Hollywood Hearts Come Out For Hunger: David Arquette, Courtney Cox, Sheryl Crow And Ben Harper Headline Rock A Little, Feed A Lot
David Arquette proved last night that Hollywood truly has a heart for the hungry. Mobilizing a team of celebrities, Arquette brought much-needed attention to Feeding America and The Los Angeles Area Foodbank with a high profile benefit show at Club Nokia.
Near the end of her set that closed the show at LA Live, Sheryl Crow burst forth with the quote of the evening, “I love David Arquette so much, man!” she exclaimed. “Who else would put himself out there like this?!” Arquette is a dedicated giver to the foodbank in Venice, and his wife, Courtney Cox, shared with the crowd that he faithfully volunteers there twice a week. Arquette brought his passion to feed the hungry that fueled the spirit of the night.
“Rock A Little, Feed A Lot,” brought together an impressive lineup of musical talent that included Crow, Ben Harper, Joel and Benji Madden (Good Charlotte), Katherine McPhee (American Idol), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), and Jonny Lang. Miley Cyrus, Rob Thomas and One Republic also pre-taped special performances that were aired during the concert. Comedian Gary Shandling did a stand-up routine.
A long list of presenters were highlighted by the “Friends” reunion of Lisa Kudrow and Cox. Kudrow even grabbed a guitar and did an impromptu version of, “Smelly Cat,” during a break in the action. Other presenters included Marcia Cross, Isla Fisher, Alanis Morissette, Christina Applegate, Allison Sweeney (The Biggest Loser, Days Of Our Lives) and Jeff Probst (Survivor).
AEG Live was also a big winner of the evening, donating Club Nokia for the cause.
Informational and inspirational videos were intermingled with the live acts. There was a heartfelt video from Jennifer Lopez. The main video of the evening showed an extensive list of A-list actors doing work for this cause. Those included: Will Smith, Morgan Freeman, Tyler Perry, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Anne Hathaway, Adrien Grenier, Nick Lachey, Wyclef Jean, Kevin Bacon, Jenny Garth and Scott Wolfe.
September is Hunger Action Month to help raise awareness and funds for the 35 million people who are at risk of hunger in America. Hunger Action Month, formed to help those in need, bloomed from a day of service into a month-long campaign as the economy has taken a turn for the worse and the demand for food assistance has increased. “Many Americans are unaware of the great demand for food assistance throughout the country. The need for food assistance nationwide has increased 30 percent throughout the last year and in many communities the increase is much higher,” said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America. “We are excited to team up with so many talented artists to shed light on Hunger Action Month and the issue of hunger in America.”
Crow wrote a song benefiting Feeding America, called “All We Need,” which she unveiled at the show. It is a duet with Jason Mraz and will be available on ITunes next week. Ben Harper’s performance was mesmerizing and yet powerful. After a rupturing number with a
slide guitar, he brought Tom Morello on stage and together the influential artists moved the hearts in the room to action. It was a talent filled night brought about by those who do.
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