The 27th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition raised a staggering $4,250,542 – eclipsing the previous high of $3,734,129 set in 2007. The grand total was announced Tuesday after six weeks of intensive fundraising for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS by 47 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies.
There was a tie for the special award for bonnet design. The Lion King and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark shared the honors. The Lion King bonnet was designed by Ilya and Walter; Spider-Man's winning bonnet was created by Sonya Wysocki with Shannon McDowell, Mikey Piscitelli, Danny Mura, Kyle Stewart, Kyle O'Connor and Christel Murdock.
With a standing-room-only audience filling the Minskoff Theatre, this year’s Easter Bonnet Competition featured two shows featuring original presentations, songs, dances and 19 intricate, custom-made bonnets. Since Easter Bonnet Competition began in 1987, the event has raised more than $53 million for Broadway Cares. Last year's event raised $3,706,085.
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