Sleep Out: Broadway Edition 2014
Broadway Sleep Out Participant
- Jeff Calhoun - $20,885.00
- Thomas Schumacher - $16,400.00
- Tom Viola - $15,100.00
- Capathia Jenkins - $10,310.00
- David Henry Hwang - $7,605.00
Working Sunday Night
- Christine Pedi - $4,825.00
- Rob Evan - $1,850.00
- Kimberly Marable - $1,685.00
- Dana Marie Ingraham - $495.00
- Dionne Figgins - $310.00
Fundraising Not Sleeping
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Anne Milgram Manuel Cerqueiro
Nearly 7,000 homeless kids will step toward a new life with Covenant House in New York this year. Some were born here. Some were brought to the city against their will. Some came seeking the bright lights and brilliant sounds of the Great White Way. All of them need love, care, and another chance at life.
On August 17, 2014, 70 of Broadway's stars accepted a bit of cardboard, a sleeping bag, and a concrete sidewalk instead of a bed, gazing up at the windows of rooms where 360 homeless young people slept safely indoors. Together, these individuals raised nearly $250,000, and sent hundreds of kids a vital message: "You are not alone."
“I slept in abandoned buildings.”
“This was my bench.”
“I didn’t have anywhere else to go.”
Covenant House kids describe the streets, in retrospect, with strength and resolve. When you are so young and don't know how to take care of yourself, it's impossible not to be afraid. It's more terrifying than any one night in a secured space can ever convey to someone who does not have first-hand experience of that uncertainty.
But at the Sleep Out, we come together to understand.
For one night, Broadway's brightest stars will sit down with the kids who live at Covenant House, and the staff who care for them. We will talk and laugh and cry together, learning from and lifting up one another. At midnight, when the lights go out, the kids will go upstairs to warm beds in a safe house, and adults will take sleeping bags to pavement, demonstrating our willingness to walk in their shoes.
Together, we can be the family and the love they have not known, giving of our hearts and comfort, for theirs.
These young people deserve better than the roles in which they’ve been cast. Open doors to better lives for each of them.