Madonna Badger's Husband Organizes Fundraiser for Kids Killed in Fire

By Alan Neuhauser on June 1, 2012 11:30am 

Matthew and Madonna Badger at the funeral of their three daughters at Saint Thomas Church in New York City on Jan. 5th, 2012.
Matthew and Madonna Badger at the funeral of their three daughters at Saint Thomas Church in New York City on Jan. 5th, 2012.
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NEW YORK — The dad who lost three daughters in a Christmas morning fire in Connecticut last year plans to hold a charity event in the girls' honor at a Times Square theater, according to a published report.

Matthew Badger, the ex-husband of former Manhattan advertising executive Madonna Badger, has organized the "Lily Sarah Grace on Broadway," named for the couple's three daughters, who perished in the flames along with their grandmother and grandfather.

Proceeds from the event at the New Victory Theater will go toward Badgers' Lily Sarah Grace Fund, which supports public school art programs, according to the fund's website.

"I think it's going to be wonderful, because they always wanted to be on Broadway," Matthew told the New York Post. "They were all completely lovers of the arts. They were dancing and singing and constantly creating."

The event will memorialize the girls and their grandparents, Lomer and Pauline Johnson, who also died in the fire.

And it will honor the children's former teachers at P.S. 3 in the West Village and the Windward School in White Plains, the Post reported.

Students from PS 3, Juilliard and Ballet Tech will perform, and renowned actors such as Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Eric Bogosian will deliver readings about the Badger girls. Whoopi Goldberg will emcee.

Madonna Badger, however, will not attend, the Post said.

For ticket information or to make a donation visit the Lily Sarah Grace Fund website.

Matthew Badger, in a photo with his three daughters.
Matthew Badger, in a photo with his three daughters.
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