Broadway CARE-olers

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HEAR THEM SING!

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Christmas Time

These quartets are composed only of members of the Actor’s Equity Association, the principal union for American theatrical actors and stage managers. From every Broadway Care-olers gig, I SMILE donates a portion of the client’s fee to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, a not-for-profit group supporting community-based AIDS service organizations across the United States.

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Along With Their SMILEs, These Carolers Brought Joy, Healing to Many

NEW YORK, December 11, 2001 ~ On the three-month anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, more than two dozen professional singers from I SMILE in New York Productions headed to Battery Park City to bring some holiday cheer to residents, local firefighters and emergency workers. Accompanied by NY1 reporter Jay Dow and his camera crew, the singers strolled through the streets, then climbed aboard an open-top double decker sightseeing bus. The carolers made stops at firehouses and police precincts that lost many of their members on September 11.

“It was humbling,” said I SMILE veteran Bryan Johnson. We were glad to be able to give something back, but at the same time were acutely aware of the losses they had sustained, the brothers and sisters they had lost from their stationhouses. I SMILE got involved in the volunteer effort through the Emergency Task Force, co-founded by Janine Winter to provide a variety of assistance to the devastated lower Manhattan area. Winter organized the tour route, arranged the donation of a bus and driver from Coach USA’s Gray Line New York Siteseeing service, and helped I SMILE make contact with the firehouses and police precincts.
“I SMILE’s singing gift was tremendous,” exclaimed tourist Earl Neptune, who enjoyed the surprise caroling interlude as he was visiting Ground Zero. “For the fact that what has happened here and that people can still take time out to come and give of themselves I think is truly a wonderful experience,” Neptune said.

The World Trade Center caroling evening was one of many volunteer efforts I SMILE has arranged in its five years in New York. In fact, the company got its start as a small group of singers volunteering through Hearts and Voices, which brings professional singers into hospitals, especially AIDS wards, to comfort patients.