NBC has announced the second annual Red Nose Day, May 26, 2016. The announcement was made in Los Angeles on March 31, to kick off the event. The promise is that the event will end with the silly star-studded cast for the NBC special that will air live to end the event on May 26, at 9 p.m. ET.
Last year, America took part, for the first time, in Red Nose Day to have fun and raise money for impoverished children. NBC calls the event a “FUN-raising” campaign. People are able to purchase their red nose from any Walgreens in the U.S. Red Nose Day has raised over $1 billion from around the world in 25 years.
On May 26, on NBC from 9-11 p.m. ET, the second annual Red Nose Day event will end with a television special featuring celebrities who will be participating in silly stand-up performances, short films, sketch comedy, and musical performances. The celebrities who will be performing in the special has yet to be announced.
Last year, over 100 celebrities supported the fun-raising event in the U.S. Those who participated included Farrell, Julia Roberts, Michelle Rodriguez, Will Ferrell, Reese Witherspoon, Blake Shelton, Ed Sheeran, and Jack Black; to name a few. $23 million was raised for the Red Nose Day Fund. The money was put to use in 50 states and 15 countries through programs created to keep young people and children safe, healthy, and educated.
This year’s event will help youth in some of the neediest communities in the world, including the U.S. Partner charities for the 2016 Red Nose Day Event, includes Boys & Girls Club of America, Covenant House, Children’s Health Fund, Gavi, Feeding America, National Council of La Raza, the Vaccine Alliance, Oxfam America, National Urban League, The Global Fund, and Save the Children.
The co-creator of America’s Red Nose Day, Richard Curtis, expressed his joy in seeing the event come to the U.S. last year. Curtis is also a film writer/director for films, such as Love Actually, and Notting Hill. He has announced that this year will be a bigger, better, greater fun-raising event. Curtis appreciates the fun in raising money to change and save lives of the world’s young people.
Curtis and Paul Telegdy, president, alternative and late-night programming for NBC Entertainment, are both looking forward to topping last year’s fun-raising event through more celebrities, more participation, and raising more money.
Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run by Comic Relief Inc., a non-profit organization. The event is a cultural phenomenon in the U.K. that comes every two years. People across the county get together and act silly together for money at school, work, and even home.
The event focuses on raising money for children living in poverty worldwide, but more than that, Red Nose Day brings entire nations together for smiles and fun. On May 26, Americans everywhere will be dawning the red nose. They will be seen on people everywhere; schools, jobs, maybe teachers, principals, police officers, children, and parents will join in this year. It is about having fun, coming together as a community, state and nation, and providing for children in need. According to the Red Nose Day website, it is about making a change.
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