Friday, October 13, 2006

Bono and Oprah Shop in Chicago

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Bono and Oprah hit the Magnificent Mile.

CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- Talk show host Oprah Winfrey and humanitarian rocker Bono hit the city's "Magnificent Mile" on Thursday for a shopping spree to promote a new line of clothing, accessories and gadgets, including a special-edition iPod, that will raise money to fight AIDS in Africa.

Dozens of "(Product) Red" items will go on sale in the coming weeks by Gap Inc., Apple Computer Inc., Motorola Inc., Converse Inc. and Emporio Armani.

Portions of the product sales will go to The Global Fund, an organization that fights AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

"Some people won't put on marching boots, so we've got to get to people where they are at, and they're in the shopping malls," Bono said in a phone interview. "Now you're buying jeans and T-shirts, and you're paying for 10 women in Africa to get medication for their children with HIV."

The Gap, which will debut its Red line in stores on Friday, will donate half the profits to The Global Fund.

Apple will contribute $10 from the sale of each new red-colored iPod nano. The model, priced the same as its $199 cousins, goes on sale Friday.

The celebrities, who arrived at the downtown Chicago Gap store in a red Ford Thunderbird, got a sneak peak at the products during a private shopping stint that will be broadcast Friday on Winfrey's show.

After visiting the Gap, the duo walked along Michigan Avenue to an Apple store and picked up the red iPod, the first music product from the Cupertino, California-based company designed to raise money for charity.

The two also stopped at Armani and Motorola stores.

"Shop 'till it stops," said Bono as he walked out of the Apple store clutching bulging shopping bags.

So far, the (Product) Red initiative, which began this spring in Britain, has raised more than $12 million for African AIDS programs, said Doug Piwinski, a spokesman for (Product) Red.

With Apple's iPod alone, The Global Fund stands to raise millions of dollars. During the holiday quarter in 2005, Apple sold 14 million iPods. The iPod maker also plans to donate some proceeds from a $25 iTunes Red gift card to the organization.

"I love the fact that Bono is trying to do something about this problem," Apple's CEO Steve Jobs said in a phone interview. "I've never been to Africa, but you don't have to go there to know there are a lot of people dying of AIDS there. In a small way, this is something we could do about it."

Bono, who knows the difficulties of raising awareness for social causes, was thrilled with the retailers' efforts for the campaign.

Gap had its four-story store in Chicago decked out in red banners. Apple planned to light up its flagship 5th Avenue store in New York in red on Thursday night.

"We've moved from the philanthropy budgets to the marketing budgets, and guess what, there's no comparison in size," Bono said. "We now have some of the most creative people in commerce -- Steve Jobs, the marketing people at Gap and Motorola -- all working for the world's poor. That is so so cool."

And Bono will be on Larry King Live tonight, talking about his efforts to raise awareness in the fight against AIDS. Tune in to CNN at 9pm ET.

Visit the (RED) website for more information.

12 comentarios:

ivy said...

courtney-- thanks for heads up, I didn't know and I'll be watching.

courtney01 said...

Sure! I'm all about spreading the Bono love. :-)

Jade said...

Going to the Gap tomorrow! Hopefully, they will restock as it was said they were sold out in some places.

Anything for Bono ;)

Purple Tie said...

IF there's one thing I love almost as much as Anderson it's U2! Wooooo, I wish Anderson would appear on 360 again :)

Jade said...

"Wooooo, I wish Anderson would appear on 360 again :)"

Was that a Freudian slip there Purple Tie?

courtney01 said...

Bono's been on 360?!?!?

And I missed it?

Purple Tie said...

Oopsy! LOl! I did mean Bono on 360 :p Yeah, he's been on twice, once during the election and once last summer before Anderson switched to the 10pm time slot.

courtney01 said...

I think I saw the one during the election. I remember watching Bono at both conventions that year. At the time, I was more interested in Bono than Anderson. ;-)

Now, however, I would have a tough time watching both.

What did Bono talk about last summer, PT? Do you remember?

Purple Tie said...

He was on 360 on June 30, 2005 Link to convo

Copy and paste url

courtney01 said...

Thanks for the link, PT.

Christiane said...

I got my RED!!!

courtney01 said...

What did you get, Christiane? Did you get the Gap shirt? :-)


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