Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
Celeb: Natalie Merchant, adult contemporary singer
Cause: Jamestown, N.Y., Boys and Girls Club
What she's done: Monetary donations and personal appearances
What celeb gets: A chance to give back to her own hometown
What cause gets: Money for teen pregnancy prevention and academic assistance programs; a chance to let potentially bored and troubled kids meet a local girl made good.
Connection between celeb and cause: Unlike most celebrities and their causes, Merchant has an organic connection with Jamestown Boys and Girls Club: She was a child member of the Jamestown Girls Club (before it merged with the Boys Club), says the club's executive director, Judy Moore.