It’s on all of us to pitch in and aid those affected by Hurricane Sandy, but it touches a cold, hard part of our soul to see famous people step up and do what’s right following a tragedy. They just have so much more money than us! In addition to Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, Sting and Billy Joel reminding America to have a heart via song at last week’s Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together telethon, plenty of celebs did their part this week. For example…
One of the only good things about a disaster on the scale of Hurricane Sandy is that it definitely helps put things in perspective. And celebrities of every stripe are using their money and influence to spread the word and help those in need! Of course on the wake of the storm’s destruction, many eyes turned towards New Jersey’s favorite son: Bruce Springsteen. And he hasn’t let us down. At a concert in upstate NY, The Boss dedicated a heartfelt rendition “My City Of Ruins” to his hometown of Asbury Park, and thanked emergency responders for all of the work they’ve done. He is set to headline a benefit concert called Coming Together with fellow Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi, Christina Aguilera, Billy Joel and Sting, which will air this Friday at 8 PM on NBC. The telethon will be hosted by Matt Lauer and will also feature appearances by Jimmy Fallon, Brian Williams, and we’re sure many more.
The cast of Jersey Shore has been mourning the loss of their Boardwalk, and posted numerous well wishes to their twitters. J-Woww was reportedly moved to tears when surveying the damage, and Snooki has offered her volunterring services and pledged to donate money to rescue efforts and repairs to her Seaside Heights home turf. “Cleaning my closet today to donate clothes and whatever I can do the victims affected by sandy!” she posted to her twitter. “I’m comin with clothes!!!!”
Scarlett Johansson‘s precious time and polite smiles for sale! Get it while supplies last! In her quest to become the Mother Teresa of awkward stranger dates, Scarlett is currently auctioning off a chance to meet her at the Dec. 12 premiere of her upcoming movie We Built A Zoo, which Scarlett probably could then do with all the money she’s about to pull in. Instead, bidding on ScarJo’s time through Charitybuzz.com will benefit Blessings in a Backpack, a non-profit that supplies food to disadvantaged kids. Obsess about Scarlett Johansson AND do something worthwhile with your life? And your mom said it couldn’t be done!
This isn’t the first time ScarJo has put her radiance up for auction, either. Back in October she suffered through a few hours of paralyzing small talk for a donation to the British charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer which totalled approximately $41,000. It’s sort of genius, actually. All Scarlett has to do is stand around while some goober stutters and drools next to her, then school children get fed. With the way economy’s been looking, dates with Scarlett Johansson are going to be America’s chief export and we’ll still be the richest nation in the world! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!
Bored millionaires and those willing to take out a home loan to fulfill their dreams, have we got news for you! Over the weekend a Scarlett Johansson charity date was auctioned off for a measly 26,000 British pounds, or $41,000. To eat chicken masala next to the star of Match Point, then seeing her horrified expression as you bumblingly ask for her phone number? Unless the cost was “priceless,” then they’re practically giving it away!
Scarlett donated the pleasure of her company, a date entitled “Lust In Translation,” for the U.K. organization Breakthrough Breast Cancer, which also auctioned off cooking lessons with Gwyneth Paltrow and a walk-on role in a Guy Ritchie movie. The evening raised a grand total of 140,000 pounds all together as part of the organization’s “Too Many Women” campaign. From the sounds of it, Scarlett will have the exact opposite problem on her date: the Rolling Stone’s Ronnie Wood and a gentleman by the name of Sir David Tang split the bid, and will both be escorting Ms. Johansson out on the town. Our advice for next time? Round up 4,100 of your closest friends and take Scarlett on one massive date.Ã‚Â It just makes economic sense!
Merry Biebs-mas, everyone! Justin Bieber’s Christmas charity album is allegedly now in the works, at least according to the singer’s recent Twitter activity. We can’t help but imagine the possible track list: “O Little Town of Bieberhem”? “Carol of the Biebs”? “One Less Lonely Reindeer”? “Never Say Humbug”? As Justin tweeted earlier today, “so it’s true…been in the studio doing something special for christmas. we are going to try and raise alot of money this year for charity!” It’s hard to imagine anything better than getting a big ol’ donation directly from Justin Bieber this December. Okay, maybe one thing.
In death as in life, Amy Winehouse‘s legacy seems to be the ability to take a whole mess of pain and turn it into something that touches people very deeply. Following Amy Winehouse’s death almost two weeks ago, People claims that the singer’s family intends to open the Amy Winehouse Foundation in her $4 million London home. The charity will reportedly help children in need; those heading up the organization will release their official mission statement on what would have been Winehouse’s 28th birthday, September 14.
“The foundation is going to help thousands of people. That is Amy’s legacy,” the singer’s father Mitch Winehouse tweeted this week, adding today, “Once again, thanks for your beautiful messages. I will keep you all informed as to the progress of the foundation. Mitch.” In the meantime, the Amy Winehouse and Tony Bennett duet “Body and Soul,” recorded earlier this year for Bennett’s album Duets II, will be sold as a benefit single for the foundation, a great idea considering we were all going to buy it and listen to it in the fetal position anyway.
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Isn’t having the Black Eyed Peas open a music school in New York City a bit like having Taylor Momsen start a charm school in Paris? Sure, she could probably do it, but there must be millions of people who are more qualified, plus having her name on it is only going to raise eyebrows. As part of the city’s Urban Arts Partnership, the Peapod Adobe Youth Voices academy will provide arts education to students 13 to 19. It will be located, we’re assuming, right next to the Arby’s school of culinary excellence.
Don’t get us wrong. Fergie and the gang do a lot of amazing charity projects, like the Black Eyed Pea’s Annual Peapod Benefit Concert and apl.de.ap’s computer lab project in the Phillipines. When it comes to music, however, maybe it’s best to leave education to the educators, not the computer that churns out all the Peas’ beats. We can only imagine what would happen if the Peas themselves were students there. Their Super Bowl performance alone would have gotten all of them expelled.
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We are extremely pleased to hear that Charlie Sheen organized a bipolar awareness walk for tonight. It certainly sounds better than a perp walk or walk of shame or any other kind of walk we would have imagined Sheen doing this weekend. Currently in Toronto, Charlie tweeted for his fans to come meet him at his hotel to travel en masse to the performance hall for tonight’s “My Violent Torpedo of Truth” performance. “The walk is scheduled for tonight “Bipolar Awareness Walk!! Come join me at 6pm and walk with me from The Ritz Carlton to Massey Hall..! Show your support..!! #BIWINNING ybw,” Sheen said on Twitter. “Taking donations tonight for O.B.A.D. THE ORGANIZATION FOR BIPOLAR AFFECTIVE DISORDERS through CanadaHelps.org I’m matching all Donations!!” Match donations? Charlie has 3.5 million followers. If people take him up on his offer, he’s going to have to tour for the next 400 years just to keep his promise.
When questioned about his own mental state in the past, Sheen denied being bipolar. That being said, he has adopted the catchphrase “Biwinning!” after some suggested he had the mental illness. While Sheen’s Two And A Half Men future remains unclear, this sounds like a massive step forward in rehabilitating his reputation. Or more accurately, it sounds like hundreds of smaller steps while a warlock army shouts your name as you raise money for charity. Which is what biwinning must really look like, anyway.
Two non-profit charities founded by Madonna are having a rough week. Raising Malawi, a charity based in the country where Madonna adopted two of her children, was supposed to provide an academy for girls in the impoverished country, but plans for the school fell apart after accusations that its board mismanaged donated funds. Tens of millions of dollars worth of mismanaged funds. In addition, a lawsuit was filed against Madonna last week by former employees of the academy who claim they were never paid. After an audit of the company, it was discovered that the donated funds were used for “salaries, office space, cars with private drivers and a golf membership.”
It was just revealed that another of Madonna’s charities, Success For Kids, is under investigation by the FBI. Success for Kids has raised over $33 million since its inception but it is currently being investigated for “several irregularities and suspicious activity.” The charity reportedly provides lessons on emotional empowerment to children all over the world. The Kabbalah Center of Los Angeles, which helped found and fund these charities, is also under investigation for misappropriating funds. Dear Madonna, sounds like you should get out of the charity game now before anything else goes wrong.
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It seems so high school to divide your friends up into groups: best friend, work friend, Shenae Gimes’ homeless friends. Sometimes that’s just the way you feel though! “I played a homeless kid and we had all real homeless kids as our background. I ended up just meeting the coolest people that I’ve met in L.A. on Venice Boardwalk,” Grimes told Chelsea Handler about shooting the film Sugar earlier this year. “I feel bad, but I’m a cute girl, so I’m a really good sidekick for ‘spanging’ – that’s what asking for spare change-and I don’t need it myself. So I feel like I’m pulling one over on society. It all goes to them, but I help out where I can.” Right, that’s much better than giving them some of your own famous person cash. Loaning money between friends can get so tricky, especially when one of you is a successful TV and film actress, and the other is trying to get enough nickels to buy a Cup-a-Soup.
Let’s be clear though. Grimes loves, loves, loves the homeless, she just wouldn’t want them borrowing, or even touching, her new top (even though she seems to occasionally wear their pants). Nothing personal! “It’s hard. You have to have boundaries. I’ve definitely been asked if they can sleep on my floor and stuff like that. You walk a fine line,” Shenae said. “My mom would not be pleased if I started taking homeless people to my apartment.” Ugh, moms never understand! Oh, and neither do you, Shenae.
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