Founded by Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters, the event, produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, kicks off at 3 PM. Celebrity presentations of pets from animal shelters citywide will take place between 5 PM-6:30 PM.
Celebrities scheduled to take part in the fundraiser include Brooks Ashmanskas, P.J. Benjamin, Bill Berloni, Sierra Boggess, Paige Brady, Zach Braff, Krystal Joy Brown, Danny Burstein, Jane Carr, Victoria Clark, Lauren Cohn, Jenn Colella, Nick Cordero, Colin Donnell, John Dossett, Christine Dwyer, Linda Emond, Felicia Finley, Jessie Fisher, Barrett Foa, Alexander Gemignani, Sarah Greene, Justin Guarini, Lena Hall, Matt Harrington, Bill Heck, Samantha Hill, Jackie Hoffman, James Monroe Iglehart, Rachel Bay Jones, Andy Karl, Anika Larsen, Norm Lewis, Lesli Margherita, Kyle Dean Massey, Marin Mazzie, Audra McDonald, Judy McLane, Andy Mientus, Bebe Neuwirth, Jim Norton, Jill Paice, Vincent Pastore, Gabriella Pizzolo, Courtney Reed, Ciara Renee, Cliff Saunders, Margo Seibert, Keala Settle, Christopher Sieber, Ripley Sobo, Jarrod Spector, Will Swenson, Mary Testa, Ava Ulloa, Betsy Wolfe, Lenny Wolpe, Heléne Yorke and Karen Ziemba.
“First, we love animals at BC/EFA and most especially those furry and four-footed pals who at one time or another needed a forever home,” said BC/EFA executive director Tom Viola in a statement. “Second, we also love Bernadette Peters, one of our earliest and now long time champions. In appreciation of the theatre community’s unprecedented commitment to more than 26 years of fundraising, BC/EFA is happy to join Bernadette, Mary Tyler Moore and a host of Broadway’s best each summer for Broadway Barks. It’s one of the happiest days of our annual event calendar.”
“Since 2003, the lives of more than 250,000 dogs and cats have been saved through the combined efforts of the Alliance Participating Organizations, many of which, including Animal Care & Control of NYC, have participated in Broadway Barks over the years," added Jane Hoffman, president of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. “This spirit of a collaborative community, manifested so clearly in Broadway Barks, is moving us closer to the day when no New York City dog or cat of reasonable health and temperament will be killed simply because we do not have a home for them. We congratulate Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore for 16 brilliant years of saving lives through Broadway Barks." Barks will feature adoptable animals from the following New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies: ASPCA, Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Adopt a Boxer Rescue, Animal Care and Control of NYC (AC&C), Animal Haven, Anjellicle Cats Rescue, Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF), BARC (Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition), Bideawee, Bobbi & the Strays, City Critters, Humane Society of New York (HSNY), Husky House, KittyKind, Loving Touch, Manhattan Valley Cat Rescue, Metropolitan Maltese Rescue, Mid Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League, NY Pet-I-Care, PetResQ, P.L.U.T.O. Rescue (Pet Lovers United Together As One), Posh Pets Rescue, Russell Refuge, Save Kitty Foundation, Sean Casey Animal Rescue, Stray from the Heart, Tigger Foundation and Urban Cat League.
Shubert Alley is located between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.
Sponsors include the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), the Shubert Organization, Jujamcyn Theaters, Daryl Roth, Clarence Nederlander, Michael David of The Dodgers, Marty and Perry Granoff, Mary Jo and Ted Shen and The New York Times.
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