The Easter Bonnet Competition (#BroadwayBonnets) was presented April 25 and 26, 2016 at the Minskoff Theatre, home to Disney’s The Lion King. The production featured 17 extravagant, handmade bonnets presented by some of Broadway?s most popular shows. Celebrating six weeks of fundraising by 58 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies, the Easter Bonnet Competition raised a record-shattering $5,528,568 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the largest grand total from either an Easter Bonnet Competition or Gypsy of the Year fundraising campaign in Broadway Cares history.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation?s leading industry?based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant?making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $285 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.
Broadway Cares is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women?s Health Initiative and the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic, and awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states.
For this year’s 30th annual Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids Easter Bonnet Competition: A public service announcement to turn off your phones using ‘Turn It Off’ from “The Book Of Mormon”.?Our New York Broadway Tours friend Billy Hipkins WON the Easter Bonnet competition and gave a fantastic and fun breakdown of his process. Enjoy!!!
“The front side was a selfie of Max and Brandon who led the number, the back was a shattered cell phone screen. Worn by gorgeous Charlotte and backed up by an army of ushers who came down the aisles snatching phones which they then tap danced on.
So, how do you pull this off?…
Start with a hard hat and foam core and hot glue.#BroadwayBonnets?…