Disclaimer: This blog entry is not intended to indicate affiliation with either “Team Jacob” or “Team Edward.” While I have enjoyed reading the “Twilight” series, and will be attending the midnight showing of “New Moon” tomorrow night, I try to keep objectivity on “Holdin’ out For a Hero,” so I would appreciate if all commenters on this posting will refrain from demonstrating allegiance to either vampires, werewolves, or any other supernatural, nonexistent creatures.This blog is about highlighting the philanthropic efforts of celebrities and public figures, and not for discussing the fictitious characters they play.
If I had been writing this last year, I probably would have had to give a lengthy introduction. I am, however, writing this entry on Nov. 18, two nights before “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” opens in theatres, so people have a pretty good idea of who Taylor Lautner is. Having played a minor role in “Twilight” as Bella’s new friend, Jacob, he now stars in “New Moon” as the best friend who picks up the pieces of Bella’s heart after Edward’s abrupt departure.
But Lautner shouldn’t be recognized simply for his acting chops. The skilled actor and martial artist has proven he is as kind-hearted as the human/werewolf that he portrays. In October of last year, The Power of Youth auctioned off a lunch for two with Taylor, with the proceeds benefiting the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The lunch date sold for a bid of $1,981.
Then, in January of this year, Lautner partnered with actress Vanessa Hudgens to accept a check from CVS Pharmacy for $100,000 on behalf of the Lollipop Theater Network, “a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the magic of movies currently in theaters to children confined to hospitals nationwide due to chronic or life-threatening illnesses,” according to the Twilight News Resource blog.
In fact, just Tuesday night, Lautner attended a screening of “New Moon” with co-star Kristen Stewart to raise funds for the organization Variety of Eastern Tennessee, which exists to serve children who are disadvantaged or who have a “disability.”
So, out of my enthusiasm for attending the showing grew the idea for writing to Taylor. If anything, his character Jacob would make an excellent “Canine Companion for Independence!” (I’m “howling” with laughter at my own joke!)
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