Legendary funny lady and actress would have celebrated her 100th birthday on .
She passed away on New Year’s Eve in just weeks after an announcement was made that she would be (virtually) celebrating her 100th birthday with her , as more than 900 theaters across the country were on tap to participate in the Fathom theatrical event called : 100 Years Young – A Birthday Celebration.
According to Fathom Events, the had given filmmakers access to create a special production about her life:
“White granted exclusive access to filmmakers Steve Boettcher and Mike Trinklein in the making of this special movie event. It offers a revealing glimpse into her life-behind-the-scenes on set, working with her office staff, entertaining at home, lending her voice as an and, we join her at her actual birthday party, as she celebrates the big day with a star-studded cast of friends that love her!”
Though passed away more than two weeks before what would have been her 100th birthday, the event was still held in of the on , just as it had been planned.
But another celebration of sorts has taken by storm, resulting in an amazing contributive effort by thousands of all over the world toward something very near and dear to the ‘s heart. It’s called simply, the “ .”
White was known for her smile, her ability to make people laugh, and for her acting abilities. But she was just as well known as an . and also for her love for animals. Her knew this well, and shortly after her death, those took to to garner support for the so-called that was, in reality, a way of honoring the by doing something meaningful for animals and shelters all around the world.
Jane Newhouse, founder of the Newhouse Wildlife Refuge in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, says her organization received of more than $17,000 on Monday.
“Betty was able to inspire kindness and generosity in others, even after her death,” Newhouse said. “In my humble opinion, this is the greatest accomplishment one can ask for.”
A New England located in the state of Vermont reported nearly $13,000 in , while a Canadian sanctuary drew almost $40,000 in in of , the reknowned .
SPCA St. John’s tweeted a big thank you to donors who gave a combined total of more than $14,000.
We have been inundated with donations in honor of Betty White. We want to say thanks to all of our supporters who donated in her memory yesterday whether it be online or dropping off donations.
— SPCA St.John's (@SPCAStJohns) January 18, 2022
PEOPLE reported that country music star held a virtual event to raise money as part of the , and her efforts drew in $24,000, and she was able to do so in just 15 minutes!
According to GlobalNews.com, several rescues and shelters had received in the Alberta, Canada, vicinity. In total, ‘ love for resulted in close to $200,000 in combined for the Canadian organizations:
“SCARS, the Second Chance Society, said it had received ‘an incredible $38,143 in , with 1,156 people donating’ as of 4:00 p.m. Monday,” the Canadian post read. “The Calgary had raised over $50,000 as of 3:30 p.m. Monday, and the Edmonton said it had received over $25,000 as of 3 p.m. The Alberta Crew (AARCS) said people donated $60,000 by the end of the day Monday.”
And these are only a few of the humane societies, locations, and organizations that benefitted from ‘s love for animals and her ‘ admiration for her.
The by the name of .success so far, and we expect to hear even more stories of the outpouring of from those who love animals and loved the delightful we knew
May she rest in peace, and may her legacy continue to live on.