Fistula Foundation Supporter Louis CK to Appear in ‘JEOPARDY!’ Power Players Week on May 18
Emmy Award® Winner, Comedian, and Actor will Compete for $50,000 Charitable Prize
San Jose, CA, May 11 – Fistula Foundation could win a $50,000 prize from JEOPARDY! when Emmy Award winning writer, comedian and actor Louis CK competes during Power Players Week. His game is scheduled to air on Wednesday, May 18.
Based in Silicon Valley, Fistula Foundation funds treatment of obstetric fistula, a childbirth injury prevalent throughout sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia that renders women incontinent and too often social outcasts. One million women suffer from this devastating injury worldwide. The only cure is surgery, which costs $586 on average and can often be completed in under an hour. Fistula Foundation is the largest supporter of obstetric fistula surgery globally, currently funding treatment in more than 20 countries.
Fistula Foundation CEO Kate Grant comments:
“Louis CK’s brilliance as a writer and performer – giving us the gifts of laughter, insight and joy – is matched by his capacious and empathetic heart. We are honored and thrilled that Louis CK has chosen Fistula Foundation to be ‘his’ charity.
The selflessness and generosity of people like Louis CK are changing the future for women with fistula. Louis CK has been an unlikely partner and a powerful champion of our work, and more women’s lives have been forever changed for the better because of him.”
CK’s support of Fistula Foundation dates back to 2011, when he donated a portion of proceeds from the successful direct to consumer sale of his “Live at the Beacon Theater” comedy show, which netted one million dollars in just ten days. In 2014, one supportive tweet from CK sent thousands of followers to Fistula Foundation’s website; so many, the site momentarily crashed.
Comedian and actor Louis CK comments:
“Obstetric fistula is a fixable problem. That’s why Fistula Foundation is my kind of charity: they do a simple thing that completely transforms a woman’s life. They pay for a fistula repair surgery and then these women’s lives are set – they can get educated, get a job, do whatever they want. I like knowing that the support I give is really changing lives.”
In anticipation of the May 18 air date, everyone can join Louis CK in winning donations for Fistula Foundation. A generous, anonymous donor has committed up to $25,000 in donations to be unlocked via “Fistula Game!” which features trivia questions about obstetric fistula, Louis CK, and JEOPARDY!. Correct answers could result in up to $27 per game in donations released to Fistula Foundation. Learn more or play the game at www.FistulaFoundation.org.
On May 18, CK will compete against Kate Bolduan, co-host of CNN’s “At This Hour,” and Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post. Each will compete for the charity of their choice; each player will receive a guaranteed $10,000 for their cause and the winning contestant will earn a minimum of $50,000 for their charity. This is the fourth edition of Power Players Week. Since the first edition aired in 1997, Power Players have earned a total of $965,900 for charities of their choice.
Watch this video to hear Louis CK talk about what it feels like to compete on Jeopardy! and why he’s playing for Fistula Foundation:
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For further information, please contact:
Jessica Love, Vice President, Communications at Fistula Foundation
(408) 249-9596 office | (408) 367-9595 mobile | Jessica@fistulafoundation.org
About Fistula Foundation
Fistula Foundation is dedicated to treating obstetric fistula, because no woman should suffer a life of isolation and misery simply for trying to bring a child into this world. We fund local partners in more than 20 countries across Africa and Asia, and have delivered free fistula treatment to more than 19,000 women, more than any other nonprofit not taking government funds. Based in San Jose, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley, Fistula Foundation is honored to have received ten consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator; a designation only one percent of reviewed charities have received.
About Power Players Jeopardy!
Host Alex Trebek talks about the role of charity in Power Players Jeopardy! in the clip below. For a full list of charities represented, visit the Jeopardy! website.