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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Broadway Cares - They really do.  

I am very impressed with Broadway Cares and one Mr. Viola.
This email was in response to a BC/EFA volunteer that blogged and did not think before typing who has since - apologized.

Mr. Viola is a class act.

Thank you Mr. Viola - Broadway Cares and so do you.

From Broadway Cares:

Dear Friends:

I apologize for the careless and stupid blog that a thoughtless BC/EFA volunteer wrote after the Broadway Bears Auction on Sunday, February 17th.

The $17,000 raised from the sale of the "Sir Robin Bear" - that was signed by both David Hyde Pierce, who originated the role and by Clay, who is now having great success playing the role - is one of the highest winning bids made from any Broadway Bear. Without question, much of that success can be attributed to Clay generously signing the bear.

Our misguided blogger should know how much BC/EFA appreciates Clay's support - and I will make sure he does.

In 2004, we presented Heather Headley in concert at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Ten days before the event, Clay graciously agreed to join Heather in the duet "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from THE LION KING.
Over the weekend following the announcement over $50,000 in tickets were sold, based strictly on Clay's involvement. I was very grateful for Clay's support
then, as I am most appreciative of Clay's support now that he is starring in one of Broadway's biggest hits, SPAMALOT.

I hope you will not consider this one blog entry to be in any way representative of BC/EFA's appreciation of Clay's generosity and talents or the incredible support of his fans. If I could ask you a favor, I hope you will also copy this, BC/EFA's official response, onto the various blogs to which you sent one person's unfortunate blog. It will mean alot to BC/EFA, even more to the people and organizations we assist and let the thousands who enjoy Clay's work know how much we appreciate his support. I hope we can continue to count on yours.

Tom Viola
Executive Director

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