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    In January 2008, the Australian-born singer was seen visiting a children's hospital in Sydney.

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  • Paul McCartney calls on people to back #MFMclimatepledge ahead of the UN Climate Summit on Tuesday 23rd September 2014. With just days to go until the UN Climate Summit in New York, Paul McCartney has called on people to back the Meat Free Monday Climate Pledge campaign.

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  • Well known for his love of animals and his outspoken defence of their welfare, Ricky Gervais has recently spoken out in support of a new BUAV undercover investigation, which shows harrowing suffering of primates in an EU laboratory.

    The recent undercover investigation, carried out by the BUAV and the German animal group Soko Tierschutz, at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany (MPI), found primates subjected to immense suffering through the use of severe water deprivation, physical coercion and restraint. The institute is now at the centre of a controversy after the findings of the investigation featured on national German Television (10/09/14).

    Ricky Gervais has supported the BUAV on a great many of their previous campaigns and has spoken out passionately about the recent investigation, saying: ‘I was deeply saddened and shocked by the BUAV's latest investigation, which shows the terrible suffering inflicted on these monkeys in an EU laboratory. I urge people to watch the compelling BUAV film and join me in calling for these experiments to end and a full independent inquiry carried out.'

    The world famous comedian also tweeted news about the monkeys who suffered in the experiments, prompting others, actor Russell Crowe, to get involved and also share the investigations to his 1.57M followers.

    Other high-profile stars who used their online presence to raise awareness over the monkey suffering included actors Ayden Callaghan, Carley Stenson, Sarah Jane Honeywell, Conservationist Ian Redmond, Author Jane Fallon, Journalist Wendy Turner Webster and Human Rights activist, Peter Thatchell.

    The primates were used in basic research into how their brains process information. This involved the animals subjected to major surgery to implant devices in their skulls. The water deprived animals were then imprisoned by their necks inside a restraint device in a small dark, sound-proofed chamber. The monkeys were completely immobilised by a post implanted in their skulls to fix their heads in place in front of a computer screen during testing. They had to carry out repetitive tests tasks over and over for up to 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, month after month, in order to receive a small fluid reward.

    Director of Special Projects Sarah Kite, BUAV stated: "Our investigation has exposed the reality for primates in a top EU laboratory. Their lives are one of immense suffering, brutally controlled and manipulated in cruel experiments. We are therefore very grateful to Ricky for using his voice and high-profile to help us raise awareness about these cruel experiments. This is an investigation that raises important ethical, scientific and legal issues which need to be addressed as a matter of urgency."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12583-ricky-gervais-helps-buav-raise-awareness-about-cruel-monkey-experiments

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  • More big names have been added to the Social Good Summit, being held later this month.

    The fifth annual Social Good Summit, a unique convening of world leaders, new media and technology pioneers, grassroots activists, UN experts and voices from around the world, today announced the addition of Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in conversation with Robin Roberts, Co-Anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America"; Alicia Keys, singer, songwriter and philanthropist; Edward Norton, actor and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador; and Rick Stengel, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs to its speaker roster, along with adding over 60 global meetups that will connect people from around the world to the conversation taking place in New York on September 21 and 22.

    The additional speakers will join an exciting lineup that includes Megan Smith, who last week was the first woman to ever be named U.S. Chief Technology Officer, as well as the likes of Pete Cashmore, Founder and CEO of Mashable; Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme; Connie Britton, actress and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador; Michael Dell, Founder and CEO of Dell Inc.; Yael Maguire, Director, Facebook Connectivity Lab; and Pharrell Williams, musician and entrepreneur.

    These speakers will come together in New York to discuss the pressing issues of our time, thanks to sponsors like Jynwel Charitable Foundation Limited, which seeks to fund breakthrough programs that help scale and accelerate advancements in global health, education and studies in conservation, and the film "Beyond Right & Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness." The documentary follows victims of three conflicts as they recover from unimaginable loss and seek reconciliation. The filmmaker will be joined by people profiled in the film on a panel, where they can share their stories and help to communicate the film's message that violence is not the inevitable outcome of trauma. "Beyond Right & Wrong" suggest in order for the audience to participate to watch the film ahead of time, which is available to view for free on FilmRaise.com where 50 cents is donated to charity for every viewer, epitomizing the Social Good Summit's commitment to connecting, inspiring and engaging people and ideas from around the world.

    This year, UNDP will once again give the New York event a global dimension with the Social Good Summit Meetups that are being organized in over 60 countries around the world. These Meetups bring together local communities to discuss how they are using the digital tools of today to connect for good and connect for all. This year's Meetups include a number of exciting and unique locations. In the Ukraine, programmers will discuss their app, which monitors shelling damage resulting from the current conflict, thus making crucial security information publicly available. In Sudan UNDP is organizing a technology challenge, inviting young IT entrepreneurs to present their business ideas and win an innovation prize. In Georgia, social innovators, UNDP staff and entrepreneurs will convene in a design thinking workshop which will aim to improve service delivery of the "112" emergency number, specifically for persons with disabilities. Additional Meetups are taking place in Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, China, El Salvador, Guinea, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Japan, Lebanon, Madagascar, Morocco, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, and Tunisia.

    The Social Good Summit will also reach global audiences online and in real time, in seven different languages. People all over the world will meet and join forces in-person, online and by connecting back to the Summit in New York City through video and social media.

    For the second year in a row, the Social Good Summit partners are leveraging Instagram and its community to host #Instacorps—a group of five digital photojournalists who will capture and share behind-the-scenes images from the Social Good Summit. Their images, combined with those of Instagram users from around the world using the #Instacorps and #2030Now hashtags, will provide a connection to people around the globe.

    The Summit is also joining with the Design for Social Innovation Master's program at the NYC School of Visual Arts (SVA). Students from the program will be on site at the Summit producing real time shareable social media tools and graphics. The Design for Social Innovation at SVA is the first MFA program in the rapidly growing field of social impact design. Created to be the center of learning for how to use design to address the world's biggest challenges, it is a path for people who want to lead transformation change within business, government and the social sector.

    Last year, 92Y launched its first MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) in partnership with Wesleyan University, and inspired by the Social Good Summit; it was titled "How to Change the World." It has had over 100,000 registrants in its first year. This year's MOOC will be announced on September 21, the first day of the Summit, when Wesleyan President Michael Roth will speak about the globalization and democratization of education. The first class of this year's MOOC will be on November 11th, Veteran's Day.

    The Social Good Summit is a two-day conference that centers on the intersection of technology and social good hosted by Mashable, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and 92nd Street Y. The main event will be held at 92nd Street Y in New York City on Sept. 21-22, and meet ups will be held around the world.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12584-stars-added-to-social-good-summit

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  • Point Foundation (Point) Scholars and Diane Warren, an award winning songwriter, were celebrated Saturday evening at the Voices On Point fundraising gala, which benefits lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit.

    Diane Warren accepts the Point Leadership Award onstage at Point Foundation0s Voices On Point Gala
    Diane Warren accepts the Point Leadership Award onstage at Point Foundation0s Voices On Point Gala
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    Vanessa Hudgens, Joey McIntyre, David Foster and Sam Harris performed for an appreciative audience, helping lead the celebrations of Warren and the Point Scholars.

    Judith Light (L) and Point Foundation alum Rhys Ernst speak onstage during Point Foundation0s Voices On Point Gala
    Judith Light (L) and Point Foundation alum Rhys Ernst speak onstage during Point Foundation0s Voices On Point Gala
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    Voices On Point took place the evening of September 13 at the Hyatt Regency Plaza in Los Angeles. During the memorable event, which raised $400,000, some of Point's 80 current scholars joined the celebrities onstage and shared their inspiring stories about the challenges they have overcome in pursuit of a higher education. Celebrity presenters and guests included David Foster, George Takei, Hayden Byerly, Jason Collins, Terry and Heather Dubrow, Josh Flagg, Judith Light, Heather McDonald, A.J. McLean, Dan Bucatinsky, Thomas Sadoski and Jonny Drubel, among others.

A highlight of the evening was the sing-along style medley of Diane Warren's greatest hits, played by David Foster. Foster then presented acclaimed songwriter, Diane Warren, with the Point Leadership Award, which is given to an individual who has achieved prominence in their professional career and unequivocally supported the LGBTQ community.
    
"Voices On Point is an event where talent and achievement, created through dedication and perseverance, are recognized and celebrated," said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. "We were thrilled to present our Leadership Award to a great friend of the LGBTQ community, Diane Warren, and share with people some of the inspirational achievements of our Point Foundation Scholars and Alumni. The evening's participants, sponsors, donors, and the many people dedicated to helping Point, are all part of our ensemble efforts to ensure that these deserving LGBTQ students continue to thrive and succeed."

    Presenting Sponsor of Voices On Point: Wells Fargo. Premier Sponsors: Audi and Hilton Worldwide. Principal Sponsors: HBO and Viacom. Friends of Point: Air New Zealand, Grey Goose and Frontiers Magazine. National Media Sponsor: The Advocate.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12582-diane-warren-honored-at-voices-on-point-gala

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  • Comedian Hal Sparks and HLN Host Jane Velez-Mitchell teamed up Friday night to host the Mercy For Animals 15th Anniversary Gala celebrating animals and their heroic advocates at The London West Hollywood.

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    The black-tie event commemorated Mercy For Animals' 15 years of groundbreaking work saving lives and winning major victories for farm animals. Actress Pamela Anderson received The Sam Simon Award while Moby took home The Compassionate Leadership Award.

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    Other celebrities in attendance included singer Leona Lewis, Emily Deschanel, Drew Carey, Natalie Maines, Russell Simmons and more.

    During the celebrity-studded awards show, guests enjoyed a vegan dinner by Gardein along with a silent auction.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12579-pamela-anderson-honored-at-star-studded-mercy-for-animals-gala

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  • Staples and global pop music superstar Katy Perry continued to "Make Roar Happen" in Portland last week by announcing 58 local classroom projects have been funded as part of Staples' $1 million donation to DonorsChoose.org.

    Staples fully funded the balance of every project from the highest poverty schools that was on DonorsChoose.org from Portland Public Schools today. This $54,710 donation helped 49 teachers fulfill classroom needs and helped 3,341 students in the Portland community. For example, Mr. Marvit, a teacher at Roosevelt High School, will receive graphing calculators to help his students explore mathematics; and Ms. Rothery, a teacher at Lent Elementary School, will receive Acer Chromebooks so her students can conduct research, write and edit papers and create presentations.

    "I'm glad to partner with Staples on my Prismatic World Tour to raise awareness and funds for DonorsChoose.org, and to remind my fans that a small gesture can have a huge impact on the very basic materials classrooms need for teachers to help students reach their full potential," said Katy Perry.

    Staples and Katy Perry teamed up to Make Roar Happen and support teachers. Through the "Make Roar Happen" program, Katy Perry will help Staples raise awareness of how to help teachers with a $1 donation either in store or on Staples.com. As part of the program, Staples, the presenting sponsor of the North American leg of the Katy Perry Prismatic World Tour, donated $1 million to DonorsChoose.org, a charity which has helped fund more than 450,000 classroom projects for teachers and impacted more than 11 million students. $54,710 of that donation went to high poverty Portland classrooms last week.

    "We are so thrilled to have Katy Perry supporting ‘Make Roar Happen' and look forward to working together with DonorsChoose.org to ensure teachers have the supplies they need," said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president, North American stores and online marketing, Staples. "Our recent survey found almost three-quarters of parents with teens agree that teachers in their communities inspire their students so it's imperative we support these everyday heroes."

    Additionally, the survey revealed that 76% of parents of teen students believe that a lack of school supplies is a significant challenge for schools today. Most teachers spend an average of $408.71 of their own money each year to provide supplies and materials for their classrooms. Customers are invited to help ‘Make Roar Happen' for local teachers by donating $1 to DonorsChoose.org at nearby Staples stores or online at www.staples.com/makeroarhappen. The proceeds will benefit teachers in the supporters' communities and will help fund local classroom projects listed on DonorsChoose.org.

    "The tremendous support Staples and Katy Perry have provided to DonorsChoose.org through ‘Make Roar Happen' has made a great difference in classrooms across the country," said Charles Best, Founder and CEO, DonorsChoose.org. "We understand the financial hardships teachers in the Boston area face when it comes to providing their classroom with the right resources. Thanks to Staples and Katy Perry, local teachers are able to get what they need and ‘Make Roar Happen' in the classroom."

    Customers who spend $10 or more at any Staples store will receive a unique code(s) based on the total amount spent. Code(s) will be provided on their store receipt to enter online at Staples.com/MakeRoarHappen for a chance to win two tickets to a concert in the U.S. portion of the Katy Perry Prismatic World Tour Presented by Staples. To win tickets, participants must enter the code on their purchase receipt from June 1 to Sept. 25 at www.staples.com/makeroarhappen.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12585-katy-perry-and-staples-make-roar-happen-in-portland

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  • British Actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson will co-host a special event for UN Women's HeForShe campaign on 20 September 2014, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

    The event aims to kick-start one of the largest solidarity movements of the 21st century for the achievement of gender equality calling upon one half of humanity in support of the other half for the benefit of all.

    Over the next 12 months the HeForShe campaign intends to mobilize one billion men and boys as advocates and agents of change in ending the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally. The premise is that inequality is a human rights issue, the resolution of which will benefit everyone – socially, politically and economically.

    The special event will bring together gender experts, government officials, senior United Nations officials, civil society organizations and HeForShe celebrity champions and role models to discuss the central role of men and boys in the achievement of gender equality, and to raise awareness that the support of women's rights is a moral, social and economic imperative for humanity.

    Attendance by invitation only.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12586-emma-watson-to-co-host-un-women-heforshe-campaign-event

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  • On September 18th multi-platinum rock band BUSH will give a special acoustic performance at VH1 Save The Music Foundation0s Noteworthy benefit concert at William Hill Estate Winery.

    The evening will feature an intimate performance in the vineyard to raise money and awareness for music education programs.

    "The work of VH1 Save The Music Foundation is invaluable," says BUSH frontman Gavin Rossdale. "Music has always been an important part of my life, and now that I have children of my own I'm even more aware of the significance of music education in schools. I'm honored to be supporting VH1 Save The Music's Noteworthy event."

    VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a non-profit organization that partners with America's public schools to bring the power of music back into the classroom, giving every child the same opportunity to be successful in school and in life. The Noteworthy event takes place at William Hill Estate Winery, a proud supporter of music and the arts and the official wine sponsor of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. Additional sponsors for the evening include Avnet, RAYMOND WEIL and Alex and Ani, who together have raised nearly 1.2 million dollars in support of the Foundation's work to ensure that music is a core and critical component to a complete education. Gift bags will once again be generously provided by Copper River Bag Company.

    "We are thrilled to have BUSH perform as part of the Noteworthy series," said Paul Cothran, Vice President and Executive Director of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. "They are incredibly talented musicians with a long-standing and revered history in the industry and we could not be more grateful for their support in furthering the important mission of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. I look forward to enjoying the performance while taking in the breathtaking views at the vineyard."

    Throughout their career BUSH has sold close to 20 million records in the U.S. and Canada alone. The band has produced 17 consecutive Top 40 hit singles on the Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock charts, six of which shot to number one. On October 21st BUSH will release their highly anticipated 6th studio album, Man On The Run, via lead single "The Only Way Out," which hits radio, iTunes, Amazon and all major retailers on September 9th.

    For more information, visit www.vh1savethemusic.org.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12587-bush-headlines-vh1-save-the-music-foundation-2014-noteworthy-concert

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  • The ReThink initiative and four-time Grammy Award nominated singer-songwriter Jewel have unveiled a new song, "Home to Me," to raise awareness for the benefits of public housing and to encourage Americans to rethink their perceptions of public housing.

    "Home to Me" is available for free download at www.ReThinkHousing.org.

    Once homeless, Jewel knows firsthand that a home is more than a place to live. "I'm so honored to share ‘Home to Me' and my hope is that the song causes people to stop and rethink the importance of home. Millions of families, veterans, disabled and elderly citizens rely on public housing and I hope that through this new song people consider the positive impact of public housing," says ReThink Ambassador Jewel.

    Earlier this year, ReThink launched a contest asking Americans to share stories, photos and thoughts of why housing matters to them. Hundreds of people participated, and after a voting and judging process, ten finalist entries served as the inspiration to Jewel. A grand prize was awarded to Silvia Kearney of Akron, Ohio, and today, she meets Jewel at music venue The Mint in Los Angeles to hear a performance of the song her entry inspired.

    "Americans believe that U.S. citizens deserve a safe and decent place to live, but there is little support for public housing. Public housing provides hope for a better future and it gives people a chance to get back on their feet," says J. Len Williams, Chief Executive Officer at the Housing Authority of Columbus, Ga. "Jewel gives an incredible voice to this issue, and we're thankful her new song ‘Home to Me' speaks to the impact a home can have on the lives of individuals, families and communities."

    Public housing provides homes and services for approximately 2.2 million people in the U.S.; however, the need is much greater than that. At least half a million people including families, veterans, the elderly and disabled across the U.S. are waiting for public housing to become available.

    ReThink: Why Housing Matters is an initiative that aims to encourage Americans to realize the benefits that public housing communities offer the greater community. Visit www.ReThinkHousing.org to hear Jewel's perspective, and experience inspirational stories of public housing -- and rethink its impact on individuals, families, and your own community.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12588-jewel-releases-new-song-to-raise-awareness-of-public-housing

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  • The Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation will celebrate its Tenth Annual Gala this year.

    Over the past decade the Foundation has dedicated itself to providing resources to First Nations all across Canada, providing grants and assistance to individuals and communities in four funding sectors: Arts and Culture, Health, Sports and Recreation, and Education.

    The event will be held on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at the Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmens' in Hamilton, Ontario.

    "The Gala is our biggest fundraiser each year; we are so grateful to receive continued support from our sponsors" says Sara Awdish, Dreamcatcher's Executive Director. "We have a special night planned for our anniversary; it will truly be an event to remember."

    This year, the evening starts off with a "Cirque"-themed reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Gala Dinner and Awards Show at 7 p.m. Performers will include soulful singer Sam Moore from Sam & Dave, Grammy Award winner Tia Carrere, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Brian Wilson, co-founder of The Beach Boys. The Awards Show and Dinner, hosted by Adam Beach, will feature celebrities and notable guests including Emmanuel Lewis, Gil Birmingham, Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas, Michelle Thrush, George Starke, Jeremiah Bitsui, John Harrington and many more.

    "Dreamcatcher sent me to the Canadian Country Music Awards last year and it wouldn't have been possible without them so a huge thank you to them," said Genevieve Fisher, funding recipient and rising country music star

    This year as every year, Dreamcatcher Awards will be presented to five dedicated and most-deserving individuals who have made a positive impact in communities. Tomson Highway will receive the Arts and Culture award, Duncan Cree will receive the Education award, Dr. Darlene Kitty will receive the Health award, the Rochester Knighthawks will receive the Sports and Recreation award and Graham Greene will receive the Lifetime Achievement award.

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    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12590-brian-wilson-to-perform-at-dreamcatcher-gala

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  • Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress and advocate Kerry Washington has joined with The Allstate Foundation to raise awareness about domestic violence and the critical role that financial abuse plays in domestic violence situations.

    Kerry Washington designed the 2014 purple purse to raise awareness about domestic violence and financial abuse.
    Kerry Washington designed the 2014 purple purse to raise awareness about domestic violence and financial abuse.

    Washington is serving as the national ambassador for Allstate Foundation Purple Purse, the signature initiative that gets Americans motivated to combat domestic violence.

    Washington's role as ambassador includes designing a limited-edition purple purse that will be distributed among community leaders, Allstate agency owners, Purple Purse community partners that work directly with survivors, celebrities and media to raise awareness for the cause. The purse represents the center of a woman's financial domain and purple is the color of national domestic violence awareness. The Allstate Foundation is also distributing Purple Purse charms through Purple Purse Challenge participants to attach to a bag or purse and show support year-round. Washington also filmed a special Public Service Announcement featuring the purse and creating a call to action for Americans to get informed and involved.

    Video: Kerry Washington Purple Purse PSA

    "A purse is where a woman's power lives. I am really proud of this bag, and having the opportunity to design a fashion statement that carries such an important message," said Washington. "Financial control is almost always a weapon of choice for abusers because when a victim's access to cash is taken away or her credit is destroyed or even her employment is jeopardized, it becomes nearly impossible for her to leave."

    "The Allstate Foundation wants to make it acceptable — even fashionable — to talk about domestic violence. Only by pulling back the curtain and getting involved can we ensure that victims can escape to a safer and brighter future," said Tom Wilson, chairman, president and CEO of Allstate. "It shouldn't take a high-profile incident in the news for us to rise up and take a stand against domestic violence. For far too long, this issue has remained in the shadows. We need to stop enabling criminals -- by not letting money be a weapon of choice that, when combined with physical abuse, becomes a living nightmare for so many women in America."

    The Allstate Foundation also released the results of a survey, Silent Weapon: Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse, to understand the attitudes Americans have about violence in relationships and the financial control that usually accompanies physical abuse.

    Findings from the survey include:

    * Nearly eight in 10 Americans (78 percent) say they have not heard much about financial abuse as it relates to domestic violence. Additionally, Americans think that financial abuse is the least likely (3 percent) form of abuse to be recognized by an outsider.
    * Sixty-five percent don't believe that their family or friends would know if they were in a financially abusive relationship and 70 percent can't say they would know how to help them.
    * Only 39 percent of women have taken steps in their own relationship to protect themselves from financial abuse.
    * Hispanics (51 percent) and African Americans (49 percent) are twice as likely to see domestic violence as a serious problem among people they know than their white, non-Hispanic counterparts (25 percent).
    * Hispanic parents (58 percent) and African American parents (52 percent) have discussed domestic violence more frequently than white non-Hispanic parents (43 percent).

    For additional information on the survey visit www.purplepurse.com.

    To raise more awareness, The Allstate Foundation is encouraging the public to participate in a Purple Purse Challenge by donating to local nonprofit organizations that support financial empowerment services for domestic violence survivors. The Challenge is already underway at PurplePurse.com and has raised nearly $500,000. The Allstate Foundation will contribute nearly $650,000 in incentive funding and direct grants to participating organizations in the Challenge. The more donations each nonprofit collects, the more incentive funding the organization can compete to win from The Allstate Foundation. The Challenge continues through Oct. 3, 2014.

    Visit PurplePurse.com to learn more about domestic violence and financial abuse as well as how to start conversations about this important topic. For immediate assistance with a dangerous situation, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799 SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

    Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation Domestic Violence Program has empowered domestic violence survivors with resources, knowledge and skills they need to achieve financial empowerment and a life free from abuse. Since its inception, the program has helped nearly 400,000 domestic violence survivors leave abusive relationships through financial education, job training and readiness and microenterprise programs.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12589-kerry-washington-launches-major-new-domestic-violence-campaign

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  • With just a few weeks to go until the fourth annual American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, American Humane Association – the country's first national humane organization – is revealing the roster of talent to appear at the star-studded Hollywood event.

    Co-hosted by football legend Terry Bradshaw and actress and animal advocate Beth Stern, the gala event at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday September 27 will celebrate eight courageous canines, all vying for the coveted title of 2014 American Hero Dog.

    Pop vocal group Wilson Phillips will be the featured musical entertainment for the evening, performing several well-known hits from their catalogue. The show will be taped by Mersey Masala Productions for a nationwide broadcast on Hallmark Channel on October 30. The producers are Paul Flattery and Irene Crinita and the director is Dennis Rosenblatt.

    Presented by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards seek to identify and recognize America's Hero Dogs -- ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things, whether it's saving lives, lending sight or hearing to those in need, or just welcoming us home at the end of a hard day. The evening will also feature the presentation of the first-ever American Humane Association Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Technician Awards, presented by Zoetis following a nationwide search to find and recognize the achievements of the top veterinary professionals in the country.

    Stars from the stage and screen will come together to pay tribute to this year's crop of heroic hounds and their handlers on the other end of the leash. Together, they will walk the red carpet and then attend the gala in the same room where the Golden Globes are filmed each year. Comedic legend and "Saturday Night Live" veteran Martin Short, "America's Got Talent" winner and Las Vegas entertainer Terry Fator, and "CSI: NY" star Gary Sinise will all contribute special pre-taped segments to the show.

    Featured presenters for the evening include "America's Veterinarian" Dr. Marty Becker, Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin, world-renowned dog trainer Victoria Stilwell, "NCIS" star Pauley Perrette, television and movie star Billy Baldwin, "Desperate Housewives" star James Denton, "Nashville" star Charlotte Ross, and more to be announced soon. As the television broadcast partner for the show, Hallmark Channel has enlisted many of its own stars to also appear at the Hero Dog Awards as presenters, including Larry Miller, Lori Loughlin, Lacey Chabert, Mark Steines, Cristina Ferrare, Bailee Madison, Barbara Niven, and Kellie Martin. Reality television star Lisa Vanderpump and her famous Pomeranian Giggy will also do a special live auction during the show.

    The 2014 American Hero Dog will be determined by the public and a panel of select special celebrity judges, including country superstar Naomi Judd, philanthropists and animal advocates Philippe and Ashlan Gorse Cousteau, "The Bachelor" Prince Lorenzo Borghese, "True Blood" star Kristin Bauer van Straten, actress Christie Brooke, "Tough Love Miami" star Leilani Dowding, "Saving Mr. Banks" actress Victoria Summer, actress and animal advocate Alison Eastwood, actress Emmanuelle Vaugier, supermodel Joanna Krupa, NASCAR driver Blake Koch, actor Lou Wegner, singer Shara Strand, Hollywood talent manager Joanne Horowitz, businesswoman and philanthropist Paige Dunham, and 2011's Law Enforcement/Arson Dog Category winner Sadie and Jerry Means, along with Lisa Vanderpump, Victoria Stilwell, and Bailee Madison.

    "We have such an incredible roster of talent set to appear at the 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards," said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association's president and CEO. "But of course, the brightest shining stars in attendance that evening will be our eight amazing Hero Dogs and their courageous handlers. It's going to be an incredible evening, and I can't wait to see who America has chosen as its 2014 American Hero Dog."

    For ticket information for the 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, please call 202-841-6080 or email jilln@americanhumane.org.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12591-american-humane-association-announces-star-studded-lineup-for-hero-dog-awards

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  • United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has designated Academy Award-nominated actor and committed environmental activist, Leonardo DiCaprio, as a UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change.

    "Mr. DiCaprio is a credible voice in the environmental movement, and has a considerable platform to amplify its message," said Ban Ki-moon. "I am pleased he has chosen to add his voice to UN efforts to raise awareness of the urgency and benefits of acting now to combat climate change."

    The Secretary-General has invited Mr. DiCaprio to address the UN Climate Summit on 23 September, which is bringing together leaders from government, business, finance and civil society to promote climate action for a healthy planet, sustainable economic growth and better standards of living for all.

    The Secretary-General praised DiCaprio's longstanding commitment to fighting for environmental causes, not least the substantial funds raised and generous grants provided to environmental protection and conservation projects through his foundation.

    "It's an honor to accept the role of UN Messenger of Peace on Climate Change and to support the Secretary General in his efforts to address one of the most important issues we face as a global community," said Leonardo DiCaprio. "I feel a moral obligation to speak out at this key moment in human history -- it is a moment for action. How we respond to the climate crisis in the coming years will likely determine the fate of humanity and our planet."

    In 1998 DiCaprio established the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation with the mission of protecting the Earth's last wild places and implementing solutions to build a more harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world. Since that time DiCaprio has worked on some of the most pressing environmental and humanitarian issues of our day. Through grant making, public campaigning and media projects, he has brought attention and needed funding to three focus areas — protecting biodiversity, ocean and forest conservation, and climate change.

    Mr. DiCaprio will join 11 other United Nations Messengers of Peace and one Goodwill Ambassador who advocate on behalf of the United Nations on a variety of priority issues for the Organization.

    Messengers of Peace are individuals who possess widely recognized talents in the fields of art, film, literature, music and sports, helping to raise worldwide awareness of the Organization's ideals and activities. Through their public appearances, contacts with the international media and humanitarian work, they expand public understanding of how the United Nations helps to improve the lives of people everywhere.

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  • Peace One Day will make history on September 21 by holding a concert at Goma International Airport in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

    This celebration will be headlined by five-time Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Akon and features performances from local artists such as Lexxus Legal, Dety Darba, traditional drummers Sango'a, and comedian Mzee Mbukuli. It will be hosted by Ayden and features contributions from Jude Law and Jeremy Gilley.

    This concert will showcase Peace Day activation taking place across every sector of society in DRC, the Great Lakes region of Africa and around the globe… and you can be a part of it.

    This incredible event will be live streamed here at 1.00pm Local Time, Sunday 21 September 2014.

    For more information please click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12593-akon-to-headline-peace-one-day-concert-in-democratic-republic-of-congo

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  • The Jazz Foundation of America will hold its annual A Great Night In Harlem event on October 24 at the Apollo Theater, honoring Herbie Hancock.

    The event will feature a rare combination of all-time legends and unknown gems from the worlds of jazz, blues, rock, R&B and more.

    Here is your chance to witness history as Herbie Hancock receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from Quincy Jones, with special guest Bruce Willis.

    Herbie himself will lead an all-star tribute to trumpeter Clark Terry. 10-time GRAMMY winner Chaka Khan will pay homage
    to Maurice White (of Earth, Wind and Fire) with help from special guests including powerhouse Sheila E. (drummer for Prince, Beyoncé and Marvin Gaye).

    As always, there will be seat-rocking talent from young gems like the soon-to-be-famous Cuban sensation Jorge Luis Pacheco and 13-year-old piano prodigy Matthew Whitaker, plus veterans like "The Soul of America" Charles Bradley, not to mention the wonderful surprises to be announced.

    The Jazz Foundation of America (JFA) is committed to providing financial, medical and legal assistance to those great jazz and blues veterans who have paid their dues by making a lifetime of this music and find themselves in crisis due to illness, age and/or circumstance.

    To find out more about the event, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12594-herbie-hancock-to-be-honored-at-jazz-foundation-event-featuring-bruce-willis

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  • The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles (SCLA) presents its 24th Annual Simply Shakespeare benefit reading of "As You Like It," September 22, 2014 at the Freud Playhouse, UCLA Campus.

    This year's event will honor the Entertainment Industry Foundation and its President and CEO, Lisa Paulsen for their continued dedication to bringing about positive change within health, educational and social causes. Hosted by Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, the hilarious evening of impromptu Shakespeare and song will feature a star-studded cast including Paul Simon, Rita Wilson, William Shatner, Steve Carell, Martin Short, Colin Hanks, Gillian Jacobs, Christopher Lloyd, Glen Howerton, Kaitlin Olson, Bill Irwin and Sam Waterston. Additional participants will be announced.

    The evening includes a pre-show cocktail reception, followed by a post performance reception with the cast. All proceeds from the event support the SCLA and its arts based veterans employment and youth employment programs for inner-city youth, arts education in local schools, and professional union contracted productions at the Japanese Garden on the grounds of the West Los Angeles Veterans Medical Center.

    The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), as a leading charitable organization of the entertainment industry, has distributed hundreds of millions of dollars to support charitable initiatives addressing critical health, education and social issues.

    Since 1985, SCLA has been a vibrant hub of unique programs, performances and events designed to make Shakespeare accessible and engaging to all. SCLA continues to build community through its innovative outreach programs including "Will Power to Youth," an academic enrichment program that combines hands-on artistic experience with paid job training and arts education for at-risk youth.

    SCLA's "Veterans in Art" program represents an innovation in veterans programming that explores how the arts can contribute in a meaningful way in the efforts to assist veterans to recover and reintegrate into mainstream Los Angeles civilian life.

    The SCLA Simply Shakespeare reading of "As You Like It," is made possible by the support of its Title Sponsor, Entertainment Industry Foundation and Premiere Sponsor, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management.

    Tickets, $750. For tickets and information, contact Lauran@LPAevents.com.

    Bid on 2 VIP tickets here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12595-paul-simon-and-william-shatner-to-take-part-in-annual-simply-shakespeare-event

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  • A coalition of endowments and individuals committed to divesting from fossil fuels and investing in clean energy will announce pledges totaling $50 billion in assets and growing at a press conference in New York City on Monday, Sept. 22.

    The coalition, first launched in January, will announce scores of new domestic and international foundations, hundreds of high-net worth individuals as well as major NGOs, faith groups and health organizations. The next day, commitments will be presented at the UN Climate Summit with many world leaders in attendance including President Obama.

    Taking part in the press conference will be:

    • Stephen Heintz, President of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund
    • David Blood, formerly Goldman Sachs, co-founder Generation Investment
    • Agnes Abuom, principal at the World Council of Churches
    • Ellen Dorsey, Executive Director Wallace Global Fund (moderating)

    The event will take place at Westin New York at Grand Central, 212 E. 42nd Street, Embassy Room, Third Floor

    A dial-in option to join via phone is also available.

    RSVP to Clara Vondrich clara@fenton.com or Gil Duran gil@fenton.com. Dial-in number available upon request.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12596-global-divest-invest-coalition-to-announce-major-commitments-at-news-conference-on-eve-of-un-summit

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  • Pauly Shore – stand-up comedian and actor (Encino Man, Entourage, Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star) – is partnering with Darelicious, the premiere online destination where you can dare yourself, a friend or even a celebrity to take on a dare to raise money for your favorite charity, in raising awareness and funds for Parkinson's research with a side-splitting dare campaign in support of The Michael J. Fox Foundation.

    The fans have spoken! Pauly Shore has been dared to get rid of all tour busses in Hollywood. He will walk the Sunset Strip, flag down Hollywood tour busses in hopes of getting the patrons themselves to sign off on this petition. In order to see Pauly go through with this dare, he must meet his funding goal of $5,000 for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

    With this campaign, Pauly takes a comedic approach to raising awareness for a cause that is close to his heart.

    Between SEPTEMBER 17 -- OCTOBER 11, 2014 supporters can go to www.Darelicious.com to pledge funds towards Pauly's dare campaign. When the funding goal is met, Pauly will take on the dare and provide a video recap as proof for all to see and thoroughly enjoy.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12597-pauly-shore-gets-daring-for-parkinsons-research

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  • ESPN analyst and legendary football coach Mack Brown, ACM award winning recording artist Jack Ingram, and Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, are excited to announce Mack, Jack & McConaughey will return for a third year.

    MJ&M will take place on April 16-17, 2015 in Austin, Texas. Talent and a complete schedule of events will be announced soon.

    Over the past two years MJ&M has resulted in nearly two million dollars benefitting a handful of organizations that all reflect MJ&M's goal to empower kids in their community.

    "We could not be more pleased with the outcome of MJ&M," said Coach Brown. "Friends from across the nation came together to support this amazing effort for our kids and our community, all while having a great time that they will never forget. We cannot wait to make an even greater impact in 2015."

    MJ&M continues to impact the lives of children throughout Texas, California, Louisiana, and more than 23 countries around the world. Every year, MJ&M supports select organizations that share the principals' goal to empower kids. Funds raised through MJ&M have supported The Rise School of Austin, just keep livin Foundation, HeartGift, Cure Duchenne, and Grounded in Music. 2015 beneficiaries will be announced soon.

    Like the previous years, the MJ&M line up will include a gala and concert on April 16 hosted at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre. Previous MJ&M headliners include Sheryl Crow and John Mellencamp.

    Ingram added, "We will have another great year of music this year. I always appreciate my friends being willing to step up and perform to help us make MJ&M the most impactful, fun event of the year. Two nights of non-stop talent -- it is not to be missed."

    The gala's live auctions, known for being full of energy and spontaneity, have seen Vince Young, Colt McCoy, and many former UT and professional athletes jump on stage and really pump up the crowd -- whether it's autographing the 2005 Rose Bowl championship ring and display or Matthew and Camila McConaughey out in the crowd spontaneously adding once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to their red-carpet movie premiere experience. MJ&M is an energetic experience for a great cause.

    April 17 will be a jam-packed day with a celebrity golf tournament being held simultaneously with a once-in-a-lifetime fashion show chaired by model and designer, Camila Alves McConaughey. Badgley Mischka and Lela Rose were the featured runway designers the first two years. The 2015 designer will be announced soon.

    April 17 will conclude back at ACL Live at the Moody Theater for a singer-songwriter line up of talent unmatched by any other event. Little Big Town, Lyle Lovett, Bobby Pinson and dozens of the biggest names in music have participated over the past two years and year three promises to be the best yet.

    "Camila and I are proud to partner with our dear friends to raise awareness and money for these important charities," said McConaughey. "We always have a great time and have made numerous new friendships over the past two years. That's what it's all about -- coming together to help kids succeed."

    For more information about Mack, Jack & McConaughey or to sign up to receive further announcements about the 2015 event, visit www.mackjackmcconaughey.org.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12598-mack-jack-and-mcconaughey-will-return-for-a-third-year

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  • Stand Up for Heroes, New York's most impactful night of comedy and music, returns to the Theater at Madison Square Garden, Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m.

    Presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) and New York Comedy Festival (NYCF), the star-studded occasion honors the sacrifice of returning service members, veterans and their families.

    The charitable event will feature performances by Louis C.K., John Mulaney, Bruce Springsteen, John Oliver, Brian Williams and other surprise guests. Now in its 8th year, Stand Up for Heroes has raised more than $21 million in funds to help post-9/11 injured service members and their families thrive long after they return to the home front.

    Tickets for Stand Up For Heroes are on sale through bobwoodrufffoundation.org or www.nycomedyfestival.com. Corporate sponsor packages and VIP benefit packages can be purchased by emailing jasmin.guerra@bobwoodrufffoundation.org.

    "Lee and I are so humbled by the generous contributions of the talent, sponsors, and variety of organizations in honor of our nation's heroes and their families. Each year the show gets bigger and better, demonstrating the unwavering support of all those involved," said Bob Woodruff, ABC News Journalist and co-founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. "We, as well as the show's talented performers, want to show our appreciation for and give back to the brave men and women who served our country and have come home injured. We are inspired and moved by the grand presence of all these groups on such an incredible night for us to commend and remember our heroes."

    "We're thrilled to be partnering with the Bob Woodruff Foundation for the eighth consecutive year for Stand Up for Heroes," says Caroline Hirsch, Bob Woodruff Foundation board member and founder of the New York Comedy Festival and Carolines on Broadway. "It's a testament to the tireless work of everyone involved with Stand Up for Heroes and to the support of all of the great performers who have donated their time and considerable talents to this worthwhile event over the years," Hirsch adds.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12599-john-oliver-and-bruce-springsteen-to-stand-up-for-heroes

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  • City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts, the non-profit Arts organization that has been reaching out to at-risk children for almost 30 years, is pleased to announce that Max Adler (Glee's Dave Karofsky, Switched at Birth's Miles Conroy) will kick off Fresh Focus 2014 – setting in motion two very different online auction websites (Bidding for Good and Charity Buzz) October 1st at noon.

    He will also kick off the in-person event at The Stagecoach Ranch, Old Topanga Canyon Road, Topanga, CA on Sunday October 19th from 2:30 pm to 5 pm.

    "As a young man starting out, I joined an amazing talented theater troupe and performed classical plays around Los Angeles," says Adler. "Several of the troupe knew about Sherry and Bob Jason and City Hearts. I visited the program and saw for myself the amazing talent emerging from their Shakespeare program. I felt that if I could in any way help City Hearts and the hundreds of kids in Los Angeles who otherwise might never be exposed to Art or Shakespeare or Photography or Dancing, I could not help but get involved. As I watch these inner-city students become more confident, opinionated, and talkative – and see the light behind their eyes come back and their zest for life return, I know that they will take this into the world with them. It's an amazing thing to witness."

    Adler has channeled much of his City Hearts energy into his Anti-Bullying campaign. "Through my character on Glee, I have really analyzed bullying under a microscope, and have talked with many experts as well as people who have experienced bullying. City Hearts helps me to bring awareness to kids that it's totally OK to be who you are and to be original. That if someone is bullying you, it's because they have their own issues and insecurities. I see a dynamic change as young people go through the various City Hearts programs. Not only are they having an intense artistic learning experience, but they're also becoming more confident in themselves and in their outlook for the future."

    "It is important to me to keep this program alive and growing," Adler adds. "That's why I became involved in their yearly Fundraiser – Fresh Focus: The Story Behind the Shot I've seen the amazing photography that has been donated. I'm honored to be able to kick off their online auction and will be there to join with both the photographers and photography collectors at the event on October 19th. It promises to be a fun setting and a great afternoon. Most importantly, this is a way to really help and support City Hearts emotionally and financially, so that Sherry and Bob Jason and the wonderful people behind City Hearts can continue to help kids in these incredible Arts programs – and help change their lives for the better and forever."

    After over 29 years of working tirelessly to bring the arts to at-risk children, Sherry Jason's enthusiasm for her work is as fresh as the day, as a new lawyer, she heard a 13-year-old piano prodigy play Mozart by year. A 13-year-old who had just been convicted of murder. It was then that she and her husband Bob formulated the desire to reach at-risk children – before the damage was done. Today, City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts continues to provide free classes in photography, Shakespeare, Dance and Music to Skid Row, Inner City and at-greatest-risk children.

    For tickets, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12600-glees-max-adler-to-kick-off-city-hearts-photo-auction

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  • The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is proud to announce that it will honor Tom Brokaw, Special Correspondent for NBC News who is living with multiple myeloma, with its Spirit of Hope Award at the MMRF Annual Fall Gala on November 8, 2014 in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.

    Funds raised through this premier event will benefit the innovative cancer research models of the MMRF, which are aimed at accelerating the development of new treatments to extend the lives of patients and to lead to a cure of multiple myeloma, the second most prevalent blood cancer.

    The MMRF Spirit of Hope Award is the highest honor presented by the foundation and is given in recognition of the extraordinary contributions by the honoree to inspiring hope through their life and work. Throughout his prolific career, Brokaw has brought awareness and reform to numerous causes such as AIDS, global warming, education reform, human rights issues and medical research to benefit the lives of countless people around the world.

    "It is a privilege to be honored by the MMRF, a groundbreaking cancer research foundation that is directly benefitting the lives of so many patients," said Brokaw. "The MMRF is defining a new era in cancer research and will not stop until cures are found."

    An extraordinary evening is planned for the MMRF Annual Fall Gala with Brian Williams, Anchor and Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News and a member of the MMRF Honorary Board of Directors, serving as Master of Ceremonies. Williams was honored at the MMRF Annual Fall Gala in 2005 with the MMRF Leadership Award in recognition of his commitment to the foundation.

    "No organization is doing more to shape the future of cancer research," said Williams. "I am grateful to serve as the Master of Ceremonies for this year's event in celebration of my good friend and colleague Tom Brokaw."

    The evening will culminate with a special performance by world-renowned trumpeter, bandleader and composer, Wynton Marsalis. The first jazz musician ever awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music, Marsalis has created a vital body of work that places him among the finest musicians and composers in the world. A New Orleans native, he is co-founder and Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. His lifetime commitment to inspiring and uplifting people through artistic excellence has had an unparalleled impact around the world.

    In addition to honoring Brokaw, the MMRF is proud to be presenting William N. Hait, M.D., Ph.D., Global Head of Janssen Research & Development, LLC, with the MMRF Corporate Leadership Award. The MMRF is presenting this award in recognition of Janssen's commitment to multiple myeloma patients and their strong partnership with the MMRF.

    "We are thrilled to honor Tom Brokaw and Janssen and we look forward to an inspirational evening with Brian Williams as our host and Wynton Marsalis as our musical headliner," said Walter M. Capone, CEO and President of the MMRF. "Most importantly, this evening will provide an opportunity to support MMRF efforts to advance cutting-edge cancer research with the speed and innovation that are enabling the unprecedented success of the MMRF and our partners."

    For more information about the MMRF Annual Fall Gala, please visit: www.themmrf.org/gala. To reserve a table, donate an auction item or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please email mmrf@benefitoffice.org or call 888-584-5463.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12601-tom-brokaw-to-be-presented-with-spirit-of-hope-award

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  • "You see them on every corner, lurking, waiting to take your money for unhealthy products that can ruin your life and put you in the hospital. Fast-food restaurants are everywhere." That's how Russell Simmons begins in a new radio ad campaign for PETA, which the group is launching across the U.S. in cities that are consistently ranked as unhealthy or obese and have a high concentration of fast-food restaurants.

    In his 30-second spot, which will run on hip-hop and R&B stations during prime commuting hours for two weeks, Simmons continues, "They're selling products that can make you fat and unhealthy, products that are killing the environment and causing animal suffering on an unimaginable level. Fight it, do yourself a favor. Go vegan. You deserve it, our planet deserves it, the animals sure do. Vegan. Now that's good karma."

    The radio spot's initial run will include KIPR 92.3 FM in Little Rock, Ark.; WJMI 99.7 FM in Jackson, Miss.; WAMO 100.1 FM in Pittsburgh, Pa.; WHRK 97.1 FM in Memphis, Tenn.; and WQUE 93.3 FM in New Orleans.

    On average, vegans and vegetarians are significantly leaner than meat-eaters, and the consumption of meat and other animal-derived products has been conclusively linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. Vegan meals are also an excellent choice for people who get digestive problems from consuming cow's milk — a condition affecting 70 percent of African-Americans.

    Simmons, who grew up in Hollis, Queens, previously teamed up with PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to eat" — for a public transportation campaign in Washington, D.C., which was also aimed at countering the fast-food industry's constant marketing to urban areas.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12605-russell-simmons-records-radio-ad-campaign-for-peta

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  • The second annual Kids Rock! Fashion Show presented by Haddad Brands, hit New York Fashion Week earlier this month with high-powered performances and appearances by celebrity athletes and their kids.

    Derek Jeter and his nephew at the Kids Rock! Fashion Show
    Derek Jeter and his nephew at the Kids Rock! Fashion Show

    The Kids Rock! exclusive invite-only fashion show will took place at Terminal 23 @ Cafe Rouge featuring Spring 15 fashion looks from the Levi's brand, Converse, Nike, Jordan, Hurley and Nike SB.

    The event was sponsored by Rookie USA, a premium kid's retailer and global retail partner for Nike and Levi's kids footwear and apparel. All proceeds of the event went to Derek Jeter0s Turn 2 Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and "Turn 2" healthy lifestyles.

    Guests included Derek Jeter, Sharlee Jeter, Carmelo and La La Anthony, JR Smith, Elaina Watley, Alexis Stoudemire, CC Sabathia and Amber Sabathia, Angie Martinez, Unlocking the Truth, Jacquie Lee and DJ KS.

    Celebrity Kid Models: Lil C, Jaden, Cyia, and Carter, the children of New York Yankee's CC Sabathia and wife Amber; Amar'e Jr., Assata and Are Stoudemire, the children of New York Knick's Amar'e Stoudemire and wife Alexis; Jalen Jeter-Martin, son of Sharlee Jeter and nephew of New York Yankee's Derek Jeter; Kiyan Anthony, son of Carmelo Anthony and La La Anthony; Demi Smith, daughter of JR Smith; Kennedy Cruz, daughter of Victor Cruz and fiance Elaina Watley; and son of Angie Martinez, Niko Ruffin.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12604-derek-jeters-turn-2-foundation-benefits-from-kids-rock-fashion-show

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  • George Fest: An Evening To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison will take place at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles On September 28.

    Among the stars who will perform are Brian Wilson, Norah Jones, Brandon Flowers & Mark Stoermer of The Killers, Ann Wilson of Heart, Wayne Coyne & Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips, Britt Daniel of Spoon, Weird Al Yankovic, Nick Valensi of The Strokes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dhani Harrison, Ian Astbury, Butch Walker, Cold War Kids, Karen Elson, Brian Bell of Weezer, Big Black Delta, Chase Cohl, Jamestown Revival, Matt Sorum, Ryan Miller of Guster, The Black Ryder, Gingger Shankar And many more surprise guests.

    100% of ticket sales proceeds to benefit Sweet Relief Musicians Fund via The Jameson Neighborhood Fund.

    Find out more here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12603-george-fest-an-evening-to-celebrate-the-music-of-george-harrison

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  • One of Hollywood's most captivating young actresses, Amanda Seyfried, is so enamored with her canine sidekick, Finn, that she frequently posts photos of his escapades across her social media channels and has him accompany her on talk shows.

    Amanda Seyfried Wants Your Help To Save Them All
    Amanda Seyfried Wants Your Help To Save Them All

    Finn's presence on social media and appearances on shows including The Late Show with David Letterman have resulted in the dog becoming a celebrity in his own right with his own Twitter account and more than 13,000 followers. Finn's new-found fame is just fine by Seyfried who wants to remind people that amazing dogs and cats are available for adoption at their local animal shelter.

    Seyfried is the latest celebrity to join Best Friends Animal Society's Save Them All campaign. She joins Danny Trejo, Carrie Ann Inaba, Denise Richards, Nils Lofgren, Josef Newgarden and other
    luminaries participating in Best Friends' photo campaign featuring celebrities posed with their personal rescued dogs and/or cats in support of the Save Them All call to action.

    "My dog, Finn, is my best friend. I honestly can't remember what life was like before he came into mine," Seyfried said. "I can't bear to imagine the thousands of incredible dogs and cats that are killed in shelters every single day simply because they don't have homes. When you adopt, you not only save a life, but you end up with an amazing friend. Please adopt your next pet from a shelter or a rescue group. By working together we can Save Them All."

    From her upcoming movies "Ted 2" and "Pan" set for release in 2015, to her memorable roles in "Mama Mia!", "Les Miserables," "Mean Girls," and the HBO series "Big Love" as well as her beauty and luxury product endorsement deals, Seyfried is a recognizable face across television, film, entertainment news and talk shows, and beauty and lifestyle publications. But the many faces of Finn and his ability to balance everything from broccoli to a burger and even a baby duck on his head has earned him accolades such as the "joy of Instagram" and "America's hidden treasure."

    According to national statistics, each day more than 9,000 dogs and cats die in the nation's shelters. Best Friends has brought increased awareness to how people can get involved in the solution by adopting, and spaying/neutering their pets, donating, volunteering and sharing this message with their friends.

    Find out how you can Save Them All here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12602-amanda-seyfried-wants-to-save-them-all

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