It was not clear how many of the celebrities would take part this weekend, though posters advertising their attendance have been hanging in Moscow since mid-June. Representatives for several stars said their clients, though mentioned in the promotions, did not plan to attend or were proceeding with caution.
Representatives of Mr. Hoffman and Mr. King said neither planned to attend. Mr. Allen still expects to attend, according to a spokeswoman, Leslee Dart. But Mr. Allen’s decision to go forward came only after making some inquiries in the wake of earlier news reports about the charity.
“He asked for additional information from his lawyer, who did some due diligence,” said Ms. Dart, who added that she did not know the size of an honorarium Mr. Allen is being paid in connection with the event. (Payments to celebrities who attend charity galas are not uncommon in Hollywood circles.)
[...]Of 12 hospitals listed as beneficiaries
on the Federation Fund’s Web site whose representatives agreed to be interviewed, seven said they had had no contact with the fund.
Five said they had recently been asked to supply lists of needed equipment or had received gifts for children; of those, two said they had received substantial amounts of medical equipment and cash donations.http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/09/world/europe/09russia.html?_r=2