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In the days that followed Betty White’s recent passing, the internet lit up with the idea of saluting the comedienne’s 100th birthday by showing support for animal charities.

Trisha Yearwood did just that, raising more than $30,000 using the Talk Shop Live platform to talk about White.

Trisha said, “Who doesn’t love Betty White? The world has really lost a wonderful person, but this is how we keep people that we love alive.”

Yearwood started “Dottie’s Yard,” a fund she helped create and actively supports. The Dottie’s Yard Fund honors one of the best dogs Trisha ever had the privilege of knowing, a rescue who showed up at her Oklahoma home back in 2004. Dottie’s legacy lives on as the fund helps dogs and cats all over the country.

She added of White, “I just think Betty right now is so happy that this is the way that the world is choosing to celebrate her birthday – by giving to animals, which was so near and dear to her heart. I don’t know who started the #BettyWhiteChallenge, but we accepted it.”

Trisha posted to Twitter yesterday (1/17), “Seriously, thank you for being a friend and doing the #BettyWhiteChallenge with me! We raised over $24k in 15 minutes and the donations are still coming in! Everyone who donates $25.00 or more will get this #DottiesYard magnet! Xo.”

She posted again hours later, “I’m blown away! We’ve already reached our goal of $30,000+, but let’s keep this love flowing!! Thank you all so much!! xo #BettyWhiteChallenge.”

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