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Prince William And Prince Harry Visit Support4Grenfell Community Hub

Sep 08, 2017 01:30 pm
Prince William and Prince Harry have visited the newly established Royal Foundation Support4Grenfell Community hub, which provides support to the Grenfell Tower community in London.

Prince William And Prince Harry Visit Support4Grenfell Community hub
Prince William And Prince Harry Visit Support4Grenfell Community hub

Their Royal Highness also visited Al-Manaar, The Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, which was one of the first centres to respond to the tragedy on the night of the fire.

After the Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June 2017, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, like others, wanted to support the community in North Kensington.

The Royal Foundation, of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, established Support4Grenfell Community Hub.

The hub is a centre point for organisations already involved in supporting the community to come together to provide additional mental health resources for the children, young people and families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

The Duke and Prince Harry heard how the hub provides a space for various agencies and community groups to continue working collaboratively.

Their Royal Highnesses met representatives from organisations leading the emotional support response at the hub, including Child Bereavement UKPlace2Be, The Art Room and Winston’s Wish.

Many of these charities have been working with local partners, schools, community groups within Kensington for some years. The hub has allowed these charities to react quickly to scale up their local support in response to the tragedy, as others have done.

Afterwards, The Duke and Prince Harry visited Al-Manaar, The Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, to meet members of the centre’s community. Al-Manaar was one of the first centres that responded to the tragedy on the night of 14 June. Volunteers there co-ordinated other volunteers – and offered food, water, shelter and counselling to survivors of the Grenfell fire.

Al-Manaar continues to work with the families and residents affected to provide counselling, advice and a safe space.

 

Zendaya To Be Honored at 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles

Sep 08, 2017 11:30 am

Zendaya: Profile

GLSEN, the leading education organization creating safe and inclusive schools for LGBTQ youth, will honor actress and activist Zendaya with the Gamechanger Award at the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards.

The gala will be held on Friday, October 20th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Zendaya will receive the award for her activism and for inspiring young people around the world. She utilizes her platform to connect with millions every day, taking a stand for women, people of color, and LGBTQ people whose rights are under attack. Her most recent speech at the Teen Choice Awards is a call to action for young people to raise their voices for change. Additionally, Zendaya has lent her time and support to numerous educational causes, including Communities in Schools and Donors Choose.

GLSEN is honored to recognize Zendaya with the Gamechanger Award for her commitment to social justice,” said Eliza Byard, Executive Director, GLSEN. “This award was created to spotlight the next generation of leaders, and Zendaya, unafraid to raise her voice on a host of issues affecting LGBTQ students and other marginalized communities, clearly exemplifies that leadership.”

Zendaya will join previously announced 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards Honorees Kerry Washington and Bruce Bozzi.

The GLSEN Respect Awards, introduced in 2004 and held annually in Los Angeles and New York, showcase the work of students, educators, community leaders, and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Past Los Angeles honorees include: Jessica Biel and Justin TimberlakeJulia Roberts and Danny Moder; Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg; Bob Greenblatt; Shonda RhimesMatt Bomer & Simon Halls; and Kate Hudson. The GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles will welcome approximately 600 guests, including outstanding youth leaders and educators from around the country, raising more than $1 million in support of GLSEN’s work.

GLSEN has led the way on LGBTQ issues in K-12 education since 1990. Through ground-breaking original research, innovative program development, student leadership and educator training, community organizing, and targeted state and federal advocacy, GLSEN has seen the impact of its work with the development of educational resources, direct engagement of youth and educators, and national programs like GLSEN’s Day of Silence, GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week, and GLSEN’s Ally Week.

Tickets for the Respect Awards are available now. For additional information, please visit www.glsen.org/events.

 

Additional Stars To Join EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live

Sep 08, 2017 09:30 am

J.J. Abrams: Profile

Today, XQ Institute and the Entertainment Industry Foundation(EIF) announced that more stars will participate in “EIFPresents: XQ Super School Live,” a one-hour telecast and multi-platform event that will invite the public to help rethink the future of American high schools.

Among those set to participate are J.J. Abrams, Kelsea Ballerini, Maria BelloCate BlanchettJames CordenCindy Crawford, Michael Ealy, Matt FX, Salma Hayek Pinault, Sean HayesAllison JanneyJAXDJ KhaledGayle KingNorman Lear, Marshawn Lynch, Joel McHale, Alano Miller, Hasan Minhaj, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Maren Morris, David Muir, Chris Paul, Tanika Ray, Conrad Ricamora, Adam Rodriguez, Al RokerIan Somerhalder, Karla Souza, Ringo StarrJustin TimberlakeU2, Chris Wallace, Matt Walsh, Reggie Watts, D’Wayne Wiggins, and Jesse Williams, as well as East Los High stars Ashley Campuzano, Jorge Diaz, and Danielle Vega.

The live special will also include musical performances by Kelly Clarkson, Jordan Fisher and Hunter Hayes. Dance star and social media influencer Dytto, and actor Jorge Diaz will host a pre-show that will stream live on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube starting at 3:30 PM PT/6:30 PM ET.

They will appear in addition to Mahershala Ali, CommonMiranda Cosgrove, Portia Doubleday, Kevin Frazier, Bill Hader, Tony HaleTom HanksSamuel L. Jackson, Rami Malek, Thomas Mann, Randall Park, Melissa RiversChristian Slater and Anna Deavere Smith in the all-star telecast which will air live from Los Angeles on all four major U.S. networks – ABCCBSFOX and NBC – on Friday, Sept. 8 at 8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed. The show will also stream live and be available on-demand on ABCCBSNBC, and FOX’s streaming platforms, as well as Hulu and YouTube. The telecast will also be available to stream in its entirety on Hulu the day after it is broadcast.

Kelly Clarkson will perform a new song from her highly-anticipated forthcoming album. Kelsea Ballerini and Maren Morris will introduce country star Hunter Hayes, adding to the roster of musical performers including Jordan Fisher and Andra Day. Additionally, JAX, Ringo Starr, U2, Reggie Watts, and D’Wayne Wiggins will join the previously-announced star-studded finale performance led by Jennifer Hudson with Sheryl Crow, Max Weinberg and Max Weinberg’s Jukebox, Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo MaMC Hammer, Jon Boogz and Sheila E.

Five student winners of the Brave New Schools #RethinkHighSchool competition will also join the on-stage lineup. In partnership with XQ Institute, Youth Speaks – a world leader in youth development and spoken word performance – launched a nationwide slam poetry contest. The Grand Prize winners include Carlynn Newhouse (Seattle, WA); Elohndra Brazzle (Des Moines, IA); Jalesha Johnson (Des Moines, IA); Jola Laguda (Quincy, MA); and Marissa Perez & Mike Davis (Pomona, CA). Each submitted an original poem, rap or story that addressed the contest theme: rethinking high school.

In September 2015, XQ: The Super School Project launched an open call to rethink and design the next American high school. Thousands of communities across the country have since come together to reimagine high school education. “EIFPresents: XQ Super School Live” will highlight the incredible progress of this fast-growing movement, challenge the public to build upon it, and provide viewers with insight into how to spark this transformation within their communities.

The star-studded event in support of the national education initiative will broadcast live from Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport. In collaboration with Viola Davisand Julius Tennon, the telecast will be executive-produced by XQ Institute and Done + Dusted, and directed by Hamish Hamilton.

Viewers can also join the movement by hosting a viewing party during the live broadcast. More than 500 viewing parties across all 50 states have already been planned. The telecast will feature a special Shazam integration. When viewers activate their Shazam app during a specific performance, they will receive a custom message from one of the many celebrities in the show telling them how to get involved. Furthermore, the show will include multi-platform digital components so viewers can engage and participate online, on mobile and in their communities. To learn more about the show and the movement, click here or text XQLIVE to 225568.

 

Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Poker Tournament

Sep 08, 2017 07:30 am

Larry King: Profile

For 45 years stars from TV, Film, Music and Sports along with community members have come together to show support for the men and women who protect and serve Los Angeles.

On September 10, 2017 they will join together again to help raise funds for the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation at Avalon Hollywood.

Proceeds from this event benefit LAPD employees and their immediate family members, who have experienced unforeseen catastrophic circumstances, including death, illness and injury. The Memorial Foundation is the cornerstone of the Los Angeles Police Departments employee wellness program and has granted over $17 million dollars without any direct taxpayer money. The Foundation takes care of the widows and orphans of Officers killed in the line of duty when they may not have any other means. The Foundation helps ensure the children of Officers killed have the funds available to go to college, and helps with medical costs and other life necessities.

This year, the event will feature a surprise 90th Birthday celebration for one of the Foundation’s biggest supporters, baseball legend Tommy Lasorda. The evening will include red carpet arrivals, a celebrity poker tournament, casino games, great food, cocktails, music, photobooth, raffles and auctions. Along with dozens of unique and priceless entertainment & sports items in the auction, guests will have the chance to win an LAPD airship ride, LAPD SWAT Training Day, Training at the Emergency Vehicle Operation Center to learn pursuit & pit maneuvers, dinner with Tommy Lasorda and more.

PokerStars Helping Hands, the charitable arm of PokerStars, (The Stars Group) the world’s largest online poker company has been the event’s biggest supporter since it began in 2013. “Without their support again, we may not be able to hold this event that is currently the sole fundraiser to assist LAPD families enduring serious hardships. It means a great deal to us and we are grateful to PokerStars Helping Hands for the continual support.” – Al Atkins, Executive Director. PokerStars Helping Hands also donated the Grand Prize for the Celebrity Poker Tournament. The winner will head to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure at the Atlantis Resort and Casino on Paradise Island in January 2018 for a chance to win huge cash prizes. This is one of the most prestigious poker events across the globe where in 2018 participants will have a chance to play with superstars Kevin Hart, Usain Bolt, Sergio Garcia and the top poker players in the world. “PokerStars is proud of our long-standing support for the LA Police Memorial Foundation and the support they provide for the men and women in blue who protect and serve their communities,” said Eric Hollreiser, Vice President of Corporate Communications for PokerStars and The Stars Group.
Poker Central is a new supporter of the event. The company delivers poker’s most premier content when and where you want it including live events such as the Super High Roller Bowl, Poker Masters, and the WSOP Main Event.

Additional Sponsors include: Los Angeles Retired Fire & Police Association Inc., Charity Bids, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Aflac, Original Tommy’s, Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club, City Employees Club of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Police Relief Association, Los Angeles Police Protective League, Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union, Lewis, Marenstein, Wicke, Sherwin & Lee LLP, McNicholas Law, Park Regency Realty, Milken Family Foundation, Caliber Photoworks, Candy Vixen, Robo Records, LA Rams, LA Lakers, LA Dodgers.

“This has become one of the top celebrity charity poker tournaments around. One of the special things about this event is the diversity of celebrities, sponsors and community members that continually come out to support this worthwhile cause.” -Traci Szymanski, CEO of Co-Star Entertainment

Guests expected to attend this year include: Board of Directors member Jerry West, Larry King, Tommy Lasorda, Al Joyner, Arianne Zucker, Barbie Blank, Baron Davis, Beau Casper Smart, Bill Fay, Brunson Green, Carl Weathers, Chuck Liddell, Corey Maggette, Danny Zucker, Donovan Carter, Galen Gerring, Gilles Marini, Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi, Jamie GoldJason Collins, Jayde Nicole, Joanna KrupaJoey Fatone, John O’hurley, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Katie Cleary, Kenny Johnson, Lou Diamond Phillips, Maria Ho, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Cudlitz, Nathan Kress, Nathan Morris, Roger Cross, Ryan Kelley, Shanna Moakler, Shawn Patrick Christian, Shawne Merriman, Shawn Stockman, Steven Bauer, Tito OrtizTony Denison, Torrie Wilson, Val Chmerkovskiy, Verne TroyerVanessa MarcilWillie Garson with many surprise guests.

James Gandolfini hosted the Foundation’s first charity poker tournament in 2013 and Don Cheadle in 2016. Additional pasts hosts and supporters of LAPMF throughout the years include Jack NicholsonMark WahlbergElton JohnSugar Ray Leonard, Vin Scully, Dennis QuaidLuke WilsonSamuel L. Jackson, Chris O’Donnell, George Lopez, Oscar de la Hoya, RihannaAndy GarciaGene SimmonsMarlon WayansDavid HasselhoffBackstreet Boys, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and more.

Tickets here.

Discounted tickets available for all current & retired law enforcement.

 

Spotlight: Montgomery Gentry’s Charity Work

Sep 10, 2017 04:10 pm

Montgomery Gentry

Montgomery Gentry is a country music duo composed of vocalists Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry.

Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry devote their time and energy into making the needs of others a priority. They are active participants in any charitable organizations they support giving their time, talent and treasure. Together, they have strongly served and supported the U.S. military and numerous charitable organizations including the TJ Martell Foundation, which Troy serves as a board member. They also provide their individual time to two deserving philanthropies. Eddie gives his support to Camp Horsin’ Around in Lexington, Ky., which provides a camp facility equipped for children with serious, chronic illnesses and physical difficulties. Troy bolsters the Make-A-Wish Foundationof Middle Tennessee.

Read more about Montgomery Gentry’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: Sherry Lansing’s Charity Work

Sep 08, 2017 07:00 am

Sherry Lansing

In February 2007 Lansing was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, receiving an Oscar statuette.

“Sherry is being honored not only for her passionate work in support of fighting cancer,” said Academy President Sid Ganis, “but because the Board recognized and remembered the long list of charitable organizations and causes she has served, and her long history in serving them. Sherry has earned enormous respect throughout the industry not only for her successful career as a producer and studio head, but because she has never failed to further devote her enormous energy to the needs of others.”

Lansing serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Friends of Cancer Research and as a Trustee of the American Association for Cancer Research. She continues to lend her energy and talents to such advisory boards and committees as the American Red Cross Board of Governors, the board of trustees for the Carter Center and Stop Cancer, a non-profit philanthropic group she founded in partnership with Dr. Armand Hammer. Lansing is also a Regent of the University of California and serves as chair of the University Health Services Committee.

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