Celebrities such as Elton John, Carson Daly, and the members of the rock band No Doubt will kick off the Fifth Annual Hillsides Foster Soles, an online auction of celebrity autographed shoes, accessories, and other personal items along with their signed headshots.Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of the nationally syndicated radio show “Loveline,” along with his wife, Susan Pinsky, will serve as co-chairs. A party to launch the auction will be held at Bar Celona restaurant in Pasadena on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.The online auction runs from May 22nd through June 1st to coincide with Foster Care Awareness Month, which raises awareness of national foster care issues and the plight of children and youth in the system. Hillsides, a Los Angeles children’s charity, based in Pasadena, is asking celebrities to donate autographed shoes, accessories, and other personal items along with their signed headshot. This year Hillsides is celebrating its centennial, so they are expecting participation to be greater than ever.Other celebrities who have participated include Adam Sandler, Ellen DeGeneres, Faith Hill, James Franco, Zac Efron, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry, Tim McGraw, Ellen Pompeo, John Stamos, Denzel Washington, Seth Green, Mario Lopez, Sugar Ray Leonard, Adrian Grenier, Nancy Grace, Wendy Williams, Gabriel Iglesias, Jane Kaczmarek, Billy Bob Thornton, Tim Allen, Jimmy Kimmel, Joan and Melissa Rivers, Larry King, Anderson Cooper, Piers Morgan, Dave Koz, Charles Barkley, Robert Horry, Billy Zane, Mike Epps, Marlee Matlin, cast from Burn Notice, Chelsea Handler, Markie Post, Mark Harmon, Pam Dawber, Kate Linder, Edie Falco, Rona Barrett, Kim Coates, Kaitlin Olson, Devon Werkheiser, Samantha Harris, cast from The Bold & The Beautiful and many more.Guests who bid on May 22nd will get a chance to view celebrity shoes, purses, belts and other accessories as well as set visits and signed scripts until the auction’s closing date on June 1st. Bar Celona, located in the historic Colorado Boulevard retail district of Old Pasadena, is the creation of local entrepreneurs Jack Huang and Karen Tanji, who is on the board of directors of the foster care charity. Set on a stage of rich crimson red and hues of mellow mustard, Bar Celona invokes the traditions of the traditional tapas bars of Spain, with handcrafted murals of ‘the running of the bulls,’ wine offerings geared toward those of the Spanish vineyards, house-made sangrias, and the popular small plates that trigger a smiling sigh.Bar Celona, celebrities, and bidders of Hillsides “Foster Soles” can be assured that putting their best foot forward ensures that Hillsides can create lasting change in the lives of at-risk children, youth, and families.To learn more about the Foster Soles Celebrity Charity Auction or Hillsides, click here.Source:PRWeb.com
The Women’s Forum of New York will present The 3rd Annual Elly Awards Luncheon benefitting The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum on Tuesday, June 25 at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.The awards, named for Women’s Forum founder Elinor “Elly” Guggenheimer, will honor outstanding women leaders.The Elly Award Recipients (both in attendance) will be:• Maria Cuomo Cole, advocate, activist, filmmaker and Chair of HELP USA• Pat Mitchell, President and CEO of the Paley Center for MediaThe Elly Award Celebrity Presenters (both in attendance) will be:• Glenn Close, award winning actress• Matilda Raffa Cuomo, former New York State First Lady and Founder, Mentoring USAEve Ensler, Tony award-winning playwright, activist and author of Emotional Creature and The Vagina Monologues, will lead a conversation on leadership with the honorees following the awards presentation.“The Women’s Forum of New York is comprised of the most successful women in the city in every professional sector from finance to fine arts. We all know that education is key to success in any field. We are proud to help high-potential women over 35 whose education has been postponed or disrupted because of extreme adversity in their lives. Putting these women back on track to realize their potential is our way of giving back,” said Doris P. Meister, President of the Women’s Forum of New York.“The change that Education Fund grants have on women and their families is truly inspirational. Our awardees redefine for themselves what’s possible and become great role models for their daughters. We believe if you educate a woman you impact generations. Twenty-six years ago we started out small but now, because of the Elly Awards, our education grants are significant and make a real difference. They can truly help high-potential women who have overcome serious hardships realize their dreams,” said Beverly Beaudoin, President, The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum of New York.The Elly Awards will begin at 11:30 a.m. at The Plaza Hotel with a reception & VIP arrivals. The Luncheon and Presentation will be from 12:15 to 2:00 p.m.
Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books will present an exclusive video featuring an inspiring, personal conversation with Taylor Swift about how reading and writing can open a world of possibilities for children.Taylor will also share with young viewers the books that have most influenced her and a never before seen clip from behind the scenes at one of her recent music videos.As part of Scholastic’s new reading initiative, “Open a World of Possible,” the 30-minute exclusive video will air on Scholastic.com beginning on October 29, 2014, at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. Registration to watch on 10/29 is open now here.In a nod to her multi-week No. 1 international smash hit single, “Shake It Off,” Taylor will discuss how music helps her shake off the tough moments in life. Following the video, students can enter Scholastic’s “This is How I Shake it Off” writing contest for the chance to win tickets and a meet-and-greet for two at an upcoming Taylor Swift concert, along with accompanying flights and accommodations. Additional prizes for runners up include a signed guitar and signed copies of Taylor’s new “1989” CD. Students in grades 3-8 attending a U.S. school can enter the contest by submitting a one-page creative essay or poem about how they shake off mean comments and hard times. More details, Official Rules and the contest entry form can be found at www.scholastic.com/taylorswift. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter by December 11, 2014. Void where prohibited.October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a great time to approach the subject of bullying with kids. In support of this observance and the video with Taylor, Scholastic has curated a collection of resources that address bullying, building resilience and fostering a love of reading in kids: • For Teachers: Articles and tips about how to address bullying in classrooms, available here, as well as writing activities to get students in a creative spirit, available here. • For Parents: A guide to the sensitive issue of bullying, including lists of anti-bullying books for every age and expert advice available here.Through the ongoing Open a World of Possible initiative, Scholastic has begun a conversation for teachers, parents and children to share ideas and advice about simple ways to incorporate independent reading into busy classroom days and family time. Scholastic invites people to continue joining the conversation and connecting with peers on social media channels using the hashtag #SharePossible.
Feeding America, the nation’s leading hunger-relief organization, has partnered with the Ad Council to launch new public service ads (PSA) designed to raise awareness about child hunger in America.Video: Hunger Prevention – Scarlett Johansson :30Featuring celebrity activists Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner, who volunteered their time and talent, the PSAs call for Americans to help children facing hunger by supporting the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks.Video: Hunger Prevention – Jeremy Renner :30“My family grew up relying on public assistance to help provide meals for our family,” said Scarlett Johansson. “Child hunger in America is a real and often overlooked problem, but one that together, we can fix. It is my hope that by joining with Feeding America, our awareness of this issue will lead to a solution.”According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), one in five children in America – nearly 16 million children – struggle with hunger. Although food insecurity is harmful to people of all ages, it can be particularly devastating for children because of the potential for long term consequences. Research has shown that good nutrition has implications for a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement and economic productivity.“There are children facing hunger in every community across America. That is unacceptable. These new PSAs allow us to expose the prevalence of child hunger and engage the nation in solving the problem,” said Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America. “We all have a role to play in making sure children have enough to eat and we are profoundly grateful for Ms. Johansson and Mr. Renner for lending their voices to raise awareness about the issue.”The new PSAs feature appeals from Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson, with information about how individuals can help solve hunger. The ads encourage audiences to visit www.FeedingAmerica.org where they can learn more about hunger in their communities, find volunteer opportunities at a food bank in their area, contact Members of Congress, donate food or funds, and more. The campaign includes new TV PSAs designed pro bono by 360i.“It is a privilege to be partnering with Feeding America and the Ad Council to support the fight to end hunger in America,” said 360i CEO Sarah Hofstetter. “This PSA campaign discusses the reality of hunger in the U.S., with the goal of getting more people involved and driving support for the largest network of food banks in America. We are looking forward to working with Feeding America to continue to promote this important cause throughout the year.”The new PSAs are an extension of the Hunger Prevention campaign, first launched by Feeding America and the Ad Council in 2008. Through the Ad Council’s unique model, all PSAs will run during advertising time donated entirely by the media. Since the launch of the national Hunger Prevention campaign, media outlets across the country have contributed more than $300 million in time and space for Feeding America’s PSAs.“We’re proud to support Feeding America in their efforts to tackle this critical issue,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “We hope that the campaign will be a catalyst for volunteers, supporters and donors to unite behind this movement, and increase access to food for the millions of children in need.”
Save the Children Artist Ambassador Dakota Fanning lit the world-famous Empire State Building red on Tuesday, Oct. 11, in a special ceremony celebrating International Day of the Girl.Dakota Fanning Lights The Empire State Building For Save the ChildrenMarked globally by the United Nations, International Day of the Girl is a designated day for communities and policymakers to discuss how to end discrimination against girls and create opportunities for girls to reach their full potential. By lighting the Empire State Building red, Save the Children is raising awareness of these issues and illuminating the need to educate and empower girls around the world.Fanning was joined by Carolyn Miles, Save the Children’s president & CEO, a group of girls from the New York Tri-State area, who are Save the Children child sponsors, and a sponsored girl from South Carolina. The Empire State Building will light up today at sunset to recognize girls and the unique challenges they face globally.“Worldwide, girls are far more likely to miss out on school, marry too early and grow up too fast,” said Carolyn Miles, president & CEO of Save the Children. “People often talk about women’s empowerment, but that begins with girls. Together, we need to do more to ensure every last girl has a childhood, and a better and brighter future. That’s why today, on International Day of the Girl, Save the Children is shining a light on girls.”Throughout the world, girls are frequently marginalized in their families, communities and societies. By lighting the Empire State Building red, Save the Children aims to raise awareness of these issues and illuminate the need to educate and empower girls around the world.“Every girl deserves to follow her dreams no matter where she comes from or what her circumstances are,” said Fanning, known for roles in notable films such as “I Am Sam,” “The Runaways,” “The Twilight Saga” and the upcoming “American Pastoral.” “The first step in doing that is bringing attention to the barriers girls face globally. The second step is empowering young girls to reach their full potential. This is why I am here today, honoring International Day of the Girl and lighting up the Empire State Building with Save the Children.”Save the Children believes that reaching girls is a critical component of ending early marriage, preventable maternal and child deaths and ensuring our collective future. The Save the Children sponsorship program, in particular, helps provide girls and boys with the necessities for a healthy and successful start to their life – nutrition, early childhood and adolescent development, education and school health. To join Fanning as a child sponsor and learn more, click here.
Actor/model Antonio Sabato Jr. will serve as the master of ceremonies for the Great American Inaugural Ball’s salute to our armed forces and the charities that support them.Antonio Sabato Jr, Great American Inaugural Ball Master of CeremoniesJoining him as a celebrity host will be Max Hodges, best known as the “surfer dude” on entertainment news show TMZ.The gala on Friday, January 20 at the new MGM National Harbor hotel and casino will feature Sabato as the official host who will introduce the ball’s special guests: country music sensation Darryl Worley who’ll be singing the national anthem and performing his 9/11 tribute hit “Have You Forgotten?” that spent seven weeks at the top of the Billboard country charts; USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore Chairman Paul McQuillan, whose non-profit provides services for active duty military members and their families; and Gold Star Mother Tammy Davenport from American Gold Star Mothers, an organization of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the service of our country.Sabato, a former Calvin Klein model and TV star, and Hodges, whose laid back humor entertained America daily during his time at TMZ, are no strangers to the spotlight, but on January 20 they will pass it to the groups that selflessly support our servicemen and women and their families who have sacrificed so much. Taking center stage with USO-Metro and American Gold Star Mothers will be the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), Families United Toward Universal Respect (FUTURE), and The Nashville Connection – Heroes Salute, a music workshop and benefit concert.Representing our armed forces will be Major General James Hoyer, Adjutant General of the West Virginia National Guard. He will share the stage with fellow West Virginian Sen. Joe Manchin who will relate his experiences with another Great American Ball charity partner, the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe, a program that mentors high school dropouts.“We’re really excited to have Antonio and Max on board to help show our nation the good work that USO-Metro, TAPS, FUTURE, and other charities do for the men and women who serve our country at great expense to themselves and their families,” said event organizer Amy Lao O’Brien. “It’s about honoring their sacrifice and I’m privileged just to be a part of it.”For tickets or more information, visit www.greatamericanball.com.
BTIG, LLC announced today that the firm is donating more than $4 million to hundreds of charities as a result of its annual BTIG Charity Day.BTIG hosted nearly 80 all-star athletes, models, actors, actresses, journalists, politicians, fashion designers, business leaders and other cultural icons that acted as guest traders on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Over 300 well-deserving charities supporting meaningful causes will benefit from the event.“It was another fantastic year for BTIG Charity Day in terms of the number of celebrity guest traders participating and funds that will be donated this year,” said Steven Starker, Co-Founder of BTIG. “We are very proud of the tremendous energy, enthusiasm, and generosity put forth by our employees, celebrity guests and industry partners.”President Bill Clinton was a highlight among an impressive group of participating celebrities each acting as an ambassador for an organization that they are passionate about supporting each year. He was joined by Alan Hahn, Alex Rodriguez, Allan Houston, Angel Cordero, Barry Bonds, Beth Ostrosky Stern, Bob Papa, Bobby Valentine, Bode Miller, Brian Cashman, Bridget Moynahan, Bruce Beck, CC Sabathia, Charles Oakley, Chase Headley, Chris Wragge, Chuck Scarborough, Curtis Martin, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Darryl Strawberry, Dave Dravecky, David Diehl, Dellin Betances, Derek Jeter, Didi Gregorius, Dwight Gooden, Eric Decker, Eric LeGrand, Geraldo Rivera, Gerry Cooney, Hannah Storm, Jenny McCarthy, Jeremy Affeldt, Joe Girardi, Joe Namath, John Calipari, John McEnroe, John Starks, Johnny Velazquez, Kelenna Azubuike, Kristin Davis, Laurie Hernandez, Lawrence Taylor, Marcus Peters, Mariano Rivera, Mark Cuban, Mark Messier, Mark Teixeira, Marshall Plumlee, Mason Plumlee, Michael Bloomberg, Nicky Hilton, Olivia Culpo, Oz Pearlman, Padma Lakshmi, Petra Nemcova, Phil Simms, Ralph Sampson, Reggie Jackson, Renel Brooks-Moon, Rick DiPietro, Rick Porcello, Ricky Steamboat, Ronnie Lott, Rosanna Scotto, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Buscemi, Steve Weatherford, Ted Robinson, Tom Coughlin, Tommy and Dee Hilfiger, Tony Richardson, Victor Cruz, Vida Blue, Warren Moon and Woody Johnson who all appeared at BTIG offices yesterday to help give back to others in need.“Since 2003, BTIG Charity Day has helped support important non-profit organizations around the world,” said Scott Kovalik, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BTIG. “We are very grateful to our celebrity guests, clients and employees that help us improve the lives of others year after year.”
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation has announced Lionel Richie will be the first recipient of its inaugural Recording Artists Inspiration Award.The internationally-renowned singer-songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist is being recognized for his career achievements and charitable work. The event takes place Thursday, November 9, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.For decades, Lionel Richie has been an influential and well-respected recording artist, selling over 100 million records. Richie has garnered multiple awards including: four Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award®, and the esteemed Johnny Mercer Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 47th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner. Richie recently joined the judges’ panel for the 2017/2018 season of American Idol.The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Recording Artists Inspiration Award also recognizes Richie’s commitment to charity through his work with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, UNICEF, and The Art of Elysium. Richie was presented with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the United Negro College Fund and he was also a recipient of the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award from Harvard University.Foundation President JoBeth Williams praised its newest honoree, “Lionel Richie is an American institution. We all know his beautiful music for which he’s been greatly honored, but even more than a legendary recording artist, Lionel is a man of tremendous compassion who’s deeply committed to helping others. We’re proud to recognize his invaluable charitable work.”The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Patron of the Artists Awards celebration will also honor Academy Award winning actress Kate Winslet with the Actors Inspiration Award, as well as director/producer Judd Apatow, Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow, and Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos for their roles in supporting actors and performing artists in their careers.The Patron of the Artists Awards event includes musical performances with ticket sales benefitting the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Sponsors include United Airlines and Variety. To purchase tickets, sponsorship packages and for more information, please visit sagaftra.foundation/patronawards.
Earlier this month, The Duchess of Cornwall invited children and young people from Helen & Douglas House and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity to help decorate the Clarence House Christmas tree.The Duchess of Cornwall at the decorating of the Christmas tree at Clarence HouseCredit/Copyright: PrinceOfWales.gov.ukHer Royal Highness is patron of Helen & Douglas House, which helps families cope with the challenges of looking after a terminally ill baby, child or young adult. The Duchess took up her role in 2007 and this will be the eighth time that families supported by the charity, along with hospice staff, have been invited to decorate the Clarence House Christmas tree.Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity was founded more than 25 years ago by Felicity Dahl in memory of the determination of her husband Roald Dahl, the famous children’s author, to improve the lives of those around him.The charity provides specialist nurses for a range of conditions to ensure all seriously ill children and their families receive the support they need and deserve.Working in tandem with the NHS, the charity has now funded 58 specialist nursing posts around the UK, helping more than 12,000 seriously ill children and their families each year.During the festivities, it was announced that The Duchess of Cornwall has been named as the new Royal Patron of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity.Jane Miles, chief executive of the organisation, said: “This is absolutely marvellous, The Duchess becoming our patron.”She added: “Anybody who knew Roald Dahl knew he was all about innovation and imagination so we’re trying to look at innovative ways to help these children.“We’re very aware there are so many groups in this country who are underfunded, so if you think about the Roald Dahl stories, they were all about the underdog emerging victorious so that is what this charity wishes to focus on.“With The Duchess of Cornwall highlighting these groups – like sickle cell and rare diseases – it will be great for her to raise awareness so people get to understand more about the adversity suffered by these children.”After the Christmas tree was decorated, the children and young adults were invited to share lunch with Her Royal Highness, which featured Christmas tree-shaped biscuits and mince pies (of course!)Source:PrinceOfWales.Govt.UK