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Hollywood premiere in STL raises money for Nelly's charity

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Nelly signs an autograph at Sunday's premiere (UPI photo/Bill Greenblatt)

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis, MO – A bit of Hollywood was in the Delmar Loop on Sunday for the premiere of the movie "The Longest Yard."

St. Louis rapper Nelly is in the film, and Sunday's was a benefit premiere to raise money for Nelly's charity.

The JesUs-4-Jackie campaign aims to get more people on the national bone marrow registry.

Nelly's sister Jackie Donahue never found a bone marrow match and recently died of leukemia.

Also in town for the premiere at the Tivoli theatre were the film's other stars, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, and Burt Reynolds.

Nelly says the bone marrow drive has already helped to save a few lives, and he thinks it's important that the work continues, as a legacy to Donahue.

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