George Clooney, Oprah and Spielberg donate $500,000 each to Washington march against gun violence

Winfrey said she was inspired by the Clooneys.

ByMichael Rothman via via logo
February 21, 2018, 9:53 AM

— -- George and Amal Clooney, Oprah, Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg are all speaking out on gun violence by donating to the March for Our Lives movement.

Clooney and his family first announced they would be on hand next month in Washington, D.C., standing "side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country" in hopes of prioritizing safety in schools and combating gun violence.

The March 24 "March for Our Lives" was announced days after 17 people were killed in the Valentine's Day rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Funerals have been taking place this week for the teens and teachers who were shot and killed on Feb. 14 by suspected shooter and former classmate Nikolas Cruz.

In a statement to ABC News, Clooney wrote, "Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School. Our family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country."

The actor and producer added, "In the name of our children Ella and Alexander, we’re donating 500,000 dollars to help pay for this groundbreaking event. Our children’s lives depend on it.”

A few hours later, Oprah Winfrey said that the Clooneys' donation inspired her to make one of her own.

"George and Amal, I couldn’t agree with you more. I am joining forces with you and will match your $500,000 donation to ‘March For Our Lives,'" she wrote. "These inspiring young people remind me of the Freedom Riders of the 60s who also said we’ve had ENOUGH and our voices will be heard."

George and Amal, I couldn’t agree with you more. I am joining forces with you and will match your $500,000 donation to ‘March For Our Lives.’ These inspiring young people remind me of the Freedom Riders of the 60s who also said we’ve had ENOUGH and our voices will be heard.

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