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    Posted December 20, 2009 by
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    Celebrities Read The Night Before Christmas for Charity


    From modern day Hercules Kevin Sorbo, comedian Carlos Mencia and NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson to American Idol Adam Lambert and the voice of Desperate Housewives Brenda Strong – all took a few minutes out of their day, wherever they happened to be, to share this story with our children "The Night Before Christmas". Each celebrity  read a page from the beloved poem and some of them were able to autograph a copy of the book, which was  auctioned (2009) eBay to benefit the National Foundation for Autism Research’s San Diego Autism Teachers Grant program. ( www.nfar.org ) Everyone donated time and talent so that 100% of the proceeds of the book auction went towards making a difference.




    I wanted to create a gift that gives back and could make a difference in my community. With the help of the many celebrities that I got to know through my work with CNN, I created a special performance of the holiday classic 'The Night Before Christmas'  to help increase awareness of the power of reading to children. Spending just 15 or 20 minutes of your time reading with a child is a simple act that can have a huge impact for EVERY child, anywhere.

    Celebrities in order of appearance:
    Bond, James Bond George Lazenby
    Comedian Carlos Mencia
    Sex and the City 2 star Max Ryan
    Highlander Adrian Paul
    NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson
    American Girl Sammi Hanratty
    Acclaimed muralist Wyland
    Hercules Kevin Sorbo
    Desperate Housewives Brenda Strong
    Five for Fighting (“100 Years” & “Chances”)
    Musician Howie Day (“Collide”)
    Musician Joshua Radin (“I’d Rather Be With You”)
    American Idol Adam Lambert
    Train (“Hey, Soul Sister” & “Drops of Jupiter”)
    Please enjoy the video, share with your friends & family, and I challenge you to make a difference.

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