Susan Sarandon has a wicked smash. She has been a table tennis fan and player for ages, and even has a NYC private table tennis/social club called SPIN. It is a natural fit that Sarandon, along with pal, Mary-Louise Parker, would host a charity Ping-Pong ball filled with famous folks with gigantic hearts…and you. The event, on March 27, will raise vital funds for Hope North Uganda, a charitable organization that provides safe haven in Northern Uganda for children who have been abducted and forced to serve as soldiers in the brutal civil war. Orphans, refugees, and escaped soldiers call the 40-acre campus home, and in addition to safety and shelter, they find vocational training, education, and security–perhaps for the first time in their young lives.
The table tennis charity night will also feature a live auction, and performances by Rufus Wainwright, Josh Ritter, Jesse Malin, Martha Wainwright, Charlie Mars, and Hope North founder Okello Kelo Sam. Lots of recognizable folks from the entertainment industry will be on hand, slapping paddles, dancing, and partying, including some of the host committee, like Forest and Keisha Whitaker, Julian Schnabel, Malaak and Chris Rock, Piper Perabo, Julianne Moore, Adrian Grenier, and Ellen Barkin. It’s barely more than 30 bucks to join, and if Manhattan’s 23rd Street is beyond your reach on that Sunday evening, think about donating to support Hope North.