Katrina: Celebs pitch in
-Jazz at Lincoln Center hosts the ”Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Concert,” broadcast live on PBS on Sept. 17. The lineup includes an impressive list of names: Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, Bette Midler, Paul Simon, Toni Morrison, Robert De Niro, among others. Tickets are now on sale.
–Live With Regis and Kelly guest Eva Longoria was in the giving mood today announcing that she’s auctioning off the Shay Todd swimsuit she wore to the VMAs to benefit Katrina relief. (Maybe now people will forget she ever said, ”I wasn’t going to let a little hurricane keep me from wearing my bathing suit.”)
–David Bowie was among the celebs visiting On 3 Production’s gift lounge at Condé Nast’s Fashion Rocks (with proceeds helping victims of Hurricane Katrina), but unlike other stars who snatched up everything from a Keurig’s coffee machine to frames from LensCrafters, Bowie is auctioning off his gift bag to benefit the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Well, that explains why he was overheard asking for ”the most expensive” Lauren Merkin bag.
-In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina the New Orleans Saints will play their first ”home game” against New York at Giants Stadium on Sept. 19. The telecast (which will air on ABC and ESPN) will conclude with a telethon to raise money for the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund (the money will go towards special funds established by the governors of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi to assist in the long-term recovery plan).