a star on ABCís The View, confessed that she hadnít been
"as participatory as I should have been" with Chabadís Children
of Chernobyl (CCOC) mission to rescue children from Russia and
Ukraine stricken by the nuclear explosion of 1986. She hadnít
been heard from since she served as guest auctioneer at a 1996
That didnít inhibit the
group from presenting her with its Children at Heart Award at
its fundraiser in November at Chelsea Pier 60 in New York.
"I will do better next
time," Whoopi promised. "It doesnít mean thereíll be a check
coming," she added.
Robert Land, jetBlueís senior vice president of government
affairs, for accepting an award for the airline for its support
of CCOC auctions for several years.
"Iím a Virgin girl,"
Whoopi asserted. "Iím glad thereís competition. I will some day
get on jetBlue ó but I expect to be fed!"
former vice chairman of Lehman Brothers and now vice chairman of
Barclays Capital, was presented with the
He too admitted heíd
never been involved with Children of Chernobyl. But now that he
learned how the organization saved 27,000 young lives in the
past 20 years by bringing them to Israel for medical treatment
and education, heís a changed man.
"I came here a stranger
but I will not leave as a stranger," he said. "There will be a
check in the mail."
Jesse Eisenberg, who
portrayed Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg in The
Social Network, revealed that his family originated
in Ukraine. "At that time Ukraine was in Poland, then Russia,
maybe even Kenya. Who knows?"
He said he recently
visited a cousin, Maria, in Poland.
"She wants her family in
America to think of her, to remember her, to Skype her
occasionally," Jesse said. "Similarly we should remember and
help the Chernobyl children."
Jon Voight, whoís
been emceeing the dinner every year, was a no-show this time. He
had a good excuse though ó heís filming in Alaska.
Bruce Beck filled in eminently. While handing out the awards
he allowed as how he grew up in Livingston, N.J., and had a bar
mitzvah without having learned Hebrew. "I memorized my haftorah,"
he explained. He chanted a phrase or two, to the delight of the