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    Friends of the Earth has 3 known supporters, including Radiohead, Razorlight, and Stephen Merchant

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  • May is #MentalHealthMonth and we need your help. In a country where 1 in 5 people are affected by a mental health condition, it's time for all of us to step and change the conversation. Join Torrey DeVitto and pledge to be #StigmaFree.

    #StigmaFree: Torrey DeVitto

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  • Ronaldinho, one of the game's greatest ever players, has become the latest star signing for the tenth anniversary of Soccer Aid.

    The Brazilian legend will form part of 2015/2016 Premier League winning manager Claudio Ranieri's Rest of the World squad as they take on Jose Mourinho and Sam Allardyce's England.

    The two star-studded teams will once again go head to head in what promises to be another electrifying match on Sunday 5th June, broadcast live on ITV from Manchester United's legendary Old Trafford Stadium, all in aid of UNICEF, the world's leading children's organisation.

    World cup winner, Ronaldinho, who has twice been named FIFA footballer of the year says: "I am going to play for the Rest of the World team at Soccer Aid. I'm delighted to be supporting Unicef and the vital work they do and can't wait for Sunday 5th June. It's so nice to participate in such an important match and a great opportunity to show the strength of this sport. I am very happy to meet my brother Cafu and other friends for this important cause."

    He joins the Rest of the World squad which includes his fellow former Brazilian teammate Cafu, Manchester United favourites Jaap Stam and Dimitar Berbatov, Dutch midfield dynamo Edgar Davids, former Barcelona and Cameroon international striker Samuel Eto'o plus Germany and Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann – who will all be looking to make it two Soccer Aid wins in a row for Rest of the World.

    The ex-Barcelona and PSG player will go head to head with the England Legends: Liverpool icons Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler and former Manchester United star Phil Neville; David Seaman and his former Arsenal team-mate Sol Campbell.

    In the commentary box will be broadcasting icons Clive Tyldesley and Chris Kamara with Howard Webb officiating in the middle.

    Ronaldinho will be playing alongside the previously confirmed England and Rest of the World celebrities who include; One Direction's Louis Tomlinson, pop star Olly Murs, TV and Heart FM presenter Mark Wright, pop star and presenter Marvin Humes; comedians Paddy McGuinness, Jack Whitehall and John Bishop, Jonathan Wilkes and GMB's Ben Shephard with TV and Heart FM presenter Jamie Theakston in goal. Unicef UK Ambassador and Soccer Aid creator Robbie Williams is Assistant Manager with Bradley Walsh, once again on hand as the morale boosting coach.

    The Rest of the World Legends join Captain and Unicef UK Ambassador Michael Sheen, Michelin-starred Chef Gordon Ramsay, pop star and presenter Nicky Byrne plus Kiss FM and ITV's Bang on the Money presenter Rickie Haywood-Williams. Niall Horan from One Direction has been named as Claudio Ranieri's Assistant Manager.

    The tenth anniversary match promises to be bigger, better and bolder than ever before, as the world's biggest stars from sport, music, television and film play in an action-packed game to raise money and vital support for Unicef's work for children in danger.

    The money raised through profits from ticket sales will add to the incredible £17 million that has already been raised for Unicef to help provide children with life-saving food, vaccines, and clean water, as well as protecting them from violence, exploitation and abuse. 100% of all public donations will go towards supporting the vital work of Unicef.

    The biennial live event will be hosted by Soccer Aid veteran Dermot O0Leary with TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher once again pitch side to report on all the action as it happens.

    This will be the sixth Soccer Aid event, with previous matches held at Wembley in 2008 and at Old Trafford in 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

    Tickets now on sale for Soccer Aid 2016, call 0845 456 2016 or visit manutd.com/socceraid.

    Booking fee applies. Calls charged at 0.75p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/15279-ronaldinho-joins-soccer-aid

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  • The Prince of Wales hosted a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace today to mark 40 years of His Royal Highness's charity The Prince0s Trust.

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    The Prince was joined by Prince's Trust Ambassadors, including Sir Ben Kingsley, Fearne Cotton and Pixie Lott, alongside more than 5,000 of the charity's supporters and beneficiaries. In the last 40 years, the charity has supported 825,000 young people.

    During the garden party Dame Joan Collins and Gemma Arterton presented His Royal Highness with a portrait of himself created from hundreds of images of people whose lives have been touched by the work of The Prince's Trust.

    A digital book of memories containing messages recorded by young people and supporters of The Prince's Trust was also presented to The Prince by Sir Ben Kingsley.

    Sir Ben Kingsley presents HRH with a Digital Book of Memories
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    The Prince's Trust was founded by The Prince of Wales in 1976, and supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed, struggling at school or at risk of exclusion.

    Many of the young people helped by The Prince's Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. The Trust's programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping to develop self-esteem and skills for work.

    Singer Pixie Lott, who became a Trust Ambassador aged 18, said: "I just think that the work it does is amazing, giving young people a chance is so good. I've met some amazing people today, it's lovely to hear their stories and how much more confidence they have from working with the Trust, and the way they've turned their lives around."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/15280-prince-charles-attends-star-studded-garden-party-for-princes-trust

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  • Dear President Obama – the new film highlighting the clean energy revolution – will have its New York City premiere on May 25.

    This is your chance to join the film's writer and director, Jon Bowermaster, along with Mark Ruffalo, the narrator of Dear President Obama.

    The film takes a cross-country look at drilling, highlighting its variety of contaminations, the stories of its victims, the false promise of an economic boom, with a focus on clean energy solutions that would allow us to proceed towards a future that does not rely on yet another dirty fossil fuel extraction process. Interviews with scientists, economists, health professionals, geologists and whistle-blowers provide the core information we think will convince the current President and those that will follow to join the "anti-drilling" majority growing across the United States and call for fossil fuels to be left where they belong, in the ground.

    The premiere takes place at abc home, 888 Broadway, New York on May 25 at 6:30pm.

    For tickets, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/15281-mark-ruffalo-to-attend-dear-president-obama-film-premiere-in-nyc

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  • Swiss luxury brand Bally continued its on-going partnership with charity Delete Blood Cancer DKMS, with an event to celebrate the brand's recently opened Beverly Hills flagship store.

    Randy Jackson attends Bally event
    Randy Jackson attends Bally event

    The exclusive evening was held at the Bally Flagship Store at Rodeo Drive on Tuesday 17th May 2016 from 6PM to 8:30pm. Hosted by Grammy-award winning record producer Randy Jackson, DKMS co-founder Katharina Harf and Bally Americas CEO Claudia Cividino, the exclusive cocktail evening featured a special performance from Grammy nominated recording artist Jazmine Sullivan.

    To mark this collaboration Bally designed a limited edition red leather envelope, in calf leather and water snake skin, priced at $350 and $850 respectively. The envelopes were available to purchase at the exclusive event, with all proceeds going to Delete Blood Cancer DKMS. 20% of all other sales from the evening were also donated to the cause.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/15282-randy-jackson-attends-event-at-bally-store-to-support-delete-blood-cancer-dkms

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  • The Fulfillment Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Los Angeles students overcome obstacles to achieve a college education, will honor Universal Filmed Entertainment Group Chairman, Jeff Shell, with the Tom Sherak Award at the Stars 2016 Benefit Gala on November 2nd, 2016.

    After 21 years in a hotel ballroom, the STARS Gala will be held at Universal Studios Hollywood's Globe Theater and attendees will be given an exclusive opportunity to explore the theme park's newest experience, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

    During Shell's tenure at Universal, the Studio has evolved to break numerous industry records, with 2015 marking the highest-grossing domestic, international and worldwide box office of any single year in any studio's history. Last year became the first time any studio has had three films cross a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, with Furious 7, Jurassic World and Minions all reaching that milestone.

    An advocate for education, Shell serves on the Board of several non-profit groups and is an active leader in a number of organizations that are working on public school reform.

    "We are incredibly honored to recognize Jeff Shell at this year's STARS Gala," says Fulfillment Fund CEO Kenny Rogers. "As a Los Angeles native and product of public education, Jeff is deeply invested in the city where he grew up. He has been working to improve educational opportunities for Los Angeles students for decades, and we are grateful for his and Universal's long-standing friendship and philanthropic leadership."

    The award is a tribute to Tom Sherak, former President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, a Hollywood executive and philanthropist who served on the Fulfillment Fund Board of Directors for 20 years and guided the creation of the STARS Gala into a multi-million dollar annual fundraiser for the Fulfillment Fund.

    "As a long-time supporter and fan of the Fulfillment Fund's programs, I am delighted to serve as this year's honoree," commented Shell. "I believe that every child deserves a high-quality education, and the students of Los Angeles are lucky to have Dr. Gary Gitnick and the Fulfillment Fund organization working to make that a reality."

    Now in its 22nd year, the Fulfillment Fund's STARS Gala has honored Mark Gordon (2015), Ryan Kavanaugh (2014), Chris Meledandri (2013), Rob Moore (2012), Rich Ross (2011), James Gianopulos (2010), Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann (2009), Thomas Tull (2008), Marc Shmuger (2007), Tom Rothman (2006), Brian Grazer (2005), Amy Pascal (2004), Paula and Sumner Redstone (2003), Megan and Peter Chernin, Sheri and Les Biller (2002), Jeffrey Katzenberg (2001), Robert Iger (2000), Edgar Bronfman, Jr. (1999), Rupert Murdoch (1998), Barbara Lazaroff and Wolfgang Puck (1997), Candy and Aaron Spelling (1996), Darlene and Steven Fogel and Jackie and Howard Banchik (1995).

    For more information and to purchase tickets, please call Lauran Huff of Levy Pazanti & Huff at (310) 201-5033 x3 or visit www.fulfillment.org/stars.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/15283-the-fulfillment-fund-announces-stars-2016-benefit-gala

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  • Join Justin Baldoni (Jane The Virgin), Jerry Trainor (iCarly), Megan Park (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) and The Landes family -- Ali, Matt & Jackie with their family and friends – for the Wendy Walk.

    Participants will walk together in the Wendy Walk along Santa Monica Beach. The Wendy Walk was named after and created for Wendy Landes by her three children in order to raise awareness and support for sarcoma -- often known as the "orphan disease."

    When: SATURDAY JUNE 4TH
    9 a.m.
    Walk begins outside of the Jonathan Beach Club
    850 Palisades Beach Club Road, Santa Monica, CA 90403

    The Wendy Walk is one of the only organizations funding research for sarcoma. The money raised from the event goes directly to funding international research for sarcoma.

    For tickets, click here.

    Sponsors: United Talent Agency, The Grove, The Alan B. Slifka Foundation, Kennedy Wilson, Granite Investments, Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy,

    The Honest Company Sunscreen is the official sunscreen partner.

    Community partners in Los Angeles: Dr. Arun Singh and the Sarcoma Oncology center at UCLA, Dr. Chawla at Sarcoma Oncology Center (private clinic), Dr. Forscher at Cedars Sinai, Playlist Yoga, Cycle House, Open Sweat

    Wendy Walk is a not for profit organization whose mission is to raise funds and awareness for sarcoma, a cancer of the connective tissues such as nerves, muscles and bones that is currently untreatable. The foundation hosts annual walks in Miami, New York City and Los Angeles as its main fundraising event. Through these walk the foundation has raised over 3.4 million dollars for sarcoma research. Sarcoma is an "orphan" cancer, therefore it depends solely on new research. Incredible progress has been made, largely in part to the work of WENDY WALK and its partner organizations; however, much more remains to be done to find a cure, for all who are afflicted with this disease.

    To find out more about the event and this amazing organization, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/15284-join-the-wendy-walk-to-raise-awareness-of-sarcoma

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  • The Duchess of Cornwall attended a reception this week to mark the 25th anniversary of homelessness charity Emmaus.

    Duchess Of Cornwall with Sylvie Bermann during a reception to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Emmaus UK
    Duchess Of Cornwall with Sylvie Bermann during a reception to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Emmaus UK
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    Her Royal Highness has been Patron of Emmaus UK since 2006 and during the event The Duchess met beneficiaries of the charity and Emmaus supporters before giving a speech to attendees.

    The reception was held at the French Ambassador's Residence in London and The Duchess was greeted by the French Ambassador, Sylvie Bermann.

    Ms Bermann said: "Your Royal Highness, through you as Royal Patron, I wish Emmaus UK continued success and vigour in helping make the world a better place for all."

    The reception concluded with The Duchess cutting a cake with the Founder of Emmaus UK, Selwyn Image.

    Emmaus UK supports former homeless people by giving them a home within one of its Emmaus Communities, as well as work in one of its social enterprises, to help them get back on their feet and re-build their lives. Residents of the Communities are known as "companions".

    The Duchess said: "Each community is different, but each one offers Companions the same opportunity – to rebuild their lives, regain their self-respect, and develop new skills – in every one that I have visited I never fail to notice the positive attitude to all these things.

    "Emmaus UK's work today is more important than ever. It is quite horrifying to read that the number of people sleeping rough has increased by 30% in the last year.

    "And it's hard to imagine that in England tonight more than 3,500 men, women and youngsters will be sleeping on the streets."

    Read Her Royal Highness's full speech here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/15285-duchess-of-cornwall-marks-25th-anniversary-of-homelessness-charity

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  • The Elders welcome the first World Humanitarian Summit taking place in Istanbul this week as a moment to galvanise responses to human catastrophes, notably in the host country's immediate region.

    Video: "When the Security Council fails, the United Nations fails"

    The Elders believe that the most important way to alleviate humanitarian crises is to prevent conflicts and mass atrocities in the first place. This requires timely action and the exercise of greater responsibility from the five veto-wielding Permanent Members of the UN Security Council.

    They highlight that the UN Secretary-General's own report to the summit calls on the permanent members to withhold their veto power on measures addressing mass atrocities.

    Failure to exercise "veto restraint", as has been called for by many UN member states and civil society, has resulted in paralysis in the international mechanisms designed to uphold peace and security.

    To coincide with the Summit, The Elders have released a new video, featuring contributions from Amnesty International and the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, which argues for urgent action on veto restraint.

    In the video, Elders Kofi Annan, Mary Robinson, Hina Jilani, Jimmy Carter and Martti Ahtisaari are joined by Salil Shetty, Amnesty International Secretary-General and Simon Adams, Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect to call for veto restraint and increased cooperation amongst the Permanent Members of the United Nations Security Council, to prevent mass atrocities.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/15286-the-elders-urge-un-action-to-stop-mass-atrocities

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  • Heavyweight boxing champion David Haye has proved he's as kind as he is strong by starring in a new PETA campaign promoting the knockout power of vegan meals.

    David Haye PETA Ad
    David Haye PETA Ad

    In the ad, Haye appears with his fists up in a boxing stance next to the words, "I'm David Haye, and I Eat Vegan".

    Video: David Haye: Vegan for Animals

    In an exclusive video Q&A with PETA, Haye speaks passionately about his performance in the ring since ditching meat: "I've put on good lean muscle, feel strong, healthy, no injuries". He explains how he made the decision to eat vegan after watching the documentary Earthlings, which "kind of hit home about …the unnecessary amounts of killing of animals".

    And The Hayemaker discovered some unexpected bonuses the moment he cut meat, eggs and dairy foods from his diet: "I felt healthier, I felt cleaner, lighter… I woke up brighter in the mornings, fresher". He recalls how before going vegan, he would want to "crash out and go to sleep" after a meal, but now when he eats, he feels "more awake and perked up".

    PETA -- whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to eat" -- notes that compared to meat-eaters, vegans are less prone to suffering from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer and obesity, and each person who goes vegan saves approximately 100 animals every year from daily suffering and a terrifying death.

    Haye is the 2009 World Boxing Association champion and is widely recognised as one of the best boxers of his generation. The British heavyweight joins a growing list of athletes -- including 2014's Mr Universe, Barny Du Plessis; Germany's Strongest Man 2011, Patrik Baboumian; American Ninja Warrior veteran Tim Shieff; football great Phil Neville and many others -- who have teamed up with PETA to promote healthy and humane meat-free meals.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/15287-boxer-david-haye-takes-a-jab-at-meat-industry

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  • As part of National Mental Health Awareness Month, Philosophy's hope & grace initiative partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to launch the #stigmafree campaign, a national effort focused on shattering the stereotypes associated with mental illness.

    Torrey DeVitto, Rachel McCord and Jamie Stone at the Philosophy and NAMI #stigmafree luncheon in honor of Mental Health Awareness month
    Torrey DeVitto, Rachel McCord and Jamie Stone at the Philosophy and NAMI #stigmafree luncheon in honor of Mental Health Awareness month
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    At the event, held at the Estérel Restaurant at the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles last Thursday, Torrey DeVitto and Rachel McCord were among those who gathered to help break the stigma of mental illness.

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    Torrey DeVitto and her newly found love, Artem Chigvintsev from Dancing With the Stars
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    NAMI is the largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

    Torrey DeVitto talked about her own battles with mental health wellbeing, and helped shed light on the more than 450 million people worldwide who suffer from mild to serious mental health issues.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/15288-torrey-devitto-speaks-at-launch-of-stigmafree-campaign

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  • The 23rd annual Cinema Against AIDS gala raised more than $25 million last night in support of amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and its pursuit of a cure for HIV/AIDS.

    Katy Perry at amfAR Cinema Against AIDS
    Katy Perry at amfAR Cinema Against AIDS
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    The star-studded black-tie event, held at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France, during the Cannes Film Festival, was presented by Harry Winston and Bold Films.

    Event Chairs in attendance included Kevin Spacey, Milla Jovovich, Adrien Brody, Heidi Klum, Carine Roitfeld, Harvey Weinstein, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, Len Blavatnik, Michel Litvak, Vincent Roberti, and amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole.

    Other guests in attendance, many of whom participated in the evening's auction included Leonardo DiCaprio, Katy Perry, Dame Helen Mirren, Uma Thurman, Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, Vanessa Paradis, Faye Dunaway, Elle Fanning, Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelsen, Joel Edgerton, Juliette Binoche, Karlie Kloss, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Karolina Kurkova, Bella Hadid, Chris Tucker, Chloë Sevigny, Julian Lennon, Alessandra Ambrosio, Jourdan Dunn, Lewis Hamilton, Matt Bellamy, Adriana Lima, Irina Shayk, Nicolas Winding Refn, Nina Agdal, Elif Aksu, Mert Alas, Alina Baikova, Ana Beatriz Barros, Mischa Barton, Boris Becker, Dean Caten, Dan Caten, Eva Cavalli, Hailey Clauson, Anna Cleveland, Mina Cvetković, Heidi De la Rosa, Lily Donaldson, Isabeli Fontana, Georgia Fowler, Toni Garrn, Izabel Goulart, Luma Grothe, Jessica Hart, Eva Herzigova, Chanel Iman, Jacquelyn Jablonski, Xiao Wen Ju, Sonam Kapoor, Liya Kebede, Doutzen Kroes, Lara Leito, Maryna Linchuk, Angela Lindvall, Sasha Luss, Catrinel Marlon, Angela Martini, Stella Maxwell, Margot Moe, Mia Moretti, Petra Nemcova, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Barbara Palvin, Soo Joo Park, Marcus Piggott, Natasha Poly, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Vladimir Roitfeld, Olivier Rousteing, Remo Ruffini, Dragos Savulescu, Lucky Blue Smith, Lara Stone, Daria Strokous, Kasia Struss, Jasmine Tookes, and Dasha Zhukova, among others.

    Kevin Spacey hosted the evening in character throughout the night as Johnny Carson, Bill Clinton, Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino, and his own Frank Underwood. During the auction, he donated an opportunity to spend the day with him in Washington, DC, which would include a tennis match, lunch, a personal tour of the city, and a walk-on role in the Netflix hit series "House of Cards." The experience sold for $575,000.

    Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio took the stage to give a heartfelt honor to amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby for his unwavering support of amfAR and other philanthropic efforts. In his award acceptance, Mr. Gatsby encouraged everyone to give generously in support of finding a cure for AIDS.

    Another stunning feature of the evening was the Disco Collection fashion show curated by longtime amfAR supporter Carine Roitfeld. The dazzling collection featured one-of-a-kind looks from the world's most celebrated fashion houses. Participating designers included Burberry, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, DSQUARED2, Elie Saab, Fendi, Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Marchesa, Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Stella McCartney, Tom Ford, Versace, and more. Thirty-two of the world's top models participated in the runway presentation, including Alessandra Ambrosio, Jourdan Dunn, Lily Donaldson, Natasha Poly, Doutzen Kroes, Hailey Clauson, and Event Co-Chairs Karlie Kloss and Irina Shayk, among others. The Disco Collection was subsequently auctioned off in its entirety by Uma Thurman for $1.7 million.

    Guests enjoyed bidding on an array of exclusive items and experiences during the live auction, conducted by auctioneer Simon de Pury and event producer Andy Boose. The auction's most unique piece was the world's most complete TASCHEN private library housed in a structure designed by legendary French architect and designer Jean Prouvé. The unprecedented TASCHEN library and Jean Prouvé structure, assembled especially and uniquely for amfAR, comprised 444 TASCHEN masterpieces, including 60 titles from the coveted Collector's Editions. After a lively round of bidding, the lot sold for $2.7 million.

    Leonardo DiCaprio graciously donated an opportunity for a party of twelve to spend a week at his Palm Springs home. Originally built for Dinah Shore, the neighboring houses were home to other stars such as Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, Dean Martin, Liberace, Elvis Presley, and amfAR's Founding International Chairman Elizabeth Taylor. The exclusive experience sold twice for a total of $500,000.

    Model Karolina Kurkova introduced an exquisite necklace, designed exclusively for amfAR and Cinema Against AIDS by Harry Winston. With 452 Marquise, pear-shaped, and round brilliant diamonds, along with sapphires and aquamarines surrounding a hand-carved rock crystal vial, the "Secret Cluster Perfume Bottle with Sapphires and Aquamarines" sold for $400,000.

    Event Chair and Academy Award-winning actor and artist Adrien Brody created the painting "Jumbo Dropfish" especially for amfAR which sold for over $500,000.

    The unforgettable evening culminated in an exuberant performance by global pop sensation Katy Perry, who performed some of her top hits, including "Roar," "Teenage Dream," "I Kissed a Girl," "Dark Horse," and "Firework," which brought the entire crowd to its feet.

    The evening also featured extraordinary surprise performances by The Bluebell Girls from Le Lido Cabaret in Paris; Sister Sledge, who opened the night with a rip-roaring rendition of their 1979 hit "We Are Family;" and The Village People, who had the crowd dancing to their platinum dance song "Y.M.C.A."

    Additional highlights from the auction included:
    * A contemporary dining pavilion, "VOLU," designed by one of the most talented and celebrated architects of a generation, Zaha Hadid, sold for $1.3 million.
    * A unique, one-off Ferrari 458 completely customized in camouflage, owned and donated by Lapo Elkann, sold for $1.1 million.
    * Dame Helen Mirren and Adrien Brody introduced five priceless Andy Warhol Polaroid prints of 1970s icons and the evening's muses for The Disco Collection fashion show -- Jerry Hall, Bianca Jagger, Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross, and Diane von Furstenberg -- which sold for $160,000.
    * An opportunity for a dozen people to spend a week on board the magnificent 70-meter Lürssen superyacht Martha Ann, introduced by Elle Fanning and Karl Glusman, sold for $575,000.
    * Melissa George and Joel Edgerton presented the exclusive Moët & Chandon MCIII Wine Cellar, the only one of its kind in the world, featuring 23 magnum bottles of MCIII wine housed in a specially handcrafted cellar, which sold for $100,000.
    * 'Ensō: Memento Mori Red," a painting by acclaimed artist Takashi Murakami, known as "the Warhol of Japan," sold for $450,000.
    * A work titled "Universal Mirror Balls" by acclaimed Swiss artist John Armleder, featuring five massive disco balls on display inside the event, sold for $170,000 to Event Chair Milla Jovovich.
    * "Wild Carved Panther," a stunning sculpture by French artist Richard Orlinksi, sold for $400,000.
    * An eight-day sailing adventure through the exotic Indonesian archipelago on a luxurious 100-year-old teak and ironwood vessel, led by record-breaking explorer Johan Ernst Nilson, was introduced by Orlando Bloom and sold for $200,000.

    Cinema Against AIDS 23 was presented by Harry Winston and Bold Films. Moët Hennessy, Renault, and The Weinstein Company were the event's Signature Sponsors.

    After the Cinema Against AIDS dinner, guests were invited to an exclusive After Party presented by Moncler.

    amfAR's annual Cinema Against AIDS events have been important and successful fundraising events for the Foundation for over two decades, generating more than $170 million for amfAR's life-saving research programs and keeping the fight against AIDS in the global media spotlight. amfAR continues to fund HIV/AIDS researchers worldwide, and works to translate their research into effective policy, prevention, and treatment education programs around the globe. Additionally, amfAR recently launched the Countdown to a Cure for AIDS, a $100 million research initiative aimed at developing the scientific basis of a cure by 2020. The cornerstone of the Countdown to a Cure is the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research, a collaborative enterprise recently established with a five-year grant to the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

    Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline Partner of amfAR. Moët Hennessy is the Official Wine and Spirits Partner of amfAR.

    amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS event is produced by Andy Boose/AAB Productions.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/15289-katy-perry-performs-at-star-studded-cinema-against-aids-for-amfar

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  • International superstar Lionel Richie will be presented with the prestigious O2 Silver Clef Award at Nordoff Robbins0 star-studded O2 Silver Clef Awards on Friday 1 July.

    Joining him will be AEG Live Best Male Artist Olly Murs and André Rieu, who will collect the PPL Classical Award.

    The O2 Silver Clef Awards will be taking at London's Grosvenor House Hotel.

    Lionel Richie has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. He is a multi award-winner with an Oscar and four Grammy awards under his belt as well as being named as the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year for his charitable work. He will embark on a world tour that will bring him to Europe this Summer. Richie is being presented with theaward in recognition of his long and successful career, and follows previous winners, Iron Maiden and Jimmy Page.

    "I am so proud to be one of the few Americans to receive the O2 Silver Clef Award which supports such a wonderful charity," said Lionel. "Nordoff Robbins dedicate themselves to changing lives through music, and to me that is something truly special."

    Gareth Griffiths, Head of Sponsorship at O2 said "Congratulations to Lionel Richie for winning the O2 Silver Clef Award -- a deserving accolade for someone who has contributed so richly to music over the years. We're proud to be continuing our longstanding partnership with Nordoff Robbins and supporting the fantastic work they do with music therapy. At O2 we recognise the power music can have on people's lives, which is why the O2 Silver Clef Awards not only celebrates the biggest names in music, but also helps raise important funds for delivery of this invaluable work."

    Singer, songwriter and presenter Olly Murs rose to fame in 2009 on talent show the X Factor and is one of the UK's most successful artists having achieved four UK number one singles and three UK number one albums. As one of the country's leading male pop stars, he has sold more than 13 million records worldwide and has performed in front of millions.

    "I am thrilled to have won the AEG Live Best Male Artist Award," said Olly. "To be recognised by Nordoff Robbins, a charity who do such amazing work in helping so many people through music therapy, is a real honour. I look forward collecting my award at the event in July!"

    Colin Chapple, COO of award sponsor AEG Live said "On behalf of AEG Live I'm thrilled that Olly Murs has been awarded "Best Male" by Nordoff Robbins, particularly as we look forward to his appearance at this year's Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park. Nordoff Robbins continues to inspire, educate and change the lives of young people through music and AEG Live is proud to support such an important charity."

    Renowned violinist and conductor André Rieu will be collecting the award previously won by Il Divo and Gareth Malone. Rieu, known internationally as the ‘King of the Waltz', has sold 40 million records and performs to a live audience of over half a million people each year. He is best known for creating the waltz-playing Johann Strauss Orchestra in 1987 -- the biggest private orchestra in the world.

    "I am honoured to be receiving the PPL Classical Award at the O2 Silver Clef Awards," he said. "Music is such a unique and powerful tool, and it is wonderful to see Nordoff Robbins use music in such a positive way to support those who are facing so many challenges in life."

    PPL's CEO Peter Leatham added "We would like to congratulate André Rieu on winning the PPL Classical Award. As a violinist and conductor, Andre's emphatic contribution to classical music across nearly four decades makes him truly deserving of this award. We are delighted to be sponsoring an award which celebrates such great classical talent, and to be supporting this very worthwhile charity."

    The O2 Silver Clef Awards 2016 recently announced that pop sensation Jess Glynne will receive the Jack Daniel's Best Newcomer Award and Florence Welch, singer, songwriter and lead singer of British indie rock band Florence + The Machine, will be presented with the Best Female Artist Award, previously won in its inaugural year by Rita Ora.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/15290-lionel-richie-to-be-honored-at-o2-silver-clef-awards

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  • UNICEF UK ambassadors and supporters -- including Sir Chris Hoy, Andy Murray, Sir Roger Moore, Ewan McGregor and Emma Bunton -- are calling on the UK Government to do more to reunite unaccompanied refugee children in Europe with their families in the UK.

    Last week, 16-year-old Bilal joined forces with Unicef UK and Citizens UK to call on the Home Office to redouble efforts to help lone children, many of whom are stranded, following months in dangerous camps across Europe. Many of these refugee children have a legal right to be reunited with families who are waiting for them in the UK.

    Andy Murray, British Tennis Number One and Unicef UK Ambassador said: "Last year I supported Unicef UK's work with refugee children just like Bilal through my 'Andy's Aces' appeal, and having heard Bilal's story of being reunited with his brother I'm really happy to add my name to this appeal. For these children the chance to be reunited with their family in the UK could be life-changing and make sure they're kept safe from violence, exploitation and abuse."

    Six-time Olympic Champion and Unicef UK Ambassador Sir Chris Hoy said: "Having heard Bilal's heartbreaking story of his journey from Syria, and his struggle to be reunited with his brother, I hope that the public will join me in backing his campaign. There are unaccompanied refugee children in Europe risking their lives to reach relatives in the UK despite having the legal right to be brought here safely. The Government must do more to reunite these children with their family here in the UK."

    Unicef Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore said: "As a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador I'm very proud to be supporting Bilal's powerful call to the home secretary and hope the UK public will add their voices to the campaign. We have a responsibility to do all we can for these children, and the sooner we can reunite them with their loved ones the better.

    Further support came from singers Jessie Ware and Rita Ora, actor and author David Walliams, actor and campaigner Vanessa Redgrave, actor and director Ralph Fiennes, actor Keeley Hawes, television personality Cat Deeley and model and business woman Claudia Schiffer.

    Bilal, from Daraa in southern Syria, said: "I left Syria when I was 14 to be with my brother in London. When I made it to France, I had to wait in the Calais Jungle for seven months and it was a living hell. I saw people die trying to escape. I saw people beaten to death in the camp. I made friends there and I lost friends there. I want people like me, who have family in the UK, to come here and be safe. It is taking too long and too many children are suffering. I'm so pleased to have the support of Unicef UK and Citizens UK, and to see so many people who want to help. Together, we're asking Theresa May to help other refugee children who are alone and speed up the process to reunite them with their families in the UK."

    Bilal was finally reunited with his older brother in the UK at the end of March, after travelling for more than a year from Syria. As the conflict in his homeland intensified, Bilal was forced to flee his home without his parents, who had to stay in Syria to care for his elderly grandparents.

    After crossing the Mediterranean from Turkey to Greece, Bilal eventually made it to Calais, but he spent seven months in the so-called Jungle before he was able to be reunited with his brother in the UK. He leaves behind him hundreds of other children who are still waiting.

    Unicef UK is calling on the UK Government to take urgent action to reunite refugee children like Bilal with their families in the UK, by speeding up existing family reunion procedures, and widening existing laws to allow children to be reunited with extended family. If the Home Office had 10 more officials working to reunite families, all of the 157 children stuck in Calais could be living safely with their families in the UK in time to start school in September.

    Unicef UK Deputy Executive Director Lily Caprani said: "The Government has said that unaccompanied children should be brought to the UK if they have family here, yet these children's cases are moving far too slowly. It's time for the Government to turn its promise into a reality now, and get these children to their families.

    "The children in Calais are the nearest and most visible cases of children who are fleeing conflict and making dangerous journeys in search of safety, yet have a legal right to live in safety with their families in the UK. I've just been to meet them in Calais and have seen the terrible conditions they are living in. By taking immediate action for these children, the Government can take a crucial first step to show it is serious about its recent commitments to refugee children."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/15291-stars-support-unicef-uks-appeal-for-unaccompanied-refugee-children

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  • Spotlighting a new film by director Sean Penn, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday underlined the importance of the entertainment industry to help raise awareness about the state of humanitarian affairs worldwide.

    Ban Ki-moon, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien and actor Sean Penn, before the screening of The Last Face at the World Humanitarian Summit
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    "When you have a global star, [the message] can go far and wide and there is no time limit," Mr. Ban told viewers invited to the global premiere of Mr. Penn's latest movie, The Last Face.

    Screened on the eve of the opening of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul, Turkey, a two-day conference dedicated to finding more effective ways of alleviating and preventing the suffering of the world's most vulnerable people, the movie features Academy Award-winning actors Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem as relief workers faced with difficult situations during civil unrest in an African nation.

    "The main purpose of having the World Humanitarian Summit for the first time in the history of the United Nations is to raise [awareness on the] importance, seriousness, urgency and gravity of the situation," said Mr. Ban, adding that world leaders must be committed to global action.

    He recalled a visit to Haiti after the devastating earthquake of 2010, when he met tens of thousands of people living under extremely difficult conditions in makeshift tents. Amid the chaos, he noticed a very busy man who was trying to help those around him recover. He didn't immediately recognize him, but later realized it was Sean Penn.

    "I didn't expect such a celebrity, a movie star of the world, would be around so many refugees and displaced people. I was so moved," the UN chief shared with the audience, which burst into applause.

    "When I went [to Haiti] a second time, he was still there," he added.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/15296-un-boss-attends-screening-of-new-sean-penn-film-spotlighting-humanitarian-work

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  • At the opening of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined the President of Turkey, relief activists and international celebrities to urge the global community to shape a different future for the world.

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    "We are all here because global humanitarian action is unprecedentedly strained," Mr. Ban told thousands of participants attending the opening ceremony, which featured creative performances and inspiring words by renowned stars including Forest Whitaker, Ashley Judd and Daniel Craig.

    "I proposed this Summit four years ago out of concern for rising humanitarian needs and declining political will. Today, the urgency has only grown," the Secretary-General stressed.

    As part of a moving spectacle that emulated dust storms and earthquakes, and projected images of authentic footage inspired by personal human stories, Malian singer Inna Modja kicked off the historic Summit with a soulful poem.

    The United Nations estimates that a record number of people -- 130 million -- currently need aid to survive. More people have been forced from their homes than at any time since the end of the Second World War.

    "This is a 21st century United Nations gathering," the Mr. Ban said describing the Summit, adding that its Agenda for Humanity, the document he recently issued to guide discussions and action, is based on three years of consultations with 23,000 people in more than 150 countries.

    Over the next two days in the Turkish capital, WHS is bringing together stakeholders who have a vested interest in improving the global humanitarian system, including more than 65 Heads of State and Government as well as leaders from the public and private sectors.

    The UN chief underlined that the world is looking to them for commitments to five core responsibilities:
    * Prevent and end conflict
    * Respect rules of war
    * Leave no one behind
    * Working differently to end need
    * Invest in humanity

    "We are here to shape a different future," Mr. Ban concluded. "Today we declare: We are one humanity, with a shared responsibility."

    Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed hope that the Summit would lead to "auspicious outcomes" for hundreds of millions of people struggling to sustain their lives under great distress.

    "Pain knows no colour, race, language or religion," Mr. Erdogan said, noting that it was with that in mind that Turkey carried out its aid and development projects in more than 140 countries around the world, hosting more than three million refugees from Syria and Iraq.

    "We will never close our doors or our borders to people," he insisted. "We as leaders and responsible individuals of the international community can only succeed if we work under common principles and goals."

    The President also stressed that Turkey would not stop pursuing "blood-shedding dictators" and will ensure that crimes against humanity do not go unpunished.

    Prior to these remarks, survivors of humanitarian catastrophes — both human-made and natural — spoke to the audience in emotional addresses, recounting their ordeals and how they overcame them with the desire to now support others.

    Victor Ochen, a former child solider from northern Uganda, spoke about growing up with violence everywhere around him. At the age of 13, he chose a different path, forming a peace club in his refugee camp to discourage children and young people from joining the armed forces. "Peace comes from within," he said. "Be human and act human."

    Victoria Arnaiz-Lanting described her experience surviving Typhoon Haiyan which hit the Philippines in 2013, saying that it was a miracle she survived. She lost many friends and colleagues in the storm, dead bodies filled the streets, and trees and electric posts fell to the ground like match sticks. The typhoon also made thousands of people internally displaced, who, driven by hunger and grief, looted the supermarkets.

    And yet, she expressed how unbelievable it was to see how quickly people started to rebuild their lives. The Philippines Red Cross and victims themselves began treating the wounded and liaising with the Government and other humanitarian actors.

    "This is humanity in action," she said, noting that disasters affected more than 200 million people a year and that preparedness must become a way of life. She encouraged every nation, large and small, to invest in local actors.

    Speaking of the Syrian conflict, Adeeb Ateeq said war has inflicted much suffering on the people. Mines have blown apart men, women, and children, with many afraid to seek medical care for fear of encountering other unexploded ordnance.

    "I have decided to harness my experience of demining to end the loss of life," he said, describing a volunteer team he has established to educated young people about the lethal nature of unexploded land mines.

    Recalling his own experience of losing a leg after encountering an unexploded device, Mr. Ateeq explained how he had been bound to a wheelchair until being fitted with an artificial limb; this led him to try to help others.

    "My goal is to save the lives of innocent civilians," he said, calling on all to provide assistance in that quest and in safeguarding humanity.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/15297-stars-help-launch-world-humanitarian-summit-in-turkey

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  • Made in Chelsea's Lucy Watson, Emmerdale's Gemma Atkinson, comedian Ricky Gervais, actors Brian Blessed and Jenny Seagrove, TV vet Marc Abraham, singers Sandi Thom and Rumer, and naturalist Chris Packham, are the latest celebrities to tweet a ‘dog selfie' in support of Humane Society International's #StopYulin campaign to end China's annual Yulin dog meat festival on June 21st.

    The stars are urging their fans to sign HSI's online petition to Chinese President Xi Jinping to halt the Yulin festival where as many as 10,000 dogs are expected to be killed and eaten. Between them, the celebrities have generated hundreds of RTs and petition shares.

    Lucy Watson and her German Spitz Klein, Digby, added their selfie on Twitter and Instagram. Lucy said: "No animal deserves to be abused and mutilated the way the dogs in the meat festival are and to think that could be my dog/best friend, Digby, is unbearable. Something needs to be done, we cannot sit back and watch this cruelty continue."

    More than 10 million dogs are killed every year across China for their meat. Most of them are stolen pets and strays grabbed from the streets, still wearing their collars when they reach the slaughterhouses where they are beaten to death in front of each other.

    Singer Sandi Thom said that her Labrador-beagle mix Laddie inspired her to support HSI's efforts to end China's dog meat trade: "I feel so passionate about this issue. Laddie trusts me 100 per cent to treat him with respect and kindness because thank goodness that's all he's ever known. But once these poor dogs fall into the hands of the meat traders, they have absolutely no-one but us to speak up for them. How can we be silent in the face of such blatant cruelty?"

    Most people in China don't eat dogs, and as the Yulin festival approaches, protests and candlelit vigils are expected to take place across the country. On 14 May in China's city of Dalian, 100,000 people protested against the Yulin festival. Dog lovers in cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Dalian are increasingly angered by dog thieves who steal their pets for the meat trade.

    Chris Packham, who posed with his poodles Itchy & Scratchy for his #StopYulin selfie, said: "It's completely wrong to think that people in China don't care about their dogs like we do. Millions of people across China want the cruel dog meat trade to end, and they are incredibly angry and upset to have their much-loved pets stolen by dog thieves. The annual Yulin dog slaughter is a hideous event, deliberate cruelty to animals in the name of a festival. I hope the Chinese authorities shut it down for good."

    The celebrity dog selfies are the latest phase in HSI's awareness raising #StopYulin campaign that launched earlier this month with a thought-provoking video featuring Alesha Dixon, Will Young and Professor Green. The two minute video, in which the stars are accompanied by their beloved dogs, shows a pet dog being dragged into a van by thieves, dogs packed tightly into small wire cages on trucks, and Yulin market stalls where dog carcasses are hung for sale.

    Claire Bass, executive director of HSI/UK, said: "We hope to gather millions of signatures against the grisly Yulin festival. Across the world, people are uniting to urge Xi Jingping to direct resources to end the cruel and largely illegal dog meat trade. Our call for action will only get stronger, as we stand united with our Chinese partner groups in saying we must #StopYulin."

    You can support the #StopYulin campaign in these two simple ways:
    * Sign and share the #StopYulin petition at www.hsi.org/stopyulin
    * Text WOOF03 £3 (or any other amount) to 70070 to donate to help HSI save dogs.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/15298-stars-join-dog-selfie-campaign-to-end-dog-meat-festival-in-china

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  • Maggie Gyllenhaal, award-winning actress and star of the upcoming HBO series "The Deuce," has signed on as the American Civil Liberties Union's ambassador for privacy and security.

    "We as a democracy should have a greater say in how the government uses the incredibly powerful tools at its disposal to conduct mass surveillance and restrict liberties in the name of supposed national security goals," said Gyllenhaal. "I'm proud to join the ACLU in its fight to ensure that people retain control over their private lives."

    In her role, Gyllenhaal will support the ACLU's work to rein in the government's surveillance practices, to ensure that meaningful privacy protections mitigate intelligence agencies' collection of citizens' data, and to help inform citizens of their privacy rights and the ways in which they can hold local law enforcement departments accountable when they use invasive technologies against ordinary people.

    She will also combat government efforts to weaken cybersecurity and speak out on other government abuses in the name of the so-called "war on terror," such as the indefinite detention without charge or trial of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay.

    In her first effort on behalf of the ACLU, Gyllenhaal sent an email today to the organization's supporters asking them to back efforts to free Mohamedou Slahi, a Mauritanian citizen and the author of the bestselling memoir "Guantánamo Diary" who has been detained at the prison without charge or trial since 2002.

    "Mohamedou is not only the central character in the moving and eye-opening book Guantánamo Diary — he is a man of flesh and blood," she wrote. "He has spent the last 14 years in Guantánamo Bay prison as an innocent man. And he urgently needs our help."

    Gyllenhaal is an Oscar-nominated actress whose film work has included, "Secretary," "Crazy Heart," "Dark Knight," "Stranger Than Fiction," and many more. Last year, she starred in the BBC/SundanceTV original series "The Honorable Woman," for which she garnered a 2015 Golden Globe Award, a SAG Award nomination, and an Emmy Award nomination. More recently, she narrated "Truth and Power," a documentary series on Pivot TV exploring the invasive use of technology by our government.

    Launched in October 2013, the ACLU's Ambassador Project pairs artists from television, film, music, and comedy with issue priorities. Like other ambassadors, Gyllenhaal will promote ACLU work online and in the media. She joins an impressive ACLU ambassador roster: Michael K. Williams on ending mass incarceration; Demian Bichir for immigrants' rights; Harry Belafonte on the overincarceration of juveniles; W. Kamau Bell for racial justice; Lewis Black for voting rights; Melissa Etheridge for marijuana reform; Jesse Tyler Ferguson on marriage rights for same-sex couples; Sasheer Zamata on women's rights; and Marlee Matlin for disability rights.

    More information about the ACLU Ambassador Project is here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/15299-maggie-gyllenhaal-named-aclu-ambassador-for-privacy-and-security

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  • Written by Elizabeth Willoughby

    When Father Daniel Berrigan, a radical pacifist priest, died at the end of April, many people had kind words of remembrance. Actor Martin Sheen also had some things to say about the man who inspired him into activism and changed his life.

    Sheen respected the non-violent aspect of Berrigan's civil disobedience, which came to his attention during the Vietnam War. When Berrigan was on the lam for burning draft cards and encouraging people to be willing to get arrested, someone asked Berrigan what would happen to the children if the parents went to jail for the cause. Berrigan answered, "What's going to happen to them if you do not?"

    Though Sheen himself was not interested in risking arrest at that time, he was profoundly moved by this statement. To him, he says, it meant that if you believe something, it had to cost you something, and if it did not cost you, you're left to question its value.

    In 1981, however, when Sheen was filming In the King of Prussia, a documentary about the trial of people who had entered the assembly plant of General Electric and poured blood on the nose cones of some missiles, he met Father Berrigan in person and a friendship developed.

    Then in New York in 1986, there was a demonstration organized against then president Regan's star wars initiative to put nuclear weapons into outer space.

    "I went to that very first demonstration and I was arrested for the very first time for civil disobedience, with Dan Berrigan," says Sheen, "and it was the happiest day of my life, because I had done all that I possibly could to speak against the immorality of nuclear weapons, and particularly in placing them in outer space. And I had done it non-violently and I suffered the consequences, which meant arrest and jail. Dan led the demonstration, and he did it with such humor and disarming attitude. He even invited the police who were arresting us to join the protest because he assured them that they would agree with what we were protesting against.

    "Dan never measured success in terms of victories or defeats. It was a question of commitment. That was the victory. We could not count on victory as the world knew victory, like people win a war. Peace does not compete on that level. Peace is something that one has to discover within our own cracked hearts. It has to become part of our everyday lives. It begins at home and it spreads to the family and the community and then the nation and the world, but it takes a deeply personal commitment. […] The only failure is in not doing. That is the legacy that Dan Berrigan gave to me."

    You can listen to the whole interview here on AIH.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/15295-martin-sheen-remembers-father-daniel-berrigan-the-peacemaker

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  • Glide's 17th Annual eBay Auction for Power Lunch with Warren Buffett, offered through eBay for Charity, opens at 7:30 pm PDT on Sunday, June 5 and runs until 7:30 pm PDT on Friday, June 10.

    For the past 17 years, legendary investor Warren Buffett has hosted an annual power lunch in support of GLIDE, which serves San Francisco's homeless, poor and most vulnerable residents. To date, with the help of eBay for Charity, over $20 million has been raised through this unique auction experience for the winning bidder to dine with Buffett and up to seven friends at New York City steakhouse Smith & Wollensky. Bidding starts at $25,000 and all bidders must pre-qualify at eBay.com/glide.

    "I am proud to be part of something that has directly benefited so many people in need," said Buffett. "GLIDE is a bridge for thousands of people on the brink of despair, helping them achieve dignity and opportunity by providing them with basic services. Their vital work has a direct and immediate impact."

    "As a partner with us on our mission of unconditional love and support for those in need, Warren Buffett is a great humanitarian and friend who has helped us provide tens of thousands of our neighbors with basic services and the opportunity to improve their lives in an authentic way," said GLIDE's Co-Founder and Minister of Liberation Reverend Cecil Williams.

    "Empowered by the kind generosity of Warren Buffett and the bidders, GLIDE is able to provide meals, shelter, childcare, legal assistance, counseling and more to help lift people out of hard times and give them hope in their future," said GLIDE Co-Founder Janice Mirikitani.

    "With eBay for Charity, we enable our community to connect to the causes they care about through what we do best — technology-enabled commerce," said eBay's Vice President of Corporate Communications and Global Impact, Claire Dixon. "To date, we've helped thousands of organizations around the world raise more than $650 million through the eBay platform. We're proud to be GLIDE's partner for this iconic auction and help in its mission of alleviating suffering and breaking the cycles of poverty and marginalization."

    The auction was conceived in 2000 by the late Susie Buffett, who long maintained a strong affinity for GLIDE's efforts to provide dignity and opportunity to all people, regardless of income, gender, religion, political persuasion or any other factor. Winning bids have ranged from $25,000 to $3,456,789, with funds going directly to support GLIDE's programs. Last year's auction brought in $2,345,678.

    For information about the Auction for a Power Lunch with Warren Buffett, contact GLIDE at 415.674.6001, Buffett@Glide.org or ebay.com/glide.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/15301-glides-17th-annual-ebay-auction-for-power-lunch-with-warren-buffett

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  • A number of celebrities were spotted out-and-about at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament at the Rancho Park Golf Course in Los Angeles.

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    at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament at the Rancho Park Golf Course

    Rock legend Gene Simmons couldn't help but show his love for Darth Vader and some of the Star Wars Storm Troopers at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament at the Rancho Park Golf Course in Los Angeles.

    Former Backstreet Boys AJ McLean and Nick Carter showed each other some love (and played as a team!) at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament
    Former Backstreet Boys AJ McLean and Nick Carter showed each other some love (and played as a team!) at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament

    Proceeds from this event benefited family members of LAPD employees that have experienced catastrophic circumstances resulting from officer's injury or death.

    Among the famous faces were Gene Simmons, Backstreet Boys AJ McLean and Nick Carter, Luke Wilson, Kendall Schmidt, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Alan Thicke, and Andy Garcia.

    Since it's inception in 1972, the Foundation has granted more than $16 million for medical, funeral and educational expenses without any taxpayer money. Sponsors from the event included: Live Nation, Rubicon Resources, Kaiser Permanente, In-N-Out Burger and William Comfort Products.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/15300-stars-attend-los-angeles-police-memorial-foundation-celebrity-golf-tournament

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  • On Saturday, May 21, some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry celebrated the 90th birthday of the legendary Tony Bennett at Keep Memory Alive's 20th annual Power of Love gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

    Larry Ruvo, Tony Bennett, Steven Tyler and Jeff Koons on the red carpet before Keep Memory Alive's 20th annual Power of Love gala,
    Larry Ruvo, Tony Bennett, Steven Tyler and Jeff Koons on the red carpet before Keep Memory Alive's 20th annual Power of Love gala,
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    The star-studded event raised funds and awareness for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and its fight against brain disease including Alzheimer's, Huntington's and Parkinson's diseases, multiple sclerosis and multiple system atrophy.

    Highlights from the night included a performance by honoree Tony Bennett and heartfelt tributes by James Corden, Andra Day, Herbie Hancock, Darius Rucker, Jordin Sparks, Steven Tyler and more. Day kicked off the show with her rendition of "Steppin' Out With My Baby," while Corden performed his version of "Don't Get Around Much More." Later in the evening, Sparks teamed up with pianist Dan Orlando to perform a medley of hits including "The Best Is Yet To Come," "Alright OK You Win" and "It Don't Mean A Thing." Rucker treated guests to hit single "Sunny Side of The Street," before Hancock took the stage to perform "Chameleon" and "Cantaloupe Island." Tyler joined the elite ensemble to perform "Smile" with jazz trumpeter Chris Botti before singing Aerosmith classic "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing." The man of the evening, Bennett, performed numerous hits including "Watch What Happens" and "How Do You Keep The Music Playing." To close the show, the entire cast sang Bennett "Happy Birthday" and presented him with a celebratory cake. In addition to musical icons, celebrity supporters who also attended the event included Quincy Jones, Brad Garrett, Steve Schirripa and Chazz Palminteri.

    Tony Bennett is also a gifted visual artist with three of his paintings in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution. To acknowledge this aspect of Bennett's artistry, a variety of world-renowned painters, sculptors and other artists joined to celebrate and were recognized during a special presentation narrated by Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Minnie Driver, which was accompanied by an original score from former Wings guitarist Laurence Juber. Artists honored included: President and Founder of Cultural Counsel Adam Abdalla; Golden Lion Award-winning artist Marina Abramović; American artist and glass sculptor Dale Chihuly; President and CEO of Chihuly Studio and Chihuly Workshop Leslie Jackson Chihuly; American pop and conceptualism artist Jonathan Horowitz; Governor's Award-winning artist and sculptor Jeff Koons; American post-conceptual artist Rob Pruitt; legendary New York artist Peter Tunney; screen writer Petter Skavlan; and curator, creative director and writer Neville Wakefield.

    Continuing its 20-year history, the Power of Love gala showcased a dinner prepared by superstar chefs Mario Carbone, Nobu Matsuhisa and Wolfgang Puck, who has participated in every gala since its inception. In addition to enjoying the finest cuisine, wine and spirits, guests bid on one-of-a-kind experiences during a live and silent auction. Items auctioned include a seven-day Italian vacation in Florence and Venice with world-famous tenor Andrea Bocelli as a tour guide, an original piece titled "The GOOD LIFE" from artist Peter Tunney and a personal culinary tour of Jean‐Georges Vongerichten's eight New York City restaurants.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/15302-celebrities-help-celebrate-tony-bennetts-90th-birthday-at-power-of-love-gala

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  • On the opening day of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, the Special Envoy of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Forest Whitaker, called on individuals, governments and international organizations to act collectively to improve humanitarian action and invest more in development aid.

    Forest Whitaker - Speaks at the World Humanitarian Summit
    Forest Whitaker - Speaks at the World Humanitarian Summit

    "We are facing a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented magnitude in the history of the planet," the Academy Award-winning actor said in an interview with the UN News Centre on one of the terraces of the venue in Turkish city, which hosts the Summit through tomorrow evening.

    Video: Forest Whitaker - Speaks at the World Humanitarian Summit

    "One of the Summit slogans is: ‘A common humanity shared responsibilities,' and I think that's what we need to achieve today," said Mr. Whitaker, who is also the founder of Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, as well as one of the eminent personalities chosen by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to advocate on behalf of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    The Special Envoy urged the international community to build on the work of the Summit, convened by the Secretary-General to ensure that humanity -- people's safety, dignity and the right to thrive -- are placed at the heart of global decision-making, to transform humanitarian aid to development assistance.

    "I talked to many people [during the first day], and we hope that a number of proposals concerning education, conflict and poverty will tackle these problems," said Mr. Whitaker.

    "I hope that this Summit will help raise awareness that we need to solve these problems together, both at the level of NGOs [non-governmental organizations], government agencies and individuals. Together, we can find solutions to some of the problems we face on the planet," he stressed.

    Earlier in the day, Mr. Whitaker took part in the Summit's opening ceremony, where he addressed delegations just after a former child soldier from Uganda, Victor Ochen.

    "I talked with Victor Ochen. He spoke of our humanity, of being human […] and we are concerned about the fate of other human beings. I always try to remain aware that what affects others affects me too," explained Mr. Whitaker. "This is what people are trying to achieve all over the world. They thought [the problems] were [far away] from them, but those problems arrived at their doors."

    For example, he noted the situation of refugees, emphasizing that some 60 million people are currently displaced worldwide. Experts believe they could be displaced and/or on the move for some 17 years. "These people must have a place to go. This affects us all," he said.

    Mr. Whitaker said he hopes this first-ever UN World Humanitarian Summit will help individuals to realize that they are not disconnected from the dramas faced by the world's most vulnerable people. "These problems and sufferings also affect our lives," he said.

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  • Coco Rocha – supermodel, designer and DKMS Ambassador – will participate in the ceremonial lighting of the Empire State Building in red to honor the nonprofit DKMS and its corporate founding sponsor COTY Inc. in celebration of the organization's 25th anniversary and in honor of World Blood Cancer Day.

    Coco Rocha has been an active DKMS Ambassador for over six years helping DKMS raise awareness for the need of more bone marrow donors. Coco always plays a crucial role in the annual DKMS gala which raised over $4.7 million earlier this month. Recently, Rocha also designed and launched a t-shirt campaign where 100% of the proceeds go to DKMS.

    WHERE: Empire State Building Lobby
    350 Fifth Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets

    WHEN: Thursday, May 26, 2016

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  • GLSEN, the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students, honored George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth, Ilene Chaiken, Optimedia, Amber Schweitzer and the Academy for Young Writers Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) at the 13th Annual GLSEN Respect Awards -- New York on Monday, May 23 at Cipriani 42nd Street.

    Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos arrive at the GLSEN Respect Awards
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    The 2016 GLSEN Respect Awards -- New York continues through June 2 with an online auction via Charitybuzz that features items such as tickets to a Rangers game in the Fox Networks' Madison Level Suite in Madison Square Garden; tickets to Kinky Boots on Broadway, plus a backstage tour and gift bag; and VIP tickets to the Good Morning America 2016 Summer Concert Series in Central Park.

    Stephanopoulos and Wentworth were recognized for their dedication to improving the lives of young people and creating opportunities for marginalized communities. Accepting the award, Stephanopoulos said, "The great privilege we have to work at an organization like ABC News is that we have the chance to shine a light on issues where others might not go, to help bring people out of the shadows, to tell stories of people who are living their lives with courage and grace and grit in the face of incomprehension, in the face of hostility, in the face of a world which either doesn't know how or doesn't want to understand."

    Ilene Chaiken, who was honored for providing LGBT young people with role models and increasing visibility through positive media representations of LGBT people in her work, said, "It's disheartening that, even as we've made huge strides forward in the struggle for equality, our young people continue to face homophobic harassment, bullying and discrimination -- not only at the hands of other students, but from teachers and parents and administrators. It's enraging that we are again battling back ignorant efforts to enshrine new laws designed to deprive us of our human dignity. It's disgusting -- just disgusting -- that our national politics is so rife with racist, misogynist, xenophobic, homophobic, reactionary and violent rhetoric. Our children deserve better. We all deserve better. That's why we're here tonight, standing with GLSEN."

    The program also featured GLSEN National Student Council members from Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas, who shared their own stories of why GLSEN's work is important and how it has helped each of them in creating more positive school climates in their own communities.

    Other speakers included GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard; Empire star Jussie Smollett; Dave Ehlers, President of Optimedia; Tim Jones, CEO – Publicis Media, The Americas; Educator of the Year and Colorado teacher Amber Schweitzer; model Andreja Pejić; Michelle Eisenberg, Spencer Washington, Daniel Collado, Dio Ayala and Dasia Flemming from the Academy for Young Writers GSA -- the GSA of the Year; television anchors Brooke Baldwin, Robin Roberts and Thomas Roberts; Catherine Lhamon, Assistant Secretary, Office of Civil Rights, the U.S. Department of Education; Jordan Krantz, Abbie Faxon and Allie Faxon from Franklin County High School GSA; Del Ray Zimmerman, co-chair of GLSEN Middle Tennessee; Chief Control Officer of First Data Cindy Armine-Klein; and NYC Department of Education LGBTQ Liaison Jared Fox.

    The GLSEN Respect Awards, introduced in 2004 and held annually in Los Angeles and New York, showcase the work of students, educators, individuals and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.

    The 2016 GLSEN Respect Awards -- New York was co-chaired by Cindy Armine-Klein, Chely Blitzer-Wright, Barbara Frankel, Michel Mercure and Ryan Pedlow. Sponsors included Presenting Sponsors Optimedia, Target, The Walt Disney Company and Wells Fargo, as well as Senior Sponsors First Data and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

    GLSEN has led the way on LGBT issues in K-12 education since 1990. Through ground-breaking original research, innovative program development, student leadership and educator training, community organizing, and targeted state and federal advocacy, GLSEN has seen the impact of its work through the development of educational resources, direct engagement of youth and educators, and national programs like GLSEN's Day of Silence, GLSEN's No Name-Calling Week, GLSEN's Ally Week.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/15307-george-stephanopoulos-and-ali-wentworth-honored-at-glsen-respect-awards-new-york

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  • Jimmy Carter is stepping down from his front-line role as a member of The Elders, the organisation said today.

    The former President of the United States, 91, will hold the title of honorary ("Emeritus") Elder as of 1 June 2016.The Elders wish to pay tribute to Jimmy Carter's inspiring and tireless work for the organisation since it was founded in 2007.

    He has brought his immense experience and expertise to bear on the complex geopolitical issues at the heart of the organisation's work, and has also been a passionate advocate for women's rights, social justice, action on climate change and other core Elders' values.

    A forthright and principled advocate for human rights and democracy, Jimmy Carter took part in the very first Elders' mission to Sudan in October 2007, highlighting atrocities and the displacement of millions of people in Darfur.

    He has also played a key role in every Elders' delegation to the Middle East, most recently in May 2015 when he led a delegation to Israel and Palestine to draw attention to the humanitarian disaster in Gaza and support those on both sides who favour peace and a two-state solution. This came straight after Jimmy Carter's participation in an Elders' meeting with President Putin in Moscow, aimed at securing greater engagement on the Syrian crisis.

    Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said:

    "From the Middle East to climate change, women's rights to superpower diplomacy, Jimmy has brought the gravitas of his Presidential office but also the passion of an activist who believes the world can, and must, be changed for the better. The Elders would not be the organisation it is today without his drive and vision, and he will stay an inspiration for all of us for many years ahead."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/15313-jimmy-carter-steps-down-from-the-elders

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