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George Clooney, Leslie Odom Jr., Wanda Sykes and Allison Janney Set for MPTF Benefit
Stars are coming together for a virtual benefit to support MPTF's COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.
We All Play Our Part: A Benefit for MPTF will broadcast on MPTF’s YouTube page on May 15 (6 p.m. PST) and will be hosted by longtime MPTF supporters Yvette Nicole Brown and Tom Bergeron. Donations will go to support entertainment industry workers, including those who work behind the scenes across film and television.
The benefit will be a variety show of sorts, featuring stories, music, comedy and messages of gratitude. Performers who will take to the microphone (from home) include (in alphabetical order) Skyler Day, Susanna Hoffs, Richard Marx, Leslie Odom Jr., Brad Paisley and Rachel Platten. Those slated to appear in other capacities include George Clooney, Hugh Jackman, Pierce Brosnan, Matt Bomer, Jeff Bridges, Regina Hicks, Norman Lear, Joel McHale, Katelyn Ohashi, Billy Ray, Jeff Ross, Taye Diggs, Michael Douglas, Jay Ellis, Valorie Kondos Field, Frances Fisher, Joely Fisher, Jodie Foster, Daisy Fuentes, Brad Garrett, Allison Janney, Kris Jenner, Ken Jeong, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jay Roach, Ray Romano, Wanda Sykes, Ming-Na Wen and others.
"We see a need and we fill it," said MPTF president and CEO Bob Beitcher. "Mary Pickford said this about MPTF in 1921 and it remains true today. MPTF remains fully committed to its mission of helping our entertainment community in their time of need. Today, we are all coming together to support those members of our industry workforce who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19-related issues."
Tom Bergeron, David Boone, Kelly Brock, Yvette Nicole Brown, Phil Rosenthal, Greg Sills and David Wild are producing the event, with additional support provided by Jason Newman of Creative Technology Group. The event comes after MPTF's residential facility in Woodland Hills has been hit hard during the pandemic, with six residents falling victim to the novel coronavirus.
More information about the event can be found here.
May 14, 10:09 a.m. Updated to included additional participants.