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Tonner Dolls Benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS A Fashionable Success

By February 12, 2006

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Attending the yearly Tonner Dolls benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is always a joyous experience. It's wonderful to see doll collectors and doll professionals getting together to raise money for a good cause while enjoying each other's fellowship and also having a great doll-themed time. This year's benefit, held tonight (Toy Fair Eve) at the Westin Times Square was no different, and it raised over $22,000 for the organization.

Doll celebrities such as Helen Kish and Maggie Iacono were in attendance, as were Broadway stars such as Andrea McArdle, best known as the original Annie on Broadway. Also in attendance was Lynn Johnston, the illustrator of the popular For Better or Worse comic strip (a few years ago, Tonner Dolls created an April doll from the strip).

Doll collectors and retailers supported the benefit by buying tickets to attend, and also by buying, for $150, a special very limited Tyler Wentworth doll, Manhattan Sparks. At the dinner, there was a beautifully lighted preview of the dolls in the Tyler line. There was also a fashion show with live models showcasing life-size versions of the Tyler 2006 outfits.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will also hold another benefit, the Broadway Bears auction, during Toy Fair.

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