Category: Charity

A Wave Of Jazz 2017

 

Celebrating 40 years of the Ocean Institute!

Don’t miss out on two nights of dazzling jazz entertainment & fine dining at the Ocean Institute!

Featuring
Ray Parker Jr., Michael Paulo, Gregg Karukas, & Kevin Toney!

Saturday night’s four-course gala dinner created by world-renowned chefs from Monarch Beach ResortThe Ranch at Laguna Beach,  Montage Laguna Beach,and Park Hyatt Aviara Resort’s.

FRIDAY MARCH 24, 2017 6pm
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Join us for a delightful evening of tastes from the finest local restaurants including Craft HouseThe Royal Hawaiian,  California FreshWhat A Dish Catering,Luciana’sParty in a Box CateringThe Point RestaurantSundried TomatoJay’s Catering, and more! Celebrate our 40th birthday with fantastic jazz, delicious wine, craft beer, and auction.

VIP Admission – $250
Attendance at VIP reception with artists at 5:30pm

Premier Admission – $125
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SATURDAY MARCH 25, 2017 5:30 pm
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A night of amazing jazz, elegant epicurean dining, fine wine and a silent and live auction await you and your guests!

Gala Admission – $500
Table of 10 – $5,000

All proceeds support our mission

Using the ocean as our classroom we inspire children to learn.

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Prince Of Wales Releases Ladybird Expert Book On Climate Change

Jan 31, 2017 12:30 pm
The Prince of Wales has co-authored a new Ladybird Expert book on climate change.

Prince Of Wales Co-Authors Ladybird Book On Climate Change
Prince Of Wales Co-Authors Ladybird Book On Climate Change
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His Royal Highness’s book, which was released last week, was written alongside environmentalist Tony Juniper and climate scientist Emily Shuckburgh.

The book is the first in a series of Ladybird Expert books, which are written for an adult readership and produced in the iconic style of the original Ladybird books. The book explains the history, dangers and challenges of global warming and explores possible solutions to reduce its impact.

The front cover of the Climate Change book depicts a drawing inspired by a photograph of the flooding in Uckfield, East Sussex, which occurred in October 2000.

The Prince of Wales has worked to champion action for a sustainable future for more than four decades, and has launched many different sustainability initiatives.

 

Women’s Cancer Research Fund To Host An Unforgettable Evening

Jan 31, 2017 11:30 am

Rita Wilson: Profile

On Thursday, February 16, 2017, the Women’s Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) Honorary Chairs Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, along with WCRF co-founders Anne Douglas, Quinn Ezralow, Marion Laurie, Kelly Chapman Meyer, and Jaime Tisch will welcome guests to An Unforgettable Evening presented by Saks Fifth Avenue.

After a three-year hiatus, the event returns to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and will benefit the Women’s Cancer Research Fund, a program of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

Hosted by comedian and breast cancer survivor Tig Notaro, the evening will include a dinner and an awards presentation. Renowned fashion designer and film director Tom Ford will accept the 2017 Courage Award for his continued support and dedication to raising awareness for the disease. The Nat King Cole Award will be presented to Judy and Leonard Lauder for their charitable works and contributions.

An Unforgettable Evening is the flagship fundraising event of WCRF, which continues to raise support for innovative cancer research and to recognize remarkable individuals for their commitment to the cause. WCRF recently joined forces with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), the highest rated breast cancer organization in the US and largest private funder of breast cancer research in the world. Founded in 1993 by Evelyn H. Lauder, BCRF investigators have been involved in every major breakthrough in breast cancer research, impacting developments across a spectrum of cancers. This exciting new collaboration with BCRF allows WCRF to fast-track more effective approaches to the study and early diagnosis of women’s cancers.

Saks Fifth Avenue is generously supporting WCRF to present An Unforgettable Evening for the 13th time. Over the last 18 years, Saks has donated nearly $40 million to cancer research and treatment organizations throughout the United States.

 

Super Bowl: Celebrate The Game Kickoff Party

Jan 31, 2017 10:15 am

Michael Strahan: Profile

BRANDed Management has announced that three popular network personalities will come together to kickoff the week of parties in Houston in celebration of Super Bowl 51.

On Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, NFL Network’s Mike Silver, Fox Sports Charissa Thompson, and ESPN’s Jeff Darlington will host the annual Super Bowl Kickoff party presented by Recoup Fitness at Houston’s Hughes Manor. Red carpet arrivals begin at 9:00 p.m. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Blanket Coverage, Richard Sherman Family Foundation.

“I am thrilled to help Charissa and Jeff kick off Super Bowl week in style,” said Silver. “My co-hosts and I look forward to welcoming a diverse collection of sublime partygoers into an inclusive and electric scene. And I cannot think of a more fitting foundation to benefit from this event than Blanket Coverage, The Richard Sherman Family Foundation. The great Magic Johnson inspired Richard, who has provided low-income students with school supplies, clothing and other support to help them achieve their goals.”

Hughes Manor, which marries a sexy atmosphere with beautiful surroundings, will host the Wednesday night affair. Hughes Manor is located centrally in the Washington Heights area at 2811 Washington Ave in Houston, Texas.

The annual kickoff event has developed a reputation as one of the premiere parties during Super Bowl week and has featured attendance by sports & entertainment’s hottest athletes and celebrities including, Michael Strahan, Kim Kardashian, Rob Gronkowski, Ray Lewis, Colin Kaepernick, John Elway, and many others. The NFL’s most noted coaches and sports network personalities have all attended in the past and are expected to do so again at this year’s event. Members from both teams playing in Super Bowl LI (The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots) are also scheduled to attend.

The 2017 Super Bowl Kickoff Party is being produced by Los Angeles-based sports and entertainment agency BRANDed Management and is by invitation only. Event partners includes: Recoup Fitness, Grandstand Sports and Memorabilia, Dr. Hourglass, Instavit, Warren Moon’s Sports 1 Marketing, and Hughes Manor.

For additional event information or to inquire about guest-list consideration, sponsorships, or press, please be in contact with: Jen Beaver, 317.496.7898, jen@brandedmgmt.com or Klint Briney, 305.915.7652, klint@brandedmgmt.com.

Blanket Coverage, the Richard Sherman Family Foundation, was formed in 2013 by Richard Sherman to provide students in low-income communities with school supplies and clothing so they can more adequately achieve their goals. During his high school days, his childhood idol Magic Johnson came to Dominguez High School in Compton, CA and spoke to Richard and his classmates on the importance of setting and achieving your goals. Since that time Richard has made it his focus to preach those same sentiments and help students achieve their fullest potential.

 

Richie Sambora Leads Innovative Humanitarian Funding

Jan 31, 2017 07:45 am
Richie Sambora, co-founder of csnaps.org, hosted the official launch this weekend at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT.

Richie Sambora Up Close And Personal At Sundance
Richie Sambora Up Close And Personal At Sundance

Csnaps creates powerful connections between celebrities, fans and charities by monetizing sharing photos and personal stories to raise an extraordinary amount of funds for important causes.

The Hall of Fame songwriter sat down with fans and supporters for a rare impromptu up front and close intimate conversation.

Sambora stated “storytelling is like opening a window into the minds listeners, it’s what keeps us connected. Csnaps is about giving together while sharing our inspirations, gratitude and blessings. It’s important for everyone to tell their story.” Sambora took questions and offered insight into connecting and the power we all have to lead humanitarian change.

Csnaps tag line “from Selfies to Selfless” echoed in Sambora’s answers which were riddled with mentions of gratitude, inspiration and optimizing his platform for those in need. Sambora also spoke about the introduction of the Fan Csnaps. “It is truly Today’s Humanitarian Autograph that focuses on giving together. Csnap’s are selfless” said Sambora.

Sambora with guitar in hand shared his insight to connecting with so many people as a songwriter and musician for some of the biggest rock anthems to date. In between topics Sambora would surprise the crowd with a song that’s message amplified their most recent discussion. The engaged crowd sang along with energy and unity.

 

The Elders’ Statement On US Reintroduction Of Global Gag Rule

Jan 31, 2017 06:30 am

Mary Robinson: Profile

The Elders have expressed concern at the decision by the new US Administration to reintroduce the so-called “Global Gag Rule” that cuts US funding to organisations that help provide abortion services.

When the rule has been enacted by previous US Presidents over the past three decades, it has jeopardised the health and wellbeing of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Gro Harlem Brundtland, Deputy Chair of The Elders, said:
“This decision puts the health of women and children at risk. We know from past experience that when the Global Gag Rule is enacted, health care clinics are forced to close and services for hard-to-reach populations eliminated. If this happens again, vulnerable people will die unnecessarily.”

Mary Robinson, Elder and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, added:

“The decision to re-impose the Global Gag Rule risks reversing progress on maternal, child and reproductive health in the poorest countries and poorest communities. In September 2015 the United States committed to the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. I hope the new Administration will continue to support aid that helps cut poverty, promote gender equality and build a more prosperous future for our shared planet.”

 

Spotlight: Vivienne Westwood’s Charity Work

Jan 31, 2017 06:00 am

Vivienne Westwood

Dame Vivienne Westwood is a British fashion designer.

Charities & foundations supported

Vivienne Westwood has supported the following charities:

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Spotlight: THORN’s Celebrity Supporters

Jan 31, 2017 05:00 am
The Demi and Ashton Foundation (DNA) was founded in 2010 by Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher to help abolish modern day slavery, punish perpetrators and free the innocent and exploited victims.

The charity was renamed to THORN in 2012, reflecting its mission to use technology to protect children and deter predators.

Celebrity supporters

THORN has 20 known supporters, including John Legend, Eva Longoria, and Justin Timberlake

Areas of work

Read more about THORN’s work and celebrity supporters.

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Charities Pay Tribute To Mary Tyler Moore

Jan 26, 2017 02:05 pm

Mary Tyler Moore: Profile

PETA has released the following statement on the animal activism of Mary Tyler Moore, who passed away this week.

“Mary will be missed not only for her comedic talent but also for her advocacy for animals,” said PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews, who worked closely with Mary Tyler Moore on her PETA campaigns. “Mary was the first star to donate her furs for PETA to use in protests and famously helped us release a 65-year-old lobster from a restaurant tank back into the ocean. She promoted animal adoption, hosted PETA’s video exposé of the abuse of horses for the drug Premarin, and believed that future generations would be shocked by the thought of eating meat.”

Mary Tyler Moore also co-founded Broadway Barks – annual animal charity event held in New York City to promote the adoption of shelter animals – with Bernadette Peters, and served as the International chairperson of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.

The JDRF has released the following statement:

“Mary was an American treasure who lit up the screen with her endearing performances that made her beloved by millions,” said Derek Rapp, president and CEO of JDRF. “But for those of us whose lives have been impacted by this terrible disease, it was her off-stage role as a person living with T1D that will be her most enduring legacy. Mary was a champion for our cause and on behalf of the entire JDRF family and T1D community, we offer our deepest gratitude and heartfelt condolences to her family and her husband, S. Robert Levine, M.D., who is also a true friend of JDRF.”

Mary Tyler Moore was first diagnosed with T1D at the age of 33, and in 1984 she became the international chairman of JDRF. Her relentless pursuit to achieve a world without T1D impacted countless lives and helped accelerate JDRF’s research and progress toward finding a cure, while also allowing the organization to focus on the development and delivery of transformational therapies for all those living with T1D.

Lending her name and her voice to the movement, Mary Tyler Moore advocated to Congress, increased public awareness, and helped raise billions of dollars to fund scientific advances in research that today are helping to remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives.

JDRF has established a special tribute site at MooreForever.org to honor and celebrate the life of Mary Tyler Moore. MooreForever.org provides a community for Mary’s fans and those impacted by T1D to share their affection, memories and appreciation.

“I want to invite everyone who knew and loved Mary to join us in leaving a remembrance in her honor at MooreForever.org,” said Rapp. “Together we can celebrate everything she is, was, and always will be.”

 

Prince Harry Visits Help For Heroes Hidden Wounds Service

Jan 26, 2017 12:30 pm
Prince Harry visited Help for Heroes Recovery Centre, Tedworth House, this week to learn more about the range of support available within the field of military mental health.

Prince Harry visits Help for Heroes' Hidden Wounds service
Prince Harry visits Help for Heroes’ Hidden Wounds service
Credit/Copyright: Royal.UK

Help for Heroes Hidden Wounds service provides free and confidential support to Ex-Service Personnel, their families and the families of those still serving, who are living with anxiety, depression, stress, anger or early stage alcohol issues. The service has helped 1,000 beneficiaries to access support since it began.

The visit began with an overview of one element of Help for Heroes’ Psychological Wellbeing offering: the Hidden Wounds service at Tedworth House Recovery Centre. Hidden Wounds is a psychological support service helping Veterans and family members. The service allows people to make contact by phone, Skype or online, to speak to an experienced Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP), and after an initial assessment, they are given the support which will ultimately enable them to self-manage their issues.

This boosts their resilience and confidence that they will be able to lead fulfilling lives after leaving the military. Prince Harry spoke to a PWP to learn what happens when someone gets in touch, and what a difference having this conversation can make.

Help for Heroes is a member of Contact, a Charity Partner of Heads Together. Contact is a collaboration of military charities, the NHS, the MoD and top academics working together to make the most effective mental health support easily accessible to the Armed Forces community.

The Prince had the opportunity to learn more about the wider programmes available within Tedworth House, designed to promote wellbeing. First, he met some of those involved in a programme to build an Iron Age Round House in the grounds of the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre, giving time for reflection, team work and space to be outdoors before visiting the garden, where again beneficiaries can come and work outdoors giving space for quiet reflection, understanding the value of nutrition in wellbeing, and the opportunity to be creative.

Commitment levels for participation in both programmes range from a few hours to working towards City and Guilds qualifications. Here, he had the opportunity to speak to beneficiaries about how their involvement with the programme has helped them deal with tough times they have faced.

At the end of the visit Prince Harry sat down for a chat with some Help for Heroes beneficiaries, and the people who have supported them through tough times they have faced, to hear how having an open conversation and reaching out for support has made such a difference.

 

Annie Lennox: The Rights Of Women And Girls Is Back On The Agenda In A BIG Way


Jan 26, 2017 11:30 am

Annie Lennox: Profile

Annie Lennox has blogged about women’s rights following the massive turnout to Women’s Marches around the world.

“As a long time passionate and committed advocate for the rights of women and girls, I know full well that it will take a lot more than one single collective march to create sustainable/ logistical transformation when it comes to gender equality and rights,” she wrote. “The core heat seemed to go out of the Women’s Liberation movement decades ago, and only a couple of years ago the word ‘Feminist’ has been more than often a cause for confusion, division and provocation in one way or another… as it still is.

“The good news is that the rights of women and girls is back on the agenda in a BIG way.

“The younger generation of women and men, girls and boys will be the ones to carry the baton and make sure it is guided towards effective long term transformation.

“I’ve always known that the issue is stronger when everyone stands shoulder to shoulder with a shared common goal.

“The word Feminism is like a tree with many branches belonging to the same fundamental roots.

“Human rights… empowerment… justice and respect.”

Read Annie’s blog here.

 

Pamela Anderson Delivers Warm Vegan Hats And Gloves To Refugees

Jan 26, 2017 10:15 am
PETA took a special ambassador to a Dunkirk refugee camp today: Pamela Anderson, who delivered warm vegan hats and gloves, along with hundreds of animal-themed activity books and coloured pencils, to children who have been forced to flee their home countries.

PAMELA ANDERSON DELIVERS ACTIVITY BOOKS AND WARM VEGAN KNITWEAR TO REFUGEES
PAMELA ANDERSON DELIVERS ACTIVITY BOOKS AND WARM VEGAN KNITWEAR TO REFUGEES

The trilingual educational activity books (in English, Farsi, and Arabic and French, Farsi, and Arabic) are full of child-friendly facts about animals, pictures, quizzes, and other activities, allowing children to improve their language skills as well as their knowledge of other living beings in a fun way. PETA has donated hundreds of the colouring books to refugee day centres across the UK and France and also made them available for free download on its website.

“As a mother and a longtime animal advocate, Pamela Anderson has a huge heart for those in need”, says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “She was eager to deliver vegan knitwear and educational activity books that will provide a little warmth and comfort to these children who have lost so much.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – named Anderson its 2016 Person of the Year for her efforts to encourage vegan eating, for her opposition to circuses that use animals, and for speaking out about fur, among many other actions for animals.

 

Richard Branson Celebrates London’s Air Ambulance As It Turns 28

Jan 26, 2017 09:00 am

Richard Branson: Profile

Sir Richard Branson has blogged about London’s Air Ambulance, which is celebrating its 28th anniversary.

“One of the more unusual things that has happened in my life is being rescued by emergency helicopters no less than five times,” he wrote. “If it wasn’t for these helicopters and teams, I am certain I wouldn’t be alive today.

“London’s Air Ambulance remains a charity very close to my heart, and is celebrating its 28th anniversary. To mark the occasion has launched a new digital timeline. I enjoyed taking a journey through the service’s interactive history (you can spot yours truly along the way). The timeline shows its highs and lows, battles against adversity, and the great work the team has done to save tens of thousands of lives.

“The Air Ambulance treats an average of five critically-injured people every day; airborne within just four minutes of activation and landing safely in the busy streets of London – be it in the middle of Trafalgar Square or on the embankment. The service was launched in 1989 following a report by the Royal College of Surgeons that stated too many people were dying on the streets unnecessarily. Today, the service is at the forefront of medical innovation, delivering pioneering procedures, including roadside open chest surgery, anaesthesia and blood transfusions. It truly is a wonderful charity, doing pioneering things to keep Londoners safe.”

To read the full blog, and find out how to donate to the Air Ambulance and support it’s work, click here.

 

Newman’s Own Foundation Awards $2.5 Million in Grants to Independent Media

Jan 26, 2017 07:45 am

Paul Newman: Profile

Newman’s Own Foundation, founded by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, today announced that it is awarding $2.5 million in grants over two years to 16 public broadcasting radio and television networks across the United States.

The grants affirm the value of preserving trusted sources and multiple perspectives for news and other informational programming.

Most of the stations will use their grants as challenges to stimulate donor giving. Two will direct funding to programming or special projects.

“Independent media is essential to bringing civil dialogue to communities,” said Robert Forrester, President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation. “We are proud to help these stations as they continue their important work in giving a voice to many perspectives.”

The organizations receiving grants are:
• Arizona PBS, Tempe, AZ
• Blue Ridge Public Television, Roanoke, VA
• Channel 5 Public Broadcasting, Reno, NV
• Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, Hartford, CT
• Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting, Tampa, FL
• Foundation for Public Broadcasting in Georgia, Atlanta, GA
• Greater Cincinnati Television Educational Foundation (CET), Cincinnati, OH
• Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association (WETA), Arlington, VA
• KCETLink, Burbank, CA
KQED, San Francisco, CA
• Minnesota Public Radio, Saint Paul, MN
• National Public Radio, Washington, DC
• North Texas Public Broadcasting, Dallas, TX
• Illinois Public Media, Urbana, IL
WNET/Channel 13, New York, NY
WSHU Public Radio, Fairfield, CT

Jerry Franklin, president and CEO of Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, summed up the value of challenge grants in generating additional support for independent media. “The Newman’s Own Foundation Challenge grant was the first of its kind to come to our organization. The Foundation has served as a trailblazer in this area, allowing us to leverage challenge grants from several other foundations, corporations, and even small businesses,” said Franklin. “Our audiences have come to recognize Newman’s Own Foundation as the gold standard for challenge grants, making the challenge grant our single most effective tool during pledge drives.”

Paul Newman founded Newman’s Own, the food and beverage company, in 1982, with a commitment to donate 100% of the profits to charity. Today, Newman’s Own Foundation is the sole owner of the company and continues this charitable promise. Together, Paul Newman and the Foundation have donated more than $485 million to thousands of charities around the world.

For more information about the Foundation’s support of independent media and other initiatives, visit newmansownfoundation.org/empowerment.

 

Spotlight: LeAnn Rimes’s Charity Work

Jan 26, 2017 06:00 am

LeAnn Rimes

LeAnn Rimes is a spokesperson for the Children’s Miracle Network.

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Steven Tyler Sells Supercar For Charity

Jan 25, 2017 12:00 pm

Steven Tyler: Profile

Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, kicked off its 46th year by breaking more than 40 vehicle auction sales records (as verified by Hagerty Data) during the 46th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, held Jan. 14-22, 2017, at WestWorld of Scottsdale in Arizona.

During the automotive lifestyle event, 1,719 vehicles were consigned, the most at one auction in the company’s history, with vehicle sales totaling approximately $100 million (unaudited) at a 99.5-percent sell-through rate. Over 1,800 pieces of automobilia sold for more than $2.5 million (unaudited) bringing the total sales to more than $102 million. Approximately 320,000 people attended this year’s auction, including many of today’s hottest celebrities, professional athletes and entertainment personalities.

“This year’s Scottsdale auction was a tremendous success,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Despite the rain and colder temperatures, we had a phenomenal turnout, set 40 world auction sales records and sold more than 1,800 pieces of authentic automobilia. This year’s entertainment factor was through the roof. From Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steven Tyler and Grammy award-winning Justin Bieber, through undefeated pro boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and the most decorated Olympian in history, Michael Phelps, to two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, there was no shortage of entertainment and full-throttle excitement.”

Eight charity vehicles crossed the Scottsdale block this year, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Grammy winner Steven Tyler’s 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder (Lot #3003). Tyler roared onto the stage to help sell his rare Hennessey, which sold for $800,000, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting Janie’s Fund.

“Steven Tyler entered the auction arena in true rock and roll style,” said Jackson. “With a grand entrance featuring lights, music and Steven standing in the passenger seat, the crowd was on their feet like we were at one of his concerts. There’s really no place in the world, like Barrett-Jackson, that brings together superstars and super cars.”

The complete docket of charity vehicles included:
• 2016 GMC Sierra Custom Pickup (Lot #3000) to benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation/Building for America’s Bravest – $100,000
• 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 (Lot #3001) to benefit Childhelp – $130,000
• 2017 Chevrolet Camaro COPO (Lot #3002) to benefit the United Way – $175,000
• Steven Tyler’s 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder (Lot #3003) to benefit Janie’s Fund – $800,000
• 2017 Ford Raptor Pickup (Lot #3004) to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – $157,000 with an addition $50,000 donation
• 1930 Cord L29 4-Door4 Brougham (Lot #3005) to benefit Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital – $300,000
• 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle designed by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (Lot #3006) to benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital – $200,000
• 2014 Chevrolet #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Race Car (Lot #3006.1) to benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital – $200,000
• 2015 Ford Mustang GT Fastback (Lot #3007) to benefit Military Assistance Mission, Inc. – $175,000

To date, Barrett-Jackson has raised over $93 million for local and national charities.

 

Sutherland Bipolar Center Announces Contest For Deluxe Coldplay Concert Experience

Jan 25, 2017 10:30 am

Coldplay: Profile

The Robert D. Sutherland Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving both the lives of people with bipolar disorder as well as their families, announced they are hosting an online drawing fundraiser to raise money that will help the foundation’s treatment center, Sutherland Bipolar Center, continue to provide research-based therapies for clients.

The fundraiser’s grand prize is a Deluxe Coldplay Concert Experience for four.

The Deluxe Coldplay Concert Experience includes four premier seating tickets to Coldplay’s concert at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 6, 2017, round-trip airfare for four within the continental United States, hotel accommodations for four near the concert venue, hospitality passes to meet the band members before the concert and a Fender guitar signed by every member of Coldplay.

“We want to thank Coldplay for their generous contribution of tickets, hospitality passes and signed guitar,” said Rachel Cruz, Robert D. Sutherland Memorial Foundation director. “Their generosity will help us provide treatment for our clients who wouldn’t be able to get the help they need otherwise.”

Donation amounts vary from $25 to $1,000 and include a corresponding number of tickets and bonus tickets to increase a donor’s odds of winning. The fundraising campaign ends July 7, 2017 at 12 p.m. MST and the drawing to select the winner will be held later that day.

For 15 years, the Sutherland Bipolar Center has treated over 1,500 people impacted by bipolar disorder through diagnosis, comprehensive treatment and education. Housed in the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, the Sutherland Bipolar Center aims to provide proven evidence-based therapy programs for individuals and families with bipolar disorder who are unable to pay for services in the community. Clients pay between $0 and $20 per week for services allowing them to get the help they need even if they can’t afford it.

Treatment at the Sutherland Bipolar Center is provided by a licensed clinical psychologist who supervises and trains doctoral psychology students to specifically treat clients with bipolar disorder. The staff is committed to educating the public about bipolar disorder and to training mental health professionals and offers free eight-week seminars on bipolar disorder to clients, family members, friends and anyone else interested in learning about the illness. Bipolar is a mood disorder characterized by extreme shifts in mood, energy, behavior and functioning and if left untreated, the illness can have devastating effects — usually self-harm or suicide.

 

Nationwide Partners With Hendrick Motorsports, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Chevrolet to Donate $400,000 to Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Jan 25, 2017 09:00 am

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.: Profile

Nationwide, in partnership with Hendrick Motorsports, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Chevrolet, donated $400,000 to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

The donation equaled the sale price for a 1970 Chevelle SS and Nationwide No. 88 stock car auctioned off in tandem at the Jan. 21 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. The 1970 Chevelle was co-designed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Chevrolet; and the Nationwide No. 88 Chevrolet SS was driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr. during the 2014 and 2015 NASCAR racing seasons. The cars were donated to the Barrett-Jackson auction by Hendrick Motorsports and Chevrolet.

“Working with Dale Jr., Chevy and Hendrick Motorsports to bring this donation to fruition underscores our special partnership,” said Terrance Williams, chief marketing officer at Nationwide. “Nationwide Children’s Hospital remains one of the cornerstone beneficiaries of our philanthropic efforts and together, Nationwide and the Nationwide Foundation are proud to have delivered more than $80 million in aggregate gifts and commitments to the hospital over the last decade.”

“On behalf of Nationwide Children’s Hospital patients, families and staff, I want to express our gratitude for the tremendous generosity exemplified by Nationwide, The Nationwide Foundation, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Hendrick Motorsports and Chevrolet,” said Steve Allen, MD, chief executive officer of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “The philanthropic vision of our hospital partners is a testament to their dedication to ensuring Nationwide Children’s Hospital will continue to help children everywhere through unmatched clinical care and the discovery of new cures and treatments.”

 

Paul O’Grady Reacts To Court Decision As Yorkshire Beagle Breeding Farm Given Green Light

Jan 25, 2017 07:45 am

Paul O'Grady: Profile

Paul O’Grady, TV presenter & star of the popular TV show ‘For the Love of Dogs’, has condemned a Court of Appeal decision denying Cruelty Free International permission to appeal a High Court ruling which paves the way for the expansion of a beagle breeding facility in East Yorkshire.

The appeal was the last opportunity to prevent innumerable dogs from being bred inside the Bantin and Kingman Ltd (B&K) breeding farm in Grimston, East Yorkshire, before being sold to UK and EU laboratories where they will endure crude and cruel experiments.

Last June Cruelty Free International applied for permission to appeal against the High Court decision, which disappointingly has now been rejected.

Paul O’Grady says: “Cruelty Free International has fought for over six years against the development of the B&K beagle breeding farm. This is an incredibly disappointing outcome and a real tragedy for all those who care about the welfare of dogs. Despite strong opposition from local residents and the animal welfare community, thousands of dogs have effectively now been condemned to a life of misery, destined to suffer and die in experiments.”

In 2014 the Home Office decided B&K did not have to provide outdoor space to dogs, despite EU regulations stating that such space should be provided where possible. The government department justified the move on the scientifically unproven basis that the dogs would be at risk of exposure to airborne toxins if they went outside – which they speculated would make them unsuitable for toxicology (poisoning) experiments.

Around 90% of the dogs in UK laboratories are used for toxicology tests; the approach therefore means that dogs used in these sorts of tests could virtually never be given outdoor access. The public will be shocked to learn that the Home Office will now be able to grant an exemption in any case it wants, just by citing an alleged risk of infection.

Michelle Thew, CEO of Cruelty Free International, says: “We are dismayed by the verdict. Our challenge was all that stood in the way of the expansion going ahead and the suffering of countless dogs. We believe that denying the dogs outside access was simply a convenient get around for the problem of noise to local residents which had been an obstacle to the company getting planning permission. We will now press ahead with our campaign for a full ban on dog experiments.”

Cruelty Free International has led the campaign against the development of the B&K beagle breeding farm since 2011 and successfully prevented two previous applications to expand the facility. The nationwide move to save the #YorkshireBeagles has received widespread public support, and is backed by MPs and a host of celebrities including Paul O’Grady, Ricky Gervais and Jilly Cooper.

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Matt Damon And Water.org Join Stella Artois At World Economic Forum In Davos

Jan 19, 2017 01:00 pm
Yesterday, Water.org Co-Founders Matt Damon and Gary White joined Stella Artois at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland to announce the brand’s reaffirmed commitment to ending the global water crisis with a multi-year extension of its partnership and their “Buy A Lady A Drink” campaign – which aims to help provide clean water for people in the developing world.

Water.org Co-Founders Matt Damon and Gary White with Arianna Huffington
Water.org Co-Founders Matt Damon and Gary White with Arianna Huffington

Water.org co-founders Gary White and Matt Damon, African Zone President of AB InBev Ricardo Tadeu and Co-Chair of WEF Global Future Council on Environment and Natural Resource Security Usha Rao-Monari participated in a panel discussion on Tuesday, January 17 on the global water crisis. The conversation was moderated by Arianna Huffington and hosted by Water.org and Stella Artois at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Water is a fundamental human need, yet 663 million people live without access to safe water.

Water is also the foundation of Stella Artois and has helped the brand build its 600-year brewing legacy. This week, Stella Artois reaffirmed its commitment to ending the global water crisis at the World Economic Forum with a multi-year extension of its partnership with Water.org and their “Buy A Lady A Drink” campaign to help provide clean water for people in the developing world.

Stella Artois will inspire U.S. consumers to support this issue throughout the year, beginning at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

The “Buy A Lady A Drink” campaign was first launched in 2015, leveraging Stella Artois’ global footprint to raise awareness and spark consumer action to address this critical issue. This year, the brand announced a four-year commitment with Water.org to help provide 3.5 million people with long-term, sustainable access to clean water by 2020.

One in 10 people in the developing world lack access to safe water. This problem disproportionately affects women and children, who spend millions of hours a day collecting water instead of working, caring for family or attending school.

“I have four daughters and it’s tough to imagine them having to walk for hours every day to get clean water, as so many women around the world do,” said Matt Damon, Co-founder of Water.org. “We want to put an end to these journeys. Through our partnership with Stella Artois, and the campaign launch at the World Economic Forum and the Sundance Film Festival, we’re inviting consumers around the world to help us do this.”

“It is unnecessary and unacceptable that every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease,” said Gary White, CEO and Co-founder of Water.org. “We need partners and committed resources – both human and capital – to help end the global water crisis.”

This global, multi-channel partnership launches in the U.S. today with several opportunities for people to engage in the effort.

New Limited-Edition Chalices Designed by Local Artists in Uganda, Brazil and Cambodia

As part of this year’s campaign, Stella Artois will release a new set of Limited-Edition Chalices designed by three influential artists – Lisa Mam from Cambodia, Fernando Chamerelli from Brazil and Eria Nsubuga from Uganda. Each design reflects the artist’s experience and artistic interpretation of the global water crisis in their country and represents one of the countries where Water.org provides support. For every Limited-Edition Chalice that is sold, Stella Artois will help Water.org provide five years of clean water for one person in the developing world.

“We are proud to continue partnering with Water.org for a renewed commitment that is bigger than what we’ve ever done in the U.S.,” said Harry Lewis, Vice President, Stella Artois. “To be the generation that ends the global water crisis, people can take small steps – like purchasing a chalice – to spark change.”

Since the launch of the “Buy a Lady a Drink” campaign two years ago, Stella Artois has helped provide more than 800,000 people in the developing world with access to five years of clean water through the sale of more than 225,000 Limited-Edition Chalices, and by directly donating more than $3 million to water.org.

Consumers can purchase one of the exclusive Chalices for $13 at BuyALadyADrink.com, Amazon.com, Gilt.com and Drizly.com, and other retailers nationwide.

New for 2017, the campaign also introduces two additional donation mechanisms, further increasing the reach and scale of the program. For every six- or 12-bottle pack of Stella Artois sold in select retail stores, Stella Artois will help Water.org provide six or 12 months of clean water for one person in the developing world. For every pint or bottle of beer sold in select bars and restaurants, Stella Artois will help Water.org provide one month of clean water for one person in the developing world.

Stella Artois Seeks to Inspire Change at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

Stella Artois will once again be at the Sundance Film Festival to rally consumers to support the “Buy A Lady A Drink” campaign and spotlight its commitment to inspiring social impact through the power of film at their Filmmaker Lounge. Located on Main Street, the Filmmaker Lounge hosts the Festival’s most prominent films and filmmakers from Friday – Sunday during the Festival’s opening weekend.

The brand will bring the global water crisis to the forefront of the Sundance Film Festival through an exclusive event at the Stella Artois Filmmaker Lounge on Saturday, January 21 called, “From Tap to Table: the Global Water Crisis through the Lens of Culture and Cuisine.” Matt Damon and Gary White will be joined by international culinary star and water advocate Marcus Samuelsson to discuss the water crisis through an intimate, internationally inspired tasting.

“As an Ethiopian, the global water crisis hits close to home. While I was fortunate enough to not have to face this issue personally, I feel great kinship to my country and those who experience this suffering on a daily basis,” said Samuelsson. “Having traveled the world and seen firsthand how clean water can transform lives, I’m passionate about joining this movement to help end the global water crisis with Stella Artois and Water.org.”

There are many ways that consumers can get inspired and join the conversation while in Park City:
• Women in Film Partnership: As part of the “Buy A Lady A Drink” campaign and a further testament to supporting women who are sparking change around the world, Stella Artois announces its new commitment to supporting female filmmakers through a strategic multi-year partnership with the non-profit organization Women in Film.
• Up-Close with Festival Casts: To underscore the brand’s support of the film community, Stella Artois and Deadline invite Sundance Film Festival filmmakers and cast into the Filmmaker Lounge for lively industry discussions.
◦ Every day from Friday – Sunday at 12 pm MST, join Stella Artois and Deadline for a live cast Q&A open to Festival credential holders.
◦ Sunday’s panel will pay special homage to women in film, and feature Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentarian Crystal Moselle, who was commissioned by Stella Artois at the 2016 Festival to create “Water Front,” a three-part documentary series showcasing the impact of the global water crisis on women and their communities in Haiti, Kenya and Peru.
• Take Action: The new Limited-Edition Chalices are available for purchase at the Stella Artois Filmmaker Lounge.

From the Big Screen to Homes Nationwide

In addition to activity in Park City, Stella Artois is further encouraging people take part in the “Buy A Lady A Drink” campaign through multi-channel online and offline activations.
• National Television Advertisement: Building on the success of its presence online in 2016, Stella Artois released a television ad featuring Matt Damon that highlights the Limited-Edition Chalices and challenges viewers to become the generation that ends the global water crisis.
• New Short Online Film: Stella Artois and Water.org will feature a short online documentary film titled “Elizabeth’s Dream,” the story of a young Kenyan woman whose life was transformed when access to clean water was established in her village.
• Leveraging Innovation to Drive Awareness: Stella Artois is utilizing digital platforms to inspire others to participate in the “Buy A Lady A Drink” campaign – including immersive experiences tailored to art and design lovers on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Visit www.BuyALadyADrink.com to purchase a Limited-Edition Chalice and learn more about how you can help be the generation to end the global water crisis. Join the conversation online with @StellaArtois #1Chalice5Years.

 

Elton John AIDS Foundation Presents 25th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party

Jan 19, 2017 11:30 am

Elton John: Profile

Sir Elton John and David Furnish will host the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)’s 25th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles.

The gala event is supported by Presenting Sponsors BVLGARI, Neuro Drinks and Diana Jenkins.

For a fifth consecutive year, award-winning Chef Gordon Ramsay will prepare the sumptuous dinner for Party guests to enjoy while watching a live telecast of the 89th Academy Awards. Alexander Gilkes of Paddle8 will return to conduct the evening’s highly anticipated live auction, and DJ Johnny Dynell also returns to spin tunes for guests to dance the night away.

The Foundation’s Academy Awards Viewing Party is the most highly visible and successful fundraising event in Hollywood on Oscar night. Over the past quarter century, this annual event has raised more than $56 million, thanks to the generosity of EJAF’s supporters. These funds help the Foundation to make a real difference in the lives of people at risk for or living with HIV/AIDS, including urgently needed medical care in the Caribbean, innovative treatment and prevention programs in the Southern United States, and national initiatives addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States, Canada, and Latin America.

Audi, BBVA Compass, M∙A∙C Viva Glam, TheBLUEFISH, and StyleHaul have partnered with EJAF as the evening’s generous Co-Sponsors, and Fin Gray and Michael Melnick are Associate Sponsors. Wines will be provided by Domaine Bertaud Belieu, and spirits will be presented by Chopin Vodka and Clase Azul Tequila. The Foundation is especially grateful to the City of West Hollywood for continued collaboration with EJAF on shared goals. American Airlines is EJAF’s official airline.

This year’s event co-chairs are Mahershala Ali, Tim and Jane Allen, Alessandra Ambrosio, Beck, Carrie Brownstein, Naomi Campbell, Jim Carrey, Ciara, Chris Colfer, John Demsey, Jennifer Kelly Dominiquini, Michael Douglas, Ava DuVernay, Stéphane Gerschel, Fin Gray and Michael Melnick, Miranda Harper, Luke Hemsworth, Tommy Hilfiger, Gaby Hoffmann, Stephanie Horbaczewski, Diana Jenkins, Caitlyn Jenner, Quincy Jones, Heidi Klum, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Diana Krall and Elvis Costello, Ryan Kwanten, Padma Lakshmi, Amy Landecker, Fred Latsko, Shelley Lazar, Sandra Lee, Jared Leto, Judith Light, Eugenio Lopez, Rob and Sheryl Lowe, Eric and Janet McCormack, Joe McMillan, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Daniel Paltridge, Katy Perry, Tyler Perry, Andrew Rannells, Issa Rae, Tracee Ellis Ross, Zoe Saldana, Jane Seymour, Steve Sims, Kevin Spacey, Britney Spears, Sharon Stone, Steven Tyler, and Denzel and Pauletta Washington.

 

Pitbull And Hard Rock Partner To Benefit The SLAM Foundation

Jan 19, 2017 10:15 am

Pitbull: Profile

GRAMMY Award-winning, international superstar Pitbull and the Hard Rock Heals Foundation are hitting the stage with the release of the brand’s latest merchandise line on Monday, January 16, 2017.

The Pitbull Signature Series: Edition 35 shirt, inspired by the global star, Mr. Worldwide, supports the SLAM Foundation to help advance learning opportunities for children around the world.

“Music and education have always been a driving force in my life,” said Pitbull. “Partnering with the Hard Rock Heals Foundation for my Signature Series shirt will benefit SLAM! (Sports, Leadership, Arts and Management) in its effort to help students from all walks of life achieve their highest potential.”

“Pitbull and Hard Rock understand how imperative it is to invest in our future through the education of children,” said Kellie Brown, Philanthropy Manager for Hard Rock International. “Pitbull has been a supporter of the Hard Rock brand, and we are honored to collaborate with him on this Signature Series program that we know will have an impact on children around the globe.”

A percentage of the retail price of each Pitbull Signature Series shirt sold will be donated to SLAM through the Hard Rock Heals Foundation. The new Signature Series shirt features Pitbull’s famous moniker, “Mr. Worldwide,” in vibrant turquoise and pink lettering in homage to his Miami upbringing. The limited-edition black shirt is available in men’s and women’s sizes and can be purchased online and at participating Rock Shops at Hard Rock Cafe, Hotel and Casino properties around the world.

Hard Rock developed the concept of partnering with world-renowned musicians and bands to create and donate imaginative designs more than 20 years ago. These unique designs are converted onto shirts and sold at Hard Rock properties worldwide. Through the Hard Rock Heals Foundation, a portion of the retail price benefits the artist’s preferred charity. Pitbull joins a legendary roster of music icons – including Bob Marley, Rihanna, Imagine Dragons, U2, KISS, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, The Who, Jon Bon Jovi, Linkin Park, Shakira, Ringo Starr and Jimi Hendrix – who have become part of Hard Rock’s Signature Series and Artist Spotlight programs, which have helped to raise millions of dollars for charitable causes around the globe.

Visit HardRock.com for additional details on Hard Rock’s Signature Series program, or Rockshop.HardRock.com to purchase the new Pitbull Signature Series: Edition 35 merchandise.

 

Sandra Lee Appointed U.S. Fund For UNICEF Special Nutrition Emissary

Jan 19, 2017 09:00 am

Sandra Lee: Profile

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF has announced the appointment of Sandra Lee, as U.S. Fund for UNICEF Special Nutrition Emissary.

The celebrated television personality, author, chef and long-time supporter of UNICEF will use her multi-media platforms to draw attention to the effects of malnutrition, which is linked to nearly half of all childhood deaths globally. Lee recently travelled to Haiti, to witness UNICEF’s programs to treat children with severe acute malnutrition. Through U.S. media, footage from Sandra Lee’s trip amplified UNICEF’s work to a wide audience.

“I am delighted to recognize Sandra Lee’s outstanding commitment to UNICEF’s nutrition programs for children through this new role,” says Caryl M. Stern, CEO and President of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “Sandra has been a dedicated activist on behalf of children worldwide for nearly two decades, and through her compassionate voice, she will help UNICEF keep the spotlight on the issue of malnutrition. We are extremely proud to have her in the UNICEF family.”

In 1999, Sandra was one of three founding members of the Los Angeles Board of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and in 2014, traveled to UNICEF’s Copenhagen Headquarters for an education on nutrition, vaccination and disaster relief. In 2016, Sandra Lee visited UNICEF nutrition programs in Haiti and accompanied health workers to weigh, measure and immunize infants and children, and to provide Ready-to-use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) to treat malnutrition.

“UNICEF’s life-saving work is imperative. No child should die from malnutrition and no parent should have to watch their child suffer or die, especially from something that’s in any way preventable”, says Sandra Lee, “Throughout my entire adult life, I have been dedicated to ending childhood hunger. For 365 days a year, UNICEF’s nutrition programs tackle the devastating effects of malnutrition. Raising funds and awareness is an integral part of that success.”

In November 2016, Sandra Lee appeared in a national television special: “UNICHEF: Uniting through Food,” on TLC and Discovery Family Channel. The TV show was based on a best-selling UNICHEF Cookbook, with 100 percent of those royalties donated to UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children.

Sandra joins a roster of celebrities who have advocated on behalf of UNICEF.

 

William Shatner To Host Gifting Ceremony Awarding Funds From 2016 Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show

Jan 19, 2017 07:45 am

William Shatner: Profile

William Shatner, actor and philanthropist, formally announced today that he and David DiCristofaro, lead region president of Wells Fargo in Greater Los Angeles, will host a gifting ceremony and media breakfast to distribute grants to the charities supported by the annual Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show Sponsored by Wells Fargo.

The event will begin at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, January 24th at The Six Restaurant,12650 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA.

Proceeds from the Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show Sponsored by Wells Fargo benefit special-needs children across the City of Los Angeles through local charities including: AHEAD With Horses, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Hollenbeck Police Activities League (PAL), The Painted Turtle and others.

“Over the last 27 years, we have been able to help thousands of young Angelinos thanks to the support we receive from our generous sponsors and attendees,” commented William Shatner.

Invitation-only. Media is invited to attend. Please contact for media credentials.

WHO: Mr. William Shatner, CEO Hollywood Charity Horse Show Mr. David DiCristofaro, lead region president of Wells Fargo in Greater Los Angeles.

WHAT: Gifting Ceremony & Press Event for Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show Sponsored by Wells Fargo

WHEN: Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 at 8:00 AM

WHERE: The Six Restaurant, 12650 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA

CONTACT: Cherry Hepburn: 818.783.4071, cell: 818-471-7079

 

PETA To Host Animals’ Party Tonight

Jan 19, 2017 06:30 am

Pamela Anderson: Profile

Pamela Anderson, who recently called on President Barack Obama to pardon Julian Assange, and conservative political strategist Mary Matalin, who helped PETA defeat numerous “ag-gag” laws, will welcome D.C.‘s movers and shakers across party lines the night before the inauguration at the Animals’ Party, which will celebrate members of Congress involved in animal protection.

When: Thursday, January 19, 6 p.m.
Where: Willard InterContinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. (near F Street N.W.), Washington

It’s not a party thing: First ladies from Pat Nixon to Michelle Obama have shunned fur, George W. Bush called out Vladimir Putin for a “my dog is bigger than your dog” exchange, and Bush and his wife, Laura, recently took to social media to encourage people to adopt dogs and cats instead of buying them, in order to help combat the homeless-animal overpopulation crisis. And when PETA told Donald Trump that mule diving is cruel back in 1993, he joined us for a news conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey, to ban it from the boardwalk.

Awardees will include U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas and U.S. Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada — cosponsors of the BEST Practices Act, which would phase out the practice of shooting goats and pigs in military exercises; U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, the Democratic cochair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, who helped PETA rescue polar bears from a tropical circus and sponsored or cosponsored animal-protection bills — resulting in more funding to enforce animal-protection laws, tighter restrictions on the use of animals in laboratories, and stronger bans on animal fighting; and U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan of Florida, the Republican cochair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, who has helped chimpanzees exploited as “pets,” hens confined to tiny battery cages, and horses slaughtered for human consumption.

“People say that animals have no voice, but in Washington, PETA depends on the voices of ‘elephants,’ ‘donkeys,’ and even those with no party mascot,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “At the Animals’ Party, we will celebrate the strides that are being made for animals — including progress yet to come in 2017 — such as preventing horses from being shipped abroad to become burgers, ending live-animal use in military training in favor of simulators, and getting orcas out of marine parks.”

There will be live entertainment, dancing, and an all-American menu with an international flair, from vegan gourmet cheeseburgers and apple pie à la mode to fabulous Asian- and European-inspired dishes, plus toasts with America’s first cocktail, the Sazerac.

 

Spotlight: Seth Rogen’s Charity Work

Jan 19, 2017 06:00 am

Seth Rogen

Seth Rogen is a Canadian comedian, actor and producer.

He has hosted the annual celebrity charity Night at Sardi’s event for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Seth uses Edward Norton’s Crowdrise site to raise money for charity.

Read more about Seth Rogen’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: The Heart Truth’s Celebrity Supporters

Jan 19, 2017 05:00 am
The Heart Truth is an awareness campaign created by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. It is designed to warn women about their number one health risk, heart disease, and the need to take action against its risk factors.

The Heart Truth created and introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 to deliver an urgent wakeup call to American women. The Red Dress reminds women of the need to protect their heart health and inspires them to take action

Celebrity supporters

The Heart Truth has 33 known supporters, including Heidi Klum, Jordin Sparks, and Katie Couric

Areas of work

Read more about The Heart Truth’s work and celebrity supporters.

Look to the Stars

Duchess Of Cambridge Visits Anna Freud Centre’s Early Years Parenting Unit

Jan 16, 2017 01:00 pm
The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, visited the Centre’s Early Years Parenting Unit (EYPU) last week to learn more about their work with families who have children under five years old.

The Duchess of Cambridge visits the Anna Freud Centre's Early Years Parenting Unit
The Duchess of Cambridge visits the Anna Freud Centre’s Early Years Parenting Unit
Credit/Copyright: Royal.UK

The visit marks The Duchess’ continued desire to draw attention to child mental health issues and the importance early intervention, and working with the whole family, can make to those in vulnerable situations.

The Duchess of Cambridge met parents who have completed the treatment programme, hearing about their experiences of what bought them to the unit, their time in the programme, and where they are in their lives now.

The Early Years Parenting Unit opened in April 2011 and offers an assessment and treatment programme for groups of parents with personality disorders, and their children under five, who are at risk of being taken into care.

The treatment seeks to address the parents’ personality disorders; children’s developmental needs; and the parent-child relationship. The ultimate aim is to keep families together, and help parents become more aware of, and responsive to, their children’s needs, leading to more emotionally attuned parenting.

The Duchess met current families as they participated in a ‘theraplay’ session, which promotes the attachment relationship between parents and children.

Her Royal Highness also met staff who provide this important and highly specialised treatment programme.

The Duchess then met families who have benefited from another of the Centre’s early years service, Parent Infant Psychotherapy (PIP). The PIP service supports expecting and new parents, placing the relationship between parent and baby at its centre, acknowledging the need to understand and to make sense of the impact that the baby has on the parent and vice-versa.

The visit marked the launch of the Centre’s spotlight on childhood adversity and trauma. For more information on the Anna Freud Centre visit their website.

 

First BeautyKind Unites: Concert For Causes With Demi Lovato, The Band Perry And Jake Owen

Jan 16, 2017 11:30 am

Demi Lovato: Profile

BeautyKind, an online retailer where consumers can shop prestige beauty brands while raising funds for charities of their choice, announced today they will be hosting a first-of-its-kind concert on March 25th at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas as part of their new BeautyKind Unites: Concert for Causes series.

The inaugural concert will raise funds for the American Heart Association and feature award-winning artists including Demi Lovato, The Band Perry and Jake Owen, who will kick off the debut of the BeautyKind Unites: Concert for Causes series by entertaining a crowd of 45,000.

The concert is expected to raise up to $3M for thousands of charities. Fifty percent of each ticket sale will be donated to the charity of the customer’s choice. This concert, which is the first of many, is a perfect fit for supporting BeautyKind’s mission of connecting cause, commerce and community through beauty and music. In addition, corporate partners, both locally and nationally, will have the opportunity to work with AHA for the event.

BeautyKind originally envisioned hosting this first concert at a smaller venue, but due to the high demand from the public, the charities, and an esteemed roster of performers, a larger venue became a necessity.

“Our goal with the BeautyKind Unites: Concert for Causes series is to reshape cause marketing by creating a fun and engaging way for people to give back to the charities they know and love,” said Founder & CEO, Hil Davis. “BeautyKind’s concert series is just another step in furthering our mission to partner and support charities, and survivors. We would like to thank the brands, charities and musicians who have made this possible, and look forward to many more that will join our movement in the future.”

From GRAMMY nominated multi-platinum selling recording artist, Demi Lovato, GRAMMY Award-winning sibling trio, The Band Perry and RCA Nashville Recording Artist, Jake Owen, these talented artists will give attendees a concert experience to cherish.

“Being able to give back is the most important contribution we make as entertainers,” says Owen. “I’m proud to be part of this event at AT&T Stadium. It’s so cool that the person buying the ticket gets to make a donation to the charity of their choice. That’s awesome.”

As the lead beneficiary of the concert, the American Heart Association will offer ultimate fans and supporters premium packages for purchase for an unforgettable concert experience. Packages will include preferred parking and seating, a private entrance, access to the artists during a pre-party in the VIP areas and more.

“We are excited to be working with BeautyKind on the first of this groundbreaking concert series where supporters can help save lives through the purchase of their ticket,” said Midge Epstein, Executive Vice President of the American Heart Association’s SouthWest Affiliate. “BeautyKind’s innovative approach to beauty and social good is inspiring. The American Heart Association looks forward to sharing our message about heart and brain health, and we are proud to be part of this concert series.”

Ticket prices range from $40 to $230 and will be available for public purchase starting Friday, January 20th. All concert attendees can use BeautyKind’s social media handle @WeAreBeautyKind and official hashtag #BeautyKindUnites when engaging on social media.

 

Hasty Pudding Theatricals Announces Ryan Reynolds As 2017 Man of The Year

Jan 16, 2017 10:15 am

Ryan Reynolds: Profile

The Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the United States, announces producer and Golden Globe nominated actor, Ryan Reynolds as the recipient of its 2017 Man of the Year Award.

The Pudding is proud to honor such a talented and diverse actor, whose seamless transition across multiple genres captures audiences and keeps them coming back to see what’s next.

The Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Man and Woman of the Year Awards are presented annually to performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. The Man of the Year award was established in 1963. Its past recipients include, among others, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Justin Timberlake, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Pratt and most recently, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who was the 50th Man of the Year.

The Man of the Year festivities, presented by the Related Companies, will take place on Friday, February 3rd, 2017. The Hasty Pudding Theatricals will host a celebratory roast for Mr. Reynolds and present him with his Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, which has been the Pudding’s historic home in the heart of Harvard Square since 1888. A press conference will follow the roast at 8:40 p.m.

For the first time ever, the press conferences for Hasty Pudding’s Man and Woman of the Year will be live-streamed and available to the public free-of-charge. More information will be available on the Hasty Pudding’s social media channels soon via Facebook www.facebook.com/thehastypudding, Twitter @thehastypudding and Instagram @thehastypudding. After the press conference, Mr. Reynolds will attend the opening night performance of the Pudding’s 169th production, Casino Evil.

“We’re thrilled to present Mr. Reynolds with our Man of the Year award, especially after he proved his ability to simultaneously break box-offices records and the fourth wall in 2015,” said Guan Chen, President of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. “And if his headline-stealing kiss with Andrew Garfield at the Golden Globes is any indication, it looks like he’s getting ready for his roast.”

RYAN REYNOLDS is one of Hollywood’s most diverse leading men seamlessly transitioning through varied genres of drama, action and comedy in his rich and ever evolving career.

Reynolds is the Golden Globe nominated star of the 20th Century Fox record-breaking film DEADPOOL. The movie opened in February 2016 and shattered expectations, opening to $152.2-million over the four-day Presidents’ Day weekend making it the biggest R-rated opening of all time and the biggest February opening in box office history. The superhero juggernaut also replaced “Matrix Reloaded” as the highest-grossing R-rated film in history with more than $750- million globally. The film continues to break records with 2 Golden Globe nominations. A “Best Actor” nod for Reynolds and Best Picture nomination for the film, making it the first live-action superhero movie to pick up a Golden Globe nomination in the Comedy or Musical category. The film also received a Writers Guild of America nomination for “Best Adapted Screenplay” and a PGA Award nomination for “Best Picture.” Reynolds, who is a producer on the film, will begin shooting DEADPOOL 2 later this year.

Next up Reynolds can be seen opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson in Sony Pictures’ LIFE. Teaming up once again with Reese & Wernick and director Daniel Espinosa for the space thriller out March 2017. He also has THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD with Samuel L. Jackson coming out August 2017.

Reynolds body of work continues to be extremely diverse. In 2015 he starred in a variety of feature roles including MISSISSIPPI GRIND, WOMAN IN GOLD, THEVOICES and SELFLESS. MISSISSIPPI GRIND directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden premiered at Sundance to rave reviews. In The Weinstein Company’s WOMAN IN GOLD, Reynolds starred alongside Helen Mirren to tell the story of Maria Altmann (Mirren), a Jewish refugee who is forced to flee Vienna during World War II and her personal mission to reclaim a painting the Nazis stole from her family: the famous Lady In Gold. In Lionsgate’s serial killer comedy THE VOICES by famed French director Marjane Satrapi, Reynolds stars as a troubled, med-addicted factory worker driven to murder by his talking pets, a psychopathic cat called Mr. Whiskers and Bosco, his peace-loving dog. Reynolds also voices both of the animals. He also starred opposite Sir Ben Kingsley in the independent feature SELFLESS, directed by Tarsem Singh.

Reynolds voiced two DreamWorks Animation films in 2013. TURBO, in which Reynolds voices a snail named ‘Turbo’ who has dreams of winning the Indy 500. The movie also features the voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Maya Rudolph, Snoop Lion and Michelle Rodriguez. Prior to that, Reynolds had his animated film debut as the voice of ‘Guy’ in DreamWorks Animation’s, THE CROODS. The movie also featured the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Catherine Keener and earned over $508 million worldwide. Reynolds has signed onto the sequel, which is already in development.

His other film credits include; the Universal action thriller, SAFE HOUSE opposite Denzel Washington. The film opened to $40 million domestically in its first weekend and went onto earn $208 million worldwide. The Universal comedy, THE CHANGE UP, opposite Jason Bateman, the Warner Brothers adaptation of the popular DC Comic, GREEN LANTERN and the mystery/thriller BURIED. In the acclaimed and cinematically challenging film, Reynolds is the only actor to appear on camera for the duration of the piece.

In 2009, Reynolds served as Disney’s romantic comedy lead in THE PROPOSAL, opposite Sandra Bullock. The film opened at #1 at the box office and grossed $315 million worldwide. Reynolds was also seen as ‘Deadpool’ in the X-MEN spin-off, X-MEN ORIGINS:WOLVERINE. He starred opposite an all-star cast including Hugh Jackman and the film grossed $365 million worldwide. Additionally that year, Reynolds starred in ADVENTURELAND opposite Kristen Stewart, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated in the “Ensemble Performance” category at the 2009 Gotham Awards.

Some of Reynolds other film credits include; PAPERMAN and the Working Title film DEFINITELY, MAYBE for Universal Pictures, writer/director John August’s THENINES, director Joe Carnahan’s SMOKIN’ ACES for Working Title and Universal Pictures and THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, a remake of the classic cult film which opened #1 at the box office and made $107 million worldwide. As well as cult favorites WAITING and VAN WILDER.

DarkFire, Reynolds’ TV production company, recently sold its first two projects, the live action comedy “Guidance” and the animated comedy, “And Then There Was Gordon” to 20th Century Fox TV. Reynolds will executive produce alongside Allan Loeb, Jonathon Komack Martin, Tim Dowling and Steven Pearl.

In addition to his numerous leading roles, Reynolds also serves on the board of directors for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. In November of 2007, Reynolds ran the New York City Marathon in honor of his father – who has long suffered from ravages of Parkinson’s disease. Reynolds marathon run raised over $100,000 for the Michael J Fox Foundation.

The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770’s philanthropic mission is to provide educational and developmental support in all aspects of the performing arts for the underprivileged, to encourage satire and comedy, and to cultivate young talent around the world. The Institute is comprises the Hasty Pudding Club (the oldest social club in the United States), the Hasty Pudding Theatricals (the third oldest theater group in the world, after the Comédie-Française and the Oberammergau Passion Players) and the Harvard Krokodiloes (the foremost collegiate a cappella group in the United States). Over the last two centuries, it has grown into a premiere performing arts organization, a patron of the arts and comedy, and an advocate for satire and discourse as tools for change worldwide.

 

Bloomberg Philanthropies Expands Innovation Teams Program To Seven New Cities Across The Globe

Jan 16, 2017 09:00 am

Michael Bloomberg: Profile

Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced that seven cities across the globe have been selected for the latest expansion of its Innovation Teams program.

The program helps City Halls drive bold innovation, change culture, and tackle big problems to deliver better results for residents. Multi-year grants will be awarded to help cities create better results for a range of pressing problems – from tackling poverty and neighborhood revitalization to recruiting and retaining public employees. Cities include Be’er Sheva in Israel; Toronto in Canada, and Anchorage AK; Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; Detroit, MI; and Durham; NC in the United States.

“Mayors must always be looking for new ways to improve the critical services that people depend on,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term Mayor of New York City. “Our Innovation Teams program helps mayors do that by giving city governments around the world the capacity to make their innovative ideas reality.”

Now in the third round of funding, the Innovation Teams program allows mayors to fund in-house innovation teams — or “i-teams” – which investigate complex local challenges, design solutions with clear goals, and rigorously measure progress to better improve citizens’ lives. The newly announced cities join nearly 20 City Halls in the program, including Mobile, AL who is eliminating blight; Minneapolis, MN who is improving the quality of rental housing; and Syracuse, NY who is employing cost-effective measures to respond to aging infrastructure.

The seven cities were selected from a pool of municipalities with a demonstrated commitment to designing and delivering bold solutions to complex problems. Eligible cities with at least 100,000 residents and with mayors who have at least two years left in office were invited to apply. Bloomberg Philanthropies’ i-teams expansion deepens the investment in the United States and Israel and, for the first time in the history of the program, introduces the program in Canada.

“Bloomberg Philanthropies’ i-teams program has already demonstrated that approach can be successful in cities that range in size, structure, and geographic region,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory. “The City of Toronto is proud to become the first Canadian city to join this impressive network of civic innovators and many of the most innovative City Halls in the world. We look forward to building on our existing strengths and capacities to combat serious issues impacting urban areas around the world.”

New Innovation Team cities will receive up to $500,000 annually for up to three years. In addition to the grants, cities receive robust implementation support and opportunities to exchange lessons learned and best practices with peers in other cities. Newly formed i-teams will hit the ground running in each city no later than spring 2017.

“Innovation Teams bring 21st century problem-solving skills to City Hall,” said James Anderson, head of Government Innovation programs for Bloomberg Philanthropies. “The teams implement creative solutions by breaking down silos within City Halls, engaging residents to jointly understand citizen needs, and testing ideas before taking them to scale.”

The Innovation Teams Program is one of seven Government Innovation offerings at Bloomberg Philanthropies. Government Innovation equips mayors and other city leaders with the tools and techniques they need to solve urban challenges and improve citizens’ lives. I-teams are currently hard at work in Albuquerque, NM; Boston, MA; Centennial, CO; Jersey City, NJ; Long Beach, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Mobile, AL; Minneapolis, MN; Peoria, IL; Seattle, WA; and Syracuse, NY; and Tel Aviv, Israel and Jerusalem, Israel.
Key Facts About the Innovation Teams Program:

• The i-teams have developed 90 new innovations for their cities – In Mobile, AL, leaders utilized Instagram to geo-locate blighted properties while documenting the impact to residents of more than $83 million in lost market value for properties within 150 feet of a blighted structure
• 95% of cities in the program said their i-team has changed the way their city approaches solving complex problems – Los Angeles’ i-team worked with bilingual Angelenos who were facing eviction from their homes to develop solutions that empowered the city’s most vulnerable communities
• 100% of cities in the program believe their i-team created solutions that will improve quality of life for local residents – Minneapolis is currently institutionalizing a pilot that helps improve the quality of privately held rental housing in North Minneapolis
• To date, the i-team cities have secured $70 million in additional public and private sector matching funds to advance their work – Tel Aviv has secured private funding to support the team’s mapping initiative, which involves identifying new spaces around the city—including government buildings and other public spaces—that could be opened up as childcare space

 

Forest Whitaker To Receive 2017 Crystal Award In Davos

Jan 16, 2017 07:45 am

Forest Whitaker: Profile

Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, will be awarded with the 2017 Crystal Award at the opening of the 47th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on 16 January 2017.

Forest Whitaker will be celebrated as one of the winners of the 23rd Annual Crystal Awards for the leadership in peace-building and conflict-resolution he has demonstrated throughout the years, notably by empowering youth as leaders and entrepreneurs in communities touched by violence and poverty.

To achieve his ideals, Forest Whitaker founded the International Institute for Peace in 2011 and the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative in 2012.

The IIP at Rutgers University, Newark, USA, is a UNESCO Category II organization dedicated to peacebuilding, conflict transformation through non-violent struggle, and the promotion of peace education and a culture of peace.

WPDI is an enabler and incubator providing capacity-building, resources and opportunities to young women and men in Mexico, South Sudan and Uganda. A global advocate, Forest Whitaker is also one of the 17 Advocates appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations to promote the Sustainable Development Goals.

Forest Whitaker will be honored during the opening session of the Davos Annual Meeting 2017 with two other awardees: violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and singer/songwriter Shakira.

Established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation by Klaus Schwab, the World Economic Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. The 47th Annual Meeting will convene from 17 to 20 January 2017, under the theme “Responsive and Responsible Leadership”.

 

Maggie Q To Confront Canada Goose At Company Headquarters

Jan 16, 2017 06:30 am

Maggie Q: Profile

Designated Survivor star Maggie Q will lead PETA supporters in a spirited “bloody” protest against Canada Goose’s fur-trimmed and feather-filled jackets outside the company’s Toronto headquarters on Monday.

The actor will then donate a Canada Goose coat that she received as a gift to Toronto-based Wully Outerwear — in support of the company’s Trade-Up Program, which allows shoppers to exchange their fur-trimmed coats for a stylish cruelty-free winter jacket. Afterward, she’ll attempt to enter the building and request an in-person meeting with Dani Reiss, the CEO of Canada Goose, in order to ask him to remove fur from his coats, too.

Where: Canada Goose Headquarters, 250 Bowie Ave., Toronto

When: Monday, January 16, 12 noon. Time is subject to change.

PETA (whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”) points out that trapped mother animals desperate to get back to their starving pups have been known to attempt to chew off their own limbs to escape and that if trapped animals don’t die from blood loss, infection, or frostbite, they’re often bludgeoned, stomped on, or shot to death — as this video that went viral shows — when the trapper returns. In addition, birds used for down spend their entire lives in crowded, filthy sheds until their throats are slit.

 

Spotlight: Martina McBride’s Charity Work

Jan 16, 2017 06:00 am

Martina McBride

One of the most spectacular voices in any genre of music, McBride has sold more than 18 million albums and has garnered six No. 1 singles. She is the “most played female artist on country radio for the past 11 years,” according to both Mediabase and Broadcast Data Systems (BDS). The breadth of her talents – as recording artist, producer, songwriter, and concert entertainer – has made her an in-demand performer and personality. Among her hits are such empowering songs as “Independence Day,” “This One’s for the Girls,” and “A Broken Wing,” all of which have underscored her incredible popularity as one of music’s preeminent female vocalists.

Martina McBride works with a variety of charities. She is the spokesperson for the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and the National Spokesperson for the Tulsa Domestic Violence and Intervention Services. She was awarded the Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award in 2003.

Read more about Martina McBride’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: True Colors Fund’s Celebrity Supporters

Jan 16, 2017 05:00 am
Fighting for equal rights for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

Celebrity supporters

True Colors Fund has 19 known supporters, including Elton John, Whoopi Goldberg, and Kim Kardashian

Areas of work

Read more about True Colors Fund’s work and celebrity supporters.

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The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Visit A Child Bereavement UK Centre

Jan 13, 2017 12:00 pm
TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Child Bereavement UK’s Centre in East London on 11 January 2017.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Child Bereavement UK Centre
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Child Bereavement UK Centre
Credit/Copyright: Ian Jones via Royal.UK

The Duke of Cambridge has been Royal Patron of Child Bereavement UK since 2009, a charity which supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.

While at the Stratford site, Their Royal Highnesses met bereaved families and children who have been supported by Child Bereavement UK in London and attended one of the charity’s Family Support Group sessions for children aged 4-12. These groups, facilitated by Child Bereavement UK’s bereavement support practitioners and trained volunteers, give children, their parents, and carers, the opportunity to meet other bereaved families and to explore the themes of memories, feelings, support networks and resilience. These sessions can help to decrease their sense of being alone and feeling ‘different’ when someone important in their lives has died.

Flowers were presented to the Duchess by Shinobi, aged 12, who was supported by Child Bereavement UK after the death of his grandmother.

Their Royal Highnesses were also introduced to local professionals, volunteers and charity staff and met with funders of Child Bereavement UK’s London services, which include a small dedicated service in West London for parents bereaved of a baby or a child, as well as the centre in Stratford. These have been made possible as a result of the support of many funders including: The Peter Cundill Foundation; The Hon M.J. Samuel Charitable Trust; City Bridge Trust; Gina Levett; and others who wish to remain anonymous.

The Duke and Duchess concluded their visit by marking the first anniversary of the opening of the charity’s Centre in Stratford.

Ann Chalmers, Chief Executive of Child Bereavement UK said:

“The Duke takes a keen interest in our work of supporting bereaved families and training the many professionals whose work brings them into contact with grieving children, young people and parents, helping them to better understand and meet the needs of grieving families.

“We are honoured to have The Duke and Duchess visit our bereavemement service in East London, which opened a year ago in Newham in response to the great need for bereavement support in this area.

“It is a privilege to have The Duke of Cambridge lend his support to our work; his involvement has made a huge, positive difference to Child Bereavement UK, helping to shine a spotlight on the needs of the many families in this country who experience child bereavement every year.”

For more information on Child Bereavement UK visit their website.

 

Smokey Robinson To Present $1 Million Check Donated By Niagara Cares For Music Education

Jan 13, 2017 10:30 am
On the heels of his headlining performance as the 2016 “Rocker of the Year” at the annual Little Kids Rock Benefit in New York City, Smokey Robinson will be giving students at Pio Pico Middle School in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) a million reasons to make beautiful music.

Smokey Robinson receiving the Rocker of the Year award at the 2016 Little Kids Rock Benefit.
Smokey Robinson receiving the Rocker of the Year award at the 2016 Little Kids Rock Benefit.

On January 18, Robinson will make a special appearance to hear a new generation’s take on his timeless tunes, deliver brand new instruments, and present a $1 million check donated by Niagara Cares to support Little Kids Rock’s mission of transforming lives by restoring, expanding and innovating music education in public schools.

“Little Kids Rock is such a great organization for supporting the effort for getting our kids in the arts in schools,” Robinson said. “We need to support our kids in as many positive areas as we possibly can. We are not only talking about the future of music; we are talking about the future of our country. We are talking about the future; our future period.”

Robinson’s performance at the sold-out benefit last October not only brought the crowd to its feet but also helped raise $1.1 million to establish youth-centered, culturally relevant music education in schools across the United States. Inspired by Little Kids Rock’s progressive approach, Robinson will second that emotion by presenting a check to the organization for an additional $1 million, on behalf of Niagara Cares, a philanthropic arm of Niagara Bottling that supports initiatives serving children and families in need.

Little Kids Rock partnered with the LAUSD in 2004 and has since distributed more than 7,000 instruments and curricular resources worth more than $2 million. To symbolize the investment that will bring the program to tens of thousands of additional children, Robinson will unveil a surprise of brand new instruments to the school. The nonprofit will then donate instruments and expand the program to 30 more LAUSD schools on Saturday, January 28 at Little Kids Rock’s Modern Band Workshop.

 

Elton John AIDS Foundation Awards Nearly $3.5 Million In Grants During December 2016

Jan 13, 2017 09:00 am

Elton John: Profile

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), a leader in the global effort to end AIDS, today announced it awarded nearly $3.5 million in grants to 57 organizations addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in critical and innovative ways in December.

This brings the Foundation’s total grant investments for calendar year 2016 to nearly $8.6 million and builds on its ongoing support for organizations throughout the Americas and the Caribbean.

“For nearly 25 years, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has been committed to aggressively confronting the HIV/AIDS epidemic where it exists,” said EJAF Founder Sir Elton John. “We are proud of this newest round of investments, in which we support work in over 50 locations, from vital medical services to creative cutting edge activism on some of the most pressing issues of our time.”

The Elton John AIDS Foundation has four strategic goals for its grants:
• Health and wellness: Ensuring everyone living with or at risk of contracting HIV is healthy, safe, and has unfettered access to high quality medical care and any other services they need to live fulfilling lives.
• Rights: Ensuring people living with or at risk of HIV are treated fairly under the law.
• Quality of life: Ensuring people living with, affected by, or at risk of HIV have a high quality of life.
• Resilience: Ensuring the individuals and organizations working on EJAF’s grant-making priorities have the resources and training they need to support their missions efficiently and effectively.

The grants made by the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 2016 include 27 first-time grants and over 100 renewal grants. The average size of an EJAF grant in 2016 was approximately $81,000, and nearly all of the renewed grantees have been funded for multiple years to achieve impact and lasting change.
Highlights from the December 2016 grants include:

• A new grant in southern Haiti supports crucially needed medical services for people with HIV/AIDS. This region was recently devastated by Hurricane Matthew and this grantee, the St. Boniface Foundation, has been at the forefront of the response to this disaster. Other international investments include two new grants providing HIV-related services in Mexico and an advocacy effort across Latin American countries in response to the Global Fund’s withdrawal from middle-income countries.
• Twenty-five grants totaling $1,398,000 in investments support organizations in the southern U.S. working across EJAF’s grant-making priorities, as well as targeted investments to build up the response to HIV/AIDS in rural areas, including rural West Virginia, Texas, and Kentucky.
• Fifteen grants totaling $783,000 provide services and advocacy supporting LGBT communities, including LGBT Community Centers in New York, Los Angeles, Memphis, TN, Jacksonville, FL, Birmingham, AL, and Philadelphia, PA. EJAF is also investing in efforts to mobilize LGBT individuals in Atlanta, GA, to become engaged as HIV/AIDS activists in their communities. A number of grants will support developing leadership skills in young LGBT people living with HIV.
• Seven grants totaling $305,000 support organizations led by and serving transgender communities in Albuquerque, NM, San Juan, PR, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Bronx, NY. These programs help HIV-positive transgender people connect to medical treatment, train doctors and medical providers to increase sensitivity toward transgender people, and help transgender people facing injustice in the criminal justice system.
• Three grants totaling $180,000 support programs providing legal counsel, medical care, and support services for people engaged in sex work.
• Grants to ACT UP NY and SisterLove in Atlanta include campaigns to increase women’s access to PrEP, the once-per-day pill that reduces the risk of HIV infection.
• Six grants totaling $170,000 support programs working with recently and formerly incarcerated HIV-positive people to help them rebuild their lives and remain on treatment after leaving prison or immigration detention. These programs, many led by LGBT people, also help organize the formerly or currently incarcerated to advocate for their health and rights.
• Grants in North Carolina and Florida help launch the states’ first legal syringe exchange programs.
• Ten grants totaling $520,000 address municipal- and state-level laws and policies affecting people living with HIV. One grant supports a national effort to address issues in the criminal justice system affecting LGBTQ and HIV positive people. EJAF is also funding organizations working to challenge discriminatory laws, including the HB2 “bathroom” law in North Carolina through the Gavin Grimm Supreme Court case.

“Our grantees are on the front lines of the HIV epidemic,” said EJAF executive director Scott Campbell. “As one of the largest funders in the world dedicated to ending AIDS, we are committed to making real-time investments that address the latest trends in the epidemic, while also looking for solutions to address the real drivers of HIV – injustice, discrimination, inequality and intolerance.”

A complete list and descriptions of all 57 December 2016 grants are posted at www.ejaf.org.

 

Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center Creates World’s Leading Outreach Program for Hispanics with Parkinson’s

Jan 13, 2017 07:45 am

Muhammad Ali: Profile

A global, one-of-a-kind program developed by the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center in Phoenix is changing the lives of thousands of Hispanics outside of the United States who are living with Parkinson’s disease.

What started as a small group in 2007 with few Spanish education classes and support groups has grown into a comprehensive and far-reaching program with a presence in 16 countries on three continents.

“This kind of outreach program is exactly what Muhammad and Lonnie Ali wanted when they agreed to help open the center in 1997,” says Holly Shill, MD, director of Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute. “Muhammad wanted to ensure that everyone, patients and caregivers alike, would have access to the same great care and support that he received.”

The center’s Hispanic Outreach Program is led by Claudia Martinez, who has been instrumental in both growing the program and developing its unique cultural sensitivities. The program emphasizes helping people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers to maintain a positive quality of life.

The first expansion of the program began after two patients from different cities in Mexico came to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center for a Spanish Parkinson’s education course and stressed that there was no education or support like this in their communities.

In response, the outreach program held its first international education seminar for which the University of Chihuahua and a group called Parkinson Sinaloa in Mexico, and the Parkinson’s organization called Fundación Parkinson Colombia in Colombia streamed the live internet event. From there, Martinez was contacted by other Parkinson’s support groups and programs throughout the world.

“The Spanish-speaking Parkinson’s community in the Americas is indeed large, committed, and also in need of resources and outreach. In the last three years, our comprehensive Hispanic outreach program has expanded to create a network of Spanish-speaking people with Parkinson’s disease and caregivers in 16 countries,” says Martinez. “The outreach resources that we provide through the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center were previously scarce or non-existent in many of these communities. This unique network has stayed active via social media and online conferences.”

Interacting with this international community inspired Martinez to launch a unique initiative to give Hispanics with Parkinson’s the opportunity to represent their countries at the World Parkinson Congress which was held late last year in Portland, Oregon. The language barrier and cost were prohibitive for them to participate. However, with Martinez’s direction and the help of art instructor Gregory Pearce, the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center developed a mosaic-style poster which allowed more than 100 people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers to represent the Spanish-speaking Parkinson’s communities in North, Central and South America.

Comprised of a variety of activities, the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center’s Hispanic Outreach Program includes support groups, education classes, workshops for caregivers, and exercise and art classes. It also offers a Promotores Program for Hispanics with Parkinson’s, which is a first-of-its-kind course taught by specially trained Hispanic volunteers who provide in-home visits for people who otherwise would not receive important education and support. Additionally, its Spanish choir, called Voces Unidas, has received special recognition by the World Parkinson Congress for the song and video they produced which continues to attract media attention.

The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute is one of the most comprehensive Parkinson’s treatment centers in the world, coordinating patient care, physical therapy, pharmaceutical and surgical care, research, and patient education and outreach. Headquartered at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center is a Center of Excellence designated by the National Parkinson Foundation.

 

What To Expect From The New Season Of The Celebrity Apprentice

Jan 13, 2017 06:30 am

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Profile

When the latest season of “The Celebrity Apprentice” premiered on January 2, 2017, it was clear that the newest installment of the reality series has been revamped, and in many ways, for the better.

With an all-new cast of contestants, a new host and even a new filming location, the series is poised to reboot its ratings as well. Here’s what you can look forward to in the eighth season of The Celebrity Apprentice:

A New Host & Host City

Series staple, President-elect Donald Trump stepped down from his hosting duties on the show that helped bolster his star power after announcing his decision to run for the presidency. While Trump will still have some involvement in the series as an executive producer, the hosting duties will be taken over by action-star-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger is sure to bring his own brand of charm to the series as well as numerous classic catchphrases.

Another big change is that the show is moving filming production from New York City to Los Angeles. With this change will surely come a fresh spin on the contestant challenges and also a boost in accessibility to greater star power, whether in contestants, special guests or advisors.

An All-Star Cast

Sixteen contestants will be vying to be the next Celebrity Apprentice, earning the charity of their choice $250,000. Here are this season’s contestants:

• Kyle Richards: Actress, producer and star of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”
• Carnie Wilson: Singer and member of 90’s girl group Wilson Phillips
Boy George: Culture Club singer and Grammy Award-winning artist
• Ricky WIlliams: Heisman Trophy winner, ESPN sports anchor and former NFL player
Laila Ali: Former boxing champion, TV host and daughter of Muhammad Ali
Vince Neil: Lead singer of Motley Crue
• Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi: MTV reality star of “Jersey Shore”
Carson Kressley: Television host and celebrity stylist
Jon Lovitz: Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member and comedian
Brooke Burke-Charvet: TV host, actress and web entrepreneur (ModernMom.com)
• Carrie Keagan: Actress, former TV host and writer
• Lisa Leslie: Olympic gold medalist and WNBA star
• Eric Dickerson: Former NFL player and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
• Porsha Williams: Star of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and singer
• Matt Iseman: Host of “American Ninja Warrior”
• Chael Sonnen: Retired UFC fighter

Impressive Business Advisors

The roster of advisors on this season of “The Celebrity Apprentice” is arguably more impressive than the contestants. Schwarzenegger will be consulting some of the leading minds in the business world as he makes weekly decisions in the boardroom this season. Advisors include:
Warren Buffett: One of the most successful business investors in the world
• Steve Ballmer: Owner of the Los Angeles Clippers and former Microsoft CEO
Jessica Alba: Founder of The Honest Company and Honest Beauty, actress and author
Tyra Banks: CEO of the Tyra Banks Company and TYRA Beauty, accomplished model, producer, TV host and actress
• Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger: Leading entertainment attorney and nephew of host Arnold

New Technology Integration

With the series set in L.A.’s very own Silicon Beach, you can expect this season to have a bigger focus on technology than ever before. While many challenges will be anchored in integrating technology, the series itself will likely see more technological integration as well.

In addition to watching the show on live TV when it airs on Mondays at 8 (7 Central), viewers can also catch up while on-the-go with NBC’s mobile app. In addition to full episodes, you can also use the app to view clips and special features.

More Charitable Giving

Each contestant has chosen a charity near and dear to them that they will be working with to raise awareness and money for while competing on “Celebrity Apprentice.” Over the course of the series, contestants have raised over $15 million for charity, according to NBC. This season will boost that amount further, with the winner earning a generous $250,000 for the charity of their choosing.

 

Spotlight: Bob Barker’s Charity Work

Jan 13, 2017 06:00 am

Bob Barker

Barker founded the DJ&T Foundation.

Bob gave a $1m endowment to a fund at Georgetown University’s law school that will focus on the study of animal rights.

He told The Pet Press of his support for animal causes:

Read more about Bob Barker’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: Bridge School’s Celebrity Supporters

Jan 13, 2017 05:00 am
Founded by Neil Young, the school ensures that children with severe speech and physical impairments achieve full participation in their communities through the use of augmentative & alternative means of communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT) applications.

Bridge School has established an outreach program to share what is developed at the school with parents, professionals and users of AAC/AT across the world.

Celebrity supporters

Bridge School has 29 known supporters, including Elton John, John Mayer, and Jackson Browne

Areas of work

Read more about Bridge School’s work and celebrity supporters.

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Sir Roger Moore Urges British Prime Minister To Ban Wild-Animal Circuses

Jan 10, 2017 11:30 am

Roger Moore: Profile

In a moving article written on behalf of PETA, Sir Roger Moore – the beloved actor, humanitarian, and animal advocate – urges Prime Minister Theresa May to introduce legislation banning wild-animal circuses.

In the piece, published in Sunday People, he writes that other countries around the world have put an end to wild-animal circuses, while “ever-so-civilised, animal-loving Britain still allows these archaic exhibitions simply because of a lack of action on the part of Downing Street. … [P]opular legislation to prohibit circuses from keeping tigers in see-through boxes called cages and carting them about the land has been dragging on for aeons, because the Prime Minister holds the key and won’t give it up”. He adds, “Wilfully allowing such cruelty is unforgivable”.

Referring to former Prime Minister David Cameron’s broken promise to prohibit the practice by January 2015, Moore continues, “No matter what else one may think of him, [he] proved himself no gentleman when he failed to act on his word to get wild animals out of circuses … despite overwhelming public approval of a ban, including support from the British Veterinary Association”.

The famed 007 actor goes on to make May an offer: “Madam Prime Minister, it’s time – past time – to do the right thing by animals and the public and finally bring in a ban on this outdated form of so-called ‘entertainment’. I will put a bottle of Dom Pérignon ’52 or Bollinger ’69 on ice for the occasion and gladly pop the cork with you”.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – notes that wild animals in circuses spend their lives confined to cages or trailers when they’re not being bullied into performing tricks. They commonly endure abuse and are denied the opportunity to engage in natural behaviour.

Moore joins Michael Sheen, Martin Freeman, and Ann Widdecombe in teaming up with PETA to raise awareness of the plight of animals in circuses.

 

Michael Phelps To Be Honored At Annual Champion Honors Luncheon

Jan 10, 2017 10:15 am

Michael Phelps: Profile

Michael Phelps, the American swimmer and holder of 23 Olympic Gold Medals, will headline the Annual Champion Honors Luncheon benefitting the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center as the 2017 Champion Honoree.

Phelps, who holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals (23), Olympic gold medals in individual events (13), and Olympic medals in individual events (16), will conduct a rare and unforgettable intimate conversation with a surprise celebrity conversationalist as a part of the luncheon program. The Champion Honors Luncheon will be at 11:30 am on March 3, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Indian Wells, CA.

“I am extremely honored to have been invited to the Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children Annual Champion Honors Luncheon, and to support Barbara. I applaud the efforts of Barbara and Frank in establishing a facility and program 30 years ago for children who have suffered abuse,” said Phelps.

Event Chair and Center Trustee, Helene Galen indicated, “We are delighted Michael Phelps is coming to share some outstanding stories of life and accomplishment with us. Michael has a history of giving back to children as evidenced by his efforts with the Michael Phelps Foundation and that fits well with what the Barbara Sinatra Center does making a difference in the lives of the children it serves.”

Hal Gershowitz, Co-Chair of the Host Committee, states, “We are expecting the same kind of entertainment, energy, and surprises at this year’s event, as we enjoyed last year.”

After the 2008 Summer Olympics, Phelps started the Michael Phelps Foundation, which focuses on growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthier lifestyles. Phelps retired following the 2012 Olympics, but in April 2014 he made a comeback. At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, his fifth Olympics, he won five golds and one silver.

John Thoresen, Chief Executive Officer of the Children’s Center, expects luncheon tickets to go quickly. “While we have a history of attracting world class athletes and sports executives to our luncheon, this will be our first Olympian, and America’s most decorated athlete. We are very excited to have Michael serve as our headliner especially following an Olympic summer and a full schedule,” Thoresen added.

People wishing tables of 10 or individual tickets are encouraged to contact the Children’s Center at 760-773-1636 for more information.

 

Stevie Wonder Honored At 10th Annual The Art Of Elysium Heaven Gala

Jan 10, 2017 09:00 am

Stevie Wonder: Profile

Stevie Wonder was honored at The Art of Elysium 10th Annual Heaven Gala over the weekend.

Camilla Belle was also honored at the event, and guests included Quincy Jones, Rumer Willis, Jesse Metcalfe, Topher Grace, Kristen Bell, Ali Larter, Amber Heard, James Franco, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.

“We as artists are given the gift of art, and to me that’s truly a gift from God,” said Stevie Wonder. “I hope that, for as long as I live, I can inspire you to love someone, and if your heart is big enough, to love everyone.”

The Art of Elysium empowers artists and communities of need to join together and emotionally triumph over their circumstances through art.

 

AARP Announces Movies For Grownups Award Winners

Jan 10, 2017 07:45 am

Denzel Washington: Profile

AARP The Magazine has announced the winners of the 16th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards.

In doing so, the editors continue their integral role in awards season by honoring the best films with unique appeal to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind and by recognizing the inspiring artists who make them. With Loving and Denzel Washington and Annette Bening among the top honorees, this year’s winners will be celebrated at AARP Movies for Grownups Awards on February 6, 2017. Three-time Emmy award-winning film and stage actress Margo Martindale will host the evening at the historic Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles.

“AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards is one of the loveliest events of the season, one that is intimate and elegant and honors the films, filmmakers and film actors that people really respond to,” says actress Margo Martindale.

Best Picture goes to Loving, the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of the anti-miscegenation law in Virginia went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Annette Bening and Denzel Washington lead this year’s acting honorees and will take home Best Actress and Best Actor awards for their work in 20th Century Women and Fences, respectively.

This year’s Best Supporting Actress award will go to Viola Davis for her outstanding performance in Fences and Jeff Bridges earns the Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Hell or High Water. This year’s Best Director and Best Screenwriter awards will go to Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea. Actor, producer and Academy Award-winner Morgan Freeman will receive the evening’s highest honor, the 2016 Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award.

AARP is delighted to celebrate the very best movies of 2016 and the outstanding work by the filmmakers and actors who make them,” says Myrna Blyth, Senior Vice President and Editorial Director for AARP Media. “These are the top movies for grownups made by tremendously talented grownups.”

The 16th Annual Movies for Grownups Award Winners are:
• Best Picture: Loving
• Best Actress: Annette Bening (20th Century Women)
• Best Actor: Denzel Washington (Fences)
• Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis (Fences)
• Best Supporting Actor: Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
• Best Director: Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
• Best Screenwriter: Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
• Best Comedy/Musical: La La Land
• Breakthrough Achievement: Robert Mrazek (The Congressman)
• Best Grownup Love Story: Margo Martindale and Richard Jenkins (The Hollars)
• Best Documentary: The Beatles: Eight Days a Week
• Best Intergenerational Film: 20th Century Women
• Best Buddy Picture: Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie)
• Best Time Capsule: Jackie
• Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up: Kubo and the Two Strings
• Best Foreign Language Film: Elle (France)

Event proceeds benefit AARP Foundation, which helps struggling people 50 and older in Los Angeles and around the country transform their lives through programs, services and legal assistance. Chase Card Services, through its AARP Credit Card from Chase, is the presenting sponsor of AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards event.
With weekly news and reviews, nationwide screenings, and an annual awards event, the Movies for Grownups initiative champions movies for grownups, by grownups.

For more information about AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards, go to www.aarp.org/moviesforgrownups. The entire list of award winners will also be featured in the February/March Issue of AARP The Magazine, available in homes February 1st.

About AARP The Magazine’s Movies For Grownups Awards’ Philanthropic Goals:
The annual Movies for Grownups Awards raises funds for AARP Foundation, AARP’s affiliated charity, which helps struggling people 50-plus in Los Angeles and around the country transform their lives through programs, services and vigorous legal advocacy. The foundation works to ensure that low-income older adults have nutritious food, functional and affordable housing, steady income, and strong and sustaining social bonds.

AARP Foundation is active in Los Angeles. It is working with the Motion Picture &Television Fund (MPTF) to develop programs to reduce social isolation among older people, by keeping them connected with their friends, families and neighborhoods. AARP Foundation also is the founding sponsor of L.A. Kitchen, where California produce considered “waste” is used to make healthy meals for those in need.

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Tickets On Sale For Concert For America: Stand Up, Sing Out!

Jan 09, 2017 01:00 pm

Bebe Neuwirth: Profile

Tickets are now on sale for Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out!, the first of a monthly benefit concert series with Broadway, TV, film and recording stars that will debut at The Town Hall on Friday, January 20, 2017, at 3:00pm.

The concert will feature performances by Betty Buckley, Sharon Gless, Andrea Martin, Jessie Mueller, Bebe Neuwirth, Rosie O’Donnell, Rosie Perez, Billy Porter, Chita Rivera, Brian Stokes Mitchell and more.

“By bringing together this spectacular group of artists to celebrate the diversity and hope that makes America its best, we hope this concert will lift spirits and remind people across the country that we are stronger united and our voices will be heard over the next four years,” Rudetsky and Wesley said.

Proceeds will benefit several national organizations working to protect human rights, including Planned Parenthood, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center and the Sierra Club.

Tickets range from $25 to $50 and are available at TicketMaster.com and at The Town Hall box office (123 W 43rd St.). Participating performers are subject to change.

For those unable to attend, the concert will be broadcast on Facebook Live at 3:00pm EST on January 20th, directed by Emmy Award winner Debbie Miller.

Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! is created and organized by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley in association with Your Kids, Our Kids and the support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

For more information or to make a donation, visit www.concert4america2017.org and follow @Concerts4USA on Twitter.

 

How Long Can Laura Vandervoort Last Locked Inside A Freezer?

Jan 09, 2017 11:30 am
Bitten star Laura Vandervoort has teamed up with PETA for a new video that calls attention to the plight of “backyard dogs” who are chained up outside to shiver all winter long, sometimes year after year for their entire lives.

Video: How Long Did Laura Vandervoort Last Locked in a Freezer?

Wearing just a few layers of clothing, Vandervoort huddles and shivers for warmth in a massive industrial freezer.

“I’m really trying to last a while because I know dogs don’t have a choice,” she says. “But it’s cold. People wouldn’t leave their kids out in the cold like this. Yet some people think it’s OK to do it to a dog. It’s not fair.”

After 20 minutes, she escapes from the freezer and urges viewers to take action, saying, “If you see animals being mistreated, talk to the owners, call the police. We need to be a voice for them.”

Every year, PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” — receives thousands of complaints about people who leave dogs and cats outside in the cold, where they can suffer from frostbite and exposure and become dehydrated when water sources freeze. Some animals are even found frozen to death. Vandervoort and PETA urge families to keep dogs indoors with the family, during the winter and all year long.

 

Soccer Aid 2016 Raised Record Amount For UNICEF

Jan 09, 2017 10:15 am

Robbie Williams: Profile

UNICEF UK has announced that Soccer Aid 2016, broadcast exclusively on ITV, has raised a record-breaking £6.6 million for its life-saving work for children.

Thanks to the generous support of the UK public and ITV viewers, and the UK Government matching all public donations pound for pound, this figure has smashed previous records set by the biennial event.

Soccer Aid 2016 took place at a packed out Old Trafford on 5th June 2016 and was broadcast live on ITV. The match saw celebrities and football legends come together for the tenth anniversary of the star-studded event to play an enthralling game of football whilst raising vital funds for Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation.

A crowd of almost 70,000 turned out at Old Trafford to witness England defeat Rest of the World 3-2 in another pulsating encounter between the two sides. Unicef UK Ambassadors Robbie Williams and Michael Sheen once again went head to head under the management of Jose Mourinho and Claudio Ranieri, and were joined by star players including Olly Murs, Jack Whitehall, Man of the Match Mark Wright, Louis Tomlinson, Gareth Thomas, Matthew Morrison, Sir AP McCoy, Iwan Rheon and Niall Horan.

Throughout the match short films were broadcast presented by Unicef Ambassadors and supporters, Eddie Izzard, Nicole Scherzinger, Tinie Tempah, Olivia Colman and Keeley Hawes showing Unicef’s work to protect children in danger around the world.

Robbie Williams, Unicef UK Ambassador and co-founder of Soccer Aid said: “We said we wanted to smash our fundraising record for Unicef and we did it! Thank you so much to everyone who came to the match or donated on the night; you helped make it the biggest and best Soccer Aid so far. In the ten years since Soccer Aid began we’ve raised £24 million for Unicef so they can help keep even more children safe. That’s incredible and something we could only dream of when Soccer Aid began all those years ago.”

Michael Sheen, Unicef UK Ambassador and Rest of the World captain added: “What a match! I admit I was disappointed England snatched the trophy back from Rest of the World this year, but Soccer Aid is about so much more than football. Thanks to the generosity of the public and the UK government matching donations pound for pound, this year’s event raised more than ever and really will help Unicef make a difference to children’s lives.”

The money raised through Soccer Aid 2016 will help Unicef to improve health and nutrition for over 1.2 million women and children in Zimbabwe, Myanmar and Ethiopia, as well as providing children all over the world with life-saving food, vaccines and clean water, and protecting them from violence, exploitation and abuse.

International Development Secretary Priti Patel said: “I am enormously proud that the British public responded with characteristic generosity to this year’s Soccer Aid appeal. By matching all public donations pound for pound, the UK has helped Unicef break all their previous records and raise £6.6 million. This will help protect more than one million women and children in Zimbabwe, Myanmar and Ethiopia from severe malnutrition and life-threatening diseases and help show extreme poverty the red card.”

Soccer Aid was produced by Initial, part of Endemol Shine Group and was broadcast live on ITV on Sunday 5th June 2016. Over the last ten years the six Soccer Aid events have raised over £24 million for Unicef’s work for children.

 

Alicia Keys Envisions An End To AIDS In Empowering Africa Campaign

Jan 09, 2017 09:00 am

Alicia Keys: Profile

Africa contains 16% of the world’s population, and has over 30% of the world’s remaining natural resources, yet it is also the poorest and most underdeveloped continent.

The concern now needs to be on helping Africa build stronger communities and provide better access basic resources, so the aid can continue to grow and develop into self-sustaining societies.

A new Mediaplanet campaign will educate and inspire action ranging from making donations to volunteering to supporting the organizations that are out there fighting to help the people of Africa make their communities more resilient. Mediaplanet has come together with an exciting roster of leaders in the industry to share inspiring stories about the people of Africa, the progress that has been made and what still needs to happen.

Alicia Keys discusses her organization Keep A Child Alive, and the work that they’ve done over the past 10+ years to help eradicate the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa. “I was so frustrated by this injustice. It was painful to think that just because you were born into a certain economic circumstance you weren’t valuable enough to deserve to live,” said Keys. “Now there are 18.2 million people on treatment, and I’m proud to say my organization Keep a Child Alive has been a part of this movement.”

The print component of “Empowering Africa” was distributed within a recent edition of USA Today, with a circulation of approximately 250,000 copies and an estimated readership of 750,000. The digital component is distributed nationally, through a vast social media strategy, and across a network of top news sites and partner outlets. To explore the digital version of the campaign, click here.

This edition of “Empowering Africa” was made possible with the support of the African Wildlife Foundation, CARE, Kofi Annan Foundation, charity:water, UN Foundation, USAID, Alicia Keys, Safe Blood for Africa, Huawei, GAdventures, ONE Campaign, Islamic Relief Foundation, DSM, Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor, Days for Girls, SEEP, and The Hunger Project.

 

Robert Patrick Brings Cheer To Hillsides Children With Toy Run

Jan 09, 2017 07:45 am

Robert Patrick: Profile

Actor Robert Patrick of the CBS show “Scorpion” and some 125 fellow riders from the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club Chapter 101 and other local motorcycle clubs took part in a toy run for Hillsides, a foster care charity, prior to Christmas.

The riders rode from Canyon Country, California to Hillsides main campus in Pasadena, California with a truck load of holiday gifts. Actors Mike Beach and Emilio Rivera from the FX show “Sons of Anarchy” were also among the riders. The toys were collected at the “Scorpion” set and through the Boozefighters motorcycle club.

“This is the second year that Robert and his fellow riders have come onto campus bearing gifts, and it is a tremendous sight to see,” said Hillsides Chief Executive Officer Joseph M. Costa. “Not only did they collect hundreds of toys, the children who live at Hillsides get a huge kick out of talking to the riders and sitting on their motorcycles. This is a true highlight of the holidays for everyone.”

Patrick, first made famous for his role as T-1000 in the 1991 movie “Terminator 2,” said that he feels compelled to give back because as a child, he was surrounded by a loving family who supported his dreams. “I love that Hillsides is giving kids a chance for opportunity and to change their lives,” he said. “I know from personal experience how important it is to have someone believe in you.”

Patrick learned about Hillsides through his local Episcopal church, St. Thomas the Apostle in Hollywood. Hillsides has its roots in the Episcopal Church, having been founded in 1913 by an Episcopal deaconess, Evelyn Wile. Besides helping Hillsides, Patrick is a devoted advocate for veterans and has traveled around the world with the United Service Organization (USO) visiting troops.
The Boozefighters Motorcycle Club is a nonprofit organization that raises funds for veterans and has participated in several toy runs over the years.

The gifts collected through the toy run will be distributed to some of the 13,000 children and families Hillsides serves throughout Los Angeles County.

 

Rachael Ray Advocates For The Hungry In Mediaplanet’s Childhood Wellness Campaign

Jan 09, 2017 06:30 am

Rachael Ray: Profile

Due to the increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits, physical inactivity and food insecurity, America may see the first generation that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than its parents.

The harsh reality is that these problems start at home. It’s vital that families are educated on the affordable and effective ways they can expose their children to healthy lifestyle choices. With 2017 here right now, Mediaplanet’s cross-platform edition of “Childhood Wellness” will educate readers on how essential it is for families, parents and educators to do their part in improving the health of our younger generations.

Professional chef Rachael Ray graces the cover of the print publication. In an exclusive interview with Mediaplanet, she discusses her mission to cook, feed and fund through her nonprofit organization that empowers families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking. “Like every charity, our goal is to not have to exist anymore,” explains Ray. “If every child and their family knew how to cook for themselves; if there were not over 13 million children living in food insecure households; if every high school student had the ability to go to school to learn a trade they loved — there wouldn’t have to be a Yum-o!” Rachael has used her celebrity status to speak out about her passion. She strives to inspire families to work with their communities to move the needle and make a difference within this huge problem.

The print component of “Childhood Wellness” was distributed within a recent edition of USA Today, with a circulation of approximately 250,000 copies and an estimated readership of 750,000. The digital component is distributed nationally, through a vast social media strategy, and across a network of top news sites and partner outlets. To explore the digital version of the campaign, click here.

This edition of “Childhood Wellness” was made possible with the support of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Partnership for a Healthier America, Action for Healthy Kids, No Kid Hungry, Feeding America, End 68 Hours of Hunger, Food & Research Action Center, Racheal Ray, Ann Cooper, Shannon Miller, Jim Plunket-Cole, Dairy Management Inc., Sugar 2.0, Livliga, Peach Dish, Froozer, Huami USA, Tyson Foods, GoGo SqueeZ, AmpleHarvest.org, Red Sun Farms and many more.

 

Spotlight: Kevin Nealon’s Charity Work

Jan 09, 2017 06:00 am

Kevin Nealon

Nealon donated an auction item to Save the Chimps.

Read more about Kevin Nealon’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: J/P Haitian Relief Organization’s Celebrity Supporters

Jan 09, 2017 05:00 am
The J/P Haitian Relief Organization (JP HERO) was set up by Sean Penn to save lives and bring relief to the Haitian people quickly and effectively.

The organization was built to support the needs of hospitals, government, religious and community organizations, and works in tandem with U.S. government organizations, (including the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne and the U.S. State Department ), other charitable and non-governmental organizations and receives international support. Because J/P HRO operates with virtually no administrative overhead and has an army of volunteers, nearly all contributions go directly to the people who need it. In addition, J/P HRO currently employs nearly 100 Haitians including translators, security, drivers, doctors, nurses.

Celebrity supporters

J/P Haitian Relief Organization has 15 known supporters, including Bill Clinton, Miley Cyrus, and Edward Norton

Areas of work

Read more about J/P Haitian Relief Organization’s work and celebrity supporters.

 

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Proceeds From Updated Edition Of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them To Go To Charity

Jan 06, 2017 12:30 pm
Scholastic Corporation, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, will publish an updated edition of the bestselling and collectible companion book to the Harry Potter books, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, with a new foreword by JK Rowling, writing as Newt Scamander, and a new cover by Headcase Design on March 14, 2017.

Scholastic To Publish Updated Edition of J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander
Scholastic To Publish Updated Edition of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

The book will be published simultaneously with Bloomsbury UK and the Pottermore eBook edition.

Originally published fifteen years ago, now this book has been revisited by the author to bring the original classic up to date with new content that reflects the exciting developments in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. The book served as the inspiration for the Warner Bros. major motion picture of the same name which marked J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut. Scholastic published the screenplay on November 18, 2016, and the book went to the top of bestseller lists nationwide.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been an approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since its publication. Newt Scamander’s masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations and is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world.

Scamander’s years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Introducing six new beasts, readers will have fun spotting them among the much-loved favorites. J.K. Rowling’s new introduction, written from the viewpoint of Newt Scamander, offers tantalising hints about the Magizoologist’s adventures and relationships. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail. Others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist.

Proceeds from the sale of this edition will go to Comic Relief and J.K. Rowling’s own international charity Lumos, charities which help the world’s most vulnerable children and young people, to help them have a better life.

Scholastic will also release a re-packaged edition of the Hogwarts Library Box Set which includes the new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as well as Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard, with a new case by Headcase design.

Since 2001, Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them have raised nearly £20 million for Comic Relief- a magic amount of money that is already hard at work changing lives. Money raised through the sale of this new edition will be invested in children and young people around the world, preparing them to be ready for the future – to be safe healthy, educated and empowered. They are particularly interested in helping those children who start their lives in the most difficult circumstances, where there is conflict, violence, neglect or abuse.

Lumos is an international non-profit organisation founded by J.K. Rowling to help the estimated eight million disadvantaged children in orphanages around the world to be returned to their family or placed in a loving family environment.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo Sends Message Of Hope To Syrian Children

Jan 06, 2017 10:30 am

Cristiano Ronaldo: Profile

As the crisis in Syria continues to deteriorate, 2016’s best football player, Cristiano Ronaldo, recently offered the children of Syria a message of hope.

Ronaldo, a Save the Children Global Artist Ambassador since 2013, told them that amidst a war entering its sixth year they are the “true heroes,” and has made a generous donation to provide immediate life-saving relief to children and families in Syria.

The donation will help Save the Children provide much-needed food, clothing, emergency medical care and psychosocial support to vulnerable children and families who have been living for years under siege and under constant bombardment.

Ronaldo shared his special message to Syrian children in a video posted on his social media channels. “This is for the children of Syria. We know that you have been suffering a lot. I am a very famous player – but you are the true heroes. Don’t lose your hope. The world is with you. We care about you. I am with you,” said Ronaldo.

To view the message, click here.

“With our partners in Syria, we have been helping children in Aleppo and are supporting the thousands of families who have now fled their homes. Our partners are distributing food baskets and emergency supplies, and are providing medical assistance in the areas where people leaving Aleppo are arriving to, often with nothing but the clothes on their backs. And we run dozens of health centers and schools in the region. After some of the most intense violence and brutal siege we have seen in Syria’s conflict, families urgently need our help,” said Nick Finney, Save the Children’s North-West Syria Country Director.

“Cristiano Ronaldo’s generous donation will help us to support children from Aleppo and across Syria, who have suffered things children should never have to live through. We are tremendously grateful for his life-changing support. Ronaldo is not only one of the world’s most iconic sports figures, but he also has become a beacon of hope for millions of boys and girls worldwide – and hope is something that Syria’s children need now more than ever.”

Ronaldo has been using his voice and visibility since the Syrian conflict started to help keep the focus on children front and center, including sharinga photo of a 5-year-old Syrian refugee boy on his social channels this past March who was helped through Save the Children’s kindergarten programs.

The football star is encouraging his fans and more than 250 million social media followers to join him by sharing their own messages of hope to Syrian children on social media, using #Syria.

 

SAG Awards 2017 Red Carpet Bleacher Seat Auction

Jan 06, 2017 08:00 am

Screen Actors Guild Foundation: Profile

The SAG Awards Red Carpet Bleacher Seat Auction, the second in a trio of online auctions benefitting the {charity:Screen Actors Guild Foundation|SAGAFTRA Foundation], is currently underway at sagawards.org/auction.

Film and television fans have the chance to bid on over 100 bleacher seats, from which they can watch their favorite stars walk the SAG Awards Red Carpet and have the opportunity to take pictures and request autographs. Special VIP positioning includes front row seats across from the platforms for E’s Live from the Red Carpet, and SAG-AFTRA’s official interviews, as well as across from the international fashion photographers and cameras. The auction closes Sunday, January 8 at 9 p.m. (ET) / 6 p.m. (PT).

Proceeds from the SAG Awards Red Carpet Bleacher Seats Auction support the SAGAFTRA Foundation’s signature children’s literacy programs: Storyline Online (storylineonline.net) and BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) where professional actors read to more than 8 million children in classrooms and online every month. The auction also supports the Foundation’s Catastrophic Health Fund, Emergency Assistance and Scholarship Program for SAGAFTRA members and their families.

The final auction in the annual series of online fundraisers is the SAG Awards Ceremony Auction, scheduled to begin on Friday, January 27 and run through February 6. Featured items donated by this year’s nominees and presenters will include autographed scripts, posters, wardrobe and props. Opportunities to visit sets will also be offered, as well as experiential packages from studios, sponsors and entertainment media outlets.

 

Reed For Hope Foundation Launches 2017 Women’s Health Campaign

Jan 06, 2017 06:30 am

MC Lyte: Profile

The Reed for Hope Foundation (RFHF) launches its 2017 women’s health campaign with a Facebook Live virtual workout this Saturday, January 7, at the 1Hotel in Miami Beach.

To participate in the workout like the RFHF page to see the workout here. The event is held as part of the Hip Hop Sisters Foundation W.E.A.L.T.H. experience, workout sessions will be lead by celebrity healthy living coach AJ Johnson, choreographer/actress Brandee Evans and actress/model Eva Marcille with “The AJ Zone” and “Hip Hop in Heels” sessions streaming live from 8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. ET at the 1Hotel. For more information go to LoveHealthy.org and www.wealthexperience.info.

The event is held with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and will feature Love Healthy personalized blue tooth headphones for participants in Miami through the Silent Revolution event technology. As the foundation continues to push for more innovative health solutions, this session will feature a cool new technology, called “Silent Revolution”, that provides Love Healthy personalized blue tooth headphones to each work out participant on-site. The Miami “Love Healthy Lounge and Wellness Pavilion” continues the successful events that have been held during the BET Experience in Los Angeles, as well as in Cleveland, OH and Atlanta, GA.

“In our efforts to heal the world, there’s no better place to begin than where life itself begins. Our WOMEN,” said Robi Reed, Reed for Hope Foundation founder. “I want to start this year, 2017, off with people of all colors, genders, races, political affiliations and ages united and focused on the health of our women. WE heal. Our WORLD heals.”

The classes are part of the RFHF Miami “Love Healthy Lounge and Wellness Pavilion” (LHLWP) at the W.E.A.L.T.H. Experience, with the “Health Is Wealth” initiative targeting health and wellness for women in 2017. MC Lyte, Faith Evans, Erica Campbell and Kelly Price are just some of the leading motivational speakers and entertainment personalities appearing at the event. The Miami initiative serves as the kickoff for the RFHF’s 30-Day Women’s Health & Empowerment Program, bringing new life and energy to the New Year.

CONFIRMED:
Reed for Hope Foundation President & Award winning Film/TV Casting Director Robi Reed; Iconic Hip Hop Artist MC Lyte; GRAMMY winning singer Faith Evans; GRAMMY nominated artist Kelly Price; International Entrepreneur Tai Beauchamp; President & CEO of Hip Hop Sisters Foundation Lynn Richardson; Entrepreneur Dr. Davis; Acclaimed Pastor Wanda Turner; GRAMMY nominated artist Nicci Gilbert; GRAMMY winning Gospel Artist Erica Campbell; Actress Eva Marcille (Young and the Restless, America’s Next Top Model), Actress AJ Johnson (House Party, Baby Boy); Actress/Choreographer Brandee Evans (Pitbull, Ledisi, NBA Players Awards) with special guests to be announced.

WHEN/WHERE:
SATURDAY, January 7: 8:15-9:45 A.M.
Northeast Terrace, 1HOTEL, 2341 Collins ave., Miami Beach, FL
www.lovehealthy.org for live stream links to RFHF Snapchat, Facebook Live, and Periscope.

For more details on the sessions, go to www.lovehealthy.org and use the events tab.

Spotlight: Denzel Washington’s Charity Work

Jan 06, 2017 06:00 am

Denzel Washington

Denzel has spent time visiting wounded soldiers at Fisher Houses, hospitals which provide housing for injured soldiers’ families at little or no cost, and made a large donation to the Fisher House Foundation.

Spokesperson for the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of America.

Honorary Chairperson for Save Africa’s Children.

Read more about Denzel Washington’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: Ante Up For Africa’s Celebrity Supporters

Jan 06, 2017 05:00 am
A poker tournament organized by Don Cheadle and Annie Duke aimed at raising money and public awareness for the crisis in Darfur.

Participants in this celebrity-studded poker match are asked to contribute half of their tournament winnings to the ENOUGH Project and the International Rescue Committee, organizations whose goals include raising public awareness and providing aid to the survivors of Darfur.

Celebrity supporters

Ante Up For Africa has 31 known supporters, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon

Areas of work

Read more about Ante Up For Africa’s work and celebrity supporters.

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Beyonce And Lin-Manuel Miranda Top DoSomething.org’s 2016 Celebs Gone Good List

Jan 05, 2017 12:30 pm

Beyoncé: Profile

DoSomething.org, a global movement of young people doing good announces its ninth annual Celebs Gone Good list.

Celebs Gone Good is an annual list that recognizes the year’s top celebrities who use their star power for social change.

Beyoncé topped this year’s list for using her platform to bring light to a variety of causes including representation of black women in popular culture, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and gender equality. The Lemonade singer also put the spotlight on the #BlackLivesMatter movement by sharing the red carpet at MTV’s VMAs with the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Oscar Grant III. Additionally, Beyoncé teamed up with Jay-Z to host a charity concert with Tidal to benefit the poverty-fighting organization, The Robin Hood Foundation.

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda may have been “Non-Stop” this year with the success of the hit musical, but he made time to elevate causes close to his heart. As a tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Miranda teamed up with Jennifer Lopez on a song called “Love Make the World Go Round” and donated proceeds to the Hispanic Federation’s Proyecto Somos Orlando initiative. He also used his Tony Awards acceptance speech to pay tribute to the victims and reminded everyone that “Love is love is love is love.” Later this year, Miranda and his mother partnered with the celebrity fundraising platform Prizeo to offer a lucky winner the chance to see Hamilton in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco to raise funds for Planned Parenthood.

Other stars who topped the list include Taylor Swift who after the flooding in Louisiana, donated $1 million toward relief efforts. Demi Lovato used her platform to speak up about mental health issues by urging politicians to make mental health care accessible. Shailene Woodley helped bring national attention to the movement to call for a stop to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. WWE Superstar John Cena starred in the Ad Council’s “Love Has No Labels” video and to date, has granted more than 500 wishes for children across the globe in support of Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The 2016 “Top 20 Celebs Gone Good” list:
1 Beyoncé
2 Lin-Manuel Miranda
3 Taylor Swift
4 Demi Lovato
5 Shailene Woodley
6 John Cena
7 Miley Cyrus
8 Lady Gaga
9 Zendaya
10 Jesse Williams
11 Gina Rodriguez
12 Chance the Rapper
13 Tyler Oakley
14 Serena Williams
15 Yara Shahidi
16 Justin Bieber
17 Shawn Mendes
18 Misha Collins
19 Nyle DiMarco
20 Aziz Ansari

In addition to the Top 20 Celebs Gone Good list, DoSomething.org chose five “Celebs to Watch in 2017” highlighting young talent using their platforms to give back. This year’s Celebs to Watch list included:

1 Rowan Blanchard
2 Amandla Stenberg
3 Jaden Smith
4 Alessia Cara
5 Maddie & Mackenzie Ziegler

The “Top Internet Celebs” were chosen by fans for using the power of their online platforms for social good. This year’s winners are:

1 The Dolan Twins
2 Markiplier
3 Caspar Lee
4 Cameron Dallas
5 Colleen Ballinger

The Celebs Gone Good winners are compiled as a result of a three-part methodology (1) Votes and nominations from the public (2) Celebrities’ STARmeter ranking on Internet Movie Database and (3) Expertise from the Celebs Gone Good Advisory Committee.

 

PETA Remembers George Michael And Carrie Fisher

Jan 05, 2017 10:00 am

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PETA has paid tribute to George Michael and Carrie Fisher, both of whom passed away over the holiday break.

“Everyone at PETA will remember George Michael as a music legend who had a big heart and a legendary love of dogs,” said PETA Senior Manager Andrew Bernstein. “As charitable as he was talented, George joined fellow singer and animal advocate Morrissey just earlier this month in leading other musicians as well as actors in calling on the British government to crack down on the illegal pet trade and enact new laws that would help improve welfare standards for animals. George was a devoted guardian who found it hard to be away from his canine companions when he had to travel. During a 2012 tour, the singer and his crew made a photo collage of their animal companions. This “Dog Wall” traveled with them everywhere they went and was later auctioned off. The world has lost a phenomenal singer and a beautiful voice for animals.”

Bernstein went on to say about Carrie Fisher:

“We at PETA join the world in mourning the loss of Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher. She may be best remembered for her iconic role as Princess Leia, but we fondly remember her for her devotion to her dog, Gary. An unabashed dog defender and PETA supporter, she called Gary her ‘heart’ and took him everywhere, including to red carpet events, on her Star Wars: The Force Awakens press tour, and on a recent book-signing tour for her memoir, The Princess Diarist. She was outspoken about helping animals in need: Just this past June, she joined a demonstration outside London’s Chinese embassy to call for a ban on the country’s annual Yulin dog-eating festival, in which thousands of dogs and cats are bludgeoned or even skinned alive before being butchered for meat. ‘These poor dogs need us to fight for them,’ she said. ‘Every single one of them is as precious as my dear Gary, every one of them is someone’s best friend.’ Fisher will always be remembered for her phenomenal talent, passion, honesty, love for dogs, and dedication to helping others.”

 

Pamela Anderson Named PETA’s 2016 Person Of The Year

Jan 05, 2017 08:00 am

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Pamela Anderson has made an art out of channelling the media’s interest in her in order to help animals.

From being a role model for vegan eating to speaking out against circuses that use animals and calling for a ban on foie gras, the adored blonde is a tour de force in the animal-protection movement. That’s why
PETA has named her its 2016 Person of the Year – a title that has, in previous years, been given to Morrissey, Ricky Gervais, and the late Tony Benn.

“Anderson’s advocacy for animals helps open eyes, hearts, and minds”, says PETA Managing Director Ingrid Newkirk. “Animals who are in dire need of assistance have a beautiful friend in her, and we are grateful that she takes every opportunity to explain why, as our motto states, ‘Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way’.”

Just weeks ago, Anderson hand-delivered a 180,000-strong petition to the High Commission of Mauritius urging the country to implement a spay-and-neuter programme to tackle its stray-dog overpopulation crisis. In late October, she took to the streets of London with a bevy of animal mascots to encourage everyone to see animals as friends, not food, saying, “Eating animals is so yesterday”. And in early October, she urged Prime Minister Theresa May to bring forward legislation banning wild-animal circuses, writing, “Brexit is complicated, but kissing circus animal acts goodbye is easy as pie”.

And that’s not all: earlier in the year, she urged the French Assembly to ban foie gras, asked the Canadian government to help her save seals, offered to cook vegan meals for prisoners in Louisiana, urged women to give up real fur (saying at a news conference in Russia that “dressing in real fur is kind of old-fashioned and boring”), and expanded her vegan shoe collection –proving that compassion and fashion go hand in hand.

 

Music Therapy Charity Pays Tribute To Status Quo Guitarist

Jan 05, 2017 06:30 am

Status Quo: Profile

Music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins has paid tribute to Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt, who died just before Christmas.

“Nordoff Robbins were incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of Rick Parfitt over Christmas,” the charity said in a statement. “Rick, alongside Francis Rossi, was a patron of Nordoff Robbins and a big supporter of our work. We were lucky enough to know Rick well and he spent time getting to know our work and the people we helped and he was a regular visitor to our events and our HQ to see our music therapy first hand.

“Status Quo won a Silver Clef Award in 1981, and later a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. They were there at our Live at Knebworth concert in 1990, and continued to generously support our events, from the Race Day, Boxing Dinner and Clay Shoot, to donating all manner of signed guitars and even welcome drinks for the 2014 Silver Clef Awards.

“We couldn’t have hoped for a more passionate supporter than Rick. The world has lost a great musician, philanthropist, and a generally great man. We’re proud to have called him a friend.”

“We have been supporting Nordoff Robbins for over 20 years and are proud to be their Patrons. The work they do, helping people through music is really amazing. We have seen for ourselves how Nordoff Robbins music therapy can have a huge impact on vulnerable children and adults who are limited or isolated by their condition. Music therapy quite literally uses the power of music to transform lives.” – Francis and Rick, Status Quo

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Spotlight: Jamie Lee Curtis’s Charity Work

Jan 04, 2017 06:00 am

Jamie Lee Curtis

Was honoured by Kidsave in 2007, and is an honorary director of that charity.

She is on the board of Starlight Children’s Foundation and an offical spokesperson for the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation.

Curtis narrated “Dirt! The Movie”, which aims to bring attention to the connection between humans, life and dirt.

Read more about Jamie Lee Curtis’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project’s Celebrity Supporters

Jan 04, 2017 05:00 am
The Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP) was created in 2007 by actress and UN Messenger of Peace, Charlize Theron, in collaboration with the Entertainment Industry Foundation. CTAOP helps keep African youth safe from HIV/AIDS by supporting community-engaged organizations that address the key drivers of the disease.

Celebrity supporters

Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project has 14 known supporters, including Oprah, Charlize Theron, and Gwyneth Paltrow

Areas of work

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Snoop Dogg Hosts Charity Event Benefiting Children of St. Jude’s Research Hospital

Snoop Dogg with wife and Photo: THT)
Snoop Dogg with wife and children at the 2013 BET Awards (Photo: THT)

By: Remy Franklin 

Hollywood, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/5/17 – Snoop Dogg, Grammy-nominated Long Beach rapper and star of Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, hosted Louie the 13th’s first annual charity event at Boulevard3 nightclub on the historic Sunset Blvd this Wednesday night.

The event benefited the children of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Attendees were required to make a donation to St. Jude’s as their donation receipts served as tickets for entry into the exclusive event. A check was presented to a representative of St. Jude’s at the close of the evening’s festivities. Continue reading “Snoop Dogg Hosts Charity Event Benefiting Children of St. Jude’s Research Hospital”

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Spotlight: Rosario Dawson’s Charity Work

Jan 03, 2017 06:00 am

Rosario Dawson

Rosario hosted the 10th Anniversary Benefit for the Lower East Side Girls Club.

Dawson took part in the “Stay Close” campaign for Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

Rosario hosted a concert event in support of Global Darfur Awareness Day, with the proceeds of the evening going to the International Rescue Committee.

Read more about Rosario Dawson’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters’s Celebrity Supporters

Jan 03, 2017 05:00 am
St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters support over 25 locations throughout the New York area and now serve over 9,000 needy families each week, and they serve over 1.5 million meals per year. They support soup kitchens, safe havens, drop-in centers and shelters. The pantries also distribute free clothing, diapers and toiletries. In addition, St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters have full-time social workers to serve their clients’ needs.

Celebrity supporters

St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters has 43 known supporters, including Elton John, Paul McCartney, and Sting

Areas of work

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LOUIE THE XIII PRESENTS THE FIRST ANNUAL CHARITY EVENT HOSTED BY SNOOP DOGG TO SUPPORT ST. JUDE’S CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

“Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” star joins popular West Coast artists to raise awareness & funds 

WHAT

At the top of the New Year, Los Angeles will be the home of the first annual Louie The 13th charity event hosted by actor & rapper Snoop Dogg. The Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party star will host the evening alongside other notable talent including Ty Dolla $ign, K Camp, and many others in order to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Attendees must make a donation to St. Jude’s as their donation receipts will serve as tickets for entry. A check will be presented to a representative of St. Jude’s at the closing of the evening. 

In addition to surprise performances, the vibes will be set with live music from LA’s very over Dre Sinatra & DJ Carisma. Guests will experience passed hors d’oeuvres courtesy ofFood Haus Café along with an array of delicious cocktails and dessert choices. The event will also feature a VIP gifting lounge; dope swag bags and giveaways from designers Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Scoot-E-Bikes, and many more luxurious items to thank donators for their contributions! 

WHO:
Confirmed celebrities: Snoop Dogg (Musician), K Camp (Musician), Ty Dolla $ign (Musician), DJ Paul (Three6Mafia), Mercedes “MJ” Javid (BRAVO’s Shah’s of Sunset), Shervin Roohparvar (BRAVO’s Shah’s of Sunset), Laura Govan (TV Personality), Angel Brinks (VH1 TV Personality) Caroline Stanburty (BRAVO’s Ladies of London), David Warburton(Celebrity Stylist) Ariane Andrew (E! Network’s WWE Divas), Asia Saffold (E! Network’s Hollywood & Football) Rodger Saffold (NFL – LA Rams), Ray Felton (NBA – LA Clippers), Dennis Graham (Drake’s Father), Keith Lucas (21 Jump Street), Kenny Lucas (21 Jump Street), Dre Sinatra (Celebrity DJ), Charisma (Celebrity DJ), Baby Bash(Musician), and many more confirmations to come 

WHEN:  

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017, 9PM – Midnight

WHERE:    

Boulevard 3

6523 Sunset Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90028 

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Spotlight: Petra Nemcova’s Charity Work

Dec 28, 2016 06:00 am

Petra Nemcova

Nemcova founded the Happy Hearts Fund after her survival of the 2004 tsunami.

Petra contributed a giant sneaker art piece to the Blue Planet Run Foundation.

Read more about Petra Nemcova’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: Mercy For Animals’s Celebrity Supporters

Dec 28, 2016 05:00 am
Mercy For Animals is dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies.
Imagine a world free of cruelty. Where we nurture our bodies, minds and spirits with wholesome, healthy food that is kind to animals and sustainable for our planet. Mercy For Animals believes that world is possible, in fact inevitable, if we work together to elevate humanity to its fullest potential.

Celebrity supporters

Mercy For Animals has 33 known supporters, including Russell Simmons, Alec Baldwin, and Leona Lewis

Read more about Mercy For Animals’s work and celebrity supporters.

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Spotlight: Betty White’s Charity Work

Dec 27, 2016 06:00 am

Betty White

Betty White is best known for her roles as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls.

She is involved with animal charities such as “Actors and Others for Animals” and the Morris Animal Foundation. She has served as a trustee of the latter since 1971, and is now honorary president.

Read more about Betty White’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: GOOD+ Foundation™’s Celebrity Supporters

Dec 27, 2016 05:00 am
Founded by Jessica Seinfeld, GOOD+ Foundation (formerly Baby Buggy) provides families in New York with essential baby equipment, clothing, and products.

To date, GOOD+ Foundation has donated nearly two million essential items to New York families through domestic violence and homeless shelters, parent programs and court child centers.

Celebrity supporters

GOOD+ Foundation™ has 12 known supporters, including Jerry Seinfeld, Gayle King, and Kyle Maclachlan

Areas of work

Read more about GOOD+ Foundation™’s work and celebrity supporters.

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Spotlight: Russell Brand’s Charity Work

Dec 26, 2016 06:00 am

Russell Brand

Russell Brand is a supporter of the Free Tibet movement, and is the patron of Focus 12, an addictions charity.

Read more about Russell Brand’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: Jumpstart’s Celebrity Supporters

Dec 26, 2016 05:00 am
Jumpstart was founded in 1993 at Yale University at the intersection of two national trends: the public need for quality early childhood programs and the emerging national service movement recruiting thousands of college students to community service. During the first year of the program, 15 college students worked one-to-one with 15 preschoolers at New Haven Head Start.

Celebrity supporters

Jumpstart has 19 known supporters, including Justin Bieber, Tina Fey, and Julianne Hough

Areas of work

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Red Cross and Harlem Globetrotters Partner to Bring Help and Hope to Families at Risk

Dec 22, 2016 12:30 pm

Harlem Globetrotters: Profile

The American Red Cross has joined forces with the Harlem Globetrotters as its official charity partner through the team’s Great Assist initiative to help communities across the country prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters big and small.

Known globally as the Ambassadors of Goodwill, the Harlem Globetrotters’ Great Assist initiative, which was launched in October 2015, promises to spread 100 million smiles over the next decade through sportsmanship and service. As part of a two-year partnership, the Red Cross will engage the Harlem Globetrotters in all aspects of its mission. During the first year, the team will join the Red Cross, along with local fire departments and other community partners, as the organization works to install its one millionth smoke alarm by October 2017 to help Americans stay safer from home fires. The Red Cross has already installed more than 500,000 smoke alarms nationwide, and saved at least 116 lives.

“Our partnership with the Harlem Globetrotters provides the Red Cross with an incredible opportunity to share our lifesaving mission with even more people and to raise urgently needed funds for families at risk for home fires and countless other disasters,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. “The Great Assist initiative is closely aligned with our Red Cross values, and we look forward to embarking on this new journey with the team and its fans.”

In 2016, the Red Cross responded to 15 major disasters — 50 percent more than the year before — making it a particularly devastating year for thousands of families affected by historic floods, hurricanes, raging wildfires, tornadoes, home fires and more. In fact, the Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes, most of which are home fires. Each year, more people are affected by home fires than major disasters, and on average, seven people die every day from a home fire.

“This partnership brings two great American organizations together in order to achieve a common goal — to help people in need and to put smiles on people’s faces,” said Howard Smith, President of the Harlem Globetrotters. “We look forward to helping the Red Cross achieve their goals by incorporating their messaging into everything we do on and off the court.”

The Harlem Globetrotters will feature the Red Cross at more than 300 games throughout the basketball season, which starts on December 26, 2016 and runs through the spring. Each game will feature a Red Cross PSA announcement, player appearance opportunities and more.

 

The Lumineers Donate Christmas Song Proceeds To Charity

Dec 22, 2016 10:30 am

The Lumineers: Profile

After performing a cover of “Blue Christmas” last week at the White House, The Lumineers have released the track to download.

The Denver-based band will donate all proceeds from “Blue Christmas” to Cool Earth.

The grammy-nominated indie rock band announced their festive gift on social media on 3rd December. The band’s breakthrough was their number one single “Hey Ho” and they released their second studio album, “Cleopatra” earlier this year.

“I grew up listening to Willie Nelson’s xmas album “Pretty Paper” and this was always my favourite song on it,” said Wesley Schultz. “Of any Christmas song out there, this one stands out to me as a truly good song, Christmas or not. All proceeds from our cover will be donated to Cool Earth, an organisation that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction.”

Cool Earth has harnessed the knowledge and ideas of indigenous people to save nearly a million acres of rainforest. This Christmas they are raising money to share those ideas even further so they can save more rainforest than ever in 2017. You can donate to their Christmas campaign here.

“Blue Christmas” is available to download now on iTunes and is streaming on Spotify and other platforms.

 

42 Medal Of Honor Recipients To Attend Veterans Inaugural Ball – Salute To Heroes

Dec 22, 2016 08:30 am

Rascal Flatts: Profile

The American Legion and the Veterans Inaugural Committee will pay tribute to 42 Medal of Honor recipients and newly sworn in President Donald Trump during the Veterans Inaugural Ball – Salute to Heroes on January 20, 2017.

The evening will feature a special performance by Rascal Flatts lead vocalist Gary LeVox, joined by songwriters Neil Thrasher and Wendell Mobley, presented by Songs for Sound.

“The Price is Right” host and comedian Drew Carey, who served in the Marine Corps Reserves, will emcee the event at the Renaissance Washington DC, Downtown Hotel. Since 1953, at the request of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Veterans Inaugural Ball – Salute to Heroes has provided an opportunity for the newly sworn in commander in chief to personally pay tribute to Medal of Honor recipients.

Guests at the Veterans Inaugural Ball will also include senior military officers, elected and government officials, celebrities, corporate citizens and other members of the Armed Forces. LeVox is participating in the evening’s events as part of his support of Songs for Sound, a supporter of The American Legion that works to enrich the lives of veterans through hearing loss detection and treatment.

“The American Legion is honored to lead the efforts for the Veterans Inaugural Ball – Salute to Heroes,” said Charles E. Schmidt, National Commander, The American Legion. “We are humbled to have 42 Medal of Honor recipients in attendance to celebrate the peaceful transition of governmental power on Inauguration Day. To have entertainers like Gary LeVox and Drew Carey is very exciting for everyone.”

American Airlines is the premier corporate sponsor for the event, joined by UPS which is sponsoring the dinner. The ball is hosted by The American Legion and organized by the Veterans Inaugural Committee. The committee is comprised of 15 congressionally chartered veterans service organizations including The American Legion, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Vietnam Veterans of America, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Blinded Veterans Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US, The Congressional Medal of Honor Society, AMVETS, The Retired Enlisted Association, Disabled American Veterans, Marine Corps League, Non Commissioned Officers Association, Reserve Officers Association, Jewish War Veterans of the USA, and American Ex-Prisoners of War. More information about the Veterans Inaugural Ball – Salute to Heroes can be found at www.Legion.org/veteransball.

 

Comic Relief Pledges £250,000 in Response To Yemen Crisis

Dec 22, 2016 07:00 am

Richard Curtis: Profile

Comic Relief has announced that it will give £250,000 to support organisations working to help starving people in war-torn Yemen, including children at severe risk of malnutrition.

The money has been pledged by Comic Relief in response to the Yemen Crisis Appeal by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). The DEC brings 13 leading UK aid charities together in times of crisis, with the aim of raising money collectively to reach those in need quickly.

Yemen, which is already one of the world’s poorest countries, has been brought to breaking point after nearly two years of war. The economy has almost collapsed, hospitals, schools and farms have been destroyed and almost half a million children need immediate treatment for malnutrition.

DEC Chief Executive, Saleh Saeed, said: “Two years of civil war in Yemen have left innocent families and children in need of our help, now more than ever. Seven million people do not know where their next meal will come from and almost half a million severely malnourished children need immediate medical attention.

“In the midst of conflict, DEC member charities are providing millions of people with lifesaving aid, such as food and treatment for malnutrition, but much more needs to be done to reach those in dire need. We’re appealing to the UK public to dig deep and help us to provide food, water and medical care to help save lives now.”

Jennie Richmond, Head of International Grants at Comic Relief said: “We are deeply concerned about the crisis in Yemen, which is why we have decided to respond to the appeal from the DEC. The funds raised will help agencies working in Yemen to provide vital support and lifesaving aid to people in desperate need across the country.

“Our contribution will help provide aid to those in urgent need and we are also encouraging the general public to support this appeal, so that the agencies on the ground can reach as many people as possible.”

Comic Relief’s grant will help the ongoing work of DEC agencies to provide humanitarian support and assistance to many more people in Yemen.

To make a donation visit www.dec.org.uk, call 0370 60 60 900, visit any high street bank or Post Office, or donate £5 by texting the word SUPPORT to 70000. The UK Government is also supporting the DEC appeal and will match donations from members of the UK public up to a total value of £5 million in match funding.

Comic Relief was founded in 1985 by Richard Curtis.

 

Spotlight: Ray Romano’s Charity Work

Dec 22, 2016 06:00 am

Ray Romano

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Spotlight: New York Restoration Project’s Celebrity Supporters

Dec 22, 2016 05:00 am
Founded in 1995 by Bette Midler, the nonprofit New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is based on the belief that clean, green neighborhoods are fundamental to the quality of life, and that every community in New York City deserves an oasis of natural beauty.

Seeing many parks and open spaces in dire need of clean-up and restoration, Ms. Midler created NYRP to be the “conservancy of forgotten places,” particularly in New York City’s underserved communities.

Celebrity supporters

New York Restoration Project has 23 known supporters, including Rod Stewart, Kristin Chenoweth, and Adrian Grenier

Areas of work

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Prince Harry Joins Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge At Charity Christmas Party

Dec 20, 2016 11:30 am
It was bauble and gingerbread decorating at the ready as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry attended a special charity Christmas party.

Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Attend Heads Together Christmas party
Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Attend Heads Together Christmas party
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The annual Heads Together Christmas party was hosted on Monday 19 December by youth support service The Mix, to celebrate the volunteers and counsellors who support people through tough times in their lives.

First, The Duke and Prince Harry joined a group session where counsellors and volunteers shared knowledge and had training on dealing with a range of issues, with a focus on supporting people who are suicidal and helping young people coping with homelessness.

The Duchess then joined a live online chat about counselling with volunteers and young people from around the UK.

Their Royal Highnesses were then given the chance to speak to volunteers and service users from The Mix, to hear about their personal experience of online and telephone counselling support.

The Mix gives young people aged 13-25 a helping hand to find their way through any challenge, from homelessness to finding a job, from money to mental health, from break-ups to drugs.

Their Royal Highnesses then all joined a celebration Christmas Party reception where they decorated baubles, made paper-chains and helped out with the gingerbread decorating.

They also chatted to the exceptional volunteers who support people through tough times in their lives.

At the end of their visit they kicked off The Mix Annual Awards by presenting the Volunteer of the Year Award to George Yeorghaki.

Heads Together brings together The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess, and Prince Harry in partnership with other charities to tackle stigma, raise awareness and provide vital help for people with mental health challenges.

 

Viola Davis, Madeleine K. Albright And Condoleezza Rice To Take Part In Watermark Conference For Women

Dec 20, 2016 10:00 am

Viola Davis: Profile

The Watermark Conference for Women Silicon Valley announced this week that Tony and Emmy award-winning actress Viola Davis will deliver a keynote address and former U.S. Secretaries of State Madeleine K. Albright and Condoleezza Rice will hold a keynote conversation at the event on Wednesday, February 1st at the San Jose Convention Center.

Annie Clark, co-founder of End Rape on Campus and subject of the documentary film “The Hunting Ground,” and Shawn Achor, best-selling author of “The Happiness Advantage” and record-setting TED speaker, will also headline the third annual conference, with more than 6,000 expected to attend.

Viola Davis currently stars in the hit ABC drama “How to Get Away with Murder,” for which she became the first African American to win the Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama Series and also earned two Screen Actors Guild Awards, an NAACP Image Award and two Golden Globe nominations. Viola will next be seen in “Fences” from Paramount Pictures. The film is starring, directed and produced by Denzel Washington and is adapted from August Wilson’s play. Davis also starred with Washington in the 2010 revival of the play on Broadway. Her portrayal of Rose Maxson brought her a Tony Award. “Fences” was also honored with the Tony Award for “Best Play Revival.” The film adaptation, for which Davis has won the Critics Choice Award and has been nominated for a Golden Globe and SAG Award, will release nationwide on December 25th.

Madeleine K. Albright made history as the first female Secretary of State, nominated by President Bill Clinton and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1997. Prior to her service from 1997-2001, Dr. Albright served as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1993 to 1997 and as a member of President Clinton’s National Security Council. Dr. Albright is the author of five New York Times best-sellers and she currently serves as chair of Albright Stonebridge Group and as a professor of International Relations at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. In 2012, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

Condoleezza Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State from 2005 to 2009, only the second woman, after Albright, and the first African American woman to hold the position. Previously, Dr. Rice was the first female National Security Advisor, from 2001 to 2005, to President George W. Bush. Currently, Dr. Rice serves as Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and is a professor of political science at Stanford University, in addition to being the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution. She is also a founding partner of RiceHadleyGates, LLC.

Annie Clark is a co-founder of End Rape on Campus, a group working to end sexual violence on campuses around the country. Working with New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, she helped write the Bi-Partisan Campus Safety and Accountability Act and her work is featured in the documentary “The Hunting Ground.” Clark is a co-author of the book, “We Believe You,” a collection of 36 essays of campus sexual assault. Shawn Achor is a distinguished Harvard professor and New York Times bestselling author of “The Happiness Advantage” and “Before Happiness.” His TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with more than 14 million views.
“Once again, Watermark offers an unparalleled opportunity to hear from accomplished, insightful and game-changing leaders,” said Marlene Williamson, CEO of Watermark. “We are proud to present an unforgettable program that will make a difference for women in Silicon Valley and beyond.”

Named one of the “Top 100” events in the San Francisco Bay Area by BizBash for its “buzz, innovation, and prominence,” the Watermark Conference for Women offers an unmatched breadth and depth of speakers in fields including new approaches to leadership, gender equity and inclusion, business management, digital strategy, and personal and professional growth. The Watermark Conference will once again host the QVC + zulily Product Search, where participants will have the unique opportunity to showcase their new idea to a panel of QVC and zulily experts, and receive on-site feedback from the panel.

The 100+ speakers at the Watermark Conference include: Luvvie Ajayi, award-winning writer and digital strategist; Jenny Blake, millennial expert, author, and business strategist; Michelle Gielan, former “CBS News” anchor, best-selling author and psychology researcher; Tiffany Dufu, chief leadership officer of Levo and launch team member to Lean In; and Caretha Coleman, principal at Coleman Consulting and former chairman of the board of Dignity Health.

“Our stellar lineup of speakers represent a diverse array from politics and entertainment to global diplomacy and education,” said Amy Flood, Vice President, Public Affairs of co-chair sponsor Gilead. “Gilead is honored to celebrate the full spectrum of women’s achievements at the Conference and throughout the year.”

The Watermark Conference for Women Silicon Valley is generously underwritten by co-chair partners Juniper Networks and Gilead along with the following sponsors: Cisco, Dell, Ericsson, Genentech; Akamai; Boston Scientific; Johnson & Johnson; QVC; Silicon Valley Bank; Applied Materials; BMW; Oracle; Poo-Pourri; State Farm; United; Visa; VMWare and media sponsors KFOG 104.5 San Francisco; KGO 810; KSFO 560; and NBC Bay Area.
Registration is now open for the conference.

To register or learn more about the event, click here.

 

Blues Traveler Donates Song Proceeds To The Salvation Army

Dec 20, 2016 08:30 am

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In celebration of The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign, GRAMMY-winning, multi-Platinum rock band Blues Traveler released their take on the Christmas hymn, “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” with 100% of net proceeds from every download of the song benefitting The Salvation Army.

“Music is an important part of The Salvation Army’s history, so there is no better way for us to celebrate the season than through song,” explains Lt. Col. Ron Busroe, national community relations and development secretary for The Salvation Army. “To have an iconic group like Blues Traveler do something so selfless in the name of our organization is very inspiring to us and we are incredibly grateful.”

“After learning all the ways The Salvation Army helps people in need, we wanted to help too,” commented lead vocalist John Popper. “Their impact on feeding and sheltering people who need it most is undeniable, and we are grateful.”

Blues Traveler’s rendition of “Go Tell It on the Mountain” is now available for purchase through bluestraveler.com, via the iTunes store and on Amazon.

During the holiday season, over 3 million families rely on The Salvation Army to provide a warm meal on Christmas Day or toys for their children. Donating to the Red Kettles also allows the Army to serve more than 25 million people a year by providing over 10 million nights of shelter and 57 million meals a year, along with substance abuse recovery programs, after-school programs and emergency shelter for children and families in need.

In addition to purchasing “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” supporters can contribute to the Red Kettle campaign at one of the more than 25,000 red kettles set up at storefronts nationwide; or they can share their #RedKettleReason and give back online at RedKettleReason.org; or via the Army’s text-to-give program, by texting the word “KETTLES” to 51555, they can give an amount of their choice to the Red Kettle Campaign. Donors can also volunteer their time through a number of opportunities from ringing a bell to sorting toys to serving food. Information about these opportunities is available at SalvationArmyUSA.org.

This holiday season marks the 126th Red Kettle campaign since the program’s humble beginnings in San Francisco, 1891. The Red Kettle campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States, providing toys for kids, coats for the homeless and food for the hungry, along with countless social service programs year-round.

 

USC Shoah Foundation’s 2017 IWitness Video Challenge Offers Scholarships And Prizes

Dec 20, 2016 07:00 am

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Middle and high school students have the chance to win scholarships of up to $5,000 – and additional money for their educators and schools – by entering the fourth annual IWitness Video Challenge hosted by USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education.

And starting this year in Illinois, participation in the IWitness Video Challenge will count toward the service-learning requirement that every student must complete in order to graduate high school.

Kicking off Dec. 13, the Challenge, which will award $10,000 in prizes overall, invites students to positively contribute to their communities, and complete an IWitness activity that involves submitting a short video explaining how they were inspired through testimony to make a positive impact. The IWitness Video Challenge is open to all secondary school students in the United States and Canada (except for Quebec) who attend public, private or home schools. Participants can access resources and submit entries at iwitness.usc.edu.

Helping to make this year’s Challenge the most successful yet are two organizational partners – Ford Motor Co., which is sponsoring the event as part of its commitment to innovative educational outreach; and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, which will administer the Challenge and help maximize reach and impact through its deep partnerships with school systems, administrators and educators worldwide and unparalleled experience in implementing education-based programs that improve student engagement and achievement.

The contest is based on one of the more than 70 activities found in IWitness, USC Shoah Foundation’s free educational website (iwitness.usc.edu), which brings the human stories from the Institute’s Visual History Archive – the world’s largest repository of testimony from survivors and witnesses to the Holocaust and other genocides – to teachers and their students via engaging multimedia-learning activities.

The IWitness Video Challenge first presents students with selected testimonies from survivors who demonstrate what is possible when we make the courageous choice to act. Then, the Challenge takes students through the steps necessary to identify a problem, determine how to contribute to solving that problem, and how to create a video that captures their efforts and impact on helping to solve a problem in their community. Students will then be instructed on how to use the built-in video editor in IWitness to construct, edit and submit their one- to four-minute video project. No prior video editing knowledge is needed to participate.

Teachers who have participated in the Challenge in the past will notice updates to the contest rules as well as to IWitness. For instance, this year it is no longer incumbent upon classroom teachers to select one entry from their class; they now can submit as many projects as they find qualified.

Upgrades made to IWitness’s functionality in the past year include mini lessons – which can be completed in under half an hour – the ability for students to download their work and new rubrics that provide guidelines for teachers to follow when grading their students’ completed IWitness activities.

The prizes will be distributed as follows:
• The student who created the National Winning Entry will receive a US $5,000 scholarship. Second place will receive a $1,000 scholarship; third place, a $500 scholarship.
• The educator associated with the National Winning Entry will receive a $1,000 grant awarded in the form of a check, to be used to implement change in his/her school.
• The school or organization that hosted the IWitness group/class associated with the National Winning Entry will receive a $2,500 grant awarded in the form of a check, to be used to implement change in their community.
• The winning student, along with an educator and parent/guardian, will be flown to Los Angeles to screen their film at USC Shoah Foundation.

“Not only does the IWitness Video Challenge enable students to link their voices to those in the Visual History Archive who inspired them to act, but it also teaches them digital skills that are so important for students today,” said USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen D. Smith.

The 2016 winners, a trio of eighth-graders from New Jersey, created a poetry group that enabled students at their school to express their hardships and appreciation for one another. They found inspiration for their project after listening to Holocaust survivor Donia Blumenfeld Clenman recite her powerful poetry in her testimony.

Maya Montell, Allison Vandal and Caroline Waters of Readington Middle School in Raritan, N.J. created the Poets Undercover Guild (PUG), encouraging their friends and associates to write each other poems pertaining to the trials of middle-school life.

One of the first recipients of a poem was a sixth-grade girl who was being bullied.

“She felt really alone at that time, and she was just kind of depressed,” Caroline said. “When she read it, she felt empowered, like she wasn’t going to let the bullies tell her what to do.”

The winner of the inaugural Challenge in 2014 was Ruth Hernandez of Philadelphia. Now a senior at Esperanza Academy Charter High School, Hernandez produced a video – called “Voices of Our Journey” – based on the topic of immigration.

“When I started my video for the IWitness Video Challenge I had my mind set on making a change, but it was I who was changed through the whole process,” she said. “I remember just trying to understand how I would feel if I knew I would never see my parents again or if I had to leave everything I know. … I learned the importance of not being afraid of recognizing oppression and taking action to stop it.”

USC Shoah Foundation founder Steven Spielberg launched the inaugural IWitness Video Challenge in 2013. The Challenge was designed around the same premise as Schindler’s List, that one person can make a difference. As Spielberg said at the time of the inaugural launch, “We can use IWitness to show the power of random acts of kindness, the significance of contributing to communities and the very idea that the best way to teach empathy is with examples of it so that maybe someday kindness will be a natural reflex.”

“The effectiveness of IWitness is well documented,” said Dr. Kori Street, director of education for USC Shoah Foundation. “Students who have engaged with our free educational website IWitness are significantly less likely to believe in stereotypes and are over 90 percent more likely to stand up against hateful stereotyping.”

Educators interested in signing up their students for the IWitness Video Challenge must submit entries by May 5, 2017 at iwitness.usc.edu. The winners will be announced on or around June 13, 2017.

For more information and complete rules, visit iwitness.usc.edu.

 

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