As you know, we’re reading 700 Sundays this month, by Billy Crystal. Billy Crystal seems like a decent human being who really likes to help people out. One of the ways he does that is through his involvement with the USA non-profit organization Comic Relief.
Comic Relief was founded in 1986 by Bob Zmuda. It featured a televised fundraiser on HBO with all the proceeds going to help the homeless. This broadcast happened with new entertainers and skits every year from 1986 – 1998. In 2006 Comic Relief did a benefit for survivors of Hurricane Katrina and in 2007 they did a benefit to save animal habitats. Billy Crystal, Robin Willams, and Whoopi Goldberg have hosted all the shows to date.
Thanks to the efforts of Billy Crystal and others, Comic Relief USA has raised over 2.5 million dollars for charity. Here’s a clip of Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, and Robin Williams introducing the 1994 Comic Relief broadcast:
If you are in the Sacramento area, join us at Arden Dimick Library in Sacramento at 2PM on March 23rd to talk about 700 Sundays!