1. Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman are fundraising champions

    By Devin Zydel on 2009-12-08

    Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman have been named the top fundraising team in the history of the annual Gypsy of the Year competition on Broadway.

    Daniel Craig

    Daniel Craig

    Playbill reports that the A Steady Rain duo were presented with the All-Time Top Fundraising Award at the 8 December Gypsy competition, held this year at the Palace Theatre in New York.

    Together, the James Bond and X-Men star raised a phenomenal $1,549,952 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (overall, the 21st annual competition brought in an all-time record total of $4,630,695).

    Specific cases of how Craig and Jackman managed this were cited:

    • Autographed A Steady Rain posters sold for $300 apiece; signed Playbills for $60 each.
    • Jackman and Craig’s T-shirts, which were worn during the show, fetched anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 nightly.

    Since 1989 the 21 editions of Gypsy of the Year have raised a combined total of $40,360,000 to benefit BC/EFA, which distributes the money to more than 400 service organizations and charities.

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