The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction, a cherished tradition in New York City’s Theater District, has once again brought together stars and fans for a noble cause. This October, the streets buzzed with excitement as theater enthusiasts gathered to support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Since its inception in 1987, the event has grown from a modest setup by ‘A Chorus Line’ cast members to a much-anticipated annual gathering.
Stars Shine for a Cause
This year’s market saw a host of celebrities, including Harvey Fierstein, Bebe Neuwirth, Michael Urie, and Alli Mauzey, engaging with fans and contributing to the cause. Fierstein, known for his philanthropic efforts, auctioned one of his handmade quilts, adding to the event’s unique offerings. The market and auction provide a platform for theater stars to connect with fans while supporting a vital cause.
A Treasure Trove for Theater Lovers
Attendees had the opportunity to explore 55 tables laden with rare theater collectibles and memorabilia. The auction portion of the event featured 221 live and silent auctions, offering everything from autographed posters to exclusive theater experiences. One of the highlight auction items was a trip to London’s West End, fetching an impressive $32,000.
Breaking Records for Charity
The enthusiasm and generosity of participants led to a record-breaking fundraising total of $1,237,179, surpassing the previous year’s sum. This remarkable achievement reflects the community’s dedication to supporting those affected by HIV/AIDS. Over the years, the Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction has raised a staggering $18.7 million, proving the enduring power of the arts in driving positive change.
Continuing the Legacy
The funds raised will assist in providing vital resources like meals, medication, and healthcare access to those living with HIV/AIDS and other illnesses. The success of this year’s event not only celebrates the spirit of the Broadway community but also underscores the impact of collective efforts in making a difference. For more information on this extraordinary event, visit broadwaycares.org.