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Clooney Foundation For Justice Partners And UNICEF To Open Seven Public Schools To Syrian Refugee Children In Lebanon

Aug 01, 2017 12:30 pm

George Clooney: Profile

The Clooney Foundation for Justice has announced a $2.25 million partnership, which includes a generous donation from, and a $1 million technology grant from HP, to support formal education for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.


The partnership with UNICEF will help seven public schools to provide critical education opportunities to nearly 3,000 currently out-of-school refugee students this school year, and will also support a pilot of technology tools in these schools to advance learning outcomes for refugee children and Lebanese youth.

“Thousands of young Syrian refugees are at risk – the risk of never being a productive part of society. Formal education can help change that. That’s our goal with this initiative. We don’t want to lose an entire generation because they had the bad luck of being born in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said George and Amal Clooney.


The Syrian refugee crisis remains the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of World War II. Lebanon, which has the world’s highest per capita refugee population, has been particularly affected by an influx of more than one million Syrian refugees. This surge has left local resources strained, affecting both refugee children and Lebanese students.

Of today’s announcement, Lebanon’s Minister of Education, Marwan Hamade said “The Government of Lebanon is profoundly grateful to the leadership of George and Amal Clooney and the Clooney Foundation for Justice. We are delighted the Clooney Foundation has decided to support our efforts to open the doors of more public schools to ensure we can offer every child currently living in Lebanon a free education. We are also looking forward to collaborating with the Clooney Foundation and its partners on advancing innovative technology in all our classrooms. Each child given access to education, and new ways of learning, represents a life changed for the better. Today’s grant from the Clooney Foundation for Justice is therefore a crucial investment in future generations in Lebanon.”

The Clooney Foundation for Justice’s initiative, combining financial support with technology, will improve educational opportunities for both Lebanese and Syrian refugee children, so many of whom are missing out on an education.

“How can children become the workers and leaders of their countries someday if they have not had the education and support they need to reach their full potential?” asked UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “By supporting the work of UNICEF and our partners to deliver education to every child affected by the conflict in Syria, the Clooney Foundation for Justice is not only investing in the futures of individual children, it is investing in the future of the entire region. UNICEF is deeply grateful for this critical funding.”


Close to 200,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are out of school. Their lives have been shaped by violence, displacement and lack of opportunity, and many have never been enrolled in formal education. Without access to learning and a return to a sense of normalcy, these children are at risk of becoming a lost generation. The Clooney Foundation for Justice is committed to supporting efforts that ensure children get the experiences they need to thrive. UNICEF has been working with partners across the region to put children first since the crisis began. In addition to providing emergency assistance and essential services, including child-friendly spaces, UNICEF and partners have been at the forefront of efforts to address the long-term needs of Syrian refugee children, including education, counseling and social inclusion.

“We must ensure that we do not fail those most vulnerable victims who have managed to flee the carnage in Syria. It is our hope that the refugee children who will soon start school through this initiative will have a chance to contribute to building a more peaceful and just world and, hopefully, one where those responsible for these grave crimes are held to account.” said Ambassador David Pressman, Executive Director of the Clooney Foundation for Justice.

Barry Manilow To Perform At Columbus Citizens Foundation 2017 Gala

Aug 01, 2017 11:00 am

Barry Manilow: Profile

Pop music legend Barry Manilow will perform at the Columbus Citizens Foundation 73rd Annual Gala on Saturday, October 7 at the New York Hilton.

The Gala will honor Leonard Riggio, the Founder and Chairman of Barnes & Noble, and will benefit the Foundation’s Italian-American Student Scholarship Fund.


The theme of this year’s Columbus Day Celebration and parade is “A Celebration of Italian-American Authors.” Mr. Riggio, the parade Grand Marshal, created the theme to recognize the achievements of Italian-American writers. The black-tie Gala will incorporate this theme and feature Mr. Manilow as the guest performer.

All proceeds from the Gala will be used to support the Foundation’s mission of providing quality education to students of Italian descent who have academic ability but need financial assistance.

Having sold more than 85 million albums worldwide, Barry Manilow is one of the world’s all-time bestselling recording artists. He’s had an astonishing 50 Top 40 singles including 12 #1s and 27 Top 10 hits and is ranked as the #1 Adult Contemporary Artist of all-time, according to Billboard and R&R magazines. He has been nominated for a Grammy Award in every decade since the 1970s and, in addition to winning the Best Pop Male Vocal Performance Grammy in 1979 (for “Copacabana”), is an Emmy, Tony and American Music Award winner three years in a row.

“It is an honor to have renowned performer Barry Manilow as this year’s Gala entertainment,” said Foundation President Angelo Vivolo. “The Gala holds high significance in the celebration leading up to the Columbus Day Parade, and to have legendary singer Barry Manilow perform shows the importance of the Foundation and its goals.”

Mr. Manilow will be a part of a program that pays tribute to Grand Marshal Riggio, Italian-American authors, and this year’s honorees, Tom Iovino, CEO of OHLAmerica, and Dr. Laura Forese, Executive Vice President and COO of New York-Presbyterian.

Tickets are still available for this exceptional evening. Please email for further details.

Citizen Announces Partnership With Billie Jean King To Celebrate Equality And Social Justice

Aug 01, 2017 09:00 am

Billie Jean King: Profile

Citizen is pleased to announce its partnership with Billie Jean King, former number world number one professional tennis player, who is well known for her advocacies for gender equality and social justice.

A 2009 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and named one of the “100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century” by Life Magazine, Billie Jean King represents the many values of Citizen watches in time for the brand’s 25th Anniversary as the Official Timekeeper of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships.

Billie Jean King defeated former men’s tennis player, Bobby Riggs, in the renowned “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match, marking one of the greatest moments in sports history. The match was one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, with her victory becoming a staple in public acceptance of women’s tennis and the overall women’s movement. Since then King, founder of the Women’s Tennis Association, the Women’s Sports Foundation, and co-founder of World Team Tennis, has never stopped advocating for equal rights and has successfully advanced the lives of men and women and boys and girls through sports.

King’s accomplishments were acknowledged in 2006 by the United States Tennis Association when the organization renamed the home of the U.S. Open the USTABillie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Citizen’s involvement with King and the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, a non-profit organization addressing critical social issues brings to fruition the brand’s partnership with the world of tennis and its efforts in engaging younger generations. The brand’s previous involvement in the S.H.E. Summit, a personal and professional platform invested in gender equality along with the brand’s National Merit Scholarship initiative achieve similar accomplishments in empowering young adults to understand the heritage of equal rights and to become advocacies for such issues.

Citizen is also the exclusive timepiece sponsor for the upcoming feature film Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs, depicting the amazing story that highlighted King’s national victory. During the U.S. Open and throughout the film’s release, Citizen will create promotional activations around the film, Billie Jean King, the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, and a special panel discussion starring Billie Jean King, select cast members and other notable personalities. The film is set to open in theaters September 22, 2017.

“It was a natural choice for us to partner with such an inspiring individual, such as Billie Jean King, who holds true many of the same ideals as Citizen”, says Ellen Seckler, EVP Marketing, Citizen Watch Company. “King’s non-stop initiatives to bring equality and fairness to the world, sports and beyond, mirrors Citizen’s existing efforts to empower and support our younger generations.”

“I’m thrilled to be a part of the Citizen watch family, which over the years has distinguished itself by supporting causes focused on equality,” says Billie Jean King. “Together with Citizen and the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, we will present many exciting programs and amplify the messages of equal rights, equal pay, and other issues that are important to both men and women.”

NET-A-PORTER Co-Hosts GOOD+ Foundation’s Annual Hamptons Summer Dinner

Aug 01, 2017 07:00 am
On Saturday, July 29, NET-A-PORTER co-hosted GOOD+ Foundation’s Summer Dinner in East Hampton to celebrate and support the organization’s ongoing efforts to provide children’s product and programs that families need to break the cycle of multi-generational poverty.

Jerry Seinfeld, Jessica Seinfeld, and Alison Loehnis
Jerry Seinfeld, Jessica Seinfeld, and Alison Loehnis

The Summer Dinner, hosted by Jessica Seinfeld, and Alison Loehnis, President of NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER, kicked-off the first-of-its-kind NET-A-PORTER x GOOD+ Foundation Donation Drive, by which NET-A-PORTER’s Premier same-day delivery customers in New York City and the Hamptons have the opportunity to easily donate new or gently-used children’s clothing and books to GOOD+ Foundation from the comfort of their home. NET-A-PORTER’s Premier delivery fleet will deliver the donation to GOOD+ on behalf of customers until August 13.

Jessica Seinfeld, Beth Stern, Howard Stern
Jessica Seinfeld, Beth Stern, Howard Stern

Joining Jessica Seinfeld at the event were Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Lippes, Anna Chlumsky, Athena Calderone, Brooke Shields and Chris Henchy, Charlotte Groeneveld, Daphne Oz, Elettra Wiedemann, Gucci Westman, Hannah Bronfman and Brendan Fallis, Howard and Beth Stern, Jason Wu, Jennifer Fisher, Joseph Altuzarra, Kate Foley and Max Osterweis, Melissa Joan HartMolly SimsRachel Zoe and Rodger Berman, Stacey Bendet Eisner, Ulla Johnson, amongst others.

Molly Sims, Alison Loehnis and Brooke Shields
Molly Sims, Alison Loehnis and Brooke Shields

Spotlight: Soledad O’Brien’s Charity Work

Aug 01, 2017 07:00 am

Soledad O'Brien

Over the past decade, Soledad O’Brien was integral in hosting and developing many award-winning documentaries for CNN, including Black in America and Latino in America; they both among the network’s most successful international franchises. In 2013, O’Brien launched Starfish Media Group, a documentary production company that will develop programming for CNN, Al Jazeera America, HBO and other media outlets. O’Brien has reported on breaking news from around the globe. In 2011, she won an Emmy for Crisis in Haiti, a report on Haitian orphanages. O’Brien also received George Foster Peabody awards for her coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the BP Gulf Coast oil spill, and an Alfred I. duPont Award for her coverage of the Southeast Asia tsunami. In 2010, the National Association of Black Journalists named O’Brien Journalist of the Year. O’Brien is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Harvard University and is on the Board of Directors of the foundation for The National Archives.

Soledad O’Brien is a Goodwill Ambassador for Hearts of Gold.

Read more about Soledad O’Brien’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: V-Day’s Celebrity Supporters

Aug 01, 2017 06:00 am
A global movement to stop violence against women and girls.

It is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sexual slavery.

Celebrity supporters

V-Day has 38 known supporters, including Susan SarandonOprah, and Jennifer Hudson

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