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Rosie O'Donnell Plays Games for Charity

Looks like Rosie O'Donnell – fresh from the mixed publicity surrounding her exit from' The View' and some callous video blog posts – is looking to redeem her image by getting you and kids to play video games! O'Donnell's Rosie's For All Kids Foundation has teamed up with casual game site Pogo for the "Play and Chat with Rosie Sweepstakes."

Anyone who plays 'Tumble Bees' on Pogo between May 17th and 23rd is entered into a drawing for the chance to play and chat against O'Donnell at some point in June (90 people will be picked in all). Turns out O'Donnell is an avid casual gamer. Says the talk-show-host: "I played videogames as a kid and now play Word Whomp, Tumble Bees, Poppit!, Squelchies...I'm online almost every night!"

But simply playing against and chatting with Rosie won't get any money to her children's advocacy charity, which does everything from build day care centers in low-income areas to helping out kids affected by Hurricane Katrina. To get the $30,000 total or so that Pogo plans to donate to the Foundation, players will have to enter one of two June marathon gaming sessions on Pogo called PlayFests. Each game will have a series of goals that players must achieve. Pogo will donate anywhere from $1-$15,000 every time its online game-playing community achieves 1,000 goals. So the more you play well, the more money Rosie's foundation gets.

Since Rosie's such an avid gamer, she might consider challenging the rest of 'The View' ensemble, or maybe Donald Trump, in a game of Popppit! Squelchies. We'd give money to charity to see that, too, especially since after mid-June when she leaves the show, Rosie may well be stuck playing a lot of Solitaire.

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