Registration for the event will end Aug. 9, and some stars are already active in raising money for the cause.
Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, a member of Sleep Out's executive committee, has embarked on a campaign to raise $25,000 or more for the organization.
She is offering an array of prizes in exchange for donations. For a $50 donation, she will recognize you in the "Cool People Hall of Fame" on her Facebook page; for a $100 donation, she will tweet you her personal thanks; for a $250 donation, she will send you a signed copy of her 2013 recording "Go Back Home"; for a $500 donation, she will send you or someone special of your choosing a video message filmed on the night of her Sleep Out in November; for a $1,000 donation, she will deliver a singing telegram via phone to you or a loved one when she sleeps out on Nov. 19; and for a $2,250 donation, she will join you and one guest for hot chocolate at Sardi's in New York before the Covenant House Candlelight Vigil for Homeless Youth Nov. 19.
To be eligible, donations must be made before Aug. 5. Supporters will be emailed with details on how to redeem their prize.
While Sleep Out: Broadway Edition takes place Aug. 17 in New York City, McDonald will sleep outside in solidarity with homeless youth Nov. 19, following the annual Candlelight Vigil for Homeless Youth in Times Square. McDonald is part of the executive committee alongside Stephanie J. Block, Jeff Calhoun, Darius de Haas, Capathia Jenkins, Thomas Schumacher and Keala Settle.
Also planning to sleep out Aug. 17 for the Broadway Edition are Sebastian Arcelus, Chuck Cooper, Eddie Cooper, Lilli Cooper, Elizabeth A. Davis, Tamika Lawrence, Karen Mason, Andrea McArdle, Laura Osnes, Denis O'Hare, Christine Pedi, Will Swenson and Vanessa Williams, among others.
According to the Covenant House website, over 57,000 homeless children will turn to the organization for help this year. The Sleep Out is an opportunity for one community to come together for these kids — to raise funds for their material needs, to shower them with love and attention and to give these beautiful young people one more reason to believe that they matter.
For more information on how to participate and donate, click here.