Celebs pledge money, time for relief
Celebrities who have announced donations and/or their participation in fundraising/relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Also includes entertainment organizations making donations.
_ The family of Steven Spielberg is donating $750,000 to the American Red Cross and $750,000 to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund.
_ George Clooney will donate $1 million to the United Way Hurricane Katrina Response Fund. The actor-director is a member of the United Way Board of Trustees.
_ Barry Manilow will match every dollar donated through the Manilow Fund for Health and Hope, with the fund also adding a dollar, turning $1 into $3.
_ The Recording Academy and its MusiCares Foundation have pledged an initial donation of $1 million to help “music people” affected by the hurricane.
_ “ReAct Now: Music & Relief” will air Saturday on MTV, VH1 and CMT (8 p.m. ET) with artists including the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Alan Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, the Neville Brothers and Kanye West.
_ The “American Idols Live!” tour has extended its run to Saturday, with a show in Syracuse, N.Y., to benefit hurricane victims.
_ From Sept. 11-18, jazz musicians in Manhattan will raise money for the American Red Cross with shows in clubs throughout the city.
_ David Banner, through his Heal The Hood foundation, will hold a Sept. 17 benefit concert in Atlanta with guest appearances/performances by T.I., Nelly, Twista and others.
_ Jazz at Lincoln Center will host a benefit concert Sept. 17 in New York City. Among those participating: Wynton Marsalis, Bill Cosby, Elvis Costello, Robert De Niro, Paul Simon and Bette Midler.
_ “Gospel Angels,” a live concert from Atlanta, will air Sept. 22 (8 p.m. ET) on the Gospel Music Channel and Paxson Communications’ i network. The show will include performances from hurricane victims’ shelters.
_ Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis have been named honorary chairs of Habitat for Humanity’s efforts for long-term rebuilding for homeless families on the Gulf Coast.
_ Green Day, REM, John Cusack, Tim Robbins, Pearl Jam, Moby, the Beastie Boys and the Roots have joined with MoveOn.org to find housing for victims of the hurricane.