SPARTANBURG, S.C., Dec. 28 (UPI) -- A South Carolina man raised more than $2,000 in a GoFundMe campaign to "protect Betty White from 2016."
Demetrios Hrysikos of Spartanburg, S.C. started the crowdfunding campaign to "protect" the Golden Girls actress from the string of celebrity deaths that took place in 2016.
"Help 2016 catch these hands if it goes anywhere near Betty White! If she's okay with it I will fly to where ever Betty White is and keep her safe till Jan 1, 2017," he wrote.
In the likely event that White declined his "protection" Hyrsikos revealed that all of the funds from the campaign would be used to fund a local theater.
"Now, assuming she doesn't want a strange Greek standing guard outside her door all monies will be donated to the Spartanburg little theater to help craft new stars of stage and screen to carry mantle of the legends that have left us this year," he said.
Word about the campaign quickly spread and it gathered $2,141 from 201 individual backers within its first 19 hours.
Hrysikos said he was inspired to launch the fundraiser after actress Carrie Fisher died on Tuesday and explained he has no connection to the theater apart from enjoying their work.
"2016 has taken so many great artists and [Spartanburg little theater] helps support and nurture new budding talent in our town," he said. "I'd like to think that Betty, Carrie and Bowie would be happy with any proceeds going to that cause, which I assure you it will!"