Dozens of stars from TV, sports, music and film will ante up and bet big to support talented young cancer researchers and change the future of cancer at Tower Cancer Research Foundation’s (Tower) 4th Annual Ante Up for a Cancer Free Generation Poker Tournament and Casino Night on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Sofitel Hotel, Riviera 31, 8555 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048.
Red carpet arrivals begin at 6:00 PM PDT.
The event has attracted the support of numerous celebrities who are expected to attend including (in alphabetical order by first name): AJ Buckley (CSI: NY, Seal Team); Angel Parker (Lab Rats, American Crime Story); Baron Davis (former NBA player); Beau Casper Smart (Dirty Dancing, The Perfect Match); Chuck Liddell (UFC Champion); Corey Maggette (former NBA player); David Allen Grier (Comedian); Erin Cummings (Feed the Beast, Madoff); Gilles Marini (Sex and the City, Switched at Birth); Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley (Real Housewives of OC); Hector David Jr. (Power Rangers); James Lesure (Las Vegas, Men at Work); Jamie Gold (Professional Poker Player); Jason Collins (retired NBA player); Jennie Garth (Beverly Hills 90210); Joanna Krupa (Super Model, Actress); Joshua Bowman (Revenge); Katie Cleary (Model, Activist); Kim Glass (Olympic Gold Medalist); Nyambi Nyambi (Mike and Molly); Phillip Keene (Major Crimes); Shanna Moakler (VH1 Hollywood Exes); Steve Howey (Shameless); Tiffany Michelle (Celebrity Poker Professional, Amazing Race); Tito Ortiz (MMA/UFC Champion); Tommy Lasorda (MLB Legend); Tony Denison (Major Crimes); Torrie Wilson (WWE Raw/ WWE Smackdown!); Vanessa Marcil (Las Vegas, General Hospital).
Cancer Free Generation (CFG) is the young leadership division of Tower. CFG seeks to identify, among their peers in the Southern California region, visionary and innovative doctors, medical professionals and researchers and enable them to discover and implement new ideas and techniques to conquer cancer.
Additionally, CFG’s efforts support young people and their families who have been impacted by cancer, so that they may approach life with renewed strength and optimism. With this dual approach, CFG’s goal is to help ensure that the next generation becomes the first cancer free generation. CFG’s executive committee consists of young professionals working in a variety of fields including finance, law, real estate, entertainment, and medicine. Many members of CFG’s leadership are, themselves, young cancer survivors. Their common vision is the desire to build a more inspired community via connecting interesting and passionate young people who make a difference in the world.
PokerStars is generously sponsoring the tournament again this year, along with several other gracious sponsors, including Janis Horn and Roger Ehrlich; Tanner Mainstain Glynn & Johnson, LLP; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates; Herzog, Yuhas, Ehrlich & Ardell, APC; FusionStorm; and Bank of America. Among the top prizes are: A seat in the PokerStars Championship in the Bahamas; A Four-Night Stay at the Ritz Carlton Waikiki; and A Three-Night Stay at the Hilton Los Cabos.
The estate of long time animal lover and philanthropist, Sam Simon, today announced the formation of The Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation and a $1 million grant to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Best known as the co-creator of The Simpsons, Simon was also an outspoken opponent of the mistreatment of animals, and he was committed to serving underprivileged communities by providing access to the resources and opportunities that individuals need to reach their full potential. Simon’s foundation will fund efforts to improve the treatment and welfare of animals, prioritizing support for animals in captivity. The foundation will also support programs that provide pathways out of poverty by increasing access to education and employment in underserved communities in the Los Angeles region.
“Sam was deeply committed to philanthropy throughout his lifetime, and his legacy of giving lives on through the Foundation’s work championing both human and animal rights,” said Julie Miller of the Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation.
PETA added, “Knowing that the Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation has committed to supporting our work for animals and their guardians reminds us of Sam’s generosity and allows us to make Sam’s wishes keep coming true far into the future.”
The $1 million grant will be used for programs Sam supported during his lifetime. Funding will support PETA’s work to build empathy for animals through educational exhibits targeted towards young adults and children; the Sam Simon Animal Rescue Fund, an initiative responsible for quickly transporting a variety of animals from unsafe and cruel environments and placing them in sanctuaries, homes, or other shelters; cruelty investigations, which will focus on the entertainment industry and animal agriculture; and lastly the Sam Simon Investigations and Rescue Matching Challenge, an online fundraising initiative to generate new donors to PETA.
To learn more about the Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation, click here.
May 31, 2017 10:30 am
Just in time for the summer tourist season, Kate del Castillo is making a splash on Miami television with a PETA ad in which she calls on travelers to stay away from the Miami Seaquarium, where the orca Lolita has been held for decades — and without orca companionship since her companion, Hugo, died in an apparent suicide after ramming his head into the tank wall in 1980.
The ad aired in English on WPLG-TV on Sunday during the news between 9 and 10 a.m. and will air this week twice during the news between 9 and 10 a.m. and once during the news between 12 noon and 1 p.m. It will also air in Spanish on WFUN-TV (América TeVé) seven times during the news between 5 and 6:30 p.m. and five times between 7 and 11 p.m.
“Lolita’s story is particularly tragic and poignant to me because I come from a tight-knit family. And so does she,” says the Reina del Sur star. “Orca families spend their entire lives together. Lolita should have spent her life with her mother and aunts and siblings. But instead, she has spent 46 long and totally miserable years stuck inside the world’s smallest orca tank at the Miami Seaquarium.”
PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” — notes that the tank at the Seaquarium is only as deep as Lolita is long. There, she’s raked by dolphins and given drugs daily — including antibiotics, antifungals, pain medication (including narcotics), steroids, hormones, and/or antacids. A detailed plan exists to move her to a sea sanctuary in a protective cove in her home waters — all the Seaquarium has to do is agree to retire her there.