Is there any other industry we both love and hate more than entertainment? Maybe that’s why this list of unexpected celebrity charity causes gives us pause. Cynics might say the following is all just for publicity; a good story to make the rounds. We like to think it's the holiday spirit at work. Click ahead and see for yourselves.
50 Cent, the rapper famous for being shot nine times and partying like it’s your birthday, launched Street King energy drink. Fair enough, Jay-Z has a deal with Ace of Spades champagne and Diddy promotes Ciroc, so branded drinks are nothing new. But 50 Cent’s drink is different: a portion of the sales go to charity for underprivileged children to help fight world hunger (PopCrush).
Who knew tough guy John Cena from the WWE was such a softy? As one of the most sought-after jocks on the Make-a-Wish circuit, he recently granted his astounding 300th wish to a 7-year-old boy. Read that again. His 300th wish. John’s mission is to reach 1,000 wishes granted. He’s so popular, an entire conference room is dedicated to him at the foundation’s headquarters. Sure, the acting on WWE may be cringe-worthy, but this story should make your heart grow a few sizes.
So you hate his music. Maybe you hate him. He’s young, rich, dates hot chicks and sings to millions more. There’s a lot of be jealous of. But, last year he put his baby boa constrictor up for auction online, and the proceeds went to Pencils of Promise, a nonprofit group that has built more than 30 schools around the world. The twist on the story is that the buyer was an animal lover disgusted by Justin’s “willingness to use a pet for an awards ceremony and then discard it.” The snake was later donated to a zoo where it could be looked after properly, though, so everyone was happy.
Charlize Theron auctioned herself off on a blind date for charity. That’s pretty cool. Unfortunately, she had a case of the kiss-and-tells and shared on a visit to “Conan,” that it was a bad idea. “They trick you with the ‘people are suffering thing.’ They trick you with the ‘you can help so many people.’ And before you know it, you’re at a restaurant with some stranger…rich people can be creeps, too! They can rape…It was a scary thing. And [the guy] was weird” (usmagazine.com).
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Uber-hot model Petra Nemcova’s life hasn’t been all glitz and glamour. In 2004, she lost her fiancé Simon Atlee while they stayed in Thailand during the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and subsequent tsunami. She wrote her memoir in 2005, Love Always, Petra, and all proceeds have gone to her tsunami relief charity, Happy Hearts Fund.
A variety of entertainers literary gave up their hats for a charity auction, including Annie Lennox, Sienna Miller, Susan Boyle and Daniel Craig, among others, to help London charity St. Mungo’s. While the charity sounds like something from Harry Potter, it helps people in a very real way, supporting homeless people to rebuild their lives.
Nick Offerman, most famous for his role as Ron Swanson on “Parks & Recreation,” is known for his mustache. And yet he shaved it off and put it up for auction in order to raise money for the pediatric cancer charity Because of Ezra. He reportedly had the mustache re-constructed after he shaved it, then glued onto a mold of his face and sealed behind museum-quality glass.
Cricket Team Wears Pink
Cricket, that game with the funny name they play over the pond, is no place for wussies. They play hard. So when the Glamorgan county cricketers in England took to the field wearing pink shirts it made quite a stir. But it was all in support of a Welsh charity in order to raise awareness for breast and prostate cancer.
Andrew Garfield, the latest actor to be cast as Spider-Man, went on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and was asked to dance in order to raise money for the Worldwide Orphan’s Foundation. He asked, “You want me to humiliate myself for these kids?” -- and then proceeded to cut a rug, dancing the robot, Gangnam Style and Beyoncé’s ‘Single Ladies’ dance. All in all, he helped raise a cool $10K from partner Shutterfly.
Some people get their dogs from breeders, others from the pound. Usher got his at an auction supporting the education charity Pencils of Promise and plunked down $12K. He named his new golden-doodle puppy Poppy and wrote on Twitter: “All in the name of feline fun! It took me 2 years but I outbid everyone this year to bring Poppy home to Ush.” We think he meant “canine” instead of “feline,” but an A for effort anyway.
Her magazine, her talk show, even her own network on cable -- what else can this trailblazing woman do? In 2007, with $40 million of her own money, she opened and funded the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa to provide educational and leadership opportunities for women in improvised backgrounds. Five years later, “100% of the class has been accepted into colleges, 10% going to the United States.” Oprah said, “You want to change the world, you change a girl’s life.”
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Star the Duck
He may not be a celebrity you’ve heard of, but if you live in the area around Devon, England, then Star is as familiar as Daffy Duck. Complete with bowtie, Star waddles along with his owner and helps raise money for sick children. Unfortunately, council officials said that some members of the public find the feathered sidekick irritating and may reduce the fundraising to only one day a month. We hope Star quacks back and continues with the good cause.