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New Hampshire Children Win on "Idol Gives Back"

April 10, 2008

Peterborough, NH - Some of New Hampshire's neediest children will get a helping hand from the stars of tomorrow -- through the hit television show, "American Idol." The show has named the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) as a beneficiary of its "Idol Gives Back" fundraiser.

CDF spokesperson Ashley White says it's one of several U.S. and international groups to benefit from the generosity of "American Idol" viewers -- and the support is especially important for kids in the Granite State.

"In New Hampshire, one in 11 children is poor, and a baby is born into poverty every five hours. So, with the money raised by 'Idol Gives Back,' we hope to sustain and expand our work to ensure a level playing field for all children. The audience for 'American Idol' supports promoting people's best and giving them the best opportunities to succeed in life; and the Children's Defense Fund, like many of the other nonprofit groups involved, wants to lift every child out of poverty and give them the opportunity to succeed in life."

White says CDF plans to invest any proceeds in its programs to ensure health coverage for more children, end child poverty, and cultivate youth leadership.

John Robinson/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - NH