Troubled actor Charlie Sheen has made a considerable donation to the Alabama tornado relief fund, contributing a sum of $25,000.
As CBS News has reported, Charlie Sheen has provided $25,000 to the trust set up to deal with the after effects of the Alabama tornado: the Tuscaloosa Disaster Relief Fund. Of the $25,000, some $15,000 came from Sheen personally and $10,000 from a fundraising website set up by Sheen.
The tornadoes occurred in the Spring of 2011, ripping through the U.S. South from Mississippi to Virginia. The most devastating tornado was one which swept across Tuscaloosa on April, 27 with winds in excess of 200 mph. The tornadoes caused a large amount of damage to thousands of homes and businesses across the South and killed some 250 people in Alabama (including 52 in the west Alabama city).
Charlie Sheen, aged 46, is probably best known for a long-term starring role in the U.S. sitcom "Two and a Half Men". Sheen was fired from the show in March 2011, by CBS and Warner, after a series of fallings out with show's producers and network, as well as some erratic behaviour in public. At the time Sheen was one of the highest paid actors on television earning, according to USA Today, $1.8 million per episode. Sheen (born Carlos Irwin Estevez) also featured in the film "Platoon" and the TV series "Spin City".
Following the tornadoes, ABC News records that Sheen visited storm-damaged Tuscaloosa after the April 27 (YouTube has a video record of his visit). Tuscaloosa is a city located in west central Alabama. On the visit Sheen said that he would find ways to raise $25,000 towards the relief campaign. After a period of quiescence, Sheen made the donation, unannounced, on December 1. The donation by Sheen has only recently come to light after it was declared by the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the relief fund.
Sheen's initial idea was for a concert; when this fell through the actor set up a website to accept donations. As CTV News notes, when the website did not raise Sheen's target of $25,000, the actor made up the shortfall himself. The Huffington Post quotes Bob Maron, who is one of Sheen's managers, as saying: "he said he wanted to raise $25,000, and he made good on that".