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Hilarity for Charity Raises $400,000

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Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller at Hilarity for Charity 2013
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On Thursday, April 25th, Seth Rogen and the Backstreet Boys joined forces to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The “Hilarity for Charity” event featured the famed boy band, made up of members Nick Carter, A.J. McLean, Brian Littrel, Howie Dorough, and Kevin Richardson.

Rogen joined in for the performance of 1996 hit song “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back).” True to form, the song was choreographed with dance moves—which Rogen performed quite well. And he was happy to do so for such a worthwhile cause.

“In the ‘70s, things like cancer were very taboo to talk about,” he told the Hollywood Reporter. “Now it is on the forefront of things that are getting charitable attention. Bringing Alzheimer’s into the limelight is what we’re trying to do.”

Thursday’s event went a long way in doing that; it was jam-packed with well-known Hollywood faces Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Hart, Ken Marino, Bo Burnham, and many more. With its tagline being “Alzheimer’s sucks, this variety show won’t,” the event aimed to raise both money and awareness among the younger generations.

“There’s a thief out there,” Rogen’s Crowdrise fundraiser page for Hilarity for Charity reads. “And it’s robbing people’s memories. It’s robbing their ability to talk. It’s robbing their ability to eat, walk, get dressed, shower, or recognize their loved ones. It’s robbing people of their ability to be humans. It’s called Alzheimer’s, and it’s a real mother f@#ker and we’ve got to do something about it. And we’ve got to do something now.”

Rogen attended with his wife, Lauren Miller. Through Crowdrise, he raised over $33,000 on his own. The money will be donated through the Alzheimer’s Association to families struggling with Alzheimer’s related problems and to researching a way to prevent, cure or slow its progression.

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Mayor Bloomberg Performs Final Inner Circle Charity Dinner

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IMG: James Keivom/New York Daily News

On Saturday, March 23rd, Mayor Michael Bloomberg performed his final rebuttal during the annual Inner Circle charity dinner. The show, which began in 1923, is a yearly roast of City Hall journalists and politicians put on by 100 of the top New York reporters (retired and active). It began as a five-act musical parody, and though these day’s it’s down to two acts, it’s still just as wild.

In a 2005 article, Shelly Strickler described it as “an elaborate musical parody written, produced and performed by members of the media—otherwise serious characters who get to let their hair down just once each year… It is a major charity event and a must-see production for New York’s political players.”

At the end of every show, the Hizzoner—an irreverent translation of the title “His Honor,” given to mayors of large cities and NYC in particular—has his/her say, too, though. The mayor appears, generally in an outlandish costume, and gives a “self-deprecating rebuttal.”

This year was Mayor Bloomberg’s twelfth and final performance in his three-term run as Mayor of New York City. He appeared on stage with four separate Broadway show casts: “Rock of Ages,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “Annie,” and “Phantom of the Opera.” For the show, Bloomberg put aside his suit and tie in favor of various costumes that included jeans, sneakers, a blue zip-up hoodie, an embellished leather jacket, and an electric guitar.

The charity dinner raises money for over one hundred New York City-based charities. This year’s show was titled “Last Gulp” and featured the character Mayor Mike, who time travels through history to meet important figures looking for the right successor for him. Check out some pictures from the NY Daily News here!