On Tuesday, May 17, UNICEF hosted the first-ever Playlist with the A-List celebrity charity karaoke benefit at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. The evening raised $275,000 for UNICEF’s ‘Schools for Africa’ campaign.
Jack Black performs War Pigs
Gal pals Brooklyn Decker and Angela Kinsey amused a packed house with their rendition of Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time. The men of Desperate Housewives (Kyle Maclachlan, James Denton and Doug Savant joined by host Bill Bellamy) had even a very pregnant Alyssa Milano up on her feet dancing to Sweet Home Alabama. The ladies in the audience swooned to Ne-Yo's version of September and Jack Black rocked the finale with Black Sabbath’s War Pigs. Friends in the audience included Olivia Munn, Adrian Grenier and Eva LaRue.
Brooklyn Decker and Angela Kinsey on stage
Other performers included Emmanuelle Chriqui (Hit Me With Your Best Shot), Michelle Branch (Dreams), Jena Malone (Fever), Ryan Bingham (Johnny Be Goode) and James Ingram (Yah Mo B There).
The men of Desperate Housewives
In Sub-Saharan Africa alone, one out of every three children doesn’t get the chance to go to school due to poor quality teaching, poor water and sanitation facilities, cultural attitudes and poverty. UNICEF and the Nelson Mandela Foundation started ‘Schools for Africa,’ a campaign to promote education for all, with a special emphasis on girls, orphans, children living in extreme poverty and other vulnerable children.
Alyssa Milano at UNICEF Karaoke
UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. Working in more than 150 countries, UNICEF provides children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States.
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