In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, which left 59 people dead and hundreds more injured, some celebrities have been stepping forward to help victims and their families — people still raw with grief and shock and in need of assistance.
Some of the cast members of the 2004 hit movie “Mean Girls,” for example, helped with a GoFundMe effort for the National Center for Victims of Crime, which has raised money for victims of tragedies such as 9/11 and the Aurora and Pulse nightclub shootings in the past.
All the money raised via this effort will go to the victims of the Las Vegas concert shooting.
“After Sunday night’s tragic events in Las Vegas, let’s give back,” said actress Amanda Seyfried in a video on the campaign’s fundraising page. The cast tied its efforts to October 3, which has been called on social media “‘Mean Girls’ Day” — and asked fans to each give $3, so that $300,000 could eventually be raised.
Thus far, the campaign has raised over $60,000. Other cast members to take part in the video were Lacey Chabert, Daniel Franzese and Jonathan Bennett.
Another GoFundMe page created by Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak has received donations from many Vegas stars, such as former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson, who now has a show at the MGM Grand in the city. He donated $10,000.
The DJ duo The Chainsmokers also donated $10,000. They have a residency at The Wynn Las Vegas, and in a post to Facebook described the city as a second home. “We are totally devastated by [the] tragedy in Las Vegas. This city is a second home to us, and the people of Las Vegas are our family. We have everyone in our prayers that is in any way affected by the shooting,” they wrote.
The money from the fundraising campaign will go to victims and victims’ families; the campaign page also encourages people to donate blood, food and water. With a $10 million goal, the effort has raised over $8.5 million.
Singer Kid Rock also donated $10,000 to the effort, and the Oakland Raiders and the NFL Foundation football team reportedly made a $50,000 donation.
Terry Fator, who has a puppet show at The Mirage, donated $10,000 and dedicated a song entitled “The Prayer,” which he sings nightly in his act, to the victims.
The Vegas Golden Knights, the Foley Family Charitable Trust, and the National Hockey League (NHL) will also jointly give a donation of $300,000.
UFC President Dana White announced to TMZ he is donating $1 million to victims. “This is my city,” he said, adding that his business, friends and family are all located in Las Vegas. White said he will either divide up the money to give to various causes or he will give a single lump sum to one organization.