(PRWEB) August 23, 2001
For Immediate Release
John Leguizamo, Stargiving and the Fresh Air Fund Team Up in Los Angeles and New York
New York, NY-August 9, 2001-For the first time, fans of John Leguizamo can go online to win a chance to meet the actor and comedian while simultaneously becoming cyber philanthropists. The Fresh Air Fund will benefit from awareness and sponsorship funds raised from an online Stargiving Call to Action event in conjunction with a tour of Leguizamo's one-man show "Live." The Call to Action can be found at http://www.stargiving.com
Stargiving, a high-profile celebrity/charity event platform, enables fans to become everyday philanthropists by allowing Internet users to send money from corporate sponsors to charity. At the same time visitors to the site are entered into a raffle to win a unique experience with featured celebrity ÂStargiversÂ-all for free with one click! Corporate sponsors agree in advance to pay for each visitor's donation.
As a featured Stargiving donation recipient, the Fresh Air Fund will be credited with a sponsorÂs monetary donation every time someone clicks on the ÂDonateÂ button next to the John Leguizamo event on the Stargiving Web site. Each click enters fans into a sweepstakes to win tickets and backstage passes to LeguizamoÂs ÂLiveÂ show in either New York at the Beacon Theater (8/16 & 8/19) or Los Angeles at the Wiltern Theater (8/29 & 9/1) and autographed Leguizamo memorabilia from his past one-man shows and movies.
ÂStargiving gives us the chance to convert our countryÂs adoration of celebrities, such as actor, comedian and thespian John Leguizamo, into a positive force for charities like the Fresh Air Fund,Â says Jonathan Philips, Stargiving Chief Executive Officer.
The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million disadvantaged New York City children since 1877. The Fund depends on the generosity of supporters. One of these supporters is John Leguizamo, who chose to support the charity having benefited from it personally as a child growing up in New York City.
"Fresh Air Fund was a great experience," says Leguizamo, always ready to deliver his next punch line. "To learn that white people were messed up too gave me confidence to go forth and succeed. I hope to send my children to an Asphalt Fund program where they'll learn to appreciate how spoiled they are."
Leguizamo is performing ÂLiveÂ in 28 cities across the US this summer. The characters in ÂLiveÂ include cousin Miguel, an illegal alien; a stuttering lesbian aunt, Esperanza, and her gay husband;
Pizarro, the conquistador who destroyed the Incas; Tolima, the Incan Princess; a parrot; and his daughter and son. The writing process was a gradual one, occasionally taking place between takes on films.
"It was a lot of scenes I was writing down, and moments that made me laugh, and things that
bothered me I couldn't say," Leguizamo says. "I got a structure and a theme, and all of a sudden new things started to write themselves.Â Check out the official ÂLiveÂ tour Web site, iCaramba.com, for more information about John and his upcoming shows.
Based in New York City and Los Angeles, Stargiving launched in 1999 to empower individuals and organizations to effect positive social change worldwide. Stargiving uses a multimedia approach to help worthy causes everywhere. Stargiving transforms celebrity fandom worldwide into an engine of social progress, while making philanthropy fun, accessible and free to its visitors. The Stargiving News is a television program dedicated to reporting on the good works of celebrities, charities, companies and others throughout the community who make a difference. For more information, please visit http://www.stargiving.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 212-714-3554.
Lawrence TangÂStargiving Â (212) 714-3554
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