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Rival Nets Come Together for Joan’s Legacy

News executives and anchors from rival networks will come together Wednesday night at New York’s Gotham Hall for the 10th annual Joan’s Legacy gala, which honors former “NBC Nightly News” writer Joan Scarangello who lost her battle with lung cancer 11 years ago. Scarangello, a never-smoker, died in 2001 at age 47.

NBC’s Brian Williams (right, at the 2011 event) will host the event. ABC News president Ben Sherwood and CNN executive Jonathan Wald, who both worked with Scarangello at “Nightly News,” will be among the attendees. WABC anchor Bill Ritter, who lost his mother to lung cancer, will emcee.

Joan’s Legacy, now going by the name, Uniting Against Lung Cancer has raised $10 million for lung cancer research since inception which has resulted in more than $45 million in follow-on funding, scientific discovery and new treatments in clinical trials and career development of many leading lung cancer experts.

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Barbara Walters Pledges $250,000 During ‘Day of Giving’

ABC has added up the pledges for “Good Morning America’s” part in the Disney-wide “Day of Giving.” As of 11:30am it stands at $8.34 million, which includes a $3M match from Samsung. That also includes a pledge from Barbara Walters for $250,000. In announcing Walters’ gift, George Stephanopoulos then pledged $50,000 of his own hard-earned dollars. Walters, right, with WABC anchor Bill Ritter and GMA Weekend anchor Bianna Golodryga, was among those taking phone pledges this morning.

Time Warner Center Hosts Annual NLGJA Benefit

More than 300 TVNewsers packed Time Warner Center’s 10th floor event space last night for the 14th annual NLGJA Headlines and Headliners benefit and silent auction. CNN’s Soledad O’Brien emceed the event which raised more than $130,000 for NLGJA’s annual programs and scholarships.

In attendance: Geraldo Rivera, Juliet Huddy, Mike Jerrick, Natalie Morales, Meredith Vieira and her former “The View” co-host Joy Behar; Jeanne Moos, Jane Velez Mitchell, Jenna Wolf, and Alison Stewart; NBC News president Steve Capus, FNC VP John Moody and many more (we had to duck out half way through the event so probably missed some late-comers.) Here are some of the faces in the crowd:

Several local newscasters, who headed back to their stations to anchor the 10 or 11 O’Clock shows, were in attendance, including Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander of WNYW, Sade Baderinwa and Bill Ritter of WABC, and Chris Wragge of WCBS, doing double duty this week for the local station and the network.

At this hour, five noteworthy auction items remain on eBay.

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