Friday, May 14, 2010

This Week's Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

This week Robin Hood gives to the poor, Hollywood lends a helping hand at Cannes, a billionaire makes art for charity, a rapper saves families from foreclosure, and Nashville stars help their own. Here are this week’s most inspirational moments in pop culture.

Robin Hood Gives to the Poor to the Tune of $88M

The Robin Hood Foundation gets donations from Wall Street's rich and gives to New York's poor. The organization, which raises money to combat poverty in New York City, took in a record $88 million at the annual gala on Monday night. The total far exceeded last year's $72.7 million.

The 3,600 guests included Wall Street executives, bankers, athletes, and celebrities, all extremely generous with their wallets, and ready to egg on other donors. In the after dinner pledge drive, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas, and New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan encouraged fellow diners to make text in donations. This portion of the evening raised $26.4 million.

NBC's Brian Williams hosted the festivities, "SNL's" Seth Meyers performed, and Jimmy Fallon did a country-style comedy bit. Sting was the surprise musical guest, singing an acoustic version of the Police classic "Message in a Bottle."

The donations will fund food programs, job training, and charter schools throughout New York City.

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