Britney Spears is aiming to raise as much as $2 million on her upcoming North American tour for the youngest victims of last week's World Trade Center attacks.
The pop star will donate $1 from every ticket sold during the 31-show excursion to the children of the New York police officers and firefighters lost in the catastrophic act of terrorism, according to her publicist. Additionally, the proceeds from exclusive merchandise sold on the road and monies raised through auctioning off many front row tickets to the concerts will benefit the fund. Further details on the auction can be found on the singer's official Web site (www.britney.com).
The seven-week North American tour kicks off October 26 in Miami, Florida (see "Britney Will Explain 'What It's Like To Be Me' On Fall Tour").
Spears is also dedicating a special division of the Britney Spears Foundation, a charity she formed last year in association with the Giving Back Fund, to the children affected by the tragedy. The foundation had previously set up a performing-arts-based summer camp for underprivileged children. The Giving Back Fund is a national nonprofit organization that helps professional athletes, entertainers and others establish and maintain charitable foundations for philanthropic giving.
Spears was in Australia at the time of the attacks and has since cancelled her international promotional tour (see "Britney Spears Scuttles Promo Tour; O-Town, Others Cancel, Defer Shows"). She's expected to arrive back in the States in the coming days, her spokesperson said.
For a full interview with Britney, check out "Britney Spears: Pop Rocks!"