Ugly Sweater Cabaret Wants Your Old Coats for NYC Cares

By Claire Cameron on December 14, 2013 3:19pm 

 The 2nd annual Ugly Sweater Cabaret is teaming up with New York Cares coat drive at the Duplex Theater on Monday.
The 2nd annual Ugly Sweater Cabaret is teaming up with New York Cares coat drive at the Duplex Theater on Monday.
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WEST VILLAGE — 'Tis the season of goodwill to all men, and the ugly Christmas sweater.

Combining the spirit of Christmas charity and questionable knitwear, Ugly Sweater Cabaret is teaming up once more with New York Cares for the organization's annual coat drive. 

For the second year, the Ugly Sweater Cabaret will be performed at the Duplex Theater at 61 Christopher Street in the West Village on Monday December 16 at 9:30 p.m. There is no cover charge, but tickets are "priced" at one donated coat and there is a two-drink minimum. Monetary donations will be accepted if you don't have a layer to spare.

The cabaret began after friends Kiwi Callahan and Alison Rose Munn decided to create their own show, and the duo teamed up with New York Cares to add a giving spin. Last year they collected more than 50 coats for the charity, according to their website

Featuring show tune favorites, the event hosts performances from Broadway actors and singers Alison Rose Munn, singing group Cheo Bourne and the Platters, and others, but with an ugly sweater twist. 

New York Cares is one of the largest charities in the city, and has held an annual holiday coat drive for the past 25 years, helping vulnerable New Yorkers of all ages keep warm against the cold. The charity says that 90 percent of the city's homeless will rely on a donated coat during the winter.

The drive began on November 17, and will continue through February 7, 2014. To find out more information about where and when you can donate coats, visit New York Cares' website.

You can reserve a place at Monday's show through the Duplex Theater website. The event is for over-21's only. 

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