Stars Turn Out to Raise Hope — and Funds — For Pakistani Flood Victims
Two hundred people turned out for an auction-cum-celebrity-fundraiser at Carnivale in Chicago on Sunday, January 16. Stars for Hope, hosted by OPEN Chicago, included silent and live auctions, speeches by representatives from Oxfam America and the US State Department and celebrity entertainment. The stars in attendance were Iqbal Theba, known for his role as Principal Figgins on “Glee,” Aasif Mandvi of “The Daily Show,” Malika Ameen, a contestant on “Top Chef: Just Desserts,” and Faran Tahir, who appeared in “Star Trek” and “Iron Man”. Theba and Tahir entertained the audience by acting out a proposed “Glee” script, with Theba running through the tables to serenade the audience with American and Pakistani songs while they ate lunch. Following dessert, Mandvi performed a standup routine that plunged into risque territory and earned him a standing ovation.
Among the items up for silent auction were a private, in-home baking class by Ameen and a “Glee” call sheet, script and DVD — all autographed by the cast. But the afternoon’s hottest items were two sets of four Daily Show tickets along with a private backstage tour led by Mandvi, which went for a total of $10,500. Including ticket sales, the event raised over $40,000. All proceeds will go to the Karachi Relief Trust and Oxfam America, benefiting survivors of last summer’s floods.
Divanee caught up with the celebrity attendees to get their take on the event and ongoing efforts in Pakistan — click through the gallery to see what they had to say.
All photos by Amina Elahi.
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