Washington, DC–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–March 1, 2007–The American Red Cross unveils it’s sixth annual National Celebrity Cabinet with twenty new members, including “American Idol” alum Kellie Pickler, Golden Globe winner and Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, Emmy award winner Bradley Whitford, and “Veronica Mars” star Kristen Bell. In addition, the 2007 National Celebrity Cabinet will include 30 alumni, such as Jamie Lee Curtis, Marcia Gay Harden, Heidi Klum, Tim McGraw, Julianne Moore, Elisabeth Rohm, and Rascal Flatts, among others.
The 2007 American National Celebrity Cabinet will work to promote awareness of Red Cross services in a variety of ways, such as taping public service announcements; donating their time, money and blood; feeding victims of disaster; and generally lending a hand or a hug to those in need. The Cabinet members will become part of one of the country’s largest volunteer networks. By joining the cabinet, these respected public figures are essentially “on-call” for the Red Cross, donating their time, skills, passion and energy to help the organization when it’s needed most.
The American Red Cross has benefited from the involvement of public figures and celebrities dating back to World War I. Over the years, actors and artists committing their time and talents to the organization have played an important role in raising public awareness of Red Cross services nationwide.
New Members to the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet For 2007 Include:
— Kristen Bell is best known for her leading role in the CW television series “Veronica Mars.” She has also appeared on the TV shows “American Dreams,” “The Shield,” “Everwood” and “Deadwood.” She hit the big screen in August 2006 in the feature film ‘Pulse’ and is set to be in the August 2007 release of ‘Fan Boys.’
— Brooks & Dunn are the biggest duo in country music, garnering awards from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, Grammy Association, American Music Association, Billboard, and People’s Choice. With over 23 #1 singles under their belts the duo has sold over 30 million albums.
— Susie Castillo was the third Latina ever to become Miss USA in 2003. In 2005 she took on the role of MTV VJ for Total Request Live and host of the daily show, Big Ten. Castillo is the new spokesperson for the “Neutrogena” brand and will be seen in her first feature film, Disney’s “Underdog,” to be released in August.
— Miley Cyrus is a multi-platinum recording artist and the star of Disney Channel’s hit series “Hannah Montana.” Her first album, the Hannah Montana soundtrack, debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts.
— Gary Dourdan portrays Warwick Brown on CBS’s hit television drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” The role has earned him two NAACP Image Awards and a SAG Award. He will star in the upcoming film ‘Perfect Stranger.’
— Vivica A. Fox rose to fame in films such as “Independence Day,” “Soul Food,” “Set It Off,” and “Kill Bill: Vol. 1,” among others. Fox is currently starring in and co-producing the drama series, ‘Missing’ on the Lifetime Television Network. Fox also participated in the third season of ABC’s hit television show, ‘Dancing with the Stars.’
— Pat Green is a three time Grammy nominee who commands a position in the music world uniquely his own. He sells out stadiums like the Houston Astrodome and Dallas’ Smirnoff Center as well as the Nokia Theater in New York City as a headliner, yet he also gets the opportunity to tour with major artists like Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and the Dave Matthews Band. His current CD “Cannonball” on BNA Records is in stores now.
— Neil Patrick Harris rose to fame in 1989 as the teenage doctor Doogie Howser on the hit television series “Doogie Howser, MD.” He is currently portraying the quirky character of Barney on the CBS television series “How I Met Your Mother.”
— Dule Hill rose to fame as Charlie Young on the Emmy winning television series “The West Wing.” He now portrays Burton ‘Gus’ Guster in the USA series “Psych.” He has also starred in films such as “She’s All That,” and “Men of Honor.”
— Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson recently starred in the Sony Pictures film “Gridiron Gang.”Past film projects include “The Scorpion King,” “The Rundown,” and “Be Cool.” Fans can see him this fall in the Disney comedy “Game Plan.” He is in production on the film “Get Smart” with Steve Carrell.
— Burney Lamar is a NASCAR driver who recently married Niki Taylor. He is considered by many one of NASCAR’s most promising young drivers.
— Susan Lucci is best known for her Daytime Emmy Award winning role as Erica Kane on ABC’s soap opera “All My Children.”
— Dr. Phil McGraw, noted psychologist, whose nationally syndicated daily one-hour series, Dr. Phil , is now in its fifth season, has galvanized millions of people to “get real” about their own behavior and create more positive lives. Dr. Phil is also the author of six #1 New York Times bestsellers.
— Kellie Pickler captured America’s attention on the fifth season of Fox’s hit show “American Idol.” She made it to the top six and landed a deal with BNA records. She just released her debut album “Small Town Girl” and will start touring this April.
— Cristina Saralegui is a Spanish talk show host and journalist on “El Show de Cristina” which she relayed to “The Christina Show” for an English speaking audience. She is also president of Casa Cristina has her own line of everything for the home.
— Raven-Symoné grew to fame with her role as Olivia Kendall on The Cosby Show. She has gone on to star in her own hit Disney Show “That’s So Raven,” which she co-produced for the fourth season with her production company, That’s So Productions. Raven has also released four hit music albums to date.
— Niki Taylor is an American supermodel and youngest model to score a contract with CoverGirl cosmetics as well as the youngest to grace the cover of Vogue Magazine at the age of 17. The mother of two sons just opened a clothing store, Abbie and Jesse’s, in Cool Springs, Tennessee. She is married to NASCAR driver Burney Lamar.
— Forest Whitaker won a Golden Globe and Oscar for his portrayal of Idi Amin in the film “Last King of Scotland”. He is a producer, a director and has appeared in films such as “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” and “Hope Floats.”
— Bradley Whitford is best known for his Emmy Award winning role as Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman on the Emmy winning NBC television series “The West Wing.” He is currently starring in the NBC series “Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip.”
Returning Celebrity Cabinet members include: 5 year veterans, Heidi Klum, Marlee Matlin, Tim McGraw, Nancy O’Dell, Jane Seymour; 4 year veterans, Jim Cantore, Jimmie Johnson, Peyton Manning; 3 year veterans, Leeza Gibbons, Rascal Flatts; 2 year veterans, Sara Evans, George Foreman, Patti LaBelle, Julianne Moore; 1 year veterans, Zach Braff, Pierce Brosnan, Jackie Chan, Chayanne, Jamie Lee Curtis, Amy Grant, Marcia Gay Harden, Tommy Hilfiger, Daniel Dae Kim, Eli Manning, Frankie Negron, Carlos Ponce, Elisabeth Rohm, Jimmy Smits, Aisha Tyler, and Daddy Yankee.
Sherry Lansing, former chairman and CEO, Motion Picture Group, Paramount Pictures and member of the Red Cross Board of Governors, has once again agreed to chair this year’s Celebrity Cabinet. “This is my fifth year serving as chair for the Celebrity Cabinet and it’s an honor to be a part of such a meaningful cause with such talented people,” said Lansing.
Please visit http://www.redcross.org/celebritycabinet/ to learn more about the Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet.
The American Red Cross is where people mobilize to help their neighbors — across the street, across the country and across the world — in emergencies. Each year, in communities large and small, victims of some 70,000 disasters turn to neighbors familiar and new — the nearly 1 million volunteers and 35,000 employees of the Red Cross. Through more than 800 locally supported chapters, more than 15 million people gain the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their homes, communities and world. Some 4 million people give blood — the gift of life — through the Red Cross, making it the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The Red Cross helps thousands of U.S. service members separated from their families by military duty stay connected. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, a global network of 181 national societies, the Red Cross helps restore hope and dignity to the world’s most vulnerable people. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work.
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