Post subject: Depp Fans Donate to Children's Hospital
Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 4:10 am
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Depp Fans Donate to Children's Hospital
MADISON – If one thing is certain, it's that actor Johnny Depp has passionate fans.
They are deeply committed to the actor and his work, and strongly believe in living up to his philanthropic example. Which is why members of the Johnny Depp Zone, one of the oldest, largest and most active fan site on the Internet, donated $7,402.63 to American Family Children's Hospital's Child Life Fund.
The total is 50 percent higher than their most successful previous fundraising project, and an "astonishing amount" according to the Zone's Webmaster, Natalie, who asked that only her first name be used.
For the last three years, the Zone has sponsored a charity fundraiser to mark Depp's birthday.
"We wanted to give him a gift that would do some good in the world and would reflect his own philanthropic interests and commitment to children," Natalie explained.
The members selected American Family Children's in 2008 because they wanted to help a charity in the area where Depp's latest film, Public Enemies, was filmed. Depp fans turned out in numbers to watch the filming of the movie, which occurred in several towns and cities in Wisconsin, including Madison.
"We thought it would be fitting to give something back to the area which has been Johnny's home this spring [while filming], and which has shown him, and many thousands of Depp-related visitors, such warm hospitality," said Natalie.
The Zone members selected American Family Children's when one of their administrators, Theresa, found the hospital's website and took the video tour. After sending the link to the rest of the Zone's staff they "all knew at once that American Family Children's Hospital was a perfect match," according to Natalie.
Natalie also pointed out that the University of Wisconsin is the alma mater of Michael Mann, the film's director. That helped to make the project even more meaningful for the Zone members.
The birthday project ran from May 1, 2008, through Depp's birthday on June 9, with donations coming from all over the world. Since 2006, members of the Zone have marked the actor's birthday by giving to different children's charitable causes, including Children's Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition in California and the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
Natalie said the members selected the Child Life Fund specifically because "its acts of kindness can have such an immediate, positive impact on the lives of patients." That impact, she commented, is similar to what Johnny Depp provides for his fans, a "special moment of warmth and consideration that lifts our spirits and chases away stress."
American Family Children's Child Life program helps children, adolescents and families maintain a normal life and minimizes fears and anxieties during hospitalizations. Special programs for parents, activities for siblings, patient support during procedures, organized play areas, even a pet therapy program are just a few of the many ways Child Life staff help families during their child's stay.
"We are proud to assist [American Family Children's] in brightening the days of young patients and their families," concluded Natalie. "May they heal and grow strong in your care."
Date published: 07/15/2008
*Article corrected and updated: 7/16/2008*
Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 5:24 am
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Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 5:25 am
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Gilbert's Girl wrote:
Exactly what I was going to say.
_________________________________________________________ "I just don't, ya know, I mean, I just don't dance. Ya know. - - I don't get it. - - It's not my thing." -- Johnny Depp ("It Came From Baltimore" on the "Cry Baby" DVD)
Captain Jack: "Well . . There is a chest."
Norrington: "Oh Dear."
Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 6:27 am
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How wonderful!! What a lovely piece and thanks to Natalie for your gracious and thoughtful words.
Wow am I proud to be a zoner today....and everyday !!
Many thanks to PtP and all those involved in organising the birthday project.
I too am very proud to be a Zoner.
_________________________________________________________ Dreams really do come true! Just Believe....... 26th April 2007 "We're having too good a time today, we ain't thinking about tomorrow"
Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 8:05 am
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for all your kind words.
It's very nice to see this year's Birthday Project acknowledged in such a kind way. Many thanks to Stephanie Breiby, the editor at UW Health, for writing the article about the Zone. And thanks to emma for posting it.
All of the Zoners who donated to this year's project can be very proud of the results of their contribution. Together we have done something that will bring a lot of comfort to seriously ill children and their families. This has been a very satisfying project to work on--a joy from beginning to end.
Johnny Depp, and thank you for bringing out the best in us.
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_________________________________________________________ Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. -- J. M. Barrie
Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 8:05 am
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What a lovely report and to read PtP's comments. It certainly does make me feel proud to have played a small part in the success of the project. Thank you PtP and the zone admin for giving us the chance to make this happen.
_________________________________________________________ And Wit, was his vain frivolous pretence
Of pleasing others, at his own expence
Its wonderful to see that the hospital was so overwhelmed with our gift that they saw fit to post it on their website. I'm glad that our gift made such an impact and that the funds we donated will continue to make an impact on those who need it, just like Johnny has made such a huge impact on us.
_________________________________________________________ "That's Impossible." - Alice "Only if you believe it is." - Mad Hatter "Don't stop believing. Hold on to that feeling" ~June 20, 2009~
Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 8:30 am
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What a nice article. When we all get together under Johnny's banner there is nothing we can't accomplish. So glad I'm a part of the Zone
_________________________________________________________ Leave you people alone for just a minute and look what happens, everything goes to pot ~ CJS It may get a wee bit dangerous there sugarbutt ~Sheldon Jeffrey Sands You add an agreeable sense of the macabre to any delirium~CJS
Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 8:40 am
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I'd like to say once again to Part-time Poet and the moderators who organized this project and made the wonderful success.
_________________________________________________________ Keep breathing. Keep moving forward. Be happy. ---Johnny Depp---
Posted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 9:04 am
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Thanks to emma for bringing this article to our attention. A huge thanks to theresa, PTP and all the Zone staffers for organinzing and carrying through this year's Birthday Project. Not least congratulations to every member who, gave a donation to this worthy cause.
I've always been proud to be a Depp fan, and since 2004 I've been very proud to call the Zone my fan-home. Each and every one you brings something wonderful to this place, and a moment like this just speaks volumes. I'm looking forward to next year's fundraiser.
Finally thank you to Johnny, your spirit of generosity is why my admiration of you goes far beyond your profound talent as and actor.
Live in Depp
_________________________________________________________ "With this hand I will cup your.... Oh goodness no!"~~Victor Van Dort
"The theater is my drug, and my illness is so far advanced that my physic must be of the highest quality."~~John Wilmot