‘Mean Girls’ Cast Joins Forces to Raise Money for Las Vegas Shooting Victims
By Elisa Osegueda
Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert, Daniel Franzese and Jonathan Bennett joined forces this year to celebrate Mean Girls Day, which fans religiously celebrate every year on Oct. 3, in a pretty epic way.
Bennett, who played Aaron Samuels, shared a video on social media on Tuesday, featuring all four cast members, urging fans to donate just $3 to a GoFundMe initiative called “Mean Girls for Las Vegas.”
“This year, though, we’re doing things a little differently. We want to turn the attention to those who need it,” the cast members say in the video. “After Sunday’s tragic events in Las Vegas, let’s give back. In honor of Mean Girls Day, we’re asking each of you, the groolest fans out there, to help. We’ve started a GoFundMe page and a hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the National Compassion Fund. If every fan gave just $3 in honor of Oct. 3, just $3, we would hit our goal of $300,000 in no time.”
“We know fetch is never going to happen, but we can make this happen,” Chabert says in the video.
The goal is to raise $300,000 to help victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas. All proceeds will go to the National Compassion Fund, a program managed by the National Center for Victims of Crime, which also helped collect and distribute funds to victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, the Aurora shooting and 9/11.
The concept for the video originated with Bennett, who quickly contacted his cast mates. "I literally texted Daniel, Lacey and Amanda and said 'Hey let’s try to raise some money for the victims,'" Bennett told ET exclusively on Tuesday about the video. "I work in Vegas a lot. I have a lot of friends and loved ones in Vegas. So when this happened it hit way too close to home for me. I realized I had to do something."
“We know how much spotlight we all get on October 3," Franzese tells ET. "And we wanted to reflect that light where it was needed the most.”
After reuniting for a good cause, would the two consider a Mean Girls sequel?
“I would totally do a Mean Girls sequel," Bennett tells ET. "I’m just honored to be a part of the whole situation. We never knew this funny little movie we made would become such a pop cultural phenomenon."
“We all want to do a Mean Girls sequel as far as I know, Franzese added.
Meanwhile, tickets for the Mean Girls Broadway show went on sale Tuesday. The new musical adaptation will begin previews at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre on March 12, 2018 with an opening set for April 8.