September 06, 2008 04:15:45 GMT
Jennifer Garner, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Tony Hawk, John McCain each shows their support for the fund raising event with their own expertise.
Celebrities have turned up at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre on Friday, September 5 to attend the one of the most star-studded charity events this year, "Stand Up to Cancer". Those ranging from actors like Jennifer Garner, singers like Sheryl Crow to politicians such as Barack Obama showed their support for the televised event that is aired simultaneously on NBC, ABC and CBS.
Before the show starts, producer Laura Ziskin who is also a cancer survivor said, "This is an absolutely historic night, thanks to the unbelievable generosity of the three networks." She then threw packets of Kleenex to the crowd while saying, "We hope we're going to make you laugh, and I know we're going to make you cry, so I have some party favors."
In the plight of statistics showing that someone dies of cancer every minute in the U.S., some of the celebrities such as Mandy Moore, Christina Ricci, Jon Favreau, and Kirsten Dunst lent a hand to answer the phones from callers who would like to make donations. Some others like Forest Whitaker and Casey Affleck, read out accounts from cancer survivors.
Comedian Jack Black provided an intermezzo, inserting a sketch to the phone section, saying "I'm going to make these gravy-trainers pony up. Who's got Spielberg's number? He's got a lot of dough."
Musical performances include those from Josh Groban, Sugarland, and the ensemble group of divas including Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles, Miley Cyrus, Stacy Ferguson aka Fergie and Mary J. Blige who sang the charity theme song "Just Stand Up" which performance video can be seen below.
Jennifer Aniston was also present to give the last message, saying "In our world, the boy gets the girl, the hero defeats the villain and cancer is no more." Melissa Etheridge who is also a cancer survivor then closed out the show with a performance.