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    Since beginning his career with The Beatles in the 1960s, Ringo Starr has been one of the world's brightest musical luminaries. He has enjoyed a successful and dynamic solo career as a singer, songwriter and drummer, an active musical collaborator, and as an actor. Drawing inspiration from classic blues, soul, country, honky-tonk and rock ‘n' roll, Ringo continues to play an important role in modern music with his solo recording and touring.

    Former Beatle Ringo Starr started the Lotus Foundation with his wife, Barbara Bach.

    He took part in George Harrison0s historic Concert for Bangladesh in 1971.

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  • Project Cuddle is the result of one woman's crusade to help prevent infants from being abandoned.

    Since its inception, Project Cuddle has saved over 600 babies across the country and into Canada from the fate of being abandoned, or worse.

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    Project Cuddle has 3 known supporters, including Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah, and John Stamos

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  • Edward R. Matthews, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC), and Loreen Arbus, Founder & Chair of Women Who Care, announced today that Lynda Carter, actress and singer, will be honored at the Women Who Care Awards, to be held Thursday, May 7th at Cipriani 42nd Street.

    The luncheon benefits United Cerebral Palsy of New York City and celebrates the accomplishments of extraordinary women as professionals, philanthropists and caregivers, who have broken glass ceilings and inspired others through their professional and charitable endeavors. Ms. Carter will receive The Women Who Care Luella Bennack Philanthropy Award.

    Judith Light, Emmy, Golden Globe & two-time Tony award-winning actress, activist, and 2014 Women Who Care Award Honoree, will return to Women Who Care to present the 2015 Women Who Care Award to Lynda Carter.

    Susan Lucci, star of the hit series "Devious Maids," Emmy award-winning actress of "All My Children," host of Investigation Discovery's "Deadly Affairs," and New York Times best-selling author, will return for the third consecutive year as host of the luncheon. Thomas Roberts, award-winning and Emmy award-nominated anchor, will join Susan Lucci as co-host for his first time.

    Lynda Carter, best known for winning our hearts as Wonder Woman, is an accomplished singer who has performed to rave reviews before sell-out crowds around the world. In addition to her long acting career, Lynda has the distinction of producing and starring in five highly rated network television specials, many of which were Emmy nominated. She has appeared onstage with many of the world's most popular singers, including Ray Charles, Tom Jones, Kenny Rogers, Bob Hope, George Benson, and Ben Vereen.

    Lynda made her professional singing debut at age 14 in Tempe, Arizona. In 1972 she won the Miss World-U.S.A. title and shortly thereafter outdistanced hundreds of other actresses for the part of Wonder Woman, a character she infused with such depth and humor that it has become one of the most indelible characters in television history.

    Her fame led to her becoming the "face" of Maybelline Cosmetics, and she remained Maybelline's top model for over a decade. But her roots remained with her music.

    "Singing is in my soul," says Lynda. "I was on the road performing in my teens and traveled from the Catskills to Las Vegas, and from San Francisco to the saloons in Texas."

    An engaging storyteller, she takes her audience on a journey where her life story and her music intertwine. Though Lynda continued to act in films and television, when she had children she left the road to raise her young family. She returned to live performing in 2006, appearing on the London stage with an acclaimed star turn in Chicago.

    In 2007 Lynda started touring again in venues across the country with her band of Nashville all-stars. Lynda has brought her concert to major venues across the country, including the Kennedy Center and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Her first CD, At Last, was released in 2010 and her second, Crazy Little Things, came out in 2011.

    Last year she appeared as a special guest star on the hit TV series "Two and a Half Men". Lynda resides in Potomac, Maryland, with her husband Robert A. Altman, and is a staunch and outspoken supporter of many charities, including Father Martin's Ashley Treatment Center and God's Love We Deliver, along with numerous human rights and equality organizations.

    Loreen Arbus is Founder/Chair of Women Who Care. Susan Spencer, Editor-in-Chief of Women's Day, will be Honorary Chair of the event, and Donna Hanover, journalist/radio personality and former First Lady of New York City, returns as Honorary Co-Chair. Tamsen Fadal, Emmy award-winning Anchor of PIX 11 News, will be a new Women Who Care Co-Chair. She joins returning Co-Chairs Robin Givens, actress/director/author, Ali Stroker of "Glee Project" and "Glee" fame, and Emmy award winner Paula Zahn, host of "On the Case with Paula Zahn." Hearst Corporation returns as lead sponsor of Women Who Care.

    In addition to Lynda Carter, honorees for this year's luncheon include news journalists Judy Woodruff & Al Hunt, social entrepreneur Joan Hornig, and Ernst & Young (EY). There will be a special presentation by Charlie Rose.

    The Women's Who Care/Luella Bennack Award is presented each year at the Women Who Care Luncheon, in memory of Luella Bennack, the late wife of Frank Bennack, long-time Hearst Corporation CEO, long-term supporter of UCP of NYC and Women Who Cares' lead sponsor. Luella believed that philanthropy is essential to increasing the well-being of humankind. In living out that philosophy, she focused many of her talents on supporting UCP of NYC while motivating others to follow her example. Like Luella, all of the extraordinary women who are honored with her namesake award inspire others through their care, concern, and deep commitment to charitable endeavors. Recent honorees of the Luella Bennack Award include Judith Light (2014), Cyndi Lauper (2013), Robin Roberts (2012), Diane Sawyer, Gayle King, Ann Curry, Marlo Thomas and Lauren Bush Lauren.

    Past celebrity presenters for Women Who Care include: Oprah Winfrey, Diane von Furstenberg, Jimmy Smits, America Ferrara, Cynthia Nixon, Ivanka Trump, Danny Glover, Meredith Vieira, Alan Rickman, Nicole Miller, Deborah Norville, Alex Witt, Cynthia McFadden, Dr. Oz, Maurice DuBois, Mike Woods, Regis Philbin, Michelle Bachelet, the former President of Chile, Frank Bennack , Jr., Executive Vice Chairman and former CEO of the Hearst Corporation, and many other VIPs.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13564-lynda-carter-to-be-honored-at-women-who-care-awards

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  • Natalia Vodianova and the Naked Heart Foundation hosted the Backstage Gala at the English National Opera's London Coliseum Theatre this week.

    Natalia Vodianova and Diana Vishneva

    Guests who joined host Natalia Vodianova, together with Antoine Arnault, were delighted to discover on arrival that they would be dining on stage, where they were treated to a rare glimpse of the acclaimed theatre, and backstage otherwise reserved for performers.

    Supermodel, and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova, who founded the Naked Heart Foundation 10 years ago, joined forces with one of today's greatest dancers Diana Vishneva to host this unforgettable evening which saw some of the world's greatest Ballet, and Opera talents perform a once in a lifetime show for just 200 privileged guests.

    Distinguished faces from the art world; Harry Blain, Gary Hume, Georgie Hopton and Sotheby's Lord Dalmany were accompanied by young British talent; Pixie Lott, James Norton, Dynamo, and Lily Donaldson in their enjoyment of extraordinary, and intimate performances from world renowned violinist Maxim Vengerov, and Marcelino Sambe, as well as the world premiere of Zeitgeist by The Royal Ballet's principal dancers Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson choreographed by Alastair Marriott of the Royal Ballet.

    Guests also had the opportunity to take part in a very special charity auction with all proceeds going to the Naked Heart Foundation, and Diana Vishneva's Foundation, which supports emerging dance professionals. The 11 money-can't-buy lots included; Original Diana Vishneva black and white prints by Patrick Demarchelier, a personalised Louis Vuitton case accompanied containing Diana's own ballet slippers, an original Annie Leibovitz print of Natalia Vodianova, a Couture experience, and made to measure dress by Valentino, and Afternoon Tea, and a ballet class with Diana Vishneva. The pinnacle of the auction and the evening was the opportunity to take to the stage with Diana Vishneva with guests instead nominating Natalia, and donating generously to see her on stage with her co-host.

    The Naked Heart Foundation is fortunate to have been supported by some of the world's most acclaimed artists, musicians and fashion designers, who have lent their time and talent to over the past 10 years to the invaluable work they do with children with special needs. Naked Heart Foundation events have become renowned for their unique and unexpected fundraising style uniting luxury, with giving. The efforts and support of all who attended the Backstage Gala raised £435,000 towards the Naked Heart Foundation's and Diana Vishneva Foundation's important missions.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13565-natalia-vodianova-hosts-backstage-gala-for-naked-heart-foundation

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  • CNN News Editor Joe Sutton and Steve Harvey Intern and Huffington Post Contributor Pavlina Osta will host the Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala on October 10.

    Featuring guests such as Gloria Loring and Mickey Gilley, the Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala benefits (100%) the JB Dondolo, Inc. charity. It raises awareness of the charity's current programs and projects in the local and global community while acknowledging and rewarding individuals and companies for their efforts in the community.

    The evening will open with star-studded red carpet interviews, followed by dinner and an awards ceremony that is sure to steal your heart.

    The Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala honors individuals through awards in various categories including media partners, social media players, lifetime achievement, humanitarian, champions, best story told, most liked storyteller (writer), and more.

    The Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala is where people from various backgrounds can connect with like-minded individuals for a common and good cause – to support each other and support our community.

    This event encourages others to keep hope alive and remember that you have the potential to rise and shine. The one thing that your community needs is "YOU". As with the meaning of "Dondolo," we need a cane or a walking stick for support. This is not because we cannot walk on our own, but because sometimes we just need its support to move forward. JB Dondolo, Inc. is a non-profit organization that primarily exists to provide charitable services worldwide to impoverished communities. Find out more here.

    The Equanimity Awards Benefit Gala will take place at the Westin DFW Hotel, Dallas Fort Worth, on October 10.

    You can find out more about Equanimity Magazine here, and to find out more about the event, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13566-equanimity-awards-benefit-gala-to-benefit-jb-dondolo-inc

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  • The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation have announced a partnership with hitRECord, a collaborative online production company founded by actor/director Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

    Video: HITRECORD x NATIONAL PARK SERVICE: Find Your Park

    In support of the Find Your Park movement, hitRECord will encourage its diverse community of artists to submit personal and creative ideas celebrating parks, with 15 ideas ultimately brought to life through collaborative art projects.

    hitRECord is inviting its community to share their original ideas illustrating all that a park can be and to build upon each other's ideas, creating unique and engaging Find Your Park artwork. In 2016, hitRECord will develop fifteen of the ideas into larger creative projects, ranging from short films and music videos to comedy sets or animation.

    "I grew up going camping with my family in Yosemite National Park. It's a beautiful place, and if it weren't for the National Park Service it may not be what it is today," said Joseph Gordon-Levitt, founder of hitRECord. "I'm honored to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime Find Your Park movement, connecting the hitRECord community with our parks."

    "This collaboration with hitRECord brings the long relationship between artists and national parks into our second century," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "More than just connecting a new generation of artists to parks, the final projects that result from this partnership will offer all Americans new and creative perspectives on America's greatest idea."

    "hitRECord will connect us with some of the most creative minds who will then help inspire people everywhere through art to find their park," said National Park Foundation Interim President Dan Wenk. "This partnership will allow for a dynamic network of artists to support our movement in a way that resonates with their passions."

    hitRECord members can socialize their ideas and stories by using #FindYourPark and submitting content on hitRECord.org. After the hitRECord community collaborates on the top ideas, the final pieces will be distributed on various channels and showcased on FindYourPark.com.

    The Find Your Park public service campaign invites Americans to discover and connect with the 407 national parks as the National Park Service prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2016. Find Your Park includes a stream of programs, exhibits, events, promotions and public activities throughout 2015 and 2016 that will encourage everyone to find their park. The campaign includes broadcast, print, digital, outdoor and radio creative featuring arresting visuals of the national parks, as well as public relations, influencer and social media activities.

    The campaign has attracted several high profile supporters, including Centennial Ambassadors Bill Nye (scientist), Bella Thorne (TV and film actress), Roselyn Sanchez (TV and film actress), Terrence J. (TV personality) and Mary Lambert (singer/songwriter and LGBT advocate).

    The National Park Foundation is working with GREY NY, one of the world's leading advertising and communications agencies, to create and implement the integrated campaign. GREY Activation & PR developed the hitRECord partnership with the National Park Foundation.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13567-joseph-gordon-levitt-celebrates-findyourpark-with-innovative-digital-content

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  • What are two things you need to build a house? Ty Pennington, best known for hosting ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, will show students in grades 4 and up that along with the proper materials, they need strong math skills.

    Ty Pennington and two New Orleans students give mathematics an extreme makeover
    Ty Pennington and two New Orleans students give mathematics an extreme makeover

    Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company, has released "Math@Work: Math Meets Homebuilding," the third episode in an educational web series connecting mathematics directly to careers and problem-solving skills used on the job.

    The 15-minute "Math@Work: Math Meets Homebuilding" webisode is available for free on the Scholastic Mathematics website at: www.scholastic.com/mathematics.

    Hosted by Ty Pennington and set in New Orleans' Ninth Ward, "Math@Work: Math Meets Homebuilding" pairs two local students with experts from Make It Right, an organization founded in response to Hurricane Katrina by Brad Pitt in 2007 to build environmentally-friendly homes for people in need. Along the way, Ty challenges the students to think about the mathematical skills they need to install solar panels and a front walkway for the home. "Math@Work: Math Meets Homebuilding," teaches individual learners and classrooms audiences across the country a number of mathematical skills including measurements, ratios and rates.

    "Learning to become a carpenter not only opened my world up to incredible opportunities, but it taught me the importance of math skills beyond school," said Ty Pennington. "I am proud to work with Scholastic to show students across the country the math used when constructing the fine details of building a house, while simultaneously finishing a home for an extremely deserving family in New Orleans"

    "At Scholastic, our focus is to make learning relevant for children and we understand how important it is to engage students with topics they are excited to learn about," said Margery Mayer, President of Scholastic Education. "By connecting mathematics to 21st Century careers, Math@Work shows students how important the skills they are learning in the classroom today are for a successful future in a variety of jobs. With Math@Work we answer the age old question, ‘when will I ever use this skill beyond the classroom?'"

    From the creators of MATH 180, Scholastic's revolutionary intervention program designed to get middle school students fluent in the foundations of mathematics, each Math@Work webisode is paired with lessons that will facilitate mathematical discussions and problem solving. The full series including, "Math@Work: Math Meets Fashion" hosted by Tim Gunn and "Math@Work: Math Meets Culinary Arts" hosted by Carla Hall can be viewed on the Scholastic Mathematics website at: www.scholastic.com/mathematics.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13568-ty-pennington-teams-up-with-scholastic-to-give-mathematics-an-extreme-makeover

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  • Written by Elizabeth Willoughby

    With 42 million overweight or obese preschoolers globally, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver wants to get practical food education into school curriculum across the world.

    "The bottom line is that the next generation will live shorter lives than their parents if nothing is done to rectify these alarming stats," he says.

    Oliver has talked about healthy food for kids in many media over the years, including on radio and on TED, but most recently he has started an online petition at change.org urging G20 governments to provide children with the life skills they will need to live healthier, more productive lives.

    "I passionately believe this is every child's human right," says Oliver, "and I hope you agree."

    Looking for a million signatures, he is already over two thirds the way there. You can find the petition here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13569-jamie-oliver-wants-food-in-school-curriculum

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  • From Tuesday, April 28 through Thursday, May 7, President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will visit the sites of several Clinton Foundation projects and CGI Commitments to Action that are improving the lives of thousands of people across Africa, concluding with the Clinton Global Initiative Middle East & Africa Meeting (CGI MEA) in Morocco.

    

This trip will highlight many of the issues that the Clinton Foundation has long worked on — economic growth and empowerment, climate change, empowering women and girls and global health and conservation. President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will visit projects from the Clinton Development Initiative, the Clinton Global Initiative, and convene a conversation of No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project. President and Chelsea Clinton will also visit projects of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, an independent, affiliated initiative.

    

In 1998, President Clinton took an 11-day trip to Africa -- the longest visit by a sitting American President at that time. President Clinton's trip followed a trip that Chelsea and then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton made the year before. In May 2000, he signed the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which led to a new era of opportunity for African countries by enabling deeper trade and investment ties. He also pushed for larger and faster debt relief through the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative.

    Additionally, the Clinton Administration invested heavily in the global fight against AIDS and Tuberculosis. Since then, exports under AGOA have increased more than 500 percent, reaching $53.8 billion as of 2011.

    

Since their initial trips, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton have continued to build upon their longstanding commitment to Africa through the work of the Clinton Foundation, providing investment, opportunity, and health access to underserved communities. In July 2012, both President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton traveled to Africa to visit Clinton Foundation and CHAI projects in South Africa, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Uganda, and in October 2012, Chelsea visited Nigeria for the launch of the Nigerian government's Save One Million Lives Initiative to reduce child mortality. In 2013, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton returned, visiting Clinton Foundation and CHAI projects in Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania (including Zanzibar), Rwanda, and South Africa marking President Clinton's ninth trip to the continent since leaving office.


    PROGRAM VISITS -- SUBJECT TO CHANGE

    Some of the Clinton Foundation's work on this visit will include:

    ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

    

The Anchor Farm Project is a commercial farm in Tanzania operated by the Clinton Development Initiative (CDI). Upon taking over, CDI introduced improved seeds, fertilizer, and liming, a spraying procedure that increases soil pH and fertility. Due to CDI's efforts, 1,000 acres of crop have been planted and are expected to produce 5-6 ton yields—compared to the 30 acres that were planted in the past. CDI also restored and revamped all of the buildings on the property. Additionally CDI also supports thousands of neighboring smallholder farmers by providing them with access to quality inputs for maize and soy production as well as training and market access. The project's farmers have access to improved seeds and to training in advanced agronomic techniques.



    Members of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) have made 1,018 commitments that include Africa in their geographic scope and 498 that designed to help Africa exclusively. These have a total estimated value of $35.4 billion. The largest portion of these commitments is addressing global health and empowering women and girls. This trip will highlight several of these commitments including:



    The Solar Sisters program which empowers women in Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Uganda to be entrepreneurs. These women generate income by selling environmentally friendly products in their community, such as solar lights and cookstoves. Solar Sisters connects these women to training opportunities, and micro-financing groups to increase savings and investment.



    Wings to Fly, a CGI Commitment to Action in Kenya, was launched in 2010 by Equity Bank Limited and the MasterCard Foundation. The commitment aims to build the financial capacity and entrepreneurship of youth and women throughout the country. The program expands access to financial services to young people, ensures gender equity, and provides transformative leadership training. Since it was launched, Wings to Fly has provided 10,000 secondary students with training, with 98 percent of those students graduating secondary school and 94 percent going on to college.



    GLOBAL HEALTH

    

The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) supports the government of Tanzania in a program that procures the pneumonia and rotavirus (the leading cause of diarrhea) vaccines. The program has strengthened the supply chain for these vaccines, and ensures that they are effective by keeping them at the proper temperatures from delivery to health facility storage.



    CHAI has been supporting the government of Liberia in combatting HIV/AIDS, improving maternal and child health, and overall health system strengthening for the past decade. They also provided integral support during Ebola epidemic, including assisting the Ministry of Health in selecting and prioritizing items of the greatest need, placing orders for essential drugs to jumpstart essential health services, and coordinating supply chains. The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) also played a critical role as they coordinated members for early support for Ebola, including securing the delivery of medical equipment and supplies.



    EMPOWERING WOMEN & GIRLS

    

At the 2014 CGI Annual Meeting, Secretary Clinton announced a Clinton Foundation collaboration of more than 30 companies, civil society organizations, multilaterals and governments to improve learning and leadership opportunities for young women and girls. This collective effort, CHARGE -- Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls' Education -- has committed over $600 million dollars to reach 14 million girls over five years. In Kenya, President and Chelsea Clinton will visit a school that is a part of the CHARGE initiative and lead a conversation on participation of women and girls globally, as part of the Clinton Foundation's No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project.



    CONSERVATION



    The Partnership to Save Africa's Elephants is a CGI Commitment to Action launched in 2013 by Save the Elephants and other partners to prevent further elephant poaching by directly targeting the chief drivers of poaching. This commitment has facilitated anti-poaching enforcement in Africa, supported efforts to crack down on international ivory markets, and raise awareness of the impact and risks of ivory sales to the survival of the African elephant. A key component of the innovative technology Save the Elephants created is a tracking system which uses GPS collars and technology to monitor elephants' hourly movements and uploads it into a system which can be accessed anywhere with internet access. This way they can monitor if the elephant is moving too fast, which could indicate they are being chased by a poacher, or if they have stopped moving which could indicate injury or death. This technology has given Save the Elephants a major advance in terms of combating poaching.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13570-bill-and-chelsea-clinton-to-visit-clinton-foundation-projects-in-africa

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  • Written by Elizabeth Willoughby

    According to philanthropist Bill Gates, the greatest risk of global catastrophe today is an outbreak.

    "If anything kills over 10 million people in the next few decades, it's most likely to be a highly infectious virus rather than a war," he says. "Not missiles, but microbes."

    After analyzing how we dealt with last year's Ebola outbreak, Gates says the problem is that there is no system, and he cites several key areas where improvement necessary:

    * Without a team of epidemiologists, there was no way to monitor the spreading of the disease.
    * Case reports coming in on paper were often inaccurate and delayed online communications.
    * Without a medical team ready to go, there was no way of preparing people -- a large epidemic would require hundreds of thousands of workers.
    * There was no analysis of treatment approaches or diagnostics to help determine what tools should have been used. "We could have taken the blood of survivors, processed it and put that plasma back into people to protect them," he says. "That was never tried."

    Nearly 10 thousand people died in western Africa in last year's Ebola epidemic, and Gates worries that the next epidemic could be worse, especially if it can spread through air, if we don't create a proper response system.

    Using today's science and technology, he says, we have cell phones to get information from the public and get information out to them, we have satellite maps to see where people are and where they're moving, and we have advances in biology to look at pathogens and make vaccines, but with all these tools we still need an overall global health system and we need to be prepared.

    Gates says we should take a lesson from the military and create a medical corps that's ready to go, with a reserve to boost numbers. They should be paired with the military, which has the ability to move fast and secure areas. They should participate in germ game simulations to discover where the system needs improvements. And there should be investment in R&D in the areas of vaccines and diagnostics. The cost, he says, would be modest compared to the alternative -- besides millions of deaths, a worldwide flu epidemic would cause a $3 trillion loss to global wealth.

    "If there's one positive thing that can come out of the Ebola epidemic," says Gates, "it's that it can serve as an early warning, a wakeup call to get ready. If we start now, we can be ready for the next epidemic."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13571-bill-gates-says-were-not-ready-for-the-next-epidemic

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  • Lifestyle brand Cheeky and celebrity chef Mario Batali are joining forces to help end hunger in America.

    Mario Batali and Cheeky founder, PJ Brice
    Mario Batali and Cheeky founder, PJ Brice

    Batali will serve as Cheeky's Chief Culinary Ambassador, inspiring consumers to choose Cheeky products as a way of giving back. For every Cheeky item purchased at Target, the brand's exclusive retailer, Cheeky helps donate a meal through a partnership with Feeding America, the nation's leading hunger-relief organization.

    Cheeky launched in November 2014, with a collection of colorful one-time-use tableware. When Batali heard about the brand, he immediately recognized an opportunity to help redefine the traditionally boring paper plate and end hunger. Known for his upbeat cheeky personality and long-term commitment to hunger relief, Batali is the perfect partner for Cheeky. Among his good works, Batali serves on the board of the Food Bank For New York City and the entertainment council for Feeding America.

    Cheeky Founder and CEO PJ Brice believes fellow entrepreneur Batali will play a significant role driving Cheeky's impact. "We are thrilled to partner with one of the most respected and recognized chefs today," says Brice. "Chef Batali is a wonderful addition to our Cheeky family, and together we will make hunger relief a top priority."

    "As a chef, the issue of hunger has always been near to my heart, said Batali. "To me, food is so much more than nourishment — it is love; it is hope for a happier life and a better future. I am honored to partner with Cheeky to find new ways to help all of us give back each and every day."

    Cheeky and Batali are making it possible for consumers to have fun while making a meaningful contribution to people in need. In the company's first 15 weeks, Cheeky donated one million meals and is quickly approaching two million.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13572-cheeky-enlists-chef-mario-batali-to-help-end-hunger-in-america

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  • Live Nation and BBC, in partnership with The Royal British Legion present VE Day 70: A Party to Remember, a star-studded concert featuring a spectacular line-up including some of the biggest recording artists, performers, stars and celebrities in live entertainment.

    VE Day 70
    VE Day 70

    The concert, taking place at London's Horse Guards Parade on Saturday 9 May, will be a focal point of the national celebrations for the 70th anniversary of VE Day. This one-off event will be broadcast that night on BBC One TV and on Radio 2.

    Hosted by Chris Evans, the concert will include performances influenced by the era from actor Adrian Lester, comedian and presenter Alexander Armstrong, Britain's favourite tenor Alfie Boe, actor Bernard Cribbins, boyband Blue, Britain's Got Talent winners dance troupe Diversity, musical theatre's leading lady Elaine Paige, hotly tipped jazz vocalist Gregory Porter, Dads Army's Ian Lavender, R&B singer Jamelia, stage, screen and TV star Jane Horrocks, UK's biggest mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins, pop starlet Pixie Lott, one of the best voices to come out of the X Factor singer Rebecca Ferguson, legendary rock band Status Quo and four couples from top entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing.

    It is part of three days of commemorations from 8-10 May to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day. Plans include events ranging from a parade of veterans and Service personnel supported by bands through Whitehall, to a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, a flypast of the famous Battle of Britain Memoiral Flight and the Red Arrows, street parties around the UK and this star-studded concert.

    Graham Pullen, Event Organiser from Live Nation said: "This is such an important year for VE Day celebrations and we are thrilled to be part of it by putting on this incredible concert. ‘A Party To Remember' will be an evening which honours the music and entertainment that thrived during the 1940s. The staging has been inspired by the style of the era and the line-up promises to transport the audience back to such an iconic time for entertainment. The concert will be today's great performers celebrating the wartime era's great performers. A unique chance to see your favourite acts like never before."

    Community celebrations across the UK will reflect the national events taking place in London where Second World War veterans are invited to attend as the nation's VIPs. VE Day itself, Friday 8 May, will be a day of Remembrance, and a Service of Remembrance will be held at The Cenotaph, including a national two minute silence at 3pm. In the evening a chain of beacons will be lit across the UK.

    Saturday 9 May will be a day of celebration culminating in the concert. To join in the celebratory spirit sporting associations will be asked to mark the occasion during fixtures with clapping or song, and cathedrals across the UK, will be invited to ring their bells in celebration from 11am.

    On Sunday 10 May, there will a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey attended by HM The Queen, followed by a parade from the Abbey to Horse Guards Parade and into St James's Park, where The Royal British Legion will host a lunch reception for the veterans. Local communities are hosting their own celebrations, and it is expected that community halls, public spaces and homes will be decked with bunting and playing music to recreate the celebrations of 70 years ago.

    Bob Gamble, Assistant Director of Engagement for The Royal British Legion said: "Communities across the UK are being encouraged to organise or take part in celebrations which recognise and salute an extraordinary generation who played such an important part in our history.

    "The concert will be the pinnacle of the celebratory element of the commemorations, and we hope the Great British public will tune in to enjoy the fantastic line up of artists and mark this significant anniversary."

    Broadcast on BBC One TV, the two-hour spectacular forms part of the BBC's plans to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day and will be a magnificent moment the nation comes together to celebrate VE Day 2015.

    To book tickets (cost £36.75) for VE Day 70: A Party To Remember log on to Live Nation and Ticketmaster.

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  • Following its 25th Anniversary Celebration in NYC on March 31st, Tusk0s Royal Patron, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, has written a personal article published in the organization's annual report.

    The Prince highlights today's greatest conservation challenges and the reason he believes that Tusk is having an impact in Africa.

    "I was initially drawn to Tusk by its innovative and holistic approach and its unwavering certainty that conservation is as much about people and community programs as it is about wildlife protection," writes the Prince, whose commitment to highlighting the issue of the illegal wildlife trade has won him plaudits across the world.

    The illegal wildlife trade, now the fourth most lucrative transnational crime, generates over $20 billion a year in illegal profits.

    In the article, Prince William continues a theme he spoke passionately about in his speech to the World Bank in Washington in December.

    "The cumulative effect of this insidious trade on our natural heritage is shocking. Over the last 100 years, the abundance of the world's species has decreased by almost a third, pushing some of our most iconic creatures to the brink of extinction. But the illegal wildlife trade also has an unacceptable human cost for those who have lived for centuries in harmony with wildlife. It threatens to wipe out Africa's natural heritage, satisfying the greed of international criminals while trapping others in a destructive cycle of poverty and conflict."

    For 25 years, Tusk has responded to these challenges by investing in agile and adaptable conservation projects that have the greatest impact on wildlife and communities in Africa.

    Prince William concludes, "Despite facing some of the greatest conservation challenges to international conservation in history, Tusk continues to be a shining light in what are tragically dark times for Africa's wildlife. In this, its 25th Anniversary Year, I am extremely proud of all the charity has achieved, what it stands for, and the hope it offers to Africa and the survival of its natural heritage. I am honoured to be its Royal Patron."

    To read the Prince's article in full, click here.

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  • Becoming a parent to someone else's kids is hard, and host of Survivor, Jeff Probst, has been there.

    Whether you are becoming a step mom or a step dad, either role can be difficult to navigate, and each family is different. Kids In The House interviewed Jeff to hear his best advice for step parenting.

    While he has no biological kids of his own, Jeff said he felt fortunate when he married into a family that had two wonderful children. He explained that while it wasn't an easy or a simple transition, he loves his role as a stepfather.

    He shared that building a strong relationship with the kids takes time and doesn't happen over night. Jeff encourages parents to be patient and understanding during this process. It can become frustrating, but it's worth it to wait for the right moments to connect with the kids.

    "My advice is to not put yourself on the kids and give them expectations," says Jeff. "Quite the opposite, let them know there's no expectation and that you're just someone else here to love them."

    He also encourages stepparents not to pressure kids to call you "mom" or "dad" right away. Jeff explains that at one point, the kids called him "Jeff Dad 2," and now it has transitioned into them calling him "dad."

    Jeff shared that he was able to build trust with his stepchildren by listening to them and giving them advice when it was appropriate.

    "I waited, and maybe it just comes down to waiting for the right situation," explains Jeff.

    The Survivor host said it's important to remember that you are most likely not just co-parenting with your spouse, but you may also be co-parenting with your spouse's ex and their significant other. You need to work together to help best support the children in the family.

    "We would never say anything but compliments on how the other house is run," he says.

    Jeff also shared great advice for single moms dating with kids, especially if they feel like having kids is like having "baggage."

    "It's not a baggage," Jeff simply states. "If somebody thinks it's baggage they're not the right guy. The right guy will say, ‘Wow, you also have kids!' That's the right guy."

    For more advice, check out all of Jeff Probst's advice on KidsInTheHouse.com.

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  • The Volunteer Center of North Texas will honor Laura Bush, former First Lady and wife of President George W. Bush, as the 2015 recipient of the Hearts of Texas Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Mrs. Bush will receive the award and give the keynote address as the honoree at the 9th Annual Hearts of Texas Luncheon on April 30, 2015 at the Belo Mansion in Dallas.

    Mrs. Gene Jones, 2014 honoree, will present the award to Mrs. Bush.

    Established in 2007, the Hearts of Texas Awards Luncheon is the Volunteer Center's signature event. It showcases the importance of volunteerism in the community by recognizing outstanding leaders in North Texas. These inspirational volunteers have dedicated themselves to the community by giving their time, talents, and resources.

    Mrs. Bush remains an advocate for educational issues, causes she championed as First Lady of Texas and the United States. She serves as Chair of the Women's Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, continuing her work on global healthcare innovations, empowering women in emerging democracies, education reform, and supporting the men and women who have served in America's military.

    "The First Lady is an inspiration to volunteers everywhere. She has spent her life focusing on worthy causes to transform every community she is part of," said Tammy Richards, CEO of the Volunteer Center of North Texas. "We are thrilled to recognize her volunteer and philanthropy work with the 2015 Hearts of Texas Lifetime Achievement Award and to feature her as our keynote speaker."

    Sponsorships begin at $5,000, and individual tickets are available. Go to www.heartsoftexas.com or contact Charles Colmark (214-818-9837 or ccolmark@vcnt.org).

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  • Natalie Morales, TODAY show News Anchor and Third-Hour Co-Host, and Erica Hill, Weekend TODAY Co-Host, hosted the 12th Annual MORE/FITNESS/SHAPE Women's Half-Marathon in New York's Central Park on Sunday, April 19, 2015.

    MORE EIC Lesley Jane Seymour, SHAPE EIC Elizabeth Goodman Artis, Weekend TODAY Co-Host Erica Hill, Ivanka Trump, and TODAY News Anchor Natalie Morales
    MORE EIC Lesley Jane Seymour, SHAPE EIC Elizabeth Goodman Artis, Weekend TODAY Co-Host Erica Hill, Ivanka Trump, and TODAY News Anchor Natalie Morales

    Morales and Hill completed the race in an impressive 1:38:59 and 2:06:52 respectively. More than 7,403 women from around the world took part in the event — one of the largest women's-only half-marathons in the country — presented by MORE and SHAPE magazines in partnership with the New York Road Runners (NYRR).

    Morales and Hill kicked off the event early on Sunday morning, cheering on the runners ahead of the 13.1-mile race.

    "It's such a powerful group of women," says Morales. "Everybody here has a story. It's women supporting women all along the way, so whether you're a first-timer or a many-timer, this is the perfect race."

    Commenting on the unique energy of the event, Hill says, "I love the fact that anybody can be a part of this — you can walk it, you can run it, and you will most certainly be inspired."

    U.S. Olympian Deena Kastor raced to a first-place finish for the third consecutive year, finishing in a time of 1:12:51. The mark fell shy of her own event record time of 1:11:38, which she set in 2014. But the victory follows a monumental year for Kastor, in which she shattered the world masters half-marathon record at the Philadelphia Rock ‘n' Roll Half Marathon in September, at the age of 41.

    "My favorite part of coming back to this race year after year is seeing 10,000 women taking over the park and celebrating the empowerment that this sport can bring us," says Kastor.

    Following Kastor to the finish line was Jeanna Composti of the New York Athletic Club, who took second place in 1:21:37, and Fiona Bayly of Urban Athletics, who took third place in 1:22:25.

    Ivanka Trump also took to the course to run her first half-marathon, finishing in 2:11:03. "I started training alongside my team six months ago," says Trump. "I could barely run a half mile. When you think about it, running tends to be a metaphor for life. Like many things, you get out of it what you put into it. Crossing the finish line yesterday, alongside my sister-in-law Nikki and with my entire team, was the most incredible high. It was a fantastic experience."

    In addition to promoting women's empowerment, this year's event also addressed the impact of climate change and the importance of sustainability. In celebration of Earth Day and MORE magazine's May climate change issue, this year's Women Run the World program honored two women making a difference in this field: Pamela Alabaster, the Vice President of Global Corporate Responsibility at The Estee Lauder Companies, and Marguerite Lauter, the Regional Advocacy and Global Partnerships Coordinator at CARE.

    "Pamela and Marguerite embody the spirit of this race and our Women Run the World theme," says Lesley Jane Seymour, Editor-in-Chief, MORE. "They, along with the 10,000 runners here today, demonstrate that all women, no matter their shape or age or size, can change the world."

    "There's nothing more inspiring than watching thousands of women flooding Central Park at sunrise to run in support of fitness and health," says Elizabeth Goodman Artis, Editor-in-Chief, SHAPE. "No other event shows the spirit of girl-power like this race."

    Following the event, race participants enjoyed samples and activations from product sponsors Healthfull by Arnold/Brownberry/Oroweat, Hoka One One, MorningStar Farms and Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Co., and charity partner CARE, a leading humanitarian organization that empowers women and girls around the world. NBC's TODAY served as the event's official media partner, Bloomingdale's served as the retail partner, and RoC served as the gift bag sponsor. The MORE/FITNESS/SHAPE Women's Half-Marathon also teamed up with Athletes for a Fit Planet to enhance efforts to produce an environmentally responsible event by committing to their Pledge of Sustainability.

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  • Chideo, the charity network, and country music legend Clint Black want to find the next great American singer-songwriter, and hope to generate a whole lot of support for Rettsyndrome.org in the process.

    Country music legend Clint Black launches contest to find America0s next great singer-songwriter
    Country music legend Clint Black launches contest to find America0s next great singer-songwriter

    Black, partnered with Chideo, is offering the chance of a lifetime to aspiring singer-songwriters -- the opportunity to record an original song with the country artist in his personal studio with some of the crooner's favorite musicians.

    "I believe in giving back in any way that I can and this Chideo effort affords me the chance to do that in more than one way," said Black. "Musically, it's incredibly gratifying to play a role in the development of undiscovered talent and to give them every opportunity to do what we all love to do most -- to share our music with others. In addition, this Chideo contest also supports our efforts to shine a spotlight on helping those with Rett syndrome."

    The Clint Black Dream Recording Session Contest launched Sunday in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs) and concludes with the debut of the winning single and music video exclusively on Chideo. Fans who follow Black on Chideo will receive contest updates and behind-the-scenes content from Black and the contestants throughout the summer.

    The contest details are as follows:
    * In exchange for a $20 donation, artists may submit a video via Chideo of themselves performing their original song. All submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on June 2, 2015.
    * Black and his team at The Collective will review all submissions and select four finalists.
    * The finalists' videos will then be featured exclusively on Chideo from July 17 to July 29, where fans can vote on their favorite.
    * The winner will be announced on July 30 and flown to Nashville for the recording session, video shoot and an audition with Black's management group.
    * Chideo and Black will host an exclusive premiere of the song and video with proceeds benefitting Rettsyndrome.org, whose mission is to accelerate research to cure Rett syndrome and empower families with knowledge and connectivity.

    Rett syndrome is a unique postnatal neurological disorder that is recognized in infancy and seen almost always in girls, but can be rarely seen in boys. Every two hours a girl is born with Rett syndrome, but very few people know anything about the disorder. Affecting 1 in 10,000 live female births each year, it is more common than Huntington's disease and Muscular Dystrophy. Black currently serves as Honorary Chair for Rettsyndrome.org's "Research to Reality: Funding Progress" campaign, which helps to accelerate treatments and research to find a cure.

    For complete contest details and to enter your video, please visit Chideo.com or download the free Chideo app, available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch at www.appstore.com/chideo, and for Android devices here.

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  • Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, and the American Diabetes Association today announced that award-winning artist Tim McGraw, who has loved ones impacted by type 2 diabetes, will travel the country to urge people with the disease to get their blood glucose under control.

    America0s Diabetes Challenge
    America0s Diabetes Challenge

    Together, they are launching America's Diabetes Challenge: Get to Your Goals, an educational program that encourages people with type 2 diabetes to work with their doctor to set and reach their A1C, their average blood glucose level over the past 2 to 3 months. Through the program, people living with type 2 diabetes can also learn if they are at risk of low blood glucose, known as hypoglycemia, and how to help reduce that risk. McGraw is challenging people with type 2 diabetes to take the challenge and make a pledge to get to goal with the support of those who care for them.

    "I've seen first-hand how diabetes impacts people from all walks of life, including my family, friends and fans. I'm a strong believer in making healthy choices, which is why I'm teaming up with Merck and the American Diabetes Association on America's Diabetes Challenge," said McGraw. "I've learned that about one-third of adults living with diabetes are not at their A1C goal. I want to change that statistic, so I'm encouraging all Americans to join me. If you have type 2 diabetes, take the challenge and pledge to work with your doctor to set and reach your A1C goal. And, if you're like me and know someone living with type 2 diabetes, challenge them to work with their doctor to get to their goal. Together, we can make a difference."

    People with type 2 diabetes can help reduce their risk of serious complications by setting individual goals to help manage the ABCs of diabetes —A for A1C, also known as blood glucose, B for blood pressure and C for cholesterol.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends that people with diabetes have an individualized A1C goal; the A1C goal for many adults with diabetes is less than 7 percent. However, a higher or lower goal may be appropriate for some people. High blood glucose levels over time can lead to serious health problems, including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, lower limb amputations, stroke and nerve problems. That is why, according to the American Diabetes Association, it is so important for people with diabetes to know their A1C and to work with their doctor to set and reach a goal that is right for them.

    "The American Diabetes Association is committed to raising awareness of diabetes and to providing relevant resources to help people with the disease," said David G. Marrero, PhD, President, Health Care & Education, American Diabetes Association. "We know how difficult it can be for the millions living with diabetes to get to their A1C goal, which is why we're excited to be part of America's Diabetes Challenge, a program that addresses this issue with the aim of making a difference in the lives of people with type 2 diabetes and those who have loved ones with the disease."

    Many people with type 2 diabetes are aware of the importance of controlling high blood glucose by diet, exercise, and taking medicine (if prescribed), but they may not know that blood glucose can also go too low. Hypoglycemia can make people feel shaky, dizzy, sweaty and sometimes faint. If left untreated, hypoglycemia may lead to a seizure or loss of consciousness. Many people with type 2 diabetes know that hypoglycemia can be caused by skipping meals or exercising excessively, but what they may not know is that certain diabetes medicines can also cause blood glucose it to go too low. People living with type 2 diabetes should talk to their doctor to learn if they are at risk of hypoglycemia and how they can help reduce their risk. They may need to talk to their doctor about making changes to their treatment plan, including diet, exercise, and diabetes medicine, if appropriate.

    "At Merck, we're dedicated to helping people with type 2 diabetes achieve better blood glucose control, and we recognize the important role that a support system plays when it comes to managing this disease," said Arpa Garay, U.S. marketing leader, Diabetes Franchise, Merck. "By collaborating with the American Diabetes Association and Tim McGraw, we look forward to empowering people with type 2 diabetes to work with their doctor to develop a treatment plan that will help them reach their A1C goal and maintain that goal over time. We're also committed to helping people learn if they are at risk of hypoglycemia and how to help reduce that risk."

    For more information about America's Diabetes Challenge, to make the pledge to work with your doctor to set and reach your own A1C goal or to challenge loved ones to do the same, visit www.AmericasDiabetesChallenge.com. You can also join the America's Diabetes Challenge community by visiting Facebook.com/AmericasDiabetesChallenge.

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  • Celebrity fitness icon, mom and Kmart ambassador Jillian Michaels, World Champion swimmer Alison Schmitt, All-American Football Star Tevin Coleman, and others are teaming up with half a million volunteers for March for Babies to help fight premature birth.

    The goal for this year's event is to raise $100 million for research, education and services to help moms have healthy, full-term babies.

    "Premature birth is the leading cause of death for children under age five worldwide. Babies who survive a premature birth may face lifelong health and learning problems," says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. "Thanks to our walkers and celebrity ambassadors, more premature babies and their families will receive the care they need, and we will continue to fund research into the causes of preterm birth and other problems that affect the health of babies."

    The Los Angeles March for Babies will be led by celebrity fitness icon, mom and Kmart ambassador Jillian Michaels. A designer for her own fitness wear line, Impact by Jillian Michaels at Kmart, she has designed a signature t-shirt for this year's March for Babies to help generate fundraising and awareness. Kmart is the number one corporate sponsor for the event, having raised over $125 million over the past 30-plus years.

    "As a mom, I'm proud to team with Kmart in support of March of Dimes because their work has made such incredible strides in its mission for healthy babies," said Jillian Michaels, celebrity fitness icon and Kmart ambassador. "I know first-hand the transformative impact people can achieve when they dedicate themselves toward a goal -- and that's what giving to March of Dimes is all about. Together with Kmart, I'm excited to drive more awareness of this great cause and help more babies get a healthy start in life."

    Athletes with a personal connection to premature birth are also stepping up to support March for Babies throughout the country. In Chicago, former Indiana All-American running back Tevin Coleman will step out in his hometown at the downtown Lakefront March for Babies on Sunday, April 26th. Coleman, projected to be a top running back pick in this year's NFL draft, was born 10 weeks early weighing only 3 ½ pounds. Doctors gave him a 20 percent chance of survival. He now serves and an inspiration to others to help fight premature birth.

    In Baltimore -- Allison Schmitt, who has amassed 14 swimming medals in major international competition throughout her career, will help lead the opening ceremonies of March for Babies on Saturday, May 9th at Camden Yards. Schmitt was also born prematurely and is sharing her own story so more babies will be born full-term and healthy.

    In Mt Airy, North Carolina -- Houston Texans Offensive Tackle Tyson Clabo is leading the walk with his family team on Saturday, May 9 in on honor of his son, Cameron Michael Clabo, born at 34 weeks weighing four pounds, two ounces. Baby Cameron spent 40 days in the hospital including twenty days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) on feeding tubes, as he was too weak to eat on his own. "We prayed daily for the strength and knowledge of our doctors and nurses," said Tyson Clabo's wife, Kendra. "We are so grateful for the support of March of Dimes."

    Also supporting this year's March for Babies is John Colaneri of HGTV's Kitchen Cousins and America's Most Desperate Kitchens who will walk in his home state at Darlington Park in Mahwah, New Jersey on Sunday, April 26. Colaneri and his wife Jennifer welcomed their first child Lilyan Belle in December 2014.

    Thalia, Melissa Joan Hart, Dr. Travis Stork, Gabrielle Reece, Elisa Donovan and musicians Sara Evans and Howie Dorough, and several other celebrity volunteers have also joined in to encourage fans and followers to sign up and support March for Babies and March Of Dimes mission via social media.

    The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. Anyone can join the March for Babies by visiting marchforbabies.org.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13580-jillian-michaels-leads-march-for-babies

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  • Featuring an unprecedented cast of 100 celebrity narrators, the timely documentary Unity will be distributed by SpectiCast in select theatres worldwide beginning August 12.

    Photo still from Unity directed by Shaun Monson
    Photo still from Unity directed by Shaun Monson

    Written and directed by Shaun Monson (Earthlings), produced by Melissa Danis and Monson, the film explores the interconnectivity of all life on Earth and our responsibility to do better. A production of Monson's Nation Earth, Unity will is expected to premiere on 1000-1200+ screens across the globe. SpectiCast has partnered with Fathom Events for the domestic release on select U.S. screens. Tickets and more information including participating theatre locations and global distribution partners coming soon.

    Seven years in the making, Unity explores humanity's impact on the world and our opportunity for transformation. Presented in chapters, Unity takes an in-depth look at what it means to be human, exploring themes of love, tragedy and, ultimately, hope. Coupled with stunning cinematography, Unity is a singular and unforgettable cinematic experience.

    Celebrities lending their voices to this powerful film include Aaron Paul, Adam Levine, Adrian Grenier, Alison Eastwood, Amanda Seyfried, Amy Smart, Anjelica Huston, Anton Yelchin, Arian Foster, Arlene Martel, Balthazar Getty, Ben Kingsley, Ben Whishaw, Beth Hart, Brandon Boyd, Caroline Goodall, Carrie-Anne Moss, Casey Affleck, Catherine Tate, Claire Forlani, Cloris Leachman, Common, Damien Mander, David Copperfield, David DeLuise, David LaChapelle, Deepak Chopra, Dianna Agron, Dr. Dre, Edward James Olmos, Ellen Burstyn, Ellen DeGeneres, Emily Deschanel, Eve Best, Famke Janssen, Freida Pinto, Geoffrey Rush, Gregory Colbert, Helen Mirren, Isabel Lucas, January Jones, Jason Mraz, Jeff Goldblum, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Tilly, Jesse Carmichael, Jessica Chastain, Joaquin Phoenix, Joe Perry, Joel Edgerton, John Paul DeJoria, Jorja Fox, Julia Ormond, Kathy Freston, Kevin Spacey, Kristen Bell, Kristen Wiig, Larenz Tate, Leighton Meester, Lena Headey, Liev Schreiber, Maggie Grace, Maggie Q, Malin Akerman, Marcia Gay Harden, Marianne Williamson, Mariel Hemingway, Marion Cotillard, Mark Strong, Martin Sheen, Matthew Modine, Matthieu Ricard, Michael Beckwith, Michael Gambon, Michelle Rodriguez, Minnie Driver, Missy Higgins, Moby, Nestor Serrano, Olivia Munn, Olivia Wilde, Pamela Anderson, Paul Watson, Persia White, Phil Donahue, Portia de Rossi, Rick Allen, Rose Byrne, Russell Simmons, Rutger Hauer, Ryan O'Neal, Sam Simon, Selena Gomez, Shaun Toub, Susan Sarandon, Tim McIlrath, Tom Hiddleston, Tony Hawk, Tony Kanal and Zoe Saldana.

    "The title Unity signifies the intention of the content. It's not so much to entertain, like a past-time, but rather turn something ‘on' inside you that has been suppressed or forgotten by the mask that society or tradition puts upon us," said Shaun Monson, Director. "But more than that the film also helps relate us to the mystery of existence, to all of existence, which we are merely a part. And as such it demonstrates an interesting power for a film, which not only engages but has a transforming effect on the consciousness of humankind."

    "I am thrilled to be working with Shaun and the Nation Earth team on this project," said Mark Rupp, President & CEO SpectiCast. "Unity is an extraordinary and important film that explores the contrast between empathy and apathy that exists between all living things."

    "We at Fathom realize the importance of sharing this impactful documentary with U.S. audiences," said John Rubey, CEO of Fathom Events. "We hope that moviegoers will walk away from the event with a new perspective about the world around them."

    For more information, please visit the website.

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  • Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced the launch of the What Works Cities initiative, a $42 million program to help 100 mid-sized cities better use data and evidence.

    What Works Cities is the latest initiative from Bloomberg Philanthropies' Government Innovation portfolio which promotes public sector innovation and spreads effective ideas amongst cities.

    Through partners, Bloomberg Philanthropies will help mayors and local leaders use data and evidence to engage the public, make government more effective and improve people's lives. U.S. cities with populations between 100,000 and 1 million people are invited to apply.

    "While cities are working to meet new challenges with limited resources, they have access to more data than ever -- and they are increasingly using it to improve people's lives," said Michael R. Bloomberg. "We'll help them build on their progress, and help even more cities take steps to put data to work. What works? That's a question that every city leader should ask – and we want to help them find answers."

    The $42 million effort is the nation's most comprehensive philanthropic initiative to help accelerate the ability of local leaders to use data and evidence to improve the lives of their residents. What Works Cities will provide mayors with robust technical assistance, expertise, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities that will help them enhance their use of data and evidence to improve services to solve problems for communities.

    The program will help cities:
    1. Create sustainable open data programs and policies that promote transparency and robust citizen engagement;
    2. Better incorporate data into budget, operational, and policy decision making;
    3. Conduct low-cost, rapid evaluations that allow cities to continually improve programs; and
    4. Focus funding on approaches that deliver results for citizens.

    Across the initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies will document how cities currently use data and evidence in decision making, and how this unique program of support helps them advance. Over time, the initiative will also launch a benchmark system which will collect standardized, comparable data so that cities can understand their performance relative to peers.

    In cities across the country, mayors are increasingly relying on data and evidence to deliver better results for city residents. For example, New Orleans' City Hall used data to reduce blighted residences by 10,000 and increased the number of homes brought into compliance by 62% in 2 years. The City's "BlightStat" program has put New Orleans, once behind in efforts to revitalize abandoned and decaying properties, at the forefront of national efforts.

    In New York City and other jurisdictions, open data from transit agencies has led to the creation of hundreds of apps that residents now use to get around town, choose where to live based on commuting times, provide key transit information to the visually impaired, and more. And Louisville has asked volunteers to attach GPS trackers to their asthma inhalers to see where they have the hardest time breathing. The city is now using that data to better target the sources of air pollution.

    A consortium of leading organizations has been assembled to inspire, challenge, and support cities. Together, these partners will deliver a comprehensive program of support, promoting tested as well as innovative new approaches.

    * Results for America will lead and coordinate the What Works Cities partner consortium and advance a nationwide dialogue on the need for cities to use data and evidence in decision making.
    * The Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University will work with cities to assess the current state of What Works practices, and support implementation and enhancement of open data and performance management programs.
    * The Government Performance Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School will support cities in improving the results they achieve with their contracted dollars.
    * Sunlight Foundation will help cities craft meaningful and sustainable open data policies.
    * The Behavioral Insights Team will help cities conduct real time, low-cost evaluations of programs so they can continually improve city services.

    "With Bloomberg Philanthropies' investment in What Works Cities, the national movement to use data and evidence to solve government challenges has just been elevated to a new level," said Michele Jolin, CEO & co-founder of Results for America. "This investment will give a critical mass of Mayors the tools and expertise they need to use data and evidence to increase public confidence in their local governments and improve lives. It is exciting for Results for America, and all of the partners who have been working on this agenda, to be part of this extraordinary commitment."

    The What Works Cities initiative will capitalize on Bloomberg Philanthropies' data-driven approach. Bloomberg Philanthropies uses data to identify some of the world's most pressing problems, implement solutions, and monitor their progress. In 2014, Fast Company named Bloomberg Philanthropies as one of the World's Most Innovative Companies for "doing good, methodically."

    To learn more and apply to be a What Works City, visit www.WhatWorksCities.org.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13582-bloomberg-philanthropies-launches-42-million-what-works-cities-initiative

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  • For the majority of Americans, going to the dentist is no laughing matter -- in fact, an estimated 150 million American adults avoided a dental visit altogether last year. The reason? Anxiety about cost, pain and the extent of dental work they may need.

    Danica Patrick Gets Busy In The Food Truck
    Danica Patrick Gets Busy In The Food Truck

    So to raise awareness about the long-term consequences of delaying dental care, Aspen Dental tapped their partner, NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, to give Americans "A Taste of the Future" in a humorous new hidden camera video.

    "A Taste of the Future" features Danica Patrick behind the grill of a food truck, going undercover to serve up classic food truck fare like fish tacos, burgers and pulled pork sandwiches. But before handing unsuspecting customers their lunch, Danica does something completely unexpected: She drops their food into a blender, serving it up in smoothie form. Customer reactions ran the gamut from confusion to disgust and were captured on hidden cameras for an arresting look at the potential future consequences of avoiding the dentist.

    "Delaying dental visits for years is similar to what happens when you don't keep up maintenance on your car and then expect it to perform the way it should. You end up having higher costs to repair damage that could have been prevented with proper, regular maintenance," said Patrick. "I love the approach that Aspen Dental took with this video -- it's a fun and creative way to deliver what is actually a really serious health message about the importance of oral health to overall health, and I was proud to be a part of it."

    Research shows that for many Americans, dental care has become discretionary, a "nice to do" rather than a "must have." Case in point: a recent survey of more than 1,000 adults conducted by ORC International and commissioned by Aspen Dental Management, Inc. found that nearly two in five American adults (39 percent) say they have limited or will delay dental care due to their financial situation, a number that has increased by nearly eight percent in the past two years. And they're making the decision despite knowing the long-term financial implications -- 80 percent are aware that postponing or delaying routine visits will cost them more money in the long run. The survey also found that nearly one in five consumers would fix problems with their car ahead of addressing pain in their mouth.

    "We know that dentistry is a category that's filled with fear and anxiety," said Mark Censoprano, chief marketing officer at Aspen Dental Management, Inc. "This is the first time that we've launched a campaign that relies heavily on digital and social media to get the word out, and we believe that this humorous approach will ignite a conversation and generate buzz about what is an often overlooked healthcare issue -- oral health."

    The full "A Taste of the Future" video, directed by Hollywood industry veteran Jeff Tremaine, who is widely known for his hidden camera prank television shows like Jackass and feature films such as Bad Grandpa, can be viewed here: www.ATasteoftheFuture.com.

    This is the latest effort from Aspen Dental to shine a light on the often overlooked dental health care landscape. Last year, Aspen Dental launched the Healthy Mouth Movement to deliver free dental care and oral health education to people in need across the United States. This year, the Healthy Mouth Movement will provide much needed dental care and oral health education to our nation's veterans, free of charge. As one of the largest networks of dental care providers in the United States, Aspen Dental is stepping in to help raise dental health awareness and to help keep Americans' mouths on track.

    For more information, visit www.ATasteoftheFuture.com.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13583-danica-patrick-gives-americans-a-taste-of-their-future-with-hidden-camera-video

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  • Prince Harry will briefly return to the UK this weekend following the Gallipoli commemorations in Turkey, to attend the London Marathon as Patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust.

    Prince Harry will make the presentations to the winners of the elite men's and women's races and the IPC Athletics World Championships incorporating the wheelchair races. His Royal Highness will also meet a selection of volunteers involved with the administration of the race and members of the St. John's Ambulance.

    Prince Harry's attendance at the London Marathon is a long-standing commitment but was dependent on the finalisation of his programme with the Australian Defence Force and confirmation of travel arrangements to and from Turkey.

    The Prince will travel to Turkey with Australian Defence Force personnel on a Royal Australian Air Force aircraft. He will then return to the UK with The Prince of Wales after the services to commemorate the Centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign. He will then privately travel back to Australia on Monday 27th April to begin the second phase of his military attachment to the Australian Defence Force.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13584-prince-harry-to-attend-london-marathon

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  • In partnership with B. Riley & Co., the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation will present the 6th Annual "Big Fighters, Big Cause" Charity Boxing Night on Wednesday, May 13 at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.

    Proceeds from the exclusive event will support the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation and their mission to raise funds for research and awareness towards a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and to help children live healthier lives through diet and exercise.

    Emceed by actor and comedian, Bill Bellamy, the evening will feature a thrilling mix of professional and amateur heavy-weight bouts with well-known fighters from around the globe presented by Michael King and King Sports, and a special performance of the National Anthem by international recording artist and American Idol Season 11 alum Jessica Sanchez. Attendees will also be treated to an exciting evening of music by DJ Shy, food by Wolfgang Puck, as well as a world-class live auction and silent auction display featuring iconic memorabilia and other one-of-a-kind items and experiences.

    Additionally, the evening will honor the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Children0s Hospital Los Angeles for their groundbreaking work in diabetes care and research. As one of the largest endocrine programs in the country, the Center is pioneering pediatric care and clinical and basic research programs in all types of diabetes, as well as disorders of human growth, bone metabolism, thyroid issues and adrenal disease. The Center provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary care, education and training to nearly 1,800 children with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and more than 4,600 patients with other endocrine disorders each year. Children's Hospital Los Angeles is ranked among the top hospitals in the nation for endocrinology and diabetes care on the U.S. News & World Report list of Best Children's Hospitals.

    The 6th Annual "Big Fighters, Big Cause" Charity Boxing Night is presented by B. Riley & Co., a leading investment bank which provides corporate finance, research, and sales & trading to corporate, institutional and high net worth individual clients. A media alert with further information and attendees will be announced in the coming weeks.

    For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

    WHEN: Wednesday, May 13, 2015

    5:00 PM -- 6:30 PM Red Carpet Arrivals / Silent Auction
    7:00 PM Welcome & National Anthem / Awards Ceremony
    7:10 PM -- 10:00PM Fights & Live Auction

    WHERE: The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland
    1755 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood, California 90028

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13585-sugar-ray-leonard-foundation-presents-6th-annual-charity-boxing-night

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  • The American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) has signed Jim Belushi and The Sacred Hearts to perform live at its 25th Anniversary Gala, to be held Friday, May 8 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at the legendary Drake Hotel.

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

    VIP ticket-holders will enjoy a special reception and the opportunity to meet Jim Belushi.

    A silent auction featuring Native art and unique items will also be held at the event. In addition, the College Fund will be accepting bids for a guest to perform the song "Soul Man" with Jim Belushi and The Sacred Hearts that evening.

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

    25th Anniversary event sponsors include Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc.; Comcast NBCUNIVERSAL; Wieden+Kennedy; Ford Foundation; San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; The Walt Disney Company; AT&T; and McDonald's Corporation.

    
The American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) is the nation's largest private provider of scholarships for Native American and Alaska Native students. Founded in 1989, the College Fund has been "Educating the Mind and Spirit" of Native people for 25 years and provides an average of 6,000 scholarships annually. The College Fund also supports the nation's 34 accredited tribal colleges and universities located on 77 campuses on or near Indian reservations. The College Fund consistently receives top ratings from independent charity evaluators. For more information, please visit www.collegefund.org.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13586-jim-belushi-and-the-sacred-hearts-to-perform-at-american-indian-college-fund-gala

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  • On World Day for Animals in Laboratories (April 24th), former Sopranos actress Drea de Matteo has teamed up with Cruelty Free International and its campaign to end cosmetics testing on animals in the U.S.

    Drea de Matteo teams up with Cruelty Free International and its campaign to end cosmetics testing on animals in the US
    Drea de Matteo teams up with Cruelty Free International and its campaign to end cosmetics testing on animals in the US

    Pictured with her daughter, son and rescue pup Blankie, Drea who recently guest starred in Marvels' Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D said: "Animals shouldn't suffer for the sake of beauty. I'm proud to join Cruelty Free International in calling on the United States to end cosmetics testing on animals."

    Monica Engebretson, Cruelty Free International's North America Campaign Manager, said, "Ending cosmetics testing on animals in the United States is in the best interest consumers, regulatory agencies, and industry. We are thrilled to have Drea de Matteo join our campaign to encourage the United States to match global progress on this issue."

    Cruelty Free International is the only organization solely campaigning for a global ban on animal cosmetics testing. With offices worldwide, it works with governments, regulators, companies and partner organizations, placing the issue of animal testing on the agenda of many governments for the first time.

    As well as Europe, India now has testing and sales bans in place while Brazil, New Zealand and South Korea recently made significant strides toward ending animal testing via legislation or policy decisions. Vietnam has agreed to end eye and skin irritation tests, Thailand is considering ending animal testing for cosmetics, and there has been promising changes in China's acceptance of non-animal tests for regular cosmetic products manufactured domestically.

    Other celebrities to support Cruelty Free International include Peter Dinklage, Norman Reedus, Sir Paul McCartney, Alicia Silverstone and Bob Barker.

    April 24th is World Day for Animals in Laboratories, an international event to remember the millions of animals who suffer and die in laboratories around the world.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13587-drea-de-matteo-wants-to-end-cosmetics-testing-on-animals

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  • Food Bank For New York City — the city's major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs — raised more than two million dollars this week, with donations still coming in, at the organizations star-studded, 13th Annual Can Do Awards Dinner, presented by Bank of America at Cipriani Wall Street.

    Tom Colicchio speaks onstage during the Food Bank For New York City Can Do Awards Dinner Gala
    Tom Colicchio speaks onstage during the Food Bank For New York City Can Do Awards Dinner Gala
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    Tom Colicchio and Lori Silverbush, Stavros Niarchos Foundation and Sandra Lee-Simply Living Publishing were honored for their commitment to hunger relief. Mario Batali, Carla Hall and Daphne Oz of ABC's 'The Chew" emceed the event. Mario Batali and Susan Cahn, long time Food Bank supporters and the 2013 Can Do Honorees, served as Honorary Chairs.

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    Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson speaks onstage during the Food Bank For New York City Can Do Awards Dinner Gala
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    More than 600 people came out to support Food Bank For New York City in the fight against hunger, including Nashville's Grammy Award-winning country music group and ACM Vocal Group of The Year, Little Big Town, who brought the house down. Presenters for the evening included award-winning musician, producer and actor, 50 Cent, TODAY's Erica Hill and Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman. Notable attendees included Jon Bon Jovi, Michael J. Fox, Tracy Pollan, Michael Strahan, Rachael Ray, Steve Higgins, Paul Sorvino, Mike Mills, Lauren Bush Lauren, Jill Hennessey, Ted Allen, Anne Burrell, Gabriele Corcos, Gail Simmons, Kelly Bensimon, Selita Ebanks, Jill Martin, Kelly Ford, Michael Schlow, Franklin Becker, Nia Sanchez, Lisa Ramos, Jeff Mauro, Joy Bauer, Rene Lopez, Melanie Dunea, and many more.

     Michael J. Fox (L) and Tracy Pollan attend the Food Bank For New York City Can Do Awards Dinner Gala
    Michael J. Fox (L) and Tracy Pollan attend the Food Bank For New York City Can Do Awards Dinner Gala
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    "Food Bank For New York City is honored to have the support of our extraordinary partners and honorees as we strive to provide New Yorkers in need with access to food and services," said Margarette Purvis, President and CEO of Food Bank For New York City. "We will continue to work hard to earn the right to be the recipients of your best intentions for our city. We thank you for choosing to invest in us tonight, and until we are victorious -- when no New Yorker is denied access to healthy, nutritious food."

    New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (L) and chef Mario Batali
    New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (L) and chef Mario Batali
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    The evening's auction, led by auctioneer Lydia Fenet of Christie's Auction House, featured celebrity-donated and exclusive items. The big tickets items included the return of the Three Castrate — a once-in-a-lifetime, sit-down dinner for 16 people catered by legendary chefs Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio, and David Chang; Bank of America's luxury double-suite at Yankee Stadium, including 38 seats, plus a custom ballpark menu catered by one of Food Bank's fabulous Culinary Council chefs (generously donated by presenting sponsor Bank of America); and Questlove will deliver a pulsating two-hour set at the venue of the recipient's choice anywhere in the five boroughs!

    Can Do Honorees Tom Colicchio and Lori Silverbush were honored for their commitment to giving a voice to the millions who struggle to afford food, and for shining a light on the inequalities that exist in our society, thus inspiring many to action. Together, they have been a leading force for change and true advocates for those struggling to put food on the table every day.

    Can Do Honoree Stavros Niarchos Foundation has supported Food Bank For New York City's hunger-relief efforts since 2009. In 2011, The Foundation made a transformational gift to help create a technology solution that enables Food Bank to connect New Yorkers in need with emergency food and other services. The initiative tracks New Yorkers accessing food and other services through Food Bank's network of 1,000 community partners. The project will play a key role as part of Food Bank's strategic vision to create networks of organizations connecting clients with food and other benefits in an effort to reduce and eliminate the "meal gap" (the city's official measure of food insecurity).

    This year's Corporate Can Do Honoree was Sandra Lee-Simple Living Publishing, who has made ending hunger a cause she is deeply committed to, having known first-hand what it is like to live with the worry of not knowing where a next meal was coming from. Sandra has partnered with Food Bank on many campaigns over the years, including helping raise critical support for Food Bank's Sandy Relief efforts. In 2013, she hosted the World's Largest Bake Sale, which raised more than $50,000 for Food Bank's vital programs.

    The Can Do Awards Dinner is instrumental in helping provide support for the 1.5 million New Yorkers who rely on Food Bank programs and services, including one in five children. New York's most vulnerable families have lost more than 56 million meals as a result of the November 2013 cuts to SNAP (formerly known as food stamps). Food pantries and soup kitchens have confronted additional need without an adequate supply of food. Can Do celebrates what each of us ‘CAN DO' to help fight hunger in New York City. Since their inception, the Can Do Awards have raised more than 12 million dollars, helping to provide 60 million meals for New Yorkers in need. Every dollar donated to Food Bank For New York City helps provide five meals.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13588-food-bank-for-nyc-raises-2-million-at-can-do-awards-gala

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