Broadway Shines to Lend a Helping Hand for Good Morning America Coat Drive

By: Dec. 13, 2016
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Broadway Shines will appear on "Good Morning America" on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 during the 8:30 a.m. half-hour as part of GMA's 'Warm Coats & Warm Hearts' Drive. Broadway kids from On Your Feet and past shows including Billy Elliot, Enron, Evita, Mary Poppins and Shrek will be on location in Times Square lending a helping hand. This year, the goal is to donate 400 coats by working with the cast and crew of The Lion King, Matilda, On Your Feet, Beautiful the Carole King Musical, and Kinky Boots.

"Helping others is the greatest feeling in the world, and what better way than by giving a warm coat to someone. There are so many families that need a coat this winter. Let's work together," said Julianna Rigoglioso. Julianna is one of five Broadway Shines' coat drive ambassadors - along with Makenzi Rae Fischbach, Rachel Khutorsky, Mavis Simpson-Ernst, and Mary Stewart Sullivan. In addition to the coat drive ambassadors, the child cast members from On Your Feet currently performing in the musical, Eduardo Hernandez, Fabi Aguirre, and Kevin Tellez, will be appearing on Good Morning America.

Broadway Shines was founded by Tammie Cumming and Stephen Daldry as a non-profit outreach program dedicated to giving a helping hand to children and families in need. This holiday season, the Broadway community is coming together once again, in the spirit of sharing. Tammie has been facilitating the leadership efforts of the Broadway children for the GMA coat drive since 2010.

The dream for Broadway Shines is to become a global organization that aligns its mission with the United Nations Global/Sustainable Goals and work with the Broadway community in support of other philanthropic organizations, while providing leadership and mentor opportunities for the youth on Broadway from current and past Broadway shows and equity tours.