What do our contestants for November’s “The CNN Quiz Show: Famous Americans Edition” have in common? They are all playing to benefit charities founded by iconic Americans who have helped shape our culture and national identity. The winning pair gets $20,000 for their organizations. The losing teams will still get $10,000 for their causes.
The Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation
Don Lemon, host of “CNN Tonight,” and Kate Bolduan, co-host of CNN’s “@THIS HOUR” are playing for The Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation.
In 1958, Alvin Ailey led a group of young African-American artists and intertwined their story into modern dance, adding an entirely new texture to the art form in the United States.
Since then, Alvin Ailey’s dance company has performed in 71 countries and has been declared by Congress as “a vital American cultural ambassador to the world.”
The Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation continues Ailey’s work by developing and expanding artistic, cultural and educational programs through the Ailey School, public schools, community programs and the Ailey camp for at-risk youths. You can support their efforts here.
Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health
Comedian W. Kamau Bell, who will host CNN’s upcoming docu-series “United Shades of America,” and Morgan Spurlock, host of CNN’s “Inside Man,” are playing for the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health.
Arthur Ashe was a No.1-ranked tennis player who won three grand slam titles. In 1992, Ashe announced that he had contracted HIV through a blood transfusion and campaigned tirelessly for AIDS awareness.
Ashe was committed to health education and improving care and he founded the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, to address the higher morbidity and mortality rates that are found in multi-ethnic communities in urban areas. Ashe died in 1993, but the institute continues his efforts to educate and save lives in these vulnerable populations. Learn more here.
HLN’s Robin Meade and CNN’s John Berman are playing for Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid. Nelson is a American music icon who epitomizes “outlaw country.” His cowboy image has been bolstered even more by his ongoing efforts with this organization.
The musician helped organize the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 and has continued to support the mission to help keep family farmers on their land.
To join Farm Aid’s efforts to build a family farm food system that protects our farmers, you can make a donation here.