Comic Relief a major charity based in the UK with a vision of a just and world free from poverty. They launched the Red Nose Day fundraising campaign in 1988, which has become something of a British institution.
Red Nose Day USA is a sister organization of Comic Relief UK when people get together annually to do something funny to raise money to help alleviate poverty here in the US and across the globe. “There’s a fantastic night of TV, with comedy and entertainment to inspire the nation to give generously. The event debuted in the U.S. in 2015…” (rednoseday.com)
And this year, the second annual two-hour fundraiser – Red Nose Day USA – was aired on May 26th, 2016 on NBC. It featured pre-taped sketches, performances and live appearances by celebrities such as Kristen Bell, Jack Black, Bill Gates, Connie Britton, Rose Byrne, Blake Griffin, Ellen DeGeneres, Zac Efron, Elton John, Anna Kendrick, Jay Leno, and more. There was also a phone bank with celebrities taking calls.
Donations rolled in and a total of $30,703,465 was raised Thursday. America is as generous as it is large! If you missed it, you can watch the highlights on NBC and to donate or for more info, please click here.
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