Saturday, September 03, 2005

Snark CAN Be Used For Good!

Thought there was no way to tie in the devasting (not to mention shameful) state of affairs left by Hurricane Katrina to celebrity gossip? Oh, you're so naive. Where there's a will, there's always a way!

First up, in one of the very few pieces of good news coming out of New Orleans, they rescued Fats Domino! On the downside, no one seems to know where he is.

Then we have reports on various celebrities and their generous donations to the cause, courtesy of the BBC:
Actor Nicolas Cage and singer Celine Dion have each donated $1m to the American Red Cross to help victims on the Gulf Coast.

Rappers Sean "Diddy" Combs and Jay-Z jointly donated $1m to the same cause while singer Hilary Duff gave $250,000 to hurricane charities.

Entertainment Tonight Online says that:
Ellen Degeneres, a native of New Orleans, is launching a fundraising effort, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund" on her talk show Monday.

On Friday, NBC, MSNBC and CNBC aired a telethon to raise disaster relief funds. "Today" co-host Matt Lauer hosted "A Concert For Hurricane Relief," where Harry Connick Jr. and Tim McGraw performed and Leonardo DiCaprio made an appearance. Viewers were encouraged to donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund."

E.T. also mentions a fun way to get involved: One of the items donated to Morgan Freeman's charity auction site is a chance to attend the premiere of his new movie "An Unfinished Life," where you'll get to meet Morgan (how I would swoon so! MORGAN! I've loved you since "The Electric Company")!

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MOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGAAAAAAAAAAN!

And, I assume, rub asses with J. Lo and marvel at Robert Redford's new face:

Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman also used his star power to help raise funds for the Red Cross. The Southern-born actor partnered with the organization and Charity Folks for one of the biggest relief auctions in history, which kicked off on Friday on www.charityfolks.com.

"You can't measure the need or measure the importance of responding," Freeman tells ET.


Apparently you can, however, measure how much people want to attend certain events. I just checked the auction site, and the tickets to the "An Unfinished Life" premiere are up to $7,500, but the ones to the NYC premiere of "Everything is Illuminated," starring Elijah Wood, are a veritable bargain at $230 and counting.

Ooooh, somebody out there should bid on those tickets and report back if you win! They're priced to move and you'll be helping a great charity! Come on, who doesn't want to see a movie with a Hobbit in it that's based on a Jonathan Safran Foer book about Nazis? It was directed by that hottie Liev Schreiber! You'd probably get to meet him and his gal pal, Naomi Watts!

And remember to stay tuned for a cavalcade of celebrity telothons. According to E.T.:
Rockers are also getting involved in the effort. MTV, VH1 and CMT will launch a Hurricane Katrina Relief Campaign with a star-studded special. On Saturday, September 10, stars like Usher, Green Day, Gretchen Wilson, Alicia Keys and John Mellencamp will come together for a multi-genre, multi-platform, live performance set to air across all three networks.

The special will seek to raise much needed funds for the Red Cross and similar organizations as well as to drive volunteerism.

The BET network will also help raise awareness and money for the victims with their own special, airing Friday, September 9, and featuring everyone from Chris Rock and rapper Master P to jazz artist Wynton Marsalis.

And the legendary comedian Jerry Lewis has announced that his annual Labor Day Telethon benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association will also feature celebrity fund-raising appeals for the Katrina relief efforts. He has also announced the MDA will donate a whopping $1 million of its funds to help the victims across Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Of course what is on everyone's mind at a time like this is: What Would Barry Manilow Do?
Singer Barry Manilow is pitching in with his organization Manilow Fund For Health And Hope. For every dollar you donate, the fund will match a dollar -- plus, Barry himself will match it as well, turning one dollar into three -- hoping to raise $150,000 as soon as possible! Donations can be made online at www.manilowfund.com.

Oh, Barry. Well, you came and you gave without taking!

So, there you have it. Don't let Hillary Duff put you to shame, donate! And to help you figure out where to send your much-needed cashola, my fellow bloggettes, the fabulous and snarktastic Go Fug Yourself girls, have compiled a comprehensive list of links where you can donate money for Hurricane Katrina relief. They've got everything from animal rescue organizations to the Ronald McDonald House.

Please check it out and donate to the the cause that is closest to your heart!

Do it for Fats.

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greg said...

Today's sports page says LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell took Fats Domino in after he was rescued. I think I have a new favorite college football player.