At the free outdoor event, theatre fans "will have the opportunity to take home one-of-a-kind show biz memorabilia, meet dozens of stars from Broadway, TV and film, and bid throughout the day on exclusive Broadway items from props and costume pieces to unique, once-in-a-lifetime backstage experiences," according to press notes.
The Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction will begin at 10 AM and continue to 7 PM in the pedestrian plaza along Broadway between 43rd and 44th Streets, along West 44th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues and in Shubert Alley. New silent auctions start every 30 minutes throughout the day; the live auction begins at 5 PM.
Last year's Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction raised an all-time high of $713,986. Since 1987, the 28 editions of this annual event have raised $11 million.
“The money from every item bought or bid on goes toward helping ensure that those battling HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses receive lifesaving medication and health care, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance,” said Tom Viola, executive director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, in a statement. “When Broadway fans come together, they truly make a difference.”
Shows and organizations participating in the flea market, packages to be offered in the grand auction and stars set to appear at the autograph table and photo booth will be announced in September. *
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $250 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.
For more information visit broadwaycares.org.