Thursday, December 13, 2007

"Gwen Stefani starts college fund for wildfire victims"

from - by Natalie Finn

Gwen Stefani has a burning need to help out.

The pop star is setting up a college fund for victims of the recent San Diego wildfires, which in October destroyed more than 1,700 homes and killed 10 people in California's second-largest city.

The Gwen Stefani After-the-Fires Scholarship will be available to graduating high school seniors and college students whose families either lost their homes or source of income in the blazes that raged across the Southland for nearly a week, fueled by the legendarily destructive Santa Ana winds.

"When I heard about the devastation of the fires, at first I felt I should cancel my show out of respect. But then it occurred to me there might be a more useful solution," Stefani said in an Oct. 29 radio interview, after which she donated $166,000 in proceeds from the show in question to the San Diego Foundation relief fund, which will administer the Sweet Escape chanteuse's contribution.

Calling the city a "second home," the Orange County native said, "San Diego has always been so supportive of me throughout my entire career."

Among the other SoCal luminaries who stepped up during the fires were Linkin Park, which teamed with nonprofit Unite the United to organize a celebrity-memento eBay auction to benefit both human fire victims and the environment, and the star-studded Hollywood United FC soccer team, which staged an exhibition game against
David Beckham
and the L.A. Galaxy.

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