"Mississippi Rising" benefit information - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

"Mississippi Rising" benefit information

JACKSON, Miss. - Sponsors of Mississippi Rising, a gala fundraising concert in support of the Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund, report award-winning music artist Faith Hill has joined the growing list of celebrities and entertainers set to participate in the nationally televised event on Oct. 1, hosted at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

The Fund is a non-profit organization established to serve as a means for corporations, organizations and individuals to donate money, goods and services to help Mississippians rebuild their communities.

In addition to Faith Hill, co-chairs of Mississippi Rising include native Mississippians Morgan Freeman, Archie and Eli Manning, John Grisham, Brett Favre and Sela Ward. The event is to be broadcast live by MSNBC, local television stations throughout Miss. and La., Mississippi Public Television and several local and regional radio stations.

The list of confirmed entertainers continues to grow and currently includes:

Morgan Freeman -- Faith Hill -- Ray Romano -- Whoopi Goldberg -- Jason Alexander -- Sela Ward -- Marilu Henner -- Kathy Ireland -- Lance Bass -- Delta Burke -- Gerald McRaney -- Jean Smart -- Debbie Allen -- Doris Roberts -- Mary Haskell -- Gary Morris -- Marilyn McCoo
Billy Davis Jr. -- Steve Azar -- Hugh Laurie -- Bernadette Peters -- Brian McKnight -- Deidre Hall -- Alison Sweeney -- Peter Reckell -- Kristian Alfonso -- Greg Rikaart -- Melody Thomas Scott -- Michelle Stafford -- Mary Ann Mobley -- Gary Collins -- Guy Hovis -- Gary Grubbs -- Jill Conner Brown -- Kristian Dambrino -- Gail Pittman -- Cat Cora -- Doug Davidson -- Laurie Smith -- Rita Cosby -- Tucker Carlson -- MS Mass Choir -- Pam Tillis

Gov. Haley Barbour and members of the Miss. Congressional delegation also are to attend and participate in the program.

The event is produced by native Mississippians Sam Haskell III and Lanny Griffith. Haskell, former Worldwide Head of Television for The William Morris Agency, has produced Stars Over Mississippi in Amory every two years to raise scholarship money in the name of his mother.

Griffith is the CEO of Washington, DC-based lobbying firm Barbour Griffith & Rogers LLC, which was founded in 1991 by Haley Barbour.

The costs of the event are being underwritten by a generous contribution to the Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund by UnitedHealth Group Foundation in Minnesota. Corporate sponsorships are being solicited by a national finance team, and all proceeds are to go to the Fund (www.mississippirecovery.com ) or a similar fund in Louisiana administered by Foundations for Recovery, The Hurricane Katrina New Orleans Recovery Fundwww.foundationsforrecovery.org).

Anyone wishing to make a donation to Mississippi Rising and the Misssissippi Recover Fund should call 1-866-230-8903.

Tickets are on sale through the UM Athletic Department (888-732-8587 or 662-915-7167). Media inquiries and reporters and editors wishing to be credentialed to cover the event should contact Taylor Gross at 202-347-7943 or tgross@theheraldgroup.com.

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