The annual fundraiser, held Feb. 20 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, featured a host of teddy bears dressed as famous Broadway characters and took in $116,817 for the fundraising organization. The bear decked out as Wicked's Glinda raised the most funds, $6,000. Bears auctioned this year were dressed in costumes from such shows as A Raisin in the Sun, A Year with Frog and Toad, Anna in the Tropics, Anything Goes, Avenue Q, Beauty and the Beast, Bombay Dreams, The Boy From Oz, Brooklyn, Camelot, Candide, Cats, Dame Edna: Back with a Vengeance, The Frogs, Golda's Balcony, Gypsy, Hay Fever, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, High Button Shoes, High Spirits, I Am My Own Wife, Jelly's Last Jam, La Boheme, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Mary of Scotland, Master Class, Movin' Out, No No Nanette, Pacific Overtures, The Phantom of the Opera, Pirates of Penzance, Purlie, Rent, Sunset Boulevard, Sweeney Todd, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Vivat! Vivat Regina!, Wicked, Wonderful Town and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Last year's auction raised $127,210 for BC/EFA, the nation's leading industry based, not-for-profit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization. A bear dressed as Happy End's Lieutenant Lillian Holiday brought in the largest amount, $22,000.
Visit the BC/EFA website at www.broadwaycares.org for more information.