Thursday, May 5, 2016

Non-Profit Spotlight: Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation's leading industry-based HIV/AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. They fund the social service programs of The Actors Fund and award grants to AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states.

Anyone who has ever attended a Broadway show has had the experience of the fundraising ask from a cast member(s) for the benefit of Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS. We are given a brief description of the life-saving work of Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS and are gently asked to contribute to the red bucket volunteers on the way out of theaters along the great white way. As we drop a five, ten or a twenty on the way out we hope it eases someone’s pain or helps someone’s quality of life. The words every dollars makes a difference is not just a saying at BC/EFA; it is actionable. BC/EFA helps lessen the suffering of those in the theater community affected by critical health issues including but not limited to HIV/AIDS.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the result of a merger between two organizations that recognized a way to better serve the Theater community. Since merging in 1992 BC/EFA continues to fund the social service work of The Actors Fund and to award grants to AIDS service organizations nationwide and internationally. BC/EFA has collectively issued over $167 Million dollars since they began.
Each year the Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS produces can’t-miss cultural and charitable events to ensure those in need receive lifesaving assistance. The following are a sampling of the great ways in which the beautifully creative minds of the theater community get together to make a difference and how we can help.

Broadway knows how to "Funraise"

Broadway Bets – Poker Tournament is a great opportunity for industry insiders and theater fans to come together and compete in Texas Hold ’em style tournament. 

Broadway Bets will again take over the famed Sardi's restaurant in the heart of New York's theatre district on Monday, May 16. Doors open for cocktails at 7:30 pm; tournament play begins at 8 pm. Get tickets.

Broadway Bares – The 26th annual edition of the always sold-out Broadway Bares, which combines eye-popping burlesque with the glamour and razzle-dazzle of Broadway, goes live onstage at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom for two ratings-raising shows at 9:30 pm and midnight on Sunday, June 19.

Broadway Barks – ready-for-a-forever-home pets filled the theatre district to raise awareness and funds for the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, a coalition of 150 nonprofit shelters and rescue groups working to end the killing of healthy and treatable cats and dogs at city shelters. Broadway Barks day is generally held the second Sunday in July. Check the website for event updates by clicking here.

Fire Island Dance Festival – presents a mix of the most sought-after dance companies and emerging voices in the American dance scene, performing outdoors against the picturesque backdrop of the Great South Bay in Fire Island Pines. 
This year’s festival will feature an eclectic lineup of artists hailing from ballet, Broadway and contemporary backgrounds. Meet the 2016 Fire Island Dance Festival performers.
July 15-17, 2016 Fire Island Pines, NY - Get tickets

Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction – one of the best ways to spend an afternoon in NYC. Broadway Flea brings together the top shows on and off Broadway to Shubert Alley. The mix of about 75 tables representing shows, theatre owners, producing organizations, unions, guilds, marketing groups, ticket agencies, concessionaires and fan clubs creates one of the biggest buzz in the city. 

The highlight of the day is the Grand Auction where once in a lifetime items and experiences may be won. Whether it is a walk on role to this season’s top show or a VIP ticket that includes a meet and greet there is something for everybody. The Autograph table and photo booth always bring a crowd as does the Silent Auction. To learn more about the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction, please go here.

To keep tabs on Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS check them out at our next M3 or at

Written by Ingrid Galvez,
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion, NGLCCNY
Organizational Development Consultant, Strategic Remedy Group

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