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amfAR To Hold Gala Milano

Sep 12, 2017 01:30 pm

Milla Jovovich: Profile

On Thursday, September 21st, 2017, the ninth annual amfAR Gala Milano for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, will be held in conjunction with Milan Fashion Week.

Italian fashion designer, women right’s activist, and longtime friend of amfAR, Angela Missoni, will be presented with amfAR’s Award of Courage in recognition of her personal commitment to the fight against AIDS.

Chairs of the event include Milla JovovichDonatella VersaceAlessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Irina Shayk, Sara Sampaio, Jourdan Dunn, Karolina Kurkova, Dan Caten, Dean Caten, Bianca Balti, Ronnie Budja, Emanuele Farneti, Silvia Fendi, Nayla Hayek, Vasily Klyukin, Thomas Leclercq, Federico Marchetti, Margherita Maccapani Missoni Amos, Vincent Roberti, Renzo Rosso, Remo Ruffini, Ellen von Unwerth, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, and amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole.

The black-tie gala, consistently one of the most highly anticipated events of Milan Fashion Week, will return to the historic La Permanente and feature a cocktail reception, dinner, live auction, and special performances by the great Andrea Bocelli.

Throughout the years, the Italian fashion community has been exemplary in its support of amfAR, with fashion houses and designers underwriting and leading many of the Foundation’s most successful fundraising efforts. Like all amfAR events, amfAR Gala Milano will draw an exciting and diverse range of distinguished guests, including many of the celebrities, personalities, and designers associated with Milan Fashion Week, as well as famous names from the worlds of music, business, art, and international society. In recent years, amfAR has paid tribute to entrepreneur Lapo Elkann, the late Editor in Chief of Vogue Italia Franca Sozzani, President of OTB Group Renzo Rosso, and Remo Ruffini of Moncler for their outstanding personal commitment to the fight against AIDS. Past events have been chaired by the likes of Sharon Stone, Dakota Johnson, Heidi KlumRosario DawsonJuliette LewisJanet JacksonJeremy PivenCoco RochaMichelle Rodriguez, and more. To date, amfAR Gala Milano has raised over $12 million for amfAR’s life-saving research.

Harry Winston is the Presenting Sponsor of the amfAR Gala Milano. Moët Hennessy is the Signature Sponsor. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.

The amfAR Gala Milano is produced by Andy Boose/AAB Productions.

Official Hashtag of the Event: #amfARMilano
For more information, visit www.amfar.org/milano2017/.

Aisha Tyler To Host 11th Annual ADCOLOR Awards

Sep 12, 2017 11:30 am

Aisha Tyler: Profile

ADCOLOR, the premier organization celebrating and promoting professionals of color and diversity in the creative industries, will return to Los Angeles with their 11th Annual ADCOLOR Awards at The Loews Hotel Hollywood Hotel on Tuesday, September 19.

The event will be hosted by Aisha Tyler, honorees include All-Star Award recipient Jesse Williams (Actor & Activist), Advocate Award recipient Wilson Cruz (“13 Reasons Why” Star and Activist), Catalyst Award recipient Elaine Welteroth (Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue), presenters include Lena Waithe (Actress, “Master of None), Laz Alonso (Actor, “The Mysteries of Laura”), Janet Mock (Author, “Surpassing Certainty”), with ADCOLOR Founder & President Tiffany R. Warren, and more.

The ADCOLOR Award Nominees and Honorees are carefully selected from a large population of diverse influencers across the creative industries. The finalists are chosen by the individual’s representation of ADCOLOR’s motto, “Rise Up and Reach Back”. Those honored not only excel in their own careers, but also give back to the community and support their peers. Their goal is to create a network of diverse professionals to encourage and celebrate one another. Please click here for a list of all honorees and nominees.

The event is generously presented Omnicom Group and GSD&M, with Diamond Sponsors ADWEEK, Apple, DIAGEO, Google and YouTube, and OATH: A Verizon Company; Platinum Sponsors Apple Music, Bing Ads, DAS Group of Companies, Edelman, and Facebook; Gold Sponors Squeaky and Wieden+Kennedy; Silver Sponsors 72andSunny, BBDOBET, DigitasLBI, Pandora, and Twitter; Supporting Sponsors Anomaly, Beats by Dr. Dre, Bloomberg, CBS Entertainment Diversity, DDBWorldwide, Ogilvy, OmnicomMediaGroup, OWN, Publicis Groupe, Spotify, TBWA\, and TBWA\Media Arts Lab; Table Sponsors Deutsch, GTBHBOIPG, Neustar, and Procter & Gamble.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Media Check-In – 5:00 PM
Red Carpet/Cocktail Reception – 5:30 PM
Awards Presentation/Dinner – 7:00 PM

WHERE: The Loews Hollywood Hotel
1755 N Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028


Sesame Street And The USO Hit The Road

Sep 12, 2017 09:30 am
This fall, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, Rosita, and other furry friends from Sesame Street will embark on a two-month USO tour to military installations throughout Europe.

Sesame Street and the USO head overseas to perform for service members and their families
Sesame Street and the USO head overseas to perform for service members and their families

The 2017 Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families will perform more than 30 shows at 19 military bases in six countries; each 30-minute costumed character performance will center around the challenges military families face on a regular basis, including frequent moves and the military-to-civilian transition. The tour will kick off on September 11th at NAS Sigonella in Italy before journeying to Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Spain, wrapping up in mid-November.

“Since 2006, the Sesame Street/USO tour has brought to life the resources we’ve developed to help military families navigate the unique challenges they face,” said Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Sesame Workshop’s Senior Vice President of U.S. Social Impact. “Sesame Workshop is proud to continue our longstanding partnership with the USO, employing our early childhood expertise and beloved Sesame Street characters to support and celebrate military kids and families as they learn, heal, and grow.”

Sesame Workshop and the USO know that when one family member serves, the whole family serves, which is why they partnered to create Katie, a special character who models the real-life experiences of today’s military children. In the military-to-civilian transition show, “Katie’s Family Transitions to Civilian Life,” military families will follow Katie as she starts a new adventure outside of the military, confident that her family and all her Sesame Street pals will be there to support her throughout the transition. The tour will also perform “Katie is Moving to a New Base,” which explores the feelings of uncertainty and excitement that come with moving to a new place. To best suit the needs of military families overseas, each installation will be given the chance to determine which show is performed on their base, with some installations opting for both.

“There is no better time to kick off our ninth-year run of the Sesame Street/USO tour than on Patriot Day – a day the USO is encouraging Americans everywhere to connect with service members by sending them a message of support at uso.org/Reflect,” said Lorie Hennessey, USO’s Senior Vice President of Entertainment. “We are incredibly grateful for our collaboration with Sesame Workshop and look forward to supporting hundreds more military families this year.”

The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families has toured the globe since July 2008, making it the longest-running traveling tour in the USO’s 76-year history. Based on Sesame Workshop’s award-winning Sesame Street for Military Families initiative, the tour has performed more than 1,100 shows on 150 military installations in 33 states and 11 countries and distributed more than 2.8 million outreach materials, entertaining nearly 600,000 service members and military families through the magic of song, dance, and beloved characters. To learn more about this year’s tour, including upcoming tour stops visit uso.org/Sesame.


Grammy Winners Join Tour To Raise Money For Refugee Education

Sep 12, 2017 07:30 am

Joan Baez: Profile

Produced by Jesuit Refugee Service/USA (JRS/USA), in partnership with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees is raising awareness and money to support expanded educational opportunities for displaced people through JRS’s Global Education Initiative.

Funds raised from the tour help refugees heal, learn, and thrive.

Performing this year are Joan BaezBrandi Carlile, Lila Downs, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Emmylou HarrisDave Matthews, James McMurtry, Buddy Miller, Alynda Segarra, and Lucinda Williams – all Grammy winners and Grammy nominated artists who are donating their talents this October in eight cities for Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees.

“I believe that education is the key to everything,” remarked Emmylou Harris following her visit last year to Ethiopia to visit JRS programs there. Harris visited one of many education programs JRS provides, including primary, secondary, and vocational livelihoods training, in 42 countries around the world.

The Lampedusa 2017 tour will reach eight markets:

Oct 3:
Seattle, WA, The Moore Theatre
Oct 4:
Portland, OR, Aladdin Theater
Oct 8:
San Francisco, CA, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Oct 10:
Los Angeles, CA,The Wiltern Theatre
Oct 12:
Tucson, AZ, Fox Tucson Theatre
Oct 13:
Albuquerque, NM, The KiMo Theatre
Oct 14:
El Paso, TX, Abraham Chavez Theatre
Oct 15:
Dallas, TX, The Majestic Theatre

The tour stop at the Bay Area’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival will be webcast live and archived for rebroadcast.

Last year’s Lampedusa tour played in eleven cities across the U.S. and Canada and with a lineup that included music legends Robert Plant, Dan Lanois, and Ron Sexsmith in addition to many of the artists returning this year: Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, and Joan Baez.

“Education is a life-saving intervention for refugees. With Lampedusa, we hope people are inspired by the music and are compelled to get involved,” says David Robinson, Executive Director of JRS/USAJRS/USA calls on all attendees and supporters to visit concertsforrefugees.org to stand with and support refugees.

“For children forced to flee their homes, school provides security, stability and opportunity when everything else in their lives is uncertain and unrecognizable,” says Matthew Reynolds, UNHCR regional representative for the United States and the Caribbean.



Spotlight: Nancy O’Dell’s Charity Work

Sep 12, 2017 07:00 am

Nancy O'Dell

Nancy O’Dell was inducted into the American Red Cross’s National Celebrity Cabinet in 2002 as part of the Red Cross’s Entertainment Outreach Program to help the organization highlight important initiatives and response efforts.

O’Dell also serves as a celebrity spokesperson for the March Of Dimes (MOD). She has been a spokesperson for the March of Dimes since 1998’s Blue Jeans for Babies Campaign. The campaign’s goal was to raise awareness regarding pre-conception care for women who are of childbearing age and to help in preventing birth defects and infant mortality. In addition to raising awareness, O’Dell has spent countless hours raising funds for MOD. As a fund raising measure O’Dell attempted to make as many cameo appearances as possible on popular television programs.

O’Dell also acts as an international board member for Best Buddies International, a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. In June 2002, Best Buddies honored O’Dell with the organization’s Spirit of Leadership Award. This honor has previously been bestowed upon Muhammad Ali, Maria Shriver and Olympian Carl Lewis.

Read more about Nancy O’Dell’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection’s Celebrity Supporters

Sep 12, 2017 06:00 am
For over 100 years the BUAV has been campaigning peacefully to create a world where nobody wants or believes we need to experiment on animals.

The BUAV is widely respected as an authority on animal testing issues and is frequently called upon by governments, media, corporations and official bodies for its advice or expert opinion.

They work lawfully and professionally, building relationships with MPs, MEPs, business leaders and other decision-makers. They also analyse legislation and sit on decision-making panels around the globe to act as the voice for animals in laboratories.

Their dedicated London-based team coordinates an international network of scientists, lawyers, campaigners, investigators, researchers, political lobbyists and supporters.

They do not receive any government funding or lottery money, and rely completely on the generosity of their supporters.

Celebrity supporters

British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection has 19 known supporters, including Ricky GervaisJoanna Lumley, and Joss Stone

Areas of work

Read more about British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection’s work and celebrity supporters.