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Children's Charity Criticizes Justin Timberlake For Not Being 'More Involved'

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Justin Timberlake is being credited as the spark that helped the Shriners Hospitals for Children land a Las Vegas PGA Tour event.

At the same time, he's also being thrown under the bus for not getting more involved with the children the charity raises money for.

Five years ago, the singer-turned-actor began hosting an annual celebrity golf tournament in Las Vegas for the organization. Next year the golf tournament will be an actual PGA Open during the Tour's FedEx Cup series and JT will no longer be associated with the charity.

While his involvement has helped raise millions of dollars for the cause, tournament chairman Raoul Frevel claims Timberlake "disappeared" when the cameras did and explained:

"We're a world-class organization. At the time we got involved with golf, we were told by the [Las Vegas PGA] Tour we needed a big name, and that's how our relationship with Justin came about. Justin's a wonderful person. But we tried everything we could to get him more involved with our kids and the hospitals. But it seemed that when the TV cameras weren't on, he disappeared."

It could be completely true that JT wasn't innerested in spending time with Shriners' kids, but not everyone can be Mother Teresa.

The guy still raised A LOT of money that will help sick kids more than 5 minutes with him ever could, so we don't think it's necessarily fair to criticize him. Do U?

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6 comments to “Children's Charity Criticizes Justin Timberlake For Not Being 'More Involved'”

  1. 1

    He raised the millions and now he's mad he isn't giving more? this guy is making a poor decision to post these comments

  2. 2

    It's in very poor taste for this guy to make these comments. Just because Justin Timberlake chose not to continue his work with this charity, doesn't mean he won't be involved in others. I know he participates in a couple of fundraisers and golf tournaments in Memphis (my hometown) for St. Jude.

  3. SusieQ says – reply to this


    Wow, talk about ungrateful. Justin raises millions, but now this guy is trying to shame him into raising millions more. Maybe Justin read charitywatch.org and found out some of the millions he raised went for compensation to the head of the charity ($827,900 to Douglas Barnes, Chief of Staff - which is in the top 25 highest paid members of a charity) and decided to call it quits. How greedy can you get? This little announcement will certainly backfire on the charity.

  4. Sandy Frost says – reply to this


    The Shriners spin this as Justin's fault but the truth is that he should have never become involved with them in the first place. Perez, I wrote about this four years ago here and would be very happy to talk to you about this. Smart move for Justin. Bad move for Shriners. Feel free to email me for an exclusive interview as I am the world's expert on Shriner corruption.

  5. @v@ says – reply to this


    Lending your name to a golf tourny doesn't assume license to more.

  6. JR says – reply to this


    You don't have a clue!! Justin should never been assoiated with Shriners. He really is not the image The shriners wanted.