Trisha Yearwood honored Betty White’s 100th birthday by supporting one of her biggest passions in life — animals. On January 17, Yearwood, using a TalkShopLive Livestream, raised funds for White’s animal charity, Dottie’s Yard, ushering in $24,000 in 15 minutes, per the Daily Mail. “I just think Betty right now is so happy that this is the way that the world is choosing to celebrate her birthday by giving to animals which was so near and dear to her heart,” Yearwood said, joined by her two rescue dogs.
The fundraiser was a part of the “#BettyWhiteChallenge,” per the Mail, an online initiative White’s fans created to galvanize people into donating to animal shelters and charities in her honor. As Yearwood pointed out, there are also non-monetary ways of helping. “If you can’t donate money, everybody has a shelter. There’s a local shelter in your area or humane association. You can volunteer, you can drop off supplies,” she noted. In total, Yearwood racked up about $38,000 in donations.
Yearwood also made a poignant observation about White during the stream, fondly sharing the time her daughter Ally met White, recalling how her then-young child took an instant liking to “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” star. “I think Betty’s appeal was just really — there was no limit, no age group,” Yearwood said. “Everybody loved her.”