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    Best known as Mr Spock from Star Trek, established the Nimoy Foundation in 2003.

    Nimoy died in February, 2015.

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  • After weeks of checking off every item on her bucket list, Jalene Salinas, a San Antonio, Texas, girl battling an aggressive form of terminal brain cancer had one final wish. She dreamed of dancing with Taylor Swift to her hit song ‘Shake It Off.' And at about 6 p.m., that dream came true.

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  • Fans and competitors of Jack Nicklaus knew he had very few weaknesses in his legendary, record-setting golf career. There is, however, one weakness he confesses to off the course — ice cream — and now he's giving into it and sharing it with the public.

    Salted Caramel Toffee, one of the seven rich and creamy varieties in the new line of Jack Nicklaus premium ice cream
    Salted Caramel Toffee, one of the seven rich and creamy varieties in the new line of Jack Nicklaus premium ice cream

    In a partnership between two great family-owned companies, rooted in the Midwest, comes Jack Nicklaus premium ice cream, manufactured by a division of The Schwan Food Company — the 60-year-old Minnesota-based manufacturer and marketer of fine frozen foods and nationally renowned for its home delivery service.

    The new Jack Nicklaus pint-sized ice cream will be available at Winn Dixie, Bi-Lo and Kroger stores in select markets with a suggested retail price of $1.99. The ice cream comes in seven rich and creamy varieties, loaded with real ingredients. Flavors include: Warm Spiced Butter Pecan, Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl, Salted Caramel Toffee, Strawberry Lemonade, Triple Chocolate, Coffee and Donuts, and Homemade Vanilla.

    To launch the new business endeavor, Jack Nicklaus teamed up with Schwan's Global Supply Chain, Inc. ("Schwan"). With a shared commitment to philanthropy, Schwan has become a supporter of the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation (nchcf.org). The Foundation's goal is to provide families access to world-class pediatric healthcare. Beyond the ice cream pilot program in 2015, the Nicklauses hope to tie in other children's charities to sales of the product.

    Between Jack, his wife Barbara, and Schwan, there was a detailed collaboration to perfect the line.

    "It's no secret that I love ice cream," Nicklaus confessed. "Needless to say, I have never had so much fun in the research and development of a product. The team at Schwan has a world-class product development center. Together, we have created a variety of flavors — all with real ingredients — for a quality, premium ice cream at a value price."

    The ice cream introduction extends the Nicklaus Companies efforts to celebrate the life and lifestyle of Jack Nicklaus by introducing quality consumer products, with a philanthropic tie-in. Among the Nicklaus-branded or licensed products introduced in recent years that benefit children's charities are water, wine, lemonade, sunglasses, and golf balls.

    "Jack's whole life is synonymous with excellence, family, and charity," said Nicklaus Companies Co-Chairman Howard Milstein, "And our new collaboration with Schwan embodies all three values in a hand-picked selection of delicious ice cream flavors that also supports children's healthcare. What could possibly taste better?"

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  • Two days after President Obama0s historic veto of the Keystone XL pipeline, celebrities from the US and Canada have come together to release a video asking the president to do the obvious right thing: reject the dirty, dangerous tar sands pipeline once and for all.

    The celebrities cite alarming facts about the mining, production, and burning of tar sands crude, as well as current and potential threats the operation poses to human health, the environment, wildlife, and our fragile climate.

    Canadian actress Rachelle Lefevre observes: "The same pollution as putting 22 million cars on the road --that's the tar sands," while actress Emily VanCamp, also from Canada, reacts in dismay that the senselessly destructive project is taking place in her own native land. Canadian actress Malin Akerman underscores how tar sands production is decimating Canada's boreal forest: "Chewing through 34 football fields of pristine forest every day."

    American singer/producer Lance Bass calls out that the tar sands will "pollute enough fresh water to fill almost 5 million bath tubs every single day," and actress Frances Fisher that tar sands will produce "enough toxic sludge to cover Central Park 11 times a month."

    Other celebrities featured in the video include actors Daryl Hannah, Ed Begley Jr., Sara Gilbert, Darby Stanchfield, Francesca Eastwood, and Dawn Oliveri, actress/singer Alison Sudol, and filmmaker Bryn Mooser.

    Despite several attempts by the majority in Congress to force the administration's hand, the decision to approve or reject the pipeline rests solely with President Obama and his administration. The president has frequently stated that the pipeline cannot be in the national interest if it contributes significantly to climate change, and the president's veto clears the way to make this determination. The video calls on President Obama to reject Keystone XL once and for all.

    The video was a production of Appeal To Reason / Hogan Millar Media / Spectral Q for the Sierra Club and the Environmental Media Association.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13321-us-and-canadian-celebrities-to-president-obama-reject-the-keystone-xl-pipeline

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  • Joaquin Phoenix is disgusted and sickened by the first-ever look inside China's dog-leather trade.

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    "The footage that you're about to watch of China's dog-leather trade is one of the worst things I've ever seen", begins Joaquin Phoenix in his new PETA exposé. Phoenix narrates over footage that reveals how dogs are kicked, are beaten over the head and have their throats slit and their skin peeled off -- all while other dogs watch before they experience the same cruel fate. The animals' skin is turned into leather -- commonly gloves and other small goods such as cat toys and coat trim -- and is exported all over the world to be sold to consumers who usually have no clue whose animal parts they're buying.

    "If you buy leather gloves, belts or shoes, remember", concludes the Her star, "there's no easy way to tell whose skin you're really in. If you love dogs like I do, then please never buy or wear leather, whether it comes from a dog, a cow or any other animal."

    The footage was captured by a PETA Asia investigator at a facility that bludgeons and skins 100 to 200 dogs a day. In China, there are still no penalties for cruelty to animals.

    Phoenix, a vegan who shuns clothes made of any animal's skin, wool or fur, is fully committed to PETA's motto -- which reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to wear". He famously wore vegan leather boots as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line and is one of a growing list of celebrities -- including Jude Law, Charlize Theron, Eva Mendes, Penelope Cruz and Morrissey -- who have teamed up with PETA to promote kindness to animals in various ways.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13324-joaquin-phoenix-wants-you-to-know-the-truth-about-leather

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  • Grammy Award-winning artist Ice-T spoke as part of Bunker Hill Community College's Compelling Conversations speaker series on February 26, delivering a lively talk that drew laughs and applause from an overflow audience.

    Grammy Award-winning artist Ice-T
    Grammy Award-winning artist Ice-T

    Before his presentation, Ice-T enjoyed a lunch prepared by Culinary Arts students and interacted with students in two Learning Community Seminars, "Connecting to Your Inner Orange Line: Next Stop, Community College" and "Do the Right Thing."

    Ice-T described losing both of his parents at an early age and finding a substitute family as an affiliate of the Rollin' 60's Crip Gang in Los Angeles, California. He enlisted as a U.S. Army Ranger and served four years, he said, but when a sergeant told him he wouldn't make it in real life, Ice-T decided to "stop being a chess piece on a board." Eventually he transformed what he called crime rhymes into a rap career as the self-proclaimed original gangster, and paid his dues in a handful of low-budget films before winning better roles.

    Offering encouragement to the largely student audience, Ice-T said, "You are starting from a better place than I did. You're right where you should be." He advised students to choose their own path, stay focused and be willing to work hard. After Ice-T's talk, BHCC English major and veteran Robert Harrigan rapped a rhyme he wrote about suicide and PTSD that won sustained applause from Ice-T and the audience.

    Born Tracy Marrow in Newark, New Jersey, Ice-T launched his rap music career in 1984 in the film Breakin' and went on to record a string of groundbreaking rap records. He subsequently formed the thrash metal band Body Count. His acting career includes roles in the films New Jack City, Ricochet, Trespass, Johnny Mnemonic, Surviving the Game, Tank Girl, and on NBC-TV's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, where he plays Detective Fin Tutuola. At 17 years his is the longest running stint for a television cop. He serves as a mentor for at-risk youth.

    For more than a decade, Compelling Conversations has brought high-profile speakers to Bunker Hill Community College to discuss their professional experience and provide inspiration for students — from actor Giancarlo Esposito to boxer Laila Ali, filmmaker Ken Burns, author and political commentator Bob Woodward and former president of Ireland Mary Robinson. Learn more about the BHCC Compelling Conversations Series at bhcc.mass.edu/cc.

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  • StoryCorps, the oral history project that provides people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve their stories, will release an historic interview conducted at the White House last week.

    President Barack Obama speaks with Noah McQueen, a mentee in the White House Mentorship Program, which is designed to make a concrete impact on a group of young people by providing them with mentoring and exposure to new opportunities. In conversation with the President, the 18 year-old McQueen speaks openly about his journey from being a troubled teen to being a young man whose life is defined by academic, artistic and athletic success and a commitment to mentoring fellow at-risk youth in his community.

    StoryCorps recorded President Obama's interview of McQueen in the Roosevelt Room on Friday, February 20, and will release the audio at 6:20am EST on Friday, February 27, the one-year anniversary of My Brother's Keeper. An edited version will be available at www.storycorps.org and will air in this Friday's broadcast of NPR's "Morning Edition."

    Noah McQueen is a senior at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School in Prince George's County, Maryland. There he is involved in many extracurricular activities, serving as student ambassador, editor of the newspaper, anchor/producer of the school's news broadcast, member of the improvisational acting team and an all-county football player. He is the recipient of the school's Freedom Award, presented for overall outstanding achievement and academic turnaround, and is president of AMATE (African American Males Aspiring to Excel). He inspires youth ages 7-17 through mentorship and speaks to at-risk youth at neighboring schools. McQueen recently started a mentoring program at Barack Obama Elementary School, in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. After graduating from high school later this year he hopes to attend Morehouse College, in Atlanta, Georgia, to study mass communication and education.

    Broderick Johnson, Assistant to the President and White House Cabinet Secretary, and the Chair of the My Brother's Keeper Task Force, said, "The inspiring conversation between President Obama and Noah McQueen speaks volumes about the President's vision and personal commitment to the notion that we must invest in the lives of our country's young people. Over the past year, this initiative has already begun to impact young people like Noah. It is my hope that those who hear this conversation will find their own ways to bring opportunity to, and instill optimism in, the young people of this nation."

    It is becoming something of a tradition for sitting Presidents to participate in StoryCorps. Previously, President George W. Bush recorded an interview with his sister Doro Bush Koch and First Lady Laura Bush at the White House in November 2008.

    On February 27, 2014, the President unveiled the My Brother's Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. Through this initiative, the Administration is joining with cities and towns, businesses, and foundations who are taking important steps to connect young people to mentoring, support networks, and the skills they need to find a good job or go to college and work their way into the middle class. Learn more here.

    Founded in 2003 by MacArthur Fellow Dave Isay, the nonprofit organization StoryCorps has given 100,000 Americans the chance to record interviews about their lives, pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and leave a legacy for the future. It is the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered. Participating in StoryCorps couldn't be easier: You invite a loved one, or anyone else you chose, to one of the StoryCorps recording sites. There you're met by a trained facilitator, who greets you and explains the interview process. You're then brought into a quiet recording room and seated across from your interview partner, each of you in front of a microphone. The facilitator hits "record," and you share a forty-minute conversation. At the end of the session, you walk away with a CD, and a digital file goes to the Library of Congress, where it will be preserved for generations to come.

    StoryCorps shares edited excerpts of these stories with the world through popular weekly NPR broadcasts, animated shorts, digital platforms, and best-selling books. These powerful stories illustrate our shared humanity and show how much more we share in common than divides us.

    StoryCorps is working to grow into an enduring national institution that celebrates the dignity, power, and grace that can be heard in the stories we find all around us, and helps us recognize that every life and every story matter equally. In the coming years StoryCorps hopes to touch the lives of every American family.

    For more information, or to listen to stories online, visit www.storycorps.org.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13326-barack-obama-conducts-storycorps-interview-on-one-year-anniversary-of-the-my-brothers-keeper-initiative

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  • Sarah Lawrence College announced today that prominent alumna Barbara Walters, noted broadcast journalist and author, together with her charitable trust have made a gift of $15 million to establish The Barbara Walters Campus Center on the historic College's 44-acre campus just north of New York City in Westchester County.

    Barbara Walters makes record gift to fund Sarah Lawrence College campus center
    Barbara Walters makes record gift to fund Sarah Lawrence College campus center
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    The gift represents the largest single donation in the College's 89-year history and comes as the College prepares to enter the public phase of a capital campaign.

    The Barbara Walters Campus Center, a multi-use building that will serve as the hub of student life and campus community, will bring together aspects of student engagement and day-to-day social and intellectual experiences. The building will feature adaptable social and academic spaces, a venue suitable for large public and campus events, lounges, dining facilities, the College's radio station, a media innovation lab, areas for career services, student clubs, activities, and collaborative work. In addition, it will permanently house the Barbara Walters Archives (which will include edited video interviews, edited transcripts, and personal letters from the notable subjects of her interviews), which Walters announced she was donating to the College in May 2014, and the Barbara Walters Gallery, currently housed in the College's Heimbold Visual Arts Center.

    "The Barbara Walters Campus Center will stand as a tribute to Barbara Walters and her belief in the power of a Sarah Lawrence education," said President Karen R. Lawrence in making the announcement. "This remarkable woman has changed the face of broadcast news by establishing her unique genre of the investigative, long-form interview. She is a powerful role model for our students, and we deeply appreciate her generosity, her vision, and her many contributions to the College. This transformative gift will enable us to create a powerful magnet on campus -- gathering spaces large and small -- in which community will flourish at Sarah Lawrence College."

    "When I donated my archives to Sarah Lawrence last year, I told the graduating class at Commencement that at Sarah Lawrence I learned to ask questions," said Walters. "I attribute my success, in many ways, to the curiosity and confidence I came away with from this remarkable college. Today I am pleased to be able to make The Barbara Walters Campus Center a reality for future generations of Sarah Lawrence students."

    "One of the hallmarks of the Sarah Lawrence campus is the convergence of living and learning," said Dean of the College Jerrilynn D. Dodds. "This is a college where students and their teachers extend their intellectual discourse beyond the classroom, hampered only by the limited number of common spaces. The new campus center will provide a venue for an even greater degree of this expression of the College's unique approach to learning."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13327-barbara-walters-donates-15-million-for-the-barbara-walters-campus-center

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  • IfOnly, a marketplace for experiences that donates a portion of its proceeds to charities, has announced the launch of its partnership with Lucasfilm and actor Adam Driver with a chance to win a hand-signed photo by the cast of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and a tour of the Lucasfilm campus in San Francisco.

    The auction, which will benefit Adam Drivers' cause Arts In The Armed Forces (AITAF), is open for bidding today and will end on March 19, 2015. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18, 2015. www.ifonly.com/starwars.

    The signed photo includes faces and signatures from many of the cast members from the original films as well as the new members joining them in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The photo is only one part of the auction, however: the winning bidder will also receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the Lucasfilm campus at the Presidio in San Francisco.

    The photo alone is a special collectable, but the signed version is invaluable to the "Star Wars" enthusiast. When the film was publicly announced, each cast member was given a copy of the first photo of them together, taken during one of their first table reads of the script. Adam asked each cast member to sign a copy and is auctioning it off to benefit Arts in the Armed Forces, an organization he co-founded that brings performing arts to the military free of charge. Driver's career prior to being cast in "Star Wars" doesn't follow any of the typical Hollywood plotlines. His path took him through the military, to Juilliard, and then to a career in film and television. Passionate about helping those in the military, Adam uses his cause to bring performing arts to other service members.

    "AITAF brings quality entertainment to veterans and those currently serving. We cultivate tonally eclectic, often hilarious content that focuses on the human challenges we all share. We recruit great actors to read it, and make it cost-free. Though AITAF offers an artistic experience that can't immediately be quantified, the feeling after an AITAF performance is tangible, as we watch someone from the military ‘get' that the act of self-expression is as powerful a tool as the rifle on their shoulder." -- Adam Driver, founder, Arts in the Armed Forces.

    The photo is signed by most of the cast, listed below.

    Signatures include:
    * Adam Driver
    * J.J. Abrams
    * Harrison Ford
    * Mark Hamill
    * Carrie Fisher
    * Lawrence Kasdan
    * John Boyega
    * Oscar Isaac
    * Andy Serkis
    * Kathleen Kennedy
    * Daisy Ridley
    * Lupita Nyong'o
    * Gwendoline Christie

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    * Anthony Daniels
    * Domhnall Gleeson
    * Bryan Burk
    * Peter Mayhew

    Arts in the Armed Forces bridges the cultural gap between the United States Armed Forces and the performing arts communities by bringing the best of contemporary theater to the military free of charge. AITAF programming accentuates the shared humanity of all Americans by using performance to unite artists and service members and encourage dialogue. AITAF enlists artists of the highest quality and chooses thought-provoking content with an eye to what might speak to this particular audience.

    To reach the IfOnly concierge with questions, please call 415-754-8167 or concierge@ifonly.com.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13328-your-chance-to-win-a-photo-signed-by-the-cast-of-star-wars-the-force-awakens

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  • Last week, award-winning actor and former Vermonter James Cromwell sent a letter on PETA's behalf to Vermont's governor, Peter Shumlin, asking him to consider changing the state beverage from dairy milk to apple cider.

    As the Big Hero 6 and American Horror Story star notes in his letter, apple cider supports one of Vermont's top agricultural products — and it's far kinder than subjecting animals to a lifetime of deprivation and abuse in the dairy industry.

    "I love the beautiful state of Vermont, and I'm proud to have attended Middlebury College," wrote Cromwell. "I'm writing to express my concern that the state beverage is still dairy milk, despite its well-documented link to environmental degradation and some of the nation's largest health crises. With this in mind, PETA and I hope you will work with the General Assembly to follow New Hampshire's example by changing the state beverage to apple cider as a way of promoting the official state fruit and encouraging healthier, more eco-friendly choices among your citizens.

    "An increasing number of Vermonters are replacing dairy milk with healthier, more environmentally friendly beverages, a trend aligned with recent research showing that the global dairy-alternative beverage market will in all likelihood continue to grow over the next few years. Dairy farms along with other forms of animal agriculture contribute to more than half of the world's greenhouse-gas emissions as well as to putrid accumulations of animal feces that often seep into drinking water sources. Apple cider, on the other hand, is energy efficient, sustainable, supportive of one of Vermont's top agricultural products, and a contributing factor in the success of the state's growing tourism industry. Cider also contains fiber and vitamin C and is free of the saturated fat and cholesterol found in dairy products — making it a far healthier choice as the state beverage than dairy milk, which plays a role in the nation's struggles with cancer and diabetes. We must also remember the many Vermonters who forgo dairy milk in order to protest the dairy industry, which cruelly separates calves from their mothers at birth and forces cows to produce milk until they become completely exhausted, at which point they are sent to the slaughterhouse.

    "I hope you will consider changing the state beverage to apple cider. This move would make Vermont a trendsetter in environmental, health, and ethical reform. Thank you very much for your time and attention to this matter. I look forward to hearing from you."

    PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to eat … or abuse in any other way" — offers tips for going dairy-free on its website.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13323-james-cromwell-switch-state-beverage-from-milk-to-apple-cider

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  • The Family Equality Council Los Angeles Awards Dinner took place on Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton.

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    The event was hosted by Sandra Bernhard, and included performances from Maxine Nightingale, Cheyenne Jackson and Glee cast members Lea Michele, Darren Criss, Chord Overstreet, Jenna Ushkowitz, Harry Shum, Becca Tobin and Alex Newell.

    Also in attendance were Lance Bass, Matt Bomer, Shannon Beador, Beau Bridges, Jason Collins, Wilson Cruz, Eileen Davidson, Camille Grammer, Max Greenfield, Ty Herndon, Dot Marie Jones, Michelle Lee, Steve Levitan, Patti LuPone, Alec Mapa, Ryan Murphy, Eric Christian Olsen, Sarah Wright Olsen, Sarah Paulson, Andrew Rannells, Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna, JJ Totah, Lisa Vanderpump, Vern Yip and more.

    Family Equality Council's premier West Coast event honored notables in the worlds of arts, entertainment, politics, and the LGBT movement for their efforts to advance equality for all families. The event raised $618,430 on Saturday night.

    The fundraising evening included moving stories, new announcements and amazing performances. Executive director of Family Equality Council, Gabriel Blau, announced that Family Equality Council is launching the "Snap It & Send It" app.

    Says Blau, "Our life is full of filling out forms. At the doctor's office, at our children's schools, at their dance classes. The forms that we're presented with at every turn still don't reflect us or many of today's families. But now there's an app for that. This app will make it possible to bring hundreds of forms to our attention, and for LGBTQ parents on the front lines across the country to work with our staff and make these changes on the ground."

    Blau also announced that this sprint the FEC will begin a new public education and engagement effort in a new partnership with the "It Gets Better" project. They are also expanding its legal clinic project for low-income LGBT families, launching clinics in Alabama and Louisiana. They also plan on holding the first Stakeholder and Partner Summit on Southern Families in North Carolina. The Family Equality Council continues to expand, reaching 25,000 people in 2013, 32,000 in 2014, and hold to reach even more in 2015.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13322-glee-stars-perform-at-family-equality-council-los-angeles-awards-dinner

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  • March is Kidney Cancer Awareness Month and the Kidney Cancer Association (KCA) and its nearly 91,000 members in more than 100 countries will celebrate by honoring the many collaborators who have helped to make it the largest organization of its kind.

    Since its founding in 1990 by the late Eugene P. Schonfeld, Ph.D., KCA has developed scores of highly effective relationships with organizations and institutions around the world.

    Carrie Konosky, KCA Vice President for Development, says, "By working with others who specialize in helping people whose lives have been touched by renal cancers, we've made remarkable strides in the investigation of new medicines, along with advancements in surgery, and helping patient families to manage the psychosocial aspects of dealing with cancer."

    Among the earliest collaborations were those that brought medical experts on board as advisors to KCA. Doctors and researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering, University of Chicago, Loyola University, Cleveland Clinic, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and other major academic centers were among the first to join this effort. Soon faculty from West Coast institutions joined, followed by doctors from the major European centers.

    In the 1990s, KCA joined the Washington, DC, based Cancer Leadership Council, where others with a shared interest in the eradication of death and suffering from cancer gather monthly to work on a common advocacy agenda.

    Members of KCA have served on the governing board of Friends of Cancer Research and as advisors to the director of the National Cancer Institute through the Director's Consumer Liaison Group.

    KCA's longstanding affiliation with Patient Advocate Foundation enables families to receive prompt assistance with questions related to health insurance, as well as co-payment assistance for drugs.

    Nurses working in the biotherapy unit at Providence Portland Medical Center answer patients' questions related to side-effects from drug treatments and also provide referrals to expert physicians.

    "Obviously, there are too many KCA collaborations for us to list, " Konosky says. "These relationships will be evident to anyone who visits our website. Recently, we began working with Lotsa Helping Hands, a group that facilitates online connections for families that need help dealing with routine tasks because of a loved one's experience with kidney cancer."

    KCA also collaborates with two groups that help patients to raise funds for medical expenses. Details are available on the charity's website, where information about one-to-one patient support through Imerman Angels may also be found.

    Konosky adds, "We're grateful to Hollywood star Denise Richards, one of our directors, for helping to bring much needed awareness to kidney cancer, the disease that took her mother's life in 2007. Denise has been wonderfully supportive in helping us to raise funds, so that KCA's work can continue."

    KCA CEO, Bill Bro, a 26-year kidney cancer survivor, serves as a member of National Cancer Institute's Renal Cancer Task Force, as well as being an active participant in endeavors aimed at improving patient care.

    Find out more here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13329-march-is-kidney-cancer-awareness-month

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  • Proving that she would do anything to help animals, I'd Do Anything and Les Misérables star Samantha Barks didn't hesitate before stripping down and plunging into a tank of cold water to pose for a new PETA advert that challenges, "Imagine Not Being Able to Breathe", explaining that fish suffocate when pulled out of the water.

    Samantha Barks0 PETA Ad
    Samantha Barks0 PETA Ad

    The advert goes on to implore, "Please Try to Relate, and Keep Fish off Your Plate."

    "Fish have the same capacity to feel pain and to suffer as dogs and cats do", says PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi. "PETA are delighted to have teamed up with Samantha Barks, a long-time vegetarian, to encourage the public to help all animals by leaving them off their plates."

    Biologists have found that fish develop relationships with each other and grieve when their companions die. Some fish are capable of using tools, while others gather information by eavesdropping. These intelligent, sensitive animals are so good-natured that Dr Sylvia Earle, the world's leading marine biologist, has said, "I wouldn't deliberately eat a grouper any more than I'd eat a cocker spaniel."

    Each person who goes vegetarian or vegan spares 100 fish and other animals immense suffering every year.

    Winner of multiple awards for her debut film role in Les Misérables, Barks has starred in stage productions of Cabaret, Les Misérables, Oliver! and others. She next stars in A Hundred Streets alongside Gemma Arterton and Idris Elba.

    Barks joins a growing list of celebrities -- including Vivienne Westwood, John Bishop, Joss Stone, Paul McCartney and Joaquin Phoenix -- who have teamed up with PETA to promote the group's motto, which reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to eat".

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13332-samantha-barks-wants-to-keep-fish-off-your-plate

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  • WWE announced the launch of Superstars for Hope, a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo, the world's largest crowdfunding platform, to benefit Special Olympics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford in honor of Connor's Cure.

    The announcement was made exclusively on Twitter by WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan and WWE Superstar John Cena.

    To kick off Superstars for Hope, WWE and the San Francisco 49ers Foundation have each donated $25,000, the first in a series of community outreach initiatives in celebration of WrestleMania 31 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Sunday, March 29.

    

Supporters can donate at SuperstarsforHope.com and receive unique WWE merchandise, autographs, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences from WWE Superstars, Divas and Legends.

    Each week, WWE will add new exclusive experiences to the campaign, including:

    

- A tour of WWE's state-of-the-art Performance Center in Orlando, Florida
- Backstage access to Monday Night Raw or SmackDown

    - VIP package to WWE pay-per-view events

    - Lunch with WWE Superstar Triple H at the WWE Performance Center
    
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship title signed by WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H
    
- An ultimate WrestleMania 32 package

    - Lunch with the cast of the hit E! reality show Total Divas

    

"WWE's support of Special Olympics gives us a unique platform from which to reach, educate and welcome countless new fans and athletes to our movement," said Janet Froetscher, CEO, Special Olympics. "The important work we do around the world to create communities of acceptance and respect for all will only be successful when the world heeds our call to Play Unified in order to Live Unified."

    

"Every day at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, our doctors, staff, and researchers strive to ensure the best possible care for children with cancer," said Christopher G. Dawes, president and CEO of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. "WWE has been a strong advocate of pediatric cancer research and we're pleased to support the important mission of Connor's Cure."



    "WWE is dedicated to using the power of our brand to give back to the community in as many ways as we can," said Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer. "I am proud that this year's Superstars for Hope campaign will support two worthwhile causes, Special Olympics celebrating acceptance and inclusion, and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford in honor of Connor's Cure in an effort to find a cure for pediatric cancer."

    

"The 49ers Foundation is proud to be partnering with WWE to further our commitment to making an impact on and off the field," said John York, Chairman/Co-Owner of the San Francisco 49ers. "Special Olympics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford provide much needed resources for superstars in our community -- athletes with intellectual disabilities and children fighting life-threatening and life-limiting illness. It is an honor to join with WWE to support them through the Superstars for Hope campaign."

    

In support of Superstars for Hope, celebrities and athletes are serving as official social media ambassadors to help raise funds and awareness. Ambassadors include San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, journalist Joan Lunden, journalist and Yahoo! global news anchor Katie Couric, multi-platinum recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks and actor Kellan Lutz.

    Fans can click here now through Tuesday, March 31 to participate and use the hashtag #STARS4HOPE when donating.

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  • The Football Extravaganza Committee members are enormously proud to announce that David Beckham is to be honoured with the Legend of Football Award at the 20th Anniversary HMV Football Extravaganza.

    The event, which raises funds for Nordoff Robbins, is to be held on Tuesday 1st September at The Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

    This year's HMV Football Extravaganza will celebrate 20 years of football and fundraising and to date has raised nearly £7 million for Nordoff Robbins, enabling them to provide tens of thousands of music therapy sessions for some of the UK's most isolated and vulnerable people.

    During those 20 years, David Beckham has become a global footballing icon, winning 17 major trophies in a stellar career at Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain. Twice runner up in FIFA World Player of the Year, Beckham was the first English player to win league titles in four countries – England, Spain, USA and France. He also became the most capped outfield player in the history of the English game with 115 international appearances as well as the only English player to have scored in three different World Cups. David announced his retirement from football at the end of the 2012/2013 season lifting a final League Title with Paris Saint Germain.

    David Beckham said: "I'm incredibly honoured to be receiving this Award. When you look at the list of the previous recipients, I feel very fortunate to be considered alongside them. More importantly the night is about recognising the fantastic work that Nordoff Robbins does and raising funds for their vital work."

    Brian McLaughlin, Chairman of The HMV Football Extravaganza and Nordoff Robbins Governor said: "We are absolutely thrilled that David Beckham has accepted our prestigious Legend of Football Award. David is, without doubt, one of the world's footballing greats and I am delighted he will be joining us. We have had many great nights since this event began and been joined by some exceptional football personalities. With David Beckham on our team it guarantees this tremendous tradition will be upheld on the occasion of our 20th Anniversary."

    Paul McGowan CEO at Hilco Capital said: "Once again HMV is proud to support Nordoff Robbins through the HMV Football Extravaganza. Since returning to the event we have seen the Legend of Football awarded to Pelé and Ryan Giggs and David Beckham certainly deserves to join that illustrious group."

Tickets for the event are available now from Rae@TheFE.co.uk

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  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Gates Foundation Co-Chair Melinda Gates and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton will join global and community leaders for the official release of the No Ceilings Full Participation Report on Monday, March 9, in New York City.

    The event will coincide with the start of the 59th session of the United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women.



    The No Ceilings Full Participation Report is the culmination of a year-long, global data aggregation effort by the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in collaboration with The Economist Intelligence Unit, UCLA WORLD Policy Analysis Center and Fathom Information Design. The report identifies the significant gains women and girls have made -- and the gaps that still remain -- since the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, when Secretary Clinton called on the international community to ensure "women's rights are human rights." Benchmarking process since that landmark event, No Ceilings is making the data open and accessible, and is pairing the report with an interactive, shareable collection of data visualizations. The data visualizations will highlight key findings from the data through interactive stories, as well as allow users the ability to explore the data on their own.





    When: Monday, March 9, 2015 at 11:00 AM ET
    


    Where: Best Buy Theater
1515 Broadway (side entrance on 44th Street)
New York, NY

    Livestream of this event can also be found at www.clintonfoundation.org/noceilings.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13335-hillary-and-chelsea-clinton-to-attend-release-of-the-no-ceilings-full-participation-report

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  • Augie0s Quest today announced its 10 Year Reunion Bash, set to take place on Friday, March 13, 2015, at the JW Marriott, located at 900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

    The event is held in conjunction with the 34th Annual IHRSA Tradeshow and Convention.

    Proceeds will go towards the ALS Therapy Development Institute, the world's first and largest non-profit biotech focused 100 percent on ALS research, with the goal of finding effective treatments and a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

    The event will feature entertainment from Grammy-nominated recording artist, Gavin DeGraw, with a special performance from John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting. The Bash will be hosted by Natalie Morales of NBC's The Today Show.

    The 10 Year Reunion Bash for Augie's Quest will provide guests with a fun, high school-reunion theme and will highlight the past 10 years of successful fundraising put on by the organization, in hopes of bringing donations to an all-time high to ultimately end the affects of ALS. The event features a silent and live auction with one-of-a-kind packages. The BASH for Augie's Quest is presented by IHRSA, with sponsors including Technogym, The Atlantic Club, The Bay Club Company, Zumba, Newtown Athletic Club, and 24 Hour Fitness.

    The purpose of Augie's Quest has always been to fund research and drug development aimed at ending ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease. Since 2007, Augie's Quest has raised more than $44 million in support of finding effective ALS treatments- making it the largest individual fundraising program for ALS. All funds raised by Augie's Quest benefit the ALS Therapy Development Institute, the world's first and largest nonprofit biotech focused 100 percent on ALS research. Support comes from a huge network of national events and promotions, including the BASH for Augie's Quest, Tradition of Hope Gala and widely successful campaigns within the very generous fitness industry, such as the Clubs for the Quest, as well as a hugely innovative joint-fundraising initiative called the ClubCorp Charity Classic which benefits Augie's Quest and other local charities chosen by that networks members directly. For more information, click here.

    For tickets and information about the Bash, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13330-gavin-degraw-headlines-10-year-reunion-bash-for-augies-quest

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  • A window display at Rockefeller Plaza this month featuring GRAMMY-winning singer, Oscar-winning actress, and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) Ambassador Jennifer Hudson together with Shiva Malek, Ph.D., a senior research scientist at Genentech, will reach almost 250,000 people per day with a message about the importance of supporting innovative research.

    The display is adapted from a collaborative public service campaign highlighting the incredible work of today's leading cancer researchers, created by Stand Up To Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501c3 nonprofit, and Genentech, one of the world's leading biotech companies. The window space at 10 Rockefeller Plaza, donated by EHE International, will house the display throughout March.

    Juxtaposing Hudson and Malek, the display notes the similarities between the worlds of art and science—reinforcing how much can be accomplished by working together. The "Two Worlds. One Dream." campaign, launched in 2014, charges everyone — from doctors and scientists, to artists with powerful public voices, to individual patients and survivors — to unite in the fight against the collection of diseases known as cancer, which is expected to take the lives of over 1,600 Americans every day this year.

    "EHE international is delighted to make this gift to the Entertainment Industry Foundation's Stand Up To Cancer initiative, which will offer a potent reminder that each and every one of us can play a part in the fight against cancer," says Deborah McKeever, President of EHE International.

    "We are so grateful to Jennifer Hudson and Genentech for their invaluable support, and to EHE International for this incredible opportunity to get our message out to millions of people," said Lisa Paulsen, co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer. "This campaign champions collaboration, which is a cornerstone of SU2C. We hope to continue inspiring the public to realize their role in supporting research that has the ability to transform lives."

    For more information on the campaign, visit standup2cancer.org.

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  • Univision Local Media joined St. Jude Children0s Research Hospital to host the annual Promesa y Esperanza (Promise and Hope) radio event, helping to raise $3.5 million on February 5-6.

    St. Jude patient Neisha and Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega
    St. Jude patient Neisha and Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega

    Millions of Hispanic radio listeners tuned in to Univision Radio and their broadcast aimed at raising awareness and support for St. Jude, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancers and other life-threatening diseases.

    "I am very proud of how every year the community rallies around such an important cause by supporting the St. Jude Promesa y Esperanza radio event," said Randy Falco, president and CEO of Univision Communications Inc. "As a mission-driven Company, we value the work of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital team and are privileged to share these efforts with thousands of radio listeners."

    Univision Local Media dedicated more than 30 hours of radio programming to support St. Jude. During the event, listeners were asked to call in to their local Univision Radio stations and become Angeles de Esperanza (Angels of Hope) by pledging to make a monthly donation of $20. Thanks to individual contributions, such as listener pledges, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food -- because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

    "The dedication and support we receive from Univision and its staff allow us to reach Hispanic radio listeners across the country and create awareness about our lifesaving research and treatments," said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "Every Angel de Esperanza that pledges their support is helping St. Jude fight childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The financial support and the commitment of the Univision family and their listeners will help us reach the day when every child can be saved."

    Social media was also a very active platform for the radio event this year, where fans joined in the conversation on Twitter and Facebook via @StJude and using the hashtag #StJudeUnivision. The St. Jude Promesa y Esperanza radio event was also supported by Univision Local Media's portfolio of media platforms, including Univision America, Univision Radio's AM radio network, its local television stations, online, mobile and social media channels using the official hashtags #StJudeUnivision.

    Several Univision popular on-air personalities supported the event including: Javier Romero of Desayuno Musical, Dra. Isabel of Univisión América, Raúl Brindis of El Show de Raúl Brindis, Alberto Sardiñas of Intimo, Enrique Santos of El Show de Enrique Santos, Omar Velasco and Argelia Atilano of El show de Omar y Argelia, Raúl Molinar, Sylvia del Valle and Andrés Maldonado of El Bueno, La Mala y El Feo, Rene Pineda and Pancho Mercado of Uforia Nation, Pamela Silva Conde of Primer Impacto, Lily Estefan of El Gordo y La Flaca and Ilia Calderón of Noticiero Univision Edición Nocturna.

    Among the participating Hispanic artists were: Luis Fonsi, Chino y Nacho, Grupo Intocable, Barbara Padilla, Ismael Cala, Frankie J., A.B. Quintanilla, Los Huracanes del Norte, Grupo Control, Duelo, Leslie Grace, Gerardo Ortiz, Banda El Recodo, Ricardo Montaner, Roberto Tapia, Saúl "El Jaguar," 3BALLMTY, Kevin Ortiz, El Dasa, Regulo Caro, Banda Los Recoditos, among others.

    To learn more or pledge a donation, visit promesayesperanza.org.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13336-univision-local-media-raises-35-million-for-children-battling-cancer

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  • As nations and individuals around the globe gear up to participate in the world's largest grassroots environmental movement, WWF's Earth Hour has kickstarted the countdown to the 2015 event with the release of the official campaign video.

    Video: Earth Hour 2015 Official Video

    Set to the international hit song ‘Pompeii' by British rock band Bastille, the two-minute video demonstrates how Earth Hour is empowering individuals and organisations around the world to take action on climate change.

    Showcasing memorable moments and achievements from past Earth Hour events as well as powerful statements from world leaders and personalities such as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, US President Barack Obama and actors Emma Thompson, Li Bingbing and Mark Ruffalo on the issue of climate change, the Earth Hour 2015 video aims to inspire people with the message to act and ‘use your power to change climate change'.

    "This is the ninth time the Earth Hour movement will roll across the world. Millions of people will come together to use their power to change climate change and we want to work with them to deliver real solutions for a sustainable future for our planet," said Sudhanshu Sarronwala, Executive Director, Marketing and Communications WWF International.

    In the past eight years, Earth Hour has grown from a symbolic lights-off event in Sydney, Australia to the world's largest open-sourced environmental campaign mobilising hundreds of millions of people in more than 7,000 cities and 162 countries and territories.

    "We would like to thank the band Bastille, Universal and EMI Publishing for helping us create an inspiring video that captures the energy and power of the Earth Hour movement to impact climate change," said Sarronwala.

    Earth Hour 2015 will take place on 28th March 2015 between 8:30 and 9:30 P.M. in your local time zone. To know more about the event and activities happening in and around your city and how you can use your power to change climate change, visit www.earthhour.org.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13337-wwf-kickstarts-countdown-to-earth-hour-2015

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  • World Animal Protection has launched a petition requesting the Ministry of Natural Resources in Russia help give two, 20 year old bears the freedom they have been denied for so long.

    Since they were tiny cubs, these two bears have been held in captivity in a restaurant in Sochi, Russia. Kept in filthy, cramped cages these defenceless bears are fed cake and chips by guests and even made to drink beer. Instead of grass beneath their paws, home is a concrete bunker behind a steel fence.

    After years of neglect, poor diet and abuse, the bears are in urgent need of veterinary care and attention. One of the bears is completely blind.

    World Animal Protection is currently working with Big Hearts Foundation to rescue the bears from their misery and move them to the space and freedom of the Romanian Bear Sanctuary.

    This week a court order comes into effect, making the local Ministry of Natural Resources responsible for seizing the bears from the current owner. WAP will then urge the Ministry to take the bears somewhere safe -- away from the misery and filth -- giving WAP the chance to arrange a journey to the safety of the Romanian Bear Sanctuary.

    The more people that sign the petition, the greater the chance to change the lives of these bears forever. With space for the bears at the Sanctuary right now, this may be the best chance they will ever have for that freedom.

    Among the stars who are supporting the petition are John Hurt, Ricky Gervais, Brian Blessed, Alesha Dixon and Lena Headey.

    To sign the petition, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13338-stars-back-campaign-to-rescue-russian-bears

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  • Save the Children ambassador Myleene Klass recently traveled to Nepal to see first-hand the impact a lack of access to basic healthcare is having on young lives.

    Myleene Klass cries as she talks to Soshma, 20, who lost her first child to pneumonia two years ago
    Myleene Klass cries as she talks to Soshma, 20, who lost her first child to pneumonia two years ago
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    "As a mum, I know how terrifying it is to give birth, even with a trained midwife available to help," says Klass, "But in Nepal I heard some harrowing stories.

    "I met mums who had to walk on foot or were carried for up to seven hours in a wicker basket to get to a clinic because there aren't any ambulances; women who had to give birth by the side of the road without a health worker present; mothers who couldn't afford basic medical care for their children -- the result was horrifying, and always the same: children dying needlessly."

    To read the full blog about her trip, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13339-myleene-klass-visits-nepal-with-save-the-children

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  • Actor Paul Bettany and actresses AnnaLynne McCord and Kelly Rutherford will join women's rights leaders and activists for a March For Gender Equality on March 8 in NYC.

    The MARCH FOR GENDER EQUALITY: STEP IT UP! PLANET 50-50 BY 2030 event is co-hosted by UN Women and the City of New York, with the UN Women for Peace Association, NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY (NGO CSW/NY), Man Up and The Working Group on Girls NGO. Marking International Women's Day, the event will bring together diverse partners on the eve of the 20-year anniversary commemoration of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

    Leading the march will be Leymah Roberta Gbowee, Nobel laureate, Chirlane McCray, First Lady of the City of New York and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

    The year 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, a significant turning point in the global agenda for gender equality. The Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action, adopted unanimously by 189 countries in 1995, is a visionary blueprint for gender equality and the empowerment of women. Twenty years on, the Beijing promise is only partially fulfilled, and its 20-year anniversary provides new opportunities to galvanize political will, reconnect and mobilize the public. To this end, the theme of this year's International Women's Day, celebrated globally on 8 March, is the clarion call of UN Women's Beijing+20 campaign "Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!". To celebrate achievements made in ensuring gender equal laws and practices, as well as to readdress the gaps that remain, a march for gender equality and women's rights will take place.

    WHEN: Sunday, 8 March 2015, 2.30 -- 5.00 p.m.
    WHERE: New York City [Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza (47th Street and 2nd Avenue) to Times Square (42nd and 7th Avenue)]

    Detailed Programme: The march will be held on Sunday, 8 March 2015 and will run from 2.30 to 5.00 p.m. Participants will assemble at the Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, at the corner of 47th Street and 2nd Avenue starting at 1.30 p.m. The march will end at Times Square, at the corner of 42nd Street and 7th Avenue, where participants will collectively urge for renewed commitments to gender equality.

    TIMELINE
    1.30 p.m. Participants begin to assemble
    2.15 p.m. Flagging off programme with short opening remarks
    2.40 p.m. March begins
    4.30: Final Convening point: Renewing commitments to gender equality through closing speeches by participants
    5.00 p.m. March concludes

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13340-celebrities-to-take-part-in-march-for-gender-equality-in-nyc

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  • GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, today announced it will honor Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actress Kerry Washington at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton on March 21, 2015.

    Washington will receive GLAAD's Vanguard Award, which is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality. Previous Vanguard Award honorees include Jennifer Lopez, Kristin Chenoweth, Charlize Theron, Elizabeth Taylor, Antonio Banderas, Drew Barrymore, Janet Jackson, and Sharon Stone.

    Film, stage, and television star Kerry Washington became the first African American woman to a headline a network TV drama since 1974 when she took on the role of Olivia Pope on the LGBT-inclusive show Scandal, executive produced by Shonda Rhimes. Her performance on this hit ABC show has earned her numerous accolades including Golden Globe, Emmy, and SAG Best Actress nominations as well as an NAACP Image Award for Best Actress.

    In addition to appearing in LGBT-inclusive projects like Scandal, Peeples, She Hate Me, The Dead Girl, and Life is Hot in Cracktown, Washington has tirelessly spoken out in support of full equality for LGBT people. She has has participated in GLAAD's annual anti-bullying campaign, Spirit Day, by wearing purple to show her support for LGBT youth, and talked about the importance of stopping bullying on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

    She has spoken out against the repression of LGBT people in Russia and Africa, and advocated for marriage equality for same-sex couples. Washington was also appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Committee of the Arts and Humanities in 2009, and in 2014 Washington was named to Time's 100 Most Influential list.

    Washington's other films include Save the Last Dance, Lift (for which she received an Independent Spirit nomination), The Human Stain, Sin, Ray, Mr & Mrs Smith, I Think I Love My Wife, Miracle At St. Anna, Mother and Child, The Last King Of Scotland, Night Catches Us, Lakeview Terrace, The Details, and Django Unchained.

    "Throughout her illustrious career, Kerry Washington has consistently brought life to characters that encourage acceptance of LGBT people," said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. "Her outspoken support for equality, both here at home and abroad, has sent messages of hope and empowerment to fans all over the world, fostering dialogue that builds understanding and helps move hearts and minds."

    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 equality.

    GLAAD previously announced that Channing Tatum will present the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to out director Roland Emmerich at the Los Angeles event. Additional special guests and honorees for the Los Angeles will be announced.

    In January, GLAAD announced 104 nominees in 21 English-language categories, and 40 Spanish-language nominees in 10 categories. Nominees for the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards can be found here: www.glaad.org/mediaawards/nominees. To receive the latest updates on the GLAAD Media Awards, follow @glaad on Twitter and use the hashtag #glaadawards. The New York GLAAD Media Awards ceremony will take place on May 9 at the Waldorf Astoria New York.

    The 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards is presented by Delta Air Lines, Hilton, Ketel One Vodka, and Wells Fargo; and Official Presenting Partners Amazon and Bud Light. GLAAD also thanks this year's corporate partners, which include: Titanium Partners-21st Century Fox, ABC-Disney Television Group and Southwest Airlines; Platinum Partners- Allstate Insurance Company, AT&T, Comcast/NBC Universal, HBO, NBA, WNBA, PwC, Sheppard Mullin, Time Warner, and Viacom; Gold Partners- CBS/Showtime, Nielsen, Omnicom, Univision, Westfield, and WWE; and Silver Partners- Citi, Discovery Life, MLB, NFL and Skadden. For a full list of corporate partners and information on how to become a corporate partner, purchase tickets, and place a tribute in the tribute book, please visit www.glaad.org/mediaawards.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13341-kerry-washington-to-be-honored-at-glaad-media-awards

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  • The UK is gearing up for a spectacular night of top telly treats in the name of Red Nose Day as Comic Relief -- Face the Funny broadcasts live, for the first time ever, from the London Palladium on March 13.

    The star-studded evening of comedy will be presented by a stellar line-up of TV favourites including John Bishop, Lenny Henry, Davina McCall, David Walliams and Claudia Winkleman, who will entertain the nation throughout this epic night. Here's a taste of what's to come…

    The world's most famous secret agent, Daniel Craig, has been given a licence to thrill viewers in a special one-off James Bond sketch -- which promises to leave you shaken and stirred in the best way possible!

    Comedy legend David Walliams will reprise his iconic character Lou for the exclusive return of Little Britain with a very special guest -- Professor Stephen Hawking. The sketch, which also
stars Catherine Tate, will be an unmissable highlight of the show.

    Viewers will also be treated to another must see sketch, in which some of the biggest names in showbiz find out if they've done enough to earn the esteemed accolade of ‘National Treasure 2015'. Russell Brand, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Stephen Fry, David Gandy, Miranda Hart, Sheridan Smith and The Chuckle Brothers head an all-star cast in this one-off Comic Relief special.

    The nation's much loved female vicar is back as Dawn French returns to screens as Geraldine Granger, campaigning for the role of the next female Bishop -- but she soon realises she has some stiff competition from a host of top secret but well-known faces.

    Rowan Atkinson's beloved character Mr Bean will return to Red Nose Day for the first time in eight years. This time he will be joined by actors Ben Miller and Rebecca Front for a sketch strewn with twists, turns and complications.

    For the very first time, four Comic Relief heroes will appear live on stage together as John Bishop, Eddie Izzard, Davina McCall and David Walliams join forces for a special Comic Relief reinvention of the classic Monty Python ‘Four Yorkshiremen' sketch.

    After kicking off on The One Show the night before, Dermot O0Leary will be pushing himself to the limit as he finishes his epic non-stop 24 hour Day of Dance, live in the London Palladium. Dermot will dance his way from BBC New Broadcasting House, where he will have been dancing since he started live on The One Show the previous evening, through the streets of central London and enter the London Palladium to a triumphant welcome.

    The People's Strictly will reach a climactic finale as one of the six inspirational, everyday heroes and their professional dancing partner will be crowned the first champions of the show and awarded the iconic Glitterball trophy. Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will present the coveted award to the lucky contestant live at the Palladium.

    Aiming to split your sides with live stand-up comedy performances are Doc Brown, Cardinal Burns, Mr. Khan and Trevor Noah. They will each take to the stage of the London Palladium, popping up at different points throughout the show in a bid to get the donations rolling in and the crowds howling with laughter.

    On BBC Two at 10pm a special edition of The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, presented by Jo Brand with Frank Skinner and Mary Berry, will see the four Star Bakers from The Great Comic Relief Bake Off series compete against each other once again in a chance to be crowned champion of The Great Comic Relief Bake Off 2015.

    There will be short highlights from Peter Kay's sold-out run of Phoenix Nights Live, and Sarah Millican will be appearing live on the night.

    Viewers will be reminded of the serious side of Comic Relief's work, with powerful and moving appeal films presented by Peter Capaldi, Olivia Colman, Idris Elba, John Bishop and Lenny Henry, to show how the money raised could help change lives here in the UK and across Africa. There will also be the opportunity to hear the good news of how Comic Relief cash has been used to make a difference.

    The live show will feature stunning musical performances from pop sensation Ella Henderson, singer songwriter Labrinth and Grammy award winner Sam Smith.

    And as if that wasn't enough, viewers will be taken into the early hours with an hour long behind the scenes programme, Comic Relief -- Making It Funny For Money, with original footage of how the programme and its sketches were made, plus interviews from the key players.

    There will be further announcements about what's in store over the coming weeks.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13342-red-nose-day-its-time-to-face-the-funny

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  • According to a new video interview for peta2, PETA's youth division, if bassist Scott Shriner's adopted dog Calvin were a Weezer song, he'd be "Hash Pipe."

    Scott Shriner From Weezer With His Dogs
    Scott Shriner From Weezer With His Dogs

    In addition to the "interesting street references" the song conjures up, Calvin also has a tough "Hash Pipe" way about him as he struts down the streets of Los Angeles. Alternately, Calvin's companion Peanut calls to mind the more downtrodden melodies of "Tragic Girl," a once forgotten-about track from the Pinkerton sessions. Both rescued Cairn terriers appear alongside the longtime Weezer bassist in a print ad for peta2, along with the campaign slogan "Adopt. Don't Shop."

    Video: Weezer0s Scott Shriner Loves Being a 0Doggy Dad0

    "I guarantee you there's a dog that you're looking for out there that needs a home already," Shriner says in the video available on peta2.com. "My wife's adopted, my son's adopted, the dogs are adopted — and we made this amazing family."

    Shriner also points out that half of the 6 to 8 million dogs and cats who enter U.S. animal shelters every year have to be euthanized simply because there aren't enough good homes for them. That's why he and peta2 — whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to abuse in any way" — are asking caring people to adopt from local shelters and never buy from breeders or pet stores.

    Shriner joins a growing list of celebrities—including Jhené Aiko, Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast, Rise Against, RZA, and members of Fall Out Boy and Manchester Orchestra — who've teamed up with peta2 to promote kindness to animals.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13343-weezers-scott-shriner-joins-peta-campaign

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  • Pop recording artist and philanthropist Sir Ivan has released a new single titled "Kiss All the Bullies Goodbye" in support of his anti--bullying campaign with The Peaceman Foundation.

    Sir Ivan Releases Anti-Bullying Song
    Sir Ivan Releases Anti-Bullying Song

    The track was produced by Paul Oakenfold, and features vocals by chart--topping singer Taylor Dayne and lyrics that condemn bullying and encourage people to be different and tolerant. Sir Ivan has also released an accompanying music video directed by Erik White (Ryan Murphy's The Glee Project).

    Video: Sir Ivan - Kiss All The Bullies Goodbye [feat. Taylor Dayne] (Paul Oakenfold Original Mix)

    Sir Ivan, who is best known for his pop--dance remakes of 1960s and '70s hits, including "Imagine," "San Francisco," and "Live For Today," is a strong advocate against violence and intolerance who also goes by the pseudonym Peaceman. The Peaceman Foundation was founded by Sir Ivan in 2005 as a non--profit charity that battles hatred, violence and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

    In conjunction with the release of this track, Sir Ivan, through The Peaceman Foundation, has pledged to donate a total of $100,000 to ten key non--profit organizations that combat bullying and intolerance, including: The It Gets Better Project; the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Educational Network (GLSEN); the Born This Way Foundation; Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center; Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG); Stomp Out Bullying; Campus Pride; Love is Louder/The Jed Foundation; The Trevor Project; and the Anti--Defamation League. The donation will include all net proceeds from video views, song streams and downloads of "Kiss All the Bullies Goodbye."

    "As the son of a Holocaust survivor, I've always been an activist for people who have been persecuted," said Sir Ivan. "I was brought up with a heightened awareness of the harm that being perceived as different can cause. Through my music, I want to demonstrate the importance of acceptance and understanding. Young people, especially LGBT youth, often lack a support system and are more likely to be harassed and bullied, and I, for one, will not stand for it. I hope people will unite with me against this injustice. Anti--bullying organizations provide critical support services to LGBT youth to help prevent suicide and empower young people to be proud of who they are, and I'm determined to support them in doing this."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13344-sir-ivan-makes-100000-donation-in-support-of-anti-bullying-efforts

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