First Annual Las Vegas Easter Bonnet Competition Raises Nearly $10,000

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The first annual Las Vegas Easter Bonnet Competition raised nearly $10,000 to benefit a local HIV support center and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

The Las Vegas version of the popular Broadway fundraising competition was held March 16 at the Rio Hotel's Chippendales Theatre. Brent Barrett, the current star of the Las Vegas production of Phantom, hosted. The money raised will benefit the Saint Therese Center HIV Outreach Center. The Las Vegas Easter Bonnet Competition will also donate a portion of its proceeds to BC/EFA.

Saint Therese Center HIV Outreach Center serves the Southern Nevada community by providing physical, emotional and spiritual support to those affected by HIV and AIDS.

Amelia Keene – who performed in the original Broadway companies of Starlight Express and Anna Karenina, as well as New York's first-annual Easter Bonnet Competition – served as the producer for the Las Vegas Easter Bonnet Competition.

The Las Vegas Easter Bonnet Competition varies slightly from its New York counterpart, as local businesses and various entertainers from the Vegas strip were also invited to create hats for the event.

The winner of the Vegas Easter Bonnet Competition was "Star Trek, the Experience" which presented a production number with the Borg Queen wearing an Easter Borg Bonnet on her head with Judy Garland singing "Easter Parade." Second place went to the Tiger Lily Flower Shop, third place was a tie between Mamma Mia! and Phantom, and Menopause the Musical and Keller Williams Realty tied for fourth place. Among the shows currently represented with sit-down productions in Las Vegas are Jersey Boys; Mamma Mia!; Menopause, The Musical; Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular; and Spamalot.


Now in its 22nd year, New York's annual Easter Bonnet competition will be presented April 28 and 29. The annual celebration – comprised of songs, dances, skits and one-of-a-kind Easter bonnets – is the culmination of six weeks of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national tour fundraising benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Last year's competition raised $3,345,997 for the charitable organization.

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