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    Actor Peter Capaldi is best known for roles on The Thick Of It and Dr Who.

    He is a supporter of Operation Smile UK. He is a patron of the Association for International Cancer Research and the Scottish children's charity, the Aberlour Child Care Trust.

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  • Band Aid 30 – Do They Know It's Christmas? Features Bono, One Direction, Ed Sheeran and many more.

    Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It0s Christmas? (2014)

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  • Fifty-four pediatric patients from every state, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico visited with First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday while raising awareness for children's hospitals.

    The kids are serving as Champions for Children0s Miracle Network Hospitals and on a weeklong tour of Washington, D.C, and Orlando, Fla. They are sharing their inspiring stories and how local children's hospitals changed their lives.

    The First Lady thanked the Champions for their courage and strength, while accepting their hugs and compliments. On behalf of the group, 4-year-old Carly Kudzia, the Champion from Ohio, presented the First Lady with a card signed by the Champions and a Miracle Bear.

    Kudzia is one of 18 children in the United States with Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, an extremely rare genetic disorder that causes dysmorphic features, accelerated aging, small stature and a shorter life expectancy. Kudzia, whose personality is anything but "small," serves as a spokesperson for the disease. CMN Hospitals funds, essential for providing crucial pediatric services, allow her caretakers to collaborate with global experts on progeria and pay for diagnostic equipment.

    "These kids will forever remember how warmly the First Lady greeted them," said Craig Sorenson, chief concepts officer for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

    At the White House, Champions also were treated to a special viewing of Disney's Doc McStuffins. The kids' television show was introduced by its creator, Chris Nee, whose son's asthma inspired the show. Champions and their families also visited Capitol Hill to share their stories with legislators from their respective states.

    "Our Champions know firsthand the quality pediatric care that can be provided when people donate to their local children's hospitals. They represent the 10 million kids who are treated for severe illnesses and injuries in our 170 hospitals each year," said CMN Hospitals' Sorensen.

    Champions will head to Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday to continue sharing their inspirational stories and messages. Accompanying the Champions throughout the trip is Miss America 2015, Kira Kazantsev, who is serving as the charity's National Goodwill Ambassador.

    The 2014 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals "Champions" program is presented by Delta Air Lines, Marriott International and Chico's FAS.

    To meet the Champion from your state, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12904-pediatric-patients-meet-with-first-lady-to-advocate-for-childrens-hospitals

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  • To celebrate the highly anticipated release of "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the final film in Peter Jackson0s epic "The Hobbit" Trilogy, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation's largest donor and volunteer-supported mentoring organization, has teamed up with Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) and New Line Cinema to inspire audiences to "Start Something Epic."

    The partnership was developed by LINK Entertainment Marketing, the leader in connecting brands with the emotional engagement delivered through the power and storytelling of entertainment.

    The campaign launches on November 15th with television ads featuring scenes from the movie, as well as print media, encouraging audiences to "Start Something Epic" by either donating or volunteering.

    In theaters December 17, 2014, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and the Company of Dwarves. Messages of growth, leadership and perseverance resonate throughout the film. With encouragement and support from Gandalf, Bilbo discovers his own depths courage and ingenuity — he just needed someone to help show him the way, and, when necessary, give him a push in the right direction. Their iconic friendship is emblematic of the relationship between an adult volunteer ("Big") and a child ("Little") enrolled in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. The similarities helped to inspire the tagline, "Whether you are Big or Little, Start Something Epic," inviting audiences to become a Big Brother or Big Sister to a child in need.

    "Big Brothers Big Sisters is thankful for the opportunity to work with Warner Bros., MGM and New Line, and with a film of this magnitude," stated Pam Iorio, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. "We hope the film's message of leadership will inspire others to lead in their local communities by becoming mentors to children in need."

    For 110 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has impacted the lives of children by carefully pairing screened adult volunteers ("Bigs") with children ("Littles") in safe, one-to-one long-term mentoring matches. The organization provides mentors, mentees and parents ongoing professional support and guidance. Studies have shown that children enrolled in the program are more engaged in school, less likely to use drugs or alcohol, and have greater confidence and improved relationships with their peers, parents, and teachers.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12905-big-brothers-big-sisters-joins-forces-with-the-hobbit-the-battle-of-the-five-armies

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  • Benjy -- the Irish bull facing slaughter for being gay -- has had his freedom bought by a Hollywood producer.

    When he learned from PETA that the bull in County Mayo was being fattened for slaughter after a veterinarian declared his sexual orientation the reason he wouldn't breed, Simpsons co-creator and philanthropist Sam Simon put up the £5,000 to buy Benjy and transport him to a sanctuary where he'll be able to live out his natural life with peace and dignity. Benjy's transfer is expected to take place in time for Christmas.

    In addition to the money fronted by Simon, more than 250 other individuals have donated to fund the bull's transfer via a crowd-funding initiative set up by Irish animal-protection group ARAN and TheGayUK.com. PETA hopes that those moved by Benjy's plight will extend their empathy to the billions of other animals on farms who, like Benjy, are denied their most basic freedoms. People can do that every time they sit down to eat simply by leaving animals off their plates.

    "PETA told me about Benjy, and I felt compelled to help. All animals have a dire destiny in the meat trade, but to kill this bull because he's gay would've been a double tragedy," says Simon, a long-time vegan. "It thrills me to help PETA and ARAN make Benjy's fate a sanctuary rather than a sandwich."

    Simon is facing a life-threatening battle himself. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2012 and has chosen to use his resources and the time that he has left to help a number of animals in need, including getting 17 bears transferred from virtually barren concrete pits to a lush new home, helping retire a lame horse used for racing, securing the transfer of a chimpanzee who had spent more than 18 years in solitary confinement at a zoo to a reputable sanctuary and running The Sam Simon Foundation, an organisation dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating homeless dogs.

    For more information about animals raised and killed for food, please visit PETA.org.uk or Aran.ie.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12909-sam-simon-saves-gay-bull-from-slaughter

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  • Cat-loving celebrities are donating their ‘paw prints' to raise funds for leading feline welfare charity, Cats Protection.

    The ‘Celebrity Paws' auction is scheduled to start this week, at midday on 20th November and will run for 10 days until midday on 30th November.

    Dermot O0Leary, Dame Judi Dench, Julia Donaldson and Flavia Cacace Mistry are among the celebrities who have donated their artworks to support the campaign.

    Each celebrity was asked to draw round their hand, decorate it and then sign it to create a unique item. All the drawings are being auctioned online on Ebay from this Thursday, 20th November to raise vital funds for Cats Protection.

    Spokesperson for Cats Protection, Louise Waters, said: "This is the eighth year we have hosted our Celebrity Paws auction. Over the years it has attracted fantastic support from famous cat lovers – from Prime Ministers and artists to award-winning actors and TV favourites, and we expect this year to be just as popular. Each ‘paw' is signed by the celebrity and is completely authentic. As with previous years, we expect these unique artworks will really get people bidding and raise some vital funds for unwanted cats and kittens."

    The auction is being run through Ebay and interested bidders are invited to log on view the full list of paw prints available at Cats.org.uk from the day of the auction.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12906-cat-loving-stars-donate-paw-prints-to-charity-auction

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  • The Small Steps Project Celebrity Shoe Auction is back for it's fifth year with some of the biggest celebrities in the world taking a small step for charity.

    They have donated their signed shoes and are using their celebrity status to raise funds and awareness for Small Steps Project, a charity which helps children living on landfill sites. This year the auction has been divided into four categories – running every week throughout November.

    The sport category of the auction is now live! The public are placing bids on shoes worn by some some of the most skillful and recognisable sporting heroes in the world. From footballers and cricketers, to the fastest man on the planet, some truly special pieces of sporting history are being auctioned.

    Live Auction Lots include:

    Olympic gold medalist and fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt has donated training spikes that he wore throughout the 2014 training season.

    No 1 top golfer in the world, Rory McIlroy has donated golf shoes that he trained in.

    The Australian who is thought to be one of the best bowlers in the history of cricket has donated his trainers. Shane Warne said: "I wore these runners during a couple of training sessions in Australia because they're a good, comfy pair! I'm donating these shoes to raise much needed funds for the Small Steps Project".

    No. 2 in the world for men's tennis Roger Federer has handed over a pair of tennis shoes that he wore whilst competing at Halle in 2013, where he championed for the sixth time!

    No. 2 in the world for Women's tennis Maria Sharapova has donated her Nike tennis shoes engineered for her.

    2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has donated tennis shoes identical to those he won Wimbledon in.

    A host of well-loved footballing heroes have donated their bespoke spikes, including two players who have lead Chelsea FC to victory – Didier Drogba and John Terry. QPR and ex Arsenal player Rio Ferdinand has donated a pair of Nike hi-tops.

    To join the auction, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12907-sports-stars-take-small-steps-for-charity

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  • Supermodel, philanthropist, and entrepreneur Petra Nemcova is challenging citizens of the world to proactively spread awareness about the need to protect the futures of children living in areas impacted by natural disasters.

    Petra Nemcova and Wiz Khalifa join the #HappyHeartsChallege
    Petra Nemcova and Wiz Khalifa join the #HappyHeartsChallege

    The Happy Hearts Challenge launched when Petra and Hugh Evans joined hands creating a heart and took a selfie in front of the world's brightest young game-changers at the Forbes Under 30 Summit panel discussion, Break the Rules to Change the World.

    Chrissy Teigen and John Legend join the #HappyHeartsChallenge
    Chrissy Teigen and John Legend join the #HappyHeartsChallenge

    Petra passionately spoke of the success of The Happy Hearts Fund, which to date has rebuilt 92 schools in 9 countries, but stressed the need for a shift from being reactive to proactive as a society. Be proactive and take part in the #HappyHeartsChallenge by joining hands with another person to create a heart and share on social media with the hashtag #happyheartschallenge. Then challenge three other people to share their hearts as well by tagging them in your photo and by sending text: HEARTS to 85944 to donate $10 to the Happy Hearts Fund. Have fun and get creative with your heart!

    Notable people who have already posted the challenge on Instagram: Petra Nemcova, Wiz Khalifa, Lily Aldridge, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, Jeremy Olander, Magdalena Langrova and more.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12908-petra-nemcova-challenges-you-to-share-your-hearts

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  • Written by Tim Saunders

    Russell Brand wants to shake up the way you think – and with his new book, Revolution, he aims to challenge almost everything you think about… well, everything.

    Russell Brand - Revolution
    Russell Brand - Revolution

    Revolution is Russell's way of pushing for change, and explores the possibility that individuals can make a world of their own choosing. And although he is known for his off-beat comedy, Russell delivers a balanced view of how the world works and how we can make it better.

    A former addict, Russell draws on his own experiences – as well as those of the addicts, stars, friends and foes he has met on the way – to draw conclusions that are surprisingly refreshing.

    And along the way he spills the beans on the trappings of celebrity – in particular his experiences with celebrity charity events – and weaves in his thoughts on quantum physics, meditation, yoga, politics, corporations and everything in between.

    Russell is in a unique position to give his take on the way of the world – he works hard to help addicts, and has joined David Lynch in bringing meditation to at-risk youth. Friendly House honored him as Man Of The Year in 2011, and he has supported causes such as grief support, Multiple Sclerosis research, and Post-Traumatic Stress.

    Revolution is a self-help book with a difference. It doesn't take itself too seriously, and yet its ideas work and give food-for-thought. It is a call-to-arms for those searching for a change from their day-to-day lives but don't know where to start.

    Russell Brand's Revolution is available at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and wherever good books are sold.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12913-book-review-russell-brand-revolution

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  • WildAid is calling on the public to do its part to end the ivory poaching crisis by taking the Ivory Free pledge at ivoryfree.org.

    The new campaign asks consumers to pledge to never buy, own or accept ivory as gifts, and to support stronger government bans and actions to tackle the illegal ivory trade.

    Ivory Free is a partnership between WildAid, Animal Planet, African Wildlife Foundation and Save The Elephants, and has been launched in conjunction with the premiere of Saving Africa's Giants with Yao Ming -- a new program that follows WildAid ambassador and former NBA star Yao Ming on a journey to Africa to see its natural beauty and witness the devastating elephant and rhino poaching crises.

    "We all share this planet with each other and with these majestic animals. We all have a responsibility to do something to save Africa's elephants. We all have to do our part. I'm doing mine, and you can do yours by going to ivoryfree.org and taking the pledge," says WildAid Ambassador Yao Ming.

    "This is a global problem that requires global solutions, from both individuals and governments. That's why we're asking people to take the pledge at ivoryfree.org to never buy or accept ivory, and to encourage their governments to enact stronger domestic bans on the ivory trade," says WildAid Executive Director Peter Knights.

    "Saving Africa's Giants with Yao Ming" premiered on Animal Planet in the U.S. on November 18 at 10 PM/9 Central and premieres in the U.K. on November 21 at 9PM. Throughout the broadcasts, viewers will be prompted to take action by visiting ivoryfree.org.

    The program was co-produced by WildAid, Natural History New Zealand, and Animal Planet. The film features the work of WildAid, Save the Elephants, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Daphne Sheldrick and The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Dr. Will Fowlds, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, African Wildlife Foundation, Tusk Trust, Kenya Wildlife Service, and South African National Parks.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12910-saving-africas-giants-with-yao-ming

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  • The third annual #GivingTuesday will be celebrated on December 2, and celebrities and partners are rallying behind the growing movement of social giving.

    Supporters include actors/activists Edward Norton and Hugh Jackman, actor-mompreneur Jessica Alba, fashion mogul Kenneth Cole and Golden State Warriors' basketball star Stephen Curry, each of whom offered comments on their participation in this global celebration of giving back:

    Jessica Alba's The Honest Company will be fundraising for FoodCorps in support of healthier foods in elementary schools nationwide.

    "Part of creating a safer, healthier future for our children includes fostering a lasting, healthy relationship with food," said Alba. "With so many of our holiday traditions centering on food and cooking, it felt like a perfect time to make a commitment to nutrition education with FoodCorps. We hope everyone will join us in sharing fun, healthy recipes that can not only improve their family's health but also improve the lives of thousands of kids nationwide."

    "For more than 30 years our brand has addressed not only what our customers look like on the outside, but who they are on the inside," said Kenneth Cole, "and not just what they stand in but what they stand for. This year for #GivingTuesday we are asking fans to take action to end homelessness as a reminder this holiday season that there are too many people who would love to be in your shoes."

    On #GivingTuesday, Kenneth Cole is asking people to read and sign the petition asking the federal government to continue funding the HUD-VA Supportive Housing program, as part of the company's larger Look Good, for Good program, which supports projects of the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti, HELP USA and the Sundance Institute.

    Hugh Jackman, whose Laughing Man Worldwide donates 100 percent of its profits to Projects for All, said, "The holidays are, first and foremost, about goodwill and compassion. That's why #GivingTuesday is a great way to not just remember that but live it as well."

    Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, who leads a season-long Three for Three Challenge to support the UN Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign, plans to Gift a Net in honor of each of his teammates, sending lifesaving nets to families in sub-Saharan Africa.

    "#GivingTuesday reminds us that we can all have an impact on the world," said Curry. "I cannot help but think about the parents I met in Tanzania who just want to protect their children from malaria. A $10 bed net makes all the difference."

    Other celebrities who have pledged to join or support the movement include:
    * Jon Bon Jovi Soul Food Foundation
    * Katherine McNamara, Girl Up's SchoolCycle Campaign
    * Maria Shriver's A Woman's Nation Foundation
    * Queen Latifah and the Queen Latifah Show (queenlatifah.com)
    * Trey Songz's Angels With Heart Foundation
    * Jo Frost, Global Advocate, Shot@Life campaign

    
Partners continue to join the global movement of giving and generosity, and are expected to announce #GivingTuesday plans up through December 2. Some of the latest companies, organizations and interests to declare their support include:

    * This year, After-School All-Stars is raising support for afterschool programs and camps that make a difference for its kids all year long with #UNselfies to be shared on #GivingTuesday and throughout the holiday season. The organization is also teaming up with corporate partners such as Fox Sports in Ohio, San Diego, and Florida and Westime Watches to promote #GivingTuesday and a general year-end appeal through in-game media promotion, phone-a-thons and social media support.
    * Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. has been a #GivingTuesday partner since 2012. This year for #GivingTuesday the foundation is launching a fundraising campaign and sharing seven stories that reflect the impact of its work in Asia and Africa: a small child learning far from school; community groups pooling their savings; microfinance lending in Cote d'Ivoire and more. These stories are supplemented by #HowISeeChange stories that colleagues in Asia and Africa have shared to inspire #GivingTuesday donors to share how they, too, see change.
    * Powered by data from Gallup's World View World Poll and commissioned by the Charitable Aid Foundation (CAF) America, the World Giving Index report is being released ahead of the annual "Giving Tuesday" -- a celebration of worldwide philanthropy held every year after Thanksgiving in order to help the movement to analyze data ahead of and after December 2, 2014. The World Giving Index is the largest study ever conducted of charitable behavior around the globe and ranks nations on three variables: charitable giving, volunteering and willingness to help others. The United States is the only country ranked in the top ten across all three variables. Scores were calculated from Gallup data collected across 135 countries representing 95 percent of the world's population as well as International Monetary Fund data on GDP.
    * Camp Kesem, a nonprofit organization supporting children through and beyond a parent's cancer, will launch its #HelpCampKesem photo campaign at 62 collegiate chapters nationwide. On December 2, Camp Kesem's passionate college students will operate on-campus photo booths, inviting fellow students to take and share photos using the #GivingTuesday and #HelpCampKesem hashtags to inspire their peers to give back and help extend Camp Kesem services to more children nationwide.
    * Clear Channel Outdoor strives to be a responsible member of the communities it serves by taking a proactive role in making those neighborhoods better places to live. Leading up to December 2, 2014, Clear Channel Outdoor will amplify the #GivingTuesday message on its digital billboards in Times Square, and across its digital out-of-home media network. This in turn will help create a greater awareness for giving back to charities and ultimately influence a powerful societal change by inspiring citizens to make a difference within their own communities.
    * CVS Health will recognize its colleagues' spirit of volunteerism and support the inspirational community-based work being done by nonprofits nationwide on #GivingTuesday. As part of its campaign, CVS Health is inviting colleagues to nominate a charity in their local communities for which they volunteer for a grant from the CVS Health Foundation. In response to the overwhelming success of last year's #GivingTuesday campaign, this year the foundation is more than doubling its commitment and will award a total of $100,000 to 50 organizations nationwide.
    * Dress for Success and Fergie Footwear have teamed up once again to turn #GivingTuesday into #GivingShoesDay, when women are encouraged to donate their professional women's shoes to their closest Dress for Success affiliate to help get the disadvantaged women of their communities back to work. The top 10 individual shoe donors throughout the world will receive a complimentary pair of limited holiday-edition Raegan heels from Fergie Footwear, and the brand will also donate a gift of new shoes to the three Dress for Success affiliates that collect the most total shoe donations, meaning that when a woman donates her shoes, she's doing double good.
    * The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) is doing whatever it takes to reach moms, babies and their families who need lifesaving HIV care and treatment the most. The organization is fundraising to gain more resources to ensure families, no matter where they live, have access to these lifesaving tools. This #GivingTuesday, all donations will be matched dollar for dollar, bringing us two times closer to making an AIDS-free generation a reality!
    * Ellevate is a global professional women's network dedicated to the success and economic engagement of women. Ellevate's community is made up of tens of thousands of successful, motivated and passionate professional women who believe that investing in themselves and in other women is good business. Ellevate will use its social media and digital presence to encourage its community to support #GivingTuesday by giving back. On December 2, Ellevate's President, Ally McDonald, will host a live webinar on the topic of Effective Giving.
    * The Family Dinner Project's mission is to inspire families to enjoy food, fun and conversation together. It need not be fancy; the point, in fact, is to return to a simpler and more meaningful way of being. The Family Dinner Project will formally kick off #familydinnerforward on #GivingTuesday December 2, an initiative to inspire families to give—within the family to one another and/or to those outside the family. To participate, simply snap a dinner/giving-related photo and share it via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #familydinnerforward.
    * Fazoli's: Quick-service Italian restaurant Fazoli's wants you to join the #GivingTuesday movement this year and help Feed the Children while feeding your family! Join them for $5.99 All You Can Eat Spaghetti on December 2nd at participating Fazoli's restaurants and $1 from your meal goes to Feed the Children. Follow Fazoli's on social media for more ways to give back and do good for those in need!
    * Jessica Alba's The Honest Company is teaming up with FoodCorps to bring nutrition education and healthier foods to elementary schools nationwide. In honor of #GivingTuesday and to kick off the holiday season, The Honest Company will provide 4,000 children with cooking and gardening lessons and support to get healthier foods into their school cafeterias. Throughout December, the Honest Company will share healthy, kid-friendly recipes from FoodCorps on social media, and for every share, re-pin and like received, it will donate $2, providing another month of nutrition education to a child served by FoodCorps. The Honest Company has also challenged FoodCorps to raise $25,000 for #GivingTuesday, offering to match with an additional $25,000.
    * In partnership with #GivingTuesday, Jefferson Awards Foundation (JAF) will launch its first-ever #1for70 campaign. Starting on #GivingTuesday, JAF guarantees that for every $15,000 raised through the end of the year, the foundation will accomplish more than $1 million of youth-led community impact. JAF engages the nation in millions of hours of public service, and trains, activates and celebrates the achievements of Americans ages 5-105.
    * On #GivingTuesday, the kids at Jeremy's Heroes will be giving joy to housebound elderly residents in their community. The kids are hard at work writing letters and drawing pictures that will be included with the residents' meal deliveries this holiday season. Jeremy's Heroes, named for 9/11 hero Jeremy Grack, teaches the importance of teamwork, leadership and discipline both on and off the athletic field.
    * The Jimmy Fund solely supports Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's lifesaving mission to conquer cancer in adults and children. As part of #GivingTuesday, the Jimmy Fund will share inspiring patient stories and will ask its supporters for financial contributions to further research patient-care initiatives and, ultimately, create a world without cancer. The fund raised nearly $200,000 in 2013 connected to #GivingTuesday and hopes to raise even more in 2014.
    * National Geographic will focus its #GivingTuesday efforts on helping to save lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards and other big cats, many of which are facing extinction in the wild. Through the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative, a comprehensive program supporting on-the-ground conservation projects, education and a global public awareness campaign, we can help restore big cat populations and habitats, ensuring long term survival for these majestic animals. More information is available at causeanuproar.org.
    * On #GivingTuesday Ronald McDonald House Charities is launching a national campaign that asks people to help families stay together, close to their hospitalized child by donating $25 to Ronald McDonald House Charities and talking about their support using the social media hashtag #forRMHC. A mother's kiss. A child's smile. By donating a gift from December 2 to December 31, supporters make everyday-family moments possible at Ronald McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms around the world. Gifts of togetherness help strengthen families during difficult times.
    * StumbleUpon, 5by and its employees are thrilled to support #GivingTuesday this December 2. As a partner for this year's movement, StumbleUpon and 5by will leverage its platforms, apps, official blog and social media outlets in order to draw attention to the important role this day plays in allowing people, brands and organizations to uniquely support any charity or cause in any fashion they choose.
    * Studio Design is extremely excited to support #GivingTuesday this year. Studio Design helps anyone show support for a cause by allowing them to remix the cause's design with their own photos. For #GivingTuesday, studio design will leverage new design techniques to help make the #UNselfie photo become something that is easily sharable via various social networks.
    * 2014 has seen an unprecedented number of crises around the world, affecting more than 50 million people. Men, women and children have fled their homes due to violence and war that arrived on their doorsteps. This year for #GivingTuesday, USA for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is partnering with CrowdRise and celebrity supporter Kat Graham to raise money for Refugees as the cold months approach and needs skyrocket for more blankets, tents and warm foods.
    * TOMS – in response to the growing number of refugees around the world, TOMS is partnering with #GivingTuesday this year to raise funds for USA for UNHCR and our work together. For every $75 purchase or more on #GivingTuesday, $5 will go toward the life-saving work of the UN Refugee Agency. And don't forget -- TOMS matches every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes for a child in need, every day of the year. One for One.

    For a complete list of #GivingTuesday partners, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12911-celebrity-supporters-and-16000-partners-rally-behind-givingtuesday

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  • Jennifer Aniston, Sofia Vergara, Michael Strahan, and Luis Fonsi join St. Jude Children0s Research Hospital National Outreach Director Marlo Thomas in leading a star-studded roster of celebrities lending their time and talents in support of the 11th annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign.

    Michael Strahan is one of several celebrities to star in 11th annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign
    Michael Strahan is one of several celebrities to star in 11th annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign

    Jon Hamm makes his campaign debut in a 60-second movie trailer that will appear in theaters nationwide beginning in November.

    St. Jude Thanks and Giving is an unprecedented union of celebrities, media and more than 60 of the nation's leading brands and companies that ask consumers to donate while they shop this holiday season to help St. Jude provide cutting-edge treatment and pursue visionary research. The national television commercials and movie theatre trailers, which debut Thanksgiving week and run through the end of the year, will feature Jennifer Aniston and other celebrity friends alongside St. Jude patients.

    "I love being a part of the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign," said Aniston. "This year I appeared with Sam and Waylon in the TV commercials. They are the true stars and I had so much fun spending time with them. I am so inspired with their amazing courage and perseverance. This holiday season you can join the fight against childhood cancer and help St. Jude continue its research to find cures and save the lives of children across America."

    "This is my 3rd year working with St. Jude and it means so much to be a part of a team that helps save children's lives," said Sofia Vergara. "This year I appeared with Sebastian in one of the St. Jude Thanks and Giving television spots. He is such an inspiration to me. Your support will help ensure that Sebastian and so many children like him from across America and around the world continue to benefit from the lifesaving research and treatment being done every day at St. Jude."

    St. Jude celebrity friends Keith Urban, Sabrina Soto, Daisy Fuentes and Olivia Holt are also supporting the campaign by designing special products that will be for sale during the holiday season online at the St. Jude Gift Shop with 100 percent of profits, after all related expenses, benefitting St. Jude.

    · World renowned songwriter, vocalist, musician and guitarist Keith Urban designed a holiday ornament featuring one of his guitars, a "St. Jude Rocks" design and his logo on the back.
    · Design expert Sabrina Soto created a slate cheese board exclusively for St. Jude. The gift set includes an assortment of cheese utensils and two sticks of chalk to help personalize any party spread.
    · Daisy Fuentes, model and fashion designer, designed an exclusive charm necklace, featuring an artistic "LOVE" charm and a St. Jude child logo cutout charm.
    · Actress Olivia Holt brought inspiration to an iPhone case with the powerful message, "Keep your head up, keep your heart strong."

    The campaign receives additional support from celebrity friends Lily Aldridge, Marsha Ambrosius, Garcelle Beauvais, Camilla Belle, Max Burkholder, Shirley Caesar, Erica Campbell, Dorinda Clark Cole, Monique Coleman, Rachael Leigh Cook, Judd Daugherty, Ricky Dillard, James Fortune, Brian Geraghty, Hunter Hayes, AJ Johnson, Donnie McClurkin, Jennette McCurdy, Jonathan McReynolds, Smokie Norful, Elisabeth Rohm, Karen Clark Sheard, Marina Squerciati, Mark Steines, Ashley Tisdale, Michelle Williams and Mike Wolfe in the form of radio spots, online videos, social media support, participation in the St. Jude Give thanks. Walk and more.

    "Over the past several years I've met so many of the incredible children receiving treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital," said Michael Strahan. "Their stories are inspiring and their positive attitudes are amazing. The research being done at St. Jude is so critically important, it benefits children across the country and families don't have to pay for anything. I hope everyone will join me and support St. Jude in the fight against childhood cancer."

    "I am always so touched by the love and support our celebrity friends lend to our St. Jude Thanks and Giving program year after year," said Marlo Thomas. "Beyond their time and talent, they bring their full hearts to this campaign – and you can see that in the genuine warmth they share with the children. The awareness they bring to St. Jude is vital to our mission. Through these beloved stars, we are able to reach millions across the country each year; and in doing so, we continue to receive amazing support, which allows us to keep my father's founding promise that no family ever pays St. Jude for anything – not for treatment, travel, housing or food. That's because we believe all a family should worry about is helping their child live."

    The national television spots will air on network and cable television channels, as well as online, in both English and Spanish. In addition, movie trailers starring celebrity friends appear in theatres nationwide -- including Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Theatres, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and many others -- as well as on American Airlines and Delta Air Lines flights. All of the spots, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, will debut online in late November.

    The St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign began as a holiday-focused fundraising effort and has grown into an annual tradition that has raised more than $487 million thanks to tremendous public support. Throughout the months of November and December, consumers shopping where the St. Jude logo is displayed can make a donation at checkout or purchase specialty items that benefit St. Jude. Those wanting to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude are also invited to donate online or by phone at 800-4STJUDE. For more information, visit www.stjude.org.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12912-stars-join-11th-annual-st-jude-thanks-and-giving-campaign

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  • In a new multi-media campaign launched today by The ONE Campaign, more than a dozen international artists are teaming up with healthcare workers from Liberia to demand world leaders do more -- and quickly -- to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and strengthen health systems so that future outbreaks can be quickly contained.

    ONE is releasing the video alongside an interactive Ebola Response Tracker, which shows how much money countries have pledged, how much has actually been disbursed, and how many health workers and other contributions have been sent to affected countries.

    The video features an international array of artists, including: African musicians Fally Ipupa, Angélique Kidjo, Femi Kuti, and Ice Prince; Irish rocker and ONE co-founder Bono; American and British stars Akon, Ben Affleck, Connie Britton, Matt Damon, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Ellie Goulding, Danai Gurira, and Thandie Newton; German soccer star Per Mertesacker; French actor Vincent Cassel. Also appearing in the video are Liberian healthcare workers Dr. J Soka Moses and Louise Gaye.

    The world's initial response to the Ebola outbreak was a failure — global leaders waited too long to act, and thousands have paid with their lives. The video, which is completely silent, highlights how the world waited for action to stamp out Ebola in West Africa, and how we cannot wait to invest in the health sector to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

    The video ends with a call to action for citizens to sign ONE's petition demanding global leaders do what's necessary to end the outbreak and strengthen basic health care systems in developing countries. Ebola is a global crisis and defeating it will take the combined efforts of government, business, relief groups and health care workers to bring it under control. ONE's campaign is focused on ensuring governments do their part.

    Michael Elliott, President and CEO of ONE, said: "The initial response to the Ebola outbreak was too slow and too uncoordinated. Some countries have now stepped up to lead in a big way --with traditional donors like the US, UK, France and Germany all making meaningful contributions-- but this is a global crisis and it demands a global response. While our first priority needs to be containing this outbreak, it is equally important that the world take steps now to invest in strengthening health systems so that future tragedies of this kind will be stopped in their tracks."

    Angélique Kidjo, Grammy Award--winning singer-songwriter and activist from Benin, said: "When you don't have enough doctors, nurses or hospital beds, it's tough to stop a crisis like this Ebola outbreak. We need our friends around the world to come forward with all the help they can right now, so patients can be treated in a dignified way, and we can end this nightmare. Then we need to work together to rebuild and strengthen West Africa's heath care systems to stop another crisis like this from happening again."

    ONE's "Ebola Response Tracker" has four main findings:
    1. There is a significant discrepancy between money pledged and money disbursed on the ground.
    2. No major donors have attached timelines to their contributions. Many are also unclear whether cash for the Ebola response is new money or simply funds repurposed from other foreign aid programs.
    3. Accurate data on health care workers -- the most critical part of the response -- is very difficult to obtain. It's also challenging to determine what kinds of personnel (i.e. epidemiologists, first responders, nurses) are required, pledged, or deployed in the field.
    4. We can't assess countries' contributions based only on money or personnel. Countries such as the US are also contributing to the Ebola response with significant in-kind contributions such as military field hospitals, personnel, and equipment.

    The devastation caused by Ebola has begun to erase much of the recent progress Liberia Sierra Leone, and Guinea have made in lifting people out of extreme poverty. Nobody wants to see the clock turned back. We need every government to deliver the funding, resources and expertise needed to bring Ebola under control.

    You can watch the video here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12914-stars-join-one-campaign-for-ebola-video

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  • New York Giants running back Andre Williams has joined Get Schooled on the Evander Childs Educational Campus for "College -- The Inside Story", as part of New York City's College Application Week (Nov. 17-21).

    The audience includes seniors from the High School for Computers and Technology (HSCT) and Bronx Lab, two of the 60 high schools participating in the Capital One Bank NYC College Challenge.

    Williams, along with several Capital One leaders, including a graduate of Evander Childs, will offer students encouragement and inside tips about the college experience. Williams will also meet with members of the football team, which represents schools from across the Evander Childs campus.

    College Application Week is a national effort coordinated by the American Council on Education to increase college application rates.

    A 2013 Heisman Trophy Finalist and First-Team All-America selection, Williams graduated from Boston College in three-and-a-half years with a bachelor's degree in applied psychology and human development prior to being selected by the New York Giants in the fourth-round of the 2014 NFL Draft. In addition to his on-field accomplishments, Williams is also writing a philosophical memoir entitled "A King, a Queen and a Conscience" which is expected to be released in 2015.

    "A college education transforms lives -- your life, your family's life, and the lives of those around you in your community," Williams said in speaking to more than 100 high school seniors about the importance of college and the power of education. "I am here today to tell all of you to take that bet on your future."

    The Capital One Bank NYC College Challenge is a friendly competition that includes 60 high schools serving close to 40,000 students across New York City. It has been designed to encourage high school students to explore college opportunities, apply to college and access financial aid for college. At each school, student ambassadors are spearheading the effort by mobilizing their classmates to participate in the competition, by applying to college and for financial aid. Students with the highest level of engagement and the highest percentage of seniors applying to college will earn a celebrity principal for the day.

    "In just the last few weeks, our students have been actively involved in the Challenge, including using the Get Schooled website to complete fun, motivating activities focused on college and various career paths, supporting our goal to create a college-going culture at HSCT and encouraging them to develop college and career plans," said Jessica Torres, college advisor at HSCT. "The Challenge is a way to incentivize the college and financial aid application process."

    According to the New York City Department of Education, for the Class of 2013, 51 percent of students in the ninth grade cohort enrolled in college the first fall after graduation. At the same time, the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce predicts that more than two-thirds of newly created jobs over the next decade will require some postsecondary education, whether a technical certificate or two-year or four-year degree.

    "A postsecondary education has become even more important for anyone entering the workforce --obtaining a college degree has a strong correlation with economic opportunity and can increase one's earning potential by up to $1 million over the course of his or her career," said Carolyn Berkowitz, Managing Vice President, Community Affairs and President at Capital One Foundation. "We are thrilled to partner with Get Schooled for the Capital One Bank NYC College Challenge to help increase college access. At Capital One, we invest in programs that prepare youth for the jobs of the 21st century, including skills and education that will be critical in the future, and we want every high school student to know that college is a possibility for them."

    The Capital One Bank NYC College Challenge is designed and managed by Get Schooled, a national non-profit organization based in New York. Partners in the Challenge include Capital One Bank, Viacom, the New York City Department of Education, The New School, the New York City College Advising Corps, Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, and Make the Road New York.

    "New York City believes deeply in its students and their potential, and College Application Week is a great opportunity to demonstrate that belief," said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. "With the vigorous support of community-based organizations and businesses citywide, we are investing in the next step in our students' education with college application resources and support. I am thrilled to be a part of this and other initiatives that give all our students the academic foundation as well as exposure and access they need to go on to college."

    To learn more about Get Schooled and see the challenge leaderboard, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12915-new-york-giants-andre-williams-hosts-college-the-inside-story-for-get-schooled

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  • The Women's Forum of New York hosted The 4th Annual Elly Awards Luncheon this week benefitting The Education Fund of the Women's Forum at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.

    Ami Kaplan, Billie Jean King, David N. Dinkins, Rikki Klieman, Sallie Krawcheck, Beverly Beaudoin, Karen Finerman
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    The awards, named for Women's Forum founder Elinor "Elly" Guggenheimer, were presented to outstanding women leaders, Billie Jean King, 39-time Grand Slam winning tennis player and champion of social change and equality, and Sallie Krawcheck, Chair, Ellevate Network and Ellevate Asset Management, and staunch supporter of women in the financial industry.

    Over 400 people attended the awards luncheon raising $200,000 for The Education Fund of the Women's Forum. On hand to bestow the key awards were celebrity presenters The Honorable David N. Dinkins, 106th Mayor of the City of New York,; and Karen Finerman, CEO of Metropolitan Capital Advisors, and panelist on CNBC's Fast Money.

    "The Women's Forum is a leadership organization of New York's preeminent female leaders in every professional sector, from finance to fine arts. Appreciating that education is the key to success in every industry, we pride ourselves in helping high potential women over the age of 35 return to college after their education has been disrupted by life's adversities. Giving these women a second chance to realize their potential is our way of giving back and building new leaders," said Ami Kaplan, President of the Women's Forum of New York.

    "The change that Education Fund grants have on women and their families is truly inspirational. Our awardees redefine for themselves what is possible and become great role models for their daughters. We believe if you educate a woman you impact generations. Twenty-seven years ago we started out small but now, because of the Elly Awards, our education grants are significant and make a real difference. Fifteen fellowships were awarded to help women overcome obstacles and hardship in returning to their higher education to help realize their dreams," said Beverly Beaudoin, President, The Education Fund of the Women's Forum of New York.

    Following the awards presentations, Rikki Klieman, attorney, best-selling author, television anchor, and CBS News legal analyst, led an in-depth conversation with the honorees that revolved around leadership, covering a wide range of issues facing women in the workforce today.

    VIPs who attended the event included: Ami Kaplan, President of the Women's Forum of New York; Beverly Beaudoin, President of the Education Fund of the Women's Forum of New York; Lucy Jarvis, television producer and Legendary Chair of The Elly Awards; Anne Donovan Bodnar, Co-Chair, the 2014 Elly Awards; Eugenia Ulasewicz, Co-Chair, the 2014 Elly Awards; Carolyn Jane Maloney, U.S. Representative for New York's 12th congressional district; Mary Harney, the former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health in Ireland, and member of the Irish International Women's Forum; and Bill Bratton, New York City Police Commissioner.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12916-billie-jean-king-honored-by-womens-forum-of-new-york

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  • As lead vocalist of punk-rock band Rise Against, Tim McIlrath is no stranger to stepping up to perform under bright lights, surrounded by the roar of a crowd — but as he's quick to point out in his new video for peta2, PETA's youth division, "I make a choice every time I take the stage. I choose to perform. Animals in captivity don't get to make that choice."

    Video: Tim McIlrath of Rise Against: Animals Don0t Choose to Perform

    That's why McIlrath is calling for a boycott of SeaWorld, Ringling Bros., and other companies that turn a profit by forcing orcas, elephants, and other animals to perform at aquariums, in circuses, and at theme parks.

    "Elephants are not meant to do handstands," McIlrath says in the video. "Tigers are not meant to jump through rings of fire. Dolphins are not meant to live in swimming pools." But as he explains, that's what happens in the entertainment industry: Orcas are often separated from their families and forced to live in tiny concrete tanks that, to them, are the size of a bathtub. During circus training, baby elephants are stretched out, slammed to the ground, gouged with steel-tipped bullhooks — weapons that resemble fireplace pokers with a sharp steel hook on one end — and shocked with electric prods. When tigers and elephants aren't on stage, they're kept caged or chained for up to 23 hours a day.

    "Animals deserve a life that's better than this. They deserve to live free, not as slaves for our entertainment."

    Rise Against is currently touring in support of their seventh studio album, The Black Market. McIlrath is part of a long list of musicians—including Davey Havok, Brett Gurewitz, Serj Tankian, Mike Ness, Dave Navarro, Tom Morello, and Fall Out Boy's Andy Hurley — who have teamed up with peta2 to promote the group's motto, "Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12918-rise-againsts-tim-mcilrath-animals-dont-choose-to-perform

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  • Each year, wine enthusiasts and collectors come together to raise glasses and funds for cutting edge Cancer and AIDS research at the World Tour of Wine.

    Guests and celebrities enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime evening of rare tastings from some of the most exclusive private cellars in the country and a five-course gourmet meal while toasting the Foundation's achievements in research.

    Expected to attend this year are Honorees Doug Shafer and rockers Rush; actors Karen Pittman, Lena Hall, Montego Glover, Constantine Maroulis; Radio Personality Robin Quivers, Hall of Fame Baseball Player Eddie Murray, musician Brian Newman, President & Chief Operating Officer of RCA Records Tom Corson and more.

    The World Tour of Wine is a unique tasting event, as each table has a "wine host" and features collections of wines from that host rather than the entire event tasting wines provided by a few select vineyards. The event will also feature a silent and live auction featuring all-inclusive trips to Napa Valley and rare experiences in music and sports entertainment.

    The TJ Martell Foundation is the music industry's largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS. The Foundation sources and supports early-stage research projects aimed at developing more effective clinical treatments for patients which otherwise might not be funded.

    WHEN: Thursday, November 20, 2014

    WHERE: Capitale
    130 Bowery, New York, NY 10013

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12919-rush-to-be-honored-by-tj-martell-foundation

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  • Members of the Manic Street Preachers are to take part in a charity trek to raise money for a cancer centre in Wales.

    "In November 2015 we will be walking in the footsteps of our Welsh ancestors when we will be part of the Velindre group of 50 people celebrating the 150th anniversary of Welsh settlers arriving in Patagonia with a challenging 6 day trek," said band members James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore. "We will be carrying all our own kit, camping and walking up to 11 hours a day.

    "Although this is a tough challenge, it is nothing compared to the challenge faced by people dealing with cancer.

    "We have pledged to raise at least £6,000 each so that Velindre can continue to provide exceptional care and support to cancer patients and their families, and every contribution will help towards their aim of achieving Victory over Cancer."

    The Velindre Cancer Centre in Wales is a specialist cancer treatment centre located on the perimeter of Cardiff. It provides services to over 1.5 million people across South East Wales and beyond.

    Find out how you can donate here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12920-manic-street-preachers-to-trek-in-patagonia-for-charity

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  • Feeding America has announced that acclaimed chef Mario Batali will serve as a guest editor for National Geographic magazine's Your Shot assignment to inspire people to care about the issue of hunger in America.

    Batali is a member of the Feeding America Entertainment Council and a longtime anti-hunger advocate. Feeding America is the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, providing food to more than 46 million Americans each year.

    This year, National Geographic magazine's editorial narrative is "The Future of Food." In tandem, the Your Shot assignment "The Story of Hunger and Hope" project is designed to capture photographs of what hunger looks like in communities around the country and convey the hope that exists when people work together to solve the problem.

    Selected photographs from the Your Shot campaign will be included in the book Feeding America: Stories of Hunger and Hope, which is scheduled to be published October 2015, the book is being created as a persuasive tool for inspiring people to support hunger-relief efforts.

    Your Shot is National Geographic's online community of nearly 500,000 photographers designed to tell stories through compelling photography. Anyone can join the Your Shot community to participate in the assignment.

    Throughout the assignment, which closes Sunday, November 30, Batali will help raise awareness by sharing his perspective on select submitted photos. The top photographs will be announced and posted on Monday, December 8.

    This project is funded by The Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12921-feeding-america-national-geographic-and-mario-batali-share-stories-of-hunger-and-hope

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  • On Monday, November 17th, FOX News' Geraldo Rivera emceed a spectacular evening that supported the Wounded Warrior Project at The Edison Ballroom.

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    Occurring just after Veteran's Day, the evening included an impressive program that opened with an exciting performance by the Navy Color Guard and NYC Shield Pipe band. The legendary songstress Dionne Warwick and her granddaughter, Cheyenne Elliott, debuted their latest duet, entitled, "Let There Be Love," along with performances by Robert Davi, who galvanized the crowd with classic Frank Sinatra tunes, and The Voice's Blessing Offor. There was also a sneak peek at the highly anticipated, soon-to-be released WWII film, "Little Boy," (Open Road Films).

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    The program culminated in a special 50th birthday celebration for Emmy-Winning TV and Radio Host Rita Cosby. Geraldo Rivera and John And Margo Catsimatidis sang Happy Birthday to Rita while presenting her with a beautiful cake. The crowd danced the night away to music by DJ Jimmy and Tomaczek Bednarek ended the evening with a heart-wrenching rendition of "God Bless America."

    Attendees included the stars and producers from "Little Boy", including Ali Landry, David Henrie and Eduardo Verastegui, as well as philanthropists, John and Margo Catsimatidis and Jean Shafiroff, former NYPD Commissioner, Ray Kelly, actors Danny Aiello, Paul Sorvino, Stephen Baldwin, Dominic Chianese, Tina Louise, Stacey Dash, Audry Landry, Michelle DeShon, Stephanie Szostakc, Courtney Hope, Brian Armstrong, Andrew McLaren, FOX News' Dee Dee Benkie, Gretchen Carlson, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Bill Hemmer, Lis White, Cheryl Casone, Heather Childers, Laura Ingle, Emmy-Winning TV news anchor, Ernie Anastos, Emmy-Winning TV and radio host, Lynne White, CNN Media host, Brian Stelter, WABC radio hosts Pat Kiernan and Noam Laden, WCBS-TV anchor, Kristine Johnson, NY1 Traffic Reporter, Jamie Stelter, WPLJ radio host, Ralph Versa, celebrity blogger and TV personality, Perez Hilton, top models Cindy Guyer and Jordan Tesfay, Miss New York, Jillian Tapper, recording artist, Stefani Vara, reality television stars Rino and Teresa Aprea and Nicole Napolitano of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, famous mentalist, The Amazing Kreskin, author and noted physician, Ben Carson and Sharon Bush.

    In addition, Medal of Honor Recipient Colonel Jack Jacobs, 50 leaders of the other largest veterans groups in the US, a hundred Wounded Warriors and their families, as well as many other notable guests and supporters of the Wounded Warrior Project, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary of helping our most severely wounded troops. More than a hundred members of the media, including many prominent TV news celebrities from all the major networks, were also in attendance for this extraordinary and very high profile evening.

    One very special guest that was in attendance is Anna Sharpe. Rita Cosby's and Anna's respective fathers met in a POW camp in Germany during WWII and became best friends. While writing her bestselling book "Quiet Hero," Rita reached out to Anna to reunite her father with his long-lost friend. By uncovering their father's past, a friendship between Rita and Anna bloomed. Now Anna is making a special trip -- her first to America -- to celebrate her dear friend's birthday, as well as celebrate those in service.

    The event committee included: Donald Trump, Mark Burnett, Roma Downey, Dennis Miller, Michael Bolton, Karolina Kurkova, Peter Fonda, Vince McMahon, Susan Sarandon, Gary Sinise, Joe Mantegna, Tony Orlando and Joe Theismann.

    Sponsors for the evening included The John And Margo Catsimatidis Foundation, Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics, Morgan Stanley, PAVA (Polish Army Veterans Association of America), Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, Cumulus New York (Parent company to 77 WABC, 95.5 WPLJ, NASH FM 94.7, Radio 103.9) and ReWalk.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12917-dionne-warwick-performs-at-star-studded-event-for-wounded-warriors-project

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  • During a musical event at the United Nations General Assembly today, UNICEF will unveil the #IMAGINE project as part of celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    The #IMAGINE project brings together artist Yoko Ono, renowned music producer and DJ David Guetta, UNICEF Ambassadors -- including Katy Perry, Angélique Kidjo, Daniela Mercury, Priyanka Chopra, Yuna Kim -- and a host of other high profile supporters with the aim of creating a unique moment in music history that will highlight the tremendous challenges children face the world over.

    A new interactive digital experience, powered by TouchCast, will allow everyday people to record their own version of Imagine, John Lennon's iconic anthem of hope and peace, alongside their favourite stars, in what UNICEF hopes will be the largest ever global sing-along.



    These individual recordings, and those of UNICEF's Ambassadors and other artists, will be made into a multi-lingual ‘world' version of Imagine, produced by David Guetta. Everyone who records the song has the chance to have their vocals and videos used in the new UNICEF version of Imagine and in the accompanying interactive music video, created by TouchCast and TheBridge.co -- both of which will be released in the lead up to New Year's Eve 2014.

    

"The Convention on the Rights of the Child asked us all to imagine a better world for children -- and calls on all of us to make that vision a reality," said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. "The #IMAGINE project gives people across the globe a chance to join a global movement for children, lending their ideas, their visions and, not least, their voices to advance the rights of every child, everywhere."

    #IMAGINE participants can share their own recording of Lennon's classic song with friends and family on social media and encourage others to perform Imagine too. They can also record personal messages describing what they imagine a better world for children would be like.

    "A dream you dream alone may be a dream, but a dream two people dream together is a reality," said Yoko Ono.

    Participants will also have the opportunity to donate to UNICEF. Funds raised through the #IMAGINE project will support the organisation's programmes providing education, nutrition, healthcare and immunisations, clean water and sanitation, protection and emergency relief for children in more than 150 countries and territories.

    "I'm really excited to be working with UNICEF on this incredible new project. Our ‘world' version of Imagine will be like no other -- I am proud to be a part of this collaboration," said Guetta. "We have to get the word out that every voice counts and every child counts too."

    The event at the United Nations General Assembly will include live performances by Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo, Brazilian singer-songwriter Daniela Mercury, Swedish-Iranian pop sensation Laleh, cellist Trey Lee from Hong Kong, Nigerian musician Don Jazzy and Kristian Kostov, the winner of the Russian The Voice.

    Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Hugh Jackman, Yoko Ono and Björn Ulvaeus from ABBA will also make special appearances during the event.

    The #IMAGINE digital experience will be available via the TouchCast app for iOS on the App Store on 20 November or at Imagine.Unicef.org.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12922-big-stars-want-you-to-imagine-a-better-world-for-children

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  • The first annual Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women announced today that Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver a keynote address at the inaugural event on February 24, 2015 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

    Bestselling author Brené Brown, Ph.D., and former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson will also deliver keynotes. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social work and the author of two #1 New York Times bestsellers. Her 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 17 million viewers. Jill Abramson is a journalist who spent the last 17 years in the most senior editorial positions at The New York Times, where she was the first woman to serve as Washington bureau chief, managing editor and executive editor.

    "Hillary Rodham Clinton and our other speakers are role models for millions of women and girls across the globe," said Watermark CEO Marilyn Nagel. "Watermark has been in the San Francisco Bay Area for 22 years offering programs that connect, develop and advocate for women. Secretary Clinton and our other speakers embody Watermark's mission of advancing women in the workforce, increasing diversity and the presence of women in leadership."

    Themed "Lead On," the nonpartisan, nonprofit Conference is a unique place for women coming together to promote professional development and personal growth, to further opportunities for connections and to inspire each another. The day will feature one-of-a-kind discussions among thought leaders and industry experts about how women can rise to the top of their organizations; insight and expertise about navigating career and life transitions, and interactive sessions offering practical advice to help create and grow positive personal experiences outside the workplace. The combined offerings of Watermark and the Conference include not only the annual event in Silicon Valley, but also year-round impact in the lives of attendees, with free teleclasses, newsletters and connection to a vibrant and active community of women leaders.

    The Silicon Valley Conference for Women will feature renowned experts sharing advice, knowledge and insight on current issues impacting women in the workforce. The Conference offers advancement and networking opportunities not only for women at the top of their game, but also for emerging professionals and Millennials looking to navigate new challenges and lay the foundation for a successful career. With conversations driven by Silicon Valley's top women leaders, the Conference will also raise awareness about the earning potential and opportunities in the fields of science and technology, and highlight the groundbreaking women who are leading the way.

    Secretary Clinton, Brown and Abramson are just a few of the 100+ nationally recognized speakers at the Conference include John Gray, world-renowned expert on gender differences and best-selling author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus and Gender Intelligence; Gail Sheehy, best-selling author of sixteen books, including Passages, named by the Library of Congress as one of the ten most influential books; Ellie Krieger, Food Network's hit show host of Healthy Appetite and best-selling and James Beard Foundation Award nominated and best-selling author. Other speakers include Carla Harris, Wall Street Banker, award-winning executive named by Fortune as one of "The Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America" and Obama-appointed chairperson, National Women's Business Council; Sunni Brown, creator and author of The Doodle Revolution and named Fast Company's "100 Most Creative People in Business;" Dan Schawbel, millennial and branding expert, ranked Forbes "30 Under 30" and New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author of Promote Yourself: The New Rules For Career; Celia Tejada, lifestyle and design visionary and Chief Creative Officer of Restoration Hardware; Vernā Myers, Esq., nationally-recognized expert on diversity, inclusion and communication, and author of Moving Diversity Forward and What if I Say the Wrong Thing?: 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People and Gloria Feldt, New York Times best-selling author, commentator and nationally recognized advocate for women's rights.

    The Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women is proud of its association with launch partners Cisco Systems and Riverbed. "We are thrilled to be celebrating the launch of the Silicon Valley Conference for Women," said Debbie Dunnam, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Services Sales and Global Customer Success for Cisco Systems, "By creating a place where women gather to make change in their lives and careers, as well as in the communities where they live and work, we can ensure attendees will leave the Conference prepared to make their mark, individually and as a community."

    Registration is now open for the Conference. To register or learn more about the First Annual Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women, visit our website at www.leadonCA.org.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12923-hillary-rodham-clinton-to-deliver-keynote-address-at-watermark-conference-for-women

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  • More than 700 Arthritis Foundation supporters gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on November 18 to honor Deen Castronovo of the legendary rock band Journey and his fiancée, Deidra; Samuel S. Lee, Chairman and CEO of Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc.; and rheumatologist E. Robert Harris, MD and his wife, Delly Harris, RN, with the Jane Wyman Humanitarian Award at the 29th annual Commitment to a Cure Awards Gala.

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    The red carpet event raised more than $750,000 to support research for a cure for arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability.

    Entertainer Wayne Brady delighted the audience as emcee of the evening's program. Guests enjoyed presentations of the Jane Wyman Humanitarian Award, a live auction featuring one-of-a-kind packages including tickets to the premiere of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and a special musical performance featuring Deen Castronovo on vocals, accompanied by Jonathan Cain, Journey keyboardist, songwriter and vocalist. Hundreds of donors also raised bid paddles to pledge their support for research grants and medically supervised camps for children with juvenile arthritis.

    Peter Mainstain, CPA, chair of the Arthritis Foundation, Pacific Region Board of Directors said, "The Jane Wyman Humanitarian Award is the Arthritis Foundation's highest honor and recognizes individuals and organizations for their leadership and dedication to humanitarian causes. We congratulate our outstanding honorees and extend our heartfelt thanks to Gala Leadership Committee Co-Chairs Diana Bianchini and Susan Steen, their esteemed committee members, and our sponsors and guests for making a difference in the lives of nearly 53 million adults and 300,000 children with arthritis."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12924-journey-rocks-commitment-to-a-cure-awards-gala-for-arthritis-foundation

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  • E! reality star and Las Vegas Strip headliner Holly Madison will proudly serve as Host of Opportunity Village's Las Vegas Great Santa Run on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

    Marking the event's 10th anniversary, the blonde bombshell will join thousands of Kris Kringles in Downtown Las Vegas for the nonprofit's largest annual fundraiser. Madison will be joined by male revue icons, The Chippendales, who will participate as the run's Grand Marshals.

    "It is an honor to be a part of this exciting community event," said Madison. "It means the world to me to give back to such an incredible organization and celebrate the true stars of the show, Opportunity Village's inspirational OVIPs."

    As Host of the Great Santa Run, Madison will welcome more than 10,000 Santa lookalikes to the event, alongside Opportunity Village's OVIPs. Madison will then lead the runners to the starting line in a sassy, hot pink Cadillac driven by none other than Elvis Presley. The Chippendales will await her at the start of the race, where they will don their famous bowties and cufflinks to let the runners know when it's time to "get on your mark, get set, and go!"

    Linda Smith, Associate Executive Director of Opportunity Village, said "We are thrilled to have Holly Madison and The Chippendales lead us in this historic year for the Great Santa Run. They are truly some of Las Vegas' most adored entertainers, and we love having them be a part of the Opportunity Village family."

    Along with celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Great Santa Run, Opportunity Village is currently commemorating its 60th anniversary as an organization. The beloved nonprofit provides unparalleled opportunities, enrichment and support to nearly 3,000 citizens with disabilities and their families throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

    As in years past, the Great Santa Run will entertain throughout the event with performances, food, costume contests, celebrity appearances, and more all due to local businesses' support of Opportunity Village.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12925-holly-madison-to-host-opportunity-village-las-vegas-great-santa-run

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  • Live Nation Entertainment announced today the American Cancer Society0s (ACS) ‘Rock Out and Save Lives' Get and Give Ticketmaster Ticket Cash promotion, in which anyone who donates to the American Cancer Society will receive the same value in Ticketmaster Ticket Cash codes (up to $100).

    "We are energized by this opportunity to raise awareness and funds, and to expand our lifesaving work through ‘Rock Out and Save Lives,'" said Daniela Campari, senior vice president of integrated marketing and revenue for the American Cancer Society. "It's a powerful way to encourage people to be bold and take action against cancer."

    The goal is to bring cancer awareness to fans this holiday season with the gift of giving. Live Nation Entertainment is enlisting artists, including OneRepublic, Nelly, Justin Moore, Paulina Rubio, 3lau, Capital Cities and Botnek, to help promote the program through social feeds in the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer. The promotion will kick off on Thursday, Nov. 20 with the last day to donate being Wednesday, Dec. 31.

    "We're looking forward to supporting the unique opportunity the American Cancer Society and Ticketmaster have created together in giving back this year," said Ryan Tedder, songwriter and lead singer of OneRepublic.

    Artists will use social feeds like Twitter and Facebook to promote the program and direct fans to a microsite where they will learn about the promotion and enter in their donations to ACS for Ticketmaster Ticket Cash. Donate in increments of $10, $25, $50, $75 or $100 and receive that same value in Ticketmaster Ticket Cash codes. Codes will be valid until April 30, 2015 and may be used for events sold on Ticketmaster, including sports, theater, concerts, family and special events.

    "We're honored to provide a platform encouraging our passionate fan base to donate to a terrific cause — and allow them access to their favorite artists in the process," said Russell Wallach, president, Live Nation Media & Sponsorship. "Social media is a powerful medium to get the word out on this great initiative, and we are thankful for our artist partners who have agreed to participate."

    The American Cancer Society and Live Nation Entertainment have frequently joined forces over the past three years to raise funds and bring awareness about cancer to fans. Past collaborations have included two National Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaigns and an October 2013 fundraising project with the National Football League.

    Every donation given to the American Cancer Society helps people fight cancer and lead the search for cancer's causes and cures. With the "Get and Give" program, the American Cancer Society and Live Nation Entertainment collectively hope for a great outcome this holiday season.

    To learn more about the American Cancer Society and events visit the American Cancer Society's Facebook page.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12926-american-cancer-society-launches-rock-out-and-save-lives-initiative

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  • Top international football players are joining forces with world football's governing body FIFA, the Confederation of African Football and health experts to raise global awareness and promote simple preventative measures in the fight against Ebola.

    Video: 11 players, 11 messages, 1 goal - Together, we can beat Ebola.

    The "11 against Ebola" campaign, featuring Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, FC Barcelona's Neymar Jr, Chelsea's Didier Drogba and Bayern Munich's Philipp Lahm among others, promotes 11 simple health messages selected with the help of doctors and health experts from Africa, the World Bank Group and the World Health Organization who are tackling the outbreak in West Africa.

    Underneath the slogan "Together, we can beat Ebola" and the hashtag #wecanbeatebola, players share each message with the help of animated films, radio content, banners, posters and pictures in a multimedia campaign launched on Monday, 17 November.

    Each health message, such as "Report unusual illnesses" and "Cook meat properly", has been chosen to improve public understanding about how the virus spreads, and to provide clear information that can be used to reduce the chances of the virus spreading in affected communities.

    FIFA Chief Medical Officer Prof. Jiří Dvořák, MD said: "We doctors have experienced the power of football when it comes to prevention and health, while successfully implementing the ‘FIFA 11 for Health' programme in 15 African countries as part of the medical legacy of 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Now we are using the same system to tackle Ebola, by presenting simple educational messages to prevent the spread of the disease through the voices of football stars -- ‘When football talks, everybody listens'."

    The popularity of football and its top players has proven to be a powerful way to connect with a wide audience and to transmit public health messages. This is the first emergency health campaign of its kind implemented by FIFA. The world governing body of football has achieved positive results with previous public health awareness campaigns such as the FIFA 11 for Health, which recruited top players to promote simple health messages for children around the world.

    Neymar Jr said: "It is so important that we get the right information to those affected by the Ebola outbreak. We all hope this positive campaign will improve people's understanding of the Ebola virus and help us to reduce the chances of it spreading. Let's all get behind this campaign to help our brothers and sisters in the worst-hit regions. Together, we can beat Ebola."

    FIFA President Blatter said: "The popularity of football gives us a unique platform to reach all communities. We hope that football can play its part and that this campaign against Ebola can make a real difference on the ground as the world comes together to fight the virus and to help those living in affected communities."

    According to the World Health Organization, as of 9 November, a total of 14,098 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease have been reported in six countries. There have been 5,160 deaths. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have seen the highest number of cases.

    Download posters, pictures and banners featuring the players and their messages at www.fifa.com and share them in your community with the hashtag #wecanbeatebola

    The 11 against Ebola messages

    1. Report unusual illnesses: please report any unusual illnesses or deaths in your community.
    2. Know the symptoms: do you have a fever with a loss of appetite, headache, fatigue, pain, vomiting, bleeding or diarrhoea? Know the symptoms of Ebola.
    3. Seek immediate medical help: please seek urgent medical help if you have a fever with additional symptoms.
    4. Avoid body contact: avoid direct, skin and body contact with anyone suffering from Ebola.
    5. Wash your hands and disinfect: wash your hands regularly and disinfect anything touched by suspected or confirmed Ebola sufferers.
    6. Wear proper protection: wear gloves and proper protective clothing if you are caring for an Ebola sufferer, and get the right instruction for the use of protective clothing.
    7. Cook meat properly: cook all meat and animal products thoroughly before consumption.
    8. Always practise safe sex: use protection if you are having sex with anyone recovering from Ebola.
    9. Avoid contact with wild animals and bats: wild animals and bats can carry the Ebola virus. Avoid them.
    10. Do not touch the dead: avoid direct contact with dead Ebola victims or anyone who has died from a strange disease.
    11. Seek help for safe burials: please seek help from local authorities to bury any victims of Ebola or strange diseases.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12927-fifa-brings-top-players-together-to-fight-ebola

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  • Save the Children – the leading, independent organization for children in need in the United States and around the world – held its 2nd Annual Save the Children Illumination Gala which honored Ben Affleck, The Right Honorable Tony Blair, Austin Hearst, T.J. Maxx, and more.

    The event was hosted by Save the Children artist ambassador and trustee Jennifer Garner, and took place on Wednesday, November 19, at The Plaza hotel in New York City. Grammy Award-winning vocalist Trisha Yearwood performed.

    "The gala benefited the organization's efforts to give more children a stronger start in life by helping end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths and supporting early childhood education. In celebration of the occasion, Save the Children honored the following esteemed guests for their achievements in giving children a brighter future:

    * The Global Child Advocate Award for Ben Affleck, actor, filmmaker and founder of Eastern Congo Initiative, who was recognized for his dedication to securing a peaceful and stable future for the children of eastern Congo, one of the world's poorest and most war-torn countries. Through Eastern Congo Initiative, which Mr. Affleck founded in 2010, local organizations in nine rural areas have provided access to quality health services and preventative care for more than 23,000 women and 18,000 children. In these communities, 17 percent of Congolese say their families have suffered from the death of an infant.

    * The Global Legacy Award for The Right Honorable Tony Blair, former prime minister, United Kingdom, who was recognized for leading the G8 nations at Gleneagles to pledge to "make poverty history" and steering these nations to agree to relieve $40 billion in debt owed by poverty-stricken countries and also for his continued commitment to Africa through his Foundation – the Africa Governance Initiative.

    * The National Humanitarian Award for Austin Hearst, who was recognized for ensuring that children living in some of the poorest parts of the world, including rural America, have an early start on learning. Having served as a Save the Children trustee for more than a decade, Mr. Hearst has helped secure millions of dollars in funding for the organization's early childhood development work in the United States and around the world.

    * The National Responsibility Award for T.J. Maxx, accepted by CEO of TJX Ernie Herrman, which was recognized for supporting Save the Children's work for over 30 years and providing more than $25 million to help to deliver early childhood education programs to thousands of American children in need.

    * The Global Child Service Award for Aziza Begum, a paramedic from Bangladesh who was recognized for rallying the remote Ajmiriganj community and health workers to identify pregnant women early and enroll them in care. The resulting unprecedented increase of successful births at the health facility led the government of Bangladesh to honor the rural government health facility, where she works alongside the government health workers.

    * The National Voices for Children Award for Save the Children's Long Island and Greenwich Leadership Councils, which was recognized for a combined total of 40 years of raising awareness, fundraising, and engaging their local communities to make a difference for children in need throughout the world.

    Platinum selling vocalist, Trisha Yearwood performed at the event on the heels of the release of her twelfth studio album, PrizeFighter: Hit after Hit. Trisha is also the host of the Emmy Award-winning Food Network show, Trisha's Southern Kitchen.

    "This year's gala honorees share an unwavering commitment to giving children living in the poorest, toughest places on earth a stronger start in life. Through their work, more babies and toddlers are getting the right health care, early learning opportunities, and a greater chance to reach their full potential," said Carolyn Miles, Save the Children president and CEO. "The event was a special evening that shined the spotlight on the outstanding achievements of our guests of honor."

    Ben Affleck paid tribute to the efforts of community organizations working with his foundation in Eastern Congo. "What every day Congolese people do in their communities and the lives of their children to me is nothing short of heroic. And I know a thing about heroic. Every single person we work with in the Congo deserves to wear that cape a lot more than I do," said Affleck.

    Tony Blair, who returned last week from a visit to Sierra Leone, praised those working on the front lines fighting the Ebola crisis. "I reflected that amidst all this anguish and anxiety of the Ebola epidemic, what a thing of beauty it was to see human compassion in action. This is the engine which powers human progress, which insists that suffering be eliminated and injustice overcome."

    Johnson & Johnson announced a $10 million global partnership with Save the Children that has the potential to help millions of children over the next three years. The multi-year commitment will cover core mission support, program support to improve newborn survival, local activation, and gift-in-kind services.

    "Tonight marks the beginning of an expanded dedication to Save the Children," said Alex Gorsky, Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson. "We hope that this partnership will inspire innovation to improve the survival and healthy development of children under age 5, especially newborns."

    In addition, Johnson & Johnson will continue to support Save the Children in non-monetary ways, including through advocacy/thought leadership, media/awareness building, and employee engagement, among others.

    Additional guests in attendance at the event included Jackie Bezos (philanthropist, Bezos Family Foundation), Lassie (Save the Children Animal Ambassador), Manny Chirico, (honorary chair of the event; CEO, PVH), Dakota Fanning (actor, Night Moves), Nicholas Kristof (columnist, The New York Times), Carolyn Miles (president and CEO, Save the Children), Anne Mulcahy, (chair of the Board of Trustees, Save the Children; former CEO, Xerox), Samantha Power (United States Ambassador to the United Nations), Raj Shah (USAID Administrator), Mark Shriver, (president, Save the Children Action Network), and Sheryl WuDunn (Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.)

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12928-ben-affleck-honored-at-save-the-children-illumination-gala

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