HOTLINE MEMBER CABARET BENEFIT IN NYC: CABARET CARES GALA HONORS BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS WITH THE SPIRIT AWARD - MAY 15th
On May 15th, at their annual fundraising gala, Cabaret Cares/ Help Is On The Way Today will honor BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS (http://www.bcefa.org/ ), the organization that was Macchia's inspiration. The event will be held this year at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Sunday, May 15th. The evening starts with a cocktail hour at 5:30 pm, and includes dinner, an auction and a show. Macchia will present Broadway Cares/EFA with the Spirit Award, designated for an individual or organization who has shown unusual support of Help Is On The Way Today throughout the previous year. A second Spirit Award will be given to Frank Dain, Editor of Cabaret Scenes Magazine. The 2016 Cabaret Cares Ruth Kurtzman Lifetime Achievement Award honoree is Alyce Finell, director of the Mabel Mercer Foundation. This year's fundraising gala is a Black and White Masquerade Gala. Guests are asked to wear formal or cocktail attire and naturally, a mask. MAC Award Winner Tom Gamblin returns to host the event and MAC and Bistro Award winner Gretchen Reinhagen directs. The award winning Musical Director, Tracy Stark, returns as well. Performers from cabaret and Broadway will take part. Solo performers include: Dave August (composer of the charity's new theme song "Help Is On The Way Today"), Josephine Bianco, Samara Ehrlich, Marla Green, Jeff Harnar, Michael Langoria, Gary Lizardo, Lesli Margherita, Sue Matsuki, Doreen Montalvo, Sidney Myer, Gretchen Reinhagen, Tracy Stark, Stacy Sullivan and Dorian Woodruff. Duets by Barbara Fasano & Eric Comstock, Tom Gamblin & Susan Winter, Ricky Ritzel & Alison Nusbaum and Jay Rogers & Aaron Morishita will be featured. It has been 10 years since award-winning producer, Joseph Macchia, founded the 501c3 non-profit, Help Is On The Way Today. Then, as a volunteer for Broadway Cares/EFA, he was encouraged by that iconic organization to establish a charity to focus on the under-served demographic of children and youth with HIV and AIDS. Since then, Macchia's fundraising entertainment series, Cabaret Cares, has raised over $100,000 for Help Is On The Way Today, which has assisted over 650 young people living with HIV/AIDS. Tickets are $150 per person, on sale now through: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2526410 or by phone at 718-672-6714.
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