After hanging out together at Vivienne Westwood’s Fashion Week exhibition last week, PETA US Honorary Director Pamela Anderson sent Kim Kardashian — who recently channeled Anderson in a photo shoot for CR Fashion Book — a letter asking her to channel compassion to animals violently killed in the fur trade.
“It was lovely seeing you at New York Fashion Week,” wrote Pamela. “I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know you over the years, and I can tell you’re a good person with a big, beautiful heart. I’m writing to ask you to extend your compassion to real fashion victims — the animals who are violently killed in the fur trade — by swearing off fur this winter.
“I think you’d be horrified to learn that every single fur farm that PETA has exposed has been beyond cruel: Investigators have witnessed and documented that foxes are electrocuted, dogs are bludgeoned to death, and raccoon dogs are skinned alive. Just last month, video footage from a fur farm in Poland revealed that foxes are being kept inside filthy, cramped, dark cages and that some had missing eyes and rotting jaws. The footage was released on the heels of another investigation showing that foxes are being selectively bred to grow to an enormous—and dangerously unhealthy — size so that their pelts will be larger and fetch more money.
“Times are changing, though: Gisele Bündchen made a bold statement against fur on the cover of Vogue Paris earlier this summer, and Austria, Croatia, the Netherlands, Slovenia, the U.K., and other nations have taken a stand against cruelty by abolishing all fur farms. First lady and former fur-wearer Melania Trump recently swore off fur, following in the footsteps of so many fashion icons and first ladies.
“You know I love you, and you can be a hero for animals as well as a great example to all your beautiful followers by swearing off fur. Please do the right thing. You’d be praised all over the world, including by my close friends at PETA.”
Sep 18, 2017 12:00 pm
In celebration of a new school year, Emmy-nominated actress, producer & screenwriter Rashida Jones partnered with the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) children’s literacy initiative to read the beloved children’s book Please Please the Bees.
Written and illustrated by Gerald Kelley and published by Albert Whitman and Company, Please Please the Bees is a delightful story showcasing morals of friendship, gratitude and paying it forward. In addition to its new video starring Jones, the award-winning Storyline Online program also unveiled its newly redesigned website and a new app for iPhone and Android. The app features the full digital library of Storyline Online videos, complimentary educational activity guides and more.
Please Please the Bees tells the story of Benedict, a big brown bear who is very content with his routine. Every day, he eats the same meals, runs the same errands and receives the same delivery of honey from the bees living in his yard. When Benedict wakes up one morning to discover the bees have gone on strike, he is forced to reevaluate his priorities and behavior towards the bees. Please Please the Bees can be used to start a conversation with children about being thankful, valuing the beauty of nature, honing self-awareness and giving back to your community. Its pro-environmental message is also one worth considering.
Jones concludes her reading by sharing her thoughts on Please Please the Bees. “I really enjoyed this book because it’s all about being able to live with each other and respect each other… That’s the best part about being in a community – being able to live together and have everybody’s life be sweet at the same time.”
Rashida Jones is the latest actor to join an expanding cast of Storyline Online readers. Previous readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Christian Slater, Betty White and James Earl Jones. Storyline Online features beloved performers reading cherished children’s books out loud alongside inventively animated, original illustrations. The site features 40 videos available at no cost to children, parents, and educators worldwide, and receives over 14 million views every month.
“Rashida Jones is a real champion for children’s literacy. As a SAG–AFTRAFoundation Actors Inspiration Award recipient for her charitable giving, Rashida also made time to read for Storyline Online because of her passion for reading and community,” said Cyd Wilson, Executive Director of the SAG–AFTRA Foundation. “Please Please the Bees is a delightful new addition to our digital library. We are so grateful to Rashida for her participation.”
Please Please the Bees comes with supplemental activity guides aligned with Common Core Standards for both home and school that strengthen verbal, written and comprehension skills. Aimed at students in the 1st through 3rd grades, these activities encourage students to engage in critical thinking and ponder the themes from the book including friendship, empathy, self-awareness and giving back.
The Veterans Consortium (TVC) is honored to announce that Lee Woodruff, co-author of the best-selling book, In an Instant, contributor to CBS This Morning and co-founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the TVC Silver Anniversary Dinner and Pro Bono Program Awards Banquet on October 4, 2017, at Union Station in Washington, DC.
TVC and the federal Pro Bono Program are celebrating 25 years of pro bono service to veterans and their families, caregivers and survivors. Attendees will include the veterans we serve, members of TVC’s Nationwide Volunteer Corps, members of Congress, mission partners and community supporters.
Since the February 2007 publication of their book, Lee and her husband Bob have helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury (TBI) among returning Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, as well as the millions of Americans who live with this often invisible, but life-changing affliction. TVC’s Discharge Upgrade Program provides nationwide pro bono legal representation to veterans with Other Than Honorable discharges for conduct caused by post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and TBI, out of a belief that PTSD and TBI resulting from service should not preclude veterans from receiving the benefits and respect they deserve.
Woodruff has been a contributing reporter for Good Morning America. Her best-selling book Perfectly Imperfect — A Life in Progress, was followed by her first novel Those We Love Most, which became a New York Times best seller.
As the Master of Ceremonies, Ms. Woodruff will assist The Veterans Consortium is recognizing the contribution of our volunteers, the experiences of the veterans we serve, and the important role that TVC continues to play in serving veterans and their families, caregivers, and survivors as they obtain access to justice, seeking the benefits and compensation they were promised.
“The importance of raising awareness about the impact of TBI and PTSD on our veterans as they return home cannot be understated,” Ms. Woodruff noted. “I am pleased to assist TVC in celebrating 25 years of pro bono service to veterans and raising awareness of the vital work that needs to be done in expanding access to justice for veterans suffering from PTSD and TBI, including discharge upgrades and securing the benefits and compensation they were promised so that they may receive the mental health care they need.”
Creator and Host of the six-time Emmy Award winning “Sport Science” and author of the New York Times Best Seller “The Perfection Point”, John Brenkus, and thirteen-time Pro Bowl, two-time Super Bowl Champion and Super Bowl MVP, Ray Lewis, have announced that the Ray Of Hope Foundation will be holding a kick-off fundraising event on Monday, September 18th at SignatureFD Headquarters in Atlanta, GA.
The financial planning corporation, SignatureFD and SignaturePRO, whose purpose is to help empower athletes to live with purpose and confidence in their relationships and actions, has partnered up with the Ray of Hope Foundation for the event.
Longtime friends Brenkus and Lewis bonded over one common principle: sending positive energy to those in need. It all started one day when Brenkus asked Lewis to record a short encouraging video for a friend who was fighting stage 4 brain cancer. The very next day, a friend of Brenkus asked him to record a short, uplifting video for a high school athlete who was paralyzed in a football accident. Six months after receiving the personalized videos, both have made incredible strides in recovery.
The uplifting video requests for both Lewis and Brenkus kept coming. The simple favor soon became a passion and the positive energy began to perpetuate itself. Together these two positive, inspiring men started The Ray of Hope Foundation, an organization built on the premise of bringing hope to those in need via uplifting personalized video messages.
The roster of celebrities who have already signed up to send out personalized, inspirational videos to those in dire need include: Olympic champions Michael Phelps, Summer Sanders and Apolo Orno; former NFL athletes Trent Dilfer, Lewis Howes, Takeo Spikes, Merril Hoge, and Eddie George; Musical Artist Joey McIntyre; Comedians Adam Carolla and Bill Engvall; Actors Randy Couture and Bryan Callen; Sportscaster Ernie Johnson; CEOs Daymond John and Phyllis Newhouse…and many others.
Brenkus, Host of “The Brink of Midnight Podcast,” and Lewis, co-Host of “The Tackling Life Podcast,” will hold a joint, live podcast where they will interview the original “Ray of Hope” recipients. The event will also feature a Silent Auction including a remarkable G2G Collection vacation, a live painting by Jared Emerson, trips to Park City, UT and Cabo San Lucas courtesy of the Montage, and many more items. Musical guest Eric Dodd from Nashville, and Brenkus’ own band “Brink of Midnight” which he formed with his wife, Lizzie Brenkus will perform. The gathering will also feature prime cocktails, authentic Atlanta eats.
Notable guests in attendance include Super Bowl champions and New York Giants Safeties Deon Grant and James Butler; Jarius Wynn from the Green Bay Packers; former NFL stars Michael Jenkins, Terance Mathis, Ovie Mughelli, Adrian Clayborn, and Trevor Knight; former Georgia Bulldogs turned NFLers Rennie Curran, Fernando Velasco, and Drew Butler; Auburn War Eagle, Jason Campbell and Hannibal Navies.
The list continues with more pro athletes like Sherrod Martin, Stevie Baggs, Jr., Ryan McNeil, and Vonnie Holiday; former #1 pick in the Major League Baseball draft and Clemson legend Kris Benson; Longtime college hoops Coach Al Skinner; Audio Adrenaline frontman Adam Agee, and a pack of other music, sports and business luminaries.
For more information about Ray of Hope Foundation, click here.
Sep 18, 2017 07:00 am
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 joined together again to help raise funds for the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation at Avalon Hollywood.
Proceeds from this event benefitted 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 without any direct taxpayer money.
This year, the event also featured a surprise 90th Birthday celebration for one of the Foundation’s biggest supporters, baseball legend Tommy Lasorda. The surprise was led by media icon Larry King. The evening included 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 had the chance to win an LAPD airship ride, LAPDSWAT 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, we may not be able to hold this event that is right now the sole fundraiser to assist LAPD families in their time of need. 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, DJ Zedd, 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 for live events, Super High Roller Bowl, Poker Masters, and the WSOP Main Event.
Additional Sponsors included: 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.
“One of the many special things about this event is the diversity of celebrities, community members and sponsors from different backgrounds and different generations that come out to support this cause”. Said Traci Szymanski, CEO of Co-Star Entertainment and Producer of the event.
Tim Allen has generously donated funds and volunteered his time to thousands of charitable organizations.
He is actively involved in the national YMCA and played a key role in refurbishing the YMCA facility in Hollywood.
He has participated in many programs including Nickelodeon’s “Big Help-a-thon”, Habitat For Humanity, and most recently auctioned off his prized 1955 Chevy Nomad (featured on “Home Improvement”) on Ebay for The September 11th/Twin Towers Fund.
Sep 18, 2017 06:00 am ENOUGH is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007 with an initial focus on the crises in Sudan, Chad, eastern Congo, northern Uganda, and Somalia, ENOUGH’s strategy papers and briefings provide sharp field analysis and targeted policy recommendations based on a “3P” crisis response strategy: promoting durable peace, providing civilian protection, and punishing perpetrators of atrocities.
How you can help
Being an activist doesn’t mean doing the impossible, it just means doing ENOUGH.
Getting involved can be anything from asking your senator to make Darfur a priority, to hosting a screening of “The Greatest Silence”, to raise awareness about sexual violence against women in the DRC.