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Clapton, Connick on King 'help' show

CNN special hopes to link viewers, missing, relief efforts

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(CNN) -- Eric Clapton, Harry Connick Jr., Celine Dion and Bill Cosby will be among the celebrities and notables joining CNN's Larry King on a three-hour live special Saturday to aid Hurricane Katrina victims.

Among King's guests on the 8 p.m. special will be people trying to locate loved ones missing in New Orleans.

Scheduled to appear are John Goodman, LeAnn Rimes, Clay Aiken, Sela Ward, Magic Johnson, Terri Hatcher and Richard Simmons.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, Alabama Gov. Bob Riley and charity organization officials will give guidance on relief efforts.

Also on the guest list are: Marty Evans, Red Cross CEO and president; Nick MacDonald, senior program officer of Mercy Corps; Jonathan Reckford, pastoral leader for Habitat for Humanity; Maj. George Hood, national community relations secretary of the Salvation Army; Bob Forney, president and CEO of America's Second Harvest; John Hill of the National Next of Kin Registry; Nancy Aossey, president and CEO of the International Medical Corp.; and Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum, chief of the National Guard.

CNN will simulcast the special on CNN International and CNNRadio. CNN.com will post special "How You Can Help" coverage on its front page.

"People here and around the globe have been overwhelmed by Katrina's destructive wake, and they want to know how they can help," said Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S.

"That's why we're preparing this special, to help our viewers understand that there are many ways they can contribute and volunteer."

The program will provide viewers with phone numbers, Web sites and other contacts for organizations assisting in the relief effort.

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