• Massive Events Planned For World Children's DayMassive Events Planned For World Children's Day

    UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham, President of Chile Michelle Bachelet, singer, songwriter and actress Pink, actress Millie Bobby Brown, singers, songwriters and musicians Chloe x Halle, legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and FCB and FCB Foundation are among the many stars, leaders and organizations lending their voices to children for World Children’s Day, UNICEF has announced. “It’s a fun day with a serious point. A day for children by children to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfill their potential,” said Justin Forsyth, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director. The day, set for November 20, marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the mobilization of the first World Children’s Day. Children from around the world will ‘take over’ key roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and fulfil their potential. 13-year-old British star of hit series Stranger Things 2 Millie Bobby Brown, who is backing the initiative, said: “I am so excited for the first ever global celebration of World Children’s Day on November 20th with UNICEF. It’s our day, everyone! A day for us to raise our voices and unite. So let’s do it – in our schools, with our friends, with our families!” Below is a calendar of key events: Tuesday, November 14: Spanish footballer and New York City FC captain David Villa will be put through his paces in a training session led by children from his New York DV7 Soccer Academy. Wednesday, November 15: Children from around the world will take over singer, songwriter and actress P!nk’s latest smash hit What about us with a brand new music video cover of the song. French music group and UNICEF Ambassadors Kids United, PS22 Chorus and a group of child musicians and dancers have recorded their own version of the track for children, by children. P!nk said: “This World Children’s Day, I am teaming up with UNICEF to remind the world that children and young people’s voices matter and that their perspectives must be included in the decisions that will shape their future. I am excited to lend What About Us to a global kids take over on November 20 as we celebrate the power of kids around the world speaking out about the issues that affect them.” Saturday, November 18: All Blacks rugby stars Ryan Crotty, Kane Hames and Jeffery Toomaga-Allen will team up to hold a special one-off training session with children, sharing skills and practising game moves. Actors and philanthropists Debora-lee Furness and Hugh Jackman are supporting the fundraising efforts for World Children’s Day through #Workout for Water – taking place in gyms in over 100 countries. Instructors and gym goers can participate to help children and their families access safe water, healthcare and food in some of the world’s poorest nations. Click here. Monday, November 20: World Children’s Day event at the United Nations, New York. UNICEF will bring together high-profile supporters, influencers and special guests alongside children who represent some of the world’s most vulnerable children to speak out to the international community on issues that matter to them. Singers, songwriters and musicians Chloe x Halle will debut a specially penned track to mark the day. Isabela Moner from Transformers: The Last Knight and Nickelodeon, Logan actress Dafne Keen, Jaden Michael, star of Wonderstruck; Zari, star of the local Afghan version of Sesame Street; and Sherrie Westin, Executive Vice President of Global Impact, Sesame Workshop will all join UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and 150 children in a take-over of United Nations Headquarters. Blue carpet photo call from 09.00am – 09:45am ET in the United Nation’s East Foyer. Media should arrive at 08:30am. World Children’s Day event at the Palais des Nations, Geneva. In Geneva, around 200 children and young people will ‘take over’ the Palais des Nations, with the participation of the Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG) Mr. Michael Møller. The French youth music group and UNICEF Ambassadors, Kids United, will perform their version of P!nk’s smash hit What About Us, in an event organized entirely by young people. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham will release a short film in which he quizzes children about their views of the world. During the heartwarming film, Beckham is seen in conversation with five children asking a series of questions such as what changes they would like to see for children in the future and what rules they would give grown-ups. The film was recorded in New York with children aged 6-10 years-old: Smith (6), Jenna (7), Fiona (7), Jayla (8) and Royce (10). Beckham said: “This World Children’s Day we are handing over the reins to children, encouraging them to speak out for each other. One important lesson from my travels with UNICEF is that we need to listen to children about the world they want to live in. On November 20th children will unite to discuss what matters most to them such as violence, bullying, education and demand a better future for every child.” In Spain, the mighty FC Barcelona football pitch, home of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Leo Messi, will be taken over by 24 children aged 9 and 10 years-old who will be put through their paces in a practice session with Coach Ernesto Valverde, before being joined by the players for the game handshake. Children will also storm the boardroom and take over the roles of President and Vice President at the Club’s Board of Directors. Over at Fundació FC Barcelona, children will take over key roles. In India, 22 special child athletes aged 13-18 years-old will take over the cricket field and play with legendary cricketer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar and UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth. At the event, 14 year old Raseel Arora will also unveil a unique idea ‘cricket scoreboard’ idea that recognizes girls’ achievements in India. In Copenhagen, South Korean actor and long-serving national UNICEF Ambassador Ahn Sung-ki will help children take over the work of the world’s largest humanitarian supply warehouse. In Accra, 10 children from eight African countries will tell the world about the Africa they want during a series of TED Talk-style events called Africa Dialogues. The event will be streamed live, and recordings of the 5-10 minute talks by the children will be disseminated on digital platforms. The children come from Burkina Faso, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Gambia. Click here. Around the world, leaders across levels of government will support World Children’s Day, including Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Taoiseach of Ireland (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar, President of France Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister of Jordan Hani Al-Mulki, President of Chile Michelle Bachelet and with support from the United States Conference of Mayors, mayors from across the U.S. will participate. More than 50 organizations globally will turn over roles to children including LEGO, Qantas and H&M Foundation. For example, to celebrate children’s right to play, children will take over the roles of Chairman of the LEGO Foundation Thomas Kirk Kristiansen, and Chief Marketing Officer of the LEGO Group Julia Goldin. The children will spend the day directing a team of advertising creatives at LEGO House and LEGO offices in the making of a LEGO stop-motion advert on the power of play to be released early January 2018. In schools around the world, children will also take over classrooms and assemblies to raise their voices and fundraise in solidarity with the world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable children. From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17349-massive-events-planned-for-world-childrens-day Related past articles Equality Now Celebrates 25th Anniversary Make Equality Reality GalaSelena Gomez Named 2017 Billboard Woman Of The YearBeyonce Lends Song To New Global Goals Campaign Film Explore celebrities by social reach, cause, location, field and more with Insider Access → Copyright © 2017 Look To The Stars. 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  • Thomas Rhett To Kick Off 127th Salvation Army Red Kettle CampaignThomas Rhett To Kick Off 127th Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign

    Academy of Country Music’s Male Vocalist of the Year Thomas Rhett will perform LIVE at AT&T Stadium during the nationally televised halftime of the Dallas Cowboys game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thanksgiving Day, kicking off The Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle Campaign. Donations to the iconic campaign help provide shelter and meals for the homeless and hungry, and Christmas toys for millions of children, in addition to numerous other social service programs The Salvation Army provides year-round. “Watching the Cowboys game is such a tradition on Thanksgiving Day,” said Thomas Rhett. “It’s all about being together with family and friends, but this year is going to be a little different for us. I’m pumped that we get to pack up the whole family to go to Dallas for the halftime show… it’s going to be blast and helping do it for a good cause makes it even better.” “Thomas Rhett is not only a chart-topping country artist, but also a musician whose commitment and passion for philanthropy makes him a great fit to join the Fight for Good and kickoff the Red Kettle Campaign,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, executive vice president and chief brand officer for the Cowboys and former national advisory chairperson for The Salvation Army. “Every year, The Salvation Army makes a difference in the lives of millions of Americans. We want everyone to know that their donations truly make an impact.” The Red Kettle Campaign, which begins on Thanksgiving Day and runs through Christmas Eve, is the largest and longest-running fundraiser of its kind. It raised $147.3 million during the 2016 campaign alone and has raised nearly $2.2 billion since the Cowboys Thanksgiving Day partnership began in 1997. “We are thankful for our partnership with the Dallas Cowboys, whose organization has continually provided us with incredible awareness during our most critical fundraising season,” said Lt. Col. Ron Busroe, national community relations and development secretary for The Salvation Army. “We celebrate their ongoing support, and what is sure to be a memorable kickoff performance.” As the first country artist to top the all-genre Billboard 200 Album’s chart this year, Thomas Rhett’s star has continued to rise since the release of his debut album “It Goes Like This.” Currently the Academy of Country Music’s Male Vocalist of the Year, his albums have also garnered GRAMMY, CMA, CMT, and iHeartRadio Music award nominations, including major wins for his love song “Die a Happy Man.” Thomas Rhett recently released his third album LIFE CHANGES and announced he will be bringing his signature swagger to his LIFE CHANGES TOUR 2018. To watch Thomas Rhett reveal himself as the halftime performer, click here. The Red Kettle Kickoff halftime show has been nationally televised for all of its 21 years, reaching millions of viewers with the campaign’s message. Rhett is the newest addition to a list of Red Kettle Kickoff celebrity halftime performers, including Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Selena Gomez, Kenny Chesney, Enrique Iglesias, Keith Urban, Daughtry, Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Destiny's Child, Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Creed, Jessica Simpson, Billy Gilman, Clint Black, Randy Travis, and Reba McEntire. In addition to donating to the traditional bell ringers that will be stationed at retail locations throughout the country, supporters can join The Salvation Army’s Fight for Good by starting their own #FightforGood fundraiser on RedKettleReason.org. Join the Fight for Good Joining the Fight for Good takes four easy steps: 1 Visit redkettlereason.org. 2 Click “Join the Fight” or scroll to the bottom of the page and join one of our notable citizen soldiers’ fundraisers. 3 Specify the community, fundraising goal, and designated cause to support, or simply make a general donation to The Salvation Army. 4 Encourage friends and family to donate and start their own fundraising pages. Donations can also be made through the Army’s text-to-give program. By texting the word “KETTLES” to 51555, donors can send any amount to the Red Kettle Campaign. From its humble beginnings as a Salvation Army captain’s start-up program in 1891 in San Francisco, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. It provides toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry, and countless social service programs year-round. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army volunteers throughout the country ring bells and solicit donations to the red kettles. From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17347-thomas-rhett-to-kick-off-127th-salvation-army-red-kettle-campaign Related past articles Mack, Jack & McConaughey Returns For Its 6th Annual Fundraiser EventLorde To Perform At 2018 MusiCares Person Of The Year Concert Honoring Fleetwood MacSheryl Crow Hosts House Concert Benefitting MusiCares Feature your company alongside thousands of celebrities, charities & causes → Copyright © 2017 Look To The Stars. This article may not be reproduced without explicit written permission; if you are not reading this via email or in your news reader, the site you are viewing is illegally infringing our copyright, and we would be grateful if you would contact us.

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  • Conan O'Brien To Emcee Children's Defense Fund's 27th Annual Beat The Odds AwardsConan O'Brien To Emcee Children's Defense Fund's 27th Annual Beat The Odds Awards

    The Children's Defense Fund–California will host its 27th Annual Beat the Odds Awards ceremony on December 7, 2017, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The celebration will honor five Los Angeles high school “stars” in recognition of their excellence in academic achievement, despite overcoming tremendous obstacles. This momentous occasion will be hosted by Children’s Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman, along with support from co-chairs Jurnee Smollett-Bell & Josiah Bell, Carol & Frank Biondi, Ruth-Ann Huvane, Kevin Huvane, Katie Sharer & Mark Mullen, and Liza & Conan O'Brien, and CDF-CA Executive Director Shimica Gaskins. O’Brien will serve as the night’s emcee, and will be joined by additional special guests to be announced at a later date. For over 40 years, the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) has championed policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education, as they transition into adulthood. CDF began the Beat the Odds® scholarship program in 1990 to celebrate the positive potential of young people. Rarely recognized are the many youth who succeed despite facing extraordinary challenges such as poverty, racism, violence, homelessness, family breakup or abuse that present barriers to even the smallest achievements. Children’s Defense Fund-California (CDF-CA) is proud to celebrate another outstanding group of high school students who have overcome adversity to excel in school and as leaders in their communities. To help ensure their success, CDF-CA provides each student with critical academic support services starting in 10th grade that include: ongoing mentoring, leadership and life skills development, one-on-one college counseling, SAT prep, and an opportunity to meet with a range of public and private colleges and universities in California. Additionally, upon enrolling in a college/career program, each student receives a $10,000 scholarship as well as continued support from CDF-CA. Supporting this event is also an investment in CDF-CA’s work to change the odds for children. These efforts include continuing research, advocating policies and building empowering partnerships with youth, parents and families through CDF’s signature programs and issue based campaigns. From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17346-conan-obrien-to-emcee-childrens-defense-funds-27th-annual-beat-the-odds-awards Related past articles Homes For Our Troops Veterans Day Celebrity Auction Raises Funds For Post 9/11 Injured VeteransFergie To Perform At amfAR Gala Los AngelesJulia Roberts To Be Honored At amfAR Gala Los Angeles Explore celebrities by social reach, cause, location, field and more with Insider Access → Copyright © 2017 Look To The Stars. This article may not be reproduced without explicit written permission; if you are not reading this via email or in your news reader, the site you are viewing is illegally infringing our copyright, and we would be grateful if you would contact us.

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  • Initial Lineup And Midnight Jam Announced For MerleFest 2018Initial Lineup And Midnight Jam Announced For MerleFest 2018

    MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce the initial lineup for MerleFest 2018, which will be held April 26 – 29. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The complete lineup for MerleFest 2018 will be announced over the next few months. Today’s lineup announcement includes legendary artist Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Robert Earl Keen, The Devil Makes Three, Balsam Range and the Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble, “Mission Temple Fireworks Revival” featuring Paul Thorn & Band, the Blind Boys of Alabama and the McCrary Sisters, and many more. The 2018 Midnight Jam presented by The Bluegrass Situation on Saturday, April 28th will start at 10:30 p.m. and run well past midnight, with special hosts Town Mountain and Jim Lauderdale. This very popular after-hours hootenanny gathers many performers from the festival for impromptu artistic collaborations and one-of-a-kind superstar jams that have become legendary in the festival’s history. MerleFest has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Foundation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs. Through its charitable foundation Window World Cares, the Window World family provides funding for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which honored the foundation with its Organizational Support Award in 2017. Since its inception in 2008, Window World Cares has raised over $7 million for St. Jude. Window World, Inc., also supports the Veterans Airlift Command, a non-profit organization that facilitates free air transportation to wounded veterans and their families “Today, MerleFest is proud to announce more than 75 artists who are part of the festival’s 2018 lineup, commemorating the 31st year of the festival. MerleFest welcomes back five special artists that have played all 31 years: Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Peter Rowan, Joe Smothers, and Jack Lawrence. The initial lineup reflects the musical diversity and quality of performers who are the hallmark of the festival,” says Steve Johnson, MerleFest Artist Relations Manager. MerleFest is known for its unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, Americana, blues, country, Celtic, Cajun, cowboy, zydeco, rock and many other styles that the late Doc Watson referred to as “traditional plus.” The initial lineup includes: Aaron Burdett, Alberti Flea Circus, Andrew Collins Trio, Andy May, Ari Eisinger, Ashley Heath and Her Heathens, Banknotes, Bill Mathis, Bob Hill, Bryan Sutton, Brynmor, Cane Mill Road, Cardboard Fox, Carol Rifkin, Jeanette Queen, Mark Queen, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Charles Welch, Cicada Rhythm, David Holt and Josh Goforth, Dead Horses, Donna the Buffalo, Doolin, Elephant Sessions, Erin Harpe, Flatland Harmony Experiment, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Fireside Collective, Gunner & Smith, Hannah Shira Naiman, Happy Traum, Horsemen Let’s Ride, Hubby Jenkins, Hummingbird Crossing, Jack Lawrence, Jayme Stone’s Folklife, Jeanette Williams Band, Jeff Little Trio, Jeffrey Foucault, Jody Carroll, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Joe Smothers, Junior Appalachian Musicians Band, Laura Boosinger & The Midnight Plowboys, Lauren and Lane, Lindsay Lou, Lillian Chase, The Lonesome Ace Stringband, Lori King and Junction 63, Mark Bumgarner, Mike Aiken Band, Mitch Greenhill, My Bubba, The Note Ropers, Nu-Blu, Pete & Joan Wernick, Peter Rowan, Piper Jones, The Po Ramblin’ Boys, Richard Ray Farrell, Richie and Rosie, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Robin and Linda Williams, Rosie & the Riveters, Roy Book Binder, Sam Bush Band, Sarah Jane Scouten, Savannah Smith and Southern Soul, Scythian, Sideline, Smitty and the JumpStarters, Steve and Ruth Smith, String Madness, T. Michael Coleman Band, Ted Olson, Tennessee Jed Fisher, Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive, The Barefoot Movement, The BattleAxe Band, The East Pointers, The Hackwells, The InterACTive Theatre of Jef, The Kruger Brothers, The Lang Sisters, The Local Boys, The Lonely Heartstring Band, The Mastersons, The Midatlantic, The New River Drifters, The Waybacks, The Wildmans, Susana and Timmy Abell, Tony Williamson Band, Unspoken Tradition, Virginia Hollow, The Way Down Wanderers, Wayland, Wayne Henderson, Wesley Bright & The Honeytones, and Whitewater Bluegrass Company. Additional performers for MerleFest 2018 will be announced in the coming months. The lineup and performance schedule is accessible via MerleFest.org/lineup. Tickets for next year’s festival, as well as the Midnight Jam, go on sale at noon (EST) November 14, 2017, and may be purchased at www.MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. MerleFest offers a three-tiered pricing structure and encourages fans to take advantage of the extended early bird discount. Early Bird Tier 1 tickets may be purchased from November 14 to February 18, 2018 and Early Bird Tier 2 tickets from February 19 to April 25. Tickets will be sold using Tier 3 pricing at the gate during the festival. From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17345-initial-lineup-and-midnight-jam-announced-for-merlefest-2018 Related past articles Mack, Jack & McConaughey Returns For Its 6th Annual Fundraiser EventSammy Hagar Announces Star-Studded Acoustic-4-A-Cure IVStars Cover Brandi Carlile's The Story Album For War Child Advertise your company to our engaged yearly audience of millions → Copyright © 2017 Look To The Stars. 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  • Celebrity Charity Event To Benefit Military FamiliesCelebrity Charity Event To Benefit Military Families

    FaveParenting is hosting its Inaugural “A Day of Thanks & Giving” event at The Garland Hotel in North Hollywood, CA. Celebrities, military, brands and families will come together to honor our military and first responders. Attendees are asked to bring diapers, unwrapped toys or new clothes to donate. Celebrate the Military Child is the charitable partner of FaveParenting and will deliver items directly to military families. The event educates families on brands along with speaking topics on Babywearing 101 and Technology and Your Child. Attendees will receive Ju-Ju-Be gift bags filled with items from event sponsors. HOST COMMITTEE: Shiri Appleby, Nadia Bjorlin, Angelique Cabral, Emma Caulfield, Scott Clifton, Emilie de Ravin, Nikki Deloach, Jennifer Finnigan, Abby Ryder Fortson, Adrienne Frantz, Jason George, Shanelle Gray, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Katie Lowes, Sean Maguire, Gilles Marini, Angel Parker, Khary Payton, Sally Pressman, Michael Rady, Michael Raymond-James, Autumn Reeser, Drew Roy, KaDee Strickland, Annie Tedesco, Robin Tunney, Virginia Williams, Noah Wyle and more. WHAT: A Day of Thanks & Giving will include: Red Carpet photos Celebrity Brunch where celebrities, military and brands give thanks and enjoy a Thanksgiving inspired breakfast Presentation on Babywearing by Lillebaby See the latest products and engage with Diono, Ju-Ju-Be, Lillebaby, KidsEmbrace, Baby Tula, Joovy, My Travel Tray, Greater Ink, and more. Stroller and car seat cleanings provided by Tot Squad Activity area with fun for little ones sponsored by Single Moms Planet and princesses provided by Los Angeles Princess Company Manicures & Polish changes for adults and kids by Nail Garden All attendees will be able to socialize, enjoy refreshments and connect with participating brands as well as leave with a Ju-Ju-Be gift bag. FaveParenting has partnered with Celebrate the Military Child, attendees who bring a donation of diapers, new clothes or unwrapped toys will receive an additional raffle ticket to enter amazing giveaways. WHEN: Sunday, November 19, 2017 – 10:30am-12:30pm (celebrities & military only) 12:30pm – 3:00pm (public portion) WHERE: The Garland Hotel – 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91602 MORE INFO and TICKETS: click here. From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17344-celebrity-charity-event-to-benefit-military-families Related past articles Kiehl's Since 1851 Embarks On LifeRide For Breast CancerElizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation To Host 28th Annual A Time For Heroes Family FestivalHeroes For Heroes: 3rd Annual Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Poker Tournament Advertise your company to our engaged yearly audience of millions → Copyright © 2017 Look To The Stars. This article may not be reproduced without explicit written permission; if you are not reading this via email or in your news reader, the site you are viewing is illegally infringing our copyright, and we would be grateful if you would contact us.

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  • OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Hosts Night For Hope With Special Guest Melissa RiversOUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Hosts Night For Hope With Special Guest Melissa Rivers

    OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center’s Associate Board hosts the 9th annual Night For Hope fundraiser on November 17th at The Palace Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Melissa Rivers, OUR HOUSE ambassador, will take the stage to dedicate a night of laughter to her mother. Since the death of her mother, comedy legend Joan Rivers, Melissa continues to make sure laughter is a part of her every day. “I am honored to be a part of an organization like OUR HOUSE, which provides a place for people to cry and laugh and remember their loved ones.” This year, the Night For Hope will feature comics Vargus Mason, Esther Povitsky, aka “Little Esther,” and Adam Ray, all introduced by MC JC Cocoli for a night full of laughs and finding hope through grief. Inspiration for the evening’s theme came from an Associate Board member who felt she might never laugh again following the death of her father. Through support from OUR HOUSE, she was able to navigate through her grief, find joy, and laugh again. OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center’s Associate Board is comprised of young professionals serving as ambassadors to the community. The Associate Board works relentlessly to spread the word about the agency’s services and volunteer opportunities, in addition to raising funds. OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center’s Night for Hope When: Friday, November 17th Where: The Palace Theater DTLA Info: OurHouse-Grief.org Schedule: 6:30pm: Doors Open 8:00pm: MC JC Cocoli Kicks Off the Night 8:20pm: Comedian Vargus Mason 8:35pm: Comedian Little Esther 8:50pm: OUR HOUSE presentation & appeal: OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center testimonials– Amanda, Isaiah, and Melissa Rivers. 9:30pm: Comedian Adam Ray 10:30pm: Event ends OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center is one of the nation’s most respected organizations for grief support and education. For over 24 years, OUR HOUSE has helped thousands of grieving children, teens, and adults as they embark on their journeys to hope and healing after the death of someone close. Support groups specific to age and relationship take place in the safe, warm, and nurturing environment of their centers. OUR HOUSE is a leading provider of grief education, offering workshops, seminars, and in-service training to mental health and medical professionals, clergy, educators, and other members of the community who interact with bereaved families. The OUR HOUSE grief education program is part of the curricula for students at USC’s Keck and UCLA’s David Geffen Schools of Medicine. To learn more, please visit www.ourhouse-grief.org or call 1.888.417.1444. From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17348-our-house-grief-support-center-hosts-night-for-hope-with-special-guest-melissa-rivers Related past articles Stars Joined Students, Educators, Parents, And More For EIF Presents: XQ Super School LiveAdditional Stars To Join EIF Presents: XQ Super School LiveHollywood's Brightest Stars Join Students, Educators and Parents For EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live Feature your company alongside thousands of celebrities, charities & causes → Copyright © 2017 Look To The Stars. This article may not be reproduced without explicit written permission; if you are not reading this via email or in your news reader, the site you are viewing is illegally infringing our copyright, and we would be grateful if you would contact us.

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  • Cliff Richard To Perform At 16th Annual Dream Foundation GalaCliff Richard To Perform At 16th Annual Dream Foundation Gala

    Dream Foundation will host Dreamland, its 16th Annual Gala, on November 18th at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, to raise awareness about its mission to fulfill the end-of-life Dreams of terminally-ill adults. Claire Wineland and Jim Mills will grace the stage to share their stories of inspiration. Claire, 20, has been living with cystic fibrosis (CF) for her entire life. At the age of 13, she founded Claire’s Place Foundation that provides support to children and families affected by CF. Claire speaks across the globe, sharing her unique and inspiring outlook on life. Dream Foundation had the honor of fulfilling the final Dream of Jim’s wife, Leeanne, when the couple enjoyed a Dream trip to Santa Barbara. Leeanne and Jim were married for 30 years and had five children. There is not a day that goes by that Jim does not think of his beloved. The evening will include performances by one of the United Kingdom’s top-selling artists, Sir Cliff Richard, rock-and-roll front woman Tina Schlieske of Tina Schlieske and the Graceland Exiles w Sister Laura, and DJ 2nd Nature will headline the Dreamland after-party. Guests will also enjoy a silent auction featuring original artwork by fashion photographer Dewey Nicks and a live auction including a private dinner with “Top Chef” alum, Chef Marcel Vigneron and a meet and greet with superstar Jennifer Lopez. “This year we hope to forge a connection between Dreams and destiny, reminding all of us why Dreams are so vital,” says Dream Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Kisa Heyer. “Dream Foundation values the Dreams of all, especially those with limited time remaining. Funds raised at Dreamland will help us continue this important conversation and work.” Dream Foundation acknowledges the generous support of Platinum Sponsors: Colleen Barnett-Taylor and Michael Taylor, Barnett Clutches & Cables, Genentech, Kindred Hospice Foundation, Media Sponsor: Cal Jet Magazine and other sponsors without whom Dreamland would not be possible. More information can be found here. From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17343-cliff-richard-to-perform-16th-annual-dream-foundation-gala Related past articles 3rd Annual TIDAL X: Brooklyn Concert To Benefit Hurricane ReliefJulia Roberts To Be Honored At amfAR Gala Los AngelesSaks Fifth Avenue Announces 2017 Key To The Cure Campaign With Jennifer Lopez And Missoni Find out more about how to contact these celebrities → Copyright © 2017 Look To The Stars. This article may not be reproduced without explicit written permission; if you are not reading this via email or in your news reader, the site you are viewing is illegally infringing our copyright, and we would be grateful if you would contact us.

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  • Tamsen Fadal And Mike Woods To Host The 8th Annual ADAPT Community Network Santa Project PartyTamsen Fadal And Mike Woods To Host The 8th Annual ADAPT Community Network Santa Project Party

    Edward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network, announced today that they will kick off the Holidays with its 8th Annual Santa Project Party on Wednesday, December 6th at the Down Town Association. The event features entertainment, a silent auction, passed hors d’oeuvres and a selection of wine & champagne. The Santa Project Party, a benefit for ADAPT Community Network, and will be co-hosted by Tamsen Fadal, eight-time Emmy winning Anchor of PIX 11 News, Host, Broadway Profiles & best-selling Author, along with Mike Woods, Meteorologist, FOX 5’s Good Day New York, and People Magazine’s “Sexiest Anchor Alive.” This marks the fourth consecutive year Tamsen has hosted the Santa Project Party, and the fifth consecutive year for Mike. In addition to a strong showing of support from a diverse young professional crowd, the event expects to draw celebrity guests from fashion, film, television and Broadway. Co-Chairs of the Santa Project Party this year include Isiah Whitlock Jr., Acclaimed actor, The Wire, Veep, Cars 3, Chips, Survivors Remorse, and Cedar Rapids; Liza Huber, Founder & CEO of Sage Spoonfuls, and award-winning author; Steve Lacy, 5PM and 10PM weekday anchor at FOX 5 News; Teresa Priolo, Emmy winning reporter, and fill in anchor for FOX 5 News; Javier Gomez, Artist, Designer, Maison&Objet Ambassador of the Americas. Featured in BVLGARI, FENDI Casa, People Magazine’s “Sexiest Artist Alive;” and Camilla Barungi, Principal, GreyFire Holding, founder, African Moringa and model of “Project Runway” fame. The Santa Project Party Committee Members for 2017 include: Tom Doyle, Patrick Hazlewood, Andy Peeke, Michelina Mandarano, and Melanie Mandarano. “ADAPT is extremely grateful this holiday season for our hosts, sponsors, donors and friends.” says Edward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network, “Their support and concern for our children and families in need is truly exemplifies the spirit and generosity of New Yorkers.” “I am delighted to co-host the Santa Project Party with Mike Woods,” says Tamsen Fadal. “ADAPT Community Network reaches thousands of families and individuals living with disabilities throughout New York City. I am continually impressed by the scope and magnitude of their programs and ability to positively impact people’s lives.” “I am thrilled to co-host the 8th Annual ADAPT Community Network Santa Project Party with its longtime supporter Tamsen Fadal says Mike Woods. I am a big supporter of ADAPT and their vital ongoing work to provide programs and services for children, families, and adults living with disabilities.” The Santa Project Party is on Wednesday, December 6th from 6:30pm – 9:30pm at Down Town Association; 60 Pine St, New York, NY 10005 Individual tickets are $125 dollars and sponsorship opportunities are now available. From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17340-tamsen-fadal-and-mike-woods-to-host-the-8th-annual-adapt-community-network-santa-project-party Related past articles Tamron Hall To Be Honored At 11th Annual Moving Families Forward GalaTamsen Fadal To Host 11th Annual Moving Families Forward GalaTamsen Fadal To Co-Host United Cerebral Palsy Of New York City 70th Anniversary Gala Explore celebrities by social reach, cause, location, field and more with Insider Access → Copyright © 2017 Look To The Stars. This article may not be reproduced without explicit written permission; if you are not reading this via email or in your news reader, the site you are viewing is illegally infringing our copyright, and we would be grateful if you would contact us.

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  • 28th Annual Talk Of The Town Gala To Honor Nancy O'Dell28th Annual Talk Of The Town Gala To Honor Nancy O'Dell

    Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies, (ABCs), hosts its annual, star-studded Talk of the Town black-tie gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. Gala benefits breast and prostate cancer research at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. ABCs president Gloria Gebbia is proud to announce that Patrick M. Byrne, founder and CEO of Overstock.com will be honored with the Spirit of Hope Award and Entertainment Tonight’s co-anchor Nancy O'Dell will receive the Spirit of Entertainment Award. Singer/songwriter Bret Michaels will perform and actor Taye Diggs will emcee. Sheri Rosenblum is gala chair and Beverly Cohen is décor chair. The gala includes a luxury boutique and silent and live auctions. “We are honored to celebrate Patrick Byrne and Nancy O’Dell at this year’s Talk of the Town and we are extremely grateful that they will be joining us to help raise awareness and support of our mission to find a cure for breast and prostate cancer,” said ABCs president, Gloria Gebbia. “For more than 28 years we have dedicated ourselves to raising much needed funds to continue the life-saving research being conducted at the John Wayne Cancer Institute, with the generosity and support of individuals like this year’s honorees.” “Our Institute is so fortunate to have such extraordinary and dedicated supporters like Gloria Gebbia and the ABCs,” said Patrick Wayne, chairman of the Board of the John Wayne Cancer Institute and son of the legendary actor John Wayne. “It is their commitment that enables our physicians and scientists to continue their groundbreaking cancer research for early detection and treatment and provide hope to cancer patients everywhere.” Patrick M. Byrne will be honored with the Spirit of Hope Award. In 1999, Byrne launched Overstock.com and in 2016, Overstock.com had revenues of $1.8 billion. In 2001, Byrne began Worldstock Fair Trade, an Overstock.com division selling handcrafted products from artisans in developing nations. Worldstock profits have been donated to fund philanthropy projects, including building 26 self-sustaining schools across Asia and Africa educating thousands of students. As a public service, Byrne created a pet adoption service that has connected people with over 100,000 pets since 2014. In 2010, Forbes magazine named Overstock the No. 9 Best Company to Work for in the Country, and Byrne the CEO with the highest employee approval rating (92%). In 2014, Overstock was one of the Most Trustworthy Companies in America as named by Forbes/MSCI ESG Research. Byrne believes that our nation’s success depends on education and capital markets. In 2012, Overstock became the first business with more than $1 million in revenue to accept bitcoin as a payment method and in 2015 Byrne used Medici’s t0.com cryptosecurities trading platform to become the first person to purchase a digital bond entirely on the bitcoin blockchain. Byrne made history again in 2016 when Overstock.com issued the first share of a public company ever traded on an alternative trading system (ATS) utilizing the blockchain’s distributed ledger technology. Byrne received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and Asian studies from Dartmouth College, a master’s in philosophy from Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar and a doctorate in philosophy from Stanford University. Having taught at the university level, he is a frequent guest lecturer discussing internet commerce, blockchain, capital markets, Wall Street practices, education, leadership and ethics. Emmy Award-winning journalist Nancy O’Dell will receive The Spirit of Hollywood Award. O’Dell has proven to be a force in all areas of her career as a host, author, producer and entrepreneur. One of the country’s most respected and leading entertainment journalists, O’Dell is co-host of the most-watched entertainment news program in the world, Entertainment Tonight. Prior to her work at ET, she served as the co-host of Access Hollywood and was named one of Television Week’s “10 Most Bankable Stars in Syndication.” With more than 20 years of experience, O’Dell contributes to CBS This Morning and is a go-to anchor for live TV specials. She was a host of the American Country Music Awards and hosted the 2016 Grammy Red Carpet Live Special on CBS as well as the live Emmys, Golden Globes and Critics Choice Red Carpet Special for multiple years. For 17 consecutive years she has hosted the Tournament of Roses Parade. She is a member of the Academy of Country Music Awards and the was the original host and consulting producer for Nashville Star, as well as the host and producer of HGTV’s Celebrities At Home. O’Dell has been honored with three Emmy Awards, three Associated Press Awards and two Society of Professional Journalists Awards. After her mother passed away in 2008 from complications related to ALS, O’Dell became a National Vice President of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and serves as the spokesperson for ALS.net. In 2009, MDA, O’Dell and O’Dell’s family formed a foundation in her mother’s name called Betty’s Battle: Fighting ALS. Find out more about the event here. From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17339-28th-annual-talk-of-the-town-gala-to-honor-nancy-odell Related past articles Bret Michaels To Release Holiday Classic Jingle BellsSTOMP Out Bullying Calls To Change The Culture This National Bullying Prevention MonthImagine Dragons' Singer Honored At 2017 TrevorLIVE New York Gala Explore celebrities by social reach, cause, location, field and more with Insider Access → Copyright © 2017 Look To The Stars. This article may not be reproduced without explicit written permission; if you are not reading this via email or in your news reader, the site you are viewing is illegally infringing our copyright, and we would be grateful if you would contact us.

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  • Michael J. Fox Foundation And 23andMe Announce CollaborationMichael J. Fox Foundation And 23andMe Announce Collaboration

    The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) and 23andMe announced a collaboration to build a large, diverse cohort of both patients and control volunteers who have consented to participate in research. This cohort will provide researchers, drug makers, regulators and payers critical insight into the lived experience, genetics and variability of Parkinson’s disease. The study, Fox Insight (foxinsight.org), is open to anyone 18 or older worldwide with or without Parkinson’s disease and aims to recruit tens or even hundreds of thousands of patients to contribute data. “Fox Insight amplifies the patient voice in research and enables high-impact scientific collaboration toward patient-relevant outcomes,” says Todd Sherer, PhD, CEO of MJFF. “Our expanded partnership with 23andMe holds potential to illuminate new pathways to treatment breakthroughs by coupling genetic insights with the power of patient-reported phenotypic data.” Direct-from-patient Data Driving Discovery 
Increasingly, Parkinson’s patients seek to be active contributors to improved disease understanding and the search for new therapies. To that end, Fox Insight facilitates patient sharing of information about the lived experience of Parkinson’s. The study complements traditional clinical research with scale and accessibility, supplementing in-person studies with cohort size and rigorous patient perspective data gathered over time. Fox Insight’s flexible design enables integration of diverse data collection modalities — such as remote biological sample collections — and the online nature of the study allows a broader population of patients, who may face geographic, mobility or transportation challenges, to contribute data. Starting in 2018, data from Fox Insight will be de-identified and made accessible to qualified PD scientists in real time, for independent studies. The aim is to increase understanding of the variability and progression of PD, expand understanding of disease and influence research drug development and healthcare priorities. Access to the Fox Insight dataset can shorten research timelines, accelerate “go/no-go” decisions and advance new therapies faster. “What I find really fascinating when I talk to Parkinson’s patients is that we all have a different disease,” says Michael J. Fox, who launched the Foundation in 2000 with a vision of bringing Parkinson’s patients and scientists into a true two-way dialogue to speed patient-relevant research outcomes. “One of our Foundation’s most important goals has been finding a way to incorporate patient involvement and patient knowledge and wisdom and enthusiasm in research. Capturing the natural back-and-forth between patients really helps doctors and researchers.” The Fox Insight study is sponsored by The Michael J. Fox Foundation and funded through Foundation investments of $6 million to date. Leadership philanthropic support for Fox Insight has been furnished by Connie and Steven Ballmer. Collaboration with 23andMe Integrates Genetic and Lived Experience Data Through a collaboration between MJFF and personal genetics company 23andMe, Fox Insight participants diagnosed with Parkinson’s also may choose to contribute genetic data to research by completing a 23andMe genetic test at no cost. This will open new opportunities for researchers to correlate clinical features of PD with underlying, individual genetic biology for better drug design toward precision medicine. “Joining forces with The Michael J. Fox Foundation will help our research goals of understanding, treating and preventing this disease,” said Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe CEO and co-founder. “Making the data available to the wider research community will accelerate our understanding of Parkinson’s disease.” MJFF and 23andMe share a commitment to building large networks of patients and researchers to work together toward deeper understanding of Parkinson’s and new PD treatments. From 2009 to 2017, 23andMe’s PD Research Community (who may now choose to participate in Fox Insight) enrolled 12,000 patients who contributed genetic and phenotypic data for disease study. 23andMe continues to generate a deep well of knowledge surrounding the genetics behind PD and an infrastructure to mine data for genetic discovery. Fox Insight study participants who are new to 23andMe will receive the full 23andMe service, including the option to access genetic health risk reports containing information on genetic variants that are associated with risk for Parkinson’s and other conditions. Genetic discoveries over the past two decades have revolutionized Parkinson’s drug development by illuminating new pathological pathways that drug developers are targeting with therapies to slow or stop disease. Combining Fox Insight’s datasets of genetic and phenotypic data will lead to more complete knowledge of the disease through better understanding of the underlying disease process, potential therapeutic targets, and how symptoms and disease course may differ depending on whether a genetic mutation is present. Patient privacy is a top Fox Insight priority. All contributed data is de-identified and kept on a secure server to maximize protection of individual-level data. Individuals who access their Parkinson’s genetic health risk report are eligible for complimentary genetic counseling on PD-associated genes included in that report. Fox Insight’s genetic data collection is funded by The Michael J. Fox Foundation with a grant of more than $4 million to 23andMe, which includes the costs of making the 23andMe service available to participants at no cost, as well as storing and maintaining the data. For more information on how The Michael J. Fox Foundation and 23andMe are collaborating to speed Parkinson’s genetic research, visit michaeljfox.org or 23andme.com/PD. From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17338-michael-j-fox-foundation-and-23andme-announce-collaboration Related past articles Bill Clinton, Mario Batali, Michael J. Fox Attend Food Bank For New York City Can Do AwardsMichael J. 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  • Lucy And Tiffany Watson Star In New Video Showing Shoppers How To Recognise Fake Faux FurLucy And Tiffany Watson Star In New Video Showing Shoppers How To Recognise Fake Faux Fur

    Lucy and Tiffany Watson have teamed up with Humane Society International UK to help consumers avoid being conned into buying cruel animal fur mislabelled as faux fur. Lucy and Tiffany WatsonFilmed in support of the charity’s #FurFreeBritian campaign, the vegan sisters – and Lucy’s dog Digby – share their top tips for telling apart real and fake fur amidst the growing problem of fur from animals such as raccoon dogs, rabbit and fox being sold to consumers as synthetic fur online, at independent stores and even on the high-street. Video: Lucy & Tiffany Watson: Real and Faux Fur testHouse of Fraser, Debenhams, Amazon, ASOS and Lily Lulu are among the trusted retailers that HSI UK has exposed previously selling real fur as fake with either labels or online descriptions wrongly claiming items to be ‘faux fur’ or ‘100% acrylic’. As labels can lie, HSI UK have produced the video with Lucy and Tiffany to help shoppers spot fake faux fur. In the video Lucy and Tiffany point out 3 tests to help shoppers be their own fur detectives: Test 1: The Tips Test – Real fur tapers to a point at the end (unless sheared). Faux fur tips are blunt where the material has been cut in manufacturing. Test 2: The Roots Test – Faux fur is attached to woven fabric. The base of real fur is an animal’s skin (leather). Test 3: The Burn Test – Only to be conducted on an owned item (not in store!), cut and burn a few hairs. Real animal fur singes and smells like burnt human hair. Faux fur melts and smells like burnt plastic. Lucy and Tiffany also point viewers to a free, downloadable wallet-sized guide to help tell the difference between real and faux fur. They also urge ethical consumers to get active for animals by signing HSI’s #FurFreeBritain petition calling for a ban on fur imports. Lucy said “The fur trade really disgusts me, it’s hideously cruel and it really upsets me to see so much fur being worn. But I suspect that many people may be wearing real fur without realising it because so much of it is mislabelled. Creating this video lets us alert shoppers to how easy it is to be misled into buying real fur. Many people I’ve worked with wear real fur, knowingly or unknowingly, so it’s an issue I feel particularly strongly about. There really is no excuse for wearing cruel fur anymore and I hope this video helps people make more informed and ethical decisions about what they are buying.” Tiffany said “Some of the fake faux fur items found by HSI UK in the past have really shocked me because in some cases they were sold by brands that Lucy and I have bought from. It shows that even trusted retailers can slip up and it really is for consumers to take matters into their own hands and be vigilant. Cheap price, reassuring labels and trusted retailers can no longer be relied on to tell you if fur is real or not. Lucy and I hate fur so much, we fully support HSI’s call for real fur being banned from Britain for good.” To highlight the issue further, HSI UK has launched a nationwide campaign with cruelty-free cosmetics retailer Lush with an eye-catching lenticular currently in all 103 Lush store windows across the UK. The lenticular shows a woman wearing a fur bobble hat cleverly morphing into a fox on a fur farm. HSI UK is calling on the government to introduce mandatory fur labelling so that consumers can avoid the real fur products to which they ethically object. HSI believes that ultimately it is not enough simply to label cruel fur products, and a UK ban on the import and sale of fur is needed to bring the marketplace in line with public opinion. Claire Bass, executive director of Humane Society International UK said: "British consumers watching Lucy and Tiffany’s video will be shocked to learn that they are being duped into buying real animal fur. Real fur is the product of animal cruelty, with animals living tragic and utterly deprived lives in small, wire cages, until electrocuted or gassed for their fur. It is totally unacceptable for trusted brands and independent retailers to sell real animal fur at deceptively cheap prices, described as “faux” or “100% acrylic”. To fix the fake faux fur scandal, we’re calling on the government to introduce mandatory, clear labelling of all animal fur as an urgent first step, but ultimately we want to see the UK close its borders to the cruel, outdated and unnecessary fur trade." From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17337-lucy-and-tiffany-watson-star-in-new-video-showing-shoppers-how-to-recognise-fake-faux-fur Related past articles I Didn't Know - Indonesia's Cruel And Dangerous Dog Meat Trade ExposedStars Raise Awareness For Animals Suffering On Dog Meat Farms In South KoreaDaniel Henney Calls For An End To South Korea's Dog Meat Trade Feature your company alongside thousands of celebrities, charities & causes → Copyright © 2017 Look To The Stars. This article may not be reproduced without explicit written permission; if you are not reading this via email or in your news reader, the site you are viewing is illegally infringing our copyright, and we would be grateful if you would contact us.

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  • 21st Annual Best Buddies Miami Gala: Expansion In India21st Annual Best Buddies Miami Gala: Expansion In India

    Best Buddies International, a groundbreaking nonprofit that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), is pleased to announce its 21st Annual Best Buddies Miami Gala at Ice Palace Studios in Wynwood on Friday, November 17. The 21st Annual Best Buddies Miami Gala is a spectacular event with hundreds of prominent locals and international guests gathering to celebrate the Best Buddies mission. This year’s Best Buddies Miami Gala will celebrate the organization’s expansion into India. Guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner, partake in a top-notch auction and witness dazzling entertainment. During the Gala, Ralph Winter will be honored with the Spirit of Leadership award for his $1 million gift to Best Buddies that will be used to promote and expand the organization’s mission of friendship, jobs, and leadership development for individuals with IDD around the world. “We are incredibly excited to celebrate Best Buddies’ expansion into India, where we hope to exemplify the true spirit of friendship and inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” says Anthony K. Shriver, Founder, Chairman & CEO of Best Buddies International. “Moreover, I am proud to celebrate the Best Buddies mission with some of our most dedicated supporters, participants, and volunteers. The Miami Gala is a fantastic way to thank and celebrate the achievements of our participants and supporters, as well as remind everyone of our mission and importance of the work that we do on behalf of individuals with special abilities.” Each year, the Gala brings together Miami’s most notable residents and celebrities from around the globe. Among those expected to attend this year’s event includes: Best Buddies International’s Founder, Chairman & CEO Anthony K. Shriver and his wife, Alina Shriver; Actors Nolan Gould, Jason Lewis and Kevin McHale; Actress and Model Charlotte McKinney; Four-time Tour de France Winner Chris Froome; Miss Teen USA 2017 Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff; and International Pop-Artist Romero Britto. The evening will conclude with a special musical performance by four-time Grammy nominated, multi-platinum Australian rapper Iggy Azalea! There will also be a number of one-of-a-kind items up for auction, including a limited edition Hublot Best Buddies Cycling Timepiece, a custom portrait by Romero Britto, and a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to be a part of Dolce & Gabbana’s Ready to Wear show in Milan, Italy, which includes a special meet and greet with Mr. Domenico Dolce and Mr. Stefano Gabbana. The day’s festivities will kick-off bright and early with the Best Buddies Challenge: Miami, a 100K six-star cycling event, limited to just 50 cyclists, that starts and finishes at Marlins Park. The Challenge will be led by Tour de France winner Chris Froome, and pro cyclists George Hincapie and Christian Vande Velde. As a result of phenomenal support from generous sponsors and donors, Best Buddies is able to extend its reach globally, and will continue to develop its presence through its eight formal programs — Best Buddies Ambassadors, Citizens, Colleges, e-Buddies, High Schools, Jobs, Middle Schools and Promoters— across the United States and in nearly 50 countries. Proceeds from the Gala will allow Best Buddies to continue making a meaningful impact in the lives of individuals with special abilities on a global scale. Sterling Foundation Management and the The Ferraro Law Firm are the Friendship Sponsors of the event; Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation, Carnival Corporation & PLC, Carnival Foundation, Celebrity Cruises, Chateau Gaby, Tracfone Wireless are the Employment Sponsors. Leadership Sponsors include the Abaco Wines, Braman Motors, Capital Trust Group, The GEO Group Foundation, Inc., IPC, Sheba Lucas, Mack Cycle & Fitness, Park West Foundation, Pepsi-Cola, Michael Schlesginer, Sandy & Tony Tamer and WSVN 7News. From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17342-21st-annual-best-buddies-miami-gala-expansion-in-india Related past articles Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation To Host 28th Annual A Time For Heroes Family Festival14th Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst CastleJoin Tom Brady At The 18th Annual Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port Feature your company alongside thousands of celebrities, charities & causes → Copyright © 2017 Look To The Stars. This article may not be reproduced without explicit written permission; if you are not reading this via email or in your news reader, the site you are viewing is illegally infringing our copyright, and we would be grateful if you would contact us.

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  • The Alzheimer's Association Welcomes Bill Gates to the Trenches to Dig Deep into Alzheimer's DiseaseThe Alzheimer's Association Welcomes Bill Gates to the Trenches to Dig Deep into Alzheimer's Disease

    This week, Bill Gates announced his commitment to the Alzheimer’s cause. The Alzheimer's Association welcomes him and applauds his efforts to seek an end to Alzheimer’s, which he details in the piece titled Why I’m Digging Deep into Alzheimer’s." As he notes, more people are living longer than ever before and discoveries in science mean that less people die young from heart disease, cancer and infectious disease, allowing for longer lives. However, along with increased age comes a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s, a disease that is not normal aging and is ultimately fatal. Gates acknowledges that in addition to the staggering economic costs, emotional costs also run very high for families affected by this devastating disease. Sharing personal insight into his own family experience is brave and advances the public conversation about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Those who have experienced this disease firsthand, like Gates, know the enormous impact it has on individuals and families creating, as he says, a ripple effect that is unmatched by other health conditions. Data reported annually in the Alzheimer’s Association Fact and Figures report illustrate the impact: More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and they are cared for by over 15 million family caregivers. In addition, dementia creates a staggering financial burden. Those who have dementia spend five times more annually on out-of-pocket health expenses than those who don’t have Alzheimer’s, and the disease accounts for direct American health care costs of $259 billion in 2017, with projected growth to $1.1 trillion in 2050. Gates has invested a great deal of time to better understand the full scope of the disease and how he can play a significant role in accelerating progress. The Alzheimer’s Association commends Bill Gates for digging in and joining the cause. In his letter, Gates describes how he will address this issue using a multidimensional approach. This is crucial. We are learning how the brain changes throughout life and are beginning to identify those abnormal changes early, even before symptoms occur. We also know that given the complexity of the brain, that multiple approaches to combating Alzheimer’s, including lifestyle and drug interventions, are necessary to slow and ultimately stop the disease. This will require more public and private funding, more clinical trial participants and more data sharing to push progress forward faster. The Alzheimer’s Association believes strongly in addressing Alzheimer’s through a multidimensional approach, so we’re leading initiatives, convening and collaborating through scientific projects including: 1 Data sharing through through the Global Alzheimer’s Association Interactive Network (GAAIN) 2 Clinical trials examining the impact of lifestyle interventions through the U.S. Study to Protect Brain Health Through Lifestyle Intervention to Reduce Risk (U.S. POINTER) and 3 Large-scale early detection efforts such as the World Wide Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (WW-ADNI) and Imaging Dementia — Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS) study. While these are just a few examples of the Association’s efforts to accelerate progress, the Alzheimer’s cause still needs much more. To that end, the Association is leading the way to increase the nation’s federal commitment to Alzheimer’s disease research. As a result, in the last five years, Alzheimer’s research funding at the National Institutes of Health has nearly tripled — and yet, this amount is still not sufficient to create the progress needed to achieve the bipartisan, federal commitment to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s by 2025. Nonetheless, thanks to all of the contributions of all of the dedicated people working to defeat Alzheimer’s, the Alzheimer’s Association is confident that together we will succeed. Having Bill Gates declare his dedication to making an impact on accelerating progress is great for the cause. From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17336-the-alzheimers-association-welcomes-bill-gates-to-the-trenches-to-dig-deep-into-alzheimers-disease Related past articles Glen Campbell's Charity LegacyGlobal Leaders Unite To Bring Polio One Step Closer To EradicationBill Gates Hears Young People Debate Tough World Issues Feature your company alongside thousands of celebrities, charities & causes → Copyright © 2017 Look To The Stars. This article may not be reproduced without explicit written permission; if you are not reading this via email or in your news reader, the site you are viewing is illegally infringing our copyright, and we would be grateful if you would contact us.

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  • Lin-Manuel Miranda And Vanessa Nadal Offer Chance To Attend Hamilton London OpeningLin-Manuel Miranda And Vanessa Nadal Offer Chance To Attend Hamilton London Opening

    Lin-Manuel Miranda, his wife Vanessa Nadal, and Prizeo, the online platform that democratizes giving, announced today that they are offering the chance for one lucky fan and a guest to attend the West End opening night of the musical Hamilton in London on December 21, 2017. Beginning Nov. 13, Miranda and Nadal are inviting fans to make a donation to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and UK-based nonprofit 10:10 at prizeo.com/hamilton. For only $10, donors will receive 100 entries for the grand-prize opportunity to join the opening night celebration in London’s West End, including two VIP tickets to the performance at the Victoria Palace Theatre, two tickets to the exclusive opening night after-party, a meet-and-greet and photo with Lin-Manuel, roundtrip airfare, and hotel accommodation for two at five-star Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, located in the heart of London. The Prizeo campaign closes Dec. 6. Lin-Manuel and his wife Vanessa announced this campaign with a video in partnership with NRDC and 10:10. Watch here: prizeo.com/hamilton. “With Hamilton’s first international production, we think it is appropriate to tackle an issue that affects the international community: climate change,” Miranda said. Vanessa Nadal continues, “Yes, climate change is real. The U.S. federal government just this month released a comprehensive scientific report concluding that humans are the major cause of global temperature rise. And we see that humans around the world are paying the cost with extreme weather events and resulting devastation. We want to bring awareness and help slow the tide.” NRDC is an international environmental nonprofit working to safeguard the earth — its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends — for nearly 50 years. NRDC’s team of scientists, lawyers and policy experts are at the forefront of the international fight against climate change, from informing United Nations negotiations, to blocking the Trump administration’s attempts to derail U.S. progress, and building up clean energy sources from America to Asia. “From hurricanes to drought, wildfires to heat waves — no one, and nowhere, will be untouched by the impacts of climate change,” said NRDC President Rhea Suh. “Despite the Trump administration’s best efforts, the international community is responding. We must continue to work together to usher in a brighter, more prosperous tomorrow for our children and for future generations.” In honor of the Hamilton opening in London, a portion of the funds will support 10:10, a London-based organization, which brings people together to take positive, practical action on climate change, at home, work, school or in their community. From installing solar panels, cooking up a vegan feast, celebrating the power of onshore wind, or lighting up places with LEDs, they are dedicated to cutting carbon. The funds raised through this initiative will support a tree-planting project in 10 communities at risk of flooding in the UK. Through the project, 10:10 is aiming to plant 100,000 trees between fall 2018 and spring 2019. “While many around the world are already feeling the impact of a changing climate, we’re still not doing enough to protect them,” said Amy Cameron, Director of Operations at 10:10. “But we have many of the solutions, what’s needed now is action – at a local, national and international level. Hamilton reminded us of the incredible things people have done in the past to create a better world for the future, now it’s up to us to do the same.” The Mirandas and Prizeo are coming together as concerned citizens to work together for change. “We are thrilled to be closing out the year with yet another incredible opportunity to join our friend Lin-Manuel Miranda at Hamilton,” said Jan Friedlander Svendsen, Chief Creative Officer of Charity Network, Prizeo’s parent company. “Not only can we not wait to see the show in London – especially the portrayal of King George – but we’re genuinely honored to work with Lin-Manuel and his family, all of whom are genuine philanthropists. The Mirandas never shy away from taking on challenges, big or small. Climate change is an urgent global issue, and NRDC is the perfect partner to affect meaningful change.” This campaign is launching in London with the support of official hotel partner the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, official promotional partner OfficialLondonTheatre.com and official media partner BroadwayWorld. The Hamilton in London campaign runs from Nov. 13 through Dec. 6 at prizeo.com/hamilton. From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/17335-lin-manuel-miranda-and-vanessa-nadal-offer-chance-to-attend-hamilton-london-opening Related past articles Lin-Manuel Miranda To Be Honored With Latin Recording Academy President's Merit AwardHomes For Our Troops Veterans Day Celebrity Auction Raises Funds For Post 9/11 Injured VeteransLin-Manuel Miranda To Release Song For Hurricane Relief In Puerto Rico Explore celebrities by social reach, cause, location, field and more with Insider Access → Copyright © 2017 Look To The Stars. 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