Home Celebrity Royal Hollywood Visit: Tsk, Tsk, Tusk

On Sunday morning, Prince William and Princess Catherine (am I the only one who doesn’t get the Kate with a K and Catherine with a C?) make a Hollywood appearance for the Tusk Trust. This is a British charity that raises money to help stem the tide of elephant poaching in Africa. (There’s a great story in Vanity Fair about ivory poaching.) But the US version of Tusk is kind of anemic, so maybe the royal visit will help. According to guidestar.org, the Tusk USA group raises very little money each year. In 2009 they raised an anemic $124,000 from donors plus made $30,000 from an event. The total–$154,000–is what many of this Sunday’s guests spend on lunch for a week. In 2008, it was a little better–$328,000 raised. If the 40 guests coming to producer Steve Tisch‘s home each gave $10,000, Tusk USA would be quite a bit ahead of the game. Tsk, tsk. The elephants in Africa need our help. Every little bit helps but really–the Hollywood heavyweights could save the continent in one afternoon.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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