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  • Kerry Washington accepts the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards. The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.

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  • Jeremy Clarkson

    At the end of 2007 Clarkson became a patron of Help for Heroes, a charity aiming to raise money to provide better facilities to wounded British servicemen.

    In June 2008, Clarkson stepped in as a celebrity drummer for Chipping Norton School's Jazz Band, and then signed his drum for a charity auction.

    Clarkson often hosts and attends charity events, such as those for the Lewis Edmundson Appeal.

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  • Best-selling children's author and Paddington bear creator Michael Bond has backed a campaign by Animal Defenders International (ADI) to save a real-life Paddington bear called "Cholita" in northern Peru, whose heartbreaking story was reported in The Mail on Sunday.

    Cholita was kept illegally by the circus, and so the Peru authorities confiscated her and placed her in a zoo until she could be found a permanent home, but no home has been found. Cholita's fingers had been cut down to stumps by the circus to remove her claws and her teeth were broken, leaving her defenceless.

    She is an elderly Andean bear, suffering from severe alopecia, so where she should have thick, black fur she has none -- her body is bald, so she is barely recognisable as an endangered Spectacled bear.

    Michael Bond, the author of the bestselling children's books said: "Bears, especially from Peru, obviously have a special place in my life. It is such a horrendous story. I very much hope that, with the charity's help, Cholita will get the care she needs to recover."

    Cholita has just one chance: To be on a flight being chartered by ADI to take 33 rescued circus lions to a new life in the United States.

    ADI has launched an urgent video appeal to get Cholita onto the flight to Colorado.

    The 33 lions have been rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia by ADI in the biggest rescue and enforcement operation ever undertaken to eliminate the use of wild animals in circuses, which has been banned in both countries. During the mission called Operation Spirit of Freedom, ADI has rescued almost 70 animals and is now in the process of building homes for the animals and relocating them.

    ADI recently undertook a surprise raid on a circus near Piura, northern Peru, that thought it had slipped through the net -- between August and November ADI had raided circuses all over Peru. Working with the Peruvian authorities (SERFOR, ATFFS, Police) the NGO rescued three lionesses, two monkeys and Jan Creamer ADI President who led the rescue came face to face with Cholita in a nearby zoo.

    ADI President Jan Creamer: "This elderly bear has endured unimaginable suffering but she has a chance to enjoy her final years; we just need to get her onto the ADI Spirit of Freedom flight. Everyone is pulling together for Cholita, Curt Beer Ecologial Park in Talara where she is living are ready to sign her over to ADI, the US and Peruvian authorities have said they will work together get export permits in place for Cholita, and The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado has agreed to take her if ADI can get her there."

    ADI urgently need funds to get Cholita onto the flight and to complete Operation Spirit of Freedom. The huge rescue operation spanning two countries has lasted many months and is expected to cost ADI over £800,000. The largest single cost will be the ADI Spirit of Freedom flight taking off from Lima, Peru with 24 lions, picking up 9 more lions in Bogota, Colombia, and finishing in Denver, Colorado.

    This week ADI Legal Counsel Christina Scaringe flew to Washington to meet with officials from US Fish & Wildlife Services to see if Cholita's passage to the US could be expedited and ensure the bear with no hair will be on board the biggest airlift of its kind ever undertaken.

    Jan Creamer: "Of course, it is not as simple as just saying "we will take Cholita". She has a remarkable opportunity but there is still a lot to do to make this happen. We really appreciate that the authorities in Peru and the United States are trying to do the right thing for her -- but we still need to build two holding units in the temporary rescue centre; build her travel crate; organise transport to bring her on the long journey from northern Peru to Lima to catch the flight. She will certainly need some veterinary attention. I feel sure that when people hear Cholita's story they will want to help ADI get her and our 33 lions to a new life."

    Cholita is an Andean/Spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus) a species which is at risk of extinction in the wild. Classed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and listed on CITES Appendix I. However, Cholita is elderly, her teeth have been broken and her digits cut off her front paws, to remove her claws. She is also suffering from alopecia, so the best place for her is a sanctuary where she can retire and live out her final years in peace.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13430-paddington-creator-backs-campaign-to-save-bear-in-peru

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  • GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, honored Kerry Washington, Roland Emmerich, and the best in film and television at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

    Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Shonda Rhimes, Patricia Arquette, and Viola Davis were among the special guests. The 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Delta Air Lines, Hilton, Ketel One Vodka, and Wells Fargo; and Official Presenting Partners Amazon and Bud Light.

    The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD's work to amplify stories from the LGBT community and issues that build support for acceptance.

    At the ceremony, Ellen DeGeneres presented Kerry Washington with GLAAD's Vanguard Award, which is presented to media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

    In an acceptance speech that had the audience on their feet, Washington said, "I don't decide to play the characters I play as a political choice. Yet the characters I play often do become political statements. Because having your story told as a woman, as a person of color, as a lesbian, as a trans person, or as any member of any disenfranchised community, is sadly often still a radical idea. There is so much power in storytelling, and there is enormous power in inclusive storytelling, in inclusive representations. That is why the work of GLAAD is so important. We need more LGBT representation in the media. We need more LGBT characters and more LGBT storytelling. We need more diverse LGBT representation. And by that, I mean lots of different kinds of LGBT people living all different kinds of lives. And this is big — we need more employment of LGBT people in front of and behind the camera." Washington continued, "We can't say that we believe in each other's fundamental humanity, and then turn a blind eye to the reality of each other's existence, and the truth of each other's hearts. We must be allies and we must be allies in this business, because to be represented is to be humanized, and as long as anyone anywhere is being made to feel less human, our very definition of humanity is at stake, and we are all vulnerable. We must see each other, all of us. And we must see ourselves, all of us. And we have to continue to be bold and break new ground until that is just how it is, until we are no longer ‘firsts' and ‘exceptions' and ‘rare' and ‘unique.' In the real world, being an ‘other' is the norm. In the real world, the only norm is uniqueness, and our media must reflect that. Thank you, GLAAD, for fighting the good fight."

    Also at the event, Channing Tatum presented out director Roland Emmerich with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award. In accepting the award Emmerich said, "I'm very honored and thankful to be here tonight to accept the Stephen F. Kolzak Award from GLAAD. GLAAD does so much to change our society by sharing stories about LGBT people, and to make everyone understand the value of our stories. So what is my story? I'm a director, I'm German, and I'm gay."

    Zoe Saldana presented the award for Outstanding Film – Wide Release to The Imitation Game. Academy Award-winning screenwriter Graham Moore and producer Ido Ostrowsky accepted the award on behalf of the film, and producer Harvey Weinstein recorded a video acceptance urging attendees in the ballroom to sign a Change.org petition calling on the British government to pardon the other 49,000 people convicted under the same unjust law as Alan Turing.

    Laura Jane Grace, front woman for the punk band Against Me! and this year's GLAAD Media Award recipient for Outstanding Music Artist, co-presented with Andrew Rannells the award for Outstanding Comedy Series to Amazon's Transparent. Accepting for Transparent were show creator Jill Soloway, co-producer Rhys Ernst, and stars Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Alexandra Billings, Kiersey Clemons, Michaela Watkins, Alison Sudol, Clementine Creevy, and Brett Parasol.

    Murray Bartlett and Daniel Franzese from HBO's Looking presented the award for Outstanding Drama Series to ABC's How to Get Away with Murder. Show creator Peter Nowalk, executive producer Shonda Rhimes, and cast members Viola Davis, Jack Falahee, Matt McGorry, and Aja Naomi King accepted on behalf of the show.

    On Saturday night, FOX's Glee also received a Special Recognition Award, following the series finale. For six seasons, Glee has consistently introduced groundbreaking LGBT characters and storylines, including a recent episode that featured a 200-person transgender choir. Joe Earley, Chief Operating Officer at Fox Television Group, accepted the award on behalf of the show. GLAAD previously announced that it was acknowledging BioWare's hit video game Dragon Age: Inquisition and the song "Era Diferente" by the legendary Mexican band Los Tigres del Norte with Special Recognition Awards.

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  • Joanna Lumley, Twiggy and Hayley Mills have teamed up with PETA to rush an urgent letter to Harvey Nichols CEO Stacey Cartwright calling on the retailer -- which recently abandoned their decade-long fur-free policy in order to start selling "Origin Assured" fur -- to rejoin virtually all other UK department stores in banning fur.

    In their letter, the British beauties remind Cartwright that all fur is the product of a bloody, violent industry and that consumers are being deceived by the store's preposterous claims that they sell "humanely and ethically" obtained furs.

    "Wherever the fur came from, animals suffered for every coat, bag and accessory made with fur that's sold by Harvey Nichols," says PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi. "As chief executive, Ms Cartwright has the power to end the company's support of this shamefully violent industry, and PETA are encouraging her to do the right thing for animals and consumers by joining Selfridges and Liberty in going fur-free."

    The "Origin Assured" label was created by the fur industry itself following years of plummeting sales. While the label attempts to reassure the public about the treatment of animals raised and killed for fur, a recent exposé by PETA narrated by Paloma Faith reveals the tremendous suffering of animals whose fur bears the label. It shows that on fur farms in Finland, Sweden, the US and other so-called "Origin Assured" countries, animals such as raccoons, rabbits and minks are kept in filthy wire cages -- sometimes alongside the rotting corpses of other animals -- and left to suffer from untreated injuries, including missing limbs. Frightened and distressed, they often mutilate themselves and others in their cage. These animals are then slaughtered -- just so that their skin can be made into clothing.

    For more information about "Origin Assured" cruelty and to join PETA in asking Harvey Nichols to reinstate their fur-free policy, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13432-joanna-lumley-and-twiggy-urge-harvey-nichols-to-say-no-to-fur

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  • The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) today announced the fourth annual Miles for Melanoma 5k Run/Walk on the Universal Studios Backlot, May 3, 2015.

    All proceeds from the event go to accelerating the MRF's mission of advancing research, education and advocacy for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

    This family-friendly event has raised almost $800,000 for melanoma prevention, early detection and research efforts! Participants experience a fun day exploring some of their favorite movie sets while raising awareness and critically-needed melanoma research funding.

    "Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, takes someone's life every hour of every day," said Tim Turnham, Executive Director of the MRF. "More work must be done to educate people about the prevention and early detection of this cancer. During the Miles for Melanoma 5k Run/Walk on the Universal Studios Backlot, melanoma patients, caregivers, advocates and families will convene to raise awareness and critically-needed funding for melanoma research, education and advocacy efforts."

    Celebrity friends of the Miles for Melanoma 5k Run/Walk on the Universal Studios Backlot include Judd Apatow, Sean Astin, Jason Bateman, Jason Biggs, Vin Diesel, Soleil Moon Frye, Jason George, Tyrese Gibson, Ashley Hinshaw, Rob Lowe, Jeannie Mai, Kellie Martin, Leslie Mann, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Fred Savage and Molly Sims.

    Participants in the 5k Run/Walk on the Universal Studios' Backlot will experience many of the iconic movie scenes and sets that populate the Universal Studios Backlot including Jaws, Back to the Future, Charlie's Angels, Bruce Almighty, Spiderman 2, the War of the Worlds plane crash and the village of Whoville, just to name a few. Attendees will get sun safety tips and free samples from street fair-type booths and popular food trucks will be on site with refreshments. Qualified medical professionals will be available to provide interested participants with free skin screenings.

    This year's event is sponsored by Amgen, Novartis and Bella Skin Institute.

    Register now for the 2015 Miles for Melanoma 5k Run/Walk!

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13435-stars-support-2015-miles-for-melanoma-5k-run-walk

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  • Prince Harry has announced he will walk with five wounded service personnel on part of their 1,000-mile (1,609km) trek around mainland Britain later this year.

    Prince Harry meets the Walk of Britain expedition team
    Prince Harry meets the Walk of Britain expedition team
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    The Walk Of Britain is designed to raise awareness of the work of the charity Walking With The Wounded, which supports injured members of the armed forces back into independence through employment.

    Those taking part in the walk will engage with local communities every day to highlight the determination of wounded personnel and raise awareness of the work the charity is doing in the community to support them.

    The five will be joined by other wounded personnel each week in different parts of the country.

    The walk will start on August 22 in Scotland and finish in London on October 31.

    Prince Harry met the expedition team of four men and one woman at a reception at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge, central London, to launch the challenge.

    In a short speech, the Prince said: "It is an honour to be stood on this stage as we announce that Walking With The Wounded is coming home to walk amongst the people they have helped and the communities who have supported our armed forces so enthusiastically.

    "I'm delighted to say that I will be joining the team for a small part of their journey and I'm hugely looking forward to it."

    Prince Harry said the British trek would be just as difficult as previous expeditions around the world.

    "Walking With The Wounded has given men and women the opportunity to push themselves to extremes in some of the most inhospitable places on Earth – both the Poles and Mount Everest," he said.

    "The challenge we are launching today, although closer to home, is no less formidable in scale – walking 1,000 miles around Britain".

    Prince Harry, who is Patron of Walking With The Wounded, has supported the charity since it was formed, taking part in a trek to the North Pole in 2011 and South Pole in 2013. He was also Patron of its Everest expedition in 2012.

    Prince Harry has said his experience in the Army will stay with him for the rest of his life and he considers himself "incredibly lucky" to have had the chance to carry out challenging roles.

    During his 10-year full-time military career, he went on two tours of duty to Afghanistan and qualified as an Apache aircraft commander.

    In the autumn, he will volunteer with the Ministry of Defence's Recovery Capability Programme, supporting the rehabilitation of wounded, injured or sick service personnel where he has worked previously.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13433-prince-harry-to-join-charity-trek-around-britain

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  • Sunday night's star-studded fundraiser at the Geffen Playhouse and the pre-show host committee dinner grossed over $1.5 million, a record, for the Geffen Playhouse's education, outreach and artistic initiatives.

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    Multi-award winning composer and a Geffen Playhouse Board Founding Trustee Quincy Jones presented the Distinction in Service Award to Ariel Investments President Mellody Hobson and distinguished filmmaker George Lucas. Tony nominated director Jason Moore presented the Distinction in Theater Award to producer David Furnish and internationally renowned singer/songwriter and performer, Sir Elton John.

    George Lucas & Mellody Hobson and Sir Elton John & David Furnish
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    Castle star Nathan Fillion served as Master of Ceremonies for Backstage at the Geffen, an irreverent evening of laughter, music and stories featuring personal "backstage" memories and musical performances by stars of the stage and screen including: Anjelica Huston, Samuel L. Jackson, Beau Bridges and Geffen Playhouse Artistic Director, Randall Arney. Virtuoso violinist, Lee England, Jr. who, coincidentally, played for Mellody Hobson and George Lucas's wedding, performed his version of "All of Me" by John Legend. The multi-faceted actress, singer, dancer and choreographer Toni Basil choreographed 12 dancers who performed a hip hop version of "Swan Lake."

    David Geffen served as Honorary Chair of the event; Linda Bernstein Rubin and Loretta Everett Kaufman Co-Chaired the Backstage at the Geffen committee. Pamela Robinson Hollander and Martha Henderson Co-Chair the Geffen Playhouse Board of Directors. The evening was beautifully produced by Gil Cates, Jr. and directed by Randall Arney.

    The curtain rose to wild applause as Lady Gaga, surprising everyone including the honorees, took center stage to perform "You and I" accompanying herself on the piano before joining the audience for the remainder of the show.

    Monies raised benefit the Geffen Playhouse's artistic initiatives including new play development, playwright commissions, and second productions, as well as the not-for-profit's award-winning education and outreach programs which help bring the excitement of live theater to more than 15,000 disadvantaged youth, seniors and veterans annually.

    Backstage at the Geffen title sponsor City National Bank, returning for the sixth year, was joined by presenting sponsors Audi of America, Clay Lacy Aviation, Louis XIII, and Robert K. Kraft, with special thanks to UCLA.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13434-lady-gaga-surprises-guests-at-geffen-playhouse-fundraiser

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  • Angelina Jolie has revealed she has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as a cancer preventative procedure, following her double mastectomy two years ago.

    "I wanted other women at risk to know about the options," she wrote in an op-ed in the New York Times. "I promised to follow up with any information that could be useful.

    "I feel deeply for women for whom this moment comes very early in life, before they have had their children. Their situation is far harder than mine. I inquired and found out that there are options for women to remove their fallopian tubes but keep their ovaries, and so retain the ability to bear children and not go into menopause. I hope they can be aware of that.

    "My doctors indicated I should have preventive surgery about a decade before the earliest onset of cancer in my female relatives. My mother's ovarian cancer was diagnosed when she was 49. I'm 39.

    "It is not easy to make these decisions. But it is possible to take control and tackle head-on any health issue. You can seek advice, learn about the options and make choices that are right for you. Knowledge is power."

    To read the full article, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13437-angelina-jolie-has-further-surgery-to-reduce-cancer-risk

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  • Peter Gabriel has joined The Times' Time To Mind mental health campaign in the UK by speaking about his own battles with depression.

    "One in four of us will suffer from a mental health problem this year," he said. "Many years ago, I became depressed after my divorce and I know how debilitating it can be, but I also learnt how much difference good treatment can make.

    "Ignoring the mental health of our kids is certain to create a destructive time bomb that will not only handicap them but also damage their ability to parent well. The emotional pressures and stresses that are now normal for our young people seem to be producing an extraordinary number of mental health problems, leaving teenagers more isolated and alienated than ever."

    Gabriel joins celebrity support for the campaign from Paloma Faith and Neil Gaiman.

    Find out more about Time To Mind here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13439-peter-gabriel-speaks-up-for-mental-health-campaign

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  • British singer Passenger has pledged all profits from his new album to UNICEF.

    Passenger - Whispers II
    Passenger - Whispers II

    "I've teamed up with UNICEF UK and I'm delighted to say that all of the profits, from every physical and digital sale of Whispers Two goes directly to helping malnourished kids in Liberia," said the singer. "Hopefully this is a win/win situation where you guys get a new Passenger album and the money you spend on it goes to helping people who really need it!! I'll be releasing this record on my own label (Black Crow Records) which is really exciting as it means that every penny of profit can go to where it is most needed."

    To find out more, or to preorder the album, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13440-passenger-pledges-new-album-profits-to-unicef

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  • Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and PBS LearningMedia announced today The EMPEROR Science Award Program, an initiative that will encourage students from disadvantaged high schools to pursue careers in science, with a particular emphasis on cancer research through a year of mentorship with a scientist from a leading research institution or industry.

    The education initiative, announced by SU2C co-founder Katie Couric at Columbia University, is being launched in connection with Ken Burns Presents CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES a Film by Barak Goodman, a three-part film on the history of cancer that will air on PBS Monday, March 30, Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1.

    "When we launched this documentary effort in 2013, Siddhartha Mukherjee told us that even with all the exciting developments in cancer research, we will not beat cancer in the long run if we don't engage new generations of young people to enter the field of science, particularly cancer research," said SU2C Co-Founder Sherry Lansing who leads the committee which conceived and implemented this plan. "No doubt, the documentary will spark an interest in science among some of the young people who watch it and this science award was designed to nurture that interest, and perhaps convert it into more students pursuing research as a profession."

    "As we learn in CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES, our most effective weapons in the war against cancer are bright minds and people who are passionately committed to finding a cure," said Alicia Levi, VP of Education, PBS. "To find the next Sidney Farber or Mary-Claire King, we need to make sure that all students have an opportunity to pursue their scientific ambitions."

    Applications will be available in August 2015 for the program on PBS LearningMedia's website at pbslearningmedia.org. Students may apply for awards or may be nominated by teachers. The first 100 Awardees, high school students from Title I, or similarly "economically disadvantaged" schools, who will receive one-on-one science mentoring over the course of a year or an intensive summer schedule, as well as $1,500 grants, will be announced in late 2015. Students will be connected with science mentors from a host of high-profile medical research centers, from among more than 100 SU2C-affiliated institutions as well as universities and industry leaders in cancer diagnosis and treatment.

    The students will be provided with electronic tablets to enhance their studies and to extend the reach of mentors of major research institutions for students in rural and suburban communities.

    The first 300 EMPEROR Science Awards have been fully funded over three years. The inaugural one hundred EMPEROR Science Awards have been generously donated by the first documentary supporter, Genentech. Another 100 EMPEROR Science Awards are supported by a grant from documentary supporter Bristol-Myers Squibb. Also supporting 100 Science Awards is a donation from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. These awards will be known as EMPEROR Genentech Science Awards; EMPEROR Bristol-Myers Squibb Science Awards; and EMPEROR Novartis Science Awards, respectively.

    Leading researchers are already committing to serving as mentors. Students will be matched with Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee (author, The Emperor of All Maladies); American Cancer Society Chief Medical Officer Otis W. Brawley, M.D., F.A.C.P.; Bristol-Myers Squibb Vice President, US Medical -- Oncology Joseph Leveque, M.D.; researchers from Stony Brook Cancer Center; and ten scientists from Siemens Corporation.

    This initiative was organized by the EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES Education Subcommittee, chaired by Sherry Lansing, SU2C co-founder, chairperson of the Entertainment Industry Foundation's Board of Directors and founder of the Sherry Lansing Foundation. Other advisory members include the creative team behind CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES, including Ken Burns (executive producer); Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee (author); Barak Goodman (producer/director); and Pam Williams (executive producer; president, Laura Ziskin Pictures; SU2C Council of Founders & Advisors), and documentary production supporters.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13441-stand-up-to-cancer-and-pbs-learningmedia-announce-science-award-program

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  • In a journey that's coming full circle, the University of Dayton will honor Ramon Estévez, better known as Martin Sheen, with an honorary degree for his lifelong commitment to peace, social justice and human rights exemplifying the Catholic, Marianist university's mission.

    Sheen, who intentionally failed his University of Dayton entrance exam to overcome his father's objections and start his acting career, will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree during spring graduation ceremonies, which begins at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, May 3, at the University of Dayton Arena.

    "Martin Sheen is a legendary actor. More importantly, he's a legendary humanitarian, who advocates for peace and justice around the world," said Daniel J. Curran, University of Dayton president. "He has used his celebrity status to be a voice for the voiceless, and in the Marianist educational tradition, he leads through service to others. The University of Dayton is honored to award him with an honorary degree for his humanitarian service."

    Sheen grew up just a few blocks from the University and graduated from Chaminade High School, both founded by the Society of Mary, a Roman Catholic teaching order. He has said the Marianist teachings of the priests and brothers helped shape his commitment to social justice, service and peace.

    He has spoken out against war, abortion and capital punishment. Among the causes he has supported are the environment, workers' rights and human rights.

    "I was inspired and nourished by the basic, fundamental education of service to others. That's how we really grow ourselves — giving to others," he said, speaking to Chaminade students in 2012. "We can't really know ourselves except through community. None of us live an isolated life. We're made to walk the journey alone, but we can't do it without community."

    As one of 10 children to Mary-Ann Phelan, his Irish mother, and Francisco Estévez, his Spanish father, he was born Ramon Estévez but took on Martin Sheen as a stage name early in his career.

    A celebrated actor with a career spanning nearly 50 years, Sheen has achieved fame for performances in the theater, television and film. Among his best-known roles: President Josiah Bartlett in television's The West Wing, a serial killer in the film Badlands and a troubled soldier during the Vietnam War in Apocalypse Now.

    Sheen has been married to Janet Templeton since 1961. Their four children are all actors: Charlie Sheen and Emilio, Renée and Ramon Estévez.

    A leader in human rights education, the University of Dayton established the nation's first undergraduate human rights studies program. More than 100 students have graduated from the program and pursued careers as human rights advocates and academics or humanitarian professionals in legal, governmental and nonprofit sectors.

    The University has launched a Human Rights Center to focus on human rights education and bring together the critical components of social change — knowledge, research, collaboration and action.

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  • The 2015 Cox Charities Benefit Concert will feature Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat.

    All proceeds from the concert benefit Cox Charities, the philanthropic arm of Cox Communications.

    Cox Charities awards grants to qualified non-profit organizations that provide educational programs focused on promoting youth education especially through science, technology, mentoring, and literacy. Since 2009, Cox has donated nearly $800,000 to more than 50 organizations in Virginia through Cox Charities.

    Tickets go on sale Friday, March 27, 2015 at 10am at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, the Scope box office or by phone at 1.800.745.3000.

    WHEN:
    Friday, May 15, 2015

    8:00 pm

    WHERE:
    Chrysler Hall

    215 St. Pauls Blvd.

    Norfolk, VA 23510

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  • Legendary folk singer Joan Baez and world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei -- both committed activists -- will be the joint recipients of Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2015.

    Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience Award is the organization's top honour, recognizing those who have shown exceptional leadership in the fight for human rights, through their life and work.

    The Award will be presented at a ceremony in Berlin on 21 May 2015, with speakers including singer-songwriter Patti Smith.

    "The Ambassador of Conscience Award is a celebration of those unique individuals who have used their talents to inspire many, many others to take injustice personally. That is why both Joan Baez and Ai Weiwei make such worthy recipients; they are an inspiration to thousands more human rights activists, from across Asia to America and beyond," said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

    Today is the 50th anniversary of Joan Baez's performance to the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march in Alabama. She performed at the "Stars for Freedom" rally alongside fellow artists including Harry Belafonte (who was awarded the Ambassador of Conscience Award in 2013), Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Paul & Mary and Nina Simone.

    Joan Baez has dedicated most of her life to non-violence, and civil and human rights activism. She has participated in marches for civil rights alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; advocated against the death penalty; campaigned for peace and against human rights abuses in Vietnam; defended the rights of California's migrant farm workers; attended anti-torture rallies; and supported gay and lesbian rights campaigns.

    She helped establish local Amnesty International groups in the San Francisco Bay area in the early ‘70s, and went on to perform in support of the organization during the groundbreaking "Conspiracy of Hope" music tour on Amnesty International's 25th anniversary in 1986.

    "With her mesmerizing voice and unwavering commitment to peaceful protest and human rights for all, Joan Baez has been a formidable force for good over more than five decades," said Salil Shetty.

    On learning of the announcement, Joan Baez said: "Amnesty International attracted me because of its founding principle that all human rights abuses and the suffering they create are unacceptable. The process of eliminating those abuses, even one step at a time, has created a compassionate, non-partisan, powerfully effective movement. I'm lucky to be part of it and proud to be honored with this Award."

    Ai Weiwei is a world-renowned artist and frequent critic of the Chinese government's policies. His acclaimed work often explores the limits placed on the right of people in China to express themselves, as well as his personal experience of incarceration. His activities and work frequently deal with sensitive issues that the Chinese government would prefer were not raised.

    In 2010, Ai Weiwei was briefly detained and severely beaten by security officials just before he was due to testify for the defence during the trial of Tan Zuoren, an environmental activist who, along with Ai Weiwei, had documented the names of thousands of children who died during the May 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

    After persistent harassment from the authorities, Ai Weiwei was detained in 2011 for 81 days without charge. A company he founded was later convicted of tax evasion by the Chinese authorities. Ai Weiwei remains under surveillance and is unable to leave the country.

    His recent work includes an exhibit at Alcatraz, California, highlighting the plight of modern day political prisoners.

    "Through his work Ai Weiwei reminds us that the right of every individual to express their self must be protected—not just for the sake of society, but also for art and humanity," said Salil Shetty.

    On learning of the announcement, Ai Weiwei said: "I am very privileged to receive this special honour, and shall not fail the encouragement and profound expectation of me with this Award."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13438-joan-baez-and-ai-weiwei-to-be-honored-by-amnesty-international

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  • Top celebrities such as Sir Tom Jones, Jonathan Ross, Jack Wilshere, Vivienne Westwood, Katie Price and over 50 more famous faces have donated their shoes to be auctioned off on the British Heart Foundation0s eBay site as part of Good Morning Britain's Heels 4 Hearts campaign.

    The campaign aims to get every secondary school pupil in the UK the possibility to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

    In the UK, less than one in ten people survive an out of hospital cardiac arrest. Yet in some parts of Norway, where CPR training is taught in secondary school, survival rates are one in four. If the UK achieved the same rates as Norway, we could save the lives of up to 5,000 people every year.

    Diane Locke, British Heart Foundation Deputy Retail Director, said: "We're delighted that so many celebrities have donated to Good Morning Britain's Heels 4 Hearts campaign and are very grateful for every pair. We're very lucky to have been donated all types of shoes, from designer brands and high heels to sport shoes from over 50 celebrities.

    "There really is something for everyone available, so please visit our eBay store and take a look. The profit raised from each pair of shoes will help give us the chance for every secondary school pupil in the UK to learn CPR."

    Other celebrities including Alan Carr, Zoella, Kelly Hoppen, Darcey Bussell, Paddy McGuinness, Bill Bailey, Philip Schofield, Peter Andre have donated shoes to the campaign.

    Visit the British Heart Foundation eBay store before 20:00 on Friday 28 March to bid on these exclusive auctions.

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  • Written by Renita Manley-Garrett

    Two weeks ago, author James Patterson pledged to donate $1.25 million to school libraries, and Monday morning, Patterson increased that amount to $1.5 million.

    Patterson will be making his donation via the Scholastic Reading Club program.

    Patterson states on the program site, "We're at a pivotal moment in our history. School libraries are shutting their doors left and right, despite the fact that it's more important than ever for a child to grow up with a school librarian. I know that you understand the value of reading and work to give your students access to books. Together, let's support school libraries. With your help, we can embark on a crusade to get kids reading more books."

    "I'm blown away by the number of parents and teachers who have shared the urgent needs of their community's school library," he said in a statement released Monday morning. "It's clear that our school libraries require critical help. I know we can't solve the issues overnight, but I hope at the very least we're able to raise awareness about the important position the school library plays in the educational achievement of children."

    Schools can receive between $1,000-$10,000 in grant money to support their libraries. The deadline to nominate a school is May 31, 2015. Click here for more information about Patterson's library grant.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13445-james-patterson-increases-school-library-grant

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  • Written by Renita Manley-Garrett

    Over the weekend, the Common Ground Foundation celebrated Oscar winner, activist, and musician Common at Perillo Rolls Royce in Chicago.

    The star studded gala and fundraiser featured a special performance from Common and John Legend of the Oscar-winning original song " Glory" from Selma, along with a celebrity appearance from Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears. Funds raised at the gala supported Common's organization The Common Ground Foundation.

    "I started the Common Ground Foundation because I wanted to help," said Common. "Most of all help people to help themselves. I always believed that if we started with the youth then we would be planting the seeds for our future to blossom. Give the children a sense of hope, self-esteem, and love that will better the world… I think making a difference in the lives of others is life's greatest purpose. I walk this path with faith knowing that the Common Ground Foundation will Change the World."

    The Common Ground Foundation serves youth ages 13-17 from Chicago's South and West Side communities. The organization focuses on character development, creative expression, nutrition, and money management. The organization helps youth find their voice and make positive contributions to society.

    Visit The Common Ground Foundation website to learn more.

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  • Lions Health has announced that UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and 007 Actor, Sir Roger Moore, will be joining the dedicated jury of respected industry leaders judging the Young Lions Health Award, an exciting new competition for young creatives and marketers that aims to improve challenges facing health systems in low-income countries.

    Launched together with UNICEF and Unilever, the Young Lions Health Award calls on the young creative industry to develop a compelling campaign that would help address this challenge. UNICEF will utilise the winning campaign as the basis for engaging the general public to advocate and mobilise support for better, child-focused health systems.

    Sir Roger is a steadfast advocate for children, visiting UNICEF-supported programmes around the world. Commenting on his appointment as juror, he says, "I am thrilled to join the jury for the Young Lions Health competition which is a unique opportunity to help change the lives of the most vulnerable children."

    The deadline for entry submission has been extended until 2 April in to give further opportunity for more creative young talent to apply.

    Taking place from 19-20 June, Lions Health is a festival and awards ceremony for creative excellence in the global healthcare industry. The winners of the Young Lions Health Award will be presented at Lions Health giving them the opportunity to join the global healthcare community, as well as see their entry in the spotlight when they are presented to at the official awards ceremony.

    Further information on how to enter, along with key dates and the creative brief can be found online here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13448-sir-roger-moore-revealed-as-young-lions-health-award-judge

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  • Kim Basinger wants officials to uphold the Feds' denial of Georgia Aquarium's permit application to import 18 wild-caught Russian belugas.

    With the Georgia Aquarium taking the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) to court over the NMFS's denial of the aquarium's permit application to import 18 wild-caught beluga whales from Russia, longtime PETA supporter and Georgia-born actor Kim Basinger is joining the many renowned scientists, conservation organizations, and public figures who've submitted an amicus curiae, or "friend of the court," brief in support of NMFS.

    The brief — which is cosigned by Edward Norton, Hayden Panettiere, and Blackfish director Gabriela Cowperthwaite, among many others — points out that the Georgia Aquarium plans to import the belugas and distribute them to other U.S. facilities, which would include all three SeaWorld locations, in an effort to boost their failed breeding programs, even though belugas suffer immensely in captivity and it would be detrimental to conservation and adverse to science, ethics, and public sentiment. In nature, belugas travel long distances in close-knit family groups. When relegated to tiny tanks in aquariums and theme parks, they suffer from stress-related disorders and often die prematurely. While belugas in nature may live as long as 70 years, captive beluga whales routinely die before the age of 30.

    "Since the tide has so clearly turned against capturing and displaying marine mammals for human entertainment, it's ludicrous for the Georgia Aquarium to fight to import these belugas from Russia," says PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders. "PETA and Kim Basinger trust that the court will do the right thing and make sure that these sensitive, far-ranging mammals aren't sentenced to a lifetime of suffering in the U.S."

    The brief was submitted by law firm Perkins Coie. Basinger previously joined PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to use for entertainment" — in submitting public comments opposing the Georgia Aquarium's import application and wrote to President Putin asking him to rehabilitate and release the caught belugas and to ban cetacean captures in Russia.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13449-kim-basinger-says-no-to-georgia-aquariums-beluga-import-bid

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  • On Friday, March 20, some of the biggest names in entertainment came out to support One Night for ONE DROP imagined by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, featuring Academy Award-winning recording artist John Legend.

    One Night for ONE DROP benefit feat. John Legend raises more than $6 million for global water projects
    One Night for ONE DROP benefit feat. John Legend raises more than $6 million for global water projects
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    The third annual, one-night-only benefit sponsored by MGM Resorts International raised more than $6 million for ONE DROP, the non-profit organization created by Cirque du Soleil Founder Guy Laliberte, with all proceeds supporting water access initiatives across the globe.

    The glamorous event brought fantasy to life as more than 100 Cirque du Soleil performers came together for an extraordinary performance directed by Mukhtar O.S. Mukhtar inside The Beatles LOVE Theatre. Legend provided a memorable moment during the show with a special rendition of his smash hit "All of Me," and closed the show with a standing ovation as he performed "Dreams."

    Notable names in attendance for One Night for ONE DROP included Cirque du Soleil Founder Guy Laliberte; ONE DROP CEO Catherine B. Bachand; lifestyle expert, designer, model Camila Alves; American pop punk band Plain White T's; "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" stars Mauricio Umansky, Kyle Richards, Camille Grammar and Faye Resnick; British producer Nigel Lythgoe; President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Daniel Lamarre; UFC Hall of Famer/Former Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin; British-American actress Jane Seymour; Mayor of Las Vegas Carolyn Goodman and husband Oscar Goodman; Bree "DJ 88" DeLano; American chef/TV personality Susan Feniger; international Spanish actor Miguel Angel Silvestre; Burlesque superstars Romeo and Lada; Canadian Poker Hall of Famer Daniel Negreanu; Professional poker player and TV personality Maria Ho; supermodels Karlina Caune, Constance Jablonski, Valentina Zelyaeva, Daria Strokous and Ginta Lapina; guest performer/solo cellist Philip Sheppard; guest performer/Quixotic violinist Shane Borth; Emmy-award winning choreographer Anita Mann and more.

    This year marks a major milestone for ONE DROP as it receives special recognition from the United Nations with the closing of the International Decade for Action on Water (2000-2015). Honored with the ‘Water for Life' Best Practices Award, ONE DROP is celebrated specifically for its artistic approach to change behaviors in how people deal with water.

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  • Bonnie Raitt is one of 24 artists coming together to take a stand against fracking on the two-disc, 24 track benefit album Buy This Fracking Album (June 16th, Movement Music).

    In a recent letter to her fans on Facebook, Raitt, a lifelong activist, explains that "one of the most critical environmental issues of our time is banning fracking everywhere because it destroys our water, our communities and our planet."

    "I've been involved in many movements for social justice in my lifetime, from opposing destructive fossil fuel and nuclear energy projects, to standing up for human rights and music royalty reform," she wrote. "As a founding member of Musicians United for Safe Energy, I feel that one of the most critical environmental issues of our time is banning fracking everywhere because it destroys our water, our communities and our planet.

    "Food & Water Watch has partnered with Movement Music Records to put out a compilation record, "Buy This Fracking Album," that 22 artists (including myself) have provided tracks to in an effort to spread the word about the dangers of fracking.

    "Food & Water Watch has been a national leader in the movement to ban fracking. They were the first national group to call for a ban on fracking everywhere, and they've been working with communities all across the country to pass local bans, and do the hard work to hold elected officials accountable in order to keep our drinking water safe from this dangerous practice.

    "Art and music play a vital role in building and strengthening social change movements, and "Buy This Fracking Album" will follow in that tradition with your support! There are more than 20 artists, and hundreds of others involved in this project who all believe in this cause and want to help get the message out through our music, but we need your help to get this project into the world.

    "All of the songs have been donated, and any proceeds from the sale of the album will go to groups working for a ban on fracking. However, without your support this album might not make it into the world.

    "We still need to raise about $40,000 to produce the album, manufacture it, and get the word out to the world. If you can help chip in today, you'll be one of the first to receive the album, and help build the movement to ban fracking. Different donation amounts give you different incentives. I am not only chipping in my music, but also a couple of guitars signed by me, personalized to YOU! Check it out!"

    The album also includes songs by Pete Seeger, Natalie Merchant, Michael Franti, John Butler Trio and more.

    To find out how you can help fund the album, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13450-bonnie-raitt-needs-your-help-to-fund-anti-fracking-album

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  • Academy Award-nominated actress Viola Davis has announced, alongside The Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), that she will continue her role as Ambassador for a second year with Hunger Is, a joint charitable program designed to raise awareness and funds to fight childhood hunger in the America.

    Viola Davis Joins Safeway Foundation and Entertainment Industry Foundation to End Childhood Hunger.
    Viola Davis Joins Safeway Foundation and Entertainment Industry Foundation to End Childhood Hunger.

    The year-round PSA campaign will be featured in select Safeway Albertsons stores during the month of April.

    Safeway and Albertsons shoppers will have the opportunity to fight childhood hunger by giving during an in-store childhood hunger awareness fundraiser during the month of April at more than 1,700 Safeway Albertsons family stores across the America.

    After extraordinary success in 2014, during which the program raised over $4.6 million, the year-round campaign will work to encourage individuals and communities to come together in an effort to improve access to healthy foods and develop a lasting solution to childhood hunger.

    "I am honored to join the Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation for a second year as we continue our mission to eradicate childhood hunger in America," said Davis. "After an incredibly successful inaugural year with Hunger Is, I am grateful to keep the momentum in finding a solution to a problem that is too often forgotten. We have the opportunity to change so many young lives for the better and I look forward to the day when this is no longer an issue in our country."

    Funds raised through the initiative will go toward programs focused on eradicating childhood hunger and improving health-related outcomes for hungry children and their families. During the inaugural year, Hunger Is awarded over $1.3 million in grants to 198 local charities to connect hungry children living in neighborhoods to healthy food throughout the country.

    "We couldn't be more proud to have Viola join us for a second year in our mission to end childhood hunger," said Christy Duncan-Anderson, Executive Director of The Safeway Foundation. "The generous support from our customers during our first year has been astonishing and demonstrates the power of our communities. Childhood hunger is an issue that touches all of us, no matter where we're from, and we are committed to changing that for good."

    Hunger Is grant recipients were selected with the help of the Hunger Is Advisory Committee (HIAC), comprised of leaders from the most respected hunger advocacy organizations in the U.S. including Center for Hunger-Free Communities, Drexel University, Feeding America, Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), New York City Coalition Against Hunger, Share Our Strength0s No Kid Hungry campaign, and WhyHunger. The HIAC provides guidance in defining and addressing needs and makes funding recommendations for approval by The Safeway Foundation and EIF Boards of Directors.

    "We are so grateful for our continued collaboration with The Safeway Foundation and the incomparable Viola Davis. Her story and her powerful voice have allowed us to make positive change quickly," said Lisa Paulsen, Stand Up To Cancer co-founder and EIF President and CEO. "Together we're making the progress that is essential to solving a problem that deserves this country's attention."

    More information about the issue is available at HungerIs.org, along with simple ways for individuals to get involved and donate.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13451-viola-davis-to-continue-role-as-ambassador-for-hunger-campaign

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  • The Duchess of Cambridge has sent a special message to The Times, calling for a new attitude on child mental health.

    "I believe that our generation of parents, carers, teachers, and health workers now have the chance to give the mental health of our children the focus it requires," she wrote. "I feel strongly that young people and parents need to know that they can ask for help. Just as with physical health, we need to act early to provide support when a child is faced with emotional difficulties."

    The message comes as part of The Times' Time to Mind campaign, which has also had support from Peter Gabriel, Paloma Faith, Neil Gaiman and more, and calls for more support for child mental health.

    To read the Duchess of Cambridge's full message, click here.

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  • Mediaplanet announces the distribution of its cross-platform campaign "Vision Health", raising awareness about various vision health issues: how to prevent them; treat them; and live well with prevailing vision loss.

    The print component of "Vision Health" was distributed within March 26th's edition of The National Post, with a circulation of approximately 160,000 copies and an estimated readership of 420,000.

    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.

    Rapper, producer and philanthropist apl.de.ap of The Black Eyed Peas is the feature cover story for the campaign. He opens up about being legally blind and it's affect on his life and career; the surgery that changed his life; and his charity work in the Philippines.

    This campaign was made possible with the support of The Foundation Fighting Blindness, The Herzig Eye Institute, AMI tv, Seva Canada, Essilor, Allergan, The Foundation Fighting Blindness, The Canadian Association of Optometrists.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13453-apl-de-ap-raises-awareness-of-vision-health-in-canada

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  • The American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) has signed Jeff Bridges & the Abiders to perform live at its 25th Anniversary Gala, to be held Saturday, April 11 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. at J.W. Marriot at L.A. LIVE.

    This formal fundraising event will benefit Native American higher education and celebrate the College Fund's mission to provide Native American access to higher education.

    Jeff Bridges is a legendary actor and producer who won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Otis "Bad" Blake in the 2009 movie Crazy Heart, in which Bridges performed his own singing and added original songs to the soundtrack. Bridges is also a singer, musician, and songwriter. He released his first album, Be Here Soon, in 2000, which featured pop, rock, and country songs. His second album, the self-titled Jeff Bridges, produced by T-Bone Burnett, was released by Blue Note Records in 2011. Bridges has done increasing shows and tours with his band Jeff Bridges & the Abiders (named after his role as the Dude Who Abides in the 1998 cult film The Big Lebowski). The band includes Jeff Bridges (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Chris Pelonis (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Bill Flores (pedal steel, guitar), Randy Tico (upright, electric bass), and Tom Lackner (drums, percussion).

    VIP ticket-holders will enjoy a special reception and the opportunity to meet Jeff Bridges.

    A silent auction featuring Native art and unique items will also be held at the event.

    All VIP packages, tickets, individual tickets, tables, and sponsorships are available for purchase now. Visit collegefund.org/gala to learn more or call 303-426-8900.

    Sponsors for the 25th Anniversary and this event include the Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc.; Comcast NBCUNIVERSAL; Wieden+Kennedy; Ford Foundation; San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; The Walt Disney Company; AT&T; and The Walton Family Foundation.

    
The American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) is the nation's largest private provider of scholarships for American Indian students. Founded in 1989, the College Fund has been "Educating the Mind and Spirit" of Native people for 25 years and provides an average of 6,000 scholarships annually. The College Fund also supports the nation's 34 accredited tribal colleges and universities located on or near Indian reservations. The College Fund consistently receives top ratings from independent charity evaluators.

    Find out more about the event here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13454-jeff-bridges-to-perform-at-american-indian-college-fund-gala

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  • Water Now, a Cause Brand created by renowned philanthropic producer David Clark and in partnership with UN-Water's World Water Day, today announced the overall social media voice exceeded more than one billion people at the time the clean water campaign ended on March 22, 2015.

    The Water Now branded Cause Flash launched on March 11th with an initial social media voice of 523 million people. By empowering celebrities and the public to easily join the campaign via the Cause Flash digital platform, the social media reach of the clean water initiative quickly swelled to over 800 million people in just seven days. The Cause Flash platform allows supporters to easily re-tweet and forward Water Now call-to-action posts on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. When the social media voice is combined with the re-tweets and posts of engaged followers, the overall social media voice of the Water Now campaign topped one billion people on UN's World Water Day, making it the largest clean water social-media campaign in history.

    "It is such an honor to partner with UN's World Water Day, in order to support World Vision, the largest and most effective non-governmental agency delivering clean water to the developing world today," said Water Now and Cause Flash Founder, David Clark. "We're also very grateful to all participating celebrities and the public who lent their social media voices so children could have something as simple as clean water."

    The Water Now global initiative united dignitaries, celebrities, and social advocates who all shared a Water Now Cause Flash link urging people to donate funds and lend their own social media voices (Twitter, Facebook and Google+ followers) so children could receive clean water via World Vision Water's ongoing work.

    "We are honored to be the charity of choice for Water Now, to help more children get clean drinking water," said Dr. Greg Allgood, Vice President of Water at World Vision. "The outpouring of support from the celebrities was truly amazing, and we're grateful to be a part of an effort with a social media voice of 1 billion people."

    Participating celebrities included Pharrell Williams, Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, Pitbull, One Direction, Justin Bieber, Fergie, Ke$ha, Jason Mraz, Juanes, Romeo Santos, Aloe Blacc, Robin Roberts, Nick Jonas, Jason DeRulo, The Vamps, Meghan Trainor, Afrojack, Colbie Calliat, Alex and Sierra, Shawn Mendez, Fifth Harmony, Natasha Bedingfield, Pentatonix, Sia and Sesame Street.

    To learn more about the Water Now campaign and how to help World Vision Work go to causeflash.org.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13455-water-now-gathers-huge-support-for-un-world-water-day

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