ROCKFORD – Dr. Anthony Fauci is the newest bobblehead star.
Orders for figurines of a head-bobbing Fauci have made the doll created in his image the bestseller for a business created by two 2002 Guilford High School graduates. They have donated more than $100,000 from sales of the doll to a fund to supply masks for health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Fauci is director of the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases and has become a leading source in separating fact from fiction amid the COVID-19 crisis.
"I am thrilled to announce that we have reached $100,000 in donations to support the 100 Million Mask Challenge through the sale of Dr. Fauci bobbleheads," Phil Sklar, co-founder and CEO of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee, said Wednesday in a news release. Since the bobblehead was launched less than a week ago, "We have received orders from all 50 states and over a dozen countries." His partner is Brad Novak. The museum displays more than 6,500 figurines of politicians, celebrities, sports figures and more.
The bobblehead of Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt was the previous record holder. She is the now-100-year-old nun who became a national sensation as team chaplain for the Loyola University Chicago men's basketball team during the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
You can preorder the Fauci bobblehead at tinyurl.com/Dr-FauciBobblehead for $25, with $5 from every sale to be donated to the mask challenge fund.
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