Broadway Belts for PFF!

Thank you for supporting the 2023 edition of
Broadway Belts for PFF!

We exceeded our goal and have raised $465,000 and counting!

Broadway Belts for PFF! made its debut in a new home in the state-of-the-art Sony Hall on March 6, 2023.  Your favorite Broadway stars took to the stage in an epic celebration exclusively for the pulmonary fibrosis (PF) community.

The event will return again next year. We hope to see you in 2024!

Thank you to the 2023 cast!

Julie Halston

Hosted by Julie Halston

Tony Award-winning actress and comedienne
Sex and the City, Gossip Girl, Tootsie

Kate Baldwin

Kate Baldwin

Two-time Tony-nominee for Hello, Dolly! and Finian’s Rainbow

Julie Benko

Julie Benko

Funny Girl, Fiddler on the Roof, andLes Misérables

Emily Bergl

Emily Bergl

Good Night, Oscar, The Ferryman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, TV’s Men in Trees, and Desperate Housewives

Kevin Del Aguila

Kevin Del Aguila

Some Like it Hot, Frozen, Rocky, and Peter and the Starcatcher

Susie Mosher

Susie Mosher

Host of TV’s The Lineup with Susie Mosher, Hairspray, The Wedding Planner, View from the Top, and Nurse Jackie

Jason Tam - SQUARE
Maria Wirries -2
Nicole Zuraitis - SQUARE

Jason Tam

Be more Chill, Jesus Christ Superstar, and KPOP

Maria Wirries

Dear Evan Hasen,Once on This Island, and Hot and Cole


Nicole Zuraitis

Grammy nominee and five-time Cabaret Awards nominee

Tony Nominated Lilli Cooper sings at Broadway Belts for PFF!

Event Details

Attendees joined Tony Award-winning actress and comedienne Julie Halston for the 13th annual Broadway Belts for PFFIt was a spectacular evening of once-in-a-lifetime performances by some of Broadway’s biggest stars as they took the stage to raise funds and awareness for this devastating disease.

Attendees had two ways to participate in this year’s event:

Attend live at Sony Hall in New York City

Tickets included access to the pre-show cocktail reception, a three-course seated dinner, the performance, and an after-party.

Tune-in virtually

Virtual attendees were invited to participate in an interactive program featuring pre-event activities and special opportunities for engagement throughout the gala.


2023 Ralph Howard Legacy Award Recipient: Robert Creighton

The 2023 Ralph Howard Legacy Award was presented to Broadway dynamo and PF advocate Robert Creighton (Cagney, Frozen, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes, Chicago, The Little Mermaid, and TV’s The Good Fight).

Creighton, whose mother, Joan, passed away from PF at the young age of 59, has supported Broadway Belts for PFF! since its inception in 2010. Most recently, he devoted himself to helping the PFF transition to all virtual events during the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to his efforts in tandem with Julie Halston, the PFF successfully held Broadway Belts for PFF! and its national walk series in 2020 and 2021. Last year, Halston and Creighton raised a record-breaking $138,000 during the live auction at Broadway Belts for PFF!  The pulmonary fibrosis community was thrilled to recognize Creighton’s generosity and longstanding support of the PFF.

    Robert Creighton

    Relive the Magic of Broadway Belts for PFF! with our Highlight Reels


    About Broadway Belts for PFF!

    Since its inception in 2010, Broadway Belts for PFF! has grown to become the largest single fundraising event for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF), raising nearly $3 million to date. The event features Broadway stars performing some of their favorite songs and original pieces to raise funds to fight pulmonary fibrosis (PF).
    Broadway Belts for PFF! began as a tribute to beloved Associated Press theater critic, Michael Kuchwara, after he passed away from pulmonary fibrosis. Tony Award-winning actress and comedienne, Julie Halston, was a founding partner of the event and shines as the evening's dynamic and witty hostess. Halston is a member of the PFF Board of Directors and one of the PFF's leading advocates nationwide. Ms. Halston's motivation for her work on Broadway Belts for PFF! is very personal as her husband, New York newscaster Ralph Howard, was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and received a life-extending lung transplant. Howard, a generous volunteer to both the PFF and many other organizations and lover of all things New York, succumbed to complications from the disease in August 2018. In 2018, the inaugural Ralph Howard Legacy Award was presented in Howard's memory, and now annually recognizes individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the pulmonary fibrosis community.

    Thank you to our Sponsors!

    A statement on COVID-19

    Please note that we will adhere to and, in consideration of the health and safety of the PF community, may augment all federal and local health department guidelines, including those set forth by the CDC. 

    Please click  here for a full description of our COVID-19 policies and procedures.  


    Contact Us 

    For more questions or more information, contact us at or 312.239.3940.