(lubavitch.com) CNN television personality Larry King will be hosting the special 30th anniversary Chabad “To Life!” telethon, to be broadcast live from Hollywood this Sunday, August 29. The telethon, which first aired in 1980 in response to a fire that destroyed a Chabad center in Westwood, California, has received wide acclaim for its lively program, featuring celebrity guests, popular Jewish performers and dancing rabbis.
Long time chairman and attorney for Chabad, Marshall Grossman introduced King to the organizers of the event, who invited him to host this year’s telethon. King had participated in the telethon for 25 years in the spectator’s seat.
“Larry has been practicing for this opportunity for 25 years, since he first came to the telethon. He is a friend and supporter of Chabad, and we are looking forward to a spectacular show this year,” said Rabbi Chaim Nochum Cunin, of Chabad of California.
Among this year’s telethon guests are Jon Voight, James Caan, Elliot Gould, NBA Champion Jordan Famar and Howie Mandel. Broadway legend Mike Burstyn, Avraham Fried, M-Generation, Matt Morris, and 9-year old piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick are also slated to perform. King will be hosting various high profile guests throughout the show, highlighting Chabad’s services and continuous efforts in creating Jewish realities.
Despite the current economic crunch, Cunin says that he is confident that people will donate, because their services for those in need are in greater demand now more than ever.
“After 30 years, we are at a tremendous milestone,” Cunin says. “We are at a turning point in our mission, and this year’s telethon is testimony to the growth and perseverance that brought us to where we are today.”