Entries in Donation (8)


"Dark Knight Rises" to Help Victims of Colorado Theater Shooting

Ron Phillips | Warner Bros.(AURORA, Colo.) -- Warner Bros. Pictures, the studio that produced The Dark Knight Rises, will make a “substantial” donation to a fund that supports charities helping the victims of the theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., a studio representative and a spokesman for Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said Monday night during a screening of the film.

Twelve people were killed and 58 wounded early Friday morning when a gunman walked into a sold out midnight showing of the latest Batman film in Aurora and opened fire.

The Hollywood Reporter quoted sources as saying the studio’s donation to Colorado’s Community First Foundation would be “substantial,” though they would not name a specific amount. Both the studio and the Colorado governor’s office confirmed the report to ABC News.

Hickenlooper’s office said there would be an official announcement of the studio’s donation on Tuesday morning.

Despite the mass shooting, The Dark Knight Rises took in about $162 million in North America over the weekend.

Warner Bros. had announced it would hold off reporting the film’s opening grosses until Monday, but the information was leaked to several media outlets Sunday.

“Out of respect for the victims and their families, Warner Bros. Pictures will not be reporting box office numbers for The Dark Knight Rises throughout the weekend,” the studio said in a statement to ABC News.

Warner Bros. also removed the trailer for the Ryan Gosling film, “Gangster Squad,” which featured a movie theater shooting scene, from screenings of The Dark Knight Rises. The studio pulled some TV ads for the Batman film, according to Bloomberg News.

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John Travolta Donates Gulfstream Jet to Aviation Hall of Fame

SGranitz/WireImage via Getty Images(ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga.) -- John Travolta is to donate his Gulfstream II executive jet to Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame, reports The Sun News. The Gulfstream II is a twin engine, 14-seat jet.

Travolta has been a pilot for years. In 2007, he won the Living Legend Ambassador of Aviation Award. The Pulp Fiction star is reportedly donating the plane to honor his late son Jett, who passed away in 2009 after having a seizure. Travolta's jet will make its first public appearance at an April air show.

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Garth Brooks Wins in Trial Against Hospital

Ron Hoskins/Getty Images(YUKON, Okla.) -- Garth Brooks was awarded $500,000 along with an additional $150,000 for fraud in the trial against Integris Canadian Valley Hospital Tuesday night.

Jurors had begun deliberations Tuesday afternoon. After the verdict, they returned to deliberate about punitive damages, reported ABC affiliate KTUL.

This is likely a happy moment for Brooks, who tearfully remembered his mother in his testimony this week: “She was my budd…I was her biggest fan,” and, “If anybody met her, [they] would have gotten to love her.”

Colleen Brooks, his mother, lost her battle with cancer in 1999. In 2005, Garth Brooks donated $500,000 to the Integris Canadian Valley Hospital, in Yukon, Okla., for what he claimed he intended would be a woman’s center named after his mother.

The center was never built and Brooks sued in 2009. Brooks claimed he had a verbal agreement with the hospital and was shown mock-ups of the center.

Integris Canadian Valley Hospital insisted there were no conditions to the donation.

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Gwen Stefani Donates A Million Dollars to Japan Disaster Relief

PRNewsFoto/L'Oreal Paris(NEW YORK) -- Gwen Stefani is one star who puts her money where her mouth is -- she's donated a million dollars to Save the Children's "Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund" to help relief efforts in that country.

In a statement, Gwen said, "I've been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love, appreciation and respect for the Japanese people and their culture. The disaster in Japan is beyond heartbreaking and I want to do anything I can to help. I would never be able to make a gesture like this without the love and support of all the fans over all these years.”

But Gwen didn't stop there.  She's also designed a limited-edition T-shirt which will be sold through her band's website,  One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit relief efforts.  The T-shirt is part of Gwen's Harajuku Lovers line, which was inspired by the vibrant youth culture and fashion found in the Tokyo district known as Harajuku.  In addition, plans are being made for a charity auction and fundraising event.

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Sandra Bullock Gives $1 Million to Japan Earthquake Victims

John Shearer/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Sandra Bullock stepped up to do what no celebrity has done in the wake of the 9.0 earthquake that rocked Japan last week: she donated a significant sum of money to relief efforts.

Thursday, the American Red Cross told ABC News that this week, the Oscar-winning Blind Side actress donated $1 million to those affected by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. The Red Cross confirmed that Bullock's is the largest celebrity donation it has received since the disaster.

Bullock -- who reportedly made $56 million between June 2009 and June 2010 -- has shelled out for relief efforts in the past. She donated $1 million following Haiti's massive earthquake and has been a vocal proponent of rebuilding the areas of New Orleans affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Many stars have used Twitter to encourage fans to donate to the Red Cross and other clean up organizations. Some have gone further. On Tuesday, Saturday Night Live alum Kevin Nealon hosted a benefit comedy show at Hollywood, Calif.'s Laugh Factory. All ticket sales went to the Red Cross.

On his website, Charlie Sheen, the pop culture sensation of the moment, announced that he will donate $1 from each ticket of his upcoming live show, My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option, to the Red Cross' fund for relief. Tickets to his Chicago and Detroit shows, which range from $35 to $75, reportedly sold out within minutes.

Last week, Lady Gaga announced she's selling a self-designed "We Pray for Japan" wristband on her website; all proceeds from the $5 band will go to Japan relief efforts.

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Lady Gaga's Japan Bracelets Raise $250K for Disaster Relief

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Just two days after Lady Gaga announced that she was selling bracelets to raise money for Japanese disaster relief, her fans responded by ponying up $250,000.

On Monday, Gaga tweeted, "Monsters, in just 48 hours, you've raised a quarter of a million dollars for Japan's important that we help."

The bracelets, which read "We pray for Japan" in both English and Japanese, cost $5 each and will be shipped March 25.  Those interested can get them at her official online store.

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Katy Perry Donating Merchandise Sales to Japan Disaster Relief

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(AMSTERDAM) -- After urging her fans via Twitter to donate to the Red Cross following the earthquake and tsunami devastation in Japan, Katy Perry is now making her own donation to the cause.

While at a tour stop in Germany on Monday, the singer requested via Twitter that fans buy a certain item from her merchandise booth to benefit relief efforts.

Perry wrote, "If u go by the merchandise stand, purchase a [Katy Perry] light-up wand.  All proceeds will go 2 to #Japanredcross.  And when I play... Firework, let's ignite the light for them tonight."

She added, "I will be doing this for future shows so be ready!!!"

On Tuesday, Perry tweeted to her audience in Amsterdam, "Remember that if u purchase a #CALIFORNIADREAMS light wand, all proceeds will go 2 #JAPANREDCROSS!  LET'S LIGHT IT UP FOR JAPAN!"

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Usher Is Latest Celeb to Donate Earnings from Gadhafi Party

Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Pop Superstar Usher announced Friday that he would give away money he received for his performance at a reported $1 million party for Moammar Gadhafi's son in 2009.  Usher's decision to donate the money comes after other A-list celebrities, including Beyonce, Mariah Care and Nelly Furtado, announced that they had donated money received from the Gadhafi family.

"I am sincerely troubled to learn about the circumstances surrounding the Nikki Beach St. Barts event that took place on New Year's Eve 2009," Usher said in a statement to ABC News and other organizations. "I will be donating all of my personal proceeds from that event to various human rights organizations."

A representative for the singer said that Usher has already promised a donation to Amnesty International.  The money will "support this urgent work to counter the brutal conditions like those imposed by Gadhafi and other leaders across the Middle East," Amnesty International said in a statement.

Documents from the U.S. State Department that were leaked on the WikiLeaks website, revealed that Usher and Beyonce had both performed at a New Year's Eve Party on St. Barts for Moammar Gadhafi's son.  The documents also revealed that Maria Carey had performed at a similar party for the dictator's son just one year before.

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