There’s no sports idols to worship right now but there is one superstar whose bobblehead sales are smashing records in the effort to fight the coronavirus — Dr. Anthony Fauci.
The image of America’s most famous doctor is being used on a bobblehead statue sold to raise funds to buy protective masks for health care workers.
The Fauci bobblehead has surpassed $100,000 in donations to support the American Hospital Association’s “100 Million Mask Challenge,” the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum announced Wednesday.
The Brooklyn-born Fauci, 79, has been director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. He is often at President Trump’s side during COVID-19 press conferences, offering medical advice and appeals to the public — and not afraid to debate or disagree with other White House figures.
He has achieved a cult-like status among Americans shaken by the vicious virus.
The proud New Yorker has become the hall of fame’s best-selling bobblehead of all-time in less than a week, surpassing Sister Jean Dolores Schmidti’s bobblehead, which went — no pun intended — viral in 2018, the museum said. Sister Jean is chaplain of the Loyola College Men’s basketball team, rooting on her team during the 2018 NCAA tournament.
The Fauci bobbleheads are available at the museum’s online store for $25 plus an $8 shipping charge per order. The museum donates $5 from from every sale to support of AHA’s 100 Million Mask Challenge through the new Protect the Heroes Campaign.
The bobblehead joins a growing number of items including donuts, socks and t-shirts featuring Dr. Fauci recently.
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 Wednesday afternoon.
“We are thrilled to be making such a large contribution to support the 100 Million Mask Challenge through the sale of Dr. Fauci bobbleheads,” 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.”
Fauci has advised six presidents and been a central figure fighting other global health issues including HIV/AIDS, Ebola and Zika. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S., from President George W. Bush in 2008.