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  • Stars such as Ed Sheeran, Bridgit Mendler, Austin Mahone, Jeff Bridges, Elvis Costello, Kenny Loggins, Sheryl Crow and Darius Rucker support the TJ Martell Foundation.

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    Jason Biggs attended the Hot in Hollywood AIDS benefit in 2008.

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  • Rallysong, the online platform where artists and their supporters rally for world-changing causes, has partnered with songwriter, vocalist and lead singer of Tonic, Emerson Hart, to raise $10,000 for Linkin Park's charity, Music for Relief.

    Emerson Hart Launches Rallysong Campaign
    Emerson Hart Launches Rallysong Campaign

    Emerson Hart fans and supporters can visit Rallysong.com/EmersonHart to donate to the cause to receive an exclusive and previously-unreleased version of Emerson's song "Hurricane," which you'll find on Emerson's latest album "Beauty in Disrepair." Once the fundraising goal has been met, everyone who donated to the campaign will get access to the unreleased version.

    "I am honored to be partnering with Rallysong and Music for Relief for such an important cause," Hart explains. "Music is a powerful way to bring people together around causes that matter."

    The Rallysong process works similar to a crowdfunding campaign. The user-friendly site allows you to join your favorite artists in solving world problems. Once a playlist has launched, you can give to the campaign and share with your friends to meet charitable fundraising goals. Once the goal is met, donors gain access to unreleased music, merchandise and experiences.

    Funds raised from the campaign will benefit Music for Relief, an organization dedicated to providing aid to survivors of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters. Specifically, the money raised from this campaign will support long term recovery for communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. More than six months after the storm, Music for Relief is working with partners on the ground to provide lifesaving programs including nutrition, water and sanitation, psychosocial support, and replacement and repair of health infrastructure.

    For more information about Rallysong or to be notified about future campaigns, visit www.rallysong.com.

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  • Here's your chance to grab a friend and jet to the set of House of Cards to hang with Kevin Spacey and Beau Willimon.

    A new raffle on Omaze.com is giving you the chance to win the once-in-a-lifetime experience, which includes a Freddy's-style BBQ lunch and the opportunity to perfect your acting skills when you rehearse a scene with one of the greatest actors of all time! You'll also spend time with Beau Willimon when you get a personal tour of the stages and chat about writing for television and film.

    The raffle benefits The Old Vic and the Geffen Playhouse. The Old Vic is one of the best known and best loved theatres in the world, synonymous with the greatest acting talent that Britain has ever produced from Laurence Olivier, Peggy Ashcroft, John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson to Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Albert Finney, and Peter O'Toole. This iconic 195-year-old building has a rich history of great performances and The Old Vic Theatre Company under the artistic leadership of Kevin Spacey, continues to attract the best creative talent from the UK and all over the world to tread its famous boards. Founded by theater, film and television luminary Gil Cates, the Geffen Playhouse has been an integral part of Los Angeles theater since opening its doors in 1995. Noted for its intimacy and celebrated for its commitment to the development of new plays, the Geffen Playhouse continues to present a body of work that garners national recognition. An active member of the community, the Geffen Playhouse has a groundbreaking education and outreach program that targets students, seniors and everyone in between who otherwise would not have access to live theater.

    As an added incentive, you will receive House of Cards memorabilia – such as t-shirts and glasses – depending on how much you donate.

    There are only a few days left – to find out more, click here.

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  • The Stella Adler Studio of Acting is auctioning off a rare opportunity to visit the production set of the groundbreaking Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, which was just nominated for 12 Emmy Awards and is this year's most nominated comedy series.

    One lucky winner and a guest will enjoy an hour-long set visit during the filming of Season 3. The estimated value of this set visit is $2,500. This behind-the-bars experience is priceless.

    The auction will benefit the studio's all-female actor training programs for prisoners on Rikers Island. The set visit was donated by Orange Is the New Black production and Emmy-nominated cast member Kate Mulgrew, who plays Galina "Red" Reznikov on the popular series, and is an alumna and board member of the Stella Adler Studio. The auction ends on Thursday, July 31. Fans can bid online here.

    "We are very grateful to board member Kate Mulgrew and Orange Is the New Black production for their generous donation," said Tom Oppenheim, Artistic Director of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. "Funds raised from the auction of the set visit will allow us to reach female prisoners at Rikers Island, a population that is severely underserved. To borrow a phrase from a recent article in The New York Times, the Stella Adler Outreach Division will work with these ‘invisible women' to make their voices and their stories heard."

    "My teacher Stella Adler taught me that theater and art can be used to uplift and ennoble audiences," said Orange Is the New Black's Kate Mulgrew. "I'm so proud to be involved with the Stella Adler Studio today as it brings Stella's ideals to a new generation as well as to women in Rikers."

    Founded on the principle that the purpose of theater is to uplift humanity, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting has a robust outreach division that works to bring arts education to inner-city youth and underserved populations. Through its outreach division, the studio is dedicated to actively addressing today's social injustices, including issues related to incarceration and recidivism. The studio works closely with the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to provide actor training to women inmates on Rikers Island. This summer, one of the studio's programs will bring training services to adult women inmates on the island. The month-long intensive will focus on core voice and speech techniques, movement, poetry and monologues and culminate in a presentation of original material for the participants' families.

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  • Prince Harry has made an impassioned plea for the nation to support his paralympic-style sporting championships for injured servicemen and women.

    Prince Harry poses for a group photograph during a visit to Bethnal Green Academy
    Prince Harry poses for a group photograph during a visit to Bethnal Green Academy
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    The Prince told a group of students who have become digital media champions for the Invictus Games that the event would be the "most amazing weekends of your lives".

    He met more than 60 young people from six schools across east and central London during a visit to Bethnal Green Academy where they were being trained by Facebook in how to use social media to promote the sporting event being staged in the capital from September 10-14.

    When he stopped in one classroom to join the students learning how to take pictures, he praised their enthusiasm and said: "We're very short on time, it's going to happen; what are we – a month and a half away from the actual Games.

    "The more noise and the more enthusiasm you guys can get behind the Invictus Games, get your friends involved, buy some tickets, come down and scream and shout – I promise you, you will not regret it, it will be the most amazing weekend of your lives."

    More than 400 wounded and sick servicemen and women from 14 nations – from countries like Canada, Iraq, Estonia and Italy – will take part in a variety of events from wheelchair rugby and athletics to power lifting during the Games being staged at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Lee Valley Athletics Centre.

    As digital media champions, the students will have the opportunity to report from sporting sites on all the action and atmosphere.

    During his visit to the academy Prince Harry stopped in a workshop being run by staff from Facebook and sat with the students listening to advice on how to make interesting posts.

    He told the group that his team would also be putting information on Facebook and Twitter.

    Organisers hope that the students will be able to use social media to generate interest in the Games.

    Speaking at the certificate presentation ceremony The Prince highlighted why he had decided to bring the concept of the Games from the United States, where a version has been staged for a number of years, to the UK.

    He said: "Some of these guys shouldn't be alive but they are, they've put themselves back out there – they want to put a show on for you guys, for us, that's the selfless commitment.

    "They don't see this as anything else apart from ‘right we're going to put on a show for the British public to say thank you'."

    He added: "They want to say thank you to us whereas I'm trying to get us to say thank you to them."

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  • Bret Michaels visited Hard Rock Cafe New York on Friday to donate a one-of-a-kind guitar, the Patriot Guitar, to Hard Rock's world-famous memorabilia collection as a tribute to the men and women who serve in the military and to our country's first responders.

    Bret Michaels With Hard Rock Cafe New York General Manager, Daniel Sarroino, and Ray Pfeifer of FDNY
    Bret Michaels With Hard Rock Cafe New York General Manager, Daniel Sarroino, and Ray Pfeifer of FDNY

    Bret Michaels was also presented a plaque from the Feal Good Foundation, for his dedication to the 9/11 first responders and their families. This plaque joins Bret's guitar on display at the cafe as a homage to Bret's compassion and giving spirit.

    The Feal Good Foundation assists First Responders, who may have been injured, physically or mentally, as a direct result of their rescue, recovery and clean-up efforts at the World Trade Center Site following the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

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  • At the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Voice of America has premiered a documentary that explores how stigma interferes with AIDS treatment and prevention around the world.

    The documentary, Living in the Shadows, profiles six individuals combating HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, Canada, Cambodia, Haiti, and the United States. Each of their stories argues that no matter the community, acceptance and compassion are necessary first steps to solving the AIDS crisis.

    The film was narrated by Sir Elton John, a longtime AIDS activist and founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF).

    "So much of my foundation's work has been guided by this film's thesis," said Elton. "I always insist that AIDS can be beaten, starting right now. We don't have to wait on a scientific breakthrough or a new miracle cure. We just need people — like the six brave men and women profiled in this film — to keep spreading compassion, and resilience, and stubborn insistence that all lives are of equal worth."

    Watch the film's trailer and find out more here.

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  • The National Audubon Society and Toyota have enlisted Kate Flannery (NBC's The Office) to help them create a PSA about a serious issue – how to prevent bird strikes around your home.

    Video: Help Birds Avoid a Deadly Collision

    The video is the first in a series of comedic videos sharing bird-friendly, and conservation tips that Audubon and Toyota plan to roll out over the next year. The videos are presented by Toyota TogetherGreen, a partnership between Toyota and The National Audubon Society that supports and fosters diverse, community-driven conservation projects that result in sustainable and innovative solutions.

    The program, now in its seventh year, has invested $25.4 million in community-based conservation, engaging more than 435,000 people in 295 cities and all 50 states. The Toyota TogetherGreen application period is currently open through 6 p.m. PDT on Friday, August 15, 2014. For more information on how to apply for a fellowship or innovation grant please visit: www.togethergreen.org/fellows and www.togethergreen.org/grants.

    While the video uses a humorous tone to convey the message, the issue of bird collisions is actually quite serious. A study published last month into The Condor: Ornithological Applications, estimates some 365 to 988 million birds are killed when they smash into structures, with 44% of those mortalities happening at residences (1-3 stories tall). The tips included in the video are a few simple modifications for the home that can help to curb this startling statistic.

    The National Audubon Society saves birds and their habitats throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon's state programs, nature centers, chapters and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon's vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12331-kate-flannery-gives-voice-to-the-birds

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  • The UN refugee agency's Honorary Lifetime Goodwill Ambassador Barbara Hendricks recently met with stateless people in Côte d'Ivoire, where she saw first-hand how government efforts are helping to resolve a problem affecting hundreds of thousands of people countrywide.

    Hendricks visited the West African country, which has one of the biggest stateless populations on the continent, last month to raise awareness in the lead-up to the mid-September global launch of UNHCR0s 10-year campaign to end statelessness.

    "A stateless person is someone who is like a ghost -- they are invisible to all the things we take for granted," said the Goodwill Ambassador. "Imagine how it feels to not exist in the eyes of the law -- to not be able to go to school, take an exam, open a bank account, travel, get married or register your children's birth. All doors are closed and this is deeply frustrating -- limiting your life and your family's ability to move forward."

    Based on data from the Ivoirian government, UNHCR estimates that 700,000 people are stateless or of undetermined nationality in the country. The high number is due to several factors: After Independence in 1960, changes in the legal code prevented the descendants of immigrants from acquiring Ivoirian citizenship. During the 2002 civil war and the 2010-2011 post-electoral crisis, the destruction of civil registries and the loss of individual documentation made it very difficult for people to prove their citizenship. Abandoned children are not covered by national legislation and therefore do not have Ivoirian citizenship. In addition, tens of thousands of children are at risk of statelessness because they have never been registered at birth and therefore cannot prove their national affiliation.

    To read the full report about Barbara Hendricks' visit, click here.

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  • Actor Quinton Aaron, best known for starring in the Oscar nominated film The Blind Side, is gathering his celebrity friends to help raise money for his anti-bullying charity, The Quinton Aaron Foundation.

    The festivities will begin in Atlanta, GA on August 14th at The Bobby Jones Golf Course, where Quinton will host his annual celebrity golf invitational. The following day is Quinton's thirtieth birthday and he will be celebrating this milestone with celebrities and tournament attendees with an exclusive party in the clubhouse. Confirmed celebrities include fellow actor Jae Head, and expected guests Dikembe Mutombo, Clay Aiken, Alice in Chains, Donny Osmond, and many more.

    In addition to his charitable efforts, Quinton has also been busy this summer with a slew of major movie roles. He was seen in television appearances on One Tree Hill and Law and Order and will soon be hitting the silver screen again with roles in Broken Doll with Cuba Gooding Jr., Money Is King, Halfway, and Wild Minds.

    
Quinton Aaron now dedicates himself to sharing his experiences, finding meaningful solutions, and helping children who find themselves victims of bullying and childhood obesity. Quinton's approach, openly and honestly dealing with these issues, has already proven tremendously successful. Aaron and his foundation started delivering his anti-bullying message in October of 2012 and since then, he and his team have visited countless schools, churches, and anti-bullying programs around the country. In 2015, The Quinton Aaron Foundation intends to bring its message to the entire world in the form of the first ever, "Anti-Bullying World Summit." For more on The Quinton Aaron Foundation, click here.

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  • Paddington Bear has packed his suitcase and is coming to London for his big screen debut in the Paddington film, released in the UK on 28 November 2014.

    Paddington Bear
    Paddington Bear

    In celebration of Paddington the movie -- released in UK Cinemas on 28 November 2014 -- and London's art, culture and innovation, visitlondon.com, The NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) and STUDIOCANAL present The Paddington Trail.

    Fifty Paddington statues will be placed across London close to museums, parks, shops and key cultural and landmark hotspots in an inspiring trail, with a colourful, Paddington flavour. Each of the 50 Paddington statues will be created by artists, designers and celebrities with the trail tracking the travelling bear's favourite places in London.

    From October 2014, you'll be able to follow in the furry footsteps of the world's favourite Peruvian explorer when the Paddington Trail is launched.

    In the movie, the young, stowaway bear finds himself alone in a big, unfamiliar city. He soon finds a warm, welcome place to stay with the Brown family, and sets out to discover more about his adopted city, London (hopefully with plenty of marmalade sandwiches along the way).

    Paddington's origins date back almost sixty 60 years. His creator, Michael Bond, bought a small bear on Christmas Eve 1956, as a present for his wife, and named him after the nearest railway station to which they lived.

    The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said, "As a long-time fan of Paddington Bear, I'm delighted that this world-famous, marmalade-loving, duffle-coat wearing, polite but notoriously accident prone bear will be celebrated by Londoners and visitors to our great city, with the launch of this fantastic trail."

    All of the Paddington Trail statues will be auctioned later in the year to raise money for the NSPCC, a charity whose work is all about protecting vulnerable children and making them safe.

    The film from STUDIOCANAL and Heyday Films is written and directed by Paul King (Bunny and the Bull, The Mighty Boosh) and produced by David Heyman (Gravity, Harry Potter). It boasts an all-star cast, including Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters and Peter Capaldi.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12334-paddington-bear-comes-to-london-to-help-the-nspcc

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  • The Hollywood and Malibu communities rallied together on Sunday, July 20, to raise $600,000 for the California Wildlife Center (CWC) at a fundraiser hosted by Oracle founder Larry Ellison and his girlfriend, animal activist and philanthropist Nikita Kahn.

    Bradley Cooper and Larry Ellison
    Bradley Cooper and Larry Ellison

    The "Appreciating the Wild" event, which took place at Ellison's beachside restaurant Nikita Malibu, generated urgent awareness for the critical issues facing California's wildlife population.

    "Recently, we had a lot of very young seals come up on the beach in Malibu because they were too small and weak to feed themselves," Kahn says. "The California Wildlife Center came to the beach, picked them up, fed them, and cared for them until they were big enough and strong enough to be released back into the wild. I didn't even know an organization like that existed. I was so impressed with how they responded to the emergency, I decided I had to get involved."

    Sunday's fundraiser, which featured a call-to-action by Kahn, screened four moving films produced by Audrey Cavenecia, Ellison's collaborating brand executive. The videos were filmed on-site at the CWC's facility, which is located just above Malibu in the Santa Monica Mountains. Performances by David Foster, Charles Perry, and Fairground Saints concluded the evening.

    The CWC is a non-profit organization that rescues and rehabilitates sick, injured, and orphaned native wildlife ranging from seals, deer, and hawks to bobcats, foxes, and opossums. Because of the challenges local animals are facing, including pollution, urban encroachment, and reduced food supplies due to overfishing, the CWC's work is crucial in supporting a balanced ecosystem.

    The CWC opened in 1998 with the intention of serving 200 animals per year, but is now helping close to 5,000. The money raised at the event will build a much-needed new facility and surgery center at an alternate location that will allow the organization to not only take in animals it is currently turning away due to space restrictions but also work with additional species such as bears and mountain lions.

    Among those who lent their support at the event: Ellison's daughter and film producer Megan Ellison; film director Kathryn Bigelow; actor Bradley Cooper and his girlfriend, Suki Waterhouse; surfer Laird Hamilton and his wife, Gabrielle Reece; filmmaker Nash Edgerton; business magnate Haim Saban and his wife, Cheryl Saban; TV personality Elizabeth Chambers; NetSuite founder Evan Goldberg; film producer Donald Kushner; TV producers Angela Robinson and Alexandra Kondracke; Nobu restaurant co-founder Meir Teper; CAA agent Brian Siberell; and Gersh managing partner Leslie Siebert.

    Wildlife is an integral part of Ellison's plans for nurturing a compassionate, sustainable future on Lanai, the Hawaiian island that Ellison purchased the majority share of in 2012. The Lanai Documentary Film Festival, which will host its inaugural event in 2016, will showcase short and feature-length documentaries focused on pressing global issues, with animal welfare being among the key topics covered.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12335-bradley-cooper-joins-larry-ellison-at-wildlife-center-fundraiser

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  • Prominent New Zealand businessmen and philanthropists, Dr Gareth Morgan and Sir Stephen Tindall, have teamed up with international supermodel and Patron to Born Free Foundation Rachel Hunter, and the Executive Director of SPCA Auckland, Bob Kerridge, to formally urge the New Zealand Government to consider a complete ban on all ivory trading and to crush the Crown's confiscated ivory stockpile.

    These prominent New Zealanders join internationally renowned conservationists, Dr Iain Douglas-Hamilton, founder of Save the Elephants, and Dr Jane Goodall, and leaders of some of the most highly respected international conservation agencies, who have jointly expressed their mutual desire for such action in an Open Letter delivered to Rt Hon Mr Key and the New Zealand Government Thursday 17th July 2014. With an in-depth knowledge of the elephant poaching crisis and witness to the effects of the illegal ivory trade on the ground in Africa, these conservation agencies are calling upon New Zealand to take further steps to support international collaborative efforts to stop the buying, stop the trafficking and stop the killing.

    All of the signatories acknowledge and commend New Zealand for its internationally respected effective border control. However, with the continuing poaching epidemic they are urging New Zealand to also step up demand reduction efforts, increase public awareness and strengthen legislation. New Zealand is not immune to the illegal ivory trade, and authorities have confiscated over 700 pieces of illegal ivory since 1989, most of which were confiscated coming into the country. Last year, an Auckland man was the first New Zealander to be convicted for illegally trading in ivory.

    The Open Letter is timely, considering the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee is due to make a decision on 24th July 2014 regarding the petition of Auckland teacher Ms Virginia Woolf, signed by over 4300, requesting the New Zealand Government completely ban the ivory trade and crush the confiscated ivory stockpile. The Select Committee's decision will come hot on the heels of new charges laid by authorities in May 2014, in relation to 31 pieces of ivory.

    Noted in Ms Woolf's submission to the Select Committee, are the comments of Senior Investigator Department of Conservation, Mr Dylan Swain, who has verbally stated that ivory confiscated in New Zealand includes ivory believed to be sourced since the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) 1989 ivory trade ban, and ivory which appears to have been stained to look older.

    With such indications that New Zealand has a direct link to the illicit ivory trade and the poaching of African elephants, and an Open Letter illustrating significant if not unprecedented national and international support for New Zealand to take action, the world's conservationists are watching for the decision of the Select Committee.

    Reports from US intelligence agencies and the UN show that profits from ivory trafficking are fuelling crime, corruption and violence in fragile African democracies and financing organisations that threaten security. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Helen Clark, recently commented, "…We can all do more, and we must, if we are to tackle this vile, illegal trade in wildlife."

    The price for ivory has tripled over the past four years in China, and the illegal ivory trade continues to decimate African elephant populations. The current poaching epidemic is of a different scale and nature to that which prompted the 1989 international ivory trade ban.

    In New Zealand demand for ivory remains high, with Webbs auction house reporting in 2012 that prices continued to exceed estimates. Re-exports of ivory from New Zealand have reportedly increased in recent years along with the number of ivory items imported for trade purposes -- 78% of all ivory items imported into New Zealand for trade purposes since the 1989 trade-ban occur over just a three year period, from 2010 to 2012. Data indicates that on a per capita basis New Zealand exceeded the US, a major ivory consuming nation, for ivory carving imports between 2009 and 2012.

    The driver of the illicit ivory trade is demand. 35,000 elephants were poached for their ivory in 2012 alone. Very much an international issue, the illicit ivory trade spans the globe and a globally iconic species is on a clear path to extinction. Action is needed at a truly global level, by every nation with a domestic ivory trade -- to reduce demand and shun ivory as a commodity completely.

    Read more of this story at SavingTheWild.com.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12336-rachel-hunter-and-jane-goodall-want-new-zealand-to-ban-ivory-trade

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  • Actress Thora Birch has joined Cruelty Free International in calling for an end to animal testing in the American beauty industry.

    "It is a shame that in the United States animals can still be subjected to agonizing tests for cosmetics despite the availability of modern non-animal tests," said Thora. "Testing cosmetics on animals is an outdated and unnecessary practice. It's also cruel. Our nation's largest trading partner, the European Union, has banned the sale of animal tested cosmetics and proven it is possible to produce safe cosmetics without harming animals."

    She added: "For over a decade California has required that modern non-animal tests be used to ensure product safety before resorting to cruel outdated animal tests. Now the California legislature has passed the Cruelty Free Cosmetics Resolution calling for an end to cruel cosmetics tests nationwide. I'm proud to join Cruelty Free International and the state of California in calling for a US ban on animal testing for cosmetics."

    Cruelty Free International is the only organization campaigning solely for a global ban on animal testing for cosmetics. With offices in the UK, the USA and Asia, it works with governments, regulators, companies and partner organizations worldwide to effect change.

    The recent passage of the California Cruelty Free Cosmetics Resolution which was sponsored by Cruelty Free International is one in a string of international ripple effects following on from the European Union ban on the sale of new animal-tested cosmetics which came into effect last year after years of campaigning by Cruelty Free International.

    Despite the fact that modern alternatives to animal testing are increasingly less expensive, faster, and more accurate at predicting human reactions than the antiquated animal tests they replace, there is no national law in place to limit animal testing for cosmetics in the United States. Cruelty Free International has supported H.R. 4148, the Humane Cosmetics Act introduced by Representative Jim Moran, D-VA, which now has several co-sponsors. The bill aims to phase out of the testing and sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the United States, which would match progress made in other countries including the European Union, Norway, Israel, and India.

    North American Campaigns Manager, Monica Engebretson, said: "Ultimately it is in the best interest of the American beauty industry for the United States to catch up on this issue. Harmonizing global cosmetics testing regulations would enable each product to have one safety dossier that would be universally accepted. Moreover, modern non-animal alternatives are usually cheaper, faster and more predictive for humans.

    "Moving away from animal tests will allow the industry to remain competitive in a changing global market that increasingly requires non-animal safety tests. Together we can show that world that American Beauty is more than skin deep."

    Other celebrity supporters of the campaign include Alicia Silverstone, Mayim Bialik, Kunal Nayyar, Ashley Bell, Vanessa Marano, Peter Dinklage and Norman Reedus.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12337-thora-birch-speaks-out-against-cruel-cosmetics-tests-on-animals

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  • All Wings Report In! On the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, Director J.J. Abrams was recently interrupted by an X-Wing pilot and rogue robot as he announced the chance for fans to win an advance private screening of Star Wars: Episode VII.

    Video: Star Wars: Force for Change - An Update from J.J. Abrams

    "We are so grateful for the support that the fans from over 119 countries have shown for Force for Change," said Abrams. "As we close this final week, we've added an additional prize that allows the fans the opportunity to see the movie early as a thank you for supporting such a great cause as UNICEF's innovative, lifesaving work for children." By contributing at any level by July 25th, participants will be eligible for all prizes including a chance to be in the movie.

    Star Wars: Force for Change impressively raised over one million dollars within the first 24 hours of its launch — a record for Omaze, the fundraising platform. So far contributors from 119 countries around the world have backed Force for Change, in support of the United Nations Children's Fund's (UNICEF) Innovation Labs and programs. UNICEF's network of 14 Innovation Labs help create sustainable solutions to critical issues facing children around the world in the areas of nutrition, water, health, and education. The funds raised through Star Wars: Force for Change will impact the lives of children around the world, through projects like MobiStation, a portable, solar-powered educational kit to ensure children have access to quality learning anywhere, and Rapid FTR (Family Tracing and Reunification), a mobile phone application that helps reunite separated and unaccompanied children with their families in natural disasters. Fans can continue to pledge support and enter for a chance win until 11:59pm on July 25.

    The Star Wars: Force for Change Grand Prize includes:
    · Airfare and accommodations to London for one winner and a guest
    · Behind-the-scenes access on the closed set of Star Wars: Episode VII as VIP guests of J.J. Abrams
    · Winner will have the opportunity to meet members of the cast
    · Winner and their guest will then be transformed by makeup and costume teams into a Star Wars character and filmed for a scene in Star Wars: Episode VII

    Disney committed US $1 million to support the launch of Star Wars: Force for Change. Star Wars continues to inspire generations of dreamers and doers to use their creativity to accomplish great things. Star Wars and Lucasfilm were built on the belief that in uniting creativity with innovation, you can make the impossible possible.

    Visit StarWars.com/ForceForChange to learn more about this new charitable initiative and the work of UNICEF's Innovation Labs and programs, and be sure to enter through contribution or free entry for your chance to win at Omaze.com/StarWars.

    May the Force be with you!

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  • On the football ground, he is a creative playmaker and scores amazing goals. In his personal life, football star Mario Götze commits himself as an ambassador to Plan International's sports initiative Kinder brauchen Fans! (‘Children need Fans!'). He sponsors 3 children, in Cambodia, Senegal and Vietnam, and supports 4 of Plan's projects in Brazil, Nepal, Philippines and Sierra Leone.

    In this interview, Mario Götze unveils why he is so enthusiastic about supporting the work of Plan International.

    Why are you committed to Plan International?

    Plan International supports people to help themselves. Through sponsorship and projects, children, their families and communities receive sustainable support. As a sportsman, the motto of ‘Kinder brauchen Fans!' (‘Children need Fans!') matches perfectly to me.

    Every 3 or 4 days, I am in a stadium where numerous fans cheer me on and support me. I want to pass on part of it. Being a fan of my sponsored children, I want to help support them in the long-term and learn more about their lives and how they are developing.

    Why do you also commit yourself for the project "Girls Football in Brazil"?

    This summer, the World Cup took place in Brazil. In this country, football plays a very important role for boys and girls. However, they also face a number of obstacles. Girls are not greatly respected because of traditional role allocation within their communities or culture. In many cases, they even suffer from discrimination and face risks such as violence and drugs. Through football and in workshops, they are introduced to values such as fairness and respect. They become self-confident and experience the feeling that they could emerge stronger as a team.

    As a football player, you travel a lot. Have you ever experienced such a situation?

    I travelled to the World Cup in Nigeria with the U17 national team. When we went through the cities of Lagos and Abuja, I saw how the people lived there and the conditions in which the children grew up in this African country. These impressions influenced me. I realised when I was young myself, how fortunate I am.

    Do you intend to travel to one of the Plan projects one day?

    I absolutely intend to do so one day. I want to gain an insight into the life of children and their families and I want to get an impression of how Plan works in the field.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12339-mario-gotze-talks-charity-with-plan-international

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  • Just last month, Athens police intervened to save a dog who was suffering from heat exhaustion after being locked in a car in a Walmart parking lot — and Veronica Mars and Don't Trust the B—-in Apartment 23 star Krysten Ritter is anxious to prevent more dangerous incidents like this one.

    Krysten Ritter PETA Billboard
    Krysten Ritter PETA Billboard

    That's why PETA is putting up a new billboard in Athens that shows Ritter standing next to a car with a busted window, clutching her rescued pup, Mikey, in one hand and a crowbar in the other—as her shadowed silhouette reveals a pair of angel wings—next to the words "Do Whatever It Takes. Be an Angel for Animals."

    PETA's billboard has been installed behind the Johnson Drive Baptist Church, located at 145 Johnson Dr., at the corner of Lexington Road.

    "I think it's something that people don't think about," Ritter explained in an exclusive PETA interview. "It's hot outside — your car is like a fishbowl. So the light comes in, and it gets trapped, and it gets really hot in there really quickly." She continues, "If you see a dog in a hot car and you think that he's in danger or that he's been there for a while, it's good to speak up …. Go into whatever businesses it's parked outside of, and just raise awareness about it."

    In her interview, Ritter also points out that if dog guardians are running errands and can't take their canine companions into the shops with them, they should leave them at home, where they will be safe — because even on a relatively mild summer day, the temperature inside a shaded car can climb to more than 100 degrees in a matter of minutes.

    Ritter is part of a long list of celebrities — including her Vamps costar Alicia Silverstone as well as Lea Michele, Paul McCartney, Charlize Theron, and Eva Mendes — who have teamed up with PETA to promote animal protection.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12340-krysten-ritters-peta-billboard-aims-to-protect-athens-dogs

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  • Point Foundation (Point) will present its Leadership Award to songwriter Diane Warren, whose work has been recognized with Grammy and Golden Globe awards and multiple Academy Award nominations.

    The Point Leadership Award is given to an individual who has achieved prominence in their professional career and unequivocally supported the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Warren has repeatedly spoken out against bigotry of all kinds, including discrimination directed at the LGBTQ community. The "It Gets Better" musical theater project that is touring the U.S. in support of LGBTQ youth includes songs of Warren's alongside those of Gnarls Barkley, Kelly Clarkson and Alanis Morissette.
    


    Warren has written music for and established friendships with top LGBTQ artists and important allies of the LGBTQ community such as Elton John, Ricky Martin, Barbra Streisand, Cher, Kristin Chenoweth and Patti LaBelle. Popular stars she has recently been at work with include Celine Dion, Snoop Dogg, Carrie Underwood, Mary J. Blige, Demi Lovato, Jessie J, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Kelly Rowland, Renée Fleming and Paloma Faith among many others. In addition, Warren has written a song for Baz Luhrmann's stage production of "Strictly Ballroom The Musical" which opened in Australia this spring.

    

To date, Warren's songs have been nominated for 6 Academy Awards, 5 Golden Globes (winning for the song "You Haven't Seen The Last of Me") and 12 Grammys (winning for the song "Because You Loved Me") and have been featured in more than 100 motion pictures. The impact of her music has resonated across the globe. Her "Anthem for Peace" was performed in Tel Aviv in 2008 for over 1,000 dignitaries, including Nobel Prize laureates. In 2012, her song "I Was Here" was named the theme for World Humanitarian Day and was performed by Beyoncé live at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Her nonprofit, The Diane Warren Foundation has supported music education in schools, as well as programs to help those with serious illness and enrich the lives of the elderly. Warren is also a noted advocate for animal rights.

    

"Diane Warren has earned fame and respect not just through the creation of an incredible body of music, but also because of her empathy, integrity and her commitment to education," said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. "Our Point Scholars learn through their leadership training, that a leader is someone who uses their talent and position to ensure that others can live with dignity and respect. We are honored to recognize Diane Warren's accomplishments by presenting her with the Point Foundation Leadership Award."

    
The September 13 "Voices On Point" concert and dinner is a benefit for Point Foundation, the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. The evening features performances and appearances by celebrities, as well as some of Point's 80 current scholars and 184 alumni, who will share with the audience their compelling stories of perseverance and success.

    Table ticket packages and individual tickets to Voices On Point are available for purchase at www.pointfoundation.org/VOP2014.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12341-point-foundation-to-honor-diane-warren

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  • Freida Pinto joined the UK government's first ever Girl Summit on Tuesday 22 July to tackle violence against girls around the world.

    The Slumdog Millionaire star represented Plan International in her role as a global ambassador for Plan's Because I am a Girl campaign.

    The event aims to mobilise efforts to end child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) in a generation and secure commitments on global action.

    "I've seen first-hand the devastating impact child marriage can have on young girls," says Freida. "This summit is an opportunity to shine a light on violence against girls globally and to rally support for the fight to end it. Globally, we will not see an end to these practices unless we all work together."

    As a Plan ambassador, Freida has visited projects in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone and India to promote girls' education and tackle violence against girls. She also advocates for Plan's Because I am a Girl campaign, the biggest global campaign for girls' rights. It has reached 58 million girls worldwide to date, including work to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM) and early or forced marriage (EFM).

    "We can end FGM and child marriage in a generation," says Plan UK CEO Tanya Barron. "If a girl knows her rights, and her community knows the risks, cases will come down over time."

    More than 125 million girls and women have undergone FGM around the world, while a girl is married every two seconds. Child brides and FGM survivors are among the most vulnerable girls in the world -- suffering adverse health and limited opportunities.

    "Practices like FGM and child or early and forced marriages rob girls of the right to choose their own future," says Department for International Development Secretary of State Justine Greening. "Freida is committed to improving the lives of girls and women across the world and I am delighted she is joining us at the Girl Summit."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12342-freida-pinto-attends-girl-summit

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  • UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he is "appalled" by the news of an attack on a United Nations-run school in Gaza where hundreds of people had taken refuge from the ongoing hostilities, adding that the incident underscores the need to stop all fighting immediately.

    "Many have been killed -- including women and children, as well as UN staff," Mr. Ban said in statement issued in Erbil, Iraq, where he is currently on an official visit. "Circumstances are still unclear. I strongly condemn this act."

    Media reports say at least 15 people died in the attack on the school in Beit Hanoun, which was run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). More than 100,000 Gazans -- 5 per cent of the total population -- have sought refuge in UNRWA facilities since the conflict began over two weeks ago.

    Mr. Ban expressed his profound condolences to the families of the victims and those of the many hundreds of innocent Gazans who have tragically been killed as a result of what he described as "the massive Israeli assault."

    The UN chief, who has been in the region this week to express solidarity with Israelis and Palestinians and to help them end the current cycle of violence, again stressed to all sides that they must abide by their international obligations to respect the sanctity of civilian life and the inviolability of UN premises, and to honour their obligations to humanitarian workers.

    "Today's attack underscores the imperative for the killing to stop -- and to stop now," Mr. Ban declared.

    According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), civilians in Gaza have no safe place to go with 44 per cent of the land declared a ‘no-go zone' by the Israeli army. The UNRWA facilities are not immune to destruction. At least 18 medical facilities, include five UNRWA health clinics have been hit by airstrikes and shelling.

    Also today, the Special Advisers of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh, expressed their serious concern at the escalation of violence in Gaza and at the targeting of civilians in the current crisis.

    "We express shock at the high number of civilians killed and injured in the ongoing Israeli operations in Gaza and at the rocket attacks launched by Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups in Israeli civilian areas," they said in a news release.

    Mr. Dieng and Ms. Welsh stated that the high number of civilian casualties, particularly among the Palestinians, could demonstrate disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force by the Israeli Defence Forces. At the same time, the launching of rocket attacks by Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups into Israeli residential areas constitutes indiscriminate use of force.

    In this context, "both parties are in violation of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, and these acts could constitute atrocity crimes," they stated.

    "We are equally disturbed by the flagrant use of hate speech in the social media, particularly against the Palestinian population," they added. According to reliable reports, individuals have disseminated messages that could be dehumanising to the Palestinians and have called for the killing of members of this group.

    They added that the actions of all parties need to be thoroughly and impartially investigated, and those found responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity, on either side, must be held accountable for their actions.

    Yesterday, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution in which it decided to launch an independent inquiry into purported violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.

    Meeting in Geneva in an emergency session, the Council also strongly condemned the "widespread, systematic and gross violations of international human rights and fundamental freedoms" arising from the Israeli military operations since 13 June, and called for an immediate ceasefire.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12343-secretary-general-ban-ki-moon-condemns-attack-on-school-in-gaza

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  • Michael Strahan, defensive end for the 2007 Super Bowl Champion New York Giants, and co-host of Live! With Kelly and Michael and Natasha Bedingfield, the British-born singer/song writer will help kick-off a $1 million fundraising campaign designed to assist CareOne/HealthBridge employees and their families, as well as researchers, in the fight against cancer.

    Strahan, the newest member of the Good Morning America team and co-host of Fox NFL Sunday, and Bedingfield, the award-winning performer, will join top R&B artist Ne-Yo at the July 27th event at Fenway Park for which Strahan will serve as master of ceremonies. Launched by Daniel E. Straus, Founder, Chairman and CEO of CareOne Management, the campaign and fund were developed in support of HealthBridge executive Dan Grimes, 42, of Carver, Massachusetts, who has been diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer.

    Widely recognized for his commitment to a "hands-on" approach to philanthropy, Strahan contributes his time and talents to diverse organizations, working with children, members of the armed services and veterans.

    "I am inspired by CareOne's efforts to support one of its own. On Sunday, the company will be raising more than funds at Fenway, they will be raising hope. It is an honor to take part in this event and I look forward to my time in Boston," said Strahan.

    An activist whose charitable work takes her around the globe, Bedingfield, the recipient of numerous industry honors and accolades for a string of hits including "Unwritten" and "Pocketful of Sunshine," was eager to join forces with CareOne.

    "Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer," said Bedingfield. "And I welcome the chance to contribute to this amazing event through my music. The dollars raised will make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families that is real and measurable. I am so proud to be part of this caring community."

    As the Southeastern Massachusetts regional manager for HealthBridge, which has 15 healthcare facilities in the Commonwealth, Dan Grimes has spent his professional career caring for others. A dedicated husband and father of four children under the age of 12, his life took an unexpected turn when he was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer, despite having never smoked.

    When word of Dan's illness reached senior management, Straus announced that CareOne and HealthBridge would launch a fundraising campaign to help employees like Dan meet the unexpected expenses that often arise when family members are coping with a challenging diagnosis. Grants from The CareOne Cancer Fund in Honor of Dan Grimes, will allow employees and their families to focus on their recovery and support essential research.

    CareOne has successfully waged other campaigns, raising more than $1 million to help those impacted by Hurricane Sandy, donating $250,000 to the One Fund for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and generating more than $1 million for The Valerie Fund, an organization providing programs and services for children living with cancer and blood disorders.

    "Dan's story is our story," said Straus. "Like all of our employees, he has dedicated his career to helping our skilled nursing care residents and their families. While those in our profession are committed to caring for others, we also need to take care of our own. At CareOne and HealthBridge, we don't just work in the communities where our residences are located; we also live in these vibrant communities. And when something happens, whether it is one man's battle with cancer or the ravages of a hurricane, it happens to all of us and we need to stand up as a community."

    The Fenway Park fundraiser is expected to attract more than 1,000 participants, including many of Dan Grimes' co-workers and friends, who have already launched smaller fundraising events in the Massachusetts communities where HealthBridge operates skilled healthcare facilities, as well as in New Jersey where CareOne operates 29 facilities.

    "This is the toughest battle I've ever had to fight. But thanks to my colleagues and CareOne, I know I'm not fighting alone," said Grimes.

    In addition to performances by Bedingfield and Ne-Yo, Sunday's event, which runs from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., will feature a special appearance by Jack Edwards, play-by-play announcer and the television voice of the Boston Bruins and a longtime advocate for cancer-related causes. Tours of the historic ballpark, food, raffles and other family-friendly activities will round out the program.

    Tickets are $100 for adults and $20 for children under 12 and can be purchased online here. For more information about the event, please visit www.care-one.com.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12344-michael-strahan-to-join-ne-yo-at-charity-event

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  • The inaugural Las Vegas luxe charity event, The Coach Woodson Las Vegas Invitational, began its three-day affair with a series of festivities that began Sunday, July 20, with appearances by several of Coach Michael Woodson's close friends.

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    Guests included comedian and Food Network TV host Anthony Anderson, R&B recording artist Brian McKnight, ESPN SportsCenter anchor Jay Harris, LPGA golfer Seema Sadekar, former professional golfer Nisha Sadekar, NBA legends Herb Williams and Reggie Theus, Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach Sidney Lowe, former basketball player Wayne Radford, Indiana State assistant coach Marcus Belcher, music executive Chauncey Bell, saxophonist Paul Taylor, as well as American football stars Jonathan Ogden, Bret Lockett and Dale Moss.

    Woodson's wife, Terri, and daughters Alexis Woodson and Mariah Woodson showed their love and support throughout the three-day event. Leaders in sports, music and entertainment congregated to benefit Nations of Coaches, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

    The event began with a bang at the CIROC Celebrity Welcome Party, where the official Twitter Mirror dominated the red carpet, as Coach Woodson and his wife tweeted selfies to their friends from @CoachWoodsonInv. Celebrity personal trainer Rolo Hendricks sent out a personalized tweet saying, "Best wishes, Coach!" while Lockett tweeted, "XO!" and Brian McKnight sent out an autographed selfie to Twitter followers. Guests were in awe as Coach Woodson's daughters, Alexis and Mariah arrived looking stylish in their colorful cocktail dresses. The assistant coach of the Sacramento Kings, Dee Brown, crashed the red carpet with the 2014 Summer League Championship Trophy -- and the crowd was thrilled by his surprise visit!

    On the final day of the celebrity get-together, the athletes and Hollywood stars arrived at Southern Highlands Golf Club bright and early for an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Recognized by LPGA as "the most stylish and flamboyant player on tour," Seema Sadekar conquered 18 holes of golf with Herb Williams. The young golf goddess even encouraged saxophonist Paul Taylor to just have fun, as the tournament was his first time playing golf. Comedian and host of Food Network's "Food Fest Nation" Anthony Anderson stole the show at The Coach Woodson Las Vegas Invitational when he initiated a game of Twister with his teammates and shouted, "Right hand on red!" which caused the tangled golfers to laugh and collapse.

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    The day became more exciting when ESPN SportsCenter anchor Jay Harris made a hole-in-one shot and won a Range Rover Evoque. Still ecstatic about the win, Harris recently tweeted, "My first ace. Still in shock. @CoachWoodsonInv #par3holeinone #iwonarangerover#vegas #6iron190yards."

    The golf, fashion and entertainment luxe soiree was the first of its kind. Throughout the three-day event, guests of The Coach Woodson Las Vegas Invitational relaxed at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas while enjoying Magnifico sparkling wine and Luxury Lites electronic hookah.

    Although all celebrities were paired up with registered players who flew from all over the country to celebrate Coach Woodson and his success, Brian McKnight, according to sources, decided to play his own game of golf at his own pace -- but kept a smile on his face the entire day.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12345-stars-have-fun-at-coach-woodson-las-vegas-invitational

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  • Written by Scott Cable

    Super Saturday 17 is almost here! The most sophisticated, stylish and luxurious garage sale in the Hamptons is this Saturday, July 26th from 1PM -- 6PM at Nova's Ark Project in Water Mill, New York.

    Super Saturday 17, is sponsored by QVC and hosted by larger than life TV host Kelly Ripa and New York native and fashion powerhouse Donna Karan. All net proceeds from this amazing family oriented event go straight to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) -- the oldest and largest charity in the United States funding ovarian cancer research.

    Besides the world class shopping, guests are treated to gourmet goodies, beauty treatments and an on site luxury raffle. Bidding for the raffle will take place on at www.charitybuzz.com/supersaturday. Guests can also swing by the Rolls-Royce photo booth to support OCRF even further. Every time you share a photo Rolls-Royce will make a donation!

    The best part of Super Saturday is that there is something for everyone in the family. For the children Super Saturday offers games, arts and crafts, and this year Stitched Fashion Camp makes its way onto the scene by giving children the chance to call upon their inner designer and design their own personalized tee's with multiple designs by Swarovski.

    Each year major names such as Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, INTERMIX, Vince, IRO, Alexis Bittar, Bonpoint, Theory, Elie Tahari, Diane von Furstenberg, alice + olivia, Scoop NYC, Vilebrequin, J Brand, Helmust Lang and nearly 200 others set up shop in support of the cause.

    OCRF and QVC will air "QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE," a live broadcast from 2:00PM-4:00PM EST, offering national viewers a chance to purchase designer clothing, jewelry, and accessories. All profits will be benefitting OCRF. In previous years the live broadcast has raised more than $7.4 million for OCRF.

    For more information about "QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE," please visit: QVC.com/SuperSaturday.

    For more information about Ovarian Cancer Research Fund please visit their website: ocrf.org/supersaturday.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12346-kelly-ripa-and-donna-karan-to-host-super-saturday-17

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  • Tiesto is offering fans a chance to win a trip for 2 to New York City to hang out with him, attend soundcheck and join him as a VIP for his set at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park in September.

    The Festival lineup also includes Jay-Z, Carrie Underwood, No Doubt, The Roots and fun.

    For a small donation ($5 an entry) at Prizeo.com/Tiesto to Childhood USA and Global Citizen, who share the mission to ensure that all children get the chance to live a full life with a safe and happy childhood, fans have a chance to win this amazing trip.

    The funds raised from this campaign will be invested in projects for children around the world.

    Prizeo is also running a special campaign featuring The Vamps.

    The Vamps want to take 1 lucky fan and a guest out for a dinner date in London! They are working with MTV Staying Alive to fight HIV, and fans can enter to win a trip to spend an evening with them.

    Fans can enter for a small donation at Prizeo.com/TheVamps, and they can get rewards including an exclusive campaign t-shirt, a signed photo and even a signed guitar!

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  • Farm Aid announced today that its annual benefit festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, N.C., with tickets on sale to the public on Friday, Aug. 1.

    "In North Carolina and across the Southeast, family farmers have struggled to stay on the land, but they have also pioneered new roads to economic sustainability. This region knows the value of its farmers and offers increasing opportunities for new farmers to build a strong regional food system," said Farm Aid President Willie Nelson. "On the Farm Aid stage Saturday, September 13, we'll celebrate family farmers and the healthy communities they're growing for all of us."

    Farm Aid 2014 will feature Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews — with Tim Reynolds — as well as Jack White, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jamey Johnson, North Carolina's own Delta Rae, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter, Pegi Young & The Survivors, and Insects vs Robots.

    Farm Aid 2014, an all-day music and food festival, will feature a unique lineup of artists and genres and will offer concert-goers family farm-identified, local and organic foods with its own HOMEGROWN Concessions. In Farm Aid's HOMEGROWN Village, attendees will have the chance to meet farmers, engage in hands-on food and farm activities, and learn about the ways family farmers are enriching our soil, protecting our water and growing our economy, in addition to bringing us good food for good health.

    "There is a fair-like feeling when you go to Farm Aid. All day long, people are performing onstage and food from family farmers is being served," said Farm Aid board member John Mellencamp. "It's a great occasion for families to come listen to great music and teach their children about where their food comes from. We're proud to bring Farm Aid 2014 to North Carolina for the first time to feature the family farmers whose hard work and innovations are essential for all of us."

    Farm Aid has long collaborated with and supported organizations and organizers in the Southeast who are keeping family farmers on the land and growing the Good Food Movement. Many of the region's farmers have been served by Farm Aid's Resource Network and hotline. Over the past 29 years, Farm Aid has made grants of more than $3.6 million in the Southeast region — more than half a million in North Carolina alone — supporting programs that help farmers thrive, grow new markets for farmers and create much-needed change in the food system so that everyone benefits.

    Tickets for Farm Aid 2014 will go on sale Friday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m. EDT. Tickets will be available at www.livenation.com, the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre box office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be sold beginning at 12 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 25, at www.farmaid.org.

    Farm Aid is teaming up with IfOnly to offer special VIP packages with premium center stage tickets with exclusive backstage access, in addition to signed Gibson guitars. Proceeds from auction items benefit Farm Aid and bidding opens Friday, July 25 at www.ifonly.com.

    Farm Aid is partnering with eBay and Auction Cause to offer concertgoers a chance to bid on premier concert experiences and autographed memorabilia beginning Thursday, Aug. 14. For more information, click here.

    Farm Aid welcomes the participation of the local business community and offers corporate sponsorship opportunities. For more information, contact Glenda Yoder at glenda@farmaid.org. Sponsors include Amy's Kitchen, Rudi's Bakery, Horizon Organic, Greener Fields Together, Organic Valley, Chipotle Mexican Grill, PLOTSAVER and EcoScraps.

    Concertgoers can enhance their Farm Aid experience with the official Farm Aid 2014 mobile app, which will be available in mid-August for iPhone and Android.

    For concert updates, follow Farm Aid on Twitter and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/farmaid), and visit www.farmaid.org/concert.

    Farm Aid's mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid's work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $45 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12348-jack-white-to-perform-at-farm-aid

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  • Lady Antebellum is about to release their new album, 747, and to celebrate they are helping Musicians on Call with its mission to share the healing power of music with hospital patients.

    Video: Get a little lost with Lady Antebellum in the Dominican Republic

    "Would you like to join us at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic for a 6 day getaway?" ask the band on their fundraising page. "Roundtrip flights, hotel accommodations, meals, drinks and entertainment are on us – and you can bring a friend with you.

    "The trip will include a welcome reception with a cocktail tasting and a karaoke contest, a pool party with DJ Static, a live performance featuring emerging artists, and a Scotty McCreery concert. And of course you will hang out with us and come to our concert with front row seats, too!

    "Help us make the world a better place, one song at a time. And in doing so you could win this amazing trip, and also earn some great rewards from us and from Scotty."

    By just donating, you can get your hands on signed CDs, t-shirts – even a signed guitar!

    To find out more, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12349-join-lady-antebellum-in-the-dominican-republic

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