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May 15, 2009

Bette Midler and 50 Cent Join Forces to Save Environment

Bette Midler planting trees for her New York Restoration Project in August 2004.
Photo: Adam Chazan

by Beata Loyfman

Bette Midler, 50 Cent, and Dolly Parton walk into a bar.

No, it's not a bad joke, it's what you'll find if you go to Fort Tryon Park in upper Manhattan on May 19 at 6:30 p.m. The annual Spring Picnic raises funds for Midler's New York Restoration Project, a nonprofit dedicated to developing and maintaining New York's green spaces. For as little as $250 (half of which is tax deductible) you can hang out with Bette and her random celeb pals, have a fun dinner, and contribute to a worthwhile cause. Or if you're a high roller in need of an investment, Bette will sell you a $10,000 table for $8,500 if you pay in cash. Any takers?

Bette recently wrote about the theme of the eighth Spring Picnic (Recession Chic) on the Daily Beast. What would this wealthy gal know about surviving a recession? "I was raised by parents who lived through the Depression and I know how to stretch a dollar tighter than Rush Limbaugh's thong." Ahh, that explains it. Just one question: With such an, ahem, eclectic group in attendance, what will the music selection be? A rap, country, show tunes blend? Perhaps a Depression-era ditty?

Further reading:
* Bette, the showgirl, must go on
* Boldface: Celebrity travels


50 Cent and Bette...can't wait for the duet.

I'd pay $250 for some a capella!

If you help plant a tree (and ask really nicely), Bette might just oblige.
- Beata Loyfman

save the environment and get to hang with .50. sounds like a real NYC party!!!!!

Please tell me you will attend this event.

I would but my bank account is in dire straits. Perhaps someone would like to take up a collection to sponsor me?

I had to share this photo of Bette and 50. It's something special:
- Beata

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