Yesterday, Bethenny Frankel raised and donated a total of $50,000 to Dress for Success Corpus Christi and Dress for Success Houston to assist women in crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to help women and their families in financial crisis and supply them with needed goods.
The funds, along with future funds raised daily by Bethenny and B Strong, will allow Dress for Success Corpus Christi to eventually repair its location and continue to serve women in their local community after being damaged by Hurricane Harvey.
As an extension of Bethenny’s B Strong initiative, the donations made to Dress for Success Houston will help 900 Professional Women’s Group members overcome the financial crises they will face in the wake of this historic storm.
Both affiliates are exploring other means for helping the thousands of women who will be struggling to rebuild their lives, and Bethenny’s contribution will provide these organizations with the tools and supplies necessary to expand this reach.
B Strong: Find Your Yes is a crisis intervention initiative that provides real-time emergency assistance to women who face crises on their road to success. It’s for women in abusive situations, women at a crossroads and women in dire straits financially. It’s all about helping these women get the tools they need to manage the situation and achieve the best outcome possible.
Bethenny is continuing B Strong’s drive to raise funds and needed supplies to be distributed to women in need in the Houston area next week. The star is providing updates on all of her social channels, including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
To donate visit www.dressforsuccess.org/get-involved/donate. When making a monetary donation, please designate funds to B Strong and Hurricane Harvey.
Music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins has released the star studded line-up for Get Loud, their annual awareness day campaign on Wednesday 13 September, when they use the power of music to raise awareness of their life-changing music therapy services.
Get Loud is fronted by campaign ambassador Claudia Winkleman, and supported by artists Jake Bugg, Anne-Marie, Level 42, 67 and Youngr – who will be performing a series of exclusive gigs around the UK on 13 September.
Stars who are pledging their support for the campaign and performing the exclusive gigs that evening are:
Jake Bugg – 100 Club, London
Anne-Marie at Omeara, London
Youngr – The Ruby Lounge, Manchester
Level 42 – Dingwalls, Camden, London
67 – London (venue to be announced)
These unique performances are just £15 a ticket, and all profits directly fund the delivery of Nordoff Robbins’ music therapy services around the UK.
Jake Bugg’s session at the 100 Club will also be in support of Grenfell Tower and all those affected. Nordoff Robbins have been working outside the Notting Hill Methodist Church, offering free music therapy to those whose lives have been impacted by the tragedy, and ensuring support to anyone who needs our help. Profits raised from Jake’s session will go towards ensuring that we can continue our work there in the local community.
Claudia said: “I am so proud to be supporting Get Loud for Nordoff Robbins. It is an amazing charity that uses music to change the lives of so many people. There are lots of ways you can Get Loud for Nordoff Robbins this year, so join us and do what you can to help this brilliant charity reach more people who desperately need their help.”
Get Loud is sponsored by energy company SSE. As a Founding Partner, SSE offer crucial funding, knowledge and expertise to support Get Loud, in its aim to boost awareness of Nordoff Robbins across the UK, and support the charity’s regional expansion.
Colin Banks, Head of Sponsorship and Reward at SSE, said: “We are thrilled to be supporting Get Loud for a second year running. We have seen the amazing impact this charity’s music therapy can have on so many lives and that is why we are behind Get Loud. It will help the charity to gain invaluable support and fund their life-changing music therapy to help many more people and we at SSE are very excited to play our part in helping to make Get Loud happen.”
SSE customers can also access tickets for the Get Loud Sessions via ssereward.com
Caffè Nero will also be partnering with Get Loud, and hosting in-store acoustic performances dubbed ‘Coffee Shop Sessions’ on the same day. Set to feature some of the best up-and-coming talent around, these sessions will take place at midday on 13 September, and will offer all Caffe Nero customers an opportunity to support Nordoff Robbins through a donation.
Paul Ettinger, Business Development Director at Caffe Nero says, “As an organisation that supports musicianship through our own in-store music programme, we feel a very strong synergy with the Get Loud campaign, and are committed to helping Nordoff Robbins ensure that music therapy is available to all those who need it.
Get Loud is an ambitious campaign, and we at Caffe Nero are matching that ambition in what we have planned! On the 13th September we will be giving a platform to hundreds of talented, unsigned artists who will perform simultaneously in our stores right across the UK. It is the first time we have hosted sessions on this scale, so it will be a real highlight for us that will make a huge amount of noise for Get Loud.”
Julie Whelan, Chief Executive of Nordoff Robbins, adds: “We know how powerful our music therapy can be – it can help some of the most vulnerable and isolated people communicate and connect with the world around them. For so many people we work with, music therapy is simply a lifeline. However, we receive no government funding, which is why campaigns like Get Loud are so crucial in helping us raise awareness and ensuring that we can reach all those who need us. So please, join us this year and Get Loud for Nordoff Robbins in any way you can!”
Equality Now has announced that their annual Make Equality Reality Gala will be held in New York City on Monday, October 30, 2017, at Gotham Hall.
This year’s event, which will mark the organization’s 25th Anniversary, will honor Gucci America President and CEOSusan Chokachi and A Breeze of Hope Foundation Founder Brisa De Angulo. The 2017 Make Equality Reality Gala Co-Chairs are Gloria Steinem, Tara Lynda Guber, Susan Hassan, Chandra Jessee (Inmaat Foundation), Karen Lehner, and Sue Smalley, PhD.
“I am proud to be part of a company that is fully committed to protecting human rights and fighting for gender equality. In 2013 Gucci founded CHIMEFORCHANGE to campaign for education, health and justice for girls and women all over the world, supporting the work of organizations like Equality Now, which are proving – often against extreme odds – that change is possible. It is an honor to partner with Equality Now, whose legal victories and landmark legislation wins have helped to change the course of history for so many girls and women” said Susan Chokachi.
“As a survivor, it is my dream that people worldwide will join together – in solidarity with survivors – to end child sexual violence. Equality Now’s constant encouragement and dedication have strengthened my journey on the often difficult path to justice. I am thankful for this honor and the opportunity to bring to light the situation of too many Bolivian girls. It is important and healing for survivors to know that they are not alone,” said Brisa De Angulo.
Susan joined Gucci in 1998, and has spent nearly 20 years representing the company in various leadership roles in North America. Over the course of her career at Gucci, she has helped lead many of the company’s global philanthropic initiatives, including long-term partnerships with UNICEF, the Tribeca Film Institute, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and The Film Foundation. Susan also helped launch the company’s CHIME FOR CHANGE campaign, founded by Gucci in 2013 to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for girls and women around the world. The campaign uses innovative approaches to promote gender equality. Co-founded by Beyonce and Salma Hayek Pinault, the campaign works with a coalition of partner organizations, including Global Citizen, the Kering Foundation, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Facebook and Hearst Magazines. Since 2013, through CHIMEFORCHANGE, Susan has worked closely with Equality Now and Global Executive Director Yasmeen Hassan, who also serves on the CHIMEFORCHANGE Advisory Board.
Brisa is a leading campaigner against child and adolescent sexual abuse in Bolivia and was motivated to help others by her own experience of sexual assault when she was a teenager. Brisa grew up with her family in Cochabamba, Bolivia where as a teenager, she was raped repeatedly by an older cousin. When she finally reported the sexual assault, she faced intimidation and blame from the Bolivian authorities, as well as from her community and extended family. In 2004, Brisa started A Breeze of Hope (Fundacion Una Brisa De Esperanza), a charity that supports sexually abused children in Bolivia. Bolivia has one of the highest rates of sexual violence against women and children in South America, but one of the lowest reporting rates. It was the first organization in the country to provide social workers, therapists, and lawyers, all free of charge for children who are sexual abuse victims. In 2014, she partnered with Equality Now to address the alarming rates of child sexual abuse and incest in Bolivia and gaps in the law that allow it to continue – and to finally bring her own abuser to justice.
“Equality Now is thrilled to honor Susan Chokachi and Brisa de Angulo at our 25th anniversary event. We support and work with activists from all walks of life; they change the course of history. At a time when most corporations were unwilling to associate themselves with issues of gender equality and violence against women, Susan helped launched Gucci’s global campaign CHIMEFORCHANGE to support grassroots efforts for gender equality. Brisa who was sexually abused when she was growing up in Bolivia, used her experience to become one of the leading campaigners against sexual abuse in Latin America, establishing a center to empower girls and using her case to change the law. We are honored to work with such powerful and compassionate women!” Yasmeen Hassan, Global Executive Director of Equality Now, said.
Equality Now is dedicated to using the law to create a more just world for women and girls. Their international network of lawyers, activists, and supporters hold governments responsible for ending legal inequality, sex trafficking, sexual violence and harmful practices, such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and “child marriage”.
King was named by Life Magazine as one of the “100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century”, and on August 12, 2009, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama for her work advocating for the rights of women and the LGBT community.
In 2000, GLAAD, an organization which works to eiminate discrimination against gays, lesbians and bisexuals, recognized King for “furthering the visibility and inclusion of the community in her work.”