Bette Midler Aims to Plant One Million Trees in NYC

Celebrity Body Nov. 11, 2009 AT 12:07PM
Bette Midler Aims to Plant One Million Trees in NYC Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

Bette Midler has gone green.

The music legend, 62, whose Las Vegas revue will close early next year, has set her sights on making New York City more environmentally friendly through an organization she founded, the New York Restoration Project.

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To raise funds and further her goal of planting one million trees in the city by 2017, Midler has enlisted 100 celeb pals including John Mayer, Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Carell to donate walk-on roles, autographed items and more for a charity auction, happening until Nov. 13 at CharityFolks.com.

Midler, who lives in the city, was inspired to launch her preservation project in 1995 after witnessing a decline in upkeep of NYC parks and public spaces.

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"I was so upset, I didn't sleep for weeks," Midler said in an interview with Good Housekeeping. "People were throwing their garbage out the window, leaving their lunches on the ground. Finally, I realized I needed to actually do something -- even if it meant picking up trash with my own two hands."

This year, Midler has revamped a garden near Yankee Stadium and recently planted her 250,000th tree in the city borough of Queens.

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