Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS announced Nov. 2 that it would be contributing portions of its fall fundraising proceeds to Hurricane Sandy relief agencies and The Actors Fund.
“Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS historically has moved quickly and responsibly, on behalf of the theatre community, in responding to assist those affected by extraordinary events and natural disasters,” said Tom Viola, Broadway Cares executive director, in a statement. “We want to immediately do the same by reaching out to those both in the theatre family and local communities most affected by Hurricane Sandy.”
Currently, a number of Broadway, Off-Broadway, and national touring companies are participating in a twice-annual fundraising competition for BC/EFA, which will last until Dec. 4. To raise money, shows ask audience members to make donations following the performances. It is a portion of these proceeds that BC/EFA will use for its generous hurricane relief grants.
The three relief agencies receiving the grants are the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, AmeriCares, and the American Red Cross. These organizations are working tirelessly to provide hurricane victims with food, clothing, shelter, and medical treatment.
The Actors Fund, which is also receiving a grant from BC/EFA, will provide members of the entertainment community affected by the hurricane with various forms of assistance, including financial support, medical treatment, and temporary shelter.
BC/EFA is a charitable organization that provides financial support to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations across the United States—127 of which are in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, some of the hardest-hit areas during Hurricane Sandy.