'Idol Gives Back' donates $64 mil
Six charities receive grants from gala"American Idol" has allocated more than $64 million in grants to six U.S. and international charities from contributions to its "Idol Gives Back" fundraising event.
The popular Fox singing competition's second annual star-studded gala, which took place at the Kodak Theatre in April, featured performances by Miley Cyrus, Fergie, Heart and Snoop Dogg. Among other celebrities appearing onstage were Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Billy Crystal and Robin Williams.
"Idol Gives Back" said Wednesday that grants have been made to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Malaria No More; Children's Health Fund; U.S. programs of Save the Children; Children's Defense Fund; and Make It Right, Pitt's campaign to help New Orleans recover from Hurricane Katrina.
"The fact that 'American Idol' has the ability to inspire millions, create hope and change lives is simply remarkable," "Idol" creator and executive producer Simon Fuller said. "We are extremely thankful to our viewers, sponsors and outstanding talent who continue to motivate each and every one of us to contribute to those who need it the most."
Last year, the first "Idol Gives Back" gala netted more than $75 million. It is unclear if the eighth "Idol" season, set to premiere Jan. 13, will feature a third fundraising event.
"I would like to take a break, personally," FremantleMedia North America CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz said in May. "In the U.K., they do 'Comic Relief' every two years -- I think that's the right amount of time. I don't think you should go back to the country and ask them to donate every single year -- I think it's too much. Every two years, to me, feels right."