Jimmy Kimmel admits he’s “kind of an easy mark” for charity shoulder taps, but hearing the genesis of Alex’s Lemonade Stand from her parents hooked him.
“This little 4-year-old girl with terminal cancer wanted to raise money, not for herself, but for other children,” Kimmel says. “If you aren’t touched by this selfless little girl, then you are untouchable.”
Clearly moved, Kimmel began hosting the annual culinary fundraiser.
“These chefs aren’t just coming out and saying a few words. They are spending their own money and bringing their staffs to support this,” says the foodie.
Kimmel’s proud of his own philanthropic endeavor, the Feast of San Gennaro, Los Angeles, which benefits local charities, and he’s also involved with Comfort the Children, which helps Kenyan women become self-sufficient.
“I met (CTC founder) Zane Wilemon through my wife, who volunteered in Kenya,” Kimmel says. “Here’s this kid from Texas who could have done many things but spends his time giving people better lives. It makes all of my perceived problems seem very small.”