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Fan launches crowdfunding campaign to protect Betty White from 2016

Protect Betty White
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Given the spate of celebrity deaths in 2016, one man is looking to make sure at least Betty White is safe until Sunday.

Just hours after news of Carrie Fisher’s death had broken Tuesday, South Carolina resident Demetrios Hrysikos took to GoFundMe to launch the “Help protect Betty White from 2016” campaign.

“If she’s OK with it, I will fly to wherever Betty White is and keep her safe till Jan 1 , 2017,” Hrysikos wrote on the page, which set out to collect at least $2,000. The campaign surpassed that goal within the first day.

But the 94-year-old former “Golden Girls” star doesn’t need to be concerned about an uninvited guest prior to New Year’s, as Hrysikos had a contingency plan for the money built in. 

“Assuming she doesn’t want a strange Greek standing guard outside her door, all monies will be donated to the Spartanburg Little Theater to help craft new stars of stage and screen to carry the mantle of the legends that have left is this year.”

“Other than liking to support our local arts and having a friend who works at the Little Theater, I don’t have any connection to it. I just thought it would be a good place for any money made to go,” he wrote. “I’d like to think that Betty, Carrie and Bowie would be happy with any proceeds going to that cause, which I assure you it will.”

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