From theTimes Picayune on the effort of Brad Pitt’s Make It Right foundation to rebuild homes in NOLA’s Lower 9th ward…
To kick off the fundraising, both Pitt and philanthropist Steve Bing, a
real-estate developer and film producer, pledged to match up to $5
million in contributions.
The nonprofit is still collecting dollars, but at this point it has
raised $10 million matchable dollars from more than 17,000 donors in
more than 80 countries.
The donor list is studded with luminaries: Angela Bassett, Bill
Cosby, Tom Cruise, Carrie Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Laurence Fishburne,
Will Ferrell, Goldie Hawn, Salma Hayek, Ethan Hawke, Angelica Huston,
Samuel L. Jackson, Quincy Jones, Lenny Kravitz, Jack Nicholson, Keanu
Reeves, Ving Rhames, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, Meg Ryan, Kevin
Spacey, David Spade, Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, Denzel Washington,
Barbra Streisand, Russell Simmons, brothers Charlie Sheen and Emilio
Estevez, and brothers Branford and Wynton Marsalis.
5 thoughts on “Pitt’s pink project raises $10 million”
If it could be arranged, I would like to personally thank Salma Hayek for contributing to the New Orleans effort.
Funny this doesn’t make the front page of tne NYT, or even of HuffPost (was it in the “Entertainment” section and I missed it?)
The Gulf Coast (to sound like an angry, disaffected Southerner for a moment, a role I usually despise) is America’s sewer. We run everything down the “trunk line” of the Mississippi, and ask only that it send oil and gas back up to us, and otherwise we don’t give a wet snap for it. New Orleans is only the French Quarter, and that’s okay, so who cares about the rest of it? We didn’t before Katrina. Rita is completely ignored, despite the fact it did its best to destroy Lake Charles, Louisiana, and all the way west to Beaumont. The Mississippi coast? Crackers and rednecks, who cares about them?
Is New Orleans and the Gulf Coast not on the national radar screen? Does it fail to get mentioned in the debates? I don’t blame the Presidential candidates (Edwards announced from NO, didn’t he? He made several appearances there, once upon a time), I blame the American people. Politicians, after all, don’t so much set the national agenda as follow it slavishly. If they aren’t talking about NO and the Gulf, it’s because we aren’t demanding it.
The storm has passed. It’s not on TeeVee. I learn what Brad Pitt has done from First Draft, rather than from NPR. Same as it ever was.
Oyster, if you can gainsay a close warm, personal audience w/Salma, I would like to request one w/Brad – got to keep it fair…LOL! 🙂 I am glad to see Ethan Hawke on that list, I saw him in the Marigny at one of the bistros back in 2005, I think it was Easter weekend. For some reason I couldn’t get his name in my head, I just kept thinking “Cool! It’s that Gattica guy!” LOL! I didn’t bug him, he was in conversation w/a friend at the table outside, and thankfully I had my dark shades on so he didn’t see me gawking as I passed. That’s what I love about New Orleans, everyone can just ‘be’. Oh, IIRC, that was the same weekend Jude Law was there, he helped my friend carry a box into her FQ boutique! 🙂 Just normal peeps – love it!
Elspeth – who is DESPERATE to revisit Nola!!!
um, can i have keanu?
Notice there’s no conserative movie stars on the list. Hmmm… I wonder why? (NOT!)
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