Photo Coverage: Nothing Like a Dame After-Pary
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) is the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fund raising and grant making organization. BC/EFA is the on-going, committed response from the American theater community to an urgent worldwide health crisis. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of this community, BC/EFA raises funds for AIDS-related causes across the United States. Since it's founding in 1988, BC/EFA has distributed over $100 million for critically needed services for people with AIDS, HIV, or HIV-related illnesses.
In 1995, the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative (PNWHI) of The Actors' Fund of America was formed with the help of an intial grant of $10,000 from BC/EFA. In addition to producing the annual NOTHING LIKE A DAME benefit, since then BC/EFA has provided $1.5 million to the Women's Health Initiative and remains the program's largest funder.
The Actors' Fund of America founded in 1882, is widely recognized as the only national human service organization serving the entire entertainment community, including theatre, television, film, music, opera, and dance. The Actors' Fund's broad spectrum of programs - designed to address the unique needs of our community - includes comprehensive social services, financial assistance, supportive and affordable housing, career counseling and skilled nursing and assisted living care.
In 2004, The Fund's Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative (PNWHI) provided case management services to more than 350 women who were facing serious medical conditions. In addition PNWHI helped over 900 women receive medical treatment through The Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic at The Aurora at 475 W. 57th Street.