BENEFITING: BROADWAY IMPACT
On March 7th, 2012, my Uncle John Cassanetti passed away due to complications after lung cancer surgery. I am creating this tribute to celebrate his life.
One of my most treasured memories since moving to New York City is the countless Broadway shows my Uncle John took--sometimes even dragged--me to. From tear-jerking plays like Our Town and Next Fall, to the whimsy and fancy-free Finian's Rainbow and Priscilla Queen of the Desert I can still recall his face at each one. I'm sure many things made John smile so hard that his eyes would be glazed in tears: His family, his friends, and the few hours in between the rise and fall of those velvet curtains on Broadway.
I don’t remember a single show in December we saw together that John didn't drop money in the Broadway Cares buckets that circulated the aisles and lobbies after each show. I decided to name this tribute "Buckets Of Love" in memorium of those nights he and I spent together going to the theater, because that is how I want to remember him--smiling brightly in the audience. Since his passing, I have been showered in stories of John's kindness, selflessness, wisdom, wit and humor from people I had never met before to his friends that I am now lucky enough to call my own. He gave back to his community throughout his life, from helping with relief efforts after 9/11, to becoming an honored volunteer at Lenox Hill Hospital and spearheading the organization of the performances from Musicians On Call. John truly bestowed buckets of love on the world he lived in, and there is no better way to honor the memory of a man like him than to give back in his honor.
Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDSis one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised over $195 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.
BC/EFA is the major supporter of seven programs at The Actors Fund, including The HIV/AIDS Initiative, The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic, The Actors Fund Work Program, The Dancers’ Resource, The Stage Managers’ Project and three supportive housing residences.
BC/EFA also awards annual grants to more than 400 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide.