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  • Making a significant and meaningful difference to the lives of people affected by breast cancer or with breast health concerns through the provisions of high quality, innovative, responsive services and by campaigning for excellence in breast cancer treatment and care

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    Breast Cancer Care has 25 known supporters, including Sting, Rod Stewart, and Nicole Kidman

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  • Stevie Wonder

    Stevie Wonder is a United Nations Messenger of Peace.

    All proceeds from the "Shelter In The Rain" single were directed to Stevie's charity organization The Wonder Foundation to help with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

    Wonder performed a duet with Bruce Springsteen on the all-star charity single for African famine relief, "We Are the World", and he took part in another charity single the following year, the AIDS-targeted "That's What Friends Are For".

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  • The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) celebrated its 25th annual A Time for Heroes family festival Sunday, Oct. 19 at the BookBindery in Culver City.

    The event, which honored pediatrician Peter Waldstein, M.D. for his longtime commitment to A Time for Heroes and advancing the work of EGPAF, raised funds and awareness for the effort to achieve an AIDS-free generation.

    Celebrity attendees at A Time for Heroes included Celebrity Heroes Henry Winkler, Julie Bowen, Donald Faison, Judy Greer, and EJ Johnson. Denise Richards, Zach Braff, Neal McDonough, Jaime Pressly, Dot Marie Jones from Fox's "Glee," Fall Out Boy musician Pete Wentz, MTV's "Awkward" cast members Ashley Rickards and Beau Mirchoff; Rowan Blanchard and August Maturo from the Disney Channel's "Girl Meets World," Keahu Kahuanui from MTV's "Teen Wolf," entertainer Kyle Massey, actresses Aimee Carrero, Perrey Reeves, and Kate Linder were also in attendance. "Survivor" host Jeff Probst, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" cast member Adrienne Maloof, and young actors Nolan Gould from ABC's "Modern Family," star of NBC's "About a Boy" Benjamin Stockham, Yara Shahidi from ABC's "Blackish," and "The Hunger Games'" Willow Shields also showed their support for a world where no child has AIDS. Hollywood Records recording artist and actress on Disney Channel's "Girl Meets World" Sabrina Carpenter closed the event with an acoustic musical performance.

    "My mother believed that each one of us can be a hero, that each one of us has a role in changing the world. And together we have done just that," said Jake Glaser, son of Elizabeth Glaser and EGPAF Foundation Ambassador.

    "EGPAF's longtime partner Jewelers for Children will donate $1 for every person who signs on to our pledge for an AIDS-free generation at pedaids.org/AIDSFreeGen. And better yet, JFC will match donations made by pledge signers, doubling the impact of their gifts. This action will raise critical fund and awareness to end AIDS in children."

    Co-founder Susie Zeegen said of event honoree Peter Waldstein, M.D., "Through his leadership and support of our events and our mission, Dr. Peter has helped us raise over $6 million dollars to advance our lifesaving work. To help understand what this means, that kind of support allows us to reach 300,000 pregnant women with services to block HIV transmission to their babies."

    Since 1989, A Time for Heroes has raised nearly $35 million to support EGPAF's work to end AIDS in children.

    "Today is about celebrating our commitment to creating an AIDS-free generation," remarked Charles Lyons, EGPAF president and CEO. "Simply put, without the support of each one of you, we would not be where we are today. For that we are truly thankful, and will continue our global efforts -- until no child has AIDS."

    Families in attendance enjoyed fun activities, including games in the Disney Area, t-shirt screen printing with Modern Advocate, Ink+Cotton, and artist Annie Preece, face painting with Cinema Make-Up School, as well as football, basketball, and rock climbing.

    Some of LA's top eateries, including Akasha, Along Came Mary, Beacon Catering and Pink's, delighted everyone with parent and kid-friendly refreshments.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12760-stars-commit-to-an-aids-free-generation-at-a-time-for-heroes-event

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  • Star supporters of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation's TigerTime Campaign came together this autumn to help raise almost US$30,000 for tiger conservation in Assam.

    As a partner of Animal Planet's annual matched giving campaign ‘ROAR' the charity urged supporters to donate during September to receive matched giving on their donations and, with bonus prizes for the most unique visitors to the site and the loudest ROAR generating $10,000 each it was an amazing international effort.

    "Our social media and celebrity reach created a huge buzz for our tiger project in Assam driving traffic to the site and reaching out to almost 15 million people," says TigerTime campaign manager, Vicky Flynn. "It's great to see the power of social media transformed into real, conservation benefit for the tiger."

    With as few as 3,000 tigers left in the wild the TigerTime Campaign is working hard to fund conservation, education, anti-poaching, community outreach and undercover investigations in India, Thailand and Russia through a growing global social media supporter base. You can find out more at: www.tigertime.info and see the full list of celebrity supporters at here. You can find out more about the project by clicking here.

    Star tweeters who ROARed for the tiger this autumn included: Actor and blogger Stephen Fry; actor, director Ricky Gervais; singer songwriter Melanie C; best-selling novelist Jane Fallon; business woman Deborah Meaden; footballer and artist Jody Craddock; actor Ayden Callagher; tv broadcaster Kirsty Gallacher; model and actress Lucy Pinder; actor Brian Blessed and Australian media personality Darryn Lyons

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12761-star-support-raises-almost-30000-for-wild-tigers

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  • Grammy and Brit Award singer Joss Stone has teamed up with guitar legend Jeff Beck to record this year's official Poppy Appeal single.

    Joss Stone Records Charity Single
    Joss Stone Records Charity Single

    The single is a soulful cover of ‘No Man's Land (Green Fields of France)‘, written in 1976 by Scottish-born folk singer-songwriter Eric Bogle. Reflecting on the grave of a young man (Willie McBride) who died during the First World War, its chorus refers to two famous pieces of military music, 'The Last Post' and ‘The Flowers of the Forest'.

    Although the song speaks of the destiny of one soldier in particular, the song was chosen by Joss and Jeff because of the way it honestly reflected the terrible fate of so many.

    Joss Stone said: "The song is about a soldier, Willie McBride, but when we started looking into who Willie was, we found no less than three men that it could have been – then we realised that finding him was not actually as important as what he and this song stand for, peace and the sacrifice made by so many."

    The song, which also includes a full gospel choir, has been given a classic Joss, soul makeover and features the legendry guitar of Jeff Beck. The pair will be performing the track in front of Her Majesty the Queen at this year's Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 8 November 2014. The Festival of Remembrance will as usual be televised live on BBC1, following a record 6 million viewers last year.

    The Poppy Appeal is The Royal British Legion0s largest annual charity campaign. In a little over two weeks, some 45 million poppies will be distributed by 350,000 dedicated collectors with the aim of raising £40 million.

    The Royal British Legion's Director of Fundraising Charles Byrne said: "The Legion created the Poppy Appeal to help those returning from the First World War. A century on from the start of that conflict, we're still helping today's Armed Forces families in much the same way, whether coping with bereavement, living with disability, or finding employment.

    "The Poppy is more than just a sign of Remembrance it is a symbol of inspiration and hope. We are thrilled that it has inspired two of our country's greatest musical talents to produce such a wonderful tribute to the memory of the fallen and help us raise funds for the future of the living."

    No Man's Land (Green Fields of France) was produced by world renowned producers Jon Cohen and Jonathan Joseph. It can be pre-ordered now and will be available to buy from Monday 3 November.

    The Legion have also worked with augmented reality app Blippar to produce an interactive single cover. When the cover is Blipped, additional special features such as behind the scenes footage, the music video and personal messages from Joss appear on the user's smartphone.

    To pre-order the single, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12762-joss-stone-records-poppy-appeal-single-with-jeff-beck

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  • Human rights organization WITNESS celebrated its Annual Focus For Change Benefit Thursday night at ArtBeam, raising funds to support its programs to train and equip people worldwide using video in their fight for human rights.

    Yvette Alberdingk Thijm, executive director and WITNESS co-founder, musician, human rights advocate Peter Gabriel
    Yvette Alberdingk Thijm, executive director and WITNESS co-founder, musician, human rights advocate Peter Gabriel

    Hosted by WITNESS co-founder and renowned musician Peter Gabriel, the evening honored human rights defenders around the world who often risk their lives to share stories of courage.

    "Video technology has not only changed the world, it has given us more ways to be courageous," said Gabriel. "That's true for the young woman in Hong Kong, as well as for the young man in Ferguson, Missouri or Gaza, each with his or her own camera. And WITNESS is making courage more effective, ensuring that video and the people who hold these cameras can deliver on their potential for change."

    Citizen journalists working inside Syria, like Rami Jarrah and his Activists News Association, were given special acknowledgment. Rami and citizens like him, have turned to video to shape stories like his report about women giving birth during the conflict, inspiring empathy in a world fatigued by war images.

    WITNESS has been there to support them. In Rami's own words (delivered on his behalf by WITNESS' Raja Althaibani): "By providing expertise around how to make safer and better media, WITNESS has been a steadfast partner to hundreds of activists who are getting these essential stories out while working under horrific risk. For this we are deeply grateful."

    Yvette Alberdingk Thijm, Executive Director of WITNESS, reiterated the organization's dedication to activists like Rami, and emphasized its strategic role in making sure that videos can be used not just to expose abuses, but to end them.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12763-witness-and-peter-gabriel-host-10th-annual-focus-for-change-benefit

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  • Scholastic, the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books will present an exclusive video featuring an inspiring, personal conversation with Taylor Swift about how reading and writing can open a world of possibilities for children.

    Taylor will also share with young viewers the books that have most influenced her and a never before seen clip from behind the scenes at one of her recent music videos.

    As part of Scholastic's new reading initiative, "Open a World of Possible," the 30-minute exclusive video will air on Scholastic.com beginning on October 29, 2014, at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. Registration to watch on 10/29 is open now here.

    In a nod to her multi-week No. 1 international smash hit single, "Shake It Off," Taylor will discuss how music helps her shake off the tough moments in life. Following the video, students can enter Scholastic's "This is How I Shake it Off" writing contest for the chance to win tickets and a meet-and-greet for two at an upcoming Taylor Swift concert, along with accompanying flights and accommodations. Additional prizes for runners up include a signed guitar and signed copies of Taylor's new "1989" CD. Students in grades 3-8 attending a U.S. school can enter the contest by submitting a one-page creative essay or poem about how they shake off mean comments and hard times. More details, Official Rules and the contest entry form can be found at www.scholastic.com/taylorswift. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter by December 11, 2014. Void where prohibited.

    October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a great time to approach the subject of bullying with kids. In support of this observance and the video with Taylor, Scholastic has curated a collection of resources that address bullying, building resilience and fostering a love of reading in kids:
    * For Teachers: Articles and tips about how to address bullying in classrooms, available here, as well as writing activities to get students in a creative spirit, available here.
    * For Parents: A guide to the sensitive issue of bullying, including lists of anti-bullying books for every age and expert advice available here.

    Through the ongoing Open a World of Possible initiative, Scholastic has begun a conversation for teachers, parents and children to share ideas and advice about simple ways to incorporate independent reading into busy classroom days and family time. Scholastic invites people to continue joining the conversation and connecting with peers on social media channels using the hashtag #SharePossible.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12764-taylor-swift-joins-scholastic-to-talk-to-kids-about-the-power-of-reading

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  • UNICEF0s Masquerade Ball, the highly anticipated Halloween fundraiser exclusively held in New York and Los Angeles, will debut at Chicago's Moonlight Studios on October 30th.

    UNICEF0s Masquerade Ball
    UNICEF0s Masquerade Ball

    Hosted by UNICEF Next Generation members, the funds raised from the Ball will help educate the more than three million displaced children in Syria.

    "We're incredibly proud to host our inaugural UNICEF Masquerade Ball in Chicago. We know the young people of Chicago are going to embrace this opportunity to enjoy a great Halloween party, while raising funds for such a critical cause," said Erin Guffey, Next Generation Chicago Vice-Chair and event Co-Chair.

    With the theme of Superheroes & Villains, the star-studded Halloween event will feature attendees in themed costumes, music and dancing, an open bar, organic catering, a candy bar, and a zero waste initiative. Event supporters include Hershey's, Hub 51, Pure Kitchen Catering, Vita Coco, and Aqua Hydrate Water, with gift bag items donated by Giorgio Armani Fragrances.

    Previous UNICEF Masquerade Balls in Los Angeles and New York have been supported and attended by celebrities and philanthropists including Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis, Zooey Deschanel, Ahna O'Reilly, Lindsay Ellingson, Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush.

    Funds raised by the Next Generation group for the Syria: No Lost Generation Project will be matched by the Education Above All Foundation, up to $10 million dollars. "We know that access to education is pivotal in ensuring that all children reach their full potential and we're committed to making sure that the Syrian children are not forgotten and to helping them retain normalcy amidst community upheaval, isolation, and armed conflict," said Guffey.

    For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12759-unicef-masquerade-ball-debuts-in-chicago-on-october-30

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  • An elephant named Nosey is in danger — and The Newsroom star Olivia Munn wants to help her.

    In a letter sent on PETA's behalf to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack this week, Munn points out that Nosey is showing signs of painful arthritis, one of the leading reasons why captive elephants are euthanized — yet notorious exhibitor Hugo Liebel continues to use her for elephant rides at fairs and circuses across the country.

    Munn joins PETA (whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to use for entertainment") in calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to confiscate Nosey from Liebel and permanently revoke his exhibitor's license.

    "I am writing to you today about Nosey, an elephant about whom I learned from my friends at PETA," wrote Olivia. "Anyone can see that Nosey is suffering from lameness, yet the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allowing her exhibitor, Hugo Liebel, to force her to work, even though she's in pain. As an elephant lover, I'm troubled that the USDA is allowing this abuse to continue and has failed to ensure that this lame elephant is never forced to perform again.

    "Elephants were never meant to be locked inside cramped trailers, kept in chains, or forced to walk in endless circles carrying riders on their backs. This has been Nosey's life, and it has taken a toll on her body. Elephants live about as long as we do, but at just 32 years old, Nosey is showing signs of crippling arthritis, which is one of the main reasons why captive elephants are euthanized.

    "The USDA has the power to make sure that this condition is not a death sentence for Nosey. If she is placed in a reputable sanctuary, where she would have acres of soft earth on which to roam free, pools to wade in to ease the pain in her joints, and access to expert veterinary care, Nosey could have many happy years ahead.

    "But I understand that in a recent meeting with PETA representatives, your agency was ignorant of Nosey's condition and refused to commit to enforcing the Animal Welfare Act in her behalf. Nosey is suffering on your watch. With all the evidence that you have — video footage, appeals from a veterinarian with decades of experience with elephants, and the knowledge that joint problems can be fatal in elephants — it's time to act. The USDA's own records show that Nosey has been exploited, mistreated, and neglected her entire life. It's time to step up and do the right thing for this animal by revoking Liebel's license, seizing Nosey, and sending her to a sanctuary. Her life depends on it."

    Earlier this week, veterinarian Dr. Philip Ensley sent a letter to the USDA stating that Nosey's case is "the worst, most prolonged" case of elephant suffering and abuse he has ever seen.

    For more information, please visit PETA.org.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12765-olivia-munn-helps-elephant-with-arthritis

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  • The International Myeloma Foundation's 8th Annual Comedy Celebration will present the smash hit stage show Celebrity Autobiography on Saturday, November 8 at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre.

    Created and developed by Emmy award nominated writer-performer Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel, Celebrity Autobiography features outrageous celebrity memoirs acted out hilariously on stage by an all-star cast. Celebrity Autobiography has been one of the most critically-acclaimed and popular productions ever Off-Broadway, and has won a 2009 Drama Desk Award and a 2010 Bistro Award.

    Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond, Parenthood) will host the event, and scheduled performers include Danny DeVito (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Lucy DeVito (Deadbeat), Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle), Howard Hesseman (Mike & Molly, Head of the Class), Laraine Newman (The Boxtrolls, Saturday Night Live), Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey), Rhea Perlman (Kirstie), Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond), Rita Wilson (Girls), with more to be announced.

    Proceeds from the IMF 8th Annual Comedy Celebration will benefit the Peter Boyle Research Fund and support the Black Swan Research Initiative (BSRI). Renowned actor Peter Boyle died in late 2006 after a four year battle with myeloma, an incurable cancer of the bone marrow and one of the fastest growing blood cancers in the world. Through laughter, the event honors Boyle and raises money for research to find a cure.

    The Peter Boyle Research Fund has supported the International Myeloma Foundation's research since the Fund's inception in 2007. For the second year, the Fund is focused on the IMF's Black Swan Research Initiative, a groundbreaking and internationally collaborative effort to find pathway to a cure for myeloma, and is progressing ahead of schedule since its 2013 launch. The research team has developed a first-ever test for quantifying minute amounts of disease remaining after treatment, which will help steer patient treatment in the most targeted and effective way ever. Black Swan Research trials are set to begin in early 2015.

    WHERE: The Wilshire Ebell Theatre & Club – 743 South Lucerne Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90005

    WHEN: Saturday, November 8, 2014
    6:00pm Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction
    8:00pm Comedy Show
    10:00pm VIP Cast Party & Dessert Reception

    TICKETS: VIP Admission: $700 per person -- Includes VIP seating at the show as well as admittance to special pre-show cocktail party, silent auction, and post-show VIP reception.

    General Admission: $400 per person -- Includes Preferred seating at the show as well as admittance to the special pre-show cocktail party and silent auction.

    Show Only: $100 per person -- Includes admission to the show only. Seating is assigned based on date of ticket purchase.

    To purchase tickets and for more information please click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12766-ray-romano-to-host-celebrity-autobiography-for-charity

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  • Last week, Prince Harry attended a fundraising gala dinner at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in west London held by 100 Women in Hedge Funds (100WHF) to raise money for children's charity WellChild.

    Prince Harry with members of 100 Women in Hedge Funds
    Prince Harry with members of 100 Women in Hedge Funds
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    Dressed in a tux, and addressing a room full of professional women in evening gowns, he said: "Thank you all very much for coming this evening.

    "I am not entirely sure who made the seating plan but I am sitting between two men. I thought it would just be 100 women and myself."

    There were approximately 260 people at the dinner and the vast majority were women.

    Prince Harry, who is a Patron of WellChild – the national charity for seriously ill children and their families – remarked on the "Harry Potter-esque" dinner location.

    "It is great to see you in this rather wonderful Harry Potter-esque setting. There will be no Quidditch.

    "This hospital represents the importance which society places on the care of those less fortunate than ourselves. In the case of the Royal Hospital it is former members of the Armed Forces but for WellChild it is children and young people.

    "I am incredibly proud to be the Patron of WellChild, the charity being championed by 100 Women in Hedge Fund's UK this year. I am also delighted to be Patron of 100 Women in Hedge Fund's philanthropic initiatives for this year also."

    He described WellChild as a "truly remarkable charity" whose staff and nurses "work tirelessly to make sure that thousands of seriously ill children and young people received the very best possible care".

    He added: "This work is invaluable to the people they care for and their families."

    On his arrival, Prince Harry spoke to the CEO of WellChild, Colin Dyer. Mr Dyer said the prince asked about the family of a seven-year-old boy who died just days ago. Harry spent time with Laughlin Whiteley and his family at the recent WellChild awards.

    Laughlin, who had cancer, received an award from Harry at that ceremony.

    Mr Dyer said: "He was just asking how the family were and saying how sad it was.

    "It's only a couple of weeks ago that we were all together at the WellChild awards."

    In his speech, Prince Harry said: "There are few organisations which share WellChild's hunger and determination to do better; my support and admiration for this important charity grows stronger with every inspirational young person, parent and carer that I am lucky enough to meet.

    "I hope you are all very proud of the support you have given to WellChild, it really does change lives. But may I ask one more thing of you – when you leave here tonight, please continue to spread the word far and wide about this fantastic organisation."

    Meanwhile, Mr Dyer described Prince Harry's support as "crucial" and said his backing cannot be underestimated in terms of profiling the charity.

    He said Prince Harry also does work for the charity "out of the limelight".

    Amanda Pullinger, CEO of 100 WHF, said: "100 Women in Hedge Funds is proud to continue its support of the Charities Forum of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry with its gala this evening.

    "This year's beneficiary is WellChild, which does an incredible job in the service of children and families across the UK.

    "I know that their work is close to the hearts of many of our members, who have been instrumental in our fundraising efforts throughout 2014."

    100WHF's board of directors selects a charitable organisation for its philanthropic initiative on a rotating basis from women's and family health, mentoring and education programmes.

    WellChild is part of The Charities Forum of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12767-prince-harry-attends-the-100-women-in-hedge-funds-gala-dinner

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  • The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves has announced that it will host the first ministerial- and CEO-level Cookstoves Future Summit: Fueling Markets, Catalyzing Action, Changing Lives in New York City, November 20-21, 2014.

    The Summit marks an important opportunity in the Alliance's efforts to prevent the more than 4 million deaths that occur every year from household air pollution caused by smoke from the use of open fires and traditional cookstoves. It is a critical time to invest in market-based solutions to increase the adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment.

    The Summit will be co-chaired by the Honorary Chair of the Alliance Leadership Council and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, British Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Lynne Featherstone, Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende, Ghanaian Foreign Minister Hanna Tetteh and USAID Administrator Raj Shah. As part of this unprecedented private-public partnership, national governments, global corporations, United Nations agencies, NGOs, foundations, investors, entrepreneurs, researchers, and others will mobilize to accelerate market growth for the wide-scale adoption of clean cooking solutions.

    "We need to keep the Alliance going and growing," said former Secretary Clinton. "Find more partners; expand the market; put more stoves in the hands of consumers; save more lives. That's what the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is all about, and that's why I will continue to be an enthusiastic supporter and partner."

    At the Summit, the Alliance will transition from successfully establishing global and in-country markets in Phase 1, to driving investment and innovation to rapidly scale market-based solutions. It will seek to secure grant, investment and in-kind commitments of approximately $500 million to meet the needs of the Alliance and the broader clean cooking sector during the second phase.

    Cooking smoke is a silent killer. It is the fourth worst risk factor for disease in developing countries, particularly among women and young children who spend much of their time near open fires or traditional cookstoves. What's more, this type of cooking greatly damages the environment, emitting carbon dioxide and other pollutants at levels up to 100 times higher than the recommended limits set by the World Health Organization. Today, clean cooking technologies and fuels exist to solve this problem, but access to clean and affordable solutions remains limited, especially in the most vulnerable communities. Launched in 2010, the Alliance has made substantial progress toward its goal of 100 million households adopting clean cooking solutions by 2020.

    "During our first four years, the Alliance has enabled over 20 million households to adopt cleaner and more efficient cookstoves, while leveraging significant grant and investment resources and partnerships for the sector at large," said Radha Muthiah, executive director for the Alliance. "We are on target to reach our goal of 100 million households adopting clean cooking solutions by 2020. Now is the time for a strong renewed commitment of political and financial will and resources from the global community to scale the adoption of clean, safe, and efficient household cooking solutions."

    During the Cookstoves Future Summit, the Alliance, in concert with its 1,000 partners, will seek to secure financial and in-kind commitments to invest in the clean cookstoves and fuels market and bring them to scale. Participants will commit to concrete financial, policy, and programmatic actions to grow the clean cooking sector. Additionally, the Alliance will release the strategic roadmap for Phase 2 of the Initiative.

    The one and a half day Summit will include an exhibit area for participants to view clean cookstoves and fuels, and learn more about clean cooking technologies.

    Find out more about the summit here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12769-hillary-clinton-to-co-chair-clean-cookstoves-summit

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  • The Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHoF) will celebrate its 2014, and fifth Class of Honorees, at its star-studded red carpet Award Ceremony and Fundraising Gala this Thursday, October 23, 2014, at The Paramount in Huntington, NY.

    Special guests Roger Waters, Dionne Warwick, Felix Cavaliere and more will join in celebrating an extraordinary night in music. Performances in R&B, Oldies, rock and a musical tribute to Gerry Goffin featuring members of the Tokens, Toys and Cookies will all take place in one amazing evening.

    The fifth induction class includes:

    • Record Producer and Music Industry Executive Clive Davis
    • Concert Promoter Ron Delsener
    • Billy Joel Band:
      Liberty DeVitto -- drums, percussion
      Doug Stegmeyer (posthumous) -- bass guitar, backing vocals
      Russell Javors -- rhythm and lead guitars, harmonica, backing vocals
      Richie Cannata -- keyboards, saxophones, flute, clarinet, percussion
    • Lyricist Gerry Goffin (posthumous)
    • Record Producer and Remixer Steve Thompson
    • Singer Debbie Gibson
    • Rapper and Record producer Kurtis Blow
    • 2014 Harry Chapin Award recipient and previous LIMHoF inductee DMC of Run DMC

    Jim Faith, Founding Member, Vice Chair, and LIMHoF Gala Producer states, "It's been an honor to be a part of this organization from its inception. As producer of the past five galas, it's humbling to not only celebrate our history, but play a part in making it! This year's gala may be the most historic event to date."

    "I couldn't be more happy and proud to be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame," says Richie Cannata of the Billy Joel Band.

    LIMHoF will also honor Music Educator of the Year, Student Music and Non-Profit Scholarship recipients and present a special award paying tribute to an accomplishment to mark the anniversary of Billy Joel's trip to Russia.

    Tickets on sale now. General seating tickets are $75 and $150, and are available through The Paramount box office at 631-673-7300 or online at here. Premium VIP seating is available, to
    include full dinner and show. For information about Premium seating, please contact LIMHoF at 631-331-0808 or info@limusichalloffame.org.

    Inductees are selected by the LIMHoF Board of Directors from an evolving and growing list of people, artists, and entities that were born, raised, founded, or have resided on geographic Long Island (Brooklyn/Queens/Nassau/Suffolk) for a significant portion of their career. Induction is based on historical importance and the significance of their contribution to Long Island's rich musical heritage. Complete induction criteria and more about previous inductees at here.

    Past inductees include: Billy Joel, Lou Reed, Carole King, George M. Cohan, Louis Armstrong, Eddie Money, Joan Jett, Twisted Sister, Mariah Carey, The Ramones, Barbra Streisand, John Coltrane, Peter Criss (KISS), LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Taylor Dayne, Salt N Pepa, Randy Weston, Zebra, Lovin' Spoonful's Joe Butler and Steve Boone, Ervin Drake, Gary U.S. Bonds, Stanley Drucker (New York Philharmonic clarinetist), Simon & Garfunkel, Tony Bennett and more.

    Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHoF) is a 501c3 organization dedicated to the idea that Long Island's musical heritage is an important resource to be celebrated and preserved for future generations. The LIMHoF was created as a place to inspire in each person the desire to explore and celebrate music in all its forms and to be a place where the music community will find the support, resources and leadership necessary to aim them in that exploration. For more information about the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, visit limusichalloffame.org.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12770-celebrity-guests-announced-for-long-island-music-hall-of-fame-fundraising-gala

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  • Gabrielle0s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research presented its annual fundraiser, the Angel Ball, on Monday night at Cipriani Wall Street.

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    This black-tie benefit, hosted by Grammy-nominated songwriter Denise Rich and her daughters Daniella Rich Kilstock and Ilona Rich Schachter, honored His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States, and Mrs. Abeer AL Otaiba; four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and Founder of the Jeff Gordon Children0s Foundation, Jeff Gordon; Mr. Jho Low, Chief Executive Officer of Jynwel Capital Limited and Director of the Jynwel Charitable Foundation Limited; and multi-Grammy Award-winning music legend Nile Rodgers.

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    The Angel Ball, emceed by Rocsi Diaz featured performances by Avery Wilson, Alicia Keys and Jamie Foxx. Ludcaris made a surprise appearance, joining Foxx on the stage during his portion of DJ Khaled's "All I Do is Win."

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    Also on-hand were Gala Chair Lorraine Schwartz, Sofia Vergara, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Kris Jenner, Lala Anthony, Hailey Baldwin, Bethenny Frankel, Michelle Rodriguez, Busta Rhymes, Sami Gayle, Gigi Hadid, Julie Henderson, Tommy Hilfiger, Nicky Hilton, Paris Hilton, Star Jones, Hoda Kotb, Tina Knowles, Mark Linn Baker, Jonathan Batiste, Boris Becker, Gabriela Cadena, Natalie Cole, Clive Davis, Simon de Pury, Mathilde Frachon, Elsa Hosk, Georgia Fowler, Selenis Leyva, Dr., Josh Lucas, Stephen D. Nimer, LaChanze, Hal Rubenstein, Ivana Trump, Robert Verdi, Domingo Zapata, Angel Ambassadors Brittany Daniel, Estelle and Suleika Jaouad and many others.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12768-alicia-keys-and-ryan-reynolds-attend-star-studded-angel-ball

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  • Jenny McCarthy hosted the 1st annual "Saturday Night Spectacular" Celebrity golf tournament and VIP party on Saturday, October 18th, 2014 benefiting Generation Rescue for Autism.

    The star studded extravaganza featured Hollywood Celebrity guests including Donnie Wahlberg, Kevin Sorbo, Ashley Greene, John O'Hurley, Corey Feldman, Gary Valentine, Debbie Dunning, Kato Kaelin, Josh Henderson, Sam Hennings, Bruce Thomas, Kevin Farley, Marcus Grodd, Rocket Ismail, Charles Haley, Darren Woodson, Tony Dorsett, Eric Dickerson, Ken Stills Sr. and numerous others.

    The golf tournament was played at the world renowned Dallas Cowboys Golf Club, a tribute to the five-time world champion football team which integrates a historic tour of the Dallas Cowboys' storied NFL history. The red carpet VIP party was held at ultra sleek Sixty Five Hundred, which has the balance of modern touches with raw materials that create the rustic modernity that is the perfect combination.

    "We are so excited to bring this event to Dallas to raise awareness for autism and much needed funding to provide support services to families in need. We are very grateful to the many sponsors, celebrities and supporters who have made this event possible," said Candace McDonald, Executive Director of Generation Rescue.

    The "Saturday Night Spectacular" event was sponsored by: The Joule Hotel, Bob's Steak & Chop House, The Dallas Cowboys, Nobu, JR Ewing Private Reserve, Monster Energy Drink, FD, Guide Live, CBS Radio, Barleans and Oxyhealth.

    For more information visit www.saturdaynightspectacular.com.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12777-jenny-mccarthy-hosts-saturday-night-spectacular-for-autism

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  • The WorldVentures Foundation, the philanthropic arm of WorldVentures, and W.W. Woolfolk Boys & Girls Club in Atlanta collaborated last week for the opening of the city's first DreamCourt.

    WorldVentures Foundation Executive Director Gwyneth Lloyd (center) is surrounded by WorldVentures Independent Representatives at the unveiling of Atlanta0s first DreamCourt
    WorldVentures Foundation Executive Director Gwyneth Lloyd (center) is surrounded by WorldVentures Independent Representatives at the unveiling of Atlanta0s first DreamCourt

    The official ribbon-cutting ceremony, held at the W.W. Woolfolk Boys & Girls Club, unveiled a state-of-the-art basketball court funded by the WorldVentures Foundation, Nancy Lieberman Foundation and Sport Court International.

    "I am thrilled that we've been able to build our 12th DreamCourt in Atlanta," Hall-of-Famer and WNBA star Nancy Lieberman said. "This is an exciting time for the DreamCourts program, and my hope is that the kids in Atlanta will utilize this court as a means to develop extraordinary skills in sports and life."

    The Nancy Lieberman Foundation partners with the WorldVentures Foundation to build DreamCourts in underserved communities around the country. The goal of the DreamCourts program is to provide children with a safe area to play, participate in free basketball clinics, interact socially and learn important lessons about teamwork and good sportsmanship. Since 2010, Lieberman and the WorldVentures Foundation have joined forces to build high-quality basketball courts for children in cities that include Denver, Austin, Nashville and Minneapolis.

    "Each time we open a new DreamCourt, I see the impact that this program will have on children and their communities, and Atlanta is no different," WorldVentures Foundation Executive Director Gwyneth Lloyd said. "I'm sure with this addition, the lives of Atlanta's youth will continue to move in a positive direction."

    As the program's latest DreamCourt, youth in Atlanta will be able to play on a 35′ 60′ court that was constructed using the Sport Court SportGame high-performance safety surface in bright blue and orange colors.

    "We are extremely proud to be a part of this effort for the W.W. Woolfolk Boys & Girls Club," Sport Court Director of Distribution Sales Joe Ure said. "Our goal is to provide kids the safest and best modular outdoor basketball courts in the world, and help outdoor basketball evolve to a game played on modular surfaces that can be both beautiful and safe for athletes."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12772-wnba-hall-of-famer-nancy-lieberman-helps-fund-dreamcourt-for-atlanta-youth

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  • Montblanc -- the renowned producer of handcrafted pens, watches and leather goods -- is proud to announce the 14th annual performance of The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway Benefit for Urban Arts Partnership, on Monday, November 17.

    The Benefit attracts some of the most distinguished players in the entertainment industry, to join forces and take part in an extreme rite of theater: writing, directing and performing SIX original short plays, in a 24 hour timespan. Proceeds from the evening's performance will support Urban Arts Partnership, NYC's largest arts education organization, in its efforts to close the achievement gap in NYC's underserved public schools. Tickets can be purchased through events@urbanarts.org with special access packages available through www.citiprivatepass.com.

    This year's company members (schedule permitting) include, actors: Sasha Alexander, Uzo Aduba, Jamie Chung, Billy Crudup, Peter Dinklage, Rachel Dratch, Nina Dobrev, Michael Ealy, Seth Green, Bryan Greenberg, Melanie Griffith, Taran Killam, Zoe Kravitz, Justin Long, Aasif Mandvi, Stephen Merchant, Diane Neal, Rosie Perez, Jay Pharoah, Amanda Seyfried, Pablo Schreiber, Sebastian Stan, Julia Stiles, Tracie Thoms and Michael Kenneth Williams. Directors include America Ferrera, Andy Fickman, and Kathy Najimy. Writers include Christina Anderson, Bekah Brunstetter, David Cross, David Lindsay Abaire and Jonathan Marc Sherman. Musical Guests: Andra Day and Bryan Terrell Clark; and DJ: Samantha Ronson.

    "1 Million students drop out of school each year," said Philip Courtney, CEO of Urban Arts Partnership. "At Urban Arts Partnership, we know that for at risk students the best learning occurs when students are active and engaged in and outside of the classroom. For our students, the act of creating something new is truly empowering – it opens them up to the idea that they can successfully create their own path in life. That's why the opportunity to participate in the The 24 Hour Plays process can be a game changer."

    On October 20, 2014, a sixth participating writer was announced as the winner of the 5th annual Montblanc Young Writers Program. In a 24-hour period, six students penned short plays that were performed by actors before an audience of industry professionals and a panel of judges. The winning playwright, Sarwat Siddiqui, will create one of the six short pieces for The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway with Christina Anderson as a mentoring playwright. The Montblanc Young Writers Program was created to further enhance the classroom experience and foster emerging talent. As a brand deeply rooted in the culture of writing, Montblanc understands the importance of the written word, communicating with intent and receiving the necessary support to achieve success.

    "Montblanc has always been committed to education and literacy. Our alliance with Urban Arts Partnership enables continuing support of the New York City public schools that are pressed for resources, as well as the fostering of young talent in arts and culture," said Mike Giannattasio, President and CEO of Montblanc North America. "Montblanc's production of The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway ensures arts education programs remain integrated into students' curriculum, and we proudly celebrate this year's production."

    The marathon process for The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway will begin at 10PM on Sunday, November 16th -- the night before the final production. There, six writers, six directors, 24 actors, two musical guests, and a production staff gather at the American Airlines Theatre ready to begin the daunting process. After each of the actors share a costume, prop, a special skill and stage desire -- their assigned writer is tasked with composing a ten-minute play by 7 AM that morning. With the ink barely dry on the script, directors return to read and select their piece and meet with their cast for the first time by 9AM. In just 12 hours, the plays come to fruition with a final performance in front of a live audience at 8PM interspersed with six musical acts.

    This season, Kevyn Aucoin Beauty will sponsor the evening's makeup looks using essential and timeless Kevyn Aucoin products to create classic, flawless faces for THE 24 HOUR PLAYS cast. Participating company members will also be prepped for stage by Boots No7 Skincare and Oscar Blandi Hair Care for Beauty.com.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12773-montblanc-presents-14th-annual-24-hour-plays-on-broadway

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  • Prince Harry met unemployed young people who are turning their lives around with help from The Prince0s Trust in Salford in Manchester on Monday.

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    The Prince was visiting Salford Community Fire Station for the second time to meet young people from the charity's Team programme delivered in partnership with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

    Unemployment hotspot Salford has a stubbornly high levels of youth joblessness, with more than one in five young people (21%) struggling to find work.

    Current Team member Nicholas West-Keyes, 21, from Swinton, who met The Prince, said: "Being on the Team programme has been amazing so far and I'm doing things that I never thought I could do. I've gained since so much confidence since joining Team and now I have people who believe in me and that is such a huge help.

    "Meeting Prince Harry today was brilliant. He was very easy to talk to and he was really interested in what we were doing. It was a great way for us to say thank you for the support of his dad's Trust."

    As well as meeting with the young people, The Prince was also shown the fleet of engines and reintroduced to the fire crews working at the station, who he first met after the civil disorder in the area in 2011.

    The Trust's Team programme is a 12-week personal development scheme which helps unemployed 16 to 25-year-olds build the skills and confidence they need to get a job. The Prince was also able to meet past members of the Team programme who have now turned their lives around and found work.

    Past Team member, Lee Waddicor, 20, of Boothstwon, Manchester, joined the Greater Manchester Fire Service as an apprentice after completing Team. He said: "Gaining this apprenticeship has really taught me that, with hard work and dedication, anything is possible. I have always wanted to work for the Fire Service, and The Prince's Trust and the endless help of their staff has turned this dream into a reality.

    "I would recommend The Prince's Trust Team programme to anybody struggling with their confidence. It really has made me a better person. Don't doubt yourself and always chase your dreams because I nearly gave up on mine."

    Jonathan Townsend, regional director of the North of England for The Prince's Trust, said: "This visit has given our young people such a boost today. The work that we do in the area with the Team programme is vital and can often be life saving for them. We are working hard in partnership with the Fire Service to make sure these young people get all the help they need to overcome their barriers and achieve their best in life."

    The visit follows on from The Prince's last visit to Salford after the civil disorder in 2011. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) control operators took hundreds of calls and deployed fire crews to around 350 incidents. In the immediate aftermath, GMFRS worked with Greater Manchester Police and Salford Council to help provide reassurance and support to the community, and build relationships and trust with young people in the area.

    Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: "It is fantastic that Prince Harry has come to visit firefighters, other staff and Prince's Trust young people at Salford Community Fire Station and meet some of those who he met in 2011 following civil disturbance in the area.

    "The Prince's Trust programme has been running in GMFRS for 12 years and has seen 100s of young people enrich their futures, taking with them a range of qualifications and life skills. Many who complete the scheme go on to find employment in Greater Manchester, including with GMFRS."

    GMFRS has been working in partnership with The Prince's Trust providing inspirational leadership and guidance to help young people in Salford since 2002. The Trust's Team programme is run in partnership with the Fire Service, as well as other partners, across the country.

    Young people on the scheme take part in a residential, a community project and a work experience placement over the course of 12 weeks, while developing team-building skills and CV-writing skills. As well as gaining valuable teamwork, communication and social skills, Teams make a great contribution to the community, undertaking refurbishment projects for community centres and local parks, and working with other groups such as disabled children.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12774-prince-harry-gives-unemployed-a-boost-in-greater-manchester

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  • This December, Nordoff Robbins is hosting another magical evening of Christmas carols, celebrity readings and sparkling musical performances at St Luke's Church in Chelsea.

    The star-studded event will feature Bill Nighy, Helena Bonham Carter and Dame Eileen Atkins, along with Britain's Got Talent finalists Jack Pack, with more special celebrity performers and artists to be confirmed soon!

    This event is always one of the most popular events in the charity's fundraising calendar, bringing together family, friends and supporters in a celebration of music. 

    To find out more, click here.

    When: Tuesday 16th December 2014, 7pm
    Where: St Luke's Church, Sydney Street, SW3
    Cost: £45

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12775-bill-nighy-and-helena-bonham-carter-to-attend-nordoff-robbins-christmas-carols

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  • The TJ Martell Foundation's 39th Annual Honors Gala honored Hard Rock International with the Spirit of Excellence Award earlier this week at Cipriani in New York.

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    Hamish Dodds, President and CEO of Hard Rock, accepted the award on behalf of the many global employees, and Yoko Ono Lennon presented Hamish with this honor at the gala.

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    The annual New York Honors Gala brings together hundreds of music and entertainment leaders, top business executives and celebrities. Also present at the event were Ben Harper and The Band Perry. John Paul DeJoria received the Lifetime Humanitarian Award.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12776-yoko-ono-presents-hard-rock-international-with-award-at-tj-martell-foundation-gala

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  • "If you wait for fear to subside, you're going to be on the sidelines for a very long time," Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC's "Good Morning America" told a sold-out audience of 8,000 at the 11th annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women. "It's important to fight the battle in front of you."

    Robin Roberts joins 8,000 women in Philadelphia for the 11th Annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women
    Robin Roberts joins 8,000 women in Philadelphia for the 11th Annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women

    Roberts spoke about her recovery from two serious illnesses and the death of her mother, chronicled in her new book, Everybody's Got Something -- as well as her lifelong reliance on faith, family and friends. In a wide-ranging conversation with "Good Morning America" contributor and best-selling author Tory Johnson, Roberts also reacted to recent controversial comments by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella regarding women waiting to ask for raises. "I spoke up," said Roberts. "I didn't just sit at my desk waiting for karma."

    Earlier in the day, Conference for Women attendees also heard from Diane Keaton, legendary actress and bestselling author, and Jill Abramson, the first female Executive Editor of the New York Times. Former "Today" co-host and "Dateline NBC" anchor Jane Pauley joined Roberts, Keaton, and Abramson as a keynote speaker. The Conference also featured Candy Chang, creator of the "Before I Die" project, a global art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations.

    Now Pennsylvania's largest personal and professional development event for women and one of the largest of its kind in the country, the nonpartisan, nonprofit conference attracts more than 7,500 attendees this year. Themed "The Power of Us," the 11th annual Conference featured more than one hundred speakers for a day of inspiration, reinvention and networking. Topics included leadership, career advancement, money management, health and wellness, small business and entrepreneurship, social media, branding and more.

    "Today's Conference once again showed us that remarkable things happen when thousands of women come together to be educated, inspired and empowered," said Leslie Stiles, Board President of the Pennsylvania Conference for Women. "Today's amazing speakers gave women of all backgrounds the confidence they need to explore their own unique abilities to create positive change in their personal and professional lives -- and in their communities."

    Exclusive to the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, Local Leader Meet Ups offered attendees the chance to have one-on-one conversations with local businesswomen and community leaders, and intimate Expert Exchange sessions offered a focused discussion with industry veterans. Conference attendees also had the opportunity to experience the new Cisco Networking Lounge and Beneficial Knowledge Bank Pavilion and Classroom, as well as participate in the popular Drexel LeBow Career Pavilion, featuring resume reviews by human resource experts, Coaches Corner (one-on-one "speed coaching" sessions with career and life coaches from the Philadelphia Chapter of the International Coach Federation), workshops on communication skills and social media, and much more.

    The Conference Health & Wellness Pavilion showcased speakers and companies dedicated to improving women's health, while onsite exhibits feature hundreds of organizations and companies with products or services that appeal to women. Additionally, attendees had the opportunity to connect with local nonprofits at Amerihealth's Community Connection Pavilion.

    "This year's Conference reminds us that women have their strongest advocates in each other," said Joanne Ryder, Executive Vice President and Director of Brand & Strategy at Beneficial Bank, presenting sponsor of the Conference. "The Conference motivates thousands of women to form new friendships, overcome obstacles, and pursue new career goals. As the oldest and largest bank headquartered in Philadelphia, Beneficial Bank has a long and rich history of supporting women in the community. We're thrilled to once again be a part of this extraordinary day, and proud to be the presenting sponsor of this wonderful event."

    The Pennsylvania Conference for Women is presented by Beneficial Bank and the Beneficial Bank Foundation. It is also generously underwritten by dozens of corporations including Bristol-Myers Squibb, PPL Corporation, Cisco, Drexel University's LeBow College of Business, Hail Merry, QVC, Clear Channel Media+Entertainment, Tierney, AmeriHealth Caritas, AstraZeneca, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, DuPont, Ernst & Young LLP, GlaxoSmithKline, Independence Blue Cross, Johnson & Johnson, MasterCard Worldwide, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and Radian and State Street Corporation. Also, ACE Group, ACME Markets, AmerisourceBergen Corporation, Amtrak, Citizens Bank, Comcast, DLA Piper, eBay Enterprises, Fine Wine & Good Spirits, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, M&T Bank, NRG Energy, PECO, PNC Bank, Stradley Ronon, The Dow Chemical Company, United Airlines, Wells Fargo, Whole Foods Market, Interstate General Media, Philadelphia Magazine and WPVI-TV 6abc.

    "The Conference offers the rare opportunity to see and hear some of our country's most authentic and influential voices sharing inspirational stories and discussing issues that matter most to women's lives," said Ehrika Gladden, Senior Director, Americas Cloud Consumption Models at Cisco, the exclusive Networking Sponsor of the Conference. "Cisco is committed to supporting women at all stages of their career, and we're proud to be a part of this incredible day."

    To learn more about the 11th annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women, visit www.paconferenceforwomen.org.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12771-robin-roberts-joins-diane-keaton-at-2014-pennsylvania-conference-for-women

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  • Make A Difference Day will take place this Saturday, October 25, in neighborhoods throughout the country, bringing Americans together for the common good.

    Millions will participate in the nation's largest day of volunteerism, sponsored by Gannett's USA WEEKEND Magazine in partnership with Points of Light, the nation's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.

    From cleaning parks to working with local animal rescues, thousands of independently created projects are scheduled across the country, comprising efforts from individuals, corporations, universities, communities, states and nonprofit organizations. Gannett is leading nearly 100 volunteer projects across the country – with $490,000 in grant funding from the Gannett Foundation. Points of Light's HandsOn affiliates will be coordinating projects as well.

    "Make A Difference Day is a chance for Americans to come together for the common purpose of doing good and helping others," said Gracia Martore, president and chief executive officer, Gannett Co., Inc. "As a company, Gannett is built on serving our local communities, and with Make A Difference Day, we're proud to make a positive impact in the communities we serve and hope it inspires continued volunteerism throughout the year."

    "Make A Difference Day has become such a great opportunity for volunteers to change lives," said Tracy Hoover, president of Points of Light. "If you don't currently volunteer, Make A Difference Day is a great opportunity to start. If you already volunteer, this weekend is a great time to ask a friend to join you. Remember, a single person can change a life; millions can change our communities and our nation."

    Those looking to start a project or join an existing one can do so at makeadifferenceday.com. The site has information on projects across the country detailing how they will help others on October 25. The interactive database also allows visitors to search for events in their community. Toolkits, a marketing guide and other resources are available to help project planners.

    Newman0s Own, founded on the philosophy of philanthropy, embraces volunteerism and awards $130,000 in grants to the top 13 projects that make a difference in their local communities. These grants can be used to expand the winner's project or can be donated to the project leader's charity of choice. A supporter of Make a Difference Day since 1994, Newman's Own offers more than 100 varieties of high quality food and beverage products with the commitment to donate all profits to charity.

    "Since the founding of Newman's Own in 1982, Paul Newman believed in the importance of giving back. He respected the Make A Difference Day initiative and viewed it as a great mechanism for encouraging volunteerism. We are proud to continue the tradition," said Tom Indoe, president and chief operating officer, Newman's Own.

    Award honorees will be featured in a future issue of USA WEEKEND Magazine and will be presented with their awards at an event in Washington, DC, in spring 2015. A $10,000 All-Star Award funded by the Gannett Foundation will be presented to a former national honoree who exhibits continued excellence in volunteerism.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12778-make-a-difference-day-unites-millions-of-americans-in-volunteerism-this-weekend

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  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness-NYC Metro (NAMI-NYC Metro) announced today that two time Golden Globe-nominated actor Chris Noth will host their annual "Seeds of Hope" gala in New York City on November 6.

    The event, taking place at the Altman Building at 135 West 18th Street, will raise funds for NAMI-NYC Metro's #IWillListen Campaign and their three psychoeducation courses, more than twenty support groups and public education events that help thousands of New York City residents each year. More information and ticket pricing is available here.

    The evening will honor: Representative Patrick Kennedy for his leadership and commitment for ensuring that mental health is treated with the same importance as physical health; Shari Goldfarb, Director of HR for Deutsche Bank, for her leadership in the corporate community and overseeing the first corporate #IWillListen Campaign; Lisa Dixon, Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and Director of the Center for Practice Innovations at New York State Psychiatric Institute. Other attendees will include Robert John Burke from CBS's "Person of Interest" and Zach Grenier from CBS's "The Good Wife."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12779-chris-noth-to-host-national-alliance-on-mental-health-nyc-gala

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  • Stepping up to serve the community is why two political leaders chose to go above and beyond to touch the lives of desperate people in downtown L.A. This is also the reason that these two men were honored by the Los Angeles Mission in its third annual Legacy of Vision Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

    Los Angeles Mission 2014 Legacy of Vision Award Honorees Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Congressman David Dreier
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    Tuesday's event focused on the Mission's services to homeless families and veterans through vital programs designed to remake and restore their lives.

    This year's honorees were former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former U. S. Congressman David Dreier. They received the Anne Douglas Award, presented each year to individuals who have made significant contributions to the community. The award is named for Mrs. Anne Douglas, the creative force and benefactor behind the Anne Douglas Center for Women at the Los Angeles a Mission and the wife of actor Kirk Douglas.

    "The Los Angeles Mission has worked with both of our honorees for years," said Herb Smith, President of the Mission. "They have supported the work of the Mission both publicly and behind the scenes. The public sees them at our holiday events not only serving meals but also washing the feet of people who are astonished when they realize who is helping them. What we also appreciate is their support and wise counsel behind the scenes along with their dedication to far-reaching goals of getting life restoring services to our city's homeless."

    "What initially made me come down to the Mission was hearing about how it was having an actual impact on the lives of people. I wanted to see if that could possibly be true. I saw for myself that it actually was true," says Villaraigosa. "What kept me coming back to the Los Angeles Mission was the impact the Mission had on me and on my life. I never expected that serving in the humblest way: washing the feet of the homeless would move me to tears. Presenting me with a whole new dimension of how giving to others can change your own life."

    "The Los Angeles Mission is a very special place," said Dreier. "I'm honored to have had a quarter century long affiliation as a member of the foundation Board. My friends Anne and Kirk (Douglas) continue to be my model. My hope is to replicate their work as our fellow Angelenos strive to become productive members of society."

    Miguel A. Núñez Jr., known for his numerous roles in films and television, hosted the evening¹s festivities. Núñez has also appeared in "Juwanna Mann," produced "School Dance", and written, produced and appeared in "Belle's" on TV One.

    Steve Amerson, "America¹s Tenor" provided entertainment for the evening. He is a renowned recording artist and concert musician whose voice is recognizable from more than 160 films and television programs. In his 20-year career Amerson has recorded 17 albums, had more than 100 compositions published by Word Music and other publishing companies, and performed for many Christian events including the Billy Graham Crusades. Sixteen of his albums were produced for Amerson Music Ministries, a label he established as a nonprofit organization.

    Sponsors for the event include the John W. Carson Foundation, the Goldwin Foundation, Wells Fargo Bank, City National Bank, the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charity and others.

    Los Angeles Mission was established in 1936 as a soup kitchen and Christian outreach to homeless men on Skid Row. During the depression years, many homeless and unemployed men struggled on the streets of cities across America. It was during the days of burgeoning bread lines and no food stamps. Soup kitchens, often supported by religious and civic groups, were established to feed the needy. The Los Angeles Mission was begun for just this reason.

    Several decades later, in the mid 1980's, it was clear the Mission organization had outgrown its original Los Angeles Street building. The Mission saw the need to expand and purchased vacant property at the corner of 5th and Wall Street. The present Mission facility was built there and was dedicated in 1992 to serve an ever-increasing homeless population.

    With that new facility, the Mission was the first in Lost Angeles to establish a dedicated women¹s center ­ The Anne Douglas Center for Women ­ a long-term residential rehabilitation facility endowed by Kirk and Anne Douglas. It was a tour of the old Mission by the Douglases which spurred Anne's interest in creating a safe place for women. Her passion to help the women opened both minds and doors. The result? A women's facility was endowed and constructed through her efforts. Named for Anne, it opened in February of 1992.

    For more than 78 years, the Los Angeles Mission has served homeless and hurting men and women of downtown Los Angeles, providing emergency services such as shelter, food and clothing. In addition, the Los Angeles Mission also offers long-term residential rehabilitation programs, including education, job training, transitional housing and counseling.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12780-los-angeles-mission-honors-antonio-villaraigosa-and-david-dreier

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  • In recognition of the role individuals, organizations and corporations play in supporting the work of the United Nations to advance global peace and prosperity, the United Nations Foundation and the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) honored recipients of the 2014 Global Leadership Awards at the annual Global Leadership Dinner in New York City Wednesday night. 



    Selita Ebanks at the 2014 Global Leadership Awards Dinner
    Selita Ebanks at the 2014 Global Leadership Awards Dinner

    "Today we see many dark clouds. But I am convinced that we can stand up for UN principles and achieve the transformations we seek, the future we want. Let us work together to press all those in power to live up to their political and moral responsibilities. And let us be inspired by the honorees and other leaders here tonight to build a better world for all," said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in welcoming attendees. 



    Behati Prinsloo at the 2014 Global Leadership Awards Dinner
    Behati Prinsloo at the 2014 Global Leadership Awards Dinner

    Also in attendance was Ted Turner, chairman and founder of the United Nations Foundation, who joined Kathy Calvin, UN Foundation president and CEO; UNA-USA executive director Christopher Whatley, and nearly 500 diplomats, policymakers, business leaders and UN supporters in celebrating the contributions of the honorees as well as the vital work of the United Nations.

    Kelly Rutherford at the 2014 Global Leadership Awards Dinner
    Kelly Rutherford at the 2014 Global Leadership Awards Dinner

    

"Tonight we honor leaders who believe that it can be done — and who are showing us how to do it. We have a unique opportunity to improve millions of lives, while safeguarding the planet for generations to come. The UN Foundation is dedicated to mobilizing a movement of supporters to help the UN go further and faster in building this better world," said Calvin. 



    The honorees recognized during the dinner were:
    * Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, honored for her diplomatic command of cross-sector global relief efforts in response to humanitarian crises
    * Justice Michael Kirby, UN Commissioner, Commission of Inquiry into Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea, who received the Leo Nevas Human Rights Award for his consistent call for action against rights abuses
    * Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, who received the UN Foundation's highest honor, the Champion for Global Change Award, for his lifelong personal commitment to sustainable development and leadership in galvanizing the global community around the Post-2015 Development Agenda
    * Merck & Co., in recognition of its industry leadership and corporate commitment to global health and development
    * Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) for their commitment to a strong American relationship with the United Nations
    * Rana Abdelhamid, honored with the Leo Nevas Youth Advocate for Human Rights Award for her efforts to raise awareness of the UN and human rights mechanisms, and her empowerment of young Muslim women across the United States

    The dinner, supported by Merck & Co. and the Angelica Fuentes Foundation, benefits UNA-USA's Global Classrooms Model UN program to provide education and leadership opportunities to under-resourced middle and high school students. Together with its sister organization, the Better World Campaign, the organizations represent the largest network of UN supporters in the U.S.



    For more than 50 years, the Global Leadership Awards Dinner has highlighted the crucial role the UN plays in helping advance global peace, prosperity and justice. It recognizes individuals and organizations for their outstanding leadership in furthering the purposes of the United Nations Charter and advancing UN causes — from global health and economic development, to human rights, education, and environmental sustainability.

    Also attending the event were models Behati Prinsloo and Selita Ebanks, as well as actress Kelly Rutherford.

The event comes as the UN Foundation's Board of Directors holds its semi-annual meeting in New York City.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12782-united-nations-foundation-hosts-global-leadership-dinner

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  • Martha Stewart is the latest celebrity to stand up for New Jersey's pigs.

    In a letter delivered yesterday to the office of Governor Chris Christie, Stewart urges the governor to sign a bipartisan state animal welfare bill that will ban keeping mother pigs in crates so small they can't even turn around.

    Stewart's letter comes on the heels of fellow New Jersey native Bill Maher's op-ed in the New York Times, in which he accused the governor, who's mulling a 2016 presidential campaign, of pandering to voters in Iowa, which holds the nation's first presidential caucus.

    "There must be more to it," Maher wrote, referring to Christie's veto of a similar bill last year. "Could it be that a possible presidential candidate is aware that Iowa is the No. 1 pig state in the country, and that Republican primary voters there are strongly anti-regulation?"

    In her letter, Stewart writes, "All animals need to turn around; they were designed that way. But pigs, especially, are interesting individuals with unique personalities and complex behavior and cognition. It is no more acceptable to cram pigs into tiny crates than it would be to do the same thing to dogs."

    The bill just overwhelmingly passed the Senate and Assembly, and will follow similar bills in nine states, including California, Arizona, Florida, and others. It has the support of The Humane Society of the United States, ASPCA, Farm Sanctuary, and 93 percent of New Jersey voters — including 94 percent of Democrats and 92 percent of Republicans.

    Stewart and Maher have both spoken out publically to end farm animal cruelty in the past, and were recruited to help by Farm Sanctuary, America's leading farm animal protection and rescue organization.

    To learn more about Farm Sanctuary, visit farmsanctuary.org.

    Farm Sanctuary operates three shelters in New York and California that provide lifelong care for nearly 1,000 rescued farm animals, works to change laws to decrease abuse of farm animals, and promotes compassionate vegan living.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12781-martha-stewart-and-bill-maher-stand-up-for-new-jerseys-pigs

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  • The power of BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit to catalyze cultural change and to shift global consciousness has drawn an A-list of ocean stars from all walks of life.

    Extraordinary people, stories and discoveries will take center stage at BLUE 2014, November 3-9 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

    BLUE is a unique public event with global reach, where advanced ocean technologies are showcased in concert with inspiring films, and an amazing and diverse collection of other venues. Founded in 2006 by Debbie and Charlie Kinder, it has become internationally renowned for its unique ability to spark important discussions in areas of ocean science, conservation and exploration, and as a platform for professional development among industry leaders, students, and marine enthusiasts all over the world.

    "BLUE is a unique gathering of filmmakers, storytellers, and technologists who come together to figure out how to ignite public passion for the ocean," said Jenifer Austin, Manager of Google Ocean Program.

    The weeklong event includes Jeremy Irons0 presentation of documentary feature Trashed, James Cameron0s film on his death-defying 7-mile solo submersible dive, Fabien Cousteau's 31-day underwater living experiment in the Florida Keys, remarkable new images from Google Ocean Program, Sylvia Earle's presentation of documentary Mission BLUE, screening of Island President under the stars, workshops, special events, professional roundtables, and surprise appearances. For more info, click here.

    BLUE 2014 Highlights:
    * Academy Award winning actor and advocate Jeremy Irons will host a special screening of his award-winning ocean pollution documentary, Trashed.
    * Opening night special screening of James Cameron's DeepSea Challenge 3D. The Oscar Award- winning director's journey to fulfill his lifelong dream of diving to the deepest part of the ocean will be showcased in 3D, ultra high-definition, at The Mahaffey Theatre. The expedition team will be on hand and James Cameron's actual diving sphere will be available for viewing throughout the event.
    * Presentation of Making Waves Award to Sir Richard Branson
    * An address from Katherine Anne "Kathy" Castor, U.S. Representative for Florida's 14th congressional district.
    * 75 International Fulbright Scholars by special invitation from the U.S. State Department
    * Rising Tides: Sea Level Symposium with guest speaker Dr. Gary Mitchum, oceanographer at University of South Florida St. Petersburg, who will lead an important discussion that is close to home in Florida and everywhere around the world.
    * Fabien Cousteau's Mission 31. The first grandson of Jacques-Yves Cousteau will share footage from his recent expedition living 31 days submerged in the Aquarius, the world's only underwater marine habitat, located off the coast of the Florida Keys.
    * Special screening of Mission Blue, which follows Dr. Sylvia A. Earle around the globe on her life-long mission to protect the ocean. Widely recognized as one of the world's most influential ambassadors for the ocean, Dr. Earle has been called a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress, and the first "Hero for the Planet" by Time Magazine.
    * Exclusive goliath grouper exhibit and slideshow by National Geographic photographer David Doubilet. Doubilet has produced nearly 70 stories for the National Geographic Magazine since 1971, is a feature columnist, author of twelve books, award recipient, and founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP).
    * Renowned Australian photographer, explorer, Senior Fellow at ILCP, and author, Michael Aw, will be exhibiting photographs and giving workshops throughout the festival. Aw was named one of the world's most influential nature photographers by Outdoor Photography.
    * Sir Robert Swan, the world's first person to walk to both the North and South Poles. Sir Robert Swan will deliver the keynote, "Leadership on the Edge."
    * Google Ocean Program and Catlin Seaview Survey will present an exclusive preview of new StreetView images from the Florida Coast.
    * Environmental journalism workshop hosted by Poynter Institute.
    * Other speakers include Dan Basta, Director of National Marine Sanctuaries, Paul Baribault, VP at Disney Studios, legendary underwater filmmaker Stan Waterman, Mote Marine Laboratory's founder and pioneering scientist Dr. Eugenie Clark "The Shark Lady," and more.
    * Special appearance by "Gossip Girl" actress, Kelly Rutherford.
    * Screening of 150+ films, Q&As with famous ocean celebrities, art exhibits, the prestigious BLUE Carpet Awards, fun family activities, Ocean Voyagers, a special collaborative screening and live score presentation by The Florida Orchestra, and much more. A complete listing of events and speakers (subject to change) is available at www.blueoceanfilmfestival.org/

    Host city of BLUE 2014, St. Petersburg, Florida, was named a top global place to visit in 2014 by The New York Times and is among the most concentrated centers of ocean research in the world. BLUE Film Headquarters is the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront.

    BLUE sponsors include: Rolex, Disney Nature, Google, City of St. Petersburg, St Petersburg Clearwater, Bill Edwards Presents, Bright House Networks, Glass is Life, Muvico Theaters, Tampa Bay Times, NOAA National Marine Sanctuary, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, HealthCareIQ, Poynter Institute, Make a Difference Media, Earth Advertising, Paradise, and many others.

    Attendees include the general public, students, research and academic institutions, film and media professionals and organizations, ocean and environmental leaders, government officials, and retail and consumer businesses.

    "Ocean issues urgently need our attention and not just for the well being of future generations, but for the health of our own children. If humanity's life support system is lost, little else matters. I believe film and entertainment are the most powerful tools we have for reaching a large number of people in a short amount of time, hopefully before our only choice is crisis management," said Debbie Kinder, Co-Founder and CEO of BLUE.

    BLUE's strategic partnership with the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation brings BLUE to Monaco in 2015. In closing remarks at BLUE 2013 held in Monaco, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco emphasized both the need to shift global consciousness and the power of BLUE to help do this.

    "This event uses the power of film, photography, entertainment and science to educate, empower and inspire ocean stewardship around the globe," he said. "To awaken consciousness toward environmental protection more effectively, our best weapons are those that win over our hearts and minds."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12783-celebrities-artists-and-explorers-to-gather-at-blue-ocean-film-festival-and-conservation-summit

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