This Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 photo released by the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation shows actress Linda Lavin performing at the third annual "Broadway Belts for PFF!" a benefit for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at the Birdland Jazz Club in New York. (AP Photo/Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, Chris Owyoung)
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 6:42 pm
Linda Lavin sings at pulmonary fibrosis benefit
The Associated Press
The event Monday at Birdland Jazz Club also featured Emily Bergl, Robert Creighton, Max von Essen, Klea Blackhurst, Emma Hunton and Edward Watts. Actress Julie Halston served as host.
The event raised almost $70,000, which will benefit the foundation's The Michael Kuchwara Fund for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Research, Education and Advocacy. Kuchwara was The Associated Press' longtime theater critic who died in 2010 from complications due to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a lung disease that causes scarring and affects between 132,000-200,000 people in the United States.
Online: http:// www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org/broadwaybelts