Photos by Maya Werner
Monday, March 12 Broadway Belts for PFF celebrated the “Sweet Sixteen” reunion of the Tony Award winning musical Hairspray at the Edison Ballroom while also raising money for pulmonary fibrosis. Julie Halston emceed the evening and was joined by stars Bryan Terrell Clark, Robert Creighton, Stephanie Gibson, Lesli Margherita, and Bernie Williams. Original cast members including Harvey Fierstein, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Andrew Rannells, Jackie Hoffman, Julie Halston, Jennifer Gambatese, Chester Gregory, Adam Fleming, Clark Thorell, John Hill, Judine Somerville, and Hollie Howard were also all in attendance.
Broadway Belts for PFF! raises money to fight pulmonary fibrosis (PF), a devastating and progressive disease involving scarring in the lungs. PF affects 200,000 Americans and results in more than 40,000 deaths annually. Fifty-thousand new cases are diagnosed each year. With no known cure, many live only two or three years after diagnosis. To date this event has raised nearly $1 million for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation and is the largest single fundraiser for the national advocacy organization, based in Chicago.