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Doing Their Part

May 21, 2007 12:00 AM

"Live With Regis and Kelly's" broadcasts from New Orleans this week should leave a lasting impression on the city. The "Live" crew, along with the staff of distributor Disney/ABC Domestic Television, have made it their cause to help to rebuild the city, still struggling after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The team is spearheading construction of a playground for Drew Elementary School, a 600-student campus located in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. With students' ideas incorporated into the final design, the school's Live With Regis and Kelly Playground will be unveiled on "Live" while it's on location in the Big Easy.

In addition to building the playground, the employees of Disney/ABC Domestic Television took up a collection of much-needed items and supplies for the school, yielding a truckload of donations including art and school supplies, games, sports equipment and even audiovisual equipment for classrooms. The effort extended beyond the Burbank headquarters, with all of the division's satellite offices participating as well.

"It's extremely gratifying to bring something positive to an area that was so hard-hit by Hurricane Katrina," said Janice Marinelli, president of Disney/ABC Domestic Television. "I am also especially proud of our employees and their generous contributions to this endeavor." -- Chris Pursell

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