PHOTO CALL: Rory O'Malley, Stephanie J. Block, Keala Settle and More Sleep Out to Support Homeless Youth
20 Aug 2014
The Covenant House presented the Second Annual Sleep Out: Broadway Edition, where members of the Broadway community spent the night sleeping on the streets outside the Covenant House to raise funds for homeless youth, Aug. 17. Close to 80 members of the community, including Stephanie J. Block, Jeff Calhoun, Capathia Jenkins, Denis O’Hare, Keala Settle, Marin Ireland, and our own Editor in Chief, Blake Ross, raised $238,572 for the kids of the Covenant House.
Denis O'Hare and Rory O'Malley cuddle up with guests as bedtime approaches
“These are stars who have selflessly decided they want to walk in our kids’ shoes, and experience, if only for one night, some of what our kids go through,” said Covenant House president Kevin Ryan in an earlier statement. “Their actions are an incredible show of support for the thousands of young people struggling to survive every night on our streets.”
Sleep Out: Broadway Edition, according to press notes, is a "one-night fundraising event, beginning with an evening of dialogue between formerly homeless teenagers and participating Sleepers. Kids share their stories and answer questions about their lives. After a light supper, tours of the shelter, and continued conversation, sleepers will receive cardboard boxes, sleeping bags, and a safe piece of pavement in a secure, enclosed and protected space for the night."
The event was open to any member of the theatrical community who has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway or a national tour in any capacity.
For basic facts about Covenant House’s Sleep Out: Broadway Edition, click here.
Founded in 1972, Covenant House is the largest privately funded agency in the Americas helping homeless kids, providing 24/7 crisis care and ongoing support at 21 facilities. Visit www.covenanthouse.org.