Stars Align For St. Jude's 50th Anniversary
December 21, 2011 at 6:17 AM (PT)
TONY BENNETT, RAY ROMANO and PHIL DONAHUE will headline a benefit gala for ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL's 50th anniversary at the BEVERLY HILTON HOTEL in LOS ANGELES on JANUARY 7th, 2012. BENNETT will perform for the star-studded crowd along with Ray Romano to help commemorate what would have been iconic St. JUDE supporter DANNY Thomas' 100th birthday.
"My father always said there would be no ST. JUDE without HOLLYWOOD," said TONY THOMAS, son of DANNY THOMAS and one of the gala's co-chairs. "He spent the 1950's raising money for his dream, to build a hospital for research and care under one roof for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. He reached out to his entertainment friends, who we now know as legends, to put on benefits around the country to raise money for a hospital yet to be built. Today, ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL stands as a beacon of hope for families across AMERICA. My father would be so proud that HOLLYWOOD continues to support the hospital."
"DANNY THOMAS was an exceptionally generous man and I loved having had the opportunity to know him," said TONY BENNETT. "He passed along his giving spirit to his family and I know he would be so proud that his mission to help children through ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL has continued on so successfully. I am thrilled to be part of the 50th Anniversary to celebrate this wonderful organization and honor DANNY."
Celebrities confirmed to join the celebration include JASON BATEMAN, JULIE BOWEN, DIAHANN CARROLL, CINDY CRAWFORD, MARCIA CROSS, HILARY AND HAYLIE DUFF, JESSE TYLER FERGUSON, DAISY FUENTES, LANCE GROSS, JON HAMM, HARRY HAMLIN, JARED HARRIS, MILA KUNIS, MAGGIE LORD, ELISABETH MOSS, ELISE NEAL, MARISOL NICHOLS, JAIME PRESSLY, RAVEN-SYMONE, LISA RINNA, AMANDA SEYFRIED, WILLIAM SHATNER, CYBILL SHEPHERD, JOHN SLATTERY, ALISON SWEENEY, AMBER VALLETTA , PATRICK WARBURTON, heroic pilot Captain CHESLEY SULLENBERGER and astronaut BUZZ ALDRIN.