Friday, April 27, 2007

'Idol' charity donations top $60M

the people of the world kept handing you and your family everything you could possibly need to live on. Would you get lazy enough and come to expect the money to keep rolling in.
Sorry folks I watched this show and the first thing they need to be taught is to STOP having children.

We have given zillions(if there is such a denomination) in financial aid to these nations and yet it seems like it isn't enough. Education goes a LONG way to helping them succeed. At this point putting money into this effort along with the BILLIONS of dollars being sent down to KATRINA relief seems hopeless. I'm beginning to understand the statement by Carlos Slim HelĂș (born January 28, 1940 in Mexico City) is Latin America's richest man (and #3 in the world) according to Forbes. He said the following "Our concept is more to accomplish and solve things, rather than giving — that is, not going around like Santa Claus. Poverty isn't solved with donations."
An thus you have it the more people come to expect others to do for them the less they will do for themselves

'Idol' charity donations top $60M

Thu Apr 26, 6:59 PM ET

LOS ANGELES - An "American Idol" charity special filled with wrenching pictures of impoverished children and celebrity appeals raised more than $60 million, Fox said Thursday.

The money from "Idol Gives Back," a two-night special that was combined with the regular talent contest, will go to organizations funding relief programs for America and Africa, the network said. Donations came from viewers and corporations.

A total of $5 million was pledged by Fox parent company News Corp., which gave 10 cents for each of the first 50 million votes received for contestants on Tuesday's show. More than 70 million votes were cast, a record for the show, Fox said.

Pledges were still coming in and an updated total was to be announced on next Tuesday's show, Fox said.

In the spirit of the evening, "American Idol" decided not to bounce a contestant as usual Wednesday — meaning two singers will be going home next week.

Performers on Wednesday's two-hour special included Earth, Wind & Fire,
Kelly Clarkson and
Josh Groban with the African Children's Choir.
Ben Stiller, Madonna and other celebrities encouraged viewers to donate.

Ellen DeGeneres, co-host with Ryan Seacrest of Wednesday's show, said she was making a personal donation of $100,000.

Funds will go to the newly formed Charity Projects Entertainment Fund for distribution to groups including America's Second Harvest: The Nation's Food Bank Network, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Global Fund to Fight
AIDS, TB and Malaria.

More than money was raised. More than 70,000 people joined "ONE: The Campaign to Make Poverty History," the group said Thursday, after rock star-activist Bono's video plea Wednesday for people to unite against "brutal, stupid poverty."

ONE is a a coalition of over 2.4 million people and 100 of the nation's relief, humanitarian and advocacy organizations.

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