Are you looking for a unique way to get an autograph from Clay Aiken? Did you miss out bidding on Sir Robin the “Broadway Bears” auction a few months ago? Well, we might have just the answer for you. You have until July 11, 2009 to make a bid on “Monty”, the hound from Spamalot. Clay Aiken signed the dog along with the entire cast of Spamalot before the show ended on January 11, 2009. And the best part, all the money goes to a wonderful charity called “Broadway Barks.”
Broadway Barks is an annual animal charity event held in New York City to promote the adoption of shelter animals. The event was founded in 1999 by Bernadette Peters and her friend Mary Tyler Moore, along with many other people who wanted to do something for animals.
The event has been held every July since 1999 in Shubert Alley, a place that is well-known to many Clay fans. The first adopt-a-thon was held on July 24, 1999, and benefited five animal welfare shelters and groups:
This year, Broadway Barks will help many of New York City’s shelter animals find permanent homes. It will also help inform the residents of New York about the plight of the thousands of homeless dogs and cats in the city. The event will be held on July 11th at 3:30 p.m. and will again be held in Shubert Alley.
Last year, the event attracted an audience of more than 7,000 theater fans, pet owners and animal lovers. Twenty-six animal shelters from the New York City area participated in the program along with many Broadway stars. The shelters will bring some of their pets to the event and hopefully, many will be adopted that afternoon.
There are a few celebrity presenters that were a part of the Spamalot family who will be participating in the program this year, including Christopher Sieber and David Hyde Pierce.
Each year, at the event, one-of-a-kind Hounds of Broadway that are signed by the casts of some of the most popular Broadway shows are auctioned off to raise money for Broadway Barks. This year, 20 hounds will be auctioned off, including the one from Spamalot with Clay’s autograph. The bids will start at $150.00.
If you would like more information on the bidding process, visit Autograph Hounds . For more information on Broadway Barks, please visit them at Broadway Barks. And, if you are successful in your bidding, I hope you will share the experience with all of us.
Thank-you for bringing this to our attention, I didn’t know about this!
This is so cool…I had no idea about Broadway Barks…..What a great way to raise money for the animal shelters….Thanks for letting us know about this CANN…I sure hope they get a great turnout next Saturday….
I always learn something in your entries. Thank you for bringing the Broadway Barks charity to our attention.
Thank you, too, for your kind remarks in the Carolina blog. Have a wonderful July 4 Weekend!
I hounded Broadway (and the Shubert Alley) 9 times in less than a year (thanks Clay Aiken)
What a wonder cause and a cute dog – I hope they do very well!
This is so cute. Thanks for bringing it, and Clay Aiken, to our attention!
I had never heard of this charity before. I am so impressed by all of the work that the Broadway folks do. And I am so proud of Clay–he has brought a ton of money to the Broadway charities and he has also helped to raise awareness.
Musicfan, do you spend all your time searching all things Clay? I don’t know how you come up with a special treat for us each day but you do.
I hadn’t heard about Broadway Barks either but it is a cute idea and a great way for someone to get one of those lusted after autographs. I was just going through my Clay treasurers the other day and I hope someone who really wants Clay’s autograph will get this dog.
Is everyone posting it on their home boards? Thanks Musicfan.
How cute! Hope Broadway Barks makes a bundle 🙂
Thanks for the information on this worthy cause. I hope they make a lot of money for this.
Awwww, how cute is little Monty?
Almost as cute as one Clay Aiken!!!
Thanks for the information…such a worthy cause!
Nice to see that our animal friends are being taken care of!
Sure wish I could be the lucky owner of a Clay Aiken hound dog.