Trisha Yearwood 挑战 Betty White, 提高超过 $  30,000 为动物救援慈善机构

歌手, author and wife of 加思·布鲁克斯(Garth Brooks) hosted a fundraiser on TalkShopLive Monday, 一月. 17, which would have marked White’s 100th birthday had she not died of natural causes 在十二月. 31. 鉴于事件, Yearwood and several others participated in the Betty White Challenge, in which people were encouraged to donate whatever they could to animal welfare organizations en masse in her honor.

White was a staunch advocate for animals 在她的生活中, so Yearwood and others felt it was an appropriate way to honor her following her death. When the roughly 18-minute live broadcast was said and done, Yearwood revealed on Twitter that about $ 30,000 was raised for the pet rescue organization Dottie’s Yard.

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Trisha Yearwood raised more than $  30,000 for animal rescue in honor of Betty White.

Trisha Yearwood raised more than $ 30,000 for animal rescue in honor of Betty White. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMTDana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Who doesn’t love Betty White?” Yearwood says at the top of the video. “I just think, Betty right now is so happy that this is the way that the world is choosing to celebrate her birthday, by giving to animals, which was very near and dear to her heart.

Yearwood also revealed that Dottie’s Yard would match donations. Not to be outdone, she stated that she would also match donations out of her pocket, effectively tripling the total of anyone’s contribution.

Betty WHite was a tireless animal advocate prior to her death.

Betty WHite was a tireless animal advocate prior to her death. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)

Although she was participating in the viral Betty White Challenge, Yearwood noted that she never met the comedy icon personally. 然而, she made a big impression on her husband and daughter when they met her.

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I think Betty’s appeal was just really, there was no limit, no age group, everybody just loved her,” Yearwood explained. “I remember as a kid watching her on the ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ and then, 当然, ‘Golden Girls’… [她曾经是] just beautiful and funny and smart and full of love. The world has really lost a wonderful person, but this is how we keep people that we love alive.

Betty White died on Dec. 31, weeks before her 100th birthday.

Betty White died on Dec. 31, weeks before her 100th birthday. (Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NATAS)

For those who weren’t able to donate, Yearwood noted that they could instead volunteer at their local shelter or donate supplies like old towels, dog beds and food. Following the broadcast, Yearwood took to Twitter to reveal that they made $ 24,000 in just 15 分钟. She later noted that total only increased.

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I’m blown away! We’ve already reached our goal of $ 30,000+, but let’s keep this love flowing!! Thank you all so much!! Xo,” she wrote in a subsequent tweet.

She also vowed to continue to raise money for charity like this every year on Betty White’s birthday.

Although Yearwood may have been one of the top-grossing participants in the Betty White Challenge, Monday saw a massive spike across the board throughout the country for animal welfare donations.

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