The Parks and Recreation special that aired on NBC Thursday
night was good for a number of reasons. It reunited the entire main
cast, plus a number of supporting faves. It gave nationwide
quarantiners something fun and heartwarming to watch, relieving
boredom and, during its sing-along finale, making
untold viewers weep with joy. And it raised a ton of money for
the charity Feeding America — some $3 million so far, to be
first reported Friday afternoon that the special — which
found its cast recording from their homes, returning to characters
that haven’t been on television since the 2017 series finale —
had raised $2.8 million for the charity, which seeks to help the
hungry during the pandemic.
As per IndieWire, that number has since ballooned even higher.
That tally includes not only the amount raised by viewers, but also
the $500,000 in matching donations from State Farm, Subaru of
America, NBCUniversal, and the show’s cast and crew.
The Parks and Recreation special not only managed to wrangle up
the entire main cast — although first and second season regular
Paul Schneider (Mark Brandanawicz) and late period
scene-stealer/shouter Billy Eichner (Craig Middlebrooks) were MIA
— but also favorites like Megan Mullally (Tammy II), Jon Glaser
(Councilman Jamm), Mo Collins (Joan Callamezzo), Jay Jackson (Perd
Hapley), and more. It even opened with a surprise, gifting us with
return of Paul Rudd, aka bozo rich kid-turned-politico Bobby
Anyone who still wants to donate to Feeding America can do so here.
Source: FS – All – Entertainment – News 2
The ‘Parks And Recreation’ Special Has Already Raised
Million For Charity