Michael´s Charity Contributions
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1979: Michael Jackson donates an unspecified
number of books, including Peter Pan to the Chicago Public Library'´s
Young Adult Section and promotes reading through a library program
called Boogie to the Book Beat.
July, 1981: Concert
in Atlanta Georgia, Triumph Tour, - benefit concert raises $100,000
at the Omni Auditorium in Atlanta, Georgia for the Atlanta Children's
Foundation in response to a series of kidnappings and murders
that had been plaguing the children of Atlanta for months.
January 10, 1984: During
the filming of Pepsi commercials, Michael Jackson is burned.
As a result of the on-set accident, he is admitted to the Brotman
Medical Center in Culver City, California. Despite palm-sized
second and third-degree burns to the back of his head when pyrotechnics,
somehow, went awry, Jackson visited several other burn patients
and later donated a hyperbaric chamber (used to treat burn victims)
in addition to a large donation toward preparing and equipping
the Michael Jackson Burn Center.
April 9, 1984: David
Smithee, a 14-year-old boy who suffers from cystic
fibrosis is invited to Michael'´s home. It was David'´s
last wish to meet Michael. He dies 7 weeks later.
14, 1984: Michael equips a 19-bed-unit at Mount
Senai New York Medical Center. This center is part of the T.J.
Martell-Foundation for leukemia and cancer research.
May, 1984: Michael
Jackson donates the use of his song Beat It to a national advertising
campaign against drinking and driving. For his contribution,
he received a Special Achievement Award presented by President
July 5, 1984: Michael
Jackson and his family hold a press conference to announce the
changing of the ticket distribution system for the Victory Tour.
During his speech, he announces, Finally, and most importantly,
.... I want you to know that when I first agreed to tour, I
decided to donate all the money I make from our performances
to charity. Three charities benefited from Michael´s
generosity: The United Negro College Fund established the Michael
Jackson Scholarship Fund which, by 1988, had provided scholarships
for 70 students at UNCF member schools, Camp Good Times for
terminally ill children and the T.J. Martell Foundation for
Leukemia and Cancer Research.
July 14, 1984: The
Jacksons, performing in Jacksonville, Florida entertain eight
children suffering from incurable diseases. Fourteen-year-old
Malanda Cooper, a young victim, who has only a short time to
live, writes the Major asking to meet Michael. Michael meets
her backstage prior to a performance. Later 700 disadvantaged
children are treated to the show.
1984: The Jacksons perform at Texas Stadium in
Dallas, donating 1200 tickets to underprivileged children (valued
August, 1984: As
negotiations for a performance in Gary, Indiana break down,
the Jacksons transport forty children from the Thelma Marshall
Children's Home for orphans, foster children and abandoned children,
The Hoosier Boys Home and the Donzels Work Study Program for
high school students working toward a college education to Detroit,
Michigan for the third performance there.
David Smithey a fourteen year-old fan, through the auspices
of the Brass Ring Society, fulfills a lifelong dream. He is
invited to visit Michael Jackson in his home in Encino. David,
a victim of cystic fibrosis had long wished to meet Jackson.
The two young people shared an afternoon watching movies in
the private screening room, eating lunch and playing video games.
Before leaving, he was treated by the superstar to a black sequined
glove and his red leather jacket from Beat It. Seven weeks later,
David Smithey died.
December 13, 1984: Michael
visits the Brotman Memorial Hospital, where he had been treated
when he was burned very badly during the producing of a Pepsi
commercial. He donates all the money he receives from Pepsi,
$1.5 million, to the Michael Jackson Burn Center for Children.
January 28, 1985: Michael
Jackson is one of the first artists to arrive at A&M Lion Share
Studios for the historic recording which brought dozens of nationally
acclaimed artists together in the hope of alleviating famine
in Africa. In an all night session, the largest-grossing single
in the history of the recording arts, We Are The World, is recorded,
spawning a videocassette and a book, all the proceeds of which
would be funneled directly through to famine relief efforts.
The famine relief efforts of this recording resulted in over
$60 million dollars being channeled directly into the countries
most affected. Michael Jackson contributed to the effort not
only as featured artist, but co-wrote the song with Lionel Ritchie
and recorded the demo tracks distributed to the participating
1985: Michael Jackson visits a young girl who
was paralyzed in a car accident in Miami, Florida. Later, he
sent her a tape of the Victory Tour concerts and a tour jacket.
1986: Michael set
up the Michael Jackson UNCF Endowed Scholarship Fund.
T1986 his $1.5 million fund is aimed towards students majoring
in performance art and communications, with money given each
year to students attending a UNCF member college or university.
February 28, 1986: After
having had a heart-transplant, 14-year-old Donna Ashlock from
California gets a call from Michael Jackson. He had heard that
she is a big fan of his. Michael invites her to his home as
soon as she is feeling better. This visit takes place on March
8th. Donna stays for dinner and watches a movie together with
October, 1986: Michael´s
Pets, a line of stuffed animals modeled after Michael Jackson´s
zoo is released to market. Michael Jackson requests that from
each purchase, one dollar should be donated to a children´s
13, 1987: Michael supports a campaign against
racism. He supports efforts of the NAACP, to fight prejudices
against black artists.
September, 1987: Michael
Jackson donates $20,000 to the family of a young Japanese boy,
Yoshiyaki, who had been recently kidnapped and killed. News
footage of his empathy with Yoshiyaki and his family shows a
highly emotional Michael Jackson addressing the incident, I
am very sorry and deeply saddened to hear about Yoshiyaki. If
I could, I would like to rush to his parents to express my words
of sympathy and pay tribute to Yoshiyaki. I would like to dedicate
my Japanese tour to Yoshiyaki.. Yoshiyaki, I know you´re
out there watching us. I hope such a brutal and heartbreaking
thing never happens again. And I love you. Jackson then
proceeded into the song I Just Can´t Stop Loving You.
October 1987: At
the end of his Bad Tour, Michael donates some personal items
to the UNESCO for a charitable auction. The proceeds will be
for the education of children in developing countries. Among
the items were sunglasses, t-shirts and a windbreaker.
November, 1987: Michael
Jackson donates 10,000 pounds to the Children in Need Appeal
November, 1987: Michael
Jackson visits a children´s hospital while touring in
February 1, 1988: The
Song Man In the Mirror enters the charts. The proceeds
from the sales of this record goes to Camp Ronald McDonald for
Good Times, a camp for children who suffer from cancer.
1, 1988: Second stop of the first US leg of
the Bad Tour, New York -- Michael Jackson performs at the Madison
Square Garden, the first of three concerts is a benefit for
the United Negro College Fund. He presents a check for $600,000
to Christopher Edley, UNCF President, making him one of the
UNCF's largest contributors. The reviews in New York read, "Michael's
act has already gone well beyond a pop music concert. By this
time, 97 young people had benefited from Michael Jackson's generosity
to the United Negro College Fund.
April 1988: Free
tickets are given away for three concerts in Atlanta, Georgia
to the Make A Wish Foundation.
April, 1988: It is
announced that 4,000 tickets from Michael Jackson´s concerts
in Britain will be donated to ITV Telethon which will raise
200,000 pounds for Great Ormond Street Children´s Hospital.
May 22, 1988: Michael
visits children who suffer from cancer in the Bambini-Gesu Children´s
Hospital in Rome. He signs autographs and gives away sweets
and records to the little patients. He promises a check of 100,000
pounds to the hospital.
June, 1988: Music
celebrity auction to benefit the T. J. Martell Foundation for
Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research boasts a black fedora signed
by Michael Jackson as its winning bid. It sold for over $4,000.
16, 1988: Before a concert at Wembley Stadium
Michael meets the Prince of Wales and his wife Diana. He hands
over a check of 150,000 pounds for the Prince´s Trust,
and a check of 100,000 pounds for the children's hospital at
Great Ormond Street. He also contributes to the Wishing Well
Fund, established to help finance the construction of a new
building for London´s Hospital for Sick Children. Michael
toured the hospital and visited with some of the patients.
July 20, 1988: Michael
visits terminally ill children at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
At a unit for less critical patients he stays a little bit longer
and tells a story.
August 29, 1988: At
his 30th birthday Michael performs a concert in Leeds, England
for the English charity-organization Give For Life.
The goal of this organization is the immunization of children.
Michael presents a check for 65,000 pounds. The proceeds from
the concert were contributed toward helping immunize 40,000
October, 1988: Michael
Jackson presents a check in the amount of $125,000 to Esther
Edwards and Berry Gordy for the maintenance and upkeep of Hittsville,
USA, Motown's Museum in Detroit, Michigan. He also contributed
a black fedora, a white beaded glove and costume from the Motown
Era for display.
November 1988: One
hundred tickets to the Atlanta, Georgia Bad Tour concerts were
given to the Children´s Wish Foundation to be distributed
to terminally ill children.
1988: Michael visits 12-year-old David Rothenburg.
His father had 5 years earlier burned him very badly in an act
of revenge against his former wife.
January 1989: The
proceeds of one of Michael´s shows in Los Angeles are
donated to Childhelp USA, the biggest charity-organization against
child-abuse. In appreciation of the contributions of Michael,
Childhelp of Southern California is founding the Michael
Jackson International Institute for Research On Child Abuse.
January 10, 1989: The
Bad Tour comes to an end. Under-privileged children are donated
tickets for each concert and Michael donates money to hospitals,
orphanages and charity-organizations. During many of the stops
Michael is joined backstage prior to the concert with ill children
from the local areas in which he performs. Seth Riggs, Michael´s
vocal coach, remarks, Every night the kids would come
in on stretchers, so sick they could hardly hold their heads
up. Michael would kneel down at the stretchers and put his face
right down beside theirs so that he could have his picture taken
with them, and then give them a copy to remember the moment.
February 7, 1989:
Michael visits the Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton,
California. Some weeks earlier a 25-year-old man had fired at
the school´s playground. 5 children had been killed and
39 had been wounded. Many of those present reported that Jackson´s
visit helped them to feel safe again.
March 5, 1989: Michael
invites 200 deprived children of the St. Vincent Institute for
handicapped children and of the organization Big Brothers and
Big Sisters to the Circus Vargas in Santa Barbara. After this
event he invites them to his ranch to introduce his private
zoo at his Neverland Ranch to them.
13, 1989: The organization Wishes Granted
helps 4-year-old Darian Pagan, who suffers from leukemia to
meet Michael. Michael invites the little boy to a performance
of Canadian acrobats.
December 28, 1989: Young
Ryan White, who suffers from hemophilia, spends his holidays
on Michael´s ranch. Ryan had been infected with AIDS by
contaminated blood transfusions in 1984. After he was excluded
from his school in Kokomo, Ryan fought against the discrimination
of AIDS victims.
January 6, 1990: Michael
invites 82 abused and neglected children through Childhelp to
his Neverland Ranch. There are games, a Barbeque and a movie
show provided for them.
Michael Jackson performs at a musical variety special to honor
Sammy Davis, Jr. and proceeds from the special, $250,000, are
donated to the United Negro College Fund.
May, 1990: Make A
Wish Foundation arranges a visit for 14-year-old John Brown,
a young cancer victim, to Michael Jackson´s Neverland
July 1990: 45 children
from the Project Dream Street, Los Angeles, for children with
life-threatening illness are invited to Neverland Valley.
August 18, 1990:
Michael invites 130 children of the YMCA summer program of Los
Angeles and Santa Barbara to his Neverland Ranch. They enjoy
a barbecue, play video games, visit his zoo and watch movies.
Each child takes home a free pair of sneakers.
1990: Michael throws a party for eighty abused
or neglected children from the Village of Childhelp in Beaumont,
California. Later he hosted fifty children from Maclaren Hall
and the Make a Wish Foundation at his home in California.
May 6, 1991: Michael
is invited to the Jane Goodall Charity event. Michael supports
her, an advocate of behavioral research concerning chimpanzees
in Gombe, Nigeria for more than 30 years.
July 26, 1991: Michael
invites 82 abused and neglected children through Childhelp to
his Neverland Ranch. There are games, a Barbeque and a movie
show provided for them.
December 1991: Michael´s
office MJJ Productions treats needy families in Los Angeles
with more than 200 turkey dinners.
February 1992: Within
11 days Michael covers 30,000 miles in Africa, to visit hospitals,
orphanages, schools, churches, and institutions for mentally
February 3, 1992: At
a press conference at the New York Radio City Music Hall, Michael
announces that he is planning a new world tour, to raise funds
for his new "Heal The World" Foundation. This Foundation will
support the fight against AIDS, Juvenile Diabetes and will support
the Camp Ronald McDonald and the Make A Wish Foundation.
May 6, 1992: Michael
Jackson pays for a young boy's funeral who had been killed by
a stray bullet during the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles,
23, 1992: At a press conference in London, Michael
makes an announcement about his Heal The World Foundation.
June 29, 1992: Michael
visits the Sophia Children's Hospital in Rotterdam and presents
a check for 100,000 pounds.
July 1992: Michael
donated L. 821,477,296 to La Partita del Cuore (The Heart Match)
in Rome and donated 120,000 DM to children's charities in Estonia
July 25, 1992: On
the occasion of a concert in Dublin, Ireland, Michael announces
that he will give 400,000 pounds of the tour earnings to various
July 29, 1992: Michael
visits the Queen Elizabeth Children's Hospital in London. To
the surprise the children, he brings Mickey Mouse and Minnie
Mouse from Euro-Disney to the hospital.
July 31, 1992: On
the Eve of his second concert at Wembley Stadium, Michael presents
Prince Charles with a check of 200,000 pounds for the Prince´s
August 16, 1992:
6 year old Nicholas Killen, who lost his eyesight caused by
a life aiding cancer surgery, meets Michael backstage in Leeds,
August, 1992: The
first Heal The World European Children´s Congress meets
in London, England. Eighty-four children between the ages of
8 and 16 come together to express their views on the world's
biggest problems and the solutions, as they see them. Despite
a case of laryngitis, Michael Jackson arrives at Regent´s
College after lunch and stays for approximately four hours.
1992: Michael donated 1 million pesetas to charity
headed by the Queen of Spain.
September 30, 1992: President
Iliescu of Romania inaugurates a playground for 500 orphans
which Michael has financed. Michael discusses his Heal The World
October 1, 1992: Michael
chooses a concert in Bucharest, Romania for worldwide television
broadcast. Bucharest is a logical choice due to the numerous
orphanages the country is known for.
November 24, 1992:
At Kennedy Airport in New York, Michael supervises the loading
of 43 tons of medication, blankets, and winter clothes destined
for Sarajevo. The Heal The World Foundation collaborates with
AmeriCares to bring resources totaling $2.1 million to Sarajevo.
They will be allocated under the supervision of the United Nations.
December 10, 1992:
During a press conference at the American Ambassy in Tokyo Michael
is presented with a check for $100,000 for the Heal The World
Foundation by Tour Sponsor Pepsi.
December 26, 1992: During
a broadcast request for donations to the United Negro College
Fund, Michael declares: Black Colleges and Universities
are breeding some of the leading personalities of our time.
They are on top in business, justice, science and technologies,
politics and religion. I am proud, that the Michael Jackson
Scholarship Program enabled more than 200 young men and women
to get a qualified education..
Relief supplies airlifted to children in Bosnia in association
with Operation Christmas Child, consisting of 30,000 shoebox
gifts of toys, school items, photographs, and letters
collected by U.K. schoolchildren.
January 19, 1993:
Michael is one of the stars to perform at the Presidential Inauguration
of Bill Clinton. Before he sings Gone Too Soon he
draws the attention to the plights of the victims of AIDS and
mentions his friend Ryan White.
1993: A new U.S. Children's Relief Initiative
announced in Los Angeles: Heal L.A., in collaboration
with Cities In Schools, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the BEST Foundation,
Watts Health Foundation, and the Partnership for a Drug Free
America, will help solve the problems facing inner-city youth
by providing drug-abuse and AIDS prevention education, mentoring,
and immunization campaigns in the wake of the 1992 unrest.
January 26, 1993: At
a press conference held at Century Plaza Hotel in Century City,
Los Angeles, Michael is presented with a $200,000 donation from
the National Football League and the Sponsors of the Super Bowl.
He gets another $500,000 from the BEST Foundation for his Heal
The World Foundation.
January, 1993: Donated
$1.25 million dollars plus proceeds from Michael Jackson´s
half-time performance at Super Bowl XXVII in Pasadena, CA (USA)
to Heal L.A.
February 1993: In
association with Sega, launched an initiative to distribute
more than $108,000 of computer games and equipment to children´s
hospitals, children´s homes, and children´s charities
throughout the U.K.
March 1993: The foundation
of an independent film company is announced. They will produce
family-oriented movies. A part of the earnings will go to the
Heal The World Foundation.
March, 1993: Urban
anti-drug media campaign launched by the Partnership for a Drug-Free
America, the Partnership for a Drug-free California and The
BEST Foundation in Los Angeles with support from HTW Foundation
and Heal L.A.
March 27, 1993:
At a meeting at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, Michael
gives a 5-minute speech to 1200 teachers and politicians.
April 26, 1993:
Within his Heal LA tour, Michael visits the Watta
Health Foundation, and two schools in Los Angeles South Central.
Unannounced visit made by Michael Jackson to
three Heal L.A. project sites to participate in discussions
with recipients and providers of the immunization, mentoring,
and drug-abuse prevention programs.
May 5, 1993: With
the assistance of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter´s
Atlanta Project Immunization/Children´s Health Initiative,
arranged for the immunization of 17,000 children in 5 days in
Atlanta, GA (USA); support from Turner Broadcasting System,
Inc., Ronald McDonald Children´s Charities, Gladys Knight,
June 1993: Michael
has announced that he will donate $1.25 million for children
who have suffered from the riots in Los Angeles.
June 1993: Michael
Jackson hosts one hundred children at his ranch from the Challengers
Boys and Girls Club in Los Angeles.
June 10, 1993: Michael
Jackson attends a rally in Los Angeles to launch a new DARE
program, called DAREPLUS (Drug Abuse Resistance Education –
Play and Learn Under Supervision) The purpose of the program
is to inform children about the dangers of drug abuse.
June 18, 1993: Michael
pays a visit to a hospital in Washington. He spends several
hours with the young patients and plays chess with some of them.
July, 1993: Mallory
Cyr, an eight-year-old girl from Sabattus, Maine who suffers
from a rare intestinal disease, receives a letter and generous
check from Michael Jackson. The letter was a result of a letter-writing
campaign organized by school children. Jackson´s letter
read, I am sending you all my loving and caring, Mallory,
along with the enclosed gift, which I hope will help nourish
you and keep you strong. Mallory´s intestinal condition
made it nearly impossible for her to eat and she was being fed
1993: With Pepsi-Cola Thailand, donated $40,000
to Crown Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn´s charity, the
Rural School Children and Youth Development Fund, in support
of school lunch programs in rural villages in Thailand.
August 1993: It is
announced that the proceeds of concerts to be held in New Delhi,
India would be directed to the Ghandi Foundation for Children.
Pepsi guaranteed $160,000 from the two shows.
August 1993: In conjunction
with Pepsi-Cola International, donated new ambulances to the
Contacts One Independent Living Center for Children in Moscow,
Russia and the Hospital de Ninos Dr. Ricardo Gutierrez in Buenos
August 1993: In
Tel Aviv, Israel on a tour stop, Michael Jackson visits a children´s
hospital, distributing toys and talking with the children.
September 1993: While
in Japan, Michael Jackson visited a school at a US naval base.
A terminally ill Dutch boy, 15-year-old Martijn Hendricsen and
his two brothers are flown to Japan in response to a request
by the Make A Wish Foundation. Martijn, who is undergoing treatment
for cancer, wanted to meet his idol, Michael Jackson.
October 1993: Donated
$100,000 to the Children's Defense Fund, the Children´s
Diabetes Foundation, the Atlanta Project, and the Boys and Girl
Clubs of Newark, New Jersey to further the provision of health
services to children.
October 1993: Heal
the World with Pepsi-Cola International donated new ambulances
to the Moscow's Contacts One Independent Living Center for Children
in Moscow, Russia and the Hospital de Ninos Dr. Ricardo Gutierrez
in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1993: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -- Michael Jackson
donates thousands of tickets to his concert to disadvantaged
October 1993: Buenos
Aires, Argentina -- Michael Jackson donates thousands of tickets
to his October 6 concert to ill, needy and disadvantaged children.
October 22, 1993: Michael
visits a hospital in Santiago.
October 28, 1993:
Michael makes it possible for 5000 underprivileged children
to visit the Reino Aventura Park, where the whale Keiko (Free
Willy) is living.
November 5, 1993: Michael
is guest at a children´s party at the Hard Rock Cafe in
December 1993: Heal
the World with the Gorbachev Foundation, USA airlifted 60,000
doses of children´s vaccines to Tblisi, in the Republic
December 16, 1993:
The Heal The World Foundation UK supports Operation Christmas
Child delivering toys, sweets, gifts and food to children
in former Yugoslavia.
Michael donates $500,000 to Elizabeth Taylor´s
January 7, 1994: On
the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr.´s birthday, Michael
gives a party for more than 100 underprivileged children at
his Neverland Ranch.
January, 1994: Heal
the World in conjunction with Unihealth and the Los Angeles
Immunization Coalition provided vaccines to children made homeless
by the Los Angeles earthquake. Heal the World with Discovery
Toys also donated hundreds of toys to the children participating
in the immunization drive.
January, 1994: Over
$85,000 from Heal L.A. is distributed toward earthquake relief
efforts through grants to non-profit organizations dedicated
to aiding families with long-term recovery in the Los Angeles
and San Fernando Valley areas including the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage
Center, Casa Rutilio Grande, Clinica Para Las Americas, Families
in New Directions, Meeting Each Need With Dignity, Proyecto
Esperanza, Pueblo Nuevo, and the Vaughn Street Family Center.
January, 1994: Heal
the World in association with General Electric, Lever Brothers,
and Surf Wash donated washers, dryers, and soap to 25 non-profit
organizations to provide free laundry services to families affected
by the Los Angeles earthquake of January 17, 1994.
January, 1994: Heal
The World, Heal L.A. with the Salvation Army treated over 400
homeless children and parents living in shelters to a day at
January, 1994: Michael
Jackson hosts one hundred children from the Community Youth
Sports and Arts Foundation in Los Angeles at his Neverland Ranch.
Michael spent the day mingling with the children, posing for
photographs and signing autographs. The children watched Beethoven's
2nd, played in the amusement park and checked out the zoo.
22, 1994: The Jackson Family Honors
is televised. The earnings of the show are given to their own
newly formed charity, Family Caring for Families.
April, 1994: Heal
L.A Immunization and Mentoring Initiatives promoted by a visit
to patients by pop/rap artist Kriss Kross to the George C. Page
Children´s Hospital Community Health Center and pop/rap
artists Raven-Symone and Bryton McClure visit to students at
the Bancroft Middle School.
July, 1994: Heal
The World in conjunction with the Los Angeles Unified School
District, Youth Services, the I Have A Dream Foundation, Best
Buddies, Overcoming Obstacles, and California One to One, provides
2000 children with tickets to see Janet Jackson in concert,
the L.A. Laker Jam, and The Beach Boys in concert.
August 6, 1994:
Michael and his wife Lisa Marie are visiting two children's
hospitals in Budapest. They distribute toys to the ill children.
August, 1994: Heal
The World funds are pledged for a liver transplant to save the
life of 4 year old Bela Farkas, a patient at Bethesda Children´s
Hospital in Budapest, Hungary.
August, 1994: In
association with Toys ´R Us and AmeriCares, distributes
$20,000 worth of toys, food, and supplies to children's hospital
in Budapest, Hungary.
Heal L.A. funds implementation of the Los Angeles Team Mentoring
Program in six Los Angeles Unified School District Middle Schools
in the South Central Los Angeles and the Pico Union District,
reaching over 1000 young people.
1994: Heal The World launched the Community School/Safe
Havens Initiative designed to provide Los Angeles communities
with a safe environment in which students, families, and residents
can pursue after-school academic and recreational activities
such as free instruction in computers, language and math skills,
tutoring and sports.
1995: Michael wants
to free dolphins who have been locked up for years. He believes
there should be legal guidelines about the way dolphins have
to live in zoos and parks.
February, 1995: Heal
L.A. expanded curriculum offerings and program hours of the
Community School/Safe Havens Initiative to include over 1200
February 1995: Michael
Jackson privately requests permission to attend funeral services
for little Craig Fleming, a two-year old boy whose mother threw
him over the side of a Los Angeles bridge along with his four-year-old
brother, before jumping to her own planned death. The mother
and four-year-old survived the incident, although the child,
Michael, was badly battered, requiring medical aid. Michael
Jackson presented a contribution towards Michael Fleming´s
medical expenses and founded a special trust fund for Michael´s
care. Jackson later dedicated the song Childhood on the History
album to the memory of Craig Fleming with these words, Childhood
is dedicated to Little Craig Fleming and his surviving brother,
Michael, for whom a scholarship fund has been established to
ensure that his childhood ushers in a future of all possibilities.
March 1995: Little
Bela Farkas received a new liver. Michael and Lisa Marie met
this 4-year-old boy during their trip to Hungary in 1994. Michael
did everything to help Bela, whose only chance to live was getting
a new liver. The Heal The World Foundation covered the surgery
and the cost for caring.
June 1995: Heal the
World/World Children's Congress youth ambassadors present the
findings of the World Children's Congress to the World Summit
of Children during the United Nations 50th Anniversary celebration
in San Francisco, CA. and meet with U.N. Secretary Boutros Boutros-Ghali,
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and many U.N.ambassadors.
Heal the World/World Children´s Congress youth ambassador
from Mexico accompanies Children's Torch of Hope across the
United States bringing the message of the World Children´s
Congress to over 30 events sponsored by the Coalition for Children
of the Earth and EC2000.
1995: Recording Artists BROWNSTONE and Tasha
Scott perform 2 shows for students at Horace Mann Middle School
to launch new school year for Community School/Safe Havens Initiative.
October 1995: Heal
the World/World Children's Congress youth ambassadors report
to the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva,Switzerland.
December 1995: Heal
the World/World Children´s Congress youth ambassadors
address the dedication of the Guardians of the Future
monument in Mexico City, co-sponsored by EC2000, Terra Christa
Communications, UNICEF, the office of the mayor of Mexico City,
and Coalition for Children of the Earth.
December 1995: HTW
in association with the International Rescue Committee, shipped
two pallets of toys to children in war-torn Bosnia and Hercegovina.
February 1996: Heal
the World/World Children´s Congress youth ambassador from
Mexico presents model for creating a sustainable environment
to the U.N. Habitat II Prep Committee.
April 1996: Heal
the World/World Children´s Congress youth ambassadors
attend Children First: A Global Forum, in Atlanta, Georgia.
The event, hosted by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Rosalyn
Carter, the Carter Center, and the Task Force for Child Survival,
and co-sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Annie E.
Casey Foundation, The World Bank, and Heal the World, brings
together 360 representatives from 100 countries to discuss strategies
to improve the quality of life for children.
April 1996: Heal
the World/World Children's Congress youth ambassadors attend
the Spectrum of Light Youth Conference in Washington, D.C. to
form partnerships to emphasize the need for a sustainable society
based on a healthy environment.
1996: Michael Jackson sends a floral tribute
of white roses, carnations and lilies to the funeral of one
of his British fans. The inscription reads, May your courage
be an inspiration to us all. Your spirit shines on. Love, Michael
Jackson Eleven-year-old Jaymee Bowen had lost her battle
with leukemia. Her favorite songs -- Farewell My Summer Love,
Ben and Never Can Say Goodbye -- were played at the funeral
June 1996: A donated
trip to Neverland Ranch received the highest bid at a Cities
in School celebrity auction. Los Angeles KIIS-FM and Cities
in School organized the event, raising over $115,000 to benefit
school children. A trip for four to Michael Jackson´s
Neverland Ranch received the highest bid of $5,200.
June 21, 1996: Michael
donated a four-times platinum disc of HIStory in
aid of the Dunblane appeal at the Royal Oak Hotel, Sevenoaks
July 18, 1996: In
Soweto, South Africa Michael is laying down a wreath of flowers
for youngsters who have been killed during the fights involving
September 1996: The
first Sports Festival Hope was held for orphans
and disadvantaged children. 3000 children and 600 volunteers
took part in the Sports Festival and Michael Jackson was a special
Michael Jackson visits a state orphanage in Bucharest, Romania
prior to his concert before 70,000 in that city. After handing
out toys, Michael said, I wish all the world was here
to see this, instead of sending our brothers to the killing
fields. This is our future -- children. I love you all so much.
September 6, 1996:
Michael visits the children´s unit of a hospital in Prague.
1996: Michael visited a hospital for mentally
challenged children in Kaoshiung, Taiwan and offered 2,000 free
tickets to the sold out performance in Kaoshiung.
October 3, 1996: Michael
visits a children´s hospital, Ronald McDonald House and
AMC and brings small gifts for the patients during a HIStory
tour visit in Amsterdam. A room in the hospital (for parents
who want to be with their children) is named after Michael.
November 1, 1996: Bombay,
India -- 85% of the $5 to $6 million ticket receipts from one
concert is slated to go to he Shiv Udyog Sena to help create
jobs for 270,000 young people in the state of Maharashtra, of
which Bombay is the capital. Upon arriving in Bombay, Jackson
asks his driver to stop the motorcade transporting him from
the airport to his hotel to allow him to spend 20 minutes talking
with children playing in the crowded slums he must pass en route.
November 7, 1996:
Michael Jackson grants American news magazine, American Journal,
permission to accompany him for two weeks on his tour itinerary.
Phenomenal footage narrated by Les Trent depicts Michael Jackson´s
visit to Starship, a children´s hospital in
Auckland, New Zealand, following Jackson from room to room as
he speaks to each child, leaving each a toy and autographed
photo or CD. In answer to Trent´s question regarding how
the children´s faces make him feel, Jackson touches his
chest, replying It touches my heart. Jackson is
also shown backstage just moments prior to his sold out performance,
comforting Emily Smith, a shy, 13-year-old cancer victim. He
welcomes her to the "shy club" while holding her in his arms
and ruffling her curly hair, then poses for photographs with
Emily and her family and rushes off to prepare himself for the
show. In Bangkok, Thailand, Michael Jackson is shown visiting
an orphanage and a school for blind children. At the orphanage,
he leaves a donation of $100,000 American dollars as well as
distributing toys and gifts to children at both the orphanage
and school for the blind. An orphanage spokeswoman comments,
They don´t know him as a pop star. To them he is
just a very nice man who came here to offer hope.
November 13, 1996: Michael
Jackson visits a children´s hospital in Sydney prior to
being publicly feted by Sony Music honoring his sales (exceeding
$75 million in Australia) at a reception held in his honor at
the Opera House. Again, reports state that he spends over two
hours speaking to the children, signing autographs and distributing
gifts to each child. Reports also surface that Michael had committed
a portion of his receipts from his nine Australian performances
to The Smith Family, a charity dedicated to feeding
November 17, 1996:
During scheduled tour stops in Brisbane, Australia, Michael
Jackson visits the Prince of Wales Hospital which houses children
suffering from assorted ailments, including cancer, heart trouble,
asthma and tumors. He signs autographs and distributes toys
to over 75 children, spending hours with the kids.
November 25, 1996:
Michael visited the Royal Children´s Hospital in Melbourne,
delivering toys, signing autographs, and visiting with children.
9, 1996: During a HIStory tour visit in Manila,
Michael visits a children´s hospital. He announces that
a part of his concert earnings will be donated to the renovation
of the hospital.
January 25, 1997: Michael
waved his personal fee for his Bombay appearance and donated
$1.1 million to a local charity helping to educate children
living in slums.
April 4, 1997: British
magazine OK! is publishing exclusive photos of Michael´s
son Prince. The magazine pays about 1 million pounds for the
photos. Michael donates the money to charity.
June 18, 1997: Michael
signed the Children in Need book auctioned by the
September 1998: Michael
meets 5 year old Aza Woods, who suffers from cancer, at the
Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. Michael introduces Aza to the attraction
Star Trek: The Experience and spends the rest of
the afternoon with the little boy. Finally Michael invites Aza
to spend some time with him at his Neverland Ranch.
November 16, 1998:
Michael arrives in Harare, Zimbabwe. He is a member of the American
Delegation invited by the Minister of Defense. The delegation
thanks the government of Zimbabwe for helping to keep the peace
in this area.
June 1999: Michael
Jackson and Friends concerts in Korea and Germany raise $3.3
million dollars for the humanitarian agencies UNESCO, Nelson
Mandela´s Children´s Fund and the International
Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
4, 1999: Michael presented Nelson Mandela with
a check for 1,000,000 South African rand for the Nelson
Mandela Children´s Fund.
January 22, 2000: During
Christmas of 1999 a violent storm ravaged the park of the Chateau
de Versailles and destroyed 10,000 trees in the park. The estimated
cost for rebuilding the park is around $20 million. Some celebrities
are supporting the restoration of the park. French officials
are reporting that Michael Jackson is one of them. He was one
of the first people to donate money to this cause.
January 2000: The
United Negro College Fund's "Evening Of Stars January
15th telethon fundraiser raised $13.5 million in cash and pledges.
Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Whitney Houston, and Barry White
were among the performers.
May 2000: Michael
Jackson donated items to 4th annual online auction for the T.
J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research.
May 2000: Michael
Jackson escorted Elizabeth Taylor in the gala tribute in her
honor at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Proceeds from this
tribute benefited the Red Hot Aids Charitable Trust and the
Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation.
October 28, 2000:
Michael painted a plate to be auctioned for the Carousel
of Hope Ball benefiting childhood diabetes research.
October 2000: Michael
and other members of the Jackson family support WAVE TO
THE WORLD an official fund-raising project of the Paralympic
Games 2000 in Sydney, Australia.
2000: Michael donated one of his fedoras, which
he autographed, and a limited-edition poster for an auction
at the annual gala of the African Ambassadors´ Spouses
association to help raise money to fight childhood AIDS in Africa.
November 2000: President
Bill Clinton, Michael Jackson and Jordan´s Queen Noor
were honored for their work to fight cancer at a star-studded
black-tie dinner to raise $4 million for the New York-based
G&P cancer Foundation, which funds research into leukemia, lymphoma
and related cancers. The G&P foundation was created by Denise
Rich to honor her daughter, who died of leukemia at the age
December 2000: Michael
Jackson appeared on stage at the Miracle On 34th Street,
a charity concert organized by radio station KTU 103,5 FM at
the Madison Square Garden in New York, USA.
2001: Heal The Kids
is launched, the latest initiative of the Heal The World Foundation
in cooperation with the L’Chaim Society. It's a plan to initiate
and coordinate international action to help parents rededicate
their lives to their children and provide the children with
the love and attention they need and deserve.
March 6, 2001: Michael
donated a black hat, a birthday phone-call and a jacket worn
at the Monaco Music Awards in 2000 to the Movie Action for Children
auction, an event being given by UNICEF with all proceeds will
going to UNICEF's efforts to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission
March 26, 2001:
Michael handed out books to young people at a Newark, NJ theater.
The event, which helped to launch the Michael Jackson International
Book Club, part of his new Heal the Kids charity, aims to promote
childhood reading and encourage parents to return to reading
September 15, 2002:
Michael donated 16 exclusively autographed items consisting
of CD´s, videos and 2 cotton napkins to aid in the support
of the victims of a severe flood in Germany. These items were
auctioned off for charity and managed to raise 3935 Euro (US$
12, 2002: Michael Jackson invited more than 200
Team Vandenberg members, who recently returned from overseas
deployments, and their families to his Neverland Ranch. This
was to show his appreciation for the sacrifices the military
in his community make.
November 19-29, 2002:
Michael donated an autographed teddy bear dressed in his likeness
to Siegfried & Roy´s celebrity teddy bear auction. This
auction benefits Opportunity Village which is a non-profit organization
based in Las Vegas (USA) that enhances the lives of individuals
with intellectual disabilities and their families. Michael´s
autographed teddy bear raised $5,000 for the charity.
November 21, 2002:
Michael donated a jacket to the The Bambi Charity Event in Berlin
which raised $16,000.
April 25, 2003:
Michael Jackson performed at a fundraiser for the Democratic
National Committee at the Apollo Theater in Harlem helping to
raise nearly $3 million dollars towards voter registration.
June 2003: The Wolf
family, who experienced serious damages to their belongings
during the flood in Saxony, Germany last August, was invited
to Berlin by Michael Jackson when he was at the Bambi Awards.
On that occasion Michael invited them to Neverland. In June,
they spent three days at Neverland, meeting Michael and his
September 13, 2003:
Michael hosted a star-studded charity event at Neverland. Only
400 tickets were available for purchase. Ticket price at presale
was $725, with proceeds going to charity. Among those in attendance
were Aaron and Nick Carter, Mike Tyson, Penny Marshall, Pink,
and BoysIIMen, to name a few. R&B singer Ashanti performed her
hit single, '´Aww Baby´ mixed with Michael´s
hit Rock With You, from the ´Off The Wall´
album. The Carter brothers later presented Michael with a belated
birthday cake. This led to a massive food fight—which of course,
Michael started! Michael addressed those in attendance: Thank
you all for coming tonight. For in my opinion, in my opinion,
is a very special cause and the cause is our future and the
future is our children. I will continue to fight for them for
the rest of my life.
October 27, 2003:
Michael premiered the short film for his latest charity single
titled What More Can I Give? in the conference area
of the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The same day, the
official “Music for Giving” web site was up and running. Beginning
at 3 pm (Pacific Standard Time), the charity single “What More
Can I Give?” became available online for download for a donation
of $2. The following charities received donations when “What
More Can I Give” was downloaded:
Mr. Holland´s Opus Foundation
The International Child Art Foundation
Michael Jackson donated painted shoes for charity. A shoe manufacturer
named Tatami had the idea to create a charity titled Shoes
For Charity for children suffering from traumas. Celebrities,
including Michael Jackson, gave their donated shoes a special
and unique touch by painting them. October 27 -- Michael Jackson
received the Radio Music Awards´ first Humanitarian Award.
The award was presented to him by pop singer Beyonce´
Knowles. Knowles is among a number of artists who participated
in Michael´s charity single, What More Can I Give?
March 14, 2007:
Michael gave complimentary tickets to orphans and handicapped
and physically-challenged people so that they could attend a
´Fan Appreciation´ event in Tokyo. At the event,
Michael went onto the balcony to greet them all.
May 29, 2007:
Michael persuaded an auction house in Las Vegas
to donate a portion of its profits of auctioning off lots of
memorabilia of the Jackson family to charity.