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  • Road Recovery is dedicated to helping young people battle addiction and other adversities, and has teamed up with Slash in another amazing Up-Close interview.

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  • Oceana, the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation, will host the 8th annual SeaChange Summer Party – an invite-only, celebrity red carpet event benefitting our world's oceans – on August 1.

    This year's "Mad about the Oceans" event will include a world-class auction and cocktail reception, followed by a gourmet seated dinner and exciting live auction and program. The night will end with a SeaChange Post-Party Lounge, where guests can dance under the stars. Presenting sponsor for the event is BMWi and the Orange County BMW Dealers.

    Special Guests Jon Hamm and Oceana Ambassador January Jones will unite to celebrate the work of Oceana, the world's largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation.

    The event will also honor the work of Marine Ecologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Enric Sala. Confirmed guests include: Sam Waterston (Law & Order ), Laura Dern (Wild, Jurassic Park), Dennis Haysbert (24, The Unit), Reid Scott (Veep), Beth Behrs (Two Broke Girls), Michael Gladis (Mad Men), Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights), Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood), Renee Olstead (Secret Life of the American Teenager), Oscar Nunez (The Office), Leonor Varela (Dallas), Olympic swimmer Aaron Peirsol and more.

    To learn more please visit SeaChangeSummerParty.org.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13996-oceana-to-host-8th-annual-seachange-summer-party

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  • Here's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fans of The Beach Boys.

    A new online auction donated by Mike Love and the band is giving you the chance to not only see the Beach Boys perform at Wolf Trap, VA, on August 23, but also join them onstage to sing Barbara Ann!

    Proceeds from the auction will go to the St. Jude Children0s Research Hospital.

    The auction runs until July 31, and can be accessed here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13997-your-chance-to-join-the-beach-boys-on-stage

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  • UniRush, LLC announced today the grant recipients of this year's RushCard Keep the Peace initiative, an annual program that supports nonprofit, community-based organizations and coalitions across the country that have developed unique and successful models for reducing violence in their neighborhoods, especially among young people.

    Grant recipients have been chosen in the cities of New Orleans, Chicago, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Los Angeles and New York. Keep the Peace is a program under Rise to Thrive, RushCard's community outreach initiative.

    "Too many of our young people are dying needlessly in our communities. We must keep up the work to bring about change and provide safe neighborhoods for our youth," said Russell Simmons, founder of RushCard. "I am so pleased that RushCard is supporting these organizations in their work to reduce violence and promote peace."

    This year's RushCard-supported initiatives include a peace march with the Chicago International Youth Peace Movement, a photography workshop with the Devin Allen Photo Project in Baltimore, a mural painting and community outreach with 2-Cent and The Peace Keepers in New Orleans, a series of basketball games over five weeks with Boys Hope Girls Hope in Cincinnati, a video shoot with Community Coalition in Los Angeles and the recently-held group meditation and basketball game with LIFE Camp in New York. Each initiative will receive $25,000 from RushCard to help support and expand peacekeeping efforts and create opportunities to empower young people in their communities. RushCard will also launch an engagement campaign through which its cardholders can support the Keep the Peace initiative.

    "On behalf of our card members, employees and board of directors, I'd like to thank these organizations for their efforts to bring peace and security to neighborhoods across the country," said Rick Savard, CEO and Chairman of RushCard. "We are honored to be able to give back to these communities through RushCard's Keep the Peace initiative and are confident that these grants will go a long way to support the good work that these organizations are doing in the communities we serve, ultimately making a difference in young people's lives."

    To find out more about RushCard, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13998-rushcard-and-russell-simmons-announce-recipients-for-annual-grant-program

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  • On Tuesday, July 28, and Wednesday, July 29, Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton and Clinton Foundation President Donna Shalala will lead a group of philanthropists, business leaders, and Clinton Foundation supporters to visit Foundation efforts that are supporting the development and growth of the Haitian agriculture, health, entrepreneurship, and business sectors.

    Chelsea Clinton will also host a No Ceilings Conversation on empowering Haitian girls and women as entrepreneurs.

    Illustrating the Clinton Foundation's innovative philanthropic model, efforts in Haiti take a multi-faceted approach in fostering sustainable economic development with a shared goal of increasing opportunities for girls and women. This includes helping to raise emergency relief funds; providing grants to local organizations; and creating partnerships between public, private, and nonprofit organizations.

    Since 2010, the Clinton Foundation has helped raise more than $30 million for Haiti, including relief funds and projects that are focused on supporting Haiti's small and medium businesses; improving livelihoods; enhancing education; and exploring the nexus of agriculture, energy, and the environment. Today, the Clinton Foundation focuses on creating sustainable economic growth in the priority sectors of energy, tourism, agriculture, and artisans/manufacturing. The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, has also created a social enterprise in Haiti that works to address market opportunities in local supply and distribution chains.

    Additionally, through the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, CGI members have made more than 100 Commitments to Action focused on Haiti, which will be valued over $500 million when fully funded and implemented. Now in its seventh year, CGI's Haiti Action Network has a significant focus on creating sustainable jobs and encouraging investment in the country.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13999-chelsea-clinton-to-visit-clinton-foundation-projects-in-haiti

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  • At an event hosted by UNICEF and FC Barcelona, a group of students in Los Angeles met with players Andrés Iniesta and Marc-André Ter Stegen to discuss the critical role that sports play in children's lives and development around the world.

    Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Andres Iniesta speak with children during an an event organized by FC Barcelona and UNICEF
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    FC Barcelona players Iniesta and Ter Stegen had the opportunity to share their opinions and experiences with the young attendees. When asked by a girl in the audience what the UNICEF logo on the FC Barcelona jersey means to the players, Iniesta responded: "For us as individuals, and as a club, it's an honor to wear the jersey because of the values that UNICEF represents. Alongside UNICEF, we want to reinforce the importance of providing the most vulnerable children with access to education. Especially as parents, we are aware that children are the most precious things in our lives. It's difficult knowing that there are children in other countries who don't have the same opportunities."

    Ter Stegen underscored the importance of studying to achieve one's dreams: "I had a lot of coaches and each of them advised me how to reach my goals. But it's not enough to have coaches or just to play soccer. Education has been really important for me."

    U.S. Fund for UNICEF Regional Managing Director Amber Hill said: "All children have the right to learn. The focus of the FC Barcelona and UNICEF partnership is creating a world inspired by the power of quality education, where sports and play are key elements in the development of all children."

    "The UNICEF projects that we support are based on strengthening children's education through the integration of play and sports in countries such as Brazil, Ghana, China and South Africa. Through these programs, more than 300,000 children are being reached," said Albert Soler, Director of Professional Sports of FC Barcelona.

    UNICEF and FC Barcelona kicked off a partnership in 2006 to raise awareness and funds benefiting millions of children. FC Barcelona supports UNICEF programs that integrate sports and play into education as catalysts to unlock a child's potential.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14001-fc-barcelona-players-meet-with-los-angeles-kids-to-discuss-values

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  • Rock and Roll, Vocal Group and Grammy Halls of Fame international recording artists The Platters are drawing on their historic roots to record a special EP produced by, for and with the people of America to support – and more importantly to promote – harmony, justice and peace in communities during these tense times in America.

    In association with PledgeMusic, a pioneer in the direct-to-fan platform that combines the experience of buying music and supporting a favorite artist into a more personal experience, The Platters will lead the People's Recording; a six-track EP containing messages of hope, optimism and peace through song.

    People from all sectors of society are invited to Pledge for Peace with The Platters, in effect, taking on the role of executive producers of the project. Pledgers even will have the opportunity to perform on the recording as part of The People's Chorus.

    The EP will be titled E-Peace: America in Harmony!, and will feature six tracks. It will include an original song written by The Platters Music Director Michael Larson, "The Love You Gave Me," and new recordings in The Platters retro-contemporary style comprised of "Someday" (All-4-One), "Imagine" (John Lennon), "People Get Ready" (Curtis Mayfield) and "Amazing Grace" (Traditional), in addition to a secret bonus track, to be announced later this summer.

    The track, "The Love You Gave Me", will be sung by a multi-racial/multi-ethnic group of children from various youth choirs in Massachusetts.

    100 percent of net money raised with the people's pledges will support the recording and fund the 2015 Liberty Grant in Honor of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy to be entrusted to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC). This grant will be used for programs that provide mental health counseling for children and foster families, facilitate adoptions, find forever families for biological children that cannot return home, advocate for laws that protect children from physical and sexual abuse and provide education to single parents to help them reach career goals and become productive members our communities.

    The grant is named in honor of United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy who has long been a forward-looking thought leader and champion of liberty and equality for all Americans.

    In 1996, during a speech to Stanford law students, Justice Kennedy said, "Other countries are very concerned about the state of civility in our society and the order or disorder our criminal justice system presents." An observation he made well before the current reported incidents of excessive force within some police departments that have sparked, at times, violent, racial unrest reminiscent of the civil rights era.

    Pledgers have the opportunity to take ownership and sign on as an executive producer on this project by contributing via the Pledge Music website. There are incentives for all levels of participants. Pledgers will have the opportunity to get signed CDs, a live CD of the group's first recording in 50 years, Back to Basics with The Platters LIVE!, a signed set list, a custom voice mail message, a Skype vocal lesson from one of The Platters, a surprise phone call to someone they love, a Skype serenade, dinner for two with The Platters (includes two signed E-Peace CDs), a home performance (includes signed E-Peace CD), the opportunity to sing on E-Peace as part of The People's Chorus (includes signed E-Peace CD), their name in the liner notes (includes signed E-Peace CD), a picture of the original members of The Platters, signed by founder Herb Reed, an E-Peace live in-studio visit (includes signed E-Peace CD), a VIP concert package for two, which includes two tickets to a U.S. concert of choice, a meet and greet with the band, U.S. airfare if applicable and more. To pledge, please visit www.pledgemusic.com/theplatters.

    "The Platters were at the nexus of music and social change during the '50s and '60s. Shouldering that legacy, it is only fitting that they would once again offer their voice as a bridge toward harmony, justice and peace. PledgeMusic stands by them with this unifying message," said Jayce Varden, PledgeMusic Co-founder & Head of Global Campaign Operations.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14002-the-platters-invite-people-to-pledge-for-peace-with-new-ep

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  • New Zealand songstress Brooke Fraser has helped raise $1800 for Starship Children Hospital0s Newborn Intensive Care Unit.

    Brooke partnered with Juliette Hogan, Zambesi, and Stolen Girlfriends Club to create three gorgeous, bespoke gowns that she wore at the shows on her New Zealand tour in June. The outfits that were custom-designed for Brooke, who was pregnant.

    New Zealand's premier designers jumped at the chance to lend their talent to such a great cause, all of them proud supporters of the Starship Foundation. Proceeds from the sale of the dresses will go directly to provide much needed equipment for the neonatal unit which admits approximately 1000 babies every year.

    Juliette Hogan designed a stunning, black peony lace full-length gown for Brooke to wear at her Christchurch show, perfectly balancing a feminine aesthetic with Brooke's star style. Brooke has worn Juliette Hogan brand for years and the team behind the iconic brand knew exactly the kind of outfit they would create for this collaboration.

    "When Brooke approached us to design a bespoke piece for her Brutal Romance Tour to then be auctioned off for Starship Hospital, it was a no brainer for us to get on board. It is a wonderful cause."

    The dress sold for $515.

    Stolen Girlfriend's Club was also chosen by Brooke for this project, who created a gorgeous form-fitting frock for Brooke to wear at the Wellington show.

    "We wanted to compliment Brooke's gorgeous figure with the fitted mesh shape while also showing off her new belly. The gem-stone print is part of our upcoming Resort 15 collection. We think Brooke's a bit of a gem so it's a no-brainer."

    The dress sold for $705.

    The final dress that was created was a revisioning of one of Zambesi's runway looks from their autumn/winter collection that was created for Brooke for her Auckland concert.

    "The choice was inspired by both Brooke and the vision of her performing in The Holy Trinity. We thought she looked amazing!"

    The dress sold for $565.

    Find out more about the great work Starship does here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14003-brooke-fraser-auctions-dresses-for-starships-newborn-intensive-care-unit

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  • Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, a U.N. Messenger of Peace and Ambassador for the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), planted a tree to mark over 50 years of commitment to conservation and the environment in a ceremony on 15 July at the United Nations of Nairobi (UNON) compound in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Jane Goodall (R) and UNEP Deputy Executive Director, Ibrahim Thiaw (L) during the tree-planting ceremony
    Jane Goodall (R) and UNEP Deputy Executive Director, Ibrahim Thiaw (L) during the tree-planting ceremony

    Later, Dr. Goodall took part in a one-hour GRASP webcast to discuss great ape conservation issues with participants from around the world.

    Dr. Goodall, 81, was visiting Kenya on the 55th anniversary of her chimpanzee research in Tanzania's Gombe Stream National Park. Her ground-breaking discoveries – including the use of tools by chimpanzees and their social and cultural bonds – revolutionized wildlife research, and she is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute.

    "GRASP is honored to welcome Jane Goodall to the United Nations compound here in Kenya," said GRASP coordinator Doug Cress. "Her life-long commitment to making the world a better place – not just for chimpanzees or other great apes, but for all human and animal inhabitants of this planet – is an inspiration. She is truly dedicated to ensuring the long-term future of us all."

    Dr. Goodall is currently promoting her latest book, Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall, which looks back over her half-century of research and conservation. And although the 50-year study of chimpanzees in Tanzania's Gombe National Park remains central to her mission, she now speaks to issues such as illegal trade in wildlife, climate change, and food security.

    Dr. Goodall has received dozens of honors, including the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, the French Legion of Honor, the Medal of Tanzania, Japan's prestigious Kyoto Prize, the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science, the Gandhi-King Award for Non-violence and the Spanish Prince of Asturias Awards.

    Dr. Goodall is one of five GRASP Ambassadors – along with Richard Leakey, Russell Mittermeier, Nadya Hutagalung, and Richard Wrangham – and she spends over 300 days on the road each year promoting messages of hope and environmental stewardship.

    GRASP is a unique alliance of 100 national governments, conservation organizations, research institutions, United Nations agencies and private companies committed to ensuring the long-term survival of great apes and their habitats in Africa and Asia. For more information, please visit www.un-grasp.org or contact grasp@unep.org.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14004-jane-goodall-promotes-environment-at-united-nations-ceremony-in-kenya

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  • Athletes need more than talent to reach the top. They also need perseverance and courage -- just like Make-A-Wish kids.

    You can see, then, why so many wish kids look up to world-class athletes as their roles models.

    This year, ESPN SportCenter has been giving you an insider's view of Make-A-Wish kids who meet their favorite athletes. Between Sunday, July 19 and Thursday, July 23, SportsCenter has been highlighting one inspiring wish a day. Viewers have experienced five unique wishes that feature the following wish granters: the San Francisco 49ers, Olympic gold -medalist Michael Phelps, WWE Superstar John Cena, the Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen, and Minnesota Lynx player Maya Moore.

    SportsCenter will air a one-hour "My Wish" special on Thursday, July 23 with highlights from all five wishes. Viewers can tune into a special showcase on Saturday, July 25. Each story may also be viewed at ESPN.com following its original air date.

    Make-A-Wish extends its thanks to Disney and ESPN for their support of this year's "My Wish" series, and for their help in creating these incredible wish experiences and sharing them with the world. Beyond assisting with this year's series, Disney -- which owns ESPN -- has been a steadfast friend of Make-A-Wish for 35 years and has helped the organization grant nearly 100,000 Disney-related wishes, including the first official wish in 1980.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14005-make-a-wish-and-espn-highlight-inspiring-wishes

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  • The public and media are welcome to a Media Day informative presentation on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 for The ONE Ride -- one man's journey to the four corners of America – 14,000 miles of Giving, at the Samson Factory located at 1151 Industry Road, Sturgis SD.

    The ONE Ride is Chuck Furey's lone motorcycle ride to the four farthest points in the continental United States starting in Massachusetts and riding to Maine, then on to Florida, California and Washington. Furey started June 9, 2015 and will be stopping in Sturgis for the 75th Sturgis Rally for a benefit dinner and concert with Def Leppard where he is raising money for five foundations.

    The five beneficiaries of The ONE Ride have strong and compelling missions: four deal with families facing cancer and one helps military families with the aftermath of war. The beneficiaries are The Joe Andruzzi Foundation, The BASE Camp Children's Cancer Foundation, The American Indian Cancer Foundation, Gilda's Club in Seattle, and The Green Beret Foundation.

    The presentation on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, will have information about the benefit dinner at The Buffalo Chip which includes a meal, reception and tickets to the Def Leppard concert on Friday, August 7, 2015, at 6:00pm. Tickets to The ONE Ride benefit dinner and concert featuring Def Leppard are on sale now for $150.00 and can be purchased here.

    Featured at this event will also be a book signing with author/musician Billy Gordon who is also Executive Director of Motorcycle Charity Associates. Gordon wrote the book Fun Cycle, a Special Edition for the 75th Anniversary of America's Leading Motorcycle Rally. The book explains the history and includes Gordon's memoirs from the 50th Anniversary, entertaining with Wolfman Jack and how the rally grew to 500,000 people in attendance. It gives those who are not familiar with the Sturgis annual gathering a look inside as to its growth and culture with America.

    The Motorcycle Charity Associates Mission is to produce and promote events sharing the common goal of supporting worthwhile 501c3 charities in research, education, community programs, health services and advocacy efforts.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14006-the-one-ride-benefit-dinner-and-def-leppard-concert

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  • Iconic TV actor Don Diamont, named "Sexiest Veteran Soap Actor" by People Magazine in 2009, along with other special guests will join lung cancer advocates and supporters at the Lung Cancer Foundation of America's (LCFA) unique Day at the Races event at Del Mar Race Track, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014 on Sunday, July 26, 2015.

    Mr. Diamont is a longtime star on "The Bold and The Beautiful." On Feb. 7, 2011, during the 6,000th episode, the show featured several real-life lung cancer survivors, including LCFA advocate and lung cancer survivor Dr. Michael Weitz. The show's special lung cancer storyline was recognized for its sensitive and authentic portrayal of lung cancer. Mr. Diamont, together with other special guests, will help to bring attention to lung cancer, which remains the most under-funded and under-researched cancer despite being the USA's number one cancer killer for both men and women.

    "Don's participation in the fight against lung cancer means so much to LCFA, and particularly to the millions of people who have been deeply affected by lung cancer. There are, sadly, few survivors to stand up and speak out in support of research funding for lung cancer because of an overall 5-year survival rate of only 17%," said Kim Norris, a lung cancer widow and the president and co-founder of LCFA.

    Diamont added, "If my participation can assist in any way, I'm happy to help."

    Norris continued, "The role of friends in the entertainment community, like Don, is incredibly important in bringing attention to lung cancer. We hope that Don's involvement will inspire others to join us, because together we can impact research, which means hope will continue to grow."

    Past participants in LCFA's Day at the Races event include Susan Flannery, Valerie Harper, Elliott Gould, Tim Conway, Jr., and Chris Draft.

    Racing fans will learn that lung cancer is the USA's primary cause of cancer death, killing almost twice as many women as breast cancer and three times as many men as prostate cancer. Lung cancer's poor survival rate is a direct result of the lack of funding for lung cancer research. Approximately 60% of new lung cancer diagnoses will be in non-smokers – a combination of 45-50% former smokers (many who quit 10, 20, even 30 years prior to the onset of lung cancer) and 15% of people who have never smoked. Lung cancer is the only cancer that stigmatizes its victims -- somehow society believes that lung cancer victims bring it upon themselves. Fans will be introduced to lung cancer supporters like Don, as well as LCFA -- an organization that exists to advocate for research funding.

    LCFA's "Day at the Races," a family-friendly day, will feature a special "Breath Of Life" race to support lung cancer research and help educate the public about this disease. For tax deductible tickets, which include great food and beverages, spectacular racing views and concierge betting service in the exclusive Il Palio Restaurant Patio, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14007-soap-star-don-diamont-to-attend-lung-cancer-foundations-day-at-the-races

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  • Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen's Hilarity for Charity (HFC) today announced the theme of the fourth annual Hilarity for Charity Variety Show: James Franco0s Bar Mitzvah!

    HFC is a movement led by the couple to inspire change and raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease among the millennial generation.

    This year's HFC Variety Show will take place on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles and will benefit the Alzheimer0s Association. The flagship Los Angeles Variety Show is creating the next generation of Alzheimer's advocates through evenings filled with music and comedy. Each year, the HFC Variety Show has a new theme and this year the organization is excited to throw James Franco his Bar Mitzvah.

    "Ever since I've known James, he's been talking about wanting a Bar Mitzvah. We're excited to see him finally become a man while also helping us raise awareness and funds for people living with Alzheimer's and towards research that will lead to a cure," said Rogen. "And in celebration we'll also have a mohel and a live bris for James at the event. You don't want to miss it."

    Miller Rogen, whose mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's at the age of 55, said, "Five million Americans are currently living with the disease and it is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., yet it is the least funded and the only one with no treatment whatsoever." She continued, "I hope we're able to capture the attention of more young people, and get the disease the type of funding it deserves."

    Past shows have drawn some of Hollywood's biggest names with performances and appearances by Paul Rudd, Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, Sarah Silverman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruno Mars, Jack Black, Samuel L. Jackson, Nick Kroll and many more! In 2014 the Prom Night themed Variety Show raised nearly $1 million. The lineup for this year's Variety Show will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets go on sale to the general public on August 11, 2015 at hilarityforcharity.org.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14008-seth-rogen-announces-james-francos-bar-mitzvah

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  • The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) held its annual fundraising gala in St. Tropez last night, hosted by Foundation Chairman Leonardo DiCaprio and LDF Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby.

    More than $40 Million was raised to benefit LDF, which is dedicated to protecting Earth's last wild places and implementing solutions to preserve and save the environment.

    Leonardo DiCaprio opened the evening with an impassioned speech about the Foundation's work and stated, "Tonight's event is about supporting LDFs efforts to protect key species like the tiger, rhino, shark, and mountain gorilla by working with governments to conserve the jungles, coral reefs and forests they call home. By focusing on protecting these critically-endangered iconic species is almost like setting up a worldwide network of Noahs arks.

    "We've decimated our forests, wildlands, polluted and over fished our rivers and oceans; all the key ecosystems that not only serve as a home to our planet's biodiversity, but also make life here for us possible."

    DiCaprio continued, "I'm incredibly proud to be part of a night that will allow us to do so much to protect the planet."

    The live auction event, presented by long-term partner Julius Baer and co-sponsors Chopard and Armani, opened with Leonardo offering several personal items up for bid, including his own Rolex Daytona Cosmograph watch, and Andy Warhol and Bansky artworks from his personal collection. All of the items given by DiCaprio raised close to $2 million.

    The event featured an extensive live auction of fine art, luxury items, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences conducted by Simon de Pury, some highlights of which included:
    * Ownership of an estate home on Leonardo DiCaprio's own Belize island, Blackadore Caye, sold to Tom Barrack for over $11 Million. This was the first and only time that a private estate home was offered for auction on Blackadore Caye, which is being developed as the world's greenest island resort. The remaining 45 estates will be offered by private invitation only.
    * HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco donated several once-in-a-lifetime experiences to the auction, offering to accompany the winning bidder on each: An arctic expedition, which sold for more than $1.6 Million, and private diving at Monaco'sunique protected Larvotto Marine Reserve, which raised over $400,000.
    * A private concert with Elton John sold twice for a total of $3 million.
    * A limited re-edition of Rodin's "The Thinker," made in connection with the Rodin Museum using iconic sculpture's original cast, sold for nearly $2 Million.
    * Richard Prince's "Untitled (Cowboy)" 2012 sold for more than $2 Million.
    * Movie producer Harvey Weinstein donated a stunning collection of experiences, offering to have the winning bidder be his personal guest at the most coveted events in the world for an entire year. This included access to the Academy Awards, screenings and events at the Cannes Film Festival, the Met Gala, and White House Correspondents Dinner, a visit to a Weinstein Company movie set, and more. The package raised $1.1 Million.
    * A painting by Rudolf Stingel sold to Len Blavatnikfor $900,000. Mr. Blavatnik spent over $2 Million on the night in he auction.

    The gala featured a surprise impromptu performance by Elton John, who sang a number of his iconic hits, including "Tiny Dancer," and a special performance by nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter John Legend. Supporters in attendance included Event Chairs HRH Albert II Prince of Monaco, Boris F.J. Collardi, CEO of Presenting Sponsor Julius Baer, the leading Swiss private banking group, Marion Cotillard, Phillipe Cousteau, Kate Hudson, Sir Elton John and David Furnish, and Caroline Scheufele, as well as guests Orlando Bloom, Adrien Brody, Naomi Campbell, Goldie Hawn, Heidi Klum, Petra Nemcova, Irina Shayk, Chris Tucker, and Chrissy Teigen, among many others. The evening continued with music from DJ Cassidy.

    Since 1998, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) has been on a mission to protect the Earth's last wild places, implementing solutions that restore balance to threatened ecosystems, and ensure the long-term health and wellbeing of all its inhabitants.

    Through grantmaking, public campaigns and media initiatives LDF, a component fund of the California Community Foundation, brings attention and needed funding to three areas: protecting biodiversity, ocean & forest conservation, and climate change. The Foundation works in close collaboration with a broad network of environmental leaders and experts, effective organizations, and committed philanthropists to identify and support innovative, results-driven projects in the world's most wild and threatened ecosystems. Currently LDF supports over 70 high-impact projects in more than 40 countries around the world.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14009-leonardo-dicaprio-foundation-raises-40-million-at-fundraising-gala

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  • David Beckham OBE visited the UK's leading music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins, recently, ahead of the HMV Football Extravaganza (FE) where he will be honoured with the Legend of Football Award and his remarkable football career will be celebrated.

    David Beckham Visits Nordoff Robbins
    David Beckham Visits Nordoff Robbins

    This year is the 20th anniversary of the HMV Football Extravaganza. It will take place on Tuesday 1st September at The Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

    David Beckham has received a great many sporting accolades but this event will be the first time that he will be honoured in the company of his fans and the wider footballing public. This special event is close to being a sell-out, but a few tables are still available – contact Rae@TheFE.co.uk.

    The HMV Football Extravaganza is a unique event, attracting the world's leading footballers and the cream of the entertainment industry. Previous recipients of the Legend of Football Award, which recognises outstanding achievement in the world of football and contribution to the beautiful game, include Sir Bobby Robson CBE, Sir Bobby Charlton CBE, Sir Alex Ferguson CBE, Eric Cantona, Tony Adams, José Mourinho, Pelé and Ryan Giggs OBE amongst others.

    To date, the HMV Football Extravaganza has raised nearly £7 million for Nordoff Robbins, enabling them to provide tens of thousands of music therapy sessions for some of the UK's most isolated and vulnerable people.

    Whilst visiting the Nordoff Robbins' London Centre in Kentish Town, North West London, on Thursday 9 July, David met 11 year old Romano who has autism, global development delay and dyspraxia. Romano has been coming to Nordoff Robbins for 5 years to help him develop his speech and communication skills and to build his confidence.

    David Beckham OBE said "It was a real pleasure to see Nordoff Robbins' work and to meet Romano and his family. It was truly amazing to see how music therapy has changed Romano's life, and learn about how it has helped him develop confidence.

    "I feel honoured to be receiving the Legend of Football Award at the HMV Football Extravaganza," he said. "It is a real privilege to be part of this prestigious event, especially in this 20th anniversary year."

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

    Tickets for the HMV Football Extravaganza are available now from Rae@TheFE.co.uk.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14010-david-beckham-visits-music-therapy-charity

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  • The American Cancer Society held its 30th California Spirit fundraiser at Sony Pictures Studio in Culver City on July 19th, 2015.

    Allison Janney Attends California Spirit fundraiser
    Allison Janney Attends California Spirit fundraiser

    The much-awaited evening featured food from Los Angeles' quintessential bistro Bouchon Beverly Hills with chef/ proprietor Thomas Keller in attendance, hand crafted cocktails created by renowned mixologist Julian Cox, and the opportunity to sample from the kitchens of the newest additions Catch & Release, Redbird, and ICDC. Together with Barrel & Ashes, chi SPACCA, Lemonade, Knuckle & Claw, Picca, Tavern, A Sweet Savory, and wine and spirits from Malibu Vineyards, Mystic Hills Vineyard, The Wine House, Greenbar Distillery, Tito's Handmade Vodka, and LVP Sangria the event provided guests with a taste of the city's finest offerings.

    California Spirit 30 was hosted by James Beard Award-winning chef Rocco DiSpirito, and guests included Allison Janney.

    Some of the chefs present talked about the drought in California, and how it would affect the produce they cook: "We use a lot of simple vegetables: onions – pretty much everything, tomatoes too," said Picca chef Josh Drew. "And tomatoes are really, really, really water based product, so, you know, the biggest, the biggest loss for us would be tomatoes without a doubt. It's almost the sort of thing we have to have year round."

    "Produce is what makes California what it is," added chi SPACCA, Chef Ryan DeNicola. "We wouldn't have all these great restaurants here if it weren't for the great produce we have here and if the drought continues it would be something that we would really lose. You know we would lose a lot of that produce. And especially you can tell a major difference when you buy products from outside California. Not just the actual quality of produce themselves but you can tell it's older, you have to ship it in, it's inefficient."

    For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society has been leading the fight to end cancer. With the generous support from millions of people, the American Cancer Society has been able to translate their research findings into action and by doing so, has seen a 20% decline in US cancer death rates since the early 1990s. The California Spirit 30 fundraiser aims to raise funds to continue to support incredible research that leads to finding a cure for cancer over a spectacular evening filled with fantastic food, wine, and spirits from Los Angeles' renowned chefs, top mixologists and premiere California vintners.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14011-american-cancer-society-hosts-30th-california-spirit-fundraiser

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  • What do a bunch of New Zealand sports stars have in common with Venus Williams and Madonna?

    Answer: all four have tickets and unique memorabilia up for grabs in a live auction organised as part of the 2015 Halberg Sports for Life charity dinner, hosted by the Harcourts Foundation.

    Items up for auction at the dinner include: a table for ten hosted by former All Blacks star Colin Meads at the 2016 Halberg Awards, a tennis racquet signed by Venus Williams, two tickets to Madonna at Vector Arena in Auckland including dinner at Botswana Butchery, a 2015 Rugby World Cup ball signed by All Black Dan Carter, an autographed photo set commemorating cricketer Brendon McCullum's 302 against India, dinner with sporting legends Rob Waddell and Barbara Kendall, Poor Knights fishing charters and plenty more.

    On top of some fantastic sporting and entertainment items to be auctioned live on the night, Sky Sport commentator Scotty Stevenson will host a panel discussion featuring former Black Cap captain Stephen Fleming, former Warriors player Steve Price, New Zealand Rugby Sevens Coach Gordon Tietjens and Paralympic Sit Skier Corey Peters.

    The Harcourts Foundation black tie Halberg Sports for Life charity dinner is taking place on Thursday 30th July at Auckland's SkyCity Convention Centre. All funds raised will go to the Halberg Disability Sports Foundation, the charity set up by Sir Murray Halberg, which enhances the lives of physically disabled New Zealanders by enabling them to participate in sport and recreation.

    The Halberg Disability Sports Foundation's work includes a team of Disability Sport Advisers around the country who connect physically disabled people to sport and recreation opportunities in schools, clubs and in their communities as well as providing grants for adaptive sports equipment, lessons and camps.

    The Harcourts Foundation provides funding to community groups around the country. The inaugural Halberg Sport For Life dinner was in October 2014 with close to $60,000 raised for the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation.

    Harcourts Foundation ambassador Emma Revell says it's fantastic to see so many Kiwis heroes and businesses supporting the Halberg Disability Sports Foundation with their time, or unique memorabilia.

    "This is will be a fantastic evening out. Not only will there be a chance to collect some sporting treasures and incredible experiences, it is also an important celebration of the work the Harcourts Foundation and the Halberg Disability Foundation do together.

    "And, of course, it's an important chance to raise funds to help disabled children around the country. As an organisation we are proud to be associated with the work of the Halberg Disability Sports Foundation."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14014-stars-donate-to-halberg-sports-for-life-charity-dinner

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  • Josh Stamberg, Brad Raider and IRC Voice Nykhor Paul were just a few of the many attendees who gathered this week for the International Rescue Committee's Fifth Annual GenR Summer Party at David Burke Garden at The James Hotel.

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    GenR is a group of young and influential humanitarians who have joined forces with the International Rescue Committee to help people affected by crisis to survive and rebuild their lives.

    Brad Raider Attends Fifth Annual GenR Summer Party
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    The GenR summer party is held to raise funds and highlight the IRC's programs, both domestic and international, which empower refugees and people who have been displaced by conflict, political oppression, religious persecution or natural disaster and help them to rebuild their lives.

    Additional attendees included IRC President and CEO, David Miliband, Eric & Leigh Fleet, Melanie Huettner, Chef KPE and Lawrence Zarian.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14012-stars-attend-international-rescue-committees-fifth-annual-genr-summer-party

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  • Carol Burnett -- comedic trailblazer, actor, singer, dancer, producer and author -- has been named the 52nd recipient of SAG-AFTRA's highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

    Burnett will be presented the performers union's top accolade at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8 p.m. (ET), 7 p.m. (CT), 6 p.m. (MT) and 5 p.m. (PT). Given annually to an actor who fosters the "finest ideals of the acting profession," the SAG Life Achievement Award will join Burnett's exceptional catalog of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes multiple Emmys, a special Tony, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and both a Kennedy Center Honor and its Mark Twain Prize for Humor.

    An inductee into the Television Hall of Fame and the California Museum's Hall of Fame, Burnett's many accolades also include a Peabody Award, the Television Critics Association's Career Achievement Award, five Golden Globe Awards, five American Comedy Awards, 12 People's Choice Awards, an Ace Award, an Horatio Alger Award, both Crystal and Lucy Awards from Women in Film, the TV Land Legend Award, the Jimmy Stewart Museum's Harvey Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2013, the City of Los Angeles named the intersection of Highland Ave. and Selma directly adjacent to Hollywood High School, Burnett's alma mater, Carol Burnett Square.

    When not performing or occasionally presenting her Q & A format "Laughter & Reflection," she enjoys spending time with her husband Brian, her two daughters Erin and Jody, her grandsons, and her cat, Nikki. As a passionate supporter of the arts and education, she established several scholarships around the country, including the Carol Burnett Musical Theatre Competition at her alma mater, UCLA, and the Carrie Hamilton Foundation, to honor her daughter's memory. She is a Lifetime Director of the Hereditary Disease Foundation. Among the other arts, health and youth charities to which she lends her support are the Sundance Institute, Young Playwrights Inc., the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara and the Hereditary Disease Foundation for which she has been named a Lifetime Director.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14013-carol-burnett-to-be-honored-with-sag-life-achievement-award

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  • Internationally renowned fashion designer Michael Kors has been named a Global Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

    A tireless advocate for the world's disadvantaged, Kors will use his position to continue raising awareness of WFP's work to build a world with Zero Hunger.

    Even before becoming an ambassador, Michael Kors has been an active supporter of WFP's advocacy and fundraising efforts across media platforms and in his stores as a corporate partner through the Watch Hunger Stop campaign.

    Launched in 2013, Watch Hunger Stop has been raising awareness and funds for WFP's School Meals programmes by designing and selling limited edition and special-edition Michael Kors watches, with US$25 of each sale going to children in need. Additionally, Michael Kors has used his powerful voice on social media to garner support for WFP's most urgent emergency operations targeting those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Nepal earthquake and Syrian refugees. Since its inception, Watch Hunger Stop has helped deliver over 10 million meals to school children throughout the world.

    "It's an honour to be named a Global Ambassador Against Hunger, and a further inspiration to me to continue the important work of ending world hunger hand in hand with WFP," says Kors. "WFP has a global presence, with people on the ground in countries that are most affected by hunger and malnutrition, and they're doing an amazing job helping families and communities build a better future for themselves."

    Michael has been a long-time champion in the fight against hunger. Since the 1980s, he has worked with God's Love We Deliver to provide nutritious meals to New Yorkers who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. The Ambassadorship with WFP extends his commitment to support hungry communities on a global scale.

    Kors joins a special group of WFP Ambassadors that includes sporting legends such as the Olympic marathon runner Paul Tergat, footballer Kaka; media celebrities such as Vogue Italia Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani; platinum-selling musical artists Christina Aguilera and Sami Yusuf; football coach José Mourinho; U.S. philanthropist Howard G. Buffett; and actresses Hend Sabry and Drew Barrymore.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14015-michael-kors-named-as-world-food-programme-ambassador

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  • Sci-Fi fans listen up – this one's for you!

    To include the support of fans who aren't able to make it to the New Children's Museum for this year's Nerd HQ, The Nerd Machine invites you to join them in supporting children's charity Operation Smile by bidding on select memorabilia and one-of-a-kind pieces that will earn you serious bragging rights with friends, while simultaneously providing life-changing surgery for children around the world.

    Among the items going under the hammer are a Dr Who Lego TARDIS signed by Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat, shirts signed by Zachary Levi, Nathan Fillion and Yvonne Strahovski, items signed by Joss Whedon and Supernatural stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, and a Playstation 4 signed by NerdHQ panelists including Seth Green, Dennis Haysbert, Tricia Helfer, William Shatner, M. Night Shyamalan, Christian Slater, and many many more.

    Operation Smile, headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is an international medical charity with a presence in more than 60 countries, whose global network of thousands of credentialed medical volunteers from more than 80 countries is dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children. Since its founding in 1982, Operation Smile has provided more than 220,000 free surgical procedures for children and young adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities. To build long-term sufficiency in resource poor environments, Operation Smile trains doctors and local medical professionals in its partner countries so they are empowered to treat their local communities. Operation Smile also donates medical equipment, supplies and provides year-round medical treatment through its worldwide centers.

    This auction ends in the next few hours – be quick and beat the Reavers by clicking here. Shiny!

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14017-nerdhq-launches-online-sci-fi-auction

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  • Angelina Jolie Pitt will direct an adaptation of First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, a harrowing and poignant memoir from Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung about surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime.

    Jolie Pitt will direct and produce the Netflix Original Film from a script she co-adapted with Ung. Acclaimed Cambodian director and producer Rithy Panh, director of the Oscar-nominated Best Foreign Language film The Missing Picture, will also be a producer.

    The film will be made available to members of the world's leading Internet TV network in late 2016 and will be submitted to major international festivals.

    Loung Ung was five years old when the Khmer Rouge assumed power over Cambodia in 1975 and began a four-year reign of terror and genocide in which nearly two million Cambodians died. Forced from her family's home in Phnom Penh, Ung was trained as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans while her six siblings were sent to labor camps. Ung survived and wrote First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, which was first published in 2000. Jolie Pitt read the book and contacted Ung over a decade ago and they became close friends. Together they adapted the book into a screenplay.

    "I was deeply affected by Loung's book," commented Jolie Pitt. "It deepened forever my understanding of how children experience war and are affected by the emotional memory of it. And it helped me draw closer still to the people of Cambodia, my son's homeland." She added, "It is a dream come true to be able to adapt this book for the screen, and I'm honored to work alongside Loung and filmmaker Rithy Panh." Jolie Pitt's Cambodian-born son, Maddox, will also be involved in the production of the film.

    Netflix's global reach was a major factor in Jolie Pitt's desire to partner with the streaming service. "Films like this are hard to watch but important to see," said Jolie Pitt. "They are also hard to get made. Netflix is making this possible, and I am looking forward to working with them and excited that the film will reach so many people." The film will be released in both Khmer and English.

    "We are proud to be working with Angelina Jolie in bringing this emotionally powerful and ultimately uplifting story exclusively to Netflix members around the world," said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. "Loung Ung's incredible journey is a testament to the human spirit and its ability to transcend even the toughest circumstances."

    "Angelina and I met in 2001 in Cambodia, and immediately, I trusted Angelina's heart," commented author Loung Ung. "Through the years, we have become close friends, and my admiration for Angelina as a woman, a mother, a filmmaker, and a humanitarian has only grown. It is with great honor that I entrust my family's story to Angelina to adapt into a film."

    Loung Ung is currently writing her first novel, and is a co-owner of Market Garden Brewery in Cleveland, Ohio. Since 1995, Loung has made over 30 trips back to Cambodia and has devoted herself to helping her native land heal from the traumas of war. Loung's other works include Lucky Child and Lulu in the Sky. She was also a contributing writer on the groundbreaking film, Girl Rising.

    First They Killed My Father will begin production later this year in Cambodia and will precede Jolie Pitt's filming of Africa which focuses on paleo-anthropologist Dr. Richard Leakey's decades-long fight to save Africa from the illegal wildlife trade. Africa was postponed to provide additional time to get the script finalized and all production elements lined up properly to provide for the ambitious scope of the film. Jolie Pitt remains committed to making the film and continues her strong support of Dr. Leakey, the people of Kenya and ending wildlife crime and the illegal wildlife trade.

    Jolie Pitt is currently in post-production on By The Sea, an adult drama written and directed by Jolie Pitt, starring Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt, that will be released by Universal this year. Jolie Pitt recently directed Universal's Unbroken, based on the life of Olympian and World War II POW survivor Louis Zamperini. Jolie Pitt made her feature directorial debut with In the Land of Blood and Honey.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14016-angelina-jolie-to-direct-an-unflinching-portrayal-of-war-through-the-eyes-of-a-child

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  • On Monday, October 12, 2015, tennis stars Andre Agassi, Stefanie Graf, Martina Navratilova, and Andy Roddick will headline Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) Smash Hits at Caesars Palace, a charity night of tennis co-hosted by longtime friends Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King.

    "It is always such a great pleasure to co-host this wonderful event with my dear friend Billie Jean King," said Sir Elton John. "I'm so pleased that we will be teaming up with Aid for AIDS of Nevada to raise awareness about the continuing challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic both locally and nationally and to raise urgently needed dollars for community-based HIV prevention, education, treatment, and care services. I urge all tennis fans and concerned citizens in the Las Vegas area to support this event and bring their families for a wonderful evening of tennis for a great cause."

    "It is great to have Mylan WTT Smash Hits back in the U.S. and even better that we are making our first trip to Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world," said Billie Jean King. "Smash Hits is one of my favorite and most meaningful events of the year and we are looking forward to a successful and entertaining night this October at Caesars Palace."

    Tennis action is set for 7 p.m. PT. The pre-match VIP Reception and Auction will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. PT on July 23rd. For information on tickets -- including group sales and VIP ticket packages -- click here or call (212) 586-3444 x111.

    Captained by King and John, the players will form two teams and play a Mylan WTT match featuring singles and doubles action. The music legend is expected to participate in a celebrity doubles match to open the event. Additional participants will be announced in the upcoming weeks. The overall series is tied 11-11 between Team Elton and Team Billie Jean. Team Billie Jean won the 2014 event in London with a 22-16 victory.

    This will be the 13th Smash Hits appearance for Agassi. The 8-time Grand Slam singles champion and former world No. 1 is well-known for his philanthropy, which includes starting the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas. Agassi was inducted into The International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2011.

    This is the third Smash Hits appearance for Graf, a fellow Hall of Famer. Graf has long been considered one of the greatest players in tennis history, winning 107 singles titles, 22 Grand Slam singles championships, and an Olympic gold medal before retiring in 1999. Graf and her husband Andre Agassi have two children, daughter Jaz and son Jaden. Graf is very active with her charity Children for Tomorrow, a non-profit foundation with the aim of supporting children and families who have become victims of war, persecution and organized violence.

    Navratilova, a 59-time Grand Slam champion in singles, doubles and mixed doubles, was one of the participants in the first Smash Hits event in 1993 and will be making her 11th appearance. During her storied career, the Hall of Famer won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam women's doubles and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. Navratilova holds 167 singles titles, more than any other player, male or female and 177 doubles titles.

    Roddick returns to Smash Hits for an 11th time. The popular American standout won 30 singles titles on the ATP World Tour, including the 2003 US Open, and was ranked in the top 10 for nine consecutive years. Along with Venus Williams, Roddick is part of the WTT Ownership Group. He also founded the Andy Roddick Foundation which works to expand opportunities for young people to learn, thrive and succeed.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14018-elton-john-to-bring-charity-tennis-to-las-vegas

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  • Written by Renita Manley-Garrett

    For the third time, Barry Manilow will be contributing five concert performances for "A Gift of Love III" at Palm Desert's McCallum Theatre during the holiday season.

    His set goal for the benefit: $1.5 million.

    The concert benefit will be raising funds for over 30 charities in Coachella Valley. The performances are scheduled for December 8th and 9th, and December 11th-13th 2015. Concert times varies.

    Manilow's performances will include a mix of popular holiday pieces and his hit songs. His past performances have been filled with many festive elements including snow and an appearance from Santa Claus. Manilow also performed with a children's choir during "A Gift of Love" past benefit.

    VIP tickets to "A Gift of Love III" are selling out, with limited availability at agiftoflove3.com. VIP ticket purchasers are able to choose which organization they'd like their donation to assist. Funds from tickets purchasers who do not choose a specific organization will go to a general fund, which will be distributed amongst all participating organizations equally. Barry Manilow will not be receiving any proceeds from his donated performances. General tickets will be available in the late summer.

    Here is a list of the charities Barry Manilow's performance at "A Gift of Love III" will benefit:

    ACT For MS
    Advancing the Interests of Animals
    AIDS Assistance Program
    Angel View Crippled Children's Foundation
    Animal Samaritans
    Barbara Sinatra Children's Center
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert
    Braille Institute
    College of the Desert Foundation
    Desert AIDS Project
    Desert Cancer Foundation
    Desert Symphony
    Gary Kitchen Memorial Foundation
    Gilda's Club Desert Cities California
    Guide Dogs of the Desert
    Joslyn Senior Center
    The LGBT Community Center of the Desert
    The Living Desert
    The Manilow Music Project
    Martha's Village & Kitchen
    McCallum Theatre Institute
    Mizell Senior Center
    Neuro Vitality Center
    Paws and Hearts
    Pegasus Therapeutic Riding "All Special Needs – All Ages"
    Sanctuary Palm Springs
    Temple Isaiah Fund
    Tools for Tomorrow
    United Cerebral Palsy – Inland Empire
    The Well in the Desert

    For more information about "A Gift of Love III", click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14019-barry-manilow-set-to-perform-for-over-30-charities

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  • His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales over the weekend attended the Royal Salute Coronation Cup – the UK's most prestigious international polo match – in aid of the Polo Charities Trust.

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    After a hard fought match featuring the sport's top players, His Royal Highness presented prizes for England after beating South America on The Queen's Ground. England's Max Charlton was also named Most Valuable Player, whilst Silver Lining received the Best Playing Pony prize.

    A select group of celebrities, polo aficionados and international guests such as Natalie Coyle, Henry Conway, Alison Jackson and Alistair Guy joined temporal artist Marcos Lutyens in Royal Salute's Secret Garden, curated by the award winning gardener Stephen Woodhams, for a picnic designed to reverse the flow of time – dining amongst flowers recreating the floral displays at HRH Queen Elizabeth II's 1953 coronation handpicked by acclaimed Chelsea Flower Show garden designer Stephen Woodhams, to celebrate the British love affair with horticulture.

    Guests at the Royal Salute Secret Garden enjoyed lunch from British born artist Lutyens' temporally flexible "Hampering of Time" Hamper – recalling the elegant, staged picnics of Regency England. The tailored handmade picnic basket featured Lutyens' time inspired handmade games including a curious ‘left handed' clock that makes time flow backwards. Lunch continued with exceptional versions of traditional picnic delicacies using only the best produce from quality British farms.

    London based architect Sally Mackereth's Neolithic Bar served Royal Salute in gold leaf porcelain cups. The bar is handcrafted from sections of petrified wooden oak trapped on the riverbed in the River Sava in Croatia for some 8,000 years.

    This journey through time was designed to capture the power of polo – a game first recorded 2,500 years ago, but still thrilling crowds at Guards Polo Club today. The Royal Salute Coronation Cup is a key part of the whisky brand's longstanding passion for the world of polo. The Coronation Cup was created to honour the coronation of HM King George V and Royal Salute was created to honour the coronation of his granddaughter, HM Queen Elizabeth II. With the The Queen's own gardens at Buckingham Palace hosting 500 year old Mulberry trees and helliborine orchids not seen elsewhere in London for over a century, Woodhams fascination with historical gardens made him the ideal partner for the lush enclosure.

    Vadim Grigorian, Royal Salute Global Brand Director, explains: "At Royal Salute, we agree with Stanford professor Robert Pogue Harrison when he says ‘a humanly created garden comes into being in and through time'. As a British brand, we are intrigued by this British gardening obsession, specifically with the time and care it takes to design an immaculate garden. It is only through time, tradition and craft where Royal Salute comes to existence, so we share similar principles with this quintessentially British tradition. And, where better to watch the oldest team sport on the planet? We at Royal Salute are deeply fascinated with polo – from its profound origins rooted in noble values to the naturally evolving symbiosis between player and horse. It is firmly planted in tradition, yet played in the modern world."

    Brigadier John Wright, Chairman of the Hurlingham Polo Association said: "This year's Royal Salute Coronation Cup showcased international polo at its best. Both teams produced some superb sport on The Queen's Ground and it was marvellous to see and hear the crowds cheering them on. England's success today is testament to the hard work and commitment that James Beim and his team have brought to this game and I would like to thank everyone who has supported them, especially their fellow players who generously loaned ponies. In addition, South America put up a great fight and entertained us for six glorious chukkas. I would also like to thank Vadim Grigorian and his team at Royal Salute who have created a world-class platform on which we will promote English polo to an increasing audience."

    For more information about the Royal Salute, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14020-prince-charles-attends-the-royal-salute-coronation-cup

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  • Bringing her signature sense of optimism, generosity and glamour to the table, Kate Hudson will join Michael Kors and Watch Hunger Stop to help build a world with zero hunger by raising awareness and funds for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

    Kicking off in October 2015, the Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated actress' first philanthropic role for Michael Kors will be helping to launch two limited-edition styles of the Bradshaw watch as part of this year's Watch Hunger Stop campaign. Every sale of one of these special styles, named the Bradshaw 100, will enable 100 children in need to receive a nutritious meal through WFP's School Meals program. The watches will be available exclusively in Michael Kors stores worldwide and on michaelkors.com in the U.S.

    For every sale of a watch from the Watch Hunger Stop Collection, Michael Kors will donate US $25 to WFP.

    "I'm proud to join Michael Kors in this global effort to end hunger," says Kate Hudson. "As a mother, I can't think of anything more important than raising a healthy and educated generation of children, and WFP's School Meals Program is committed to exactly that. This is a cause that I'm eager to be a part of because I believe we can all make a real and significant difference."

    And, the feeling is mutual. "I am so excited to have Kate Hudson join me in the fight to ensure that no child anywhere in the world goes to bed hungry," says Michael Kors. "Not only does she have a unique star quality but she also brings an incredible amount of generosity and a can-do attitude to a cause that is extremely important to me personally. I'm grateful to work alongside her and WFP to make a real change."

    Since launching in 2013, the Michael Kors Watch Hunger Stop campaign has already helped WFP deliver over 10 million meals to children in need.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14021-kate-hudson-joins-michael-kors-to-watch-hunger-stop

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