Dr. Fauci Bobblehead Raises $100,000 and Counting to Support AHA’s 100 Million Mask Challenge
MILWAUKEE – This morning, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum announced that it has reached the $100,000 mark in donations to support the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) 100 Million Mask Challenge through the sale of Dr. Fauci bobbleheads. In less than a week since launching the bobblehead to honor Dr. Fauci, people from all 50 states and over a dozen countries have purchased the bobblehead. On Tuesday night, Dr. Fauci’s bobblehead became the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s best-selling bobblehead of all time, surpassing Sister Jean’s bobblehead, which went viral during the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
On Wednesday, April 1st, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled a bobblehead to honor Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has become America’s voice of reason as one of the lead members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum committed to donating $5 from every Dr. Fauci Bobblehead sold to support of AHA’s 100 Million Mask Challenge through the new Protect the Heroes Campaign. The bobbleheads are only available for pre-order through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store for $25 each plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order. Five dollars from every bobblehead sold will continue to be donated in support of the 100 Million Mask Challenge.
The bobblehead joins a growing number of items including donuts, socks and t-shirts featuring Dr. Fauci. The is the first bobblehead of Dr. Fauci, who has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. Standing on a base bearing his name, the bobblehead features Fauci wearing a suit and illustrating how the nation needs to “flatten the curve”.
Phil Sklar, Co-Founder and CEO of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, will be making a virtual check presentation to Alice Ayres, President and CEO of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, at 2pm Central Time today. The presentation can be accessed live at this link with a recording available following the presentation.
As head of the NIAID since 1984, the 79-year-old Fauci has advised six presidents. According to The Hill, the renowned immunologist’s credibility within the medical community prompted U.S. senators to request that he become the face of the federal government’s response to the coronavirus – also known as COVID-19. Along with keeping President Trump aware of new developments, Fauci is leading the administration’s efforts to monitor, contain, and mitigate the spread of the virus while making sure the American people have up-to-date health and travel information.
The Brooklyn, New York, native was a central figure on global health issues like HIV/AIDS, Ebola and Zika. He also has made numerous contributions to research and his portfolio at the agency includes the treatment of various immune-mediated and infectious diseases, including respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis and malaria.
Dr. Fauci has helped to influence decisions on where research should be directed while overseeing an agency with a budget of $5.9 billion. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S., by President George W. Bush in 2008. According to a 2019 analysis of Google Scholar citations, Dr. Fauci ranked as the 41st most highly cited researcher of all time.
“Our healthcare workers are on the front line of the fight against COVID-19,” said Alice Ayres, President and CEO of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. “Now, through the Protect The Heroes campaign, every American can show their support for our healthcare heroes by giving directly to their community hospital.”
“The response to AHA’s the 100 Million Mask Challenge has been truly inspiring,” said Michelle Hood, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the American Hospital Association. “We’re pleased to now be able to offer a way for people to donate funds directly to the hospital of their choice to support our health caregivers on the front lines of COVID-19.”
"We are thrilled to be making such a large contribution to support the 100 Million Mask Challenge through the sale of Dr. Fauci bobbleheads,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “We will continue these efforts to raise funds to defeat COVID-19 and keep the nation’s first responders safe while making people smile during these unprecedented and difficult times. I also hope we will inspire other businesses and individuals to help others during this pandemic with their unique talents and capabilities.”
About the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, which is located at 170 S. 1st. St. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, opened to the public on February 1st, 2019. The HOF and Museum also produces high quality, customized bobbleheads for retail sale as well as organizations, individuals and teams across the country. Visit us online and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.