Pop star Miley Cyrus sent a homeless man to the podium at MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sunday to accept her prize for video of the year and simultaneously kicked off an online fundraiser for a Los Angeles charity serving homeless young people, reports The New York Times.
Taking the stage after Ms. Cyrus’s name was called for her “Wrecking Ball” video, the man identified himself as Jesse and said he was “accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving and lost and scared for their lives. I know, because I am one of those people.”
At the same time the singer’s social-media pages introduced a Prizeo.com fundraiser for My Friend’s Place, which provides housing, health care, and other assistance to homeless people ages 12 to 25. Donors will be entered in a prize lottery for a chance to join Ms. Cyrus on tour in Rio de Janeiro. She was advised in the effort by Global Philantrophy Group’s Trevor Neilson, a prominent consultant on celebrity giving.
--From Philanthropy Today