Cause Célèbre

Off the top of your head, how many degrees separate Tyra Banks from Kevin Bacon? Chances are, it’s less than you think. Thanks to the game-inspiring actor’s new website,, celebrities ranging from Bette Midler to Kanye West are connected in a whole new way — through their favorite charities. Visitors to the site (co-sponsored by the nonprofit Network for Good, AOL, and Entertainment Weekly) can donate money to their preferred star’s organization, or choose to become a celebrity for their own cause. Whatever their decision, users will receive a celebrity badge — complete with donation tracker — to post to their own AIM page, website or blog. The six top non-celeb fundraisers will receive matching grants for their charities of up to $10,000 each from the Footloose legend himself.

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