Thank you, Dolly.
Renowned Broadway and Film veteran Bette Midler has promised to match donations up to $100,000 for the Broadway Cares/ Equity fights AIDS’ Covid-19 fund says Deadline.
Broadway Cares launched the fund in early march with an initial donation of $250,000.
Since then, initiatives to raise money for the fund have included The tonight show with Jimmy Fallon: At Home Edition which brought in $52,000.
Another $73,000 was raised by a reading of the late Terrence McNally play Lips Together, Teeth Apart.
The fund currently totals $5,109,090.
“Between her awe-inspiring talent and boundless generosity, we are so grateful to have Bette as a loyal and true friend of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS,” said Executive Director Tom Viola.
“As our performing arts community faces unprecedented hardship, her enthusiasm and advocacy allows us to continue providing lifesaving, life-affirming assistance to our friends and neighbors on Broadway and beyond.”
The fund will help support not only actors, but the people who work backstage, including stage managers, ushers, ticket takers, hair and makeup artists, dressers and box office personnel.
Donations that will be matched by the Tony Award-winning actress can be made here.
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