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  • The daily life of retirement can become very humdrum without the stimulation of family, friends and a career. That's why Daniel Cosgrove, the dashing soap star of the NBC daytime television show, Days of Our Lives decided to pay a few ladies a surprise visit to the Westport Center For Senior Activities in Westport, CT one afternoon to learn what about their lives makes them smile!

    Hunky Soap Star Danny Cosgrove Surprises Some Lucky Ladies

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a winger or striker for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid and is the captain of the Portuguese national team.

    In the Spring of 2014, Ronaldo received a request for a donation of football boots and a shirt to help raise $83,000 for a 10-month-old in need of an operation. Ronaldo not only donated the items, but also paid for the operation.

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  • Habitat For Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) will celebrate its 25th Anniversary at the Los Angeles Builders Ball.

    Habitat LA will honor its construction and real estate counterparts for their shared commitment to building a greater Los Angeles. Earvin "Magic" Johnson will be recognized for the transformative impact he has made on the landscape of Los Angeles through his work with Canyon Johnson Urban Funds, Magic Johnson Enterprises and Guggenheim Partners. Other confirmed honorees include Bank of America, Bernards, and Gary and Sarah Siegel Magness.

    The LA Builders Ball will take place on Wednesday, October 14 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel from 6pm-9pm. Sponsorships are available now here.

    Los Angeles is one of the least affordable cities for housing in the U.S. resulting in too many hardworking, low-income Angelenos living in unhealthy, substandard housing. Habitat LA is partnering with families and individuals to help them purchase homes with affordable mortgages. Over the past six years, Habitat LA has invested more than $100 million into neighborhoods across greater Los Angeles to improve housing stock, increase the local tax base and provide a stable environment for children, which research indicates leads to higher academic achievement.

    "It is an honor to be recognized by Habitat LA, an organization that is doing great work addressing a critical need in Los Angeles," says Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises. "Habitat LA is building stronger communities and hope for a brighter future."

    "With the support of sponsors, volunteers and our homeowners we have helped nearly 4,000 Angelenos improve their lives through affordable housing over the past 25 years," says Erin Rank, Habitat LA President and CEO. "We believe the time is right to build on this momentum by joining forces with like-minded partners such as Earvin ‘Magic' Johnson, Bank of America, Bernards and The Gary D. Magness Foundation to make an even greater impact over the next five years."

    Over the next five years Habitat LA plans to invest an additional $100 million to build, rehabilitate and repair hundreds of more homes for families, children, veterans and people with disabilities. Proceeds from the LA Builders Ball will support an exciting vision to revitalize neighborhoods and communities in order to create better educational opportunities for children and help break the cycle of poverty.

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    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14144-habitat-for-humanity-la-to-honor-magic-johnson

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  • This Wednesday, August 26th, between 3-6 pm, The Dream Builders Project (The DBP) will partner with After-School All-Stars Los Angeles for their signature Back to School Charity Flash Mob.

    Benefiting socioeconomically-disadvantaged students at the Bandini Elementary School in The City of Commerce, The DBP will supply more than 100 underprivileged students with new backpacks filled with a variety of school supplies, including folders, notebooks, writing utensils, mathematical equipment, as well as other educational necessities. Various educational games will also be run by DBP volunteers, including arts and craft activities, and sporting competitions.

    "With our Charity Flash Mobs, The Dream Builders Project has an amazing opportunity to make a significant difference in the local community," says Mayer Dahan, Founder of The Dream Builders Project. "Giving back to the young generations is our investment in the future."

    So far, The DBP has received generous product donations from local companies and organizations such as Tilly's, Balloon Blast Toys and California Quake. Via online donation forums, such as Eventbrite, Paypal, and Crowdrise, DBP supporters have also kindly donated over $750 to go towards buying supplies, as well as equipment for the day's activities.

    Founded in 2002 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and with noteworthy support from Program Ambassador Kobe Bryant, After-School All-Stars Los Angeles (ASAS-LA) is a leading after-school program who aims to educate, enlighten and inspire thousands of students each day through various activities centered around academic support; such as health, fitness and nutrition; the visual and performing arts; youth leadership and community service learning.

    To get involved in the Back To School Flash Mob, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14148-get-involved-with-the-back-to-school-charity-flash-mob

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  • PFI Western Store and the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) are excited to welcome back the PFI/PBR Party in the Parking Lot concert on Thursday, September 3rd starring Thomas Rhett.

    The concert kicks off PBR Week when the Built Ford Tough Series returns to JQH Arena, September 11-13, with the PFI Western Invitational, presented by Bass Pro Shops.

    Rhett's debut album "It Goes Like This" earned him a nomination for the ACM "New Artist of the Year" that had two consecutive Platinum-certified No. 1 hits, including a three-week run with "It Goes Like This." His new single, "Make Me Wanna" also topped Billboard's list of Best Country Songs of 2014. The same project produced the platinum-certified No. 1 smash "Get Me Some Of That," as well at two Top 15 hits, "Beer With Jesus" and "Something To Do With My Hands."

    General admission tickets are $30 and standing pit tickets are $40. They're on sale now at O'Reilly Auto Parts, PFI Western Store or online here. A portion of the proceeds from Party in the Parking Lot will benefit the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks, a local 501c3 that provides resources and support for local individuals and families impacted by breast cancer. Another portion of the proceeds benefits The Rider Relief Fund. This 501c3 charity provides financial assistance to athletes of all ages that have been injured in the competitive sport of bull riding.

    Concert Information:
    -Five great performers lined up and ready to entertain: Lindsey Highlander, Jason Pritchett, Tucker Beathard, Members Only, and, of course Thomas Rhett.
    -Gates will open at 4:00 pm. No sooner.
    -First artist takes the Cooper Tires Stage at 5:30pm.
    -Coors Light Party Trailers will be On-Site so come thirsty.
    -Chairs will be provided only in general admission. All Pit admission is standing room only.
    -Concessions will be available from Hardee's, Ozark Empire Fair and PriceCutter so come hungry. No coolers or outside food or drink will be allowed.
    -Party in the Parking Lot performers will play rain or shine.
    -Kids two years old and younger will be free and will sit on a parent's lap. Strollers will not be allowed.

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  • Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), a nonprofit organization which remains steadfast in its commitment to identify and fund groundbreaking cancer research programs to save the lives of millions, will host its annual gala at the Parrish Art Museum in Watermill, NY on Saturday, August 29, 2015.

    The gala is in support of the 11th Annual Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tournament being held from August 28 -- 30, 2015, named after the successful entrepreneur who constantly turned tragic events throughout his life into philanthropic causes. The gala evening will be a wonderful night of dining, dancing and filled with loads of surprises. The event will feature a special musical performance by Grammy Award-Winning Producer David Foster & Friends and other special surprise guests. 100 percent of the funds raised throughout the evening will support groundbreaking discoveries in cancer research.

    Weekend hosts and sponsors of the Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tournament include: Bill & Karen Ackman; Bob & Deanna Adler; Seth & Marie Bernstein; Jim Coleman & Cynthia Ott; Larry Gagosian & Chrissy Erpf; Bonnie Pfeifer Evans; Jeff & Mei Sze Greene; The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.; Tom Lee & Ann Tenenbaum; David & Julia Koch; Bill & Phyllis Mack ; Richard Merkin, MD.; Mike & Lori Milken; Modell's Sporting Goods; Glenn & Jennifer Myles; Dean Palin; Mickey Palin; Joel Pashcow; Artie & Selma Rabin; Stewart Rahr; Jonathan & Sheryl Sokoloff; Lady Sheila Stable; Leon & Leesa Wagner; Mort Zuckerman.

    Find out more here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14151-david-foster-and-friends-to-perform-at-prostate-cancer-foundation-gala

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  • Gabrielle0s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research will honor the work of Heidi Klum at the 2015 Angel Ball on Monday, October 19th at Cipriani Wall Street.

    The Angel Ball honors individuals who have made significant humanitarian and philanthropic contributions in support of cancer research and boasts attendees in the fields of business, philanthropy, and society alike for this annual celebration of life, music and the quest for a cure. Proceeds from this annual gala benefit blood cancer research.

    Also being honored at the event are Amy and Brian France, Chairman & CEO of NASCAR, Founders, The Luke and Meadow Foundation; Mary Kitchen and Jon Orszag, Co-Founder of Compass Lexecon, Co-Directors of The Orszag Foundation.

    "This year we honor an amazing group of individuals who have all made so many contributions to cancer research through their own Foundations," said Co-Founder Denise Rich. "I am proud to honor their efforts and am thrilled to work with them toward our common mission -- to find a cure for cancer in our lifetime."

    Alicia Quarles, Entertainment Correspondent seen on E!, The Today Show & MSNBC, will host this year's black-tie benefit, which is hosted by Grammy-nominated songwriter Denise Rich and her daughters Daniella Rich Kilstock and Ilona Rich Schachter. The Angel Ball stands out as one of the highlights of the New York social season and features a cocktail reception, dinner, surprise musical guests along with a luxury live auction and online auction hosted by Charitybuzz.com.

    Nick Cannon will present the honor to Heidi Klum; Jeff Gordon will present to Amy and Brian France; and James Carville will present to Kitchen and Orzag.

    Board Member and celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz will serve as this year's Gala Chair as well as a sponsor. Other sponsors include The Jynwel Foundation, Porsche Cars North America and United Airlines.

    This year's Gala Co-Chair Committee includes Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin, Dori Cooperman, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Desiree Gruber, Michele Herbert, Victoria Hunter, Pamela Johananoff, Star Jones, Louise Kornfeld, Inga Kozel, Norah Lawlor, Heather Levin, Allison Lutnick, Danielle Merollo, Brooke Milstein, Laura Nicklas, Camilla Olsson, Cynthia Ott, Donna Poyiadjis, Michele Rella, Paola Bacchini Rosenshein, Alisa Roever, Beth Rosenthal, Charleen Sacks, Ofira Sandberg, Catherine Saxton, Susan Shin, Kiva Silberfeld, Tina Storper, Felicia Taylor, Marcy Warren and Jill Zarin.

    Individual tickets start at $1,500 and tables start at $15,000. For ticket information, please contact Tracey Doolin at Inez Weinstein Special Events at (212) 254-6677 or email: tdoolin@inezevents.com. Tickets are also available for purchase through the Foundation's secure online site. For more information about the Angel Ball and Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research please visit gabriellesangels.org.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14150-gabrielles-angel-foundation-to-honor-heidi-klum

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  • Former classmates Julianne Moore and producer Bruce Cohen have started a petition together on Change.org to rename their high school that bears the name of a confederate general.

    Julianne and Bruce, along with many other students and alumni from the Virginia school, want the school to honor Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice. In just a few weeks, more than 28,000 people have signed on to the petition.

    Julianne and Bruce say in their petition: "When we were at J.E.B. Stuart in the late '70's, the school symbol was Stuart riding a horse and waving the Confederate flag. The Confederate flag was at the center of our basketball court and on our athletic letter jackets and wasn't removed until 2001… No one should have to apologize for the name of the public high school you attended and the history of racism it represents, as we and so many alumni of Stuart have felt the need to do our whole lives."

    Recently, Russell Simmons and the local NAACP chapter tweeted their support for the name change. Check out live signature totals and comments on their petition here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14153-julianne-moore-launches-petition-to-rename-school-named-after-confederate-general

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  • Celebrity restaurateur, cookbook author and award-winning actress Eva Longoria joined LG Electronics USA over the weekend to celebrate the launch of LG's new ranges with ProBake Convection technology, a groundbreaking innovation that helps consumers bake like professionals in their own kitchens.

    Eva Longoria celebrates the launch of the new LG ProBake Convection ranges
    Eva Longoria celebrates the launch of the new LG ProBake Convection ranges

    Longoria hosted fellow Hollywood insiders including Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and Ryan Sweeting, Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott, Jesse Metcalfe and Dre Davis, among others, at a fun-filled family afternoon complete with interactive culinary demonstrations, cooking activities and games, while supporting No Kid Hungry, a campaign of anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength that connects children in need with nutritious food and empowers families across the country to cook healthy, affordable meals together.

    VIP guests of all ages at the "LG Fam-to-Table Series: ProBake Edition" event experienced first-hand the benefits of LG's newest ProBake range series, which incorporates professional convection technology to deliver perfect baking on every rack, every time. Activities tailored for the whole family included pizza and flatbread baking, cake and cookie decorating, a themed photo booth and more -- all designed to encourage friends and families to cook together and eat together.

    Longoria took center stage and lent her culinary expertise as attendees enjoyed live demonstrations, which featured palatable recipes from her New York Times bestselling cookbook, Eva's Kitchen: Cooking with Love for Family and Friends. Executive chef Angel Estrada from the Los Angeles-based restaurant Beso, co-owned by Longoria, also joined the main stage to help prepare signature recipes.

    "One of my greatest passions is being able to cook with those I love and create warm memories together over food," said Longoria. "I come from a tight-knit family where we value the importance of gathering for meals and celebrations, and I'm thrilled to join LG to encourage families to do the same, all while benefitting such a fantastic cause."

    Supporting No Kid Hungry, LG helped give back to the community by encouraging guests to host their own ‘ProBake sales' in their communities using kits provided to all event attendees. Since the campaign's launch, No Kid Hungry and its partners have connected kids struggling with hunger with more than 345 million additional meals.

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  • World-renowned Interior Designers based in Southern California will present the first-ever "Design the Night" on September 26, 2015.

    On this special evening, seven design superstars will create and host uniquely themed experiences presented in their private home, personal design studio or other exclusive venue located in Los Angeles. Each designer will provide unparalleled access into their private world and a behind-the- scenes look into their creative process. Guests will have the opportunity to interact with the forerunners of LA's design community and get a "peek behind the curtain" to see what truly moves each designer's own philosophy and personality.

    The evening's celebration will take place in seven independent venues across Los Angeles – including the private home of actor and producer Sean Hayes – and will feature a special interactive presentation hosted by Honorary Event Chair Mark Cutler. All proceeds from "Design the Night" will benefit PAWS/LA and its Abigail Fund. For ticket information visit: www.pawsla.org/designthenight.

    "Like PAWS/LA, the Interior Design community is dedicated to creating homes that foster happiness and transform lives," said Designer Mark Cutler, who will serve as Honorary Chair for the evening. "As designers, there are few opportunities to help change the world—the idea of "Design the Night" is to do just that. On this special night, some of Los Angeles' best designers will create spectacular environments that are leveraged into a fundraising event that can forever change the lives of critically ill people and their pets."

    Founded in 1989, PAWS/LA is a Los Angeles-based non-profit agency dedicated to preserving the healing benefits of animal companionship for low-income elderly and those debilitated by life-threatening illness. To that end, the agency provides a comprehensive range of services, including veterinary care, pet food & supplies and assistance for homebound clients, such as dog walking, pet food delivery and pet transport.

    The Abigail Fund is a special endowment that provides additional vital support to those pets with extraordinary need, such as emergency surgery, ongoing chronic disease and specialized care of life-threatening conditions. By giving to the Abigail Fund at PAWS/LA, you help keep people and pets together— no matter the cost.

    "It is an honor to be the beneficiary of the first-ever ‘Design the Night,'" says Pamela Magette, Executive Director of PAWS/LA. "What a privilege it is to be working with these amazing luminaries of the design community. We are delighted to be joining forces in hope of creating an unforgettable night filled with entertainment and generosity."

    "I have a passion for all animals and believe they need us as advocates," said Designer and Host David Dalton. "I will be hosting one of the evening's dinners in my home to share my love for entertaining, and my passion for animals on the same stage."

    "I am honored to be hosting a dinner for ‘Design the Night,'" said Designer and Host Annette English. "PAWS/LA is a wonderful organization that does such great things for the community. I am happy to host an intimate gathering at one of my favorite animal friendly restaurants, Crossroads Kitchen. It will be a lovely evening, supporting a great organization."

    "Although I don't have a pet myself, it is such a great cause for those who do, and who wouldn't love the opportunity to enjoy some Mexican treats in Gibson's atelier," said Designer Gary Gibson.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14154-interior-design-superstars-to-host-citywide-event-benefiting-paws-la

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  • Meet 15 women who have created and defined contemporary American culture in American Masters: The Women's List, premiering nationwide Friday, September 25, 9-10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) and available the same day on DVD via Perfect Day Films Inc.

    The Women0s List
    The Women0s List

    The newest chapter of filmmaker/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' List documentary series (American Masters: The Boomer List, The Black List, The Latino List, The Out List) features intimate interviews with

    Madeleine Albright, U.S. Secretary of State, 1997-2001
    Gloria Allred, lawyer
    Laurie Anderson, artist
    Sara Blakely, entrepreneur
    Margaret Cho, comedian
    Edie Falco, actor
    Elizabeth Holmes, scientist and entrepreneur
    Betsey Johnson, fashion designer
    Alicia Keys, singer-songwriter
    Aimee Mullins, athlete and fashion model
    Nancy Pelosi, politician
    Rosie Perez, actor
    Shonda Rhimes, writer-producer
    Wendy Williams, talk show host
    Nia Wordlaw, pilot

    Video: AMERICAN MASTERS | The Women0s List Trailer | PBS

    American Masters: The Women's List focuses on these individuals' exceptional achievements, struggles and identities. All trailblazers in their respective fields, these women share their experiences struggling against discrimination and overcoming challenges to make their voices heard and their influence felt. Toni Morrison opens the film with a reading of an introduction she wrote specifically for The Women's List.

    "As a lifelong feminist, I'm proud to have made The Women's Listand excited to have another one of my films join the American Masters library," said Greenfield-Sanders.

    "As with The Boomer List, Timothy has chosen an inspiring mix of talented voices," said Michael Kantor, executive producer of American Masters. "Brought together, these 15 stories of different modern masters make for a profoundly moving film."

    Launched in 1986, American Masters has earned 28 Emmy Awards – including 10 for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series since 1999 and five for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special – 12 Peabodys, an Oscar, three Grammys, two Producers Guild Awards and many other honors. Now in its 29th season on PBS, the series is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET and also seen on the WORLD channel.

    To take American Masters beyond the television broadcast and further explore the themes, stories and personalities of masters past and present, the series' companion website offers streaming video of select films, interviews, photos, outtakes, essays and more.

    American Masters: The Women's List is a production of Perfect Day Films in association with THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC's American Masters for WNET. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders is director. Music by Neal Evans. Charlie Watt Smith is editor. Sandra Guzman is the interviewer. Graham Willoughby is director of photography. Betsy Berg, Ingrid Duran, Kamilah Forbes, Karin Greenfield-Sanders, Michael Kantor, Catherine Pino, Lylette Pizarro, and Michael Slap Sloane are executive producers. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Tommy Walker and Chad Thompson are producers. Michael Kantor is executive producer for American Masters.

    Exclusive corporate support for The Women's List is provided by Fidelity Investments. Additional funding for American Masters is provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Judith and Burton Resnick, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Vital Projects Fund, Michael & Helen Schaffer Foundation, and The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation.

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  • The Prostate Cancer Foundation has established the 2015 Jerry Weintraub -- PCF Young Investigator Award.

    This prestigious 3-year award will be bestowed upon an early career scientist whose work embodies Jerry's creative and entrepreneurial spirit, his willingness to take risks, and his "never say no" approach to accomplishing the unimaginable.

    The Prostate Cancer Foundation wishes to celebrate the life and legacy of their dear friend and honorary board member Jerry Weintraub, who passed away on July 6, 2015. His larger than life persona was always evident in his considerable accomplishments as a producer, manager and leader in the arts and entertainment industry.

    This award perpetuates Jerry's passion for prostate cancer cures into the next generation of the very best scientific minds across the globe. Jerry Weintraub was a genius in spotting talent in music, movies and production. His genius is reflected in PCF's ability to spot the most innovative research projects with the greatest potential to save lives.

    As an honorary member of the PCF Board of Directors, Jerry was a beloved attendee at many PCF events over the years. He was an avid participant in tennis events, annually opening up his award winning home for amateur and professional players, donors, guests and board members during the Indian Wells Tournament. His generous efforts helped create a platform that has resulted in more than $2 million raised for prostate cancer research.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14156-prostate-cancer-foundation-launches-jerry-weintraub-pcf-young-investigator-award

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  • Grammy Award and Emmy Award-nominated artist, Kenna, announced today that he will become the first-ever One-For-One Artist.

    Video: KENNA - One For One Artist (Media)

    This initiative is in accordance with launching his crowdfunding campaign for his long awaited 3rd album, Songs For Flight, which features Kenna's new single "Sleep When We Die."

    As a One-For-One Artist, Kenna is bypassing the traditional music business model and crowdfunding the production of his next album, Songs For Flight. With his commitment to improving the world through the business of music, up to 50% of his profits will go directly to deserving causes around the world – causes and social issues that he and his fans care about.

    "I feel like this is a way to empower my art to create change through the connection I have with my fans," said Kenna. "The hope is that the music serves as a conduit for the good my fans and I want to see in the world."

    To launch this campaign, he's embarking on a brand sponsored worldwide tour to meet people who affect change in the world, artists and his fans to film the music video for the first song from Songs for Flight, "Sleep When We Die." Beginning September through October 2015, Kenna will visit Los Angeles, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Chennai, Moscow, Tel Aviv, Paris, London, New York, Haiti and Mexico City where fans are all invited to come out and participate in filming.

    Kenna's philanthropic focus over the last few years has been in water, women empowerment and the arts. Having supported organizations like charity:water, I AM THAT GIRL and Americans for the Arts, he's raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and millions in appropriations for causes over the years.

    "Kenna has a passion for bringing clean water to people in developing countries and been a charity:water supporter since the very beginning," said Scott Harrison, Founder and CEO, charity:water. "I've always admired Kenna's commitment to connecting his life's work to social change. This project is just another example of Kenna's dedication to having a greater impact on the world and I cannot wait to see what happens!"

    To learn more about Kenna's musical journey and how you can be involved, visit www.kenna.com.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14157-kenna-emerges-as-the-first-one-for-one-music-artist

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  • GLSEN, the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students, will honor Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake with the Inspiration Award at GLSEN's Respect Awards -- Los Angeles to be held Friday, October 23, at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills.

    In addition, past honorees Bob Greenblatt, Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak, and Julia Roberts and Danny Moder will return as honorary co-chairs to help celebrate GLSEN's 25th anniversary.

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

    "We are thrilled to announce the honorees for the 2015 GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles, two vocal and committed allies to the LGBT community who are also devoted to charitable works that improve the lives of youth," said GLSEN Executive Director Dr. Eliza Byard. "Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake have consistently been visible and committed allies. We are also happy to welcome back past honorees Bob Greenblatt, Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak, and Julia Roberts and Danny Moder. We are inspired and honored by their continued leadership and support for the GLSEN Respect Awards."

    Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake will be honored with the Inspiration Award for their long-standing commitment to improving the lives of children. They have also been vocal supporters of the LGBT community, using their profiles to raise awareness among fans and advocate for positive changes.

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

    Previous GLSEN Respect Awards honorees have included Julia Roberts and Danny Moder; Derek Hough; Matthew Morrison; NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt; Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg; Bob and Harvey Weinstein; former NBA player Jason Collins; Darren Star; Shonda Rhimes; Michele and Rob Reiner; Andrew Tobias; John Mack, CEO of Morgan Stanley; NBA executive Rick Welts; the National Education Association; Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak; Simon Halls and Matt Bomer; MTV; Disney-ABC Television; Johnson & Johnson; and HBO, as well as student leaders and educators from around the country.

    Co-chairs for this year's event are Jim Fielding, Dave Karger and Chip Sullivan. The event is co-hosted by Greg Berlanti, Brad Bessey and Frank Sanchez, Edison Briones, Kevin Brockman and Dan Berendsen, Jess Cagle, Jessica Capshaw and Christopher Gavigan, Terry Clark, Donald De Line, Simon Halls and Matt Bomer, Mike Irvin, Richard Konigsberg and Craig Olsen, George Kotsiopoulos, Michael Lombardo and Sonny Ward, Corey Palent, Jonathan Rollo and Joey Gonzalez, Mimi Slavin, and Ben Spector.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14158-jessica-biel-and-justin-timberlake-to-be-honored-by-glsen

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  • The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) will hold its 9th Annual Comedy Celebration on Saturday, October 10th at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre.

    Proceeds from the IMF 9th Annual Comedy Celebration will benefit the Peter Boyle Research Fund and support the Black Swan Research Initiative (BSRI).

    Renowned actor Peter Boyle died in late 2006 after a four year battle with myeloma, an incurable cancer of the bone marrow and one of the fastest growing blood cancers in the world. Through laughter, the event honors Boyle and raises money for research to find a cure.

    The event will feature host Fred Willard (Modern Family), scheduled performers Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs), Tom Green (Tom Green Live), Jay Johnson (Jay Johnson: The Two and Only!), Andy Kindler (Bob's Burgers), Heather McDonald (Chelsea Lately), and Kevin Nealon (Blended), plus special musical guest Paul Shaffer (Late Show with David Letterman), with more to be announced.

    Two years ago, the International Myeloma Foundation launched the Black Swan Research Initiative (BSRI), a bold approach to finding a cure for myeloma by detecting and eradicating every trace of the disease in every patient. Bringing together top researchers from around the globe, BSRI's goal is to develop a cure for myeloma by using an ultra-sensitive diagnostic test combined with the most potent new therapies. Through the support of the Peter Boyle Research Fund, this initiative has made major breakthroughs in a very short period of time. By the end of 2015, the IMF will be launching "Cure Trials" -- clinical trials that will treat patients with the best available therapies and will assess the efficacy of the BSRI approach to finding a cure. The multinational experts that comprise the BSRI research team are confident that we are very close to a definitive cure for multiple myeloma.

    The International Myeloma Foundation 9th Annual Comedy Celebration will be in memory of Michael S. Katz, a longtime member of the IMF Board of Directors who passed away in April 2015. Diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 1990, Katz worked as a volunteer for the IMF since 1993 and help brought myeloma patient advocacy to the forefront. For 25 years, he worked as a patient advocate across a broad spectrum of cancers, serving as Chair of the Patient Representa­tives Committee at the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG), Chair of the NCI's Director's Consumer Liaison Group, a Patient Consultant for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and on the Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR). In 2014, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) recognized Katz with the 2014 Partners in Progress Award for his exceptional achievements, outstanding work, and dedication as a myeloma advocate.

    The International Myeloma Foundation 9th Annual Comedy Celebration will be presented by Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene, and Millennium: the Takeda Oncology Company.

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

    WHEN: Saturday, October 10, 2015

    TICKETS: VIP Admission: $800 per person -- Includes VIP seating as well as entrance to the pre-show cocktail party, silent auction, live auction, and post-show VIP reception.

    General Admission: $400 per person -- Includes preferred seating as well as entrance to the pre-show cocktail party and silent auction.

    Show Only: $75 -- $100 per person -- Includes admission to the show only, including the live auction. Tickets will be available at the theatre entrance on the night of the event.

    To purchase tickets and for more information, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14159-international-myeloma-foundation-presents-9th-annual-comedy-celebration

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  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers won his second NFL MVP last year, but earlier in 2014 he won an even more significant award: the Athletes in Action's Bart Starr Award, which is given annually to the player who best embodies character and leadership both on and off the field.

    The award is named after former Packers quarterback Bart Starr, whose Rawhide Boys Ranch has been helping troubled youth since 1965, the year Starr led the Packers to the first of three consecutive NFL Championships.

    Starr is a reminder of the generosity displayed by many former NFL stars. But who is the most generous current player? Rodgers is the highest paid, with an annual average salary of $22 million. He has been generous both with his money and his time, recently raising $50,000 on Celebrity Jeopardy to fight childhood cancer. He also was named as a finalist for the 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, along with 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin, finishing behind Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis. But Rodgers still has a ways to go if he wants to match the generosity of some of his NFL colleagues.

    Ndamukong Suh

    When former Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh isn't busy on the field, he's equally aggressive about donating to charity. In 2012, Forbes ranked Suh highest among NFL players on the top 30 most generous celebrities for his $2.6 million donation to the University of Nebraska, which included $2 million for the athletic department and another $600,000 to a scholarship fund for the College of Engineering. Suh also runs a number of his own charities, such as the Ndamukong Suh Family Foundation. With a new six-year contract from the Miami Dolphins worth over $114 million, Suh has plenty of capital to maintain his spot as the most charitable player in the game.

    Eli Manning

    New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was another NFL player to appear on Forbes' 2012 list of most generous celebrities for his $1 million donation to help low-income students at the University of Mississippi. More recently, the two-time Super Bowl winner was recognized from the New York Observer as one of the top 20 philanthropists under the age of 40. IRS data from 2006 to 2012 shows that, in addition to the $1 million Manning gave the University of Mississippi, he also raised almost $3 million to build the Eli Manning Children's Clinic, which provides outpatient care to over 75,000 children annually. For the past nine years, Manning has hosted the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Golf Classic, which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to help provide seeing eye dogs. And just last year, the tournament raised approximately $700,000.

    Peyton Manning

    During Hurricane Katrina, Eli joined his brother Peyton to help the Red Cross bring supplies to victims. It's hard to know who has donated more money to charity between the two Manning brothers. Since 1999, Peyton's PeyBack Foundation has provided over $10 million to provide leadership and growth for at-risk youth, for which he received a National Jefferson Award for outstanding achievement in public service. Since 1998, Manning and his wife have donated an undisclosed amount to Indianapolis' St. Vincent Hospital, which renamed its children's hospital the Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent in 2007. With Manning now playing for the Denver Broncos, his foundation donated $630,000 to Colorado causes last year. Peyton received the 2015 Bart Starr Award in recognition of his charity work, as well.

    Tom Brady

    Just as fans debate whether Peyton Manning or Tom Brady is the better quarterback, it's not clear who has given more to charity. One variable that makes it hard to count who gave more is Brady's wife Gisele Bundchen, who outranked Eli Manning on Forbes' 2012 list of most generous celebrities for her $1.5 million donation to Red Cross Haiti relief efforts.

    Brady actively raises funds for Best Buddies International, which helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by pairing them with friends and mentors. Brady recently donated his $170,000 speaking fee to the organization, and the Best Buddies Tom Brady Football Challenge awarded one winning donor the opportunity to play with Brady in a touch football game.

    Brady also works with other charities, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Entertainment Industry Foundation and KaBOOM! This month he donated $50,000 to the Jimmy Fund, which supports adult and pediatric cancer care and research.

    Drew Brees

    Just as the game of football has become a passing game, the list of the NFL's most generous players is dominated by quarterbacks, who earn the highest salaries and have the most to give. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees currently has the top base salary for NFL quarterbacks at $18.75 million. For many years, he has given back generously. He started the Brees Dream Foundation in 2003 to support cancer patients and research. To date, the foundation has raised over $22 million for various global causes, possibly making Brees the most generous donor on this list. Like the Mannings, Brees helped New Orleans recover from Hurricane Katrina, turning his foundation toward the cause of rebuilding the area. Brees won the 2011 Bart Starr Award for the $6 million he contributed toward cancer research and other causes.

    Now that you know more about these philanthropic players, go see them play in person by purchasing tickets in advance from NFL Ticket Exchange.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14160-which-nfl-player-gives-the-most-to-charity

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  • The Heavy Metal Truants is the world's first heavy metal charity bike ride, which this year supports Nordoff Robbins, ChildLine and Teenage Cancer Trust.

    Co-founded in 2012 by legendary Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood and editor-in-chief of Metal Hammer and TeamRock, Alexander Milas, the Heavy Metal Truants cycle a gruelling 168 miles from London to Castle Donington in the East Midlands. Their arrival coincides with the Download Festival at the iconic rock music venue.

    But the Heavy Metal Truants, who are sponsored by TeamRock, don't want to stop at riding their bikes, they have other events across the year to support these worthy causes, and have also teamed up with CharityStars, Britain's leading online charity marketplace, to auction 23 one-off pieces of music history.

    The first is a Monitor Audio speaker system, signed by no less than 25 rock stars at the 2013 Classic Rock Roll of Honour. Signatories include Rush, Black Sabbath, Status Quo and Thin Lizzy.

    There are also a couple of Slipknot items including nine original, hand-drawn portraits of the current Slipknot line-up, completed by world-famous comic artist Charlie Adlard who is best-known for his work on the Walking Dead comic book.

    To commemorate the 35th anniversary of Birmingham band Judas Priest, a brand new Artist Series Guitar (ASG) signed by the current members is up for grabs. This is a true limited edition, being one of only 30 produced. It features solid mahogany body, rosewood fingerboard, trapezoid inlays as well as custom ASG Arsenal pickups and the chrome ASG headstock emblem.

    Another item included in the auction is a Shure SM59 microphone used by Roger Daltrey when The Who visited Australia during their 2009 tour. Not only has Roger used this microphone, he has signed it too.

    The list of auction highlights wouldn't be complete without an item from Iron Maiden, whose manager has been so instrumental in establishing Heavy Metal Truants. This auction is for an original gold presentation disc of Iron Maiden's 1985 live album Live After Death, recorded at California's Long Beach Arena and London's Hammersmith Apollo during the band's now legendary 1984/85 World Slavery Tour. The item was personally donated by Iron Maiden and is signed by Bruce Dickinson.

    In addition to these incredible items, also available to bid for on CharityStars are the following:

    • Jack Bruce ‘Fields of Forever' white label vinyl
    • Rick Wakeman ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII' white label vinyl
    • Rainbow ‘Down to Earth' white label vinyl
    • Rick Wakeman ‘The Myths and Legends of King Arthur' white label vinyl
    • Rush ‘Grace Under Pressure' white label vinyl
    • Nazareth art print signed by Rodney Matthews
    • Marillion signed box set, drumstick and sticks
    • Slipknot keg drum played by Clown and signed by the band
    • Signed Scorpions vinyl
    • Iron Maiden framed print signed by Ross Halfin
    • Queen Innuendo bone china tea-set
    • Write a song with Flying Colors
    • Dinner at the Hawksmoor, a night in the Jimi Hendrix suite in the Cumberland Hotel and two VIP Def Leppard tickets
    • Trivium art print from 2007 Australia Tour
    • Orange amplifier signed by attendees of the 2014 Metal Hammer Golden God Awards
    • Alexi-ESP signature guitar signed by Limp Bizkit, Machine Head and many more
    • Unlimited drinks for two and tickets to Deathcrusher Festival
    • European Space Station tour with Matt Taylor.

    These auctions are live and close on Tuesday September 1

    For further information, and to bid, please click here. 

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14161-23-pieces-of-music-history-to-be-auctioned-by-heavy-metal-truants

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  • The Lovato Treatment Scholarship and premier grocery chains Food4Less in Southern California and FoodsCo in Central and Northern California have joined forces to launch an innovative promotion to offer California shoppers an opportunity to digitally unlock an exclusive virtual reality performance of Demi Lovato at the legendary Troubadour in Hollywood, California during the first-ever Lovato Treatment Benefit concert.

    The concert supported The Lovato Treatment Scholarship program which helps raise awareness and cover treatment costs for those suffering from mental health and addiction issues.

    Launched on August 19 and running through September 15 via DigitalFood, the free mobile app for Food4Less and Foods Co. shoppers, customers and "Lovatics" that purchase select Nestle Waters, Farmer John and Kelloggs Pop-Tarts brand products can unlock the exclusive virtual reality performance by scanning their receipt directly in the app. Upon accessing the DigitalFood app, shoppers will be greeted with a message featuring information about The Lovato Treatment Scholarship along with in-app instructions to unlock the exclusive virtual reality performance, which features two live renditions of her hits Warrior and Skyscraper.

    To support complete VR functionality and viewing, for the first time in grocery retail history, Food4Less is making virtual reality available and affordable to the masses by offering VOGGLZ companion viewer to enhance the virtual reality experience for shoppers. VOGGLZ, which was inspired by the open source designs of Google Cardboard, will be available for purchase in Food4Less Southern California and FoodsCo stores for a limited time at an unprecedented $2.99 USD, marking an industry first for widespread availability of virtual reality technology in brick and mortar establishments.

    "I'm thrilled to collaborate with Food4Less in support of The Lovato Treatment Scholarship", says Demi Lovato, "This year's benefit concert marked a very important milestone in my life and I'm excited to share this special performance in virtual reality to help raise awareness and funds for mental health and addiction issues."

    For more information about the program, visit www.digitalfood.com. The DigitalFood App is now available for free download for iPhone and Android devices and currently provides Food4Less and Foods Co. shoppers with exclusive marketing sweepstakes, music and video content, partner recipes and now, an exclusive augmented reality platform.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14162-demi-lovato-and-food4less-bring-virtual-reality-to-the-masses

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  • As Ariana Grande fearlessly tweeted, misogyny and gender double standards are still deeply embedded in the US. Her mantra: No woman belongs to any other person but herself. That important message goes hand-in-hand with the mission of eGirl Power, a non-profit program that seeks to empower and educate females throughout the world.

    eGirl Power is raising awareness of the profound gender inequality that exists throughout many developing countries. While Ariana Grande champions this cause with a sisterhood of support, including other celebrities such as Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez, eGirl Power seeks to rally a groundswell of support for the millions of girls in developing countries who don't yet have a voice of their own.

    To make it easier for supporters to follow or donate to this important cause, eGirl Power is launching a text-to-give campaign.

    Text GIRL to 50555 to join the eGirl Power mobile community and make a donation. Be sure to check your phone and click the link to complete your gift.

    The statistics are grim when it comes to gender equality in many developing countries. More than 62 million girls are currently not in school simply because of their gender. More than 82 million girls face the prospect of child marriage, and most of these girls will never complete secondary school. In some developing countries, nearly half of the female population will become mothers before 18. And an estimated 100 million girls are subjected to child labor, including extreme exploitation such as slavery and human trafficking.

    eGirl Power asks, who is tweeting about these girls? Who will stand up to help them? A simple text is a good way to start.

    eGirl Power believes educated girls are one of the most powerful agents for social change. Not only will an education change the life of each girl, but it benefits the whole family, and eventually the entire nation. An educated girl will become a woman who is healthier, able to earn more income, and provide better healthcare and education for her own children, according to UNICEF. This is key to breaking the intergenerational chain of poverty. That's why eGirl Power's mission is to raise awareness and ensure that every girl has access to education.

    Popstar Ariana Grande declared she wants to live in a world where people are not valued by their significant other or who they are attached to, "but by their value as an individual." eGirl Power seeks to make that goal a reality, not just here in the US, but across all borders.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14163-egirl-power-aims-to-stand-up-to-gender-inequality

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  • H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB, one of the world's largest fashion retailers known for fashion and quality in a sustainable way, celebrates their ongoing partnership with Global Citizen.

    2015 Global Citizen Festival Shirt designed by Ed Sheeran
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    Beginning September 3rd, H&M and Global Citizen team up to launch an exclusive t-shirt designed by artists Coldplay and Ed Sheeran in support of the movement to end inequality, ensure environmental stability and to end extreme poverty by 2030.

    2015 Global Citizen Festival Shirt designed by Chris Martin of Coldplay
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    "I'm really excited to be a part of this exclusive line with H&M and Global Citizen to unite global citizens and get us a step closer to ending extreme poverty!" said Ed Sheeran.

    This year H&M is making it simple for customers to earn free tickets to the Festival by taking action to gain their admission with the purchase of the t-shirts and recycling garments in store. The exclusive Global Citizen Festival t-shirts, which are made completely of sustainable materials, will go on sale for $9.95 at all H&M locations nationwide with 25% of sales donated to Global Citizen.

    To mark the partnership, H&M also urges its customers to close the loop in fashion, by donating gently used clothing to be recycled at any H&M location from August 26th to September 17th. Through this initiative, fashionistas and global citizens alike can earn action points to win Festival tickets and join H&M in the journey toward global environmental stability by securing a more sustainable fashion future.

    Global Citizen, an organization with the goal of creating a lasting movement to extreme poverty by 2030, has for the second consecutive year partnered with H&M, to host the 2015 Global Citizen Festival. This free-ticketed event takes place on New York City's Great Lawn in Central Park on Saturday, September 26th featuring Pearl Jam and Beyoncé along with Coldplay and Ed Sheeran. This year, the Festival will channel millions of global citizens lending their voices to shape the United Nation's new Global Goals, the road map to how the world can end inequality, ensure environmental stability, and end extreme poverty by 2030. For more information, visit globalcitizen.org.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14164-coldplay-and-ed-sheeran-design-t-shirts-for-global-citizen-festival

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  • UNICEF has announced Novak Djokovic as its latest Goodwill Ambassador.

    Djokovic, the number one ranked tennis player in the world, has focused on the issues of vulnerable children and their communities through his previous position as a UNICEF Serbia Ambassador and his own Novak Djokovic Foundation.
    

Ms. Yoka Brandt, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, congratulated Djokovic on his new appointment today at UNICEF Headquarters in an event that included the World Bank President, Dr. Jim Kim.

    

"Novak Djokovic is a true champion for children around the world," said Ms. Brandt. "He has shown that a powerful voice and powerful actions can make a difference for children, especially when they are very young." Ms. Brandt added.
    

Novak first teamed up with UNICEF in 2011 when he was appointed a UNICEF Serbia Ambassador. Since then, he has been lending his support to improving the lives of children, especially those who are amongst the most marginalized, with a particular focus on the importance of early childhood education and development in providing children with the best start to life. It is in recognition of his deep commitment to children's rights that UNICEF invited him to become a Goodwill Ambassador.

    There is now a widespread recognition that children who receive care, protection and stimulation -- starting well before school years, will have a much greater chance to reach their full potential. Djokovic's commitment to children's issues will highlight the importance of early enrichment as critical to a holistic approach to the development of young children.

    "I am honoured to have become a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, and to continue to help defend and uphold children's rights and provide access to early childhood care and development for every girl and every boy," said Mr. Djokovic. "The early years of life are crucial. When well nurtured and cared for in their earliest years, children are more likely to survive, to grow in a healthy way, to have fewer illnesses, to develop thinking, language, emotional and social skills and become productive and successful citizens of society."

    "I am committed to helping UNICEF provide quality early care and development n to children, especially those who are most vulnerable, to help them build a brighter future for themselves, their families, and their communities," he added.

    Novak has already made a positive difference in the lives of many children, not only as a powerful role model but also as a strong advocate for their rights. In his role as a UNICEF Serbia Ambassador, he has visited preschools and kindergartens in Serbia to witness the importance of investing in learning at an early age. His support and that of the Novak Djokovic Foundation has helped create more flexible, high quality and inclusive pre-school education programmes for some of Serbia's most vulnerable children.

    Among his other many actions for children, Novak has supported the improvement of quality of preschool programmes in Serbia. The Novak Djokovic Foundation also funded UNICEF Serbia's innovative family outreach service aimed at connecting with families living in urban areas, which was so successful it has now been integrated into the Serbian child protection system. During the floods in the Balkans in 2014, Novak made donations to UNICEF to help with the emergency aid efforts. And together with UNIQLO Company, one of his official sponsors, Novak helped support the "Schools for Asia" initiative in Bangladesh, China and the Philippines, as well social inclusion and poverty reduction projects in Serbia.

    Novak also signed today a Memorandum of Understanding between the World Bank and the Novak Djokovic Foundation, setting out how the two institutions can partner more closely to promote early childhood development. UNICEF and the Foundation have established a close cooperation on bringing early childhood services to every child and family in Serbia, and the welcome addition of the Bank's resources will allow an even broader reach to the most deprived children around the world.

    The newly appointed Goodwill Ambassador is one of the most dominant players to ever set foot on a tennis court. To date, Djokovic has won a total of 54 career titles, including 9 Grand Slams, and he was a Medallist at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

    Djokovic has today joined other accomplished and dedicated past and present UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors, including Danny Kaye, Audrey Hepburn, David Beckham, Harry Belafonte, Orlando Bloom, Katy Perry, Sir Roger Moore, Shakira, Maxim Vengerov, Serena Williams, and others.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14165-novak-djokovic-named-as-unicef-ambassador

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  • As part of its over 90-year commitment to the well-being of the entertainment community, MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund) announced its third annual Deal With It: A Women's Conference to be held on September 27 at the Montage Beverly Hills.

    This year's day-long program features keynote presentations by artist Candy Chang, creator of the "Before I Die" project, and CBS Sunday Morning Contributor Nancy Giles, as well as panels covering topics including breast cancer, Alzheimer's and heart disease, career reinvention, wellness, emergency preparedness, aging, elder care, patient advocacy, estate planning, wealth management, and more.

    "At MPTF, we believe there is no other resource of its kind where women in the entertainment industry can convene for a day of thoughtful dialogue, information gathering, networking and life-changing insights," says MPTF CEO Bob Beitcher. "Providing the resources and inspiration to tackle issues most important to our attendees is at the heart of Deal With It."

    The invitation-only event, which reached maximum capacity in only three days, offers 12 breakout panels and a roster of over 50 speakers, many of whom are best-selling authors.

    "When something unexpected happens, half the battle is knowing who to call to get the information you need and finding the support to get you through it," explains conference producer Madelyn Hammond of Madelyn Hammond & Associates. "Insightful discussions with highly respected experts as well as women who share their first-hand experience — whether it's surviving breast cancer, dealing with aging parents, or turning a passion into a successful new enterprise — is what makes this conference unique and valuable."

    Corporate sponsors of the event include UCLA Health, SAG-AFTRA, Select Medical, Cedars-Sinai, Keck Medicine of USC, Providence Health & Services, HCR Wealth Advisors, DLA Piper, Parq Advisors, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, Golden Door, PURE Insurance and HUB International Insurance Services. Media sponsors of the event include The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline Hollywood and Variety. Sampling partners include Nelly's, purely elizabeth, Sweet Loren's, Tava Life, GoMacro and hint water.

    For more information about the conference, including a complete list of speakers and descriptions of sessions, visit mptf.com/dealwithit.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14166-mptf-hosts-3rd-annual-deal-with-it-a-womens-conference

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  • In honor of National Toilet Paper Day, Charmin hosted a live comedy show with comedian and improv artist, Wayne Brady, on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in New York City.

    Wayne Brady partnered with Charmin to host a live comedy show in honor of National Toilet Paper Day
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    The showcase gave young comics a platform to deliver five minutes of their best clean potty humor routines in front of a live audience. By night's end, Wayne Brady crowned Heaven and Cristal, two New York City high school students, the winners of the ‘Keep It Clean Comedy Show.'

    The event, hosted by Wayne Brady, featured eight high school students and aspiring comedians between the ages of 14-18 who were judged on their ability to successfully deliver bathroom humor and innuendos without involving explicit or gross content.

    "As a brand synonymous with superior clean, Charmin believes that a creative, G-rated one-liner can get anyone laughing," said Eric Breissinger, P&G Family Care Vice President. "Through the ‘Keep It Clean Comedy Show' we're cleaning up potty humor so it can be enjoyed by all ages, because after all, we want to help everyone ‘Enjoy The Go.'"

    Charmin and Brady are also encouraging people at home to get involved by tweeting their best clean #PottyHumor jokes to @Charmin. For each tweet received throughout the month of September, the brand will be donating $1 to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), up to $10,000. RMHC provides stability and vital resources to families so they can get, and keep, their children healthy and happy through programs like Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile that enable family-centered care.

    "Making people smile has always been something that has been close to my heart and motivated me as a performer," says Brady. "Working with Charmin to donate to Ronald McDonald House Charities, which is a charity I'm very close to, has made this a special cause."

    Brady, who has been entertaining audiences with his singing, acting and unmatched improvisational skills for well over a decade, was excited at the opportunity to combine charity and comedy.

    The young New York City high school students who participated in the show were coached by professional comedians in preparation for the event. The show was held at a Lower East Side comedy theater on East 3rd St. in New York City.

    A grand prize of $5,000.00 was awarded to Heaven, Cristal and their school's theater department to help further their comedic educations.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14167-wayne-brady-hosts-keep-it-clean-comedy-show-to-empower-future-young-comedians

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  • In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, brings to Los Angeles a unique dinner party.

    The Autism Speaks to Los Angeles Celebrity Chef Gala will showcase award-winning chefs at its first local fundraising gala, having created an exciting legacy on New York's Wall Street for the past eight years. One hundred top chefs, cooking tableside, will create their signature four-course meals exclusively for their guests at this unique inaugural event on October 8th at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. No two tables will feature the same menus.

    Co-Chairs of the LA Chef Gala debut are WME Head of Television Rick Rosen, WME Partner Ari Greenburg and FX Networks President & COO Chuck Saftler. The Honorary Co-Chair is Brian Kelly, Autism Speaks Chairman of the Board. The evening, hosted by late night comedian Conan O0Brien, will also honor Autism Speaks Co-Founders Suzanne & Bob Wright, commemorating 10 years of progress. Since its inception in New York, the Autism Speaks Chef Gala has raised nearly $8 million dollars for the research, awareness and advocacy initiatives of Autism Speaks.

    In a statement, Co-Chairs Rosen, Greenburg and Saftler said, "Autism touches all of us personally. We are thrilled to be able to co-chair an event that honors the work of Suzanne and Bob Wright. The accomplishments of Autism Speaks over the last 10 years have been life changing: from global awareness, to advocacy, from scientific discoveries to the local impact in our LA community. We have so much more to accomplish for all people living with autism, and we are excited to help raise awareness and funds to do so at our inaugural LA Celebrity Chef Gala. It will be an unforgettable night!"

    More than 50 ovens, 1,000 pounds of meat, fish and vegetables, and hundreds of recipes are the ingredients for the Los Angeles debut of this culinary event for Autism Speaks. Participating chefs include Antonia Lofaso (Scopa Italian Roots), Art Smith (Table Fifty-Two), Ben Ford (Ford's Filling Station), Brian Malarkey (Herringbone), Govind Armstrong (Post & Beam), Jet Tila (Food Network) Joachim Splichal (Patina), Josiah Citrin (Mélisse), Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill), Michael Voltaggio (Ink), Nancy Silverton (Osteria Mozza), Neal Fraser (Redbird) and many others. They have earned James Beard awards, Best New Chef titles and rave reviews from diners in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Chicago, Denver and points in between. For a full list of participating chefs, go to www.autismspeaks.org/lachefgala.com.

    The evening will kick off with Wolfgang Puck Catering serving hors d'oeuvres inspired by his iconic restaurants such as Spago, CUT, Chinois and WP24, along with wines from Frank Family Vineyards and cocktails. Following cocktails, guests will be escorted to their private tables where they will witness their master chef create four exclusive courses of signature dishes tableside. Guests will also enjoy a special musical performance to be announced shortly.

    Toyota, a presenting sponsor of Autism Speaks to Los Angeles Celebrity Chef Gala, will debut the new Mirai, their first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle which combines hydrogen and oxygen to make electricity onboard, while emitting nothing but water vapor. The Mirai will be delivered to consumers in California in October 2015. For more information, please visit www.toyota.com/mirai.

    The program will also offer a "Fund-A-Mission" auction where guests will have the opportunity to support special Autism Speaks initiatives including summer camp for kids with autism, the genome research program known as MSSNG and iPads for individuals who struggle to communicate.

    Autism Speaks to Los Angeles Celebrity Chef Gala is generously sponsored by: Executive Chef Sponsor -- Toyota and ION Media Networks/ Brandon Burgess; Chef de Cuisine Sponsor -- Discovery Communications, Cox Enterprises, Inc; Pastry Chef Sponsor -- Univision Communications Inc., Pepper Gate, Google; In-Kind Sponsors -- Frank Family Vineyards, Caffe Luxxe, Icelandic Glacial Natural Spring Water, Kiehl's, Korin, Anolon Gourmet Cookware, Wüsthof 200, Matfer Bourgeat Inc., Reserve; Exclusive Airline Sponsor -- Delta Air Lines; Exclusive Appliance Sponsor -- Jenn-Air. Exclusive Media Partner -- Variety.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14168-conan-obrien-to-host-autism-speaks-to-los-angeles-celebrity-chef-gala

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  • Former Viva Glam M.A.C. model Pamela Anderson is appealing to the cosmetics company to resume its cruelty-free policy and stop paying for animal tests. M.A.C. — along with parent company Estée Lauder — has reneged on its commitment to spare animals painful and deadly toxicity tests by selling products in China, where nearly all cosmetics are required to be tested on animals, unlike in the U.S. and Europe.

    "I was very disturbed to learn from PETA that M.A.C. … is selling products in China, where the company funds painful tests on animals in order to meet the country's archaic regulations," says Anderson, a PETA honorary director, in a letter to Estée Lauder Companies Inc. President John Demsey. "This has tainted the brand and alienated many of the company's longtime allies."

    Several companies — including Paul Mitchell, Urban Decay, and Pangea — have either pulled out of China or refused to sell there until testing policies are modernized.

    "Hundreds of thousands of rabbits, mice, rats, guinea pigs, and other animals are killed in cruel tests for cosmetics in China every year," wrote Anderson. "These tests aren't required in the U.S. and are illegal in the European Union, India, and Israel. Animals are confined to small barren cages and suffer immensely as they have substances dripped into their eyes, rubbed onto their raw shaved skin, or forced down their throats. The tests are conducted without any painkillers, and the animals are killed after the tests are over."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14169-pamela-anderson-urges-m-a-c-to-stop-animal-tests

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  • Serena Williams has announced that she will be hosting the second annual Serena Williams Live Ultimate Run, which will be held in Miami's South Beach Sunday, December 13, 2015.

    The Quarter Marathon (6.55 miles), 5K Run/Walk and Ultimate Kids Dash will gather runners of all ages and ability to support the Serena Williams Fund.

    "I continue to be honored by the rare opportunity I have been given, and truly understand the importance of using my platform to assist others," shared Williams. "The Serena Williams Fund is excited for the opportunity to partner with Live Ultimate to host a run. We get people outdoors and active in beautiful South Beach and most importantly raise funds for two very important causes: aiding individuals and communities who have been affected by senseless violence and making a quality education accessible to deserving youth around the world. Come out and join us!"

    On December 13, famed Ocean Drive will be closed to traffic for the Serena Williams Live Ultimate Run's start and finish lines, with a course that will take runners through Miami's world-renowned South Beach scene, an iconic destination known for its tropical beauty, Art Deco buildings, world class nightlife and dining. The course will take runners through Ocean Drive, Washington Ave, the Art Deco District, Lincoln Road, and down South Beach's world-famous beach walk. The event, which is supported by the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA), has partnered with local hotels within walking distance of the start/finish line to offer participants attractive hotel deals.

    "Serena is the absolute personification of the philosophy of living ultimate," adds Marc Wachter, CEO of Live Ultimate, LLC and Board Member of Driving Force Giving Circle (DFGC), which houses funds and projects dedicated to creating equity for all, including the Serena Williams Fund. "Not only does she excel in her professional and personal life, but she dedicates her time and energy to giving back to those in need. She should be recognized as much for her work off the courts as for her achievements on them. We are honored to work with her to raise funds for her very important causes."

    Joining Serena will be her sister and fellow tennis champion, Venus, and an expected list of elite runners and both local and national personalities who will be coming out in support of The Serena Williams Fund.

    "We had such a blast last year, I'm really looking forward to getting back out there again for the Serena Williams Live Ultimate Run," adds Venus Williams. " My goal is to train harder and beat my time from last year. I encourage everyone from all walks of life to join us for a fun run while supporting a great cause, and of course… the post race Karaoke party on the beach!"

    More than 3,000 runners are expected to participate in the Serena Williams Live Ultimate Run, which will be the culmination of a weekend-long series of events, kicking off with an Ultimate Evening charity gala and silent auction on Friday, December 11, and a health and wellness expo on Saturday, December 12.

    "Once again we are thrilled to unite so many communities – runners, families, fitness fans, and philanthropists – to run with Serena, Venus, and other elite athletes, through our shared neighborhood, the one-and-only South Beach," adds Michael Rose, Managing Partner of Rose Capital Advisors in Miami Beach and Board Member of DFGC. "We had so much fun last year, with over 2,500 runners and even more spectators, that in true Williams competitive spirit, this year we are all out to top our personal bests in both race times as well as raising money and awareness for such important causes."

    One hundred teams of four or more are expected to join the Ultimate Team Challenge, and several hundred children, aged 2 -- 10, are expected to participate in the Ultimate Kids Dash. For more information about The Serena Williams Live Ultimate Run, The Serena Williams Fund, or to register for the event, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14170-serena-williams-to-host-live-ultimate-run-for-charity

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  • Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen's Hilarity for Charity (HFC), a movement led by the couple and established with the Alzheimer0s Association to inspire change and raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease among the millennial generation, today announced GRAMMY-nominated recording artist Miley Cyrus as headliner of their Fourth Annual Variety Show: James Franco0s Bar Mitzvah.

    Cyrus is set to perform several songs throughout the evening on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

    Recently, Seth Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg collaborated with Cyrus for the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, which she is hosting on Sunday, August 30, 2015. Cyrus also appears in Rogen's upcoming film, The Night Before, coming out Wednesday, November 25, 2015.

    Rogen and Miller Rogen established the Hilarity for Charity Fund in 2012 as part of the Alzheimer's Association, through which monies raised are directed to help families struggling with Alzheimer's care, increase support groups nationwide and fund cutting edge research. The flagship Los Angeles Variety Show continues to create the next generation of Alzheimer's advocates through an evening filled with music and comedy.

    Past Variety Show musical guests have included The Backstreet Boys, Bell Biv Devoe, Bruno Mars and Mayer Hawthorne. HFC's Variety Show has attracted some of Hollywood's biggest stars, with performances and appearances by Judd Apatow, Aziz Ansari, Jack Black, Ty Burrell, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kevin Hart, Samuel L. Jackson, Nick Kroll, Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Sarah Silverman and many more!

    For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.hilarityforcharity.org.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/14171-miley-cyrus-to-headline-james-francos-bar-mitzvah

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