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.