Thursday, March 27
Charity calls off event with Sarandon
The United Way says her anti-war views made her speaking engagement ''divisive'' and brought complaints.
Leonora LaPeter, St. Petersburg Times, March 27, 2003
The United Way of Tampa Bay canceled an upcoming event featuring Susan Sarandon after getting three dozen complaints from donors and others about the actor's opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq.
Sarandon, the 56-year-old Academy Award winner, was to be the keynote speaker at the April 11 daylong event sponsored by the United Way's women's leadership group and designed to inspire volunteerism in the community. Her brother, Terry Tomalin, outdoors writer at the St. Petersburg Times, asked her to participate in the event six months ago. [...]