Bullock ponies up big
bucks for tsunami relief
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staff and wire reports
One of East Carolina's
most famous alumni has made her second mammoth financial contribution in
recent years to the nation's primary disaster relief organization, a
gesture which resulted in primetime kudos from another high-profile
In response to the need
for funding for assistance to Asian and African countries
affected by the cataclysmic earthquake and subsequent tsunamis on
Christmas weekend, Hollywood megastar Sandra Bullock (ECU '87) has
donated $1 million to the American Red Cross, the organization announced
Her generosity received a
dose of positive nationwide attention Monday night when Fox News Channel
cleanup hitter Bill O'Reilly talked about Bullock's good deed on his
nightly show. The O'Reilly Factor is the cable television
industry's top-rated news-oriented program.
Bullock contacted the Red
Cross last week to arrange for her latest donation, according to a Red
release which noted that she previously donated $1 million to the organization in
the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.
The Red Cross indicated
that Bullock's gift will help support the
organization's response to victims’ needs in the region affected by the
epic quake and tidal waves that originated in the Indian Ocean off the
island of Sumatra.
“At this critical time, I
am grateful to Sandra Bullock, for once again demonstrating her
leadership, compassion and belief in our global humanitarian mission,”
stated Marsha J. Evans, President and CEO of the American Red Cross.
“Sandra continues to enable our lifesaving work and is a model for
The American Red Cross
supports emergency responses to disasters in the U.S. and abroad with
relief supplies, trained personnel and financial assistance.
Bullock has appeared in
more than two dozen movies since her days as an undergraduate at ECU,
including Speed (1994), While You Were Sleeping (1995),
Speed II (1997), Hope Floats (1998), Forces of Nature
(1999) and Miss Congeniality (2000).
Bullock, who these days
owns her own production company, is set to star in the upcoming Miss
Congeniality 2, scheduled for release this year.
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