Annual Easter Bonnet Raises $6,594,778 For Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Watch the final ceremony of the Broadway Cares Easter Bonnet Competition below! The overall top fundraiser of the season was Hamilton's "And Peggy" tour raising $513,734!
The top Broadway musical fundraiser was Hamilton bringing in a total of $325,335! The first Broadway runners up were Mean Girls, followed by The Lion King, and Wicked.
The Easter Bonnet Competition (#broadwaybonnets) is the culmination celebration of six weeks of fundraising by Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies. The winners of top fundraiser, best presentation and best bonnet design, as well as the much-anticipated spring fundraising total, will be announced Tuesday by Bryan Cranston (Network), Jeff Daniels (To Kill a Mockingbird), Glenda Jackson (King Lear) and Kelli O'Hara (Kiss Me, Kate).
The two performances are produced by and benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Cast, crews and volunteers have been standing with Broadway Cares' signature #redbuckets in hand at theatre exits accepting donations. The donations become grants that provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.
Watch the final awards presentation below!