Red Nose Day aims to end child poverty with star-studded special

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The 5th annual Red Nose Day Special, which will showcase a night of music, comedy and Hollywood’s biggest names, is set to air on NBC this week.

Red Nose Day is a campaign aimed at ending child poverty. Through the power of entertainment, Red Nose Day raises money and awareness to keep children who need our help the most stay safe, healthy and educated in America and around the world.

In its first four years, Red Nose Day has raised nearly $150 million and has impacted the lives of more than 16 million children.

The special will air Thursday, May 23rd at 8:00 p.m. and will feature the biggest names across entertainment with a packed lineup of music, comedy and short documentary films that educate and engage viewers on the cause for the fifth annual event.

Daryl Hall and John Oates will present a video reimagining their iconic hit “You Make My Dreams” along with a star-studded lineup of talent including Terry Crews, Gloria Estefan, Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Bush Hager, Tony Hale, Howie Mandel, Reba McEntire, Retta, Julia Roberts, Saoirse Ronan, Ben Stiller, and many more.

Golden Globe Award-winning actor Oscar Isaac will present a story about children living unimaginably tough lives in some of the world’s poorest communities and, as previously announced, Emmy Award-nominated “This Is Us” star Milo Ventimiglia travels to Nairobi, Kenya to visit life-changing programs supported by Red Nose Day funds. With the support of Connie Britton and John Legend, viewers will also learn about the impact of child poverty right in America, where it affects nearly 13 million children across the country.

Following the two-hour special, Emmy winner Jane Lynch will host an all-star Red Nose Day edition of “Hollywood Game Night” at 10 p.m. Kelly Clarkson, Kenan Thompson, Kristen Bell, Jennifer Garner, Sean Hayes, Jeff Goldblum, Leslie Mann and Thandie Newton will compete in fun games to raise money to help children in need.

Throughout the three hours of programming, viewers will be encouraged to support Red Nose Day and the life-changing programs it is helping to fund. The audience will be able to donate online, by text or by phone, with many call center operators being generous volunteers from Comcast and Walgreens. In addition, for any viewers who upload a video to the TikTok app using #RedNoseDay, a $2 donation will be triggered on their behalf. Money raised on the night will be added to the millions of dollars that have been already raised for the campaign through Red Nose sales, community fundraisers and other donations.

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