A bobblehead version of Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has helped raise $100,000 for a fund to supply masks for health care workers.

By Ginger Crichton
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The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, one of Milwaukee’s newest attractions, announced last week that it was creating a bobblehead of Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, calling him “America’s voice of reason” in the coronavirus pandemic.

In just a few days, the bobblehead became the museum’s best seller and has helped raise more than $100,000 for the 100 Million Mask Challenge.

“We are 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,” the museum said.

“In less than a week since launching the bobblehead to honor Dr. Fauci, we have received orders from all 50 states and over a dozen countries. Last night, Dr. Fauci’s bobblehead became our best-selling of all time, surpassing Sister Jean’s bobblehead, which went viral during the 2018 NCAA Tournament.”

Fauci, 79, has a long history of working with infectious diseases and acting as a presidential advisor on global health issues. But he has become something of an overnight celebrity in the current pandemic, appearing frequently at White House coronavirus briefings and sharing candid views on the situation.

The museum’s website notes that Dr. Fauci “has become America’s voice of reason as one of the lead members of The White House Coronavirus Task Force. This is the first bobblehead of Dr. Fauci, who has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984.”

The bobblehead museum, which opened in 2019, contains the world’s largest collection of pop culture nodders (6,500-plus), starring Babe Ruth, Flo the Progressive Insurance saleswoman and more.

You can preorder the 7-inch-tall Fauci bobblehead for $25, with $5 per sale going to the American Hospital Association’s Protect the Heroes Campaign to support the 100 Million Mask Challenge. The bobblehead is expected to ship in July 2020.