Hip Hop Star "P. Diddy" to Run NYC Marathon to Raise $1 Million for Education, Health Care, HIV/AIDS Groups
October 2, 2003
Hip hop star Sean "P. Diddy" Combs on Tuesday announced that he will run the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 2 to help raise funds for education and health care charities, including HIV/AIDS programs, Reuters reports (Reuters, 9/30). Combs hopes his initiative, called "Diddy Runs the City," will raise $1 million through corporate and individual donations for groups, including Daddy's House Social Programs, a youth-oriented organization founded by Combs, and Children's Hope Foundation, a volunteer-based group aimed at meeting the medical and social needs of HIV/AIDS-affected youth. Combs has assembled a "host committee" of celebrities -- including actress Sarah Jessica Parker, rapper Jay-Z, hip hop mogul Russell Simmons, designer Calvin Klein and baseball player Derek Jeter, among others -- to help raise awareness and funds by participating in public service announcements and donating items for auction ("Diddy Runs the City" release, 9/30). Combs also is being supported by corporate sponsors such as Nike, McDonald's and MTV Networks, according to Reuters (Reuters, 9/30).
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