‘Funniest Celebrity in Washington’: VIPs still rally to fundraiser despite little aid to charity
The ship is on a two-week Canada/New England sailing, which embarked from Bayonne, N.J., on Sept. 21 and is due to return there on Saturday. In response to the outbreak which the CDC said affected 14.5% of passengers and 1.5% of crew onboard a beefed up cleaning and disinfection plan has been put in place on the ship. The CDC is also working with the cruise line on how to deal with “active cases” and cleansing procedures for when the ship returns to Bayonne. Through its Vessel Sanitation Program, the CDC said it would send an epidemiologist and an environmental health officer to meet the ship and do a health assessment, as well as to monitor sanitation procedures. The predominant symptoms of the gastrointestinal illness are vomiting and diarrhea. “Those affected by the short-lived illness have responded well to over-the-counter medication being administered onboard the ship,” said Celebrity Cruises spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez. “At Celebrity Cruises we have high health standards for all our guests and crew. During the sailing, we are taking a number of steps to prevent the transmission of the illness, including implementing enhanced cleaning procedures and protocols, and using special cleaning products and disinfectants that are proven to kill norovirus to clean throughout the ship. These activities will continue as the sailing proceeds,” Martinez explained. Ill passengers on the current sailing were confined to their cabins to prevent further spread and will be compensated for their lost vacation time, she added. Martinez said an “extensive and thorough sanitizing onboard the ship and within the cruise terminal,” would also take place in Bayonne to prevent the illness from affecting the ship’s next sailing also on a Canada/New England itinerary, embarking Saturday.
Fans of the hit ITV2 reality show will know how Lucy and Mario split earlier this year after a turbulent year which saw them call off their engagement after a string of cheating allegations. TOWIE: Mario Falcone wants producers to cut him some slack now people have seen the real him! September 18th, 2013 by Anna Howell. Following his stint in the Celebrity Big Brother house, Mario Falcone is hoping that his The Only Way Is Essex producers stopping making him look like the bad guy. Mario joined TOWIE a few years ago as the new boyfriend of original cast member, Lucy Mecklenburgh. At first he was the victim when it came to light that Lucy had cheated on him with Mark Wright early on in their relationship, but that soon changed. Sophie Anderton insists she didnt attack Danielle Marr at Celebrity Big Brother wrap party! September 17th, 2013 by Lisa McGarry. A representative for Sophie Anderton has insisted that she was not behind an alleged attack on Danielle Marr at a showbiz event last night. The models spokesperson was approached by Digital Spy after Marr claimed that she had been assaulted at a wrap party for the recently finished series of Celebrity Big Brother. Geordie Shores Charlotte Crosby wants to buy the Celebrity Big Brother chair for nookie! September 16th, 2013 by Lisa McGarry. Charlotte Crosby has revealed that she wants to buy this years Celebrity Big Brother diary room chair, so she can use it for nookie with her boyfriend. The Geordie Shore star won the Channel 5 show on Friday night, beating Lauren Harries and Abz to first place and she thinks having the official piece of furniture in her home will be the perfect trophy with which she can remember her achievement.
However: That check bounced, a Komen rep told us and they have no record of receiving a replacement. Siegel maintains that Komen received $1,400 from Funniest Celebrity. Where did the rest of the money go? Besides event costs, tax forms cite expenses such as rent, phone, travel, Web site and Siegels fee. Unlike previous years, he drew no salary in 2009. In 2010, he was paid $4,225; in 2011, it was $21,559. (Tax forms for 2012, when there was no Funniest Celebrity event, were not available.) Joe the Plumber Wurzelbacher performs at Funniest Celebrity in 2009. (Dan Zak / The Washington Post) Doug White, a scholar of philanthropic practices, said that well-run charities aim for a 75-25 ratio, where the larger number goes to the charitable mission and the smaller sum to operating costs and expenses. For big galas and seated dinners, costs shouldnt exceed 40 percent. (At Funniest Celebrity, patrons get sandwiches and one free cocktail; theres usually a B-list comic paid a few hundred dollars to perform.) The larger problem, White said, is the perception among ticket buyers and celebrities who lend their name and time that most of the money goes to charity. But White also faulted beneficiaries for not doing more research before signing on.