George & Amal Clooney Used Their Checkbook to Make a Huge Statement
The Clooneys are once again putting their money where their mouths are and pledging major dollars toward a good and timely cause. It's not unlike George and Amal Clooney to make good on their charitable words by springing into action to help others, and this week was no exception because this celebrity couple may have just done the most important bit of charity work to date: helping the survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting protest the lax gun laws in our nation while also working to eradicate future devastating gun-related violence with stricter gun laws.
Both George and Amal came together on Monday to show solidarity with the survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland (which happened on Feb. 14) by donating $500,000 to the March for Lives, which the survivors are in the midst of planning. Per Deadline, George released the following statement to accompany their generous donation.
"Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School," he writes. "Our family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country, and in the name of our children Ella and Alexander, we’re donating 500,000 dollars to help pay for this groundbreaking event. Our children’s lives depend on it."
While the Clooneys were among the first notable celebrities to make their donation to the March for Lives this week, by Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 20), it was reported (again via Deadline) that Steven Spielberg and his wife, actor Kate Capshaw, had also donated $500,000. Spielberg also released a heartfelt statement about why donating to the March for Lives was so important to him and his wife.
"The young students in Florida and now across the country are already demonstrating their leadership with a confidence and maturity that belies their ages," Spielberg writes. "Kate and I applaud their efforts to take a stand for the benefit of this and future generations. They are an inspiration to us all, and we are joining in this movement with a donation of $500,000."
The Clooneys and Spielberg were joined in their donations with a third matched donation of $500,000, this one from former Disney exec Jeffrey Katzenberg and his wife. It's unclear at this time if other celebrities will match these three donations (it's entirely possible) or if any other celebrities will donate at all. Regardless, this incredible donation streak set off by the Clooney is just further proof that there is some good left in the world and that yet another opportunity for Americans to make their voices heard about an important issue has a fighting chance of being seen by as many people as possible thanks to the celebrities who have offered their platform and money to a charitable cause.