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Mar

NBA Players support children during Hoops for St. Jude Week

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Los Angeles Lakers Center Pau Gasol on one of his frequent visits to St. Jude.

From Friday, March 7, until Thursday, March 13, the NBA and its players, coaches, and staff are participating in Hoops for St. Jude Week, a week-long celebration in appreciation of the outstanding work and research of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the field of children’s cancer and other terminal illnesses. Throughout the week, the NBA Family is using its global media platform – including social media, online, and in-game promotions – to highlight the success St. Jude has had and raise awareness of an extremely important cause. NBA coaches are wearing St. Jude lapel pins during games, and St. Jude ambassadors – players and coaches who support and promote the cause – will use their celebrity along with social media outlets, public appearances, and other opportunities to help raise awareness of the mission and encourage others to contribute.

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19

Feb

Third Annual Rush HeARTS Education Luncheon

Rush co-founder Russell Simmons and actress/hostess Cynthia Nixon.

Last week on Valentine’s Day, actress Cynthia Nixon hosted the third annual Rush HeARTS Education Valentine’s Day Luncheon at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Presented by the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, the luncheon served as an opportunity to highlight the philanthropic efforts of some generous celebrities as well as raise funds for the foundation’s educational programs.

Fashion designer Zac Posen, model Alek Wek, and actress Patina Miller were each recognized for their successful careers and their commitment to philanthropic causes; Angela Simmons and designers Dee and Ricky served as event chairs. Other notable attendees were Padma Lakshmi; Robert Verdi; Miss Universe 2013, Gabriela Isler; model Angela Martini; Broadway star Charl Brown; violinist Miri Ben-Ari; and comedian Courtney Davis, along with Russell and Danny Simmons, two of three co-founders of Rush.

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15

Feb

Vanessa Redgrave honored at 2014 amfAR New York Gala

Actor Liam Neeson presenting Vanessa Hardgrave and Joely Richardson with the amfAR Award of Courage.

In celebration of the launch of its “Countdown to a Cure for HIV/AIDS” initiative” aimed at finding a cure for AIDS by the year 2020, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, hosted the star-studded annual amfAR Gala at NYC’s Cipriani Wall Street. Presented by Bulgari and Wells Fargo and produced by Andrew Boose/AAB Productions, the evening served as an opportunity to raise funds for HIV/AIDS research, as well as honor a few outstanding participants in the ongoing fight against the disease.

This year’s amfAR Gala, which included a live auction and words from Chelsea Clinton and amfAR trustee, Harry Belafonte, was wildly successful, raising funds totaling $1.7 million. Actress Vanessa Redgrave and her daughter, Joely Richardson, were both honored with amfAR’s Awards of Courage for their continuing efforts to support amfAR and survive the legacy of their daughter/sister and amfAR trustee, Natasha Richardson. Filmmaker and fashion photographer, Peter Lindbergh, was also honored for his generous contributions.

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03

Feb

NFL stars appear on Kathie Lee & Hoda, surprise students

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On Friday, star NFL players Matt Herzlich and Randall Cobb, of the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers, respectively, appeared on Kathie Lee & Hoda on behalf of TODAY, GMC, and Characters Unite to present two young students with a brand new 2014 GMC Arcadia and a four-year college scholarship for each of them. The surprise presentation was promoted in conjunction with the airing of the “NFL Characters Unite” documentary, highlighting stories of NFL players who overcame hardships such as prejudice, bullying, and discrimination on the way to achieving their dreams of football success, which also aired Friday on USA Network and was presented by GMC.

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will.i.am hosts 3rd annual TRANS4M conference and benefit concert in Hollywood

will.i.am and Rosie Perez. Photo courtesy of Live Out Loud LA.

The Avalon in Hollywood, CA, marked the site of the third annual TRANS4M conference and benefit concert in support of rapper-songwriter-producer will.i.am’s i.am.angel foundation. i.am.angel focuses on offering educational opportunities and support to young students that might not otherwise have the resources needed to further their education. will.i.am has already done work for students in his home community of Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles, and he is now looking to make a difference in other areas around the country, starting with Detroit, MI.

The concert, which featured musical performances from the likes of Chaka Khan, Sergio Mendez, Bell Biv DeVoe, Biz Markie, Doug E. Fresh, Scarface, Slick Rick, Cody Wise, Leah McFall, and We Are The Future, also saw speeches given by actress-producer-director, Rosie Perez, as well as the host of the evening, will.i.am. In total, the hugely successful gathering raised $2.5 million towards i.am.angel’s cause.

www.iamangelfoundation.org

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Be The Match, Stand Up to Cancer enlist Robin Roberts new PSA campaign

Be The Match and Stand Up To Cancer launched their new joint PSA campaign during the Martin Luther King Day 2014 edition of “Good Morning America.” The two PSAs, which serve as an outlet to raise cancer awareness, feature the show’s anchor, Ambassador of Hope for Be The Match and two-time cancer survivor, Robin Roberts. Scheduled to run through June 30, the ads seek to help patients battling blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma by raising much-needed funds for research and increasing the number of volunteer bone marrow donors on the national Be The Match registry. Roberts began her crusade against cancer and recruitment of bone marrow donors after she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome in 2012; needing a bone marrow transplant, she found a perfect match in her sister, Sally-Ann.

Find out more at www.bethematch.org.

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13

Jan

Sean Penn throws 3rd Annual Help Haiti Home Gala, U2 performs

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The man of the evening, Sean Penn. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Last Saturday a slew of big-name celebrities congregated at the Montage Hotel in Los Angeles for the third annual Help Haiti Home Gala, put on by actor Sean Penn on behalf of his J/P Haitian Relief Organization (JPHRO). Help Haiti Home, which has served as the premier pre-Golden Globes event for the past three years, was presented by Giorgio Armani and hosted by CNN’s popular news anchor and journalist, Anderson Cooper.

The fundraiser, which included a live auction, was overwhelmingly successful, raising $6 million towards JPHRO’s relief efforts in Haiti. Without question, the highlight of the entire night was a surprise three-song set delivered by none other than world-renowned rock band, U2. What made the performance even more special is the fact that it marked the first time the band had appeared on stage together in four years.

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23

Dec

Shaquille O’Neal teams up with the Boys & Girls Club of Venice to host annual SHAQ-a-CLAUS holiday event

Today Shaquille O’Neal held his annual SHAQ-a-CLAUS event at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice in Los Angeles. More than 300 BGCA members received a JAKKS toy, a pair of Crocs shoes, and lunch provided by Panda Express, as well as a photo with the retired NBA superstar, whom spent much of his childhood at the Boys & Girls Club. O’Neal even arranged to have snowfall to bring the spirit of the holidays to the SHAQ-a-CLAUS event, which he has held each year since 1992.

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T.I. hosts annual “Tis the Season for Giving” toy drive in hometown Atlanta

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T.I. and Jeezy giving back to their Atlanta community. Photo via ATLNightSpots.com.

Last Friday, rapper-actor T.I. hosted his annual “Tis the Season for Giving” toy drive at Metroplex in his hometown of Atlanta, GA, along with fellow Atlanta-bred rap artist, Jeezy. The holiday celebration saw them give toys to 1,800 children and provide free food, bowling, skating, prizes, and arcade games, along with free health screenings for all in attendance.

“Tis the Season for Giving” was presented by Music Education Group in partnership with Fulton County Human Services, Metroplex, and T.I.’s Give Like a King Humanitarian Initiative. It was also supported by Grand Hustle, The CTE Family and media partner, V-103.

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11

Dec

23rd Annual Children’s Defense Fund Beat the Odds Awards

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Actress Reese Witherspoon presenting an award to one of the evening’s honorees.

Last Thursday, December 5th, the Children’s Defense Fund held its 23rd Annual Beat the Odds Awards at the Beverly Hills Hotel in California. The dinner and awards ceremony, hosted by Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children’s Defense Fund, served as a celebration honoring the academic achievements of five Los Angeles area high school students, each of whom has overcome difficult circumstances in order to excel in the classroom.

The 2013 honorees include Marilyn Bravo of Abraham Lincoln High School; Stephanie Fabian of Venice High School Foreign Language Magne; Alezaihvia Melendez of Animo Locke II Charter High School; Alexis Metcalfe of King Drew Medical Magnet High School; and Jerry Gonzalez of Miguel Contreras High School. Each student will receive a $10,000 college scholarship, private tutoring, one-on-one college counseling, ongoing mentoring, internship placements, life skills development, SAT prep, and college tours.

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