The International Thespian Society works hard all year raising money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which supports those who have been affected by AIDS, particularly in the theatrical community. Each state has their own ways of raising money. Many hold silent auctions with Broadway memorabilia, props, costumes, makeup, etc. that can raise hundreds of dollars. Along with silent auctions, many states, along with the ITO, sell red BC/EFA bracelets and red ribbons for donations. This raises quite a bit of money. Some states hold special fundraisers selling hats, t-shirts, or any other sort of apparel that relates to their conference theme.
This past summer the International Thespian Society reached the $1 million dollar mark for money raised for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. This is a truly incredible feat. To raise that much money is amazing, but to do it for such a worthy charity is what makes it so incredible! BC/EFA does so much in the theatre world. They host benefits such as the Broadway Cares Flea Market in New York which the ITO are fortunate enough to participate in by working the International Thespian Society booth.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is so important to me because it represents the serving part of theatre. The art of theatre itself is so giving. It teaches all who participate—actor, designer, audience. BC/EFA reaches into the community and supports more than just theatre. It is a beautiful idea and I am so grateful that we, the International Thespian Society, have been able to do so much for this charity.