Dr. Fauci Facepalm and Red Tie Bobbleheads with a Cause Unveiled
MILWAUKEE – Today, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum announced that the original Dr. Anthony Fauci Bobblehead, which raised over $200,000 to protect the nation's front line healthcare workers, has sold out. In addition, the museum has unveiled two new bobbleheads featuring Dr. Fauci with the first commemorating the “facepalm” and the second featuring the original bobblehead design with a red tie. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum will continue to donate $5 from every Dr. Fauci Bobblehead sold to the American Hospital Association’s Protect the Heroes Campaign in support of the 100 Million Mask Challenge and other initiatives that protect the nation’s front line heroes.
In April, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled 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 featured Fauci wearing a suit and illustrating how the nation needs to “flatten the curve”. That bobblehead, which is individually numbered to 42,020, quickly became the best-selling bobblehead in the Hall of Fame and Museum’s history and it is now sold out.
Both new bobbleheads are only available for pre-order through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s Online Store. The red tie bobbleheads are $25 each and the facepalm bobbleheads, which feature a head and hand that bobble, are $30 each plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order. Both new bobbleheads are scheduled to ship in October.
To date, the Dr. Fauci Bobblehead has raised over $200,000 for the Protect the Heroes Campaign. Combined with donations from the sales of bobbleheads featuring Dr. Birx, eight Governors, Dr. Amy Acton, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Essential Hero series, to total amount raised has surpassed the $270,000 mark.
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 has 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 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.
During a coronavirus press briefing on Friday, March 20, the normally unflappable Dr. Fauci broke character. When President Donald Trump referred to the State Department as the “Deep State Department,” Fauci, who was standing behind Trump, appeared to chuckle to himself and covered his face with his hand. The moment did not go unnoticed and became a viral sensation as many shared the image or video. Additionally, some mocked the infectious-disease expert for touching his face and going against early CDC guidelines. After the clip of the facepalm became a trending moment on social media, Fauci reportedly claimed he was covering his face because a lozenge was stuck in his throat.
"After releasing the first bobblehead of Dr. Fauci, we received a lot of requests for a facepalm version, and when the original bobblehead sold out we wanted to give a few options for the many people out there just finding out that a Dr. Fauci bobblehead exists,” National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. “We look forward to raising more funds and awareness for the Protect the Heroes Campaign during these unprecedented times.”
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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.