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Marlee Matlin to Host Charity Benefit Performance of BLUE'S CLUES LIVE! for the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation.

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LOS ANGELES--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--July 23, 2001

Academy Award(R) winner Marlee Matlin will host a party and performance of Nickelodeon's BLUE'S CLUES LIVE!, benefiting the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF).

BLUE'S CLUES LIVE! is the stage presentation for preschoolers that has revolutionized kids' theater. The event will be held Saturday, August 4 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 East Green Street, Pasadena. The pre-show party starts at 9:30 a.m. and the stage show begins at 11 a.m.

Marlee currently stars on the Emmy(R) award winning NBC-TV series "The West Wing." This fall, Marlee returns to Nick Jr's popular "Blue's Clues" as Marlee the Librarian, teaching Steve and Blue sign language. Her novel for children, "Caution, Deaf Child Crossing," will be published by Simon and Schuster in February 2002.

For $100 per person, party guests will enjoy a fabulous kids' breakfast, gift bags, the chance to meet Blue, door prizes, as well as preferred seating for the show. The CAAF benefit is chaired by Neil Friedman, president of Fisher Price. To purchase tickets for this event, call 310/258-0580.

Presented by Nickelodeon and Clear Channel Entertainment, BLUE'S CLUES LIVE! is an interactive theatrical production based on the television series that changed the way kids watch TV. This live theatrical presentation invites preschoolers and their parents to think, imagine and be an active part of the show as they embark on a search for clues to "the most spectacular place."

A terrific way to introduce young children to the world of live theater, BLUE'S CLUES LIVE! is on the cutting edge of a new trend in family entertainment. In BLUE'S CLUES LIVE!, children and their families are introduced to the wonders of theater from the moment they enter the venue as Blue's Clues, which has inspired a cultural phenomenon among the preschool set, explodes into life onstage. BLUE'S CLUES LIVE! features well-loved and familiar characters from the series including Blue, Steve and all of their friends....Mail Box, Slippery Soap, Tickety Tock, Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper...along with some brand new characters created just for the live show.

BLUE'S CLUES LIVE! is scheduled to perform at the Terrace Theatre in Long Beach for three shows on Tuesday, July 31 at 7:00 pm and Wednesday, August 1 at 10:30 am and 7:00 pm. Ticket prices are $26.00, $19.00 and $12.00. The tour moves to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium for six shows beginning Friday, August 3 at 7:00 pm; Saturday, August 4 at 11:00 am (CAAF benefit performance), 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm; Sunday, August 5 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Ticket prices are $26.00, $19.00 and $14.00. Tickets can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 213/365-3500 and 714/740-7878.

While there are many organizations raising money to find a cure for AIDS, CAAF is the only national organization raising funds solely to provide for the day-to-day needs of the American children living with the affects of AIDS. In the U.S. alone it is estimated that 14,000 - 20,000 children are infected with HIV. It is also estimated that there are nearly 100,000 children who have or will become orphaned due to the AIDS-related death of their parent(s). Add to this tragedy the fact that many of these children live in communities that are rooted in drug abuse, violence, homelessness, poverty and neglect, and the dire need for assistance becomes all too evident.

CAAF supports infrastructures already in place by funding the pressing needs of organizations serving their respective pediatric HIV/AIDS communities. In 2001, CAAF will grant over $1,250,000 to 55 agencies in 22 states across the country.
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