By Maxine Tatlonghari on
Elijah Wood was guest DJ at a very special charity Halloween party on October 30, and LookToTheStars.org caught up with the star to ask him a few questions about his charity work.
The 5th annual Art of Elysium Halloween Ball benefiting children being treated for illness and serious injury took place at LA’s newest nightlife venue, 1616, on Saturday. The star-studded event raised thousands of dollars for the charity, which encourages working actors, artists and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to children who are battling serious medical conditions.
Decked out in a white tuxedo, Elijah took the time to explain his involvement with the organization and what charity means to him.
Why did you choose to support The Art of Elysium?
They’re a charity I’ve been involved with for a number of years … I love what they do. It’s immediate gratification … the work that they do in regards to bringing the arts to the hospitals is extraordinary.
How long have you supported them?
Going on 3 years now.
How did you choose to get involved?
They asked me to host an event and around the same time they asked me to go to a hospital to experience what they do and I just fell in love with their organization.
Can you talk a little bit about some of the other causes that you support?
I also work with Keep A Child Alive, which is an AIDS organization based out of New York, and basically the work that they do and the money that they raise literally goes to keeping children alive in Africa infected with the virus. The work that they do is amazing.
So it seems like children’s causes seem to really be of interest to you?
Yeah, I suppose so! I am kind of sensitive to that.
And how important do you think it is for Hollywood to get involved in philanthropy?
Well, I think the reality is that celebrity tends to draw attention and support to various organizations. People will sometimes pay more attention because they are familiar with that celebrity. And if people are attracted to an organization and then choose to support it by way of that … well, that can be a good thing.
LookToTheStars.org thanks Elijah for taking the time to talk to us. Watch out for our exclusive report of The Art Of Elysium’s Halloween Ball tomorrow.
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