is just one of the superstars set to appear on American Idol's benefit show, Idol Gives Back, this week. The event, which raises money for charities that aid children living in poverty-and last year raised more than $75 million!-will also feature Bono, Reese Witherspoon, Robin Williams, Miley Cyrus, Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood, and John Legend. Pitt is well-known for his philanthropic endeavors: He and partner Angelina Jolie donated more than $8 million to charity in 2006, and in 2007 he launched Make It Right, a national campaign to help the people of New Orleans recover after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The father-of-four plans to build 150 new houses in the most affected areas of the city, and Idol Gives Back will help-Make It Right is one of the five charities to benefit from the proceeds of the show. To make a donation to Idol Gives Back, click here.
U2 frontman Bono has campaigned around the world for The Global Fund (another charity benefiting from Idol Gives Back) through his own charities-ONE and (RED), an organization supported by products available from companies such as Gap, Apple, and Converse. The Irish rock star has worked to raise awareness of AIDS and Third World debt for many years and was an organizer of 2005's Live 8-a series of concerts around the world on the same day.
"Once you have children in your life, you can no longer close your eyes to people...who are in a similar situation," Reese Witherspoon has said. Perhaps that's why the actress and mother is a staunch supporter of another non-profit to be featured on Idol Gives Back, the Children's Defense Fund. The organization works as an advocate for disadvantaged children, and Witherspoon, who is a board member, has personally funded two of CDF's Freedom Schools. Footage of her visit to New Orleans will be screened during Idol Gives Back.
and John Legend-seen here at a Peapod Foundation concert earlier in the year-will each take the stage for Idol Gives Back. Fergie, who has just released her own range of bags, is a keen supporter of Peapod, which was set up by her bandmate, will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas. Legend is involved with two of Idol Gives Back's noble causes: Malaria No More and The Global Fund's (RED)-for which the Grammy-winning singer appeared in a GAP ad.
Save the Children will also benefit from Idol Gives Back, and it's a charity close to Miley Cyrus's heart. The young Hannah Montana star went to Kentucky recently with her famous dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, to film a documentary for the organization. Cyrus is also a member of the Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet and will appear during Idol on Wednesday night.
Canadian songstress Celine Dion has been a patron of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for 15 years, and supports many other children's charities as well. The mother-of-one, seen here in Johannesburg, South Africa, with children from a Soweto food program, performed a duet with the image of the late Elvis Presley at last year's Idol Gives Back. Footage of her visit to South Africa will be shown this year. Singer/songwriter Paul Simon, who has been committed to charity work in Africa, and to African music for many years, is the founder of the fifth charity to benefit from the show, the Children's Health Fund.
Brooklynite Jennifer Connelly recently gave 700 books about human rights to New York City public schools as part of her involvement with Amnesty International. The actress and mother-of-two will also appear on Idol Gives Back this year, presenting a PSA from a new charity that provides clean water to impoverished communities.
visited an orphanage in Angola recently on behalf of Idol Gives Back. It wasn't the actor's first visit to the continent of Africa: the Texas native spent months on location in Uganda filming his Oscar-winning portrayal of Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland.