Celebs Star in Thanks and Giving Campaign

For 50 years, the entertainment industry has embraced the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

When Danny Thomas set out to build the hospital in 1962, some of the biggest stars of that era such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis Jr., Dinah Shore and Jack Benny donated their time and talents to help raise awareness and funds for St. Jude.

Today, that tradition continues with celebrities from film, television, music and sports all donating their time, talents and support to the 2011 St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign.

Starting this month (November), Jennifer Aniston, Robin Williams, Morgan Freeman, George Lopez, Shaun White, Dwyane Wade and singer Luis Fonsi will join Marlo Thomas in helping raise awareness and funds for St. Jude, one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other deadly childhood diseases.

Heartwarming national television spots for the Thanks and Giving campaign will air featuring each celebrity paired with the biggest stars of all – St. Jude patients. The spots will air across broadcast and cable networks in English and Spanish and online.

The celebrities are also featured in a movie trailer that will appear on screens nationwide (U.S.) at theatre industry giants including Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark and Carmike Cinemas as well as many others. 

In addition, the trailer will be shown on American Airlines and Delta Air Lines flights. All the spots, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, will debut at www.stjude.org on Nov. 22.

“No family ever pays St. Jude for treatment thanks to the thousands of people across the country who support programs like Thanks and Giving,” said Morgan Freeman, who appears alongside St. Jude patients Mia and Camryn in one of this year’s television spots.

“With your help, we can help give hope this holiday season to kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases.”

Created by Marlo Thomas, and her siblings Terre and Tony Thomas, the Thanks and Giving campaign brings together celebrities, media and corporations to ask shoppers to “Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life, and give to those who are not.”

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