Gotham Chamber Opera

Where opera gets intimate.

On Sunday, September 23, Gotham Chamber Opera joined fifty-eight Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, marketing firms, unions, and assorted other friends of the theatrical community for the 26thAnnual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction. This annual event, now a Times Square tradition, brings together actors, singers, producers, designers, stagehands, theater enthusiasts, and tourists for one purpose: to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization. A record-breaking $681,892 was raised at the tables and the Grand Auction, allowing BC/EFA to continue supporting the work of many programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, the Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic, and the Dancers Resource. 

Gotham Chamber Opera’s festive table included many donated items from our extended family, including CDs from Joyce DiDonato and Harolyn Blackwell, autographed Porgy and Bess programs from Diane Paulus, vintage Broadway Playbills from a private collection, and Gotham’s popular baseball caps and production posters. The Grand Auction was enhanced by contributions from Moises Kaufmann and Stephen Karam.  In all, we raised $428 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.  Many thanks to the dedicated volunteers who staffed our table, including Terry Lim, Sean Quinn, Sam Nedel, Chris Lawrence, Ted Mineau and Harvey Rosenstein.  And thank you, fans and newcomers alike, who stopped by our table and showed your support by purchasing a poster, Playbill, or baseball cap. Our hat’s off to you. 
(Photos: Donna Aceto (c) )

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