Patti Blagojevich's chosen charity for reality show rejects offer

Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation was recently approached by the producers of "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here" to be the official charity for former Illinois First Lady Patti Blagojevich.

We were flattered to be considered for a high profile opportunity to raise money and awareness for Bear Necessities.

However, we declined the opportunity because her husband, former Gov. Blagojevich, faces federal charges which include an alleged extortion or our partner, Children's Memorial Hospial. We wish the show and Mrs. Blagojevich the best of luck and appreciate the offer.

However, our long time partnership with Children's has made great strides in fulfilling Bear's mission of curing the scourge of pediatric cancer and we would never want to do anything to harm that relationship.

The day after former Illinois First Lady Patti Blagojevich ate a dead tarantula on network television to benefit herself and a charity, the selected charity said today it had declined the offered money. Another charity took its place, said NBC.

The former first lady said last Thursday she would be on "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here" for some undisclosed compensation, as well as to raise money for Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Not so, the foundation said, rejecting the offer last week on principle.

Patti Blagojevich initially offered to donate all the money she raises on her reality TV show to Bear Necessities.
One catch.
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is affiliated with Children's Memorial Hospital. Rod Blagojevich is accused of shaking down the Children's Memorial Hospital executive director for a $50,000 campaign contribution. According to charges, Blagojevich said he'd hold up state funding for Children's Memorial if he didn't get the money. So Bear Necessities said: thanks, but no thanks, to Patti.