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Broadway-Oriented Events to Help Charity

Wednesday 11 February 2009 @ 16:56 - GMT

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Above is a portion of the online portion of The Broadway Bears XII Auction.  Signed by David Alvarez, Kiril Kurdish and Tommy Batchelor, the Billy Elliot-themed item is part of a pre-auction running through  2 p.m. EST February 14. A live event follows on the 15th at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill (237 West 42 St. in Manhattan).


Winners with the highest pre-bids going into the auction will be contacted by a Broadway Cares staff member on Feb. 14.

All proceeds benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Broadway Bears is an auction featuring a cuddly chorus line of one-of-a-kind teddy bears, each meticulously outfitted in original, handmade costumes by Broadways leading costume designers and representing memorable characters from plays and musicals, past and present.

The skill and imagination devoted to the creation of these coveted collectibles has been recognised worldwide, from the Museum of The City of New York where 10 bear alumni reside as part of the permanent costume collection to media acclaim as far away as England and Japan. In addition, noted designers such as Bob Mackie have created original bears for the cause.


But this won't be the only time some Billy Elliot players do something for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik and Kiril Kulish, who share the title role in the new Broadway musical, will be part of ABC-TV's annual fundraiser for Broadway Cares in March at New York City's Town Hall.

ABC & SOAPnet Salute Broadway Cares is scheduled for March 9 at 8 p.m., and the three young Billy Elliot stars will perform that show's Electricity.

Actors from such ABC daytime shows as All My Children and General Hospital will offer musical numbers and skits.

Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney-ABC Television Group, said, "The annual ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS benefit was created as a way for us to give back to the community and support a great organisation. This event also provides a unique outlet to extend our brand while providing our loyal viewers the opportunity to see their favorite stars perform live on Broadway."

To date the ABC fundraisers have raised a total of one million dollars for the philanthropy.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is America's largest industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organisation. Since its founding in 1988 Broadway Cares has distributed over $150 million for services for people with AIDS, HIV or HIV-related illnesses.

Town Hall is located at 123 West 43rd Street.

Tickets, sponsorship opportunities and online contests are available by visiting

www.broadwaycares.org.