Red Buckets in the hands of dedicated volunteers, actors and theater staffs are popping up in theater lobbies in New York City and across the country as Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ eagerly anticipated tradition of in-theater fundraising returns. The generosity of theater audiences and artists will provide nutritious meals, medication, health care, counseling and emergency financial assistance.

Created in 1989, The Red Bucket Follies (originally named the Gypsy of the Year competition) has become a cherished annual celebration, with Broadway, Off-Broadway, and touring productions showcasing their talent while fundraising for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Throughout the fundraising period, productions across the country collect donations after each performance, all in support of the non-profit organization.

BC/EFA has become one of the nation’s leading industry-based AIDS fundraising organizations, drawing upon the theatre industry and community to raise over $300 million. These donations support vulnerable populations in need of medication, meals, financial assistance, and more.

The six weeks of fundraising will culminate in a variety show of songs, skits and dances at Red Bucket Follies  (#redbucketfollies).