22nd Annual Flea Market Raises Nearly Half a Million for BC/EFA

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The 22nd Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction, which was held in Shubert Alley Sept. 21, raised a total of $496,380 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. To date the annual event, which debuted in 1987, has raised a grand total of $7,758,752 for the charitable organization.

Seventy tables boasting a wide variety of theatre collectibles filled Shubert Alley this year. Those stands raised a total of $258,680. The booth that raised the most money was the Broadway Beat table, bringing in $17,133. The show table that raised the most for BC/EFA was the Wicked table, which took in $11,474.

The Autograph Table and the Celebrity Photo Booths, which allowed Broadway fans the chance to get up close and personal with dozens of Broadway favorites, raised $10,350.

The Silent Auction, which was hosted by Michael Goddard and Felicia Finley, raised $34,700. Among the high bidders of the 80 items: a door panel from Rent at the Nederlander Theatre that featured and was autographed by Jesse L. Martin went for $2,500; a musical phrase of the song "One" written and signed by A Chorus Line's Marvin Hamlisch took in $1,850; and an autographed photo of the four original Jersey Boys leads was auctioned for $1,500.

The Grand Auction, featuring auctioneer Lorna Kelly and actor John Bolton, brought in $173,000. The top-selling item of the 58 "lots" available was a pair of house seats to Spamalot and a backstage tour hosted by "American Idol" finalist Clay Aiken, which fetched $10,000. Walk-on roles in Wicked and Mamma Mia! also brought in the funds, $8,500 for the former and $6,250 for the latter.

Among the celebs who took part in the event were Loretta Ables Sayre, Amanda Baker, James Barbour, Hunter Bell, Laura Benanti, Michael Berresse, Susan Blackwell, Richard H. Blake, Heidi Blickenstaff, Justis Bolding, Jeff Bowen, Malan Breton, Tituss Burgess, Andréa Burns, Danny Burstein, Kerry Butler, Mario Cantone, Matt Cavenaugh, Kathleen Chalfant, Stephanie D’Abruzzo, Janet Dacal, Ewa Da Cruz, Merle Dandridge, Trent Dawson, John Driscoll, Marj Dusay, Melissa Claire Egan, Jennifer Ferrin, Felicia Finley, Gregg Germann, Mandy Gonzalez, Bailey Hanks, Van Hansis, Jacquelyn Hardy, Harriet Harris, Neil Haskell, Rodney Hicks, Christian Hoff, Victorya Hong, Jayne Houdyshell, Christopher Jackson, Robin de Jesús, Derek Keeling, Brian Kerwin, Michael E. Knight, Ilene Kristen, Aaron Lazar, Beth Leavel, Norm Lewis, Priscilla Lopez, Rebecca Luker, Chris March, Madeleine Martin, Alli Mauzey, Brianne Moncrief, Julia Murney, Bebe Neuwirth, Robert Newman, Karen Olivo, Jenny Powers, Larry Pressgrove, Lynn Redgrave, Sean Ringgold, Tony Roberts, Marcy Rylan, Marnie Schulenberg, Marian Seldes, Jake Silbermann, Kevin Spirtas, Robin Strasser, Chrishell Stause, KayCee Stroh, Caitlin Van Zandt, and Patrick Wilson. 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 $130 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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