jason Danieley in memory of Gary Bonasorte David R. McShane & The Samantha Fund Mark Mendelson Mr. & Mrs. E. Van R. Milbury Keith Miller Marianne McGrath Mills Ira Mont & Jill Cordle Mont William Morey James L. Nederlander Judith A. Nelson* in memory of Wayne McCarthy Phyllis Newman in honor of Adolph Green Paul Oppedisano Marc Owens & Fred Root Gilbert Parker Bradley A. & Kamille K. Patterson Lee Perlman & Linda Riefberg Jonathan Pickhardt Richard E. Rauh Warren D. Riffle & Kurt A. Fleagle Rose Brand Steven Schnepp & Mark Basile in memory of Paul Penfield and John Heppenstall Shake Shack Rob Sinacore in memory of Dr. Malcolm Berg (our love lives on) Eileen T. Stapleton Robin Strasser in honor of Ed Richmond and Robert Kilgore Stuart Thompson & Joe Baker Clay Thornton Craig H. Uhrich Allen Walker Ric Wanetik & David Hagans Max Weintraub Michael Wescoe & Randy Thompson Whittier & Associates in honor of David H. Whittier Diane M. & Kevin Wilshere Wyncote Foundation George Zuber & Anthony Snyder Charitable Fund at Our Fund, Inc Anonymous
Front Mezzanine gifts from $1,000 to $2,499
Robert & Noah Aberlin* Ellen & Kenneth Adler Rich Ahrens John R. Alchin & Hal Marryatt Jean Yves Amouroux Lee Anisman James L. Ansin Gerald M. Appelstein* Stuart S. Applebaum in memory of Mr. Vincent Zito The A.R. Hughes Family Fund David Glenn Armstrong & Jeffrey Miller in memory of Todd Coroliuc The Arthur Loeb Foundation Bob Avian & Peter Pileski Richard P. Baks Paris Baldacci & Andrew S. Dolkart Christopher & Paris Barclay Stephen Bardfield Clay & Karen Barnes in honor of Gracie & Christina John Barnes & Charles Champagne Scott Barnes & Brian Kellow Brent Barrett The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Inc. Willard Beckham Kevin Beebee Beech Street Foundation Alan Bell & David Ziff Douglas Bella Nancy Duggan Benson Phillip Bettencourt Phil & Mary Beuth Jon Bierman Chuck Blasius in memory Linda Accardi Dave Boone John Bowab Carl & Karen Bowen Briggs, Inc. J. Arthur Brost Barry Brown Don Buchwald & Associates Philip Burford James & Debbie Burrows Michelle L. Butler Robert Callely Christopher Cara Frank Carucci & David Diamond remembering Michael DeBenedittis, gone 30 years Rev. Thomas M. Catania Deborah & Steven Cavalier The Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation Paula & David Chase Mr. & Mrs. Edward A. Chernoff Scott Clearwater Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP Gloria & Charles I. Clough Jr. Bill Condon Mark Connel Frank Conway* Joel Steven Cook Casey Cook Thomas Cott* in memory of Philip Carlson William C. Cubberley* Maurice Brandon Curry* Mark & Susan Dalton Duke Dang & Charles Rosen in loving memory of David Panzer* Merle Debuskey & Pearl Somner Keith Degi, M.D.
Michael Demby-Cain* Louis J. Denkovic Dawn Dennis Jay Deratany Charles Deull Alvin Deutsch Senator Mike & Fran DeWine Ankur & Julie Doshi Judy & Tim Dove Randall Drain Don Eckert The Edgar Foster Daniels Foundation Valerie Eigner Kenneth L. Eisenberg & Lisa Petriello-Eisenberg Steven Elkin Anthony & Kristin Ellenbogen Peter Entin & Barbara Janowitz Ken Fakler & Dan Stone David Faliszek Peter Farrell* Donald Filicetti Ken Finkelstein & James Higginbotham Andrew & Betsy Fippinger Kevin & Helen Flanagan* Edward & Lori Forstein Dale J. Fournier & Michael R. Wellington* David & Sheila Fox Richard Frankel & Kathleen Clark Ronald & Susan Frankel Steve Frasheur Fraydun Foundation, Inc. Sean Free William & Carol Ann Freeman Barbara & Buddy Freitag David A. Friedman in memory of my mother Shirley Friedman Pierre Frinault David M. Fromm in memory of my partner Robert Motley Fulton Family Legacy Fund at The San Diego Foundation Vincent Gaeta Christopher Garek Bruce & Alice Geismar The Gelfand Family Foundation Thomas Gentile Richard Gerrig & Timothy Peterson Maxine Gerson John Gibson & Allerton Cushman III Mark Gibson & Roger Hyde Roger Gindi & Gregory Victor Joanna Gleason & Chris Sarandon Dan Goggin Mary Cox Golden Robert D. Gonzales Ernest Gonzalez & Scott Siler Adan J. Goodfarb Crawford Gordon Doug Johnson & Valerie Gordon-Johnson Stefanie M. Gorman The Gould-Shenfeld Family Foundation Dane Grams John Graves & Dennis Lonergan Michael Greif & Jonathan Fried Emily Grishman & Susan Sampliner Barry & Maggie Grove Robert D. Guyton, M.D. & Bob Goggin Reverend Jeffrey L. Hamblin Sarah & Joel Handelman Eugene Harbin Carrie Anne K. Harrell Michael P. Harrell Edward A. Harris & Amy Madigan Linda Harris Jennifer Hatch & Sue Smith
Jeffrey Hayenga & Michael Belanger Joseph Heffernan Jason Heil Joseph R. Heller Joy Henshel Richard M. Hester Robert C. Hickman Jerry Hirsch Susan & Neal Hirsch James Hoelz & William Welsh Holland Costello Charitable Giving Fund Sally Horchow Andrea & Craig Horowitz Chris Hyman Carol A. Ingram in memory of Rodger McFarlane Ira M. Resnick Foundation in honor of Robin Sherman Michael T. Isbell in honor of Spencer Cox Jeanne & Waldo Jackson in memory of our son Robert Jackson The Janis & Alan Menken Foundation Thai Jason in honor of Tom Viola Earl Johnson & Douglas Ward Cherry Jones John Kander & Albert Stephenson Steven Kaplan & Court Whisman Karma Foundation Rakefet S. Kasdin & N. Jeremy Kasdin Nancy Kellogg Gray & Samantha Kennedy Karl Kemp* Kenneth Koen* Ronald & Isobel Konecky Ram Koppaka Lillian Kraemer Robert J. Kunikoff Michael Kuzma Nathan Lane in memory of Stanley DeSantis Nina & Timothy Lannan in memory of Arthur Siccardi III Ann M. Lehman Judith Light & Robert Desiderio Nicole & Dom Lio Diane Lippert Michael Lombard Tom Lombardi Tim O. Lorah Philip & Rita Loy Thomas Luciano David C. Ludwigson & LaMont Craig in honor of Rodger McFarlane Steve Lukens Steven F. Lutz Maureen A. Macfadden William & Fran Macferran John J. Mackerey Donna MacLetchie Gerry Madigan & Rich Pippia Maidstone Productions in memory of Ted Tulchin Spiro & Marlena Malas John Mandler Lee Manford Barbara Manocherian Marangi Disposal Mark Edward Inc. Clif Mathews & Dustin Basco Elizabeth I. McCann Mary McColl Richard V. McCune - City National Entertainment Bill Melamed Jr. & Jamey Lundblad Lawrence & Nancy Meleski in honor of Jeff Meleski & Steve Markov MeritDirect, LLC Michael Mills & Mark McGrath
Jonathan Mintzer Brian Stokes Mitchell & Allyson Tucker Javier Morgado Sally Campbell Morse Moving on NYC or as Karpoff Affiliates, LLC Jason J. Moyer The Nathan Cummings Foundation R. Wayne Nederlander Bebe Neuwirth & Chris Calkins* Maury Newburger Stanley Newman & Dr. Brian Rosenthal Maddi, Charlie & Bridget Niebanck friends of John Lloyd Young Albert Nocciolino Nora Roberts Foundation Adrian Noriega William Norris Michael Novin Stuart Oken Old Gaspard, Inc. Dr. Roger Oliver John K. Orberg Stephen Osada Ronald Painter Philip Paroian Gregg Passin Ralph Pearce Ralph L. Pellecchio & James C. Wernz, M.D. Brad Plunkett L. Glenn Poppleton Alex Prakken The Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation in honor of Friends of Relevant Theatricals James Rado Jonathan Rebell The Red House Fund Monica & Greg Reid Teresa Reyes & Martin Monas* Bob Rhodehamel & Dana Snyder Richard F. Walsh/Alfred W. Di Tolla/ Harold P. Spivak Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Michael D. Richman Bob Richter Michael Risinger Jonathan Rock & Patrick Delacruz Rockers on Broadway David Romero & David Greiss Janet Rose Phillip & Lisa Rothweiler in memory of Tony Stevens Jack & Moe Rouse Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation Samuel L. Phillips Family Foundation Dorothy & Peter Samuels Robert Schaffer* William Schermerhorn Michael Schober & Don Harrison Will Schwalbe & David Cheng Segal Family Foundation Debra & Michael Segal Elliott R. Sernel Kenneth G. Shelley Mary Jo & Ted Shen in memory of Gordon Stokes Kurtti Kenneth & Kenda Singer Margaret (Peg) Small in memory of Erik Lavinia Branca Snyder* Michael Sodomick Mark Sohn Stacey Mindich Productions Peter Steinman & Todd Geringswald Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara Meryl Streep & Don Gummer Steve Sweet Peter M. Taub
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legacy & leadership The Angels Circle contin u ed from previo u s page
Sharon Terrill John Henry Thomas III Tina & Jeffrey Bolton Family Fund Stephen & Valerie Toups David & Deborah Trainer Helen Tucker Matthew D. Tumminello TWANDA Foundation Twelfth Night Club, Inc. Mark Tynan Beth M. Uffner Unity Church of New York Joyce Van Patten
William & Helen Van Syckle Rima Vargas-Vetter Dona D. Vaughn & Ron Raines in memory of Ken Cory Ariadne & Juan Villarreal Tom Viola in memory of my dad, “Doc” Viola Miriam Vogel Richard & Debra Voller Carol Waaser Honey Waldman Suzyn Waldman Emery Warren
Leadership Council The BC/EFA Leadership Council is growing and we’re looking for well-connected individuals who are passionate about the work of Broadway Cares and open to learning how to fundraise. Members of the Leadership Council play an integral role, both individually and collectively, in expanding BC/EFA’s Angels Circle, deepening relationships with donors and enhancing existing fundraising efforts. If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity to network with a dynamic group of motivated leaders while helping BC/EFA, please contact Ryan Walls, BC/EFA major gifts officer, at 212.840.0770, ext. 275 or email@example.com. Drew Desky & Matt Tumminello, Co-Chairs Ken Fakler Dane Grams Jennifer Hatch Steve Markov
Clif Mathews Daniel Maury Peter McKown Jeff Meleski
Javier Morgado Bob Richter Sam & Happy Shipley Bob Tuschman
Dane Grams, Matt Tumminello, Dustin Basco, Clif Matthews and Drew Desky at a Leadership Council event at Food Network. 22 [behind the] scenes
Herbert & Shelley Washer We Care Cruises Arthur E. Webster, Esq. Weinberg Family Foundation Peg & Gary Wendlandt Cortright Wetherill, Jr. Nancy A. Wheeler Fred White & Greg Kammerer Danny Whitman & Robert Bartley in memory of Francine Whitman Richard C. Wiggers Margo Wintersteen Terrence J. Witter & Artie de la Cruz
Betty Yarmon Brian R. Yorkey ZBI Employee Allocated Gift Fund The Ziegfeld Club Lucinda Zink Elliot Zulver & Sally Gold Anonymous (2) Anonymous in memory of Bruce Savan Anonymous in memory of Ruth Hoefgen *Indicates members of the DRA Angels Circle
Double the Strength of Your Gift Double the impact of your generosity toward Broadway Cares. Many companies will match tax-deductible charitable contributions made by their employees. Employee matching gifts often are dollar-for-dollar, but some companies will give double or even triple the original donation. Some companies give matching gifts for employees’ volunteer efforts and match gifts made by retirees and spouses. Procedures vary with each company. To find out if your company has a matching gift program, visit broadwaycares.org/matchinggifts.
Colleen Dewhurst Society As you plan for your future financial security, there are some simple ways to also ensure that the critical work of Broadway Cares continues well into the future. The Colleen Dewhurst Society, BC/ EFA’s planned giving program, recognizes individuals who have included Broadway Cares in their long-term financial plans. You can keep your legacy alive and help take care of our most vulnerable for years to come. By including BC/EFA in your will or naming BC/ EFA as a beneficiary of your 401(k) or life insurance policy, you are ensuring that those who need our help will always have someone to count on. To learn more about matching gifts or the Colleen Dewhurst Society, please contact Ryan Walls, major gifts officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.8400770, ext. 275.
tote bags For vacations to the beach or just your daily commute, keep BC/EFA, Dancers Responding to AIDS and Classical Action close by with one of our awesome totes. In sharp black or casual canvas, these bags are perfect for carrying your beach gear, a picnic in the park or your favorite lunchtime read. The beautifully lined, official Broadway Cares Collection tote comes with more than 20 Broadway musical logos on both sides.
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BC/EFA backpack No matter where youâ€™re headed this summer, the BC/EFA backpack can help lighten your load. With two front pocket organizers, a portal for earphones and a mesh side pocket, our sleek backpack is the perfect accessory for any day trip.
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Save The Date
Broadway Bares 23
Broadway Barks 15
Fire Island Dance Festival
Sunday, June 23 9 pm & Midnight Roseland Ballroom
Saturday, July 13 Shubert Alley
Friday, July 19 Saturday, July 20 Sunday, July 21 Fire Island Pines
27th Annual Broadway Flea market & Grand Auction
Chita: A Legendary Celebration
Sunday, Sept. 22 West 44th Street & Shubert Alley
Sunday, October 7 TBD