CNN Telethon for the Gulf Victims
Link from ABC News.This article points to a "lack of drama" for the delay in getting an event like this together. But I really think it's easier to ask for money when it's a natural disaster. Since this is a man-made disaster and one in which BP clearly is the guilty party, perhaps some will feel they are just helping BP if they give. But if they sell this as "additional help" it should be very successful. So many of us are eager to help so I, for one, will watch and be generous tonight.
Larry King will host a two-hour telethon tonight on CNN to benefit victims of the Gulf Coast oil spill. Proceeds from the event "Disaster in the Gulf: How You Can Help," which begins at 8 p.m. ET, will benefit a host of charities, including United Way and the Nature Conservancy.
More than 60 days after a BP oil rig exploded, the telethon marks the first Gulf charity event celebrities have signed on to en mass. Though they flocked to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and tweeted and telethoned after the Haiti earthquake, Hollywood's been slow to respond to the Gulf oil spill. Why? For a town of performers, this particular tragedy may be lacking in drama.