Actress Rosie O’Donnell was shocked when musician David Foster solely donated $1,000 to her fundraiser to assist the tens of millions of artists who’re sidelined and out of labor as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
O’Donnell handled followers to a live-streaming, star-studded fundraiser of The Rosie O’Donnell Show on March 22. O’Donnell invited heavy hitters like Gloria Estefan to carried out and actor Neil Patrick Harris to entertain. She inspired rich donors to offer generously to struggling, out-of-work artists by means of The Actors Fund.
Additional star appearances included Oscar-nominated actress Cynthia Erivo, Pose star Billy Porter, Audra McDonald, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Idina Menzel, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kristin Chenoweth, and lots of extra, ET reported.
Some give generously (others … not a lot)
O’Donnell tweeted that she managed to boost $500,000 in the course of the 3.5-hour occasion. “1/2 a million dollars for the actors fund – thank u everyone,” she shared.
She not too long ago dished with hosts Julie Goldman and Brandy Howard on Dumb Gay Politics with Julie & Brandy about how some rich individuals aren’t stepping as much as assist with monetary help.
“Can you imagine these multi-billionaires who are not stepping up with, ‘Here’s $100 million to get the masks.’ I don’t understand,” she stated, sounding baffled.
“It seems to be all you’d want to do,” she emphasised. “It’s all that I want to do. Like during 9/11 I kept giving millions of dollars because I was like, ‘We have to throw light on the darkness.’ And I was shocked that people didn’t just join in and do it.”
“I thought every rich person in the world would do it after 9/11,” she continued. “And it hasn’t happened. And it’s not really happening now.”
David Foster’s contribution shocked O’Donnell
O’Donnell used one instance from her fundraiser to punctuate her level.
“This is horrible to say, and I probably shouldn’t say it, but I’m gonna say it,” she dished. “So when we did that thing the other night, for The Actors Fund, Katharine McPhee and David Foster, who’s worth hundreds of millions of dollars, they each gave $1,000. And everyone piped in and said, ‘You should have seen the look on your face.’ Because I’m sure I was shocked. I’m sure at first I thought I heard $100,000. And then I listened again. No, $1,000.”
Foster and McPhee carried out in the course of the live-streaming occasion, which the podcast hosts replayed. They additionally performed the audio of McPhee sharing that she and Foster had been each donating $1,000 every. “From our own bank accounts,” McPhee stated.
The hosts puzzled about Foster’s web value.
“People Googled it,” O’Donnell shared. “And then they sent me that he’s worth, in the internet worth of $100 million. He’s produced so many songs. He has royalties on so many songs. It’s probably more than that. But a minimum of $100 million. You know, you always do what you can.”
She continued, “And I always say people like me who are wealthy, give a lot of money. It doesn’t lessen the value of the $10 that you can give if that’s all that you have. But when you’re a multi, multi-millionaire, to think that you only have $1,000 in a time of a plague. Where people are dying, you know, and the world is shut down. If not now, when?”