Jun 05, 2017 01:30 pm
The Duke of Cambridge visited Manchester last week to meet those affected by last month’s terrorist attack.
His Royal Highness chatted to first responders and members of the community who were some of the first on the scene at Manchester Arena, including Greater Manchester Police Officers, St John’s Ambulance, Northern Rail workers and local taxi drivers.
The Duke signed the Book of Condolence at Manchester Cathedral, and paid tribute to how the city has responded to the attack.
“Manchester’s strength and together is an example to the world,” said the Duke. “My thoughts are with those affected.”
The Duke also visited Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital to privately meet with families who have been supported following the attack.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned the weekend’s terrorist attacks in London and expressed solidarity with the people and Government of the United Kingdom in the combat against terrorism and violent extremism.
“The Secretary-General expresses his solidarity with the people and the Government of the United Kingdom as they fight terrorism and violent extremism,” said a statement issued by a UN spokesperson, which denounced the deadly incidents as “unjustifiable violence” and also expressed Mr. Guterres’ condolences to the families of the victims and wishes the injured a swift recovery.
According to media reports, seven people were killed and dozens more injured when a van sped across London Bridge last night, ramming numerous pedestrians. After the van came to a halt, the attackers reportedly stabbed several people in the capital’s Borough Market, a crowded weekend gathering spot. The three assailants were reportedly shot by the police.
This is the third deadly incident in the UK that authorities have attributed to terrorists in as many months, following a deadly attack near the Houses of Parliament in March, and nearly two weeks after a suicide bombing outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
“This is a struggle in many parts of the globe that compels the international community to join up efforts to bring to justice those who use such inhuman tactics while also protecting and promoting the fundamental values, rights and principles that terrorists so fervently seek to undermine,” the statement concluded.
Bob Saget will be honored for his nearly three decades of commitment to the Scleroderma Research Foundation (SRF) at Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine, the 39th gala to benefit the SRF on Friday, June 16th at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire.
Presented by Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine benefits the Scleroderma Research Foundation—America’s first and leading nonprofit investor in medical research to find improved therapies and a cure for people living with scleroderma.
This year’s event commemorates 30 years of history and achievements since its founding in 1987 by patient and fierce advocate, Sharon Monsky. As put best by Monsky: “I could organize a support group to help people in my community living with scleroderma or I could establish an organization that would bring the best of science and technology together in an effort to discover better treatments and a cure for people everywhere living with scleroderma. It wasn’t easy, but I chose the latter.”
Since its founding the SRF has taken a collaborative approach, bringing together some of the brightest minds in science to unravel the mystery of this complex autoimmune disease. Sharon lost her battle to the disease in 2002, but her vision lives on today.
The successful Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine events held in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco have raised considerable awareness for scleroderma and enabled the SRF to fund innovative research bringing hope and helping to improve the quality of life for patients suffering from this debilitating disease.
The word scleroderma literally means “hard skin,” but the disease is much more, often affecting the internal organs with lethal consequences. In some cases, the joints and muscles are affected, resulting in severe pain and limited mobility. Vascular damage due to scleroderma can result in loss of fingers, toes and entire limbs — but the most serious complications involve the lungs and kidneys.
To help turn a heavy subject lighter for the evening, Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine will include a cocktail reception and a five-course dinner accompanied by wine provided by Napa Valley’s Rombauer Vineyards, the family-owned winery known for its iconic Chardonnay. The night will also feature performances by some of the biggest names in comedy, including Bill Burr, Zach Galifianakis, Jeff Garlin, Jimmy Kimmel, Ray Romano and music by Counting Crows. Celebrity chefs/restaurateurs Susan Feniger (also an SRF Board Member) and Mary Sue Milliken, Food Network’s Too Hot Tamales and both Bravo Top Chef Masters, will prepare the multi-course “Hot Cuisine.” There will also be a live auction featuring unique packages such as a weekend VIP trip to the 2018 Super Bowl, traveling in style with first class round trip airfare. Other packages include a dinner prepared in your home by some of the country’s top chefs, paired with world class wines.
Tickets for Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine start at $250 with premium seats for $500, $1,000 and $2,500; tables of ten are available for $5,000; $10,000 and $25,000. All monies raised benefit the Scleroderma Research Foundation. Advance reservations are required. For more information, call (800) 441-CURE (2873) or visit www.SRFcchc.org.
Jun 05, 2017 07:30 am GOOD+ Foundation raised more than $600,000 at its annual Bash event last week at Victorian Gardens in Central Park.
The family-fun party featured carnival rides, face painting, costumed characters and specially curated kid-friendly activities designed by event sponsors for 1,100 guests including hosts Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld, and other special attendees, including Veronica Swanson Beard, Megan Boone, David Burtka, Stacey Bendet Eisner, Melissa Joan Hart, Gabriela Hearst, and Ali Wentworth.
Host Committee members included Julia Austin, Jordana Blitz, Georgina Bloomberg, Rachel Blumenthal, Wendy Cherwin, Samantha Cohen, Danielle Devine, Maria Duenas Jacobs, Jessica Karp, Kara Moore, Florinka Pesenti and Gillian Hearst Simonds.
Gold Sponsors were Hearst and Johnson & Johnson. Additional sponsorship provided by Bai Beverages, Pure Spoon, Skip Hop, Baby Bjorn, Chicco, Fairy Tales Hair Care, Supergoop!, Goodie Girl Cookies & Toufayan’s Gluten Free Pita Chips, Kenneth Cole, New York Knicks, Plum Organics®, Design History Girls, Hu Kitchen, Framebridge, Monica + Andy, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and Terez.
“Our friends and sponsors who help make this afternoon possible are helping change lives because their support funds our work to build stronger families,” said GOOD+ Foundation Founder and President Jessica Seinfeld. “At GOOD+, we have learned that strengthening the entire family starts with helping the parents first, and the overwhelming success of Bash every year shows that New York City supports what we are doing, and that is truly inspiring.”
In its 11th year, the annual NY Bash event has become a highly anticipated New York City tradition, marking the end of the school year and bringing the organization’s long-time friends and program families together to celebrate the day and support families in need.
Families from four GOOD+ Foundation network sites serving new mothers and fathers – CUNY’s Fatherhood Academy, Forestdale Inc., LSA Family Health Services, and STRIVE International, also enjoyed the event. These programs provide low-income parents with the support and training they need to be strong and stable caregivers for their children. GOOD+ Foundation provides mothers and fathers enrolled in these important programs with essential items such as diapers and cribs to be used as incentives while they meet milestones that benefit the whole family.
She is also a member of the Pangea Day advisory board, an organisation dedicated to creating a worldwide network of concerned citizens who are making a difference and believe that film can change the world.
Charities & foundations supported
Cameron Diaz has supported the following charities: