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Betty White Challenge Explained Before 100th Birthday Celebration

TV legend Betty White sadly passed away on the last day of the year, but a challenge is going viral on social media to honor the star on her 100th birthday.

Best known for playing Rose Nylund in Golden girls, a 99-year-old man passed away on December 31, 17 shy days to celebrate becoming a centenarian.

Fans have harnessed the power of social media to hold a fitting tribute to the late actress, a lifelong animal lover, aptly called the #BettyWhiteChallenge.

An image is being shared widely on Twitter, which read: “On Betty White’s 100th birthday, January 17, everyone should pick a local rescue or animal shelter in your area and donate just $5 to bring Betty White’s name.

“Let’s make her 100th birthday the movement she deserves.”

One Facebook user, Nicole Maria Eldred, seems to have noted the image as she wrote: “Created this graphic for the #BettyWhiteChallenge, let’s make January 17 the best day to rescue animals.

“ETA: I’m the director of a rescue, whom I did the graphics for yesterday (you can see my profile where I shared the original post). I decided to share it. here to reach more people after it caught the attention of the rescue site. I’m NOT offering a challenge, just making an accessible image.”

There are a few variations of the same message, with a Facebook post featuring a young White dog and two dogs saying, “If you want to honor Betty White, please donate on her behalf to our local animal shelter. Nothing could make her happier.” This has been shared 24,000 times.

Another Facebook post, shared nearly 200,000 times, echoed the same message and also asked fans to save $5 on White’s name.

The Freedom Animal Sanctuary and Rescue, in Michigan, shared the same post that, while calling for donations, revealed $2,951 had been donated.

White is a lifelong animal lover, with her fondness for all things furry, scaly, and fluff documented in her 2011 book. Betty & Friends: My Life at the Zoo.

“My preoccupation with animals is an open secret,” she wrote.

White is also said to have looked after “26 dogs” at a time, she said Everyone magazine in 1999.

But White’s love for the animal kingdom extends far beyond domestic pets, as White is heavily involved in several zoos. She was even named an honorary zookeeper in 2013, by the Los Angeles chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers.

After her death, great admiration and gratitude for the star’s tireless work as an animal advocate over the years, from the various zoos she was affiliated with.

Her distinguished work with animals earned her a seat on the board of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association in 1974. That same year, she filmed a television special Behind the scenes at the Botanical Garden, record the work in progress there.

A statement on the website from Tom Jacobson, president of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), said: “We are deeply saddened by Betty’s passing and offer our deepest condolences to the family. and her friends as we deeply mourn the loss of a caption, the screen turns on and off.

“Her work with the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association spans more than five decades, and we are grateful for our enduring friendships, lifelong support for animals, and tireless dedication to supporting the mission. our destiny.”

She also became the first member of the Zoo Commissioners Council and was appointed chairwoman of the GLAZA board in 2010.

She was also a trustee of the Morris Animal Foundation, from 1971 to 2013, and held various roles throughout the years including chair of the canine division as well as chair of the board.

Tiffany Grunert, president/CEO of the Morris Animal Foundation, said: “It’s hard to imagine a world without Betty in it. She’s a huge animal advocate who has been supportive. Tired of the Morris Animal Foundation’s work to improve the health of animals around the globe.

“All of us at the Foundation mourn the loss of this wonderful woman.”

The Morris Animal Foundation also established the Betty White Wildlife Rapid Response Fund in 2010, following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a disaster for marine life.

At the Columbus Zoo, the entrance to the Heart of Africa exhibit is named Betty White Road.

“Our hearts are heavy to hear of the passing of our friend Betty White. We cherish fond memories of her most recent visit to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium when she was our guest of honor at the 2014 Heart of Africa region opening with her best friend [former director of the zoo] Jack Hanna. Betty is an amazing person, a supporter of the Columbus Zoo, and a true champion for all animals. She will be very missed”, zoo employee Written.

Hanna’s family paid tribute privately, calling White “the champion of the animal world.”

From celebrities to politicians, there are also contributions, including Jill Biden and Ryan Reynolds.

The official cause of death has yet to be made public. White’s agent, Jeff Witjas, told Everyone she “died peacefully in her sleep.”

Newsweek have reached out to Eldred and Witjas for comment.

Betty White in New York, 2012.
Betty White poses for a photo at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers on May 16, 2012. A challenge is going viral on social media to pay tribute to the star on her 100th birthday.
Image of Jim Spellman / Getty

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Ethan Gach

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