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  • Neil Young

    Young helped found Farm Aid, and, along with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp, spoke about the issues with elected officials in Washington, D.C. before the first concert.

    Neil performed a cover version of John Lennon's "Imagine" during the 9/11 telethon, America: A Tribute To Heroes. His single "Let's Roll", was a tribute to the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and the passengers and crew on Flight 93 in particular.

    In 2005, Young performed at the close of the Live 8 concert in Barrie, Ontario.

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  • Domestic violence prevention and intervention organization, Jenesse Center and its long time ambassador Halle Berry are proud to honor Laphonza Butler, President of SEIU Local 2015 at the Imagine cocktail party fundraiser to be held Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 6:30pm – 10pm, at the Wilshire Country Club at 301 N Rossmore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004.

    Laphonza Butler is the President of SEIU Local 2015 -- a union uniting the voices of more than 370,000 nursing home and home-care workers throughout California. SEIU Local 2015 is the largest union in California and the largest long-term care local in the country, achieving historic victories -- including the passage of the nation's first $15 statewide minimum wage to improve the lives of over 6 million Californians, for which Butler's leadership was honored by President Obama.

    Previously, Butler served for seven years as President of SEIU United Long Term Care Workers (ULTCW), and also as SEIU's Property Services Division Director in which she was responsible for the strategic direction of the more than 250,000 janitors, security officers, window cleaners, and food service workers across the country.

    Jenesse CEO Karen Earl said, "When Laphonza Butler became President of SEIU, one of her first events was the Jenesse Silver Rose gala. She came to me after the event and said she wanted to get involved. And involved she has been. She invited Jenesse staff to speak to the SEIU executive board to ensure her members knew that Jenesse was a resource for the thousands of workers who may experience domestic violence, sexual assault and trauma in their homes and in the work place. She champions for laborers, everyday women who are working to make a living for themselves and their families on all quality of life issues, including workplace assault, harassment and rape. Laphonza, has been a consistent resource and advocate for workers who are #metoo survivors in places where they would otherwise never be heard."

    "Jenesse Center has been providing over 40 years of life-saving services to some of Los Angeles most vulnerable and marginalized individuals. As the President of one of the largest women's organizations in the nation – representing 370,000 long-term care workers – I am proud to partner with an organization that works to break the generational cycle of violence and provide survivors with the life-skills needed to live the healthy & full lives that they deserve."

    The goal of Imagine is to elevate the conversation around the topic of violence towards women, girls and men and advocate the human right of peace in everyone's homes, workplaces and relationships.

    Leaders from business, non profit, media, entertainment and government sectors are invited to attend. The event will shine a light on organizations and individuals who have moved the mission forward to raise funds and bring awareness to the issue, provide funding and relief to survivors and use their voice to stop the cycle of domestic violence.

    Jenesse Ambassador Halle Berry said, "One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. This is why for 17 years, I have worked with Jenesse first hand to bring awareness to this life-or-death cause. I am proud of the achievements we have made to heal women, girls and families ravaged by violent homes and relationships."

    To learn more about Imagine or Jenesse, visit www.jenesse.org or call 323-299-9496.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17925-jenesse-center-and-halle-berry-to-honor-laphonza-butler-president-of-seiu-local-2015-at-the-imagine-cocktail-party

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  • Manchester United legend Eric Cantona will make a stunning Old Trafford return on Sunday 10th June to take part in Soccer Aid for UNICEF.

    Dubbed ‘The King' by supporters, the five-time Premier League winner is set to retake his throne and team-up with Usain Bolt and the Soccer Aid World XI to take on Robbie Williams' star-studded England side.

    Eric Cantona said: "There is no place like home. Knowing I am coming back to Old Trafford is a special feeling and I am looking forward to seeing the stands full of familiar faces. My message is this: Soccer Aid for Unicef is a game like no other because of the support you give it. I am coming back to make the June 10th match the best ever and I want you to join me. Let's make history together at Old Trafford again one last time."

    A Manchester United icon, the enigmatic Frenchman is revered as one of the finest players ever to wear a red shirt. He played nearly 150 times for the club scoring 82 goals in the process, winning two FA Cups and five league titles. His skill, swagger and upturned collar cemented his place in United folklore.
    Cantona joins an impressive line-up of celebrities and former sportsmen already signed-up for Soccer Aid for Unicef this year, including: Robbie Williams, Usain Bolt, Sir Mo Farah, Gordon Ramsay, Olly Murs, Mark Wright, Brendan Cole, Joe Wicks, Clarence Seedorf, Robert Pirès, Yaya Tourè, Jaap Stam, Patrick Kluivert, Dan Carter, Edwin van der Sar, Kevin Pietersen, David Seaman, Phil Neville, Jamie Redknapp, Danny Murphy, Robbie Fowler, Michael Sheen and Ben Shephard.

    JD, the global retailer of sports fashion, will be the official Event and Broadcast Partner of Soccer Aid for Unicef. The partnership follows on from JD's support of Soccer Aid in 2016 and extends the association between the Undisputed King of Trainers and a key event in the football calendar. The world's biggest pro-celebrity match is back and bigger than ever for 2018 with Usain Bolt's World XI taking on Robbie Williams' England. To date Soccer Aid for Unicef has raised over £24million for children's charity Unicef UK in six matches over 12 years. The 2018 game marks the start of a new annual campaign which will be broadcast on ITV just days before the World Cup in Russia and again in 2019 and 2020.

    Peter Cowgill, Executive Chairman of JD, said: "We are very proud to continue our association with Soccer Aid for Unicef into 2018. JD Sports has been an official supporter of the match in the past and we're very pleased that the project continues to grow in stature. As the official Event and Broadcast Partner we look forward to having a positive impact on the project in the UK and around the world."

    The UK Government will match every £1 donated by the public through its UK Aid Match scheme, doubling the difference for children in danger around the world.

    International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, said: "We are excited to be involved once again this year in what promises to be the biggest Soccer Aid for Unicef to date. The UK government will match public donations pound-for-pound, meaning that, together, we can double the difference for children around the world."

    To date Soccer Aid for Unicef has raised over £24million for children's charity Unicef UK in six matches over 12 years.
    The 2018 game marks the start of a new annual campaign which will be broadcast on ITV just days before the World Cup in Russia and again in 2019 and 2020.

    The international friendly match will take place at Old Trafford on Sunday 10th June, just four days before the FIFA World Cup in Russia begins. Tickets are on sale now and the game will be broadcast live on ITV. Kick-off is scheduled for 20:00 BST.
    Soccer Aid for Unicef is the original England vs. Soccer Aid World XI charity match. It was launched and co-founded in 2006 by Unicef UK Ambassador Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes and has previously featured A-list stars such as Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, Mike Myers and Niall Horan, plus footballing royalty including Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo and Ronaldinho.

    Unicef, the world's leading organisation for children, has joined forces with ITV to make the pro-celebrity football match bigger and better than ever, with more potential to raise money and vital support for children in danger. Soccer Aid for Unicef is produced by Initial, part of Endemol Shine UK, for ITV.
    100% of all public donations to Soccer Aid for Unicef will be doubled by the UK government, up to a total of £5 million, and will go towards supporting the vital work protecting children around the world.

    Swiss watchmaker Hublot and Global Sports Brand PUMA are Official Soccer Aid World XI Partners, with both brands acting as kit sponsors for the Soccer Aid World XI team.

    Tickets for the Soccer Aid for Unicef football match on Sunday 10th June 2018 at Old Trafford are available now at www.manutd.com/socceraid or by calling 0161 444 2018 with tickets priced between £10 and £50.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17926-eric-cantona-to-play-at-soccer-aid-for-unicef

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  • The 65th annual Boomtown Gala will take place in Beverly Hills on Sunday.

    The event is presented by SHARE, Inc. SHARE, Inc. is Hollywood's oldest and most noteworthy charity, founded in 1953 by seven women – some of whom were the wives of the Rat Pack. Their mission is to improve the lives of children with special needs and members of the community who are less fortunate. Charities that benefit from SHARE, Inc. and the Boomtown Gala include CASA, Ahead With Horses, Team Prime Time, The Sophia T. Salvin Center, and many others.

    This year's star-studded event will include a red carpet, dressy Western attire, dinner, a live and silent auction, performances by The Righteous Brothers, Martha and the Vandellas, Louis Van Amstel of Dancing With the Stars, the SHARE ladies themselves and more. Famous women's rights attorney, Gloria Allred, will be presenting the Shining Spirit Award to this year's honoree, Loreen Arbus, Founder of The Loreen Arbus Foundation, and the first female Head of Programming for a U.S. network -- a feat she accomplished twice -- both at Showtime and Lifetime networks. The production team behind Boomtown includes Anita Mann of Anita Mann Productions, a five-time Emmy Award Winning Choreographer.

    Also expected to attend are Kathy Hilton, Nichelle Nichols, Pat Boone, Tommy Chong and many more.

    WHEN:
    May 20, 2018

    WHERE:
    The Beverly Hilton Hotel
    9876 Wilshire Boulevard
    Beverly Hills, California 90210

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17928-share-inc-celebrates-65-years-of-philanthropy-with-annual-boomtown-gala

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  • Barbra Streisand has written an Op-Ed in USA Today on heart health equity for women.

    "Some sobering numbers are worth considering: Cardiovascular disease claims the lives of nearly 400,000 women each year. One in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke, whereas one in 32 women die of breast cancer. Sadly, but a point that should give us great hope, about 80% of heart disease and stroke in women is preventable or manageable.

    "I've come to Washington this week to implore lawmakers and those who allocate funding to meet this moment with urgency and action. A quarter-century after a bipartisan group of legislators wisely recognized and acted upon a significant gender gap in research, inequity is still pervasive. I've been working for years on women's heart health, specifically, because the need is so great. Only a movement can shake us from this slumber."

    To read the full article, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17924-barbra-streisand-writes-op-ed-on-womens-heart-health-equity

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  • Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) today released a new national PSA, "Lifetime of Leadership," heralding the organization's legacy of fostering female change-makers and preparing girls for a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure.

    Featuring notable Girl Scout alums in fields such as technology, politics, media, and sports, the PSA showcases the positive change these powerful female leaders have created through activism, speaking up, breaking glass ceilings, and more — and illustrates the importance of Girl Scouts in providing girls with the leadership experiences they need to make their voices heard and effect change.

    From philanthropist Melinda Gates and athlete Venus Williams, to supermodel and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss, Girl Scout alums highlighted in the PSA have inspired people worldwide. Narrated by Queen Latifah, the PSA also features Dolores Huerta, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Senator Tammy Duckworth, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Ellen Kuras, Dr. N. Jan Davis, Tyra Banks, Sheryl Crow, Céline Dion, Dakota Fanning, Susan Wojcicki, Senator Susan Collins, and Cassandra Levesque, a 19-year-old Girl Scout alum who worked to ban child marriage in New Hampshire.

    "Lifetime of Leadership" brings to life what recent studies have shown: Girl Scouts have better life outcomes than their non--Girl Scout peers. They are more confident, seek challenges to a greater degree, are more active decision-makers, and are more proficient problem-solvers in their communities. The PSA also shows how civic engagement is a core part of the Girl Scout DNA — which is why it premiered today at G.I.R.L. Agenda 2018: Leading Change Through Civic Action. This unique event, which took place in Philadelphia, featured a keynote address from educator and former second lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden, and a panel moderated by writer, professor, and television host Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry. Thousands of girls and those who care about them joined in-person and virtually for a conversation about preparing girls to lead positive change. The PSA brought to life what a Girl Scout's leadership journey can look like as she grows into a woman, and it inspired all in attendance to take the lead and take action in support of causes they care about.

    "We are proud to premiere our powerful new PSA and showcase the impactful change that Girl Scout alums have created to make the world a better place," said Sylvia Acevedo, GSUSA CEO. "We know that leadership and meaningful civic action start at a young age — at home, at school, and in local communities. This PSA is a rallying cry for more girls to realize their leadership potential with Girl Scouts. The world is counting on them, and we hope our more than 50 million alums will be inspired to reconnect with us and share their leadership journey with the next generation of girls who will lead our country into the future."

    "I have no doubt that the girls of today will become the leaders and change-makers of tomorrow. Supporting them, empowering them and ensuring they have the opportunities they deserve is good for all of us," said Dr. Jill Biden. "My Girl Scout experience taught me confidence, perseverance, and gave me skills that inspired me to pursue public service and helped me become a better leader. Girl Scouts is the preeminent organization that gives girls the place and the opportunity to develop their powerful voices."

    The new Girl Scout PSA was created and written by Girl Scout alum, Rachel Howald, founder and CCO, Invisible Man.

    To watch the PSA and for more information about Girl Scouts, visit www.girlscouts.org/leadership.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17927-stars-remind-the-world-that-girl-scouts-grows-female-leaders-who-drive-powerful-change

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  • FREDERIQUE CONSTANT, the Swiss watch brand is delighted to announce the continuation of its partnership for its third consecutive year with Oscar winning actress and philanthropist Gwyneth Paltrow as its Global Charity Brand Ambassador.

    Since 2016, Frederique Constant has partnered with Academy Award winning actress and philanthropist, Gwyneth Paltrow, as its Global Charity Brand Ambassador. As part of the campaign, Gwyneth chose to align with charity organization, DonorsChoose.org, involved in supporting education for children, making it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need, whether it is through books, school supplies or funding field trips.

    ALETTA STAS, Board Executive and Co-founder of FREDERIQUE CONSTANT said, "We are very happy to continue our collaboration with Gwyneth Paltrow as our Global Charity Ambassador." "Giving back is just as important to Gwyneth as it is for us, and thanks to her and our brand's engagement, we will continue to support DonorsChoose.org educational projects."

    Since 2004, Frederique Constant has donated $50 upon each watch sold from the brand's Ladies Collections. Together with this, Frederique Constant and Gwyneth Paltrow joined together for an exclusive event to launch the brand's Lady Horological Smartwatch. A group of young students from the DonorsChoose.org program was invited to participate in a "5000 steps Challenge" conducted by Gwyneth Paltrow alongside celebrity fitness trainer, Tracy Anderson. Frederique Constant was honored to contribute a donation of $50,000 to the DonorsChoose.org organization, specifically towards their movement and sports programs throughout public schools.

    "I am very happy to continue my partnership with Frederique Constant and excited to unveil my latest Charity campaign for the brand," said Gwyneth Paltrow "What's great about Frederique Constant is their combination of classic style and strong values that I really agree with, but also they have a beautiful commitment to sharing their success by giving back. We are very well aligned in our passion for charity."

    To celebrate the partnership renewal, the Swiss watch Manufacturer unveils its new Charity Advertising Campaign, which will promote the Ladies collections of the brand moving forward.

    The natural beauty of Gwyneth combined with the beauty of Frederique Constant's Ladies timepieces result in a visually stunning advertising campaign. Frederique Constant wishes the new campaign great success, bringing further support to DonorsChoose.org projects.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17929-gwyneth-paltrow-renews-global-charity-ambassador-partnership-with-frederique-constant

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  • Barbra Streisand, co-founder of the Women's Heart Alliance, was in the nation's capitol last week to deliver the prestigious J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture at the National Institutes of Health and raise awareness about women's heart health and cardiovascular disease (CVD), which kills more women each year in the U.S. than all cancers combined.

    Barbra Streisand at the lectern for the J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture

    In her talk, Ms. Streisand spoke about the urgent need for sex-specific research and health equity for women to reduce preventable deaths from heart disease, which claims the lives of nearly 400,000 women each year. Previous Rall Lecture speakers include luminaries such as the Dalai Lama, Maya Angelou and Yo-Yo Ma.

    "For too long cardiovascular disease has been considered a man's disease – not just from a patient perspective, but also in the way it's approached in prevention, treatment and research. Yet a woman is dying of CVD roughly every 80 seconds," Ms. Streisand says. "I urge our policymakers to ensure that women's heart disease, the number one killer of women, is treated as a national priority. "

    NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, Ms. Streisand, and NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci

    The noted singer, actress, director and philanthropist co-founded the Women's Heart Alliance in 2014. Through the organization, she has built on the work she embarked on with her founding of the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles in 2012.

    "The WHA has worked tirelessly to empower women to take their heart health into their own hands through education and awareness-raising," says CEO British Robinson. "But there is still more work to do. We want to change research practices to ensure women are represented in the lab and the clinic; ensure that women receive quality care, and that every health care provider knows how to provide it; and increase the odds that women will survive a heart attack or stroke."

    The Women's Heart Alliance (WHA) was formed to raise awareness, encourage action and drive new research to fight women's heart disease. It is a unique collaboration between two of America's leading medical institutions – the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center – and two major philanthropists and leaders in business and entertainment, Barbra Streisand and Ronald O. Perelman. Learn more at www.womensheartalliance.org.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17930-barbra-streisand-visits-washington-dc-to-advance-womens-heart-health-equity-in-nih-lecture

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  • Event chair and host Barbara Davis announced today that Academy award-winning actor, producer and director Robert De Niro will be honored with the "Brass Ring Award" at The 2018 Carousel of Hope Ball on Saturday, October 6.

    The biennial event is dedicated to increasing awareness for diabetes, and raising funds for clinical care and diabetes research at the Barbara Davis Center For Diabetes. Longtime supporter, Robert De Niro, will receive the award at this year's ball for his humanitarian efforts and continued support of the cause. The "Brass Ring Award" was named after the elusive brass ring that carousel riders would try to catch when the ride first became popular. Now universally recognized as a symbol of achievement, the brass ring represents the ultimate goal of finding a cure for diabetes. "Brass Ring Award" recipients exemplify the dedication and strength that brings the Children's Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center one step closer to finding a cure. Past "Brass Ring Award" recipients include Frank Sinatra, Hillary Clinton, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, George Clooney, Jane Fonda, Sir Sidney Poitier, David Foster, Halle Berry, Sherry Lansing and more.

    Speaking on the award, Chairman and Host of The Carousel of Hope Ball Barbara Davis, said, "We are so delighted to announce that the multi-talented, two-time Oscar-winning actor, director and producer, Robert De Niro will receive the Brass Ring Award at the 2018 Carousel of Hope Ball. He is one of the kindest, most caring human beings I have ever known. He goes above and beyond to help others and has supported the Carousel of Hope from the very start."

    De Niro has been recognized around the world for his outstanding work in film. In 2009, De Niro received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor, and President Obama presented De Niro with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, recognizing him for his outstanding contributions to the U.S. He served as the jury president of the 64th Cannes Film Festival, and in 2009, received the Stanley Kubrick Award from the BAFTA Britannia Awards. AARP The Magazine gave De Niro the 2010 Movies for Grownups Lifetime Achievement Award, and the following year, he was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards. He was honored by AFI with their Life Achievement Award in 2003, and two years prior, received the Bravo Lifetime Achievement Award at the Independent Feature Projects' Gotham Awards. De Niro and the cast of "The Good Shepherd" were awarded the Silver Berlin Bear at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival. He is the recipient of two National Board of Review Awards, four New York Film Critics Circle Awards, two Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, and GLAAD's 2016 Excellent in Media Award.

    Robert De Niro launched his prolific motion picture career in Brian De Palma's "The Wedding Party" in 1969. By 1974 he had won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor in recognition of his critically acclaimed performance in "Bang the Drum Slowly" and from the National Society of Film Critic for Martin Scorsese's "Mean Streets." In 1974 De Niro won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the young Vito Corleone in "The Godfather, Part II." In 1980 he won his second Oscar, as Best Actor, for his extraordinary portrayal of Jake La Motta in Scorsese's "Raging Bull." De Niro has earned Academy Award nominations for his work in five additional films: as Travis Bickle in Scorsese's acclaimed "Taxi Driver;" as a Vietnam vet in Michael Cimino's "The Deer Hunter," as a catatonic patient brought to life in Penny Marshall's "Awakenings," in 1992 as Max Cady, an ex-con looking for revenge, in Scorsese's remake of the 1962 classic "Cape Fear" and as a father to a bi-polar son in David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook."

    He was most recently seen in Tribeca Productions' and HBO's "Wizard of Lies" starring as Bernie Madoff, for which he received both an Emmy Award nomination for Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie and a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie. His next project will be Netflix's "The Irishman", in which he stars and is producing with Martin Scorsese, for their ninth collaboration.

    De Niro takes pride in the development of his production company, Tribeca Productions, the Tribeca Film Center, which he co-founded with Jane Rosenthal in 1988, and in the Tribeca Film Festival, which he founded with Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 as a response to the attacks on the World Trade Center. The festival, which just completed its 17th run, was conceived to foster the economic and cultural revitalization of Lower Manhattan through an annual celebration of film, music, and culture; the festival's mission is to promote New York City as a major filmmaking center and help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audiences. Through Tribeca Productions, De Niro develops projects on which he serves in a combination of capacities, including producer, director and actor.

    This year marks the 32nd Carousel Ball, where guests will enjoy cocktails, silent and live auctions, dinner, exciting entertainment, and musical performances. Since its inception in 1978, the iconic event has been a Hollywood favorite, uniting entertainment, sports, and business industry leaders from all areas for a night dedicated to raising awareness and, ultimately, finding a cure for diabetes. Diabetes, which afflicts over 30 million people in the United States alone, is rapidly on the rise. It is estimated that one in three babies born today will have diabetes in their lifetime and each year, approximately 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Of those, 25,000 are children. The Carousel of Hope Balls have raised more than $100 million to date, with proceeds benefitting the Children's Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes (BDC). Funds are raised through sponsorships, dinner tickets, a live and silent auction, and contributions. Rated #1 Benefit in Southern California by Bizbash for multiple years, this star-studded evening is not to be missed.

    The 2018 Carousel of Hope Ball is generously sponsored by American Airlines, Tina & Rick Caruso, Marlyn and Robert Day, and Dexcom.

    Mrs. Davis will co-host a kickoff cocktail party with Bruce Bozzi, Jr. at The Palm on May 21.

    More info can be found here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17931-robert-de-niro-to-be-honored-with-brass-ring-award-at-2018-carousel-of-hope-ball

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  • On Saturday, May 5th, celebrities and puppet VIPs showed their support for puppetry when The Jim Henson Company hosted the second "Puppets for Puppetry" on its historic Hollywood lot.

    Host Chris Hardwick takes a selfie with the cast of Puppets for Puppetry
    Host Chris Hardwick takes a selfie with the cast of Puppets for Puppetry

    The event raised funds for the Atlanta-based Center for Puppetry Arts, and honored the esteemed puppeteer Caroll Spinney, best known to fans around the world as the performer of the iconic Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. The unique live performance was hosted by comedian Chris Hardwick (The Wall, Talking Dead) and featured special guests Jack McBrayer (30 Rock, Wreck It Ralph), Bobby Moynihan (SNL, Inside Out), and Grammy Award-winner Jason Mraz ("I'm Yours").

    Jason Mraz and Big Bird at Center for Puppetry Arts0 Puppets for Puppetry honoring Caroll Spinney
    Jason Mraz and Big Bird at Center for Puppetry Arts0 Puppets for Puppetry honoring Caroll Spinney

    The unforgettable evening raised well over $225,000 for the Center and included tribute music and sketches from Sesame Street cast members Matt Vogel, Eric Jacobson, David Rudman, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, Ryan Dillon, and Jennifer Barnhart. Brian Henson, Heather Henson, Bill Barretta, and other special guests also gave puppet performances.

    "We are so grateful to our corporate sponsors, Joan Ganz Cooney, Sesame Workshop, Tyler Perry Studios, and of course The Jim Henson Company, for creating an unforgettable tribute to the iconic Caroll Spinney," said Vince Anthony, The Barbara and Bill Wylly Executive Director at the Center for Puppetry Arts. "What a night! Hilarious moments with special guests and iconic characters, heartwarming music from Jason Mraz, and all those wonderful puppetry performances ably wrangled by our wonderful host Chris Hardwick made for an incredible and memorable event for our guests."

    The Center for Puppetry Arts' mission is to inspire imagination, education and community through the global art of puppetry. The Atlanta-based nonprofit is the nation's largest and only resource of its kind, featuring a worldwide puppetry collection, a vibrant theatre space and the development of puppetry talent through workshops and performances. Also, the Center for Puppetry Arts uses the latest technology to offer its award-winning Distance Learning programs for PreK-adult through videoconferencing. The arts-infused workshops and interactive puppet performances are conducted via videoconferencing and are tailored to specific classroom topics and curriculum. The programs complement national curriculum standards in language arts, social studies, science, math and other areas and serve schools nationwide. The Center's two permanent exhibits, the Jim Henson Collection and the Worlds of Puppetry Global Collection, together represent the most definitive display of both Henson puppets and other puppetry traditions from around the world.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17932-stars-join-puppets-for-puppetry-fundraiser

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  • Stars came out in force last week to support amfAR's 25th annual amfAR Gala Cannes at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France, during the Cannes International Film Festival.

    Sting Performs At 25th annual amfAR Gala Cannes
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    The event's legendary live auction surpassed last year's total with items like the Carine Roitfeld curated fashion show collection fetching as much $1.7 million; a Pierce Brosnan original painting, which sold for $1.4 million; a fully restored and upgraded 1964 S3 Bentley Convertible from Byrnes Motor Trust Restorations (BMT), introduced by Heidi Klum and Benicio Del Toro, which sold for over $800,000; and a Joe Bradley painting which brought in nearly $1 million. Sculptures by Ai Wei Wei and Bernar Venet each received bids exceeding $500,000, and a McLaren Silver 570S Spider brought in $650,000. The black-tie event was presented by Bold Films and Chopard.

    The unforgettable evening featured four spectacular performances by some of the biggest names in music. Legendary Grammy-winning musicians Sting and Shaggy performed The Police classic "Every Breath You Take," as well as "Don't Make Me Wait," and "Morning Is Coming," from their new collaborative album 44/876. Singer and style icon Grace Jones entertained the crowd with a fierce performance of "La Vie En Rose" and "Pull Up to the Bumper." Grammy-nominated British pop star Ellie Goulding opened the night with her hit singles, "Burn" and "On My Mind." And pop and R&B sensation Jason Derulo closed the evening and had guests out of their seats with an explosive performance of "Trumpets," Swalla," and "Talk Dirty," among others.

    The program began as Milla Jovovich and Ava Duvernay joined onstage to welcome guests to the 25th anniversary event in Cannes. Jovovich expressed how proud she was to be among the 25 female chairs, and said "we can and will achieve what two courageous women -- Elizabeth Taylor and Dr. Mathilde Krim -- set out to accomplish when they founded amfAR." She then thanked the sponsors for their generosity and welcomed amfAR Interim Chairman Bill Roedy to the stage.

    Roedy emphasized the importance of finding a cure for AIDS, saying, "tonight is fun, but this is serious business." He spoke about the progress in research and treatment made over the years, but reminded everyone that nearly 40 million people were still living with AIDS and that support of this cause remained critical. Guests took his words to heart and bid generously in the evening's live auction which included a variety of one-of-a kind luxury items and experiences, many of which were introduced by celebrities in the room. Simon de Pury and Sandra Nedvetskaia were the auctioneers.

    A stunning highlight of the auction was the And Woman Created All / Et La Femme Créa Tout fashion show, curated by longtime amfAR supporter Carine Roitfeld. The dazzling collection, which generated $1.7 million, featured one-of-a-kind looks from the world's most celebrated fashion houses. Participating designers included Alberta Ferretti, Alexandre Vauthier, Balmain, Chanel, Dior, Dsquared2, Elie Saab, Fendi, Giambattista Valli, Gianvito Rossi, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Gucci, Guo Pei, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Max Mara, Missoni, Miu Miu, Off-White, Oscar de la Renta, Philipp Plein, Prada, Ralph & Russo, Ralph Lauren, Redemption, Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, Versace, Yanina Couture, and more. Thirty of the world's top models participated in the runway presentation, including Alessandra Ambrosio, Karolína Kurková, Sara Sampaio, Shanina Shaik, Elsa Hosk, Izabel Goulart, Toni Garrn and Natasha Poly, among others.

    Guests in attendance included Pierce Brosnan, Kristen Stewart, Heidi Klum, Milla Jovovich, Adrien Brody, Ava DuVernay, Adriana Lima, Benicio Del Toro, Chris Tucker, Jason Derulo, Michelle Rodriguez, Lewis Hamilton, Karolina Kurkova, Alessandra Ambrosio, Alexandre Arnault, Alina Baikova, Anne Heche, Barbara Palvin, Aamito Lagum, Bambi Northwood-Blythe, Bradley Peltz, Carine Roitfeld, Caroline Scheufele, Caroline Vreeland, Chris Zylka, Alec Monopoly, Cindy Bruna, Coco König, Corey Hawkins, Erica Pelosini, Danielle Herrington, Danielle Lopez, Daphne Groeneveld, Daria Strokus, Denis Villeneuve, Dewi Driegen, Edoardo Pesce, Ellen Von Unwerth, Elsa Hosk, Eniko Mihalik, Fatou Jobe, Fiammetta Cicogna, Gabriel Macht, Georgia Fowler, Hailey Clauson, Halima Aden, Hannah Ferguson, Hye Seung Lee, Iman Shumpert, Isabeli Fontana, Izabel Goulart, Jacinda Barrett, Jessica Hart, Joe Furnier, Jordan Barrett, Julian Lennon, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Lais Ribeiro, Lara Leito, Lara Stone, Laura Harrier, Lukas Haas, Marcello Fonte, Maria Borges, Marjan Jonkman, Martha Hunt, Maryna Linchuk, Megan Williams, Nadine Leopold, Natasha Poly, Nathalie Emmanuel, Neelam Gill, Nicole Scherzinger, Noel Berry, Paris Hilton, Petra Nemcova, Prince Wenceslas of Lichtenstein, Rose Bertram, Ruby Rose, Sara Sampaio, Sasha Pivovarova, Shaggy, Shanina Shaik, Sofia Resing, Sting, Stoffel Vandoorne, Teyana Taylor, Tom Pecheux, Toni Garrn, Tyga, Valery Kaufman, Vanessa Moody, Virgil Abloh, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, Winnie Harlow, and Yvette Yung, among others.

    Event Chairs in attendance included amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, Michel Litvak, Alexandre Ricard, and amfAR Interim Chairman William H. Roedy.
    Bold Films and Chopard were the Presenting Sponsors of the amfAR Gala Cannes. Pernod Ricard was the event's Signature Sponsor. Guests enjoyed wines and spirits from the Pernod Ricard portfolio throughout the entire evening, including Perriet-Jouët Belle Époque 2011 and Absolut Elyx.

    Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.

    After the amfAR Gala Cannes dinner, guests were invited to the exclusive After Party.
    Since amfAR's late Founding International Chairman Dame Elizabeth Taylor hosted the first amfAR Gala Cannes in 1993, the event has become the most coveted ticket in Cannes. Past events have been chaired by amfAR Global Campaign Chair Sharon Stone, President Bill Clinton, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Nicole Kidman, Robert De Niro, Sir Elton John, Demi Moore, and Madonna, among many others.

    amfAR's annual amfAR Gala Cannes events have been important and successful fundraising events for the Foundation for over two decades, generating more than $210 million for amfAR's life-saving research programs and keeping the fight against AIDS in the global media spotlight. amfAR continues to fund HIV/AIDS researchers worldwide, and works to translate their research into effective policy, prevention, and treatment education programs around the globe. amfAR's Countdown to a Cure for AIDS initiative is aimed at developing the scientific basis for a cure by the end of 2020. Launched in 2014, the Countdown is designed to intensify amfAR's cure-focused research efforts through strategic investments of $100 million. The cornerstone of the Countdown is the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research, an innovative collaborative enterprise based at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

    The amfAR Gala Cannes event was produced by Andy Boose/AAB Productions.
    Official Hashtag of the event: #amfarcannes #BeEpic

    For more information, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17933-amfar-shines-in-cannes-for-25th-year

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  • On Friday, June 1, Step Up will host its annual Inspiration Awards, presented by The Coach Foundation.

    They will welcome guests to a luncheon and reception benefitting Step Up's confidence building programs for girls, and will honor Regina Hall and Step Up teen Vivi for their commitment to this cause. Step Up believes all girls should have the opportunity to fulfill their potential, and the Inspiration Awards raise 45% of the funds Step Up needs to reach girls in the Los Angeles community for one year.

    Expected to attend are Honoree Regina Hall, presenters and additional special guests including Garcelle Beauvais, Julie Bowen, Amy Brenneman, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Crew, Ester Dean, Ashley Jones, January Jones, Lisa Ling, Jillian Rose Reed, Emeraude Toubia, Argelia Atilano & Omar Velasco, Dr. Nita Landry, Jenna Paulette, Ashley Torres, and many more.

    WHEN: Friday, June 1, 2018
    Media Check-In -- 10:30 AM
    Arrivals / Reception -- 11:00 AM

    WHERE: Beverly Wilshire
    9500 Wilshire Blvd

    To purchase tickets for the event, please visit SUWN.org/IA or call 213.316.2032

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17934-regina-hall-to-be-honored-at-inspiration-awards

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  • In anticipation of the 25th Anniversary LIFE BALL, the organizers held a press conference last week in Vienna, Austria to announce the final list of participants and details for this year's event including information on the LIFE+ CELEBRATION CONCERT (Friday, June 1st), amfAR'S EPIC RIDE TO LIFE BALL (Tuesday, May 29th -- Saturday June 2nd), LIFE BALL OPENING & GALA (Saturday, June 2nd) and LIFE BALL NEXT GENERATION (Sunday, June 3rd).

    Newly announced participants joining Paris Jackson and Charlize Theron include partner organization representatives Adrien Brody (Representing amfAR / Epic Ride participant) and Gus Kenworthy (Representing Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS); performers Betty Who (Life Ball Opening performer), Patti LaBelle (Life Ball Gala Performer), Rufus Wainwright (Life Ball Gala Performer), Hector Fonseca (Life Ball Red Carpet performer), and Erika Jayne (Life Ball Gala Performer); plus additional attendees Caitlyn Jenner (Participant), Gigi Gorgeous (Participant), Brad Goreski (Participant) Nats Getty (Participant), Kelly Osbourne (Red Carpet "Style Jury" Participant), Johnny Wujek (Red Carpet "Style Jury" Participant), and many more. Participants for amfAR's Epic Ride to Life Ball will include Michael Huisman (Actor), Katee Sackhoff (Actor), and Ian Bohen (Actor), amongst others.

    In addition, LIFE BALL's signature fashion show will feature a bridal fashion show curated by Robert Rabensteiner, in honor of the "An Homage to The Sounds of Music Theme". The fashion show will feature new and archival pieces from the following designers: Roberto Cavalli, Diesel, Dsquared2, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lanvin, Kenzo Memento, Missoni, Elie Saab, Viktor & Rolf and Vivienne Westwood.

    The 2018 The Know Your Status campaign was also formally launched today, which aims at normalizing all HIV facilities and becoming part of the comprehensive health care. The campaign focuses on the second UNAIDS 90-90-90 objective, according to which, 90 percent of people with HIV who know their status should be receiving anti-retroviral treatment. Renowned photographer RANKIN shot this year's campaign advertisements featuring models Eva Herzigová and Aiden Brady which will be showcased throughout Europe.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17935-stars-added-to-25th-anniversary-life-ball

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  • A young boy has had his wish granted by the Kids Wish Network.

    Chase and Steph
    Chase and Steph

    Wish Kid Chase's dream was golden, scoring a wish with 2-time NBA champion Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. He's undergone many health challenges, including his diagnosis of T-cell acute lymphoblastic lymphoma and chemotherapy treatments. Kids Wish Network, a children's charity that grants wishes for kids with life threatening illnesses, found out that Chase loves basketball, and hopes to be just like Curry when he grows up. It was a big win! With this very special wish, Stephen Curry continued his streak of 3 pointers, meeting our Wish Kids Chase, Nic and Mikel for a fun day of gaming and family togetherness.

    Chase was going to have a ball! It was all fun and games the day Chase's dream came true. NBA star Stephen Curry said, "Have a great time, enjoy life and each other's company… we've got some fun to be had!" Chase was thrilled getting to spend time with Curry. They took pictures together, competed in a game of laser tag, and Curry signed Chase's jersey. "My favorite part was playing laser tag with Steph Curry," said Chase. The basketball superstar brought along extra cheer with some members of the Golden State Warriors Dance Team to play video games and take photos with the kids. They had an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience with their hero -- it was a game changer.

    As a special souvenir, all Wish Kids received a customized gift package… An Under Armour backpack filled with JBL headphones and treasured sneakers in their size from Stephen Curry's line of athletic shoes.

    During the wish, Chase and his mom enjoyed accommodations at Homewood Suites by Hilton Newark- Fremont and dinner at Jack's Restaurant. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers in Pleasanton also graciously set up a special celebratory dinner for Chase, and went above and beyond putting together a surprise gift basket filled with his favorite things.

    "We're always so thrilled to make a dream come true -- especially when it's meeting someone who greatly inspires our Wish Kids," said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai. "We're so appreciative to Stephen Curry for creating such happiness that our kids will always remember."

    Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children with life-threatening conditions and those struggling with life-altering situations. Kids Wish Network assists children and their families through several key programs. Visit www.kidswishnetwork.org to learn more and find out how you can help makes dreams come true and sponsor a wish for a deserving child.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17936-stephen-curry-gives-boy-his-wish

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  • The National Father's Day Council announced today that award-winning actor and Extra TV host Mario Lopez, has been named a 2018 "Father of the Year" Honoree.

    The 77th Annual Father of the Year Awards will be presented at the Sheraton New York Times Square on Monday, June 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm.

    As part of its commitment to support meaningful philanthropies dealing with issues affecting mothers, fathers and children, proceeds from the event will benefit Save the Children's U.S. Programs. For tickets and sponsorship, please contact the Council office at 212-594-5977 or www.fathersdaycouncil.org.

    Starting with the breakout role of ‘A.C. Slater' on the hit sitcom "Saved by the Bell," Mario Lopez has had success in the entertainment industry that spans over 34 years. He is currently the host of the Emmy Award winning entertainment program, "Extra", in a position he has held for the past ten years. He is also the host the national radio shows: ON with Mario Lopez and iHeartRadio Countdown with Mario Lopez. Lopez has also launched a YouTube channel called "The Lopez Family." Created alongside Awestruck, the channel features his wife Courtney, their two children, and their two dogs. Mario can also add best-selling author to his list of credits with books including, "Extra Lean," "Extra Lean Family," and "Just Between Us," along with the children's books "Mud Tacos" and "Mario & Baby Gia." Recognized by both the industry and his fans, he was the recipient of several "Young Artist Awards," and nominated several times for ALMA Awards and Teen Choice Awards. As an Alumni Ambassador for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Mario helps bring to light the major issues affecting today's young people, including the importance of graduating from high school and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Mr. Lopez is married to his wife Courtney, with whom he has two children -- Gia and Dominic.

    "We are proud to honor Mario, as he epitomizes what we look for in a Father of the Year," said Dan Orwig, President & CEO of The Father's Day/Mother's Day Council. "Despite his hectic schedule packed with interviews and red carpet moments, Mario prioritizes his family, while accomplishing his philanthropic duties."

    The National Father's Day/Mother's Day Council, Inc. is a not-for profit organization that strives to heighten the meaning and observance of the Father's Day and Mother's Day holidays, while raising funds for philanthropic purposes. The Council has donated more than $30 million to date to meaningful charities nationwide.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17937-mario-lopez-to-be-honored-as-2018-father-of-the-year

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  • Last week the Breast Cancer Research Foundation's Annual Hot Pink Party Raised over $5.5 Million for Research.

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    One of the most anticipated events of the season, the event raised over $5.5 million for breast cancer research. Emceed by Elizabeth Hurley, the event featured Honorary Co-chairs Leonard and Judy Lauder, a performance by nine-time Grammy Award-winner and two-time Oscar nominee, Mary J. Blige, and a video message by long-time supporter and event Honorary Co-chair Elton John. The evening honored Denise LeFrak, who was presented with the Roslyn and Leslie Goldstein Unsung Hero Award by Roberta Model Amon.

    Over 1,100 guests attended this year's aquatic gala designed by Rafanelli Events, themed "New Depths", which was a nod to BCRF's researchers, who take a "deep dive" into the mysteries of cancer, with far-reaching outcomes.

    Noteworthy guests included LL Cool J, Misty Copeland, Dee and Tommy Hilfiger, Amy Robach, Jeff Gordon and Ingrid Vandebosch, Nina Garcia, Carolyn Murphy, Brian and Amy France, Daniel Basso, Paul Shaffer, Andy Karl and Orfeh, Lea DeLaria and Emma Myles.

    "I'm so proud to be part of BCRF's Hot Pink Party and show my support for this incredible organization. On behalf of women around the globe, I'm honored to join BCRF in its noble mission to end breast cancer." said Mary J. Blige.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17938-hot-pink-party-raises-55-million-for-breast-cancer-research

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  • Domestic violence prevention and intervention organization, Jenesse Center and its long time ambassador Halle Berry are proud to announce veteran KJLH-FM Radio Personality Adai Lamar as the event Emcee for the Imagine cocktail party fundraiser to be held Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 6:30pm – 10pm, at the Wilshire Country Club at 301 N Rossmore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004.

    Jenesse CEO Karen Earl said, "We are thrilled to welcome KJLH Radio personality Adai Lamar as our event Emcee. For years, Adai has walked the journey with us to share information with the community on Jenesse programs and services. She shows up early and stays late at our events, workshops and programs to raise awareness on domestic violence prevention and intervention. She has been diligent to ensure people in the community who need Jenesse's help find their way to our doors. We couldn't ask for a more faithful friend and partner in this movement to help women."

    KJLH Radio Personality Adai Lamar said, "I have watched Jenesse over the years do profoundly amazing work in the community to help women and children who were ravaged by domestic violence. It is refreshing to see their facilities that are such a departure from what many may expect a shelter to look like. They are serene, beautiful and nurturing spaces for families to heal. To watch Jenesse programs that focus on legal support, technology training, vocational aptitude, healthy lifestyles and holistic well being, it makes me so very proud to be a supporter. Jenesse does what they say they're going to do and I've seen so many lives changed for the better because of this incredible organization. I'm excited to emcee Imagine. It will be an evening of hope, celebration and knowing Jenesse the way I do, lots of love!"

    The goal of Imagine is to elevate the conversation around the topic of violence towards women, girls and men and advocate the human right of peace in everyone's homes, workplaces and relationships.

    Leaders from business, non profit, media, entertainment and government sectors are invited to attend. The event will shine a light on organizations and individuals who have moved the mission forward to raise funds and bring awareness to the issue, provide funding and relief to survivors and use their voice to stop the cycle of domestic violence.

    Jenesse Ambassador Halle Berry said, "One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. This is why for 17 years, I have worked with Jenesse first hand to bring awareness to this life-or-death cause. I am proud of the achievements we have made to heal women, girls and families ravaged by violent homes and relationships."

    To learn more about Imagine or Jenesse, visit www.jenesse.org or call 323-299-9496.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17939-jenesse-center-and-halle-berry-announce-kjlh-fm-radio-personality-adai-lamar-to-emcee-the-imagine-cocktail-party

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  • Bay Area Lyme Foundation, a leading sponsor of Lyme disease research in the United States, brought together scientists, philanthropists, celebrities and patients for the sixth annual LymeAid, an event aimed at raising funds to make Lyme disease easy to diagnose and simple to cure.

    This year's benefit dinner and concert raised more than $1 million, of which 100 percent will go directly to fund research and education projects for Lyme disease.

    "Support for Lyme disease research continues to grow, perhaps because of the increasing numbers of people who are severely impacted," remarked Linda Giampa, executive director, Bay Area Lyme Foundation. "We are honored to have renowned scientists and up-and-coming researchers lending their expertise to our efforts, and taking the time to educate and engage philanthropists and high-profile personalities through our annual LymeAid event."

    Multiple Bay Area Lyme Foundation research projects are supported by funds raised at LymeAid each year, including studies to better understand the ecology of ticks, and to identify better diagnostics and treatments that will work for all patients.

    During her welcome remarks at LymeAid 2018, Giampa led attendees in a moment of silence for all those who have died from Lyme disease. Among these are four women from the San Francisco Bay Area, one of whom experienced cardiac involvement of the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, and the other three succumbed to the complicated neurologic effects of the disease.

    Guest speakers and special guests at LymeAid 2018 helped to reinforce the devastating impact of Lyme disease, and encourage attendee engagement. Colonel Nicole Malachowski, USAF, Retired, the first female fighter pilot selected to fly as part of the elite US Air Force Thunderbirds, shared her personal experience with Lyme disease, which forced her medical retirement from the military. "Tick-borne illness brought me to my knees," said Malachowski, who suffered for more than four years before obtaining an accurate diagnosis, harboring long-term complications from the disease. "I needed every bit of mental and physical endurance training I was given as a fighter pilot to survive this disease."

    Wendy Adams, Bay Area Lyme Foundation's research grant director, shared statistics demonstrating the impact of Lyme disease, and offered details about studies being funded by the Foundation, including the Lyme Disease Biobank, and research being conducted at Brandeis University, Colorado State University, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, and Tulane.

    During the event, the Bay Area Lyme Foundation also announced the recipients of the annual Emerging Leader Awards. George Church, Ph.D. and Ting Wu, Ph.D., were each awarded a $250,000 grant to launch the Genomic Lyme Disease Research Initiative project at Harvard Medical School. Michal Caspi Tal, Ph.D. and Steven E. Phillips, M.D. will each receive $100,000 toward therapeutic research related to immunotherapy and an innovative new drug aimed at eliminating chronic tick-borne infections, respectively.

    John Aucott, M.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Christine Green, M.D., clinician, Nate Nieto, Ph.D., Northern Arizona State University; Sunjya K. Schweig, M.D., and William Robinson, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University, were among the Bay Area Lyme Foundation Scientific Advisory Board members who participated in the 2018 event. Other scientists and clinicians in attendance included Andreas Koglenik, M.D., Ph.D., Open Medicine Institute, Dan Salkeld, Ph.D., Colorado State University, and Jayakumar Rajadas, Ph.D., Stanford Lyme Working Group.

    Jay Leno served as master of ceremonies for this year's LymeAid, and generously donated visits to his personal garage, raising $70,000 for the Foundation on this auction item alone. Following the speakers and formal program, Chris Isaak entertained the enthusiastic crowd with his songs, "Wicked Game" and "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing," among other hits.

    Lucy Kuchan, Carolyn Margiotti, Kathleen O'Rourke, Amy Rao, and Jennie Savage were chairs of LymeAid 2018, along with Laure Woods, who hosted the event at her home in Portola Valley.

    Honorary hosts included: Marc Benioff, Daryl Hall, Elet Hall, Jane Seymour, Dr. Richard Horowitz, Dana Parish, Davorin Kuchan, Elaine Mellis, Jim Mair, Gib & Susan Myers, Kirsten and Josh Stein, Mason Tenaglia, and Amy Rao and Harry Plant.

    Premier event sponsors included: Salesforce, Whittier Trust and LARC. Other event sponsors included: Aggie's Toffee, Butterfield & Robinson, Erin Mac Jewelry, Old World Spirits, Sawyer Products and SurfAir.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17940-jay-leno-emcees-bay-area-lyme-foundations-lymeaid-2018

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  • Lee Greenwood delivered a distinguished performance of ‘God Bless The U.S.A.' last week to over 2,000 esteemed guests at the Washington Hilton's International Ballroom in Washington, D.C. at the 106th First Lady's Luncheon, ‘Limitless Horizons', honoring the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump.

    The event was presented by The Congressional Club Museum and Foundation, co-chaired by Congressional spouses Pat O'Halleran (D-IL) and Jennifer Messer, (R-IN). Greenwood was joined by "The President's Own" United States Marine Corps Band, featuring Master Sergeant Kevin L. Bennear who performed the National Anthem. Country artist Billy Dean, performed his original song, "Be Best," as a tribute to Mrs. Trump's formal platform, a comprehensive children's program to focus on three main points: well-being, fighting opioid abuse and positivity on social media.

    "As a mother and as first lady, it concerns me that in today's fast-paced and ever-connected world, children can be less prepared to express or manage their emotions and oftentimes turn to forms of destructive or addictive behavior such as bullying, drug addiction or even suicide," the First Lady said during a Rose Garden event last Monday. "I feel strongly that as adults we can and should be best at educating our children about the importance of a healthy and balanced life."

    "I've never seen so many powerful women in one room at the same time. Singing at the First Lady's Luncheon was bittersweet," said Greenwood. "We are praying for the First Lady as she recovers at Walter Reed from kidney surgery, a fantastic facility that has served our military and those that run our great Nation for many years. We are confident the First Lady is in great hands."

    The First Lady was unable to attend the luncheon due to a recent hospitalization. Second Lady of the United States, Mrs. Karen Pence, wife of the Vice President of the United States Mike Pence, gave warm remarks to the Congressional Club members and their guests.

    Other distinguished guests in attendance included Mrs. Janna Ryan, wife of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mrs. Jane Roberts, wife of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Mrs. Susan Pompeo, wife of the Secretary of State, Mrs. Mary Kennedy, wife of the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Mrs. Ginni Lamp Thomas, wife of the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Dr. Joanna Breyer, wife of the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Mrs. Louise Gorsuch, wife of the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Mrs. Mary Sessions, wife of the Attorney General, Mrs. Lolita Zinke, wife of the Secretary of the Interior, Mrs. Hilary Geary Ross, wife of the Secretary of Commerce, Mrs. Jan Acosta, wife of the Secretary of Labor, Mrs. Jennifer Azar, wife of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Mrs. Candy Carson, wife of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Mrs. Candy Carson, wife of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, The Honorable Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation and wife of the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, and Mr. Paul Pelosi, husband of the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives.

    The charitable recipient of the luncheon included Lily's Place of Huntington, W. Va.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17941-melania-trump-honored-at-106th-first-ladys-luncheon

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  • Some of the biggest names in acting, music and sports from around the world have come together to sign a letter urging President Joko Widodo of Indonesia to end the brutal slaughter of millions of dogs and cats for the meat trade.

    More than 90 celebrities, including Keely & Pierce Brosnan, Cameron Diaz, Ellen DeGeneres, Simon Cowell, Kate Beckinsale, Elizabeth Hurley, Ricky Gervais, Moby, Leona Lewis, Courteney Cox, Alfie Boe, Lucy Lawless, Brian May, and Tyrese Gibson, are supporting the Dog Meat-Free Indonesia coalition after its investigation exposed horrific treatment of dogs and cats being bludgeoned and blow-torched to death in Indonesia's gruesome markets. The DMFI coalition comprises Animal Friends Jogja, Change for Animals Foundation, Humane Society International, Jakarta Animal Aid Network and FOUR PAWS.

    Beyond the cruelty and brutality, the trade poses a serious threat to the health and safety of Indonesian citizens, due to the spread of rabies and the violence that has sprung up around gangs that forcibly take the dogs from their owners to sell them into the trade.

    In writing to President Widodo, the celebrities point to the damage the trade is doing to Indonesia's international reputation as a popular tourist destination, and urge him to take action to join the growing number of countries across Asia that have banned the trade in and consumption of dog and cat meat.

    As well as participation from global celebrities, the campaign has also garnered support from some of Indonesia's biggest stars, including singers Anggun Cipta Sasmi, Gamaliel Tapiheru, Cakra Khan, Nina Tamam, Melanie Subono, and actors Sophia Latjuba, Sarah Sechan and Dimas Beck.

    The letter to President Widodo reads: "We were horrified by the findings of nationwide investigations by the Dog Meat-Free Indonesia coalition, documenting the horrific reality of the trade: more than one million dogs and cats are transported throughout Indonesia to supply markets, slaughterhouses and restaurants. These animals, many of them stolen pets, are subjected to crude and brutal methods of capture, transport and slaughter, and the immense suffering and fear they must endure is heartbreaking and absolutely shocking.

    The footage from markets in North Sulawesi is deplorable, and clearly documents the routine use of brutal handling and killing, including repeatedly bludgeoning animals over the head, killing animals in front of their terrified cage-mates, and blowtorching dogs whilst they are still alive. We are sure you will agree that the level of brutality towards these dogs and cats is shocking and demands your urgent attention."

    The footage that moved celebrities to join the campaign was filmed by the DMFI coalition during nationwide investigations, including earlier this year at two of North Sulawesi's estimated 200 traditional animal markets. It documents the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption where, in full view of their terrified cage-mates, dogs and cats are seen yanked by the neck with a noose-stick, and repeatedly bludgeoned over the head. Some dogs are then filmed being blow-torched whilst clearly still alive, a process done to remove the hair before butchering.

    Humane Society International President Kitty Block says: "The brutality of Indonesia's dog and cat meat trade is utterly deplorable and it needs to stop, now. We are so grateful to these global and Indonesian superstars who have come together to support Dog Meat-Free Indonesia's efforts to end this cruel and dangerous industry, and we respectfully urge President Widodo to work with us on a solution that protects not only Indonesia's dogs and cats but also the health of its people."

    Lola Webber, Director of Change For Animals Foundation explains: "This year, 2018, marks the Year of the Dog, and we stand united in our call on the central and provincial governments of Indonesia to take action against the dog meat trade to show the world that animal cruelty will not be tolerated, and to safeguard both animal and human health and safety."

    With rabies endemic in 26 of the nation's 34 provinces, not only is the dog meat trade unimaginably cruel, the dog meat trade poses a very real and grave health risk to all sectors of society. The trade sees millions of dogs caught and killed every year, but it only takes one infected dog to cause an outbreak, with devastating consequences for both animals and people. The World Health Organization has explicitly highlighted the trade in dogs for human consumption as a contributing factor to the spread of rabies in Indonesia.

    Karin Franken, Director of Jakarta Animal Aid Network says: "Most people in Indonesia don't eat dog and cat meat; in fact, many Indonesians are highly critical of the trade because of the growing concerns for animal welfare, high incidence of dog theft and the fear created by the gangs who steal dogs from the streets and people's homes."

    Bobby Fernando of Animal Friends Jogja says: "People are shocked by the brutality routinely used by those involved in the dog and cat meat trade. We need the world to join us in calling for an end to Indonesia's dog and cat meat trade."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17942-celebrities-call-for-end-to-horrific-dog-and-cat-meat-trade-in-indonesia

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  • Over the weekend, Uplift Family Services proudly honored the agency's friends and champions Ike Barinholtz and wife Erica Hanson with the Ambassador of Children Award, and the agency's first-ever Volunteer of the Year Award went to CAA's Chris Andrews.

    Sally Pressman, Dawn McCoy, Busy Philipps, Colin Hanks, Samantha Bryant, Peter Weller, and Shari Stowe
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    The master of ceremonies was Busy Philipps and the event featured a musical performance by Allie Crow Buckley.

    Other guests included: Edgar Ramirez (presenting to Andrews); Colin Hanks (presenting to Barinholtz and Hanson) and wife Samantha Bryant; actress and lifestyle blogger Ali Larter; stand-up comedian and writer Hayes MacArthur (Super Troopers 2); Carson Meyer (A Million Little Pieces); Sally Pressman (NBC's "Good Girls"; TBS' "The Detour"); Nicole Sullivan ("Black-ish", "Disjointed", "MADtv"); Jon Barinholtz (NBC's "Superstore"); prolific character actor Peter Weller and more.

    "Uplift Family Services is involved in active change," said Colin Hanks. "Time and energy spent helping these kids in our community is time well spent."

    Uplift Family Services at Hollygrove's 7th Annual Norma Jean Gala benefitted the agency's behavioral and mental health programs that provide help and hope to more than 1,200 at-risk children and their families in the Hollywood and South Los Angeles communities. Its namesake is the Hollygrove campus' most famous alumni -- Norma Jean Baker, who benefitted from the agency's care as a child before she ultimately came to be known as the international icon Marilyn Monroe. Proceeds from the Norma Jean Gala support Uplift Family Services at Hollygrove's unique and effective privately-funded therapeutic afterschool, summer and parent support programs that help create stability, strengthen the family and provide a greater chance of success for the child to become productive and thrive. In addition to underwriting support from presenting sponsor Houlihan Lokey, major gala sponsors included: RETS Associates, Bryant-Reichling Real Estate, CAA, CB Technologies, COMPASS Hollywood, the Johnny Carson Foundation, UTA and Paramount Studios, CIM Group.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17943-stars-attend-up-ift-family-services-7th-annual-norma-jean-gala

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  • On the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day, PBS' multi award-winning NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT returns live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol hosted by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise.

    The 29th annual broadcast of the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT airs live on PBS Sunday, May 27, 2018, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.

    An annual tradition unlike anything else on television, America's national night of remembrance takes us back to the real meaning of the holiday through personal stories interwoven with musical performances. This year's program features the following stories:

    • The show will recognize the story of two buddies – Joe Annello and Hiroshi "Hershey" Miyamura – friends for over 68 years, who helped each other survive deadly combat during the Korean War, endured the unimaginable as POWs, and became American heroes – one receiving the Silver Star and the other the Medal of Honor. This national moment of remembrance will recognize our Korean War veterans with performances by Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award-nominated actor John Corbett (MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING) and star of CHICAGO MED Brian Tee.
    • Women have served our nation in times of war and peace since our country's founding -- even before they were officially allowed to enlist. To mark the 70th anniversary of the Women's Armed Services Integration Act, the concert will pay tribute to the contributions of women in our military throughout history, including the story of Silver Star recipient Leigh Ann Hester, the 1st woman to receive the Silver Star for combat. The segment will conclude by honoring women representing generations of service since WWII from the 5 branches of the military on stage. Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress Allison Janney (I, TONYA, MOM, THE WEST WING) and Tony-nominated actress and star of TV's FALLING WATER, THE WEST WING and LOADED, Mary McCormack will participate in this segment.
    • This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Khe Sanh, one of the fiercest battles of the Vietnam War. The show will feature the story of Purple Heart recipient Bill Rider, who was part of the battalion known as "The Walking Dead." Bill's story will focus on his return home to fight a different war…that of post-traumatic stress. As part of his healing process, Bill found a way to pay it forward by dedicating his life to helping generations of service men and women who have experienced the trauma of war. Bill's story will be told by Academy Award-nominated actor Graham Greene (DANCES WITH WOLVES, WIND RIVER).
    • 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day and first commemorated at Arlington National Cemetery.

    The all-star line-up also features distinguished American leader General Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.) and musical performances by actor and country singer Charles Esten (NASHVILLE); Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer Cynthia Erivo (THE COLOR PURPLE); three-time Grammy Award-nominee singer/songwriter Leona Lewis; Tony-nominee and star of NBC's hit TV show SMASH, Broadway and TV's Megan Hilty; acclaimed tenor and Broadway star Alfie Boe (LES MISÉRABLES); and Gary Sinise & The Lt. Dan Band, marking 15 years and over 400 concerts entertaining our troops, veterans and military families; in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. Stay tuned for an additional talent announcement coming soon.

    The concert will also be live-streamed on PBS, You Tube, Facebook and www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert and available as Video on Demand, May 28 to June 10, 2018.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17944-live-on-the-150th-anniversary-of-memorial-day-pbs-national-memorial-day-concert

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  • The Oral Cancer Foundation has a new relationship with eight-time GRAMMY winner, Emmy winner, humanitarian, singer, songwriter and producer, Ziggy Marley.

    Mr. Marley has generously offered to allow CharityBuzz to auction off three (3) VIP events for two (2) on his REBELLION RISES TOUR. The winner(s) will enjoy this highly anticipated tour that only a select few get to experience up close and personal, meeting Mr. Marley. After the concert at a tour city of the winners choosing, a photo opportunity will be provided during their meet & greet with Ziggy Marley himself. The tour starts in America and travels to several European cities. Raising funds for the oral cancer issue via OCF, this auction will help support awareness campaigns, research, early discovery initiatives, and outreach that will help save lives. Available tour dates are here (Dates may be subject to change).

    Reggae icon Ziggy Marley will release his seventh full-length solo studio album, Rebellion Rises, on May 18th through Tuff Gong Worldwide. Fully written, recorded and produced by Marley, this passionate and indelible new collection of music encourages people to stand together in activism through love.

    Ziggy Marley has released many albums to much critical acclaim. His early immersion in music came at age ten when he sat in on recording sessions with his father, Bob Marley. As front man to Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, the group has released ten live and studio albums, three of which became GRAMMY-winners with such chart-topping hits as "Look Who's Dancing," "Tomorrow People," and "Tumbling Down." Then, in an effort to pursue his own creative endeavors, 2003 saw the launch of Ziggy's solo career with the release of Dragonfly (RCA Records). His second solo effort, Love Is My Religion (Tuff Gong Worldwide), won a GRAMMY in 2006 for Best Reggae Album, as did the subsequent release of Family Time (Tuff Gong Worldwide) in 2009 for Best Children's Album. 2011's Wild and Free was also nominated for Best Reggae Album, the same year in which Ziggy debuted his first-ever graphic novel, Marijuanaman. In addition to his music, Marley established the U.R.G.E. (Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment) organization to help children in poverty.

    You can go directly to the auction item and start bidding here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17945-ziggy-marley-partners-with-the-oral-cancer-foundation

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  • GLSEN, the leading education organization focused on ensuring safe and inclusive schools for all students hosted the annual GLSEN Respect Awards -- New York on Monday, May 21st at Cipriani 42nd Street.

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    The event honored Rosario Dawson, David Henry Jacobs, Hollister Co., Stephanie Byers & E.O. Green Junior High School.

    Rosario Dawson received the Inspiration Award; Hollister Co., a brand of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF), received the Corporate Ally Award; Stephanie Byers received GLSEN's Educator of the Year Award; E.O. Green Junior High School GSA, PRISM received GLSEN's GSA of the Year.

    Additional VIP attendees included Kerry Butler, Angelica Ross, Cheech Manohar, Isis King, Miss J Alexander, Laith Ashley, Nico Tortella, Molly Bernard, Tarana Burke, Kaia Burke, Valerie Smaldone and Desmond the Amazing

    The GLSEN Respect Awards were introduced in 2004 by GLSEN, the leading education organization working to create safe and inclusive K-12 schools for LGBTQ youth. Held annually in Los Angeles and New York, the award show honors the work of student leaders, educators, community organizers, influencers, and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17948-rosario-dawson-honored-at-glsen-respect-awards-new-york

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  • Turner and the NBA today announced that Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo will be the recipient of this year's Sager Strong Award at the NBA Awards on TNT, presented by Kia, to be held Monday, June 25, with coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

    The Sager Strong Award, named for iconic Turner Sports sideline reporter Craig Sager, is presented annually to an individual who has been a trailblazer while exemplifying courage, faith, compassion and grace. The award is bestowed upon the recipient in the form of a colorful suit jacket, a replica of the one worn by Sager during his unforgettable "Time is simply how you live your life" speech in 2016.

    One of basketball's most respected defensive players and rebounders, Mutombo is also well regarded beyond the game for his humanitarian work around the world. Two decades ago he created the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, dedicated to improving the health, education and quality of life for the people of his native Democratic Republic of the Congo. Among the many achievements for DMF, the organization opened the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital in 2007, and since, the facility has treated nearly a quarter million patients.

    In 2009, Mutombo was named a global ambassador for the NBA by NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern.

    The basketball Hall of Famer originally came to the United States in 1987 on an academic scholarship to Georgetown. Later, the school's legendary coach John Thompson invited him to try out for the basketball team. Eventually, he would be a first round NBA Draft pick in 1991, and go on to play 19 years in the NBA before retiring in 2009.

    The 2018 NBA Awards on TNT -- presented live from historic Barker Hangar in Los Angeles -- will honor all of the league's top performers from the 2017-18 NBA season, including the exclusive unveiling of the Kia NBA MVP, Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Kia NBA Rookie of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award, among others.

    The second annual NBA Awards on TNT will once again feature current and former NBA players, coaches, musical performances and celebrity presenters throughout the evening. Additionally, the Sports Emmy Award-winning Inside the NBA studio team of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O0Neal will be integrated throughout the show. Additional details will be announced at a later date.

    Last year's first-ever Sager Strong recipient was Monty Williams, who has spent more than two decades as a player, coach and executive with the Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans (as head coach), Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs. His legacy throughout the basketball community extends beyond the court, as someone who has repeatedly faced adversity while remaining a beacon of compassion, loyalty, faith and family.

    The NBA Awards on TNT, created by Turner Sports and the NBA, is produced by dick clark productions.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17947-dikembe-mutombo-to-receive-sager-strong-award-at-nba-awards

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  • The Prince of Wales hosted a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the work of his Charities and Military Associations.

    Prince Of Wales 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration
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    His Royal Highness, accompanied by The Duchess of Cornwall, met a number of the 6,000 people who were invited from 386 of his Patronages and 20 of his Military Associations. A number of guests from the Police, Fire, Ambulance, Mountain Rescue, and RNLI also attended.

    The Prince of Wales is also Patron or President of over 420 charities. The oldest patronage being the Bath Preservation Trust, which The Prince has been Patron of since 1973.

    See the full list of The Prince's Patronages.

    The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the celebration of The Prince's Charitable work, with The Duke giving a speech:

    "You have inspired William and I, and looking out here today, it is clear to see that we are not alone. You have created an incredible body of work that has, and will continue to make such a huge difference to so many people's lives."

    For over 40 years His Royal Highness has been a leader in identifying charitable need and setting up and driving forward charities to meet it.

    The Prince of Wales carries out hundreds of engagements every year in support of both his, and others', charities. Collectively The Prince of Wales's charities raised more than £120 million annually to support The Prince of Wales's charitable work in the UK and overseas.

    100 Cadets from Youth United helped with the day's events. In 2009, passionate about youth social action and uniformed youth, His Royal Highness brought together heads of the Nation's leading uniformed youth groups to form the first collaborative network for uniformed youth.

    A number of the cadets and emergency services personnel attending were first responders after the bombing at the Manchester Arena on 22nd May 2017. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Manchester Arena on 26th June 2017 to meet staff who were first on the scene immediately after the bombing.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17954-prince-charles-is-joined-by-duke-and-duchess-of-sussex-for-70th-birthday-patronage-celebration

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