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.