53 Broadway Artists Helped Raise Over $130,000 for Covenant House Via Broadway Sleep Out
By Andrew Gans
Fifty-three Broadway artists spent Aug. 19 sleeping on the streets outside the Covenant House crisis shelter in Manhattan in solidarity with the 300 homeless youth living inside.
Among the Broadway folk taking part in the fundraiser were Sebastian Arcelus, Stephanie J. Block, Rachel Brosnahan, Jeff Calhoun, Elizabeth A. Davis, Denis O'Hare, Rory O'Malley, Adriane Lenox, Michael McElroy, Alice Ripley and Frank Wildhorn.
The first-ever Covenant House Broadway Sleep Out raised over $136,000 to provide food, clothing, shelter and hope for homeless youth.
“I have always been proud to be a part of the Broadway community,” said Capathia Jenkins, star of Newsies, in a statement. “But tonight I am not just proud … I’m honored. We came together and said yes to raising awareness … yes to raising money for homeless kids … yes to grabbing a sleeping bag and sleeping on the pavement. The result will be many young lives changed for the better forever.”
Jenkins co-chaired the event with multi-Grammy and Tony Award-nominated composer/producer Wildhorn, Tony-nominated actress Block and award-winning lyricist and producer Berg.
“Last night was just the beginning,” added Berg. “My goal and my dream is that in the years to come we’ll have so many sleepers that we’ll have to close an entire city block. This is a powerful movement on behalf of homeless kids and I’ve never been prouder to be part of the Broadway community.”
“As a kid growing up in the city, I’ve always been so aware of the plight and struggle of our homeless kids,” stated Wildhorn. “Getting to be here at Covenant House and see the courage of these kids and hear their struggles, I am touched and so happy to be able to help in any way I can."
"I've been blessed to get to know many of the young people at Covenant House," said Block. "These are good, courageous young people and they deserve the right to a future away from the streets. I'm proud to be part of a Broadway community that is so committed to making a difference in the lives of these kids."
“Thank you for coming to this special place we call home for over 300 young people a night,” said Covenant House president Kevin Ryan to the sleepers. “You brought us many gifts through this Broadway Sleep Out. You’ve raised funds, you’ve raised awareness. But the greatest gift you brought with you is dignity. Because you have taken the time to care, we can provide our kids with the dignity that all kids need and deserve.”
Covenant House provides 24/7 crisis care and on-going support for homeless young people in need of a safe haven. Information can be found by visiting www.covenanthouse.org.
For more information about the Broadway Sleep Out, go to www.broadwaysleepout.org.
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