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This marks the first time that the annual fundraiser has broken the $1 million dollar mark, a goal that had been set in January by Bares creator and executive producer, Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell.
In a statement Mitchell said, "We did it! I'm so overcome with emotion at all of the hard work that went into making our dream a reality. I want to thank everyone who has put in countless hours to help make this happen. Some people thought it couldn't be done, especially in today's economy, but we did. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I couldn't imagine a more spectacular way to celebrate 20 editions of Broadway Bares for Broadway Cares."
The previous fundraising record was set in 2008 when $874,000 was raised. To date, the 20 editions of Bares have raised more than $7.5 million for BC/EFA.
Broadway Bares was produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS by producing director Michael Graziano and executive-produced by Tony winner Mitchell with direction by Josh Rhodes and associate direction by Lee Wilkins.
The evening featured the work of 15 choreographers and 216 of the "sexiest male and female dancers from Broadway’s biggest shows baring nearly all to benefit BC/EFA," according to press notes.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the nation's largest industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization. Since its founding in 1988 the organization has distributed over $170 million for services for people with AIDS, HIV or HIV-related illnesses. For more information call (212) 840-0770 or visit www.broadwaycares.org.