The two-day Celebrity Sports Invitational took place a couple of weeks ago in Banff, Alberta, Canada and attracted a fair number of celebrities, from Alec Baldwin, who was a co-host, to Christie Brinkley. Celebs gathered at the Banff Springs Hotel and Sunshine Village for some skiing and various winter games. Other stars in attendance include Kelsey Grammer, Julianna Margulies, Mimi Rogers, and Marcia Gay Harden.
The event is a fundraiser for Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.‘s project, Waterkeeper Alliance. The group works for clean water for communities and also lends support to various environmental initiatives.
The fundraiser was open to the public, with celebrities taking part in the activities in full view of the visitors to Sunshine Village. A charity dinner was also accessible to non-celebrities, although I’m sure many people would shy away from the very idea of forking over $500 for the tickets. Still, I’m sure it was worth it for a good cause.
The other celebs present at the event had some pretty positive things to say about having the chance to work for the environment.
“One of the most important things celebrity can do is to bring attention to a cause and this is a great one. I mean, who wouldn’t want to protect all this?” (Lorenzo Lamas) says, while glancing around at the spectacular Canadian Rockies.
Actor Corbin Bernsen says people should feel obligated to help causes they believe in, not because they are celebrities, but because they are human.
“I have never been one to play that celebrity card, but if people know who we are and they support the cause because of it, it’s worth it,” he adds.
Gordon Downie, the lead vocalist of Canadian band Tragically Hip, also believes that big-name celebrities should attend such events more often to attract the media and the public’s attention to important causes.
Makes me wonder what it would be like if young Hollywood started paying more attention to these events. Could environmental causes receive a bigger image boost? Like it or not, they’re a pretty major driving force, although I’m pretty sure I’d be cringing if any one of them started, like, talking about, you know, how, like, important the environment is, you know, and it’s like really cool to be like part of a cool cause.