Comedian Margaret Cho Brings Charity For Homeless To Atlanta
By MARTHA DALTON • FEB 22, 2016
Actress and comedian Margaret Cho stopped by Atlanta Sunday, but she wasn’t here for a laughing matter.
Cho visited the Little Five Points neighborhood to raise awareness of and provide clothes, food and other necessities to Atlanta’s homeless.
The effort was part of Cho’s "Be Robin" charity, which she launched to honor the late actor Robin Williams.
“We were all trying to figure out how to channel our grief and also do something that he would’ve really loved,” Cho said. “This is all sort of his spirit guiding it all, and it’s a really nice thing to do. I think a lot of times a charity is really removed from the cause, so this gets people involved and in the community, so it’s really beautiful.”
When Williams worked on a movie, he reportedly required the film company to hire a certain number of homeless people to work on the set. He also raised money for the homeless -- along with actors Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg -- through a comedy showcase called "Comic Relief." The event raised $70 million for the homeless.
Cho said "Be Robin" was actually born out of grief after the actor committed suicide in 2014.
"When he died, I think it was so shocking and so tragic and difficult that we were not remembering all of the aspects of what made him so great,” she said. “So this is something that just shines a light on what he used to do, and also gives a lot of action to our own grief so we can deal with it and help."
Cho partnered with Lululemon, Tough Love Yoga and Torq Cycle spinning studio to raise money for Atlanta’s homeless and to bring "Be Robin" to the city. The money raised from yoga and spinning classes will go to the Lost-N-Found Youth, a homeless shelter for young LGBTQ people. Clothes and other supplies left over from Sunday’s event will be donated to Lost-N-Found’s thrift shop.
Cho launched "Be Robin" in her hometown of San Francisco, where Williams also lived. Atlanta is the second city to benefit from the charity so far.