20th Annual Broadway Flea Market Raises More Than $500,000 for BC/EFA

News   20th Annual Broadway Flea Market Raises More Than $500,000 for BC/EFA
The 20th Annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction — held Sept. 24 in Shubert Alley — raised $505,832 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

The previous year's Flea Market raised $544,037. Since its debut in 1987, the annual fundraiser has brought in $6,551,418 for BC/EFA.

The outdoor theatrical extravaganza, which began at 10 AM, featured several fundraising events, including a Celebrity Table, a Silent Auction, a Grand Auction and various booths manned by theatre performers and theatre lovers.

The booth that raised the most money this year ($24,311) was hosted by the United Scenic Artists. That organization also brought in the most funds in 2005 ($23,865). The show booth that raised the most money was The Phantom of the Opera which took in $13,230.

Highlights of the Silent Auction: The Nederlander Theatre stage door, which was autographed by the original cast of Rent, sold for $2,300. A backstage celebrity autograph book, which was donated by the Avenue Q cast, sold for $1,300.

A "Trekkie Monster" puppet, created by Rick Lyon for Avenue Q, brought in the most money during the Grand Auction, $10,500. Other notables: two pair of tickets to the opening night performance and party for the Les Misérables revival went for $9,500 each, while walk-on roles in Jersey Boys and Rent brought in $8,500 apiece. 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 $100 million for services for people with AIDS, HIV or HIV-related illnesses.

For more information on the Flea Market and other BC/EFA events, visit the BC/EFA website at www.bcefa.org or call (212) 840-0770.

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