Celebrities, Foundation Supporters Unite to Help Children at A Time for Heroes Carnival 6/15/2006
The Los Angeles weather couldn’t have been more spectacular and the smiles on the children’s faces couldn’t have been any brighter for the A Time for Heroes Celebrity Carnival, sponsored by Disney, on June 11. The carnival, which raised nearly a million dollars to support the Foundation’s efforts to fight pediatric AIDS, boasted not just balmy weather and delighted smiles, but also beautiful people galore.
Kobe Bryant meets Foundation co-founder Susie Zeegen and her grandson.The carnival was a perfect opportunity for guests and celebrities alike to have a great time while raising both money and awareness for children and families around the world battling HIV/AIDS. “When you look at how many kids are dying every day — we could stop that,” said L.A. Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant. “It’s just a matter of getting the resources to the correct people.”
Nearly 100 celebrity “Heroes” graced the carnival grounds at the Wadsworth Theatre, working game and activity booths and chatting with the 1,600 guests. Marcia Cross of Desperate Housewives and Kristin Cavallari of Laguna Beach decorated tiaras fit for princesses of all ages at Disney’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Future Football-Hall-of-Famer Jerry Rice tossed the pigskin to young guests at the Quarterback Attack booth. Movie star Christian Slater and The O.C.’s Rachel Bilson played video games in the Nintendo DS Lite Lounge. Kobe Bryant read a Dr. Seuss book to eager listeners — both young and old — at the Target Storytelling Village.
Marcia Cross shows off her new tiara at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.http://www.pedaids.org/GetFile.aspx?...Pam_Rachel_jpg
Foundation CEO Pam Barnes (center) poses with Christian Slater (left) and Rachel Bilson (right).
Guests sampled many entertainment options throughout the day. Karaoke enthusiasts tested their vocal chords and got their hair and makeup done at the Paul Mitchell Hip Hop and Hair Studio. Adventure lovers climbed the rock wall or rode down the giant fun slide on burlap sacks. Tony Hawk raced cars on the Disney/Pixar Cars Track and Alias star Michael Vartan refereed the Rubber Ducky Dash.
A little girl digs into her cupcake.Families looking for a little R&R could take a spin on the old-fashioned carousel. Those with a mischievous side tried to sink Tom Arnold, Melissa Rivers, and Jeff Probst in the Finding Nemo Dunk Tank. Clementine’s Cupcake Decorating station, hosted by Ellen Pompeo of Grey’s Anatomy and Access Hollywood’s Nancy O’Dell, provided a pleasant respite for guests with a sweet tooth.
But cupcakes were just the beginning of the carnival’s culinary excitement. The four food tents offered delectable treats from LA’s finest restaurants for every taste bud — including oysters on the half-shell, lobster ragout, Pink’s world-famous hot dogs, ice cream, and mouth-watering chocolate bread pudding.
As the afternoon began to wind down, the crowd was energized by lively musical performances from the Jonas Brothers and Jump5. And just before pop star Jesse McCartney took the stage for the finale, the audience was treated to a surprise visit from Mickey Mouse, who walked on stage with Foundation CEO Pam Barnes to help thank Disney and everyone else who made the day possible.
Mickey Mouse escorts Pam Barnes on stage.Pam, along with Foundation co-founder Susie Zeegen and spokesperson Jake Glaser, put the day into perspective. “Let me tell you what your support is doing,” Pam said to the Foundation supporters and donors in attendance. “You are helping children, ensuring that more babies will be born healthy, without HIV. And I can’t think of a better reason for us all to get together…because every child deserves a lifetime.”
Jake Glaser, the son of Elizabeth Glaser, left the crowd with a final call to action. “As great as today is, we can’t just come together one day a year and expect the problem to be solved,” Jake said. “We can use the inspiration that we’ve gotten from today to spread the word — by telling just one person a day that this fight will not end until we as a group make it end.”
David Boreanaz of Bones pals around with Arthur and Curious George.http://www.pedaids.org/GetFile.aspx?...ford_Jorge_jpg
Clifford the Big Red Dog and Jorge Garcia of Lost smile for the camera.http://www.pedaids.org/GetFile.aspx?...P_cupcakes_jpg
Actress Ellen Pompeo shows off her cupcake creations.http://www.pedaids.org/GetFile.aspx?...JeffP_dunk_jpg
Survivor host Jeff Probst expresses underwater outrage after being dunked in the 'Finding Nemo' tank