Reality Stars to Help Raise Funds for Hurricane Victims

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Reality TV gives back to victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The Reality Cares Foundation at The Giving Back Fund, an organization created to inspire a new spirit of philanthropy among a younger group of television stars and viewers, announced today that they will be hosting a benefit to help raise donations for hurricane Katrina victims.

The event will be hosted at the Spider Club at Avalon, 1735 North Vine St., Hollywood, CA 90028, on September 10, 2005 from 8pm to 2am. A donation of $10.00 is suggested at the door and all donations will be given to the American Red Cross.

Reality star attendees for the event include Josh Souza and Erika Landin of "Big Brother," Steven Hill and Jenna Lewis of "Kill Reality," Shanna Ferrigno of "Filthy Rich," Nick Warnock of "The Apprentice," Reichen Lehmkuhl of "The Amazing Race," Ruthie Alcaide and Mallory Snyder of "The Real World," Jim Verraros of "American Idol," and many others. Reality stars will be coming together to draw out their fans and supporters as well as those who would like to help the hurricane victims in their time of need.

"We are all shocked by the horrors that Hurricane Katrina has wreaked on the residents of the Gulf States," said Todd Michael Krim, Founder of The Reality Cares Foundation. "Our reality stars have expressed an interest in doing all they can to help individuals and families who are struggling during this very difficult time."

Event sponsors include JB Entertainment, Ed Hardy, and Han Asian Vodka.

The Reality Cares Foundation was founded at The Giving Back Fund to help change the face of philanthropy by leveraging the popularity of reality television stars on behalf of the causes that matter most to them. Through publicity-driven events such as "The Real Deal" Chicago and the Kenneth Cole event in New York City honoring Mark Burnett, Reality Cares strives to find vehicles for young television stars and viewers to be involved in philanthropy through a combination of education, outreach, fundraising and special events. For more information on the Reality Cares Foundation, please visit http://www.RealityCares.org or contact Joanne Rallo at (310) 908-7695.

The Giving Back Fund is a national nonprofit organization with offices in Boston and Los Angeles. The Giving Back Fund's strategic philanthropic consulting and advisory services are designed to nurture the interests of a new group of potential donors, professional athletes and entertainers, thereby increasing and diversifying the philanthropic community. Donors with whom GBF has worked include Doug Flutie, Jalen Rose, Elton Brand, Nancy Kerrigan, Britney Spears, Coach John Thompson, Justin Timberlake and Magic Johnson, among many others. For more information about the Giving Back Fund, please visit http://www.givingback.org.

The American Red Cross, in times of disaster immediately mobilizes workers and supplies to address the urgent, critical needs of disaster victims, which include providing emergency shelter, food, water, counseling and other assistance. The Red Cross’ response to Hurricane Katrina is the largest response to a single, natural disaster in the 125-year history of the organization. For more information on the Red Cross, please visit http://www.RedCross.org

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