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Jessica Seinfeld Hosts alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet x GOOD+ Foundation Toy Drive Kick-Off Event

Dec 06, 2016 12:30 pm
Stacey Bendet, GOOD+ Foundation Founder Jessica Seinfeld, Nicky Hilton and Georgina Bloomberg hosted a special holiday event last week at the alice + olivia Madison Avenue store to kick off the 6th year of the alice + olive by Stacey Bendet x GOOD+ Foundation holiday toy drive.

Ali Wentworth, Jessica Seinfeld, Stacey Bendet, Georgina Bloomberg
Ali Wentworth, Jessica Seinfeld, Stacey Bendet, Georgina Bloomberg
Credit/Copyright: Craig Barritt/Getty Images

The evening featured holiday-themed cocktails, shopping and ornament decorating. One-hundred percent of proceeds from purchases made in the Madison Avenue store during the event were donated to the GOOD+ Foundation.

Ali Wentworth also attended.

For those who were not able to attend the event, supporters can bring unused baby toys and essentials into any domestic stand-alone alice + olivia retail store from December 1, 2016, to December 19, 2016, and will receive 15% off their full-priced purchase (excluding the recent alice + olivia x Basquiat collaboration).

 

Conan O’Brien Hosts Star-Studded Beat The Odds Awards

Dec 06, 2016 11:30 am
The Children’s Defense Fund–California hosted its 26th Annual Beat the Odds Awards ceremony on December 1, 2016, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

Conan O'Brien Hosts Annual Beat the Odds Awards
Conan O’Brien Hosts Annual Beat the Odds Awards

The celebration honored five Los Angeles high school “stars” – Alexandra Flores, Cierra Gunderson, Destiny Novillo, Florencia Valenzuela, Jose Aceves – in recognition of their excellence in academic achievement, despite the overwhelming obstacles that stand in their way.

The momentous occasion was hosted by the Children’s Defense Fund President, Marian Wright Edelman, along with support from co-chairs Jurnee Smollett-Bell & Josiah Bell, Carol & Frank Biondi, Ruth-Ann Huvane, Kevin Huvane, Katie Sharer & Mark Mullen, and Liza & Conan O’Brien.

O’Brien served as the night’s emcee, with co-chair Smollett-Bell pulling double duty as a presenter during the program. She was joined by additional special guests including presenters Tory Kittles, Jennifer Morrison, Timothy Olyphant, and Milo Ventimiglia, and guests J.J. Abrams & Katie McGrath, Andy Buckley, Joel McHale, Kevin Nealon & Susan Yeagley, Keke Palmer, Glen Powell, Andy Richter, and more.

Thanks to generous support, each student honoree will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and support services including: private tutoring, one-on-one college counseling, ongoing mentoring, internship placements, life skills development, SAT prep, and week-long college tours at no cost.

 

generationCURE To Hold Annual Holiday Party For amfAR This Week

Dec 06, 2016 10:15 am

Kelly Osbourne: Profile

The annual amfAR generationCURE Holiday Party will take place on Wednesday, December 7.

generationCURE is a group of young amfAR supporters committed to ending the AIDS pandemic in their lifetime by helping the Foundation raise funds for its cure-focused research programs. Since its inception in 2011, generationCURE has raised more than $450,000 for amfAR through events in New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.

Event chairs include Kelly Osbourne, Christian Siriano and Jussie Smollett.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
7:00–10:00 P.M.
Cocktails, Hors d’Oeuvres, Entertainment, Silent Auction

Cadillac House
330 Hudson Street
New York City

TICKETS
$125 in advance
$150 at the door

TICKET PACKAGES
Five tickets for $575
Ten tickets for $1,125

EXCLUSIVE ONLINE AUCTION

Don’t miss the opportunity to own works by Slim Aarons, Jessica Craig-Martin, Sonia Moskowitz, Terry O’Neill, and Robert Rauschenberg. The online auction ends at 6 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 8, 2016.

Click here to view the auction.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit generationCURE.

 

Fred Savage And Ashley Argota To Host Star-Studded 2016 Looking Ahead Awards

Dec 06, 2016 09:00 am

Fred Savage: Profile

The Actors Fund’s Looking Ahead Program will present The 2016 Looking Ahead Awards on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.

Hosted by Fred Savage and Ashley Argota, The Looking Ahead Awards honors leaders in the current and former young performer community who inspire the world by living the program’s core values of growth, education, leadership and community service. Wilmer Valderrama will honor his parents, Sobeida Valderrama and Balbino A. Valderrama, with The Judy and Hilary Swank Award for Parenting. (Sobeida Valderrama will accept on their behalf); “black-ish” stars Miles Brown, Marsai Martin and Marcus Scribner will receive The Elizabeth Taylor Award for Social Awareness from Naomi Wilding and Tarquin Wilding (Elizabeth Taylor’s grandchildren); Jordana Brewster will receive the Looking Ahead Award for Education from her sister Isabella Brewster; Lance Bass will receive The Looking Ahead Award for Community Service from his husband Michael Turchin; and Paul Petersen will be honored with The Shirley Temple Award by his “The Donna Reed Show” co-star and longtime friend Shelley Fabares. Tickets are now on sale at www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards

The gala features exciting “blue carpet” arrivals, cocktail hour, gourmet dinner and celebrity-studded awards ceremony. Individual tickets are $150 per person. To purchase tickets or tables please visit www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards or contact Kathleen Cahill at 323-933-9244 or kcahill@actorsfund.org.

The Looking Ahead Program was created in 2003 in partnership with SAFAFTRA to work with youth between the ages of 9 and 18, helping them develop the values, skills and confidence they need to make successful transitions to fulfilling adult lives. Now serving more than 300 youths per year, their families and alumni, the program aims to create a nurturing environment where young performers get support through individual, family and education counseling, leadership development, community service and social events. Looking Ahead is guided by an Advisory Committee of professionals in youth development and youth-related entertainment, which is co-chaired by actor, director and producer Fred Savage and freelance casting director and former head of casting at Nickelodeon Sharon Lieblein.

The 2016 Looking Ahead Awards is generously sponsored by Disney Channel, Disney XD, Nickelodeon, SAGAFTRA, The Osbrink Agency, Kelly and Lou Gonda, Devotion Vodka, Hint Water and Sextant Wines.

 

David Beckham: Violence Can Mark Children Forever

Dec 06, 2016 07:45 am
A powerful new film featuring UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham was released yesterday to illustrate the brutal reality that physical and psychological abuse can mark children forever.

Video: David Beckham: Violence can mark children forever | #ENDviolence

During the new 60-second UNICEF film, scenes of violence against children appear as animated tattoos on David Beckham’s body. While Beckham’s own tattoos were marks chosen to represent happy or important memories, millions of children bear marks they have not chosen: the long-lasting scars of violence and abuse. The animations in the film depict all too common forms of violence that boys and girls endure in spaces where they should be safe – their homes, schools, online and in their communities.

Beckham said: “When I launched my 7 Fund with UNICEF, I made a commitment to do everything I can to make the world a safer place for children and to speak out on issues that are having a devastating impact on children’s lives. One of those issues is violence. Every five minutes, somewhere in the world, a child dies from violence. Millions more are in danger of physical, emotional and sexual abuse that could destroy their childhoods forever.

“Last year I visited Cambodia with UNICEF where I met and listened to children tell me about terrible violence they have experienced. I was shocked by what I heard and I saw how violence can leave deep and lasting scars. No child should have to endure this. Yet in all corners of the world, in their homes, schools and on their streets, children are suffering similar violence. I hope this new project will draw attention to this urgent issue and inspire action. Violence against children is wrong and together we need to end it.”

Using U-report, a messaging tool that allows young people to report on issues affecting their lives, David Beckham invited youth to answer questions on violence against children.
More than 190,000 “U-Reporters” from 22 countries responded. Two-thirds of them said that they have personally experienced physical or verbal abuse or know somebody else who has. When asked who they think commits violence most often, one-third said police or law enforcement, 29 per cent said their peers, 28 per cent said a parent or caregiver and 9 per cent said teachers.

Approximately 80,000 U-Reporters provided suggestions on what can be done to address violence in their communities. A 24-year old U-Reporter from the Philippines said, “I will let my voice be heard and warn all people around me on what is happening, and ask for someone’s help to end it if I cannot do it alone.”

The tragic consequences of violence affect all aspects of a child’s life and can be passed down from one generation to the next. Violence against children carries serious costs to all societies in every region of the world.

“Violence and abuse take a terrible toll on children’s lives and futures — harming their bodies, undermining their emotional wellbeing, even interfering with the healthy development of their brains,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “When we protect children from violence, we prevent individual tragedies — and promote stronger, more stable societies. Thanks to powerful advocates like David Beckham, and fueled by the voices of children and young people themselves, we are building momentum for ending violence against children everywhere.”

Violence is not inevitable. UNICEF points to seven proven strategies that can help end violence against children. These include strengthening attitudes that support non-violence; enforcing laws; creating safe environments for children; supporting parents and caregivers; increasing family incomes to reduce poverty; strengthening social services and equipping children with life-skills.

David Beckham and UNICEF are urging people to share the new film on social media platforms.

After 10 years as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, David Beckham launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund in February 2015, making a commitment to helping the world’s most vulnerable children. Later that year, Beckham visited Cambodia where he met children who had suffered violence and abuse. Moved by the stories he heard, Beckham subsequently attended the United Nations and called on world leaders to put children, especially the most disadvantaged, at the centre of the new Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Annual ICAP Charity Day To Take Place On Wednesday

Dec 06, 2016 06:30 am

Oprah: Profile

ICAP plc, a leading markets operator and provider of post trade risk mitigation and information services, announces that its 24th annual global Charity Day will be held on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.

On this day, 100% of ICAP’s revenues and commissions generated will be donated to more than 200 charities worldwide.

Since Charity Day was launched in December 1993, ICAP has raised nearly £127 million for more than 2,000 charities worldwide. In 2015 alone, £7.5 million was raised by ICAP’s 60 plus offices for over 200 charitable projects. This is equivalent to 3% of ICAP’s full year pre-tax profit for 2015/2016.

This year, Charity Day will be raising funds for another 200 charities, of which 54 are US charities. On the day, these charities will be joined by their celebrity patrons who will speak directly to ICAP’s customers on the phone to close deals and boost trading volumes in the process.

In previous years, Oprah Winfrey, President George W. Bush, Meryl Streep, Eli Manning, Daniel Craig, Drew Barrymore, Chris Hemsworth and many others attended the US event to help ICAP and its many charities.

Michael Spencer, Group Chief Executive Officer of ICAP, said: “ICAP Charity Day is a huge part of ICAP’s DNA. We founded ICAP 30 years ago and shortly afterwards developed a unique format for charitable giving which has since turned into a truly global fundraising event, replicated by many others in the industry. Now in its 24th year, ICAP Charity Day will support a further 200 extraordinary charities this year, all of whom are in need of funds to develop vital, life-changing projects which will make a difference to thousands of lives. We are dedicated to raising as much as we can for our charities, and are extremely grateful to our employees, customers and suppliers for their ongoing and generous support. Together we will all give 100%.”

 

Spotlight: Naomi Campbell’s Charity Work

Dec 06, 2016 06:00 am

Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell is a supermodel whose charity work centers around helping the children and people of sub-Saharan Africa.

She once said that the greatest joy of her life is knowing Nelson Mandela, and that his kindness, passion, and intelligence make him the perfect modern leader.

In 2005, Campbell founded two charitable organizations, Fashion Relief, which raised over $1 million for victims of Hurricane Katrina, and We Love Brazil, aimed at fighting poverty through supporting local artisans.

Read more about Naomi Campbell’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: United Cerebral Palsy’s Celebrity Supporters

Dec 06, 2016 05:00 am
Empowering people with disabilities to live full and meaningful lives.

Providing services and programs for children and adults with disabilities addressing physical and health needs, encouraging their educational development and offering opportunities for true integration into the community.

Celebrity supporters

United Cerebral Palsy has 20 known supporters, including Oprah, Petra Nemcova, and Robin Roberts

Areas of work

Read more about United Cerebral Palsy’s work and celebrity supporters.

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