Man starts GoFundMe page to ‘protect Betty White from 2016’

Betty White accepts the award for favorite TV icon at the People's Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

WFLA – A South Carolina man is determined to protect actress Betty White from the year that has seen so many celebrity deaths.

Demetrious Hrysikos vows to “fly to where ever Betty White is and keep her safe till Jan 1, 2017.”

Realizing Ms. White may find this a bit creepy, Hrysikos goes in to the real reason he created the page: to raise money for a Spartanburg theater to “help craft new stars of stage and screen.”

News Channel 8’s Daisy Ruth spoke with Hrysikos about why he set up the fundraising page.

“After the passing of Carrie Fisher, I just wanted to try to make people smile with a joke and maybe do some good,” Hrysikos said.

Hrysikos said he is a big David Bowie, Prince and Gene Wilder fan, all who have tragically passed away in 2016, as well as Fisher.

“So I started the page, not expecting all this, but glad it happened.  Any money I raise to help new budding artists gets some good out of a bad situation is a win, I think.”

Hrysikos mentions in an update to the page that he wants donations to “ensure a better 2017 for the arts.”

So far, the Go Fund Me page has reached $618 of Hrysikos’s $2,000 goal to benefit the Spartanburg Little Theater.  The campaign has been shared almost 3,000 times in less than 10 hours. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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