Elon Cares 2024 to raise resources for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids

This annual benefit cabaret raises funding for the national organization Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, which helps people across the country and across the street receive lifesaving medications, health care, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance.

The Gender & LGBTQIA Center (GLC) is excited to partner with a group of Elon performing arts students for Elon Cares 2024, the annual benefit cabaret to support the national nonprofit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The nonprofit helps people receive lifesaving medications, health care, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance.

This year’s group of students has been rehearsing since early January for dual performances on Jan. 10 at 7 and 9 p.m. Both performances will be in the Yeager Recital Hall.

“Elon Cares is such a beautiful opportunity to not only showcase student work, but also to celebrate queerness,” said Derick Donato Roberto ’26, who is on the creative team.

After doubling their fundraising goal in 2023, the students are hoping to raise $2,000 this year. For more information about the event including how to help Elon Cares meet its fundraising goal visit www.elon.edu/glc/eloncares. Each donation comes with an entry into a raffle for various prizes. Prizes from previous years have included tickets to see Broadway shows, signed Broadway Playbills and posters, and one-on-one online coaching sessions with Performing Arts Alumni.

“This event is used to center queer community, joy, art, and resources. It’s been an honor to serve as one of the Artistic Directors for my second year — it’s a lot of work given, but everyone works so hard to put on a great show and the outcome is always really spectacular,” Roberto said.

Donations by cash or check will be collected at the performances. To make online donations, visit broadwaycares.org for more information about Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

“So many Elon Music Theatre alumni who are on Broadway, national tours or working in the industry in some capacity are super eager to donate their time/services as a raffle for this event,” Roberto said.