How Will Ferrell Is Using His Iconic Characters To Raise Money For ‘Cancer For College’ Charity

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When you think of Will Ferrell, the first image that pops into your mind is probably one of his many iconic characters from over the years.

Whether it’s Ron Burgundy from Anchorman, Buddy the elf from the most popular Christmas movie of all time, Elf, or his beloved cowbell-playing band member from the Saturday Night Live “More Cowbell” sketch, Will Ferrell’s characters are nothing short of legendary.

Recently, the 52-year-old actor revived his cowbell character during an acoustic Chris Martin performance at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California. However, before you write this off as one of his goofy cameos, it was all for a good cause.

On October 6, Will Ferrell hosted Will Ferrell’s Best Night of Your Life, which included performances by Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses, Brad Paisley, and many other A-list musicians. Comedians Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden, and Samantha Bee also made appearances at the event, which raised money for Cancer for College, a charity started by Will’s fraternity brother and longtime friend Craig Pollard, who battled cancer while the two were sophomores in college.

According to Entertainment Tonight, events like this have raised over $3 million in scholarships for cancer survivors hoping to go to college.

“There’s so much focus on getting through, surviving cancer, that a lot of families, they don’t have resources for college,” Will said.

Just what we love to see: celebs doing good for people who deserve it.

Cancer for College accepts donations of any size.

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