Alicia Keys and Friends are Back from the Dead After Charity Reaches Goal
We bet this is a “zombies” comeback you won’t runaway from!
Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, and other celebrities are now back from their digital grave, after the $1 million fund raising goal had been reached, thanks to donations from their fans and a philanthropist.
It took longer than many thought, but on Monday, Keys and her “Keep a Child Alive” charity co-founder Leigh Blake said their widely-followed “digital death” campaign reached its $1 million goal.
Last Wednesday (Dec 1), which was World AIDS Day, a number of celebrities (included Justin Timberlake, Ryan Seacrest, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian and Usher) launched a campaign where they vowed to stay off digital platforms like Twitter and Facebook and asked their fans to donate to the charity, which supports families affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa and India. They promise to sign back online when the $1 million fundraising goal was met.
Thanks to their fans who raised $500,000, and pharmaceutical entrepreneur/philanthropist Stewart Rahr who pitched in $500,000, the stars emerged from their coffins after being dead almost a week. Seacrest immediately tweeted, “So stoked to be back on twitter! Special shout out to Stewie Rah Rah for his generous donation.”
Kim Kardashian also wrote on Twitter, “I’m back from the dead! Thank you all so much for your donations and contributions! I have missed u all so much!!!” For its part, Keep a Child Alive said, “although we never expected to raise $1 million overnight, we are completely blown away that we were able to achieve our goal in less than a week.” The group said more than 3,600 people participated in the campaign by sacrificing their own digital lives.
Happy to have you all back, ladies and gentlemen, thumbs up for the campaign!
alicia keys and usher news on january 30 2013