DO40 Raises over 2600.00 at the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Flea Market Sunday, September 24, 2017

L to R back row: Sharon Wendrow, Pat Michaels, Patrick McCarthy, L to R front row, Karin Baker, Bert Michaels, DO40 Prez John Sefakis, Lawrence Leritz, L to R front and center Nancy Dalton Flowers and Joy Serio Dunbar)

Well, one year it’s cold, next year it’s hot, with sun and wind always there to make a brutal first four hours for our volunteers at our 11th year participating in the BC/EFA Flea Market.  This year, it was over 90 degrees for most of the day, so we were hydrating regularly!  DO40 raised over 2600.00 mainly on 2 for a dollar Playbills and scripts, books, sheet music, posters, show jackets and the ever popular bin “SUTTON FOSTER (did not wear these) CLOTHES!”  And the next most popular, “DONNA McKECHNIE (did not wear these) SHOES!”

Our most popular bins – after the 2 for a dollar Playbills!

So many volunteers to thank, who provided hours of coverage for us when the hordes descended much earlier than the 10am start time!  Folks were grabbing playbills and sheet music at 9:15 am while we were trying to secure our tablecloths and DO40 sign!  Special thanks to DO40 board member, super-trouper and birthday boy Patrick McCarthy, who spent his entire day with us, from load-in to load-out!  Also to DO40ers Sharon Wendrow and Joy Serio Dunbar who helped organize all the donated material into boxes for delivery and sale (Virginia Seidel and DO40 board member Richard Korthaze also donated their time – and alphabetization skills for our six boxes of ever-popular Playbills. 

L to R: Pat Michaels, “cool” Bert Michaels, Nancy Dalton Flowers, John Sefakis, Patrick McCarthy, Tony Sheldon, Lori Tan Chinn, Lawrence Leritz and Sharon Wendrow, almost all with “Jazz Hands!”

On the street with us, bosses of the front table, that dynamic duo, Karin Baker-Kayne and master CD hawker Greg Kayne, along with Joy, Sharon, DO40 members Lawrence Leritz, DO40 board member Lawrence Merritt, DO40 soon-to-be-Legacy Honorees Pat and Bert Michaels (who danced in the West Side Story film), Stars of Stage and Screen, DO40ers Tony Sheldon (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) and Lori Tan Chin (Jerry Mitchell’s Gotta Dance and Netflick’s Orange is the New Black), the flying Mariano sisters, Patti and JoAnn, and DO40 board member Nancy Dalton Flowers.  And we needed every one of ‘em!  BC/EFA also provided six volunteers during the day to man the Playbills table, since it is extremely popular and always well visited. 

DO40 board member and birthday boy Patrick McCarthy oversees the tables at lunch time.

If we ONLY had ONE DOLLAR for every person who took a picture of our SUTTON FOSTER box, we could have topped $10,000.00!  The box drew tons of visitors, and many takers for the variety of surprises in the box!  DO40ers Felicia Velasco D’amico stopped by with daughter Felicia, who is currently in On Your Feet, and they donated books, t-shirts and Capezio items later in the afternoon.  42nd Street alum and DO40 member Jeri Kansas stopped by, as did Claire Deming, West Coast member Barbara Bernardo, in to take classes AND of course, attend our West Side Story event on Sept. 27th!  It just doesn’t stop for DO40 this month!  We plan to hibernate for the months of October and November and return for our 9th Annual DO40 Legacy Awards at LIPS Restaurant on December 11th!

Lawrence Merritt, Joy Serio Dunbar –searching for someone – and Karin Baker behind the DO40 tables

DO40 Prez John Sefakis with members Jeri Kansas and Karin Baker

DO40 Prez John Sefakis with long-time member Lori Tan Chinn

DO40 Prez John Sefakis with our dashing Aussie, Tony Sheldon

DO40 Prez John Sefakis with the two Felicias – Big and Little!  Felicia Velasco D’amico and daughter Felicia, currently on Broadway in On Your Feet!

DO40 Prez John Sefakis with JoAnn “Toots” Mariano and sis Patti

DO40 Prez John Sefakis with married over half-a-century and soon-to-be-Legacy Honorees Pat and Bert Michaels!

DO40 Prez John Sefakis with members Sharon Wendrow and Lawrence Leritz


Background Photo 2013 BC/EFA FLEA MARKET, By Jeff Eason, Wilsonmodels, Inc