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Photos: Broadway Kids Care Celebrate 1st Anniversary

On Monday March 17, 2008 Broadway Kids Care celebrated their one year anniversary at the Chelsea Lanes Piers. Founded by Kelly Gonda, President of East of Doheny Productions, Broadway Kids Care brings together the children from current and past Broadway shows, affording them the opportunity to perform community service and, in the process, instill a strong philanthropic sensibility and foster a sense of community among the young actors and their families.

During its brief history, Broadway Kids Cares members have participated in a variety of charitable works. They have hosted Halloween and Easter events where they assembled gifts for the children of Freedom House. Their gifts continue with the presentation of the scarves from "The Knitting Project" and holiday stockings.

BKC's commitment to Freedom House – a New York City shelter for disabled women and children who are victims of domestic violence – began in April when the kids filled dozens of Easter baskets with treats and presented them to the children at Freedom House. BKC's support of Freedom House is based in the unique services the shelter provides: it is the only shelter in the U.S. that is completely handicapped accessible, offering in-house day care, psychiatrist, occupational therapy specialist and a nurse on staff. "Through all of the Broadway Kids Care projects we've done, the knitting project has given me a lot of comfort knowing that someone special will be a little bit warmer with the scarves we've made," said BKC member Dylan Snyder who appeared in Tarzan this past season. In the coming months, BKC will launch other projects and will team up with its grown-up cousins at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS on various philanthropic activities. BKC's dream is to become a nationwide organization, and ultimately, a global one. For more information about Broadway Kids Care, visit their website at

Photo Credits Linda Lenzi

Marie Rand, Will Willoughby, Dylan Riley Snyder, Kelly Gonda, Gabby Malek, Kelsey Fowler, Trevor Braun, Kirsten Berkman, Henry Hodges and Zach Rand

Henry Hodges (Mary Poppins) and Sarah Hyland (Grey Gardens, NBC's Lipstick Jungle)

Zach Rand (Les Mis), Trevor Braun (The Little Mermaid) and Matthew Gumley (Mary Poppins)

Alison Horowitz (Sunday in the Park with George) and Kelsey Fowler (Sunday in the Park with George)

Alexandra Berro (Mary Poppins), Nicole Bocchi (Mary Poppins) and Alison Horowitz

Luka Kain (South Pacific) and Laurissa Romain (South Pacific)

Libby Jacobs (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and Michael Herwitz (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)

Halle Sullivan (The Lion King), Nickayla Tucker (The Lion King), Shavar McIntosh (The Lion King) and Guy Barfield (The Lion King)

Delaney Moro (Mary Poppins), Marissa O'Donnell (Annie Tour) and Devynn Pedell (Mary Poppins)

Kathryn Faugnan (Mary Poppins), Henry Hodges and Lila Coogan (Mary Poppins)

Luka Kain and Laurissa Romain

Henry Hodges

Jacob Pincus (Grinch), Eamon Foley (Grinch) and Simon Pincus (Grinch)

Alison Horowitz and Brianna Gentilella (Grinch)

Gabby Malek (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and Dylan Riley Snyder (Tarzan)

Nicole Bocchi

Kelly Gonda and Kelsey Fowler

Marie Rand, Kelly Gonda and Will Willoughby

Henry Hodges, Sarah Hyland, Kelly Gonda, Ying Moccia, Trevor Braun, Gabby Malek and Kelsey Fowler

Kelly Gonda and the Broadway Kids Care members

Janelle Viscomi, Henry Hodges, Kelly Gonda, Libby Jacobs, Gabby Malek and Michael Herwitz

Alexandra Berro, Henry Hodges, Kelly Gonda, Libby Jacobs, Gary Malek, Michael Horowitz and Dylan Riley Snyder

Trevor Braun

1st. year anniversary celebration cake!

Eric Rutherford, Kelly Gonda, Will Willoughby, Marie Rand and Zach Rand

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