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Donations open early for Clooney's Hope for Haiti

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jan 22nd 2010 9:00AM
The public can begin donating to Hope for Haiti Friday morning.You can start donating money to George Clooney'a "Hope for Haiti" telethon hours before it goes live.

The global benefit show airs live tonight at 8 p.m. ET from Los Angeles, New York and London. But, the charity will begin accepting donations today at noon ET, 9:00 a.m. PT. You can send your donation via phone at 1-877-99-HAITI or by texting "GIVE" to 50555. And, you can mail donations to Hope For Haiti Now Fund, Entertainment Industry Foundation, 1201 West 5th Street, Suite T-700, Los Angeles, CA 90017.

Meanwhile, they've updated the guest list for the big show. As of this hour, it includes Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, and Sting in New York City; Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift and a group performance by Keith Urban, Kid Rock, and Sheryl Crow in Los Angeles; and Coldplay, a group performance by Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z and Rihanna in London.

In addition to musical performances, Wyclef Jean in New York City, George Clooney in Los Angeles, and CNN's Anderson Cooper reporting from Haiti, "Hope for Haiti Now" will feature Bill Clinton, Ben Stiller, Brad Pitt, Chris Rock, Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Jon Stewart, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, Morgan Freeman, Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hanks and Will Smith with Muhammad Ali.

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Before you give -check out the Better Business Bureau's review of the Foundation with a quick search. I'm not saying it's bad, but be informed, especially if they don't specify how the money is being spent. Also, with this amount of "star power" I would hope they have approached corporation about massive discounts for any supplies purchased with this money -if that's what they do with it... If there's no specifics given in the program, I simply will not donate.

January 22 2010 at 12:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David Gunter

I have no intention of watching this or donating to it.I have already given several hundred dollars and will likely give more but not through this.It is not like there aren't a multitude of ways to easily give but more importantly they don't serve as PR opportunities for celebrities.That is all this really is and the networks have fallen for it mostly because that's what it is for them too.Look,if you want to help Haiti or charitable organizations in Hatiti this is NOT the way to do it.The only charity this helps is networks and celebs.

January 22 2010 at 11:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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