‘Funniest Celebrity in Washington’: VIPs still rally to fundraiser despite little aid to charity
Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Celebrity Summit passengers sick with stomach bug Fran Golden, Special for USA TODAY 12:59 p.m. EDT October 2, 2013 Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Summit. SHARE 9 CONNECT 34 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE More than 300 passengers and crew on the Celebrity Summit have been hit with a stomach bug identified as norovirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ship is on a two-week Canada/New England sailing, which embarked from Bayonne, N.J., on Sept. 21 and is due to return there on Saturday. In response to the outbreak which the CDC said affected 14.5% of passengers and 1.5% of crew onboard a beefed up cleaning and disinfection plan has been put in place on the ship. The CDC is also working with the cruise line on how to deal with “active cases” and cleansing procedures for when the ship returns to Bayonne. Through its Vessel Sanitation Program, the CDC said it would send an epidemiologist and an environmental health officer to meet the ship and do a health assessment, as well as to monitor sanitation procedures. The predominant symptoms of the gastrointestinal illness are vomiting and diarrhea. “Those affected by the short-lived illness have responded well to over-the-counter medication being administered onboard the ship,” said Celebrity Cruises spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez.
Scott Brown and then-Rep. Allen West did standup, Funniest Celebrity netted $17,530 (after grossing a remarkable $53,000), and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation got a check for $1,020. However: That check bounced, a Komen rep told us and they have no record of receiving a replacement. Siegel maintains that Komen received $1,400 from Funniest Celebrity. Where did the rest of the money go? Besides event costs, tax forms cite expenses such as rent, phone, travel, Web site and Siegels fee. Unlike previous years, he drew no salary in 2009. In 2010, he was paid $4,225; in 2011, it was $21,559. (Tax forms for 2012, when there was no Funniest Celebrity event, were not available.) Joe the Plumber Wurzelbacher performs at Funniest Celebrity in 2009. (Dan Zak / The Washington Post) Doug White, a scholar of philanthropic practices, said that well-run charities aim for a 75-25 ratio, where the larger number goes to the charitable mission and the smaller sum to operating costs and expenses. For big galas and seated dinners, costs shouldnt exceed 40 percent. (At Funniest Celebrity, patrons get sandwiches and one free cocktail; theres usually a B-list comic paid a few hundred dollars to perform.) The larger problem, White said, is the perception among ticket buyers and celebrities who lend their name and time that most of the money goes to charity.
Celebrity to Offer New Musical, Gaming Experiences Aboard Christmas Cruises
Two artists will perform on each sailing. The lineup includes: Singer and musician Bo Bice, runner-up in the fourth season of American Idol Singer, actress and TV hostess Kimberly Caldwell, seventh-place finalist in season two, who released her debut album, Without Regret, in 2011 Melinda Doolittle, third-place finalist in season six, and previously backup singerfor a series of top artists Vocalist Matt Giraud, whose performance of My Funny Valentine landed him a fifth-place finish in season eight, followed by appearances on numerous talk shows Singer Mikalah Gordon, a finalist on the shows fourth season, who went on to record and landed appearances on several national TV shows Blake Lewis, singer-songwriter and beatboxer who was first runner-up in season six, and whose debut album, Audio Day Dream/A.D.D., was released through 19 Recordings/Arista Records Elliot Yamin, who placed third in season five and whose self-titled album debuted at number one on the Billboard Independent Albums chart and number three on the Billboard 200 In addition to performances, Celebritys Caribbean Christmas cruises will allow kids and adults alike to be among the first to experience the new Xbox One through Celebritys exclusive partnership with Xbox. The new all-in-one gaming and entertainment system will allow guests to play the new game Forza Motorsport 5. And, from now through Oct. 6, 2013, Celebrity is giving a special offer to guests who book these exceptional sailings: For guests booking Celebritys suite accommodations, kids or additional (third or fourth) guests sail free. When booking veranda accommodations, kids or additional guests sail for $49 per day, per person. Additionally, the offer can be combined with Celebritys Pick Your Perk event, allowing guests to choose one of four offers. Celebrity Cruises 2013 Caribbean Christmas sailings include: 14-night Exotic Southern Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Eclipse departing December 14, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 10-night Ultimate Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Equinox departing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale Dec. 20 Seven-night Caribbean Holiday Getaway cruise on Celebrity Reflection departing roundtrip from Miami, Fla., Dec. 21 Seven-nightSouthern Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Summit departing roundtrip from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dec. 21 Seven-nightEastern Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Silhouette departing roundtripfrom Fort Lauderdale Dec. 22 Five-night Western Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Constellation departing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale Dec. 23 For more information, visit www.celebritycruises.com .