Sep 27, 2016 01:30 pm
Emmy-award winning actress and St. Jude celebrity ambassador, Sofia Vergara will once again join forces with Buca di Beppo, the authentic, family-style Italian restaurant, for the second installment of Meatballs 4 Niños, a charitable campaign that supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Sharing a common mission, Vergara and Buca are dedicated to making an impact, boosting awareness and raising funds to support St. Jude. Drawing upon its commitment to the family experience, Buca di Beppo will donate $1 to St. Jude for every lunch and dinner meatball meal purchased.
As a St. Jude celebrity ambassador, Ms. Vergara is passionate about health and wellness for children and families. Because of supporters like Buca di Beppo, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
“We’re honored to be partnering again with Sofia to raise money for such an important organization,” said Robert Earl, chairman and founder of Planet Hollywood International. “St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital does everything possible to save the lives of children fighting cancer, and they freely share their research breakthroughs with other doctors around the world, which helps save kids in communities everywhere. Every donation matters, so why not help raise money for pioneering research and treatments for kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases while enjoying a meal.”
“It means so much to me that one of my favorite restaurants is supporting a cause so dear to me,” said Sofia Vergara. “We were able to help so many families with the success of the first ‘Meatballs 4 Niños’ program, it’s an honor to be able to help even more families in need! I hope everyone will visit Buca di Beppo to experience their amazing meatballs and support St. Jude.”
Made from the highest-quality ingredients and slow-cooked in fresh marinara sauce, Buca di Beppo is best known for their half-pound, mouth-watering meatballs, which are made fresh daily.
To make reservations or to find the closest Buca di Beppo location, please click here.
Variety, the definitive voice of the entertainment industry, today announced that the media company will host the industry’s first-ever conference focused on diversity – including gender, ethnicity, aging and sexuality – on film, television and digital outlets.
Over the past several months, the conversation around these topics has intensified, and Variety will lead the dialog by engaging some of the most senior corporate executives and talent in the creative community. The conference is called “Inclusion.”
Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Studios, and multi award-winning musicianPharrell Williams will have keynote conversations with Variety editors in addition to a host of panels on topics ranging from LBGTQ rights to advancing Latino entertainment to the cultural importance of creating programs designed to support underrepresented groups in Hollywood. PwC’s U.S. Chairman Brian Cullinan will moderate a fireside chat with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
“There is no issue in Hollywood today more important and relevant than diversity and inclusion,” said Michelle Sobrino-Stearns, group publisher of Variety. “It is Variety’s privilege and responsibility to lead an industry wide dialogue and bring the decision makers of our community together to promote solutions to counter the lack of minority talent in film and television. This is an issue that transcends the entertainment business, and we are excited to play a role in the broader conversation.”
“Age discrimination is an incredibly important issue, not just to AARP’s 38 million members nationwide, but across all facets of society,” said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. “We hope the dialogue at the Variety conference will lead not only to greater awareness of the issue, but to more and better opportunities for talented actors, producers, directors and others in the creative community – whatever their age.”
According to a 2016 report from The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, minorities remain underrepresented in Hollywood on every front (nearly 3 to 1 among film leads and directors). In addition, the study shows that U.S. consumers crave diverse film and television content. In fact, “films with relatively diverse casts enjoyed the highest median global box office receipts, and [in television] social media engagement peaked for broadcast scripted shows with casts that were greater than 30 percent minority.”
Variety’s conference will be held on November 1, 2016 at The Montage in Beverly Hills.AARP, PwC and City National Bank are sponsors. For ticket and/or sponsorship information, please contact Kimberly Cervantes at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, please see www.events.variety.com.
Sep 27, 2016 11:15 am
Actor Emma Watson extolled the work of activists and asked them to recommit to gender equality at the UN Women HeForShe second anniversary event, held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Watson shared a number of her defining moments since the 2014 launch of HeForShe. Among them, she listed the number of high profile advocates who signed on to the movement: The UN Secretary General, the entire EU commission, the NATOSecretary General, the President of the International Olympic Committee, numerous heads of state and politicians, as well as athletes such as Usain Bolt and actors such as Tom Hanks.
Watson mentioned a number of “seismic shifts” that are happening in our culture at the moment, but at the same time, she closed her remarks by calling on people to strengthen their efforts. “I ask that you recommit yourself to be part of the movement for gender equality. I genuinely feel that we are closer to a gender equal world than we were two years ago… And I know each and every ‘HeForShe’ has played a part in that,” she said.
#FindYourPark with holiday performances by Chance the Rapper, Kelly Clarkson, and Yolanda Adams on December 1 as the National Park Service caps off its centennial celebration and launches a second century of stewardship with the 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse at President’s Park (White House).
Through a partnership with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, the Hallmark Channel will exclusively broadcast the National Christmas Tree Lighting on December 2.
Free tickets for the 94th annual tree lighting ceremony presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation are awarded through an online lottery, which opens at 10 a.m. EDT on Friday, October 7 and closes at 10 a.m. EDT on Monday, October 10. To enter the lottery, visit www.thenationaltree.org and click the ‘TICKETLOTTERY’ link. Those without computer access may call 877-444-6777 (TDD 877-833-6777) to enter the lottery. Lottery winners will be notified on October 27.
Dates to note:
• October 7 at 10 a.m. EDT: Free ticket lottery opens
• October 10 at 10 a.m. EDT: Free ticket lottery closes
• October 27: lottery winners will be notified
• December 1: National Christmas Tree Lighting takes place on the Ellipse in President’s Park
• December 2: The Hallmark Channel broadcasts the National Christmas Tree Lighting on their network
An American holiday tradition started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923, the National Christmas Tree Lighting is a great example of the countless ways there are to#FindYourPark. Launched in March 2015, Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque is a public awareness and education movement to inspire people to connect with, celebrate, and support America’s national parks and community-based programs. Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial and setting the stage for the Service’s next 100 years, Find Your Park invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation’s natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history.
Keep up with the National Christmas Tree on Twitter at @TheNationalTree, follow #NCTL2016 on social media, and visit www.thenationaltree.org for more information about the event and its history.
Additional information, more talent announcements, and coverage logistics for news media will happen at a later date.
Barbara Davis will host the 2016 Carousel Of Hope Ball in October.
This year marks the 30th Carousel Ball, where guests will enjoy cocktails, silent and live auctions, dinner, exciting entertainment, and musical performances. The 2016 ball will be a “Celebration of Hollywood,” and its strength, power, and talent.
Since its inception in 1978, the iconic event has been a Hollywood favorite, uniting entertainment industry leaders from all areas for a night dedicated to raising awareness and, ultimately, finding a cure for diabetes. Diabetes, which afflicts over 30 million people in the United States alone, is rapidly on the rise. It is estimated that one in three babies born today will have diabetes in their lifetime and each year, approximately 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Of those, 25,000 are children.
The Carousel of Hope Balls have raised more than $100 million to date, with proceeds benefitting the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes (BDC). Funds are raised through sponsorships, a live and silent auction, and contributions. Rated #1 Benefit in Southern California by Bizbash for multiple years, this star-studded evening is not to be missed.
The 2016 Carousel of Hope Ball is generously sponsored by Activision Blizzard, American Airlines, Tina & Rick Caruso, Robert Day, Dexcom, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, Vista Equity Partners, The Coca-Cola Company, and The Walt Disney Company.
Additional sponsors include the Kroenke Family & Los Angeles Rams Foundation,GUESS Foundation, Parx Casino, CBS, Viacom & Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox, 21st Century Fox, HBO and The Beverly Hilton.
Sep 27, 2016 07:30 am
Women’s Health Magazine, the fastest-growing international women’s magazine with a global audience of 32 million; FEED, the social business founded by philanthropist and social entrepreneur, Lauren Bush Lauren; and presenting sponsor Macy’s, have partnered for the 5th annual RUN 10 FEED 10 race series across the U.S with a mission to help fight domestic hunger.
After hosting this year’s flagship races in Chicago and in New York City this month, Women’s Health SVP/Publisher and Managing Director Laura Frerer-Schmidt announced that the program has crossed a benchmark, raising over 5 million meals for Americans in need since its launch in 2012.
The New York City race, hosted by Good Morning America Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee, took place on September 18, where thousands of participants raced down the West Side Highway for a timed 10K or 5K run with proceeds supporting New York City Metropolitan Food Banks. Prior to race day, Women’s Health, along with Macy’s President Jeff Gennette, Ginger Zee, and FEED founder Lauren Bush Lauren, lit the iconic Empire State Building red to raise awareness for the fight against domestic hunger.
“RUN 10 FEED 10 has grown tremendously since we began the program five years ago,” says Frerer-Schmidt. “The race series offers readers a measureable way to give back, and the opportunity to do something good for others while doing something good for themselves. By continuing our “Run on Your Own” partnership with Runtastic, and making the program even more accessible for consumers with the addition of our 5K race option this year, we’ve brought participation to reach over 1,000 cities. The more people who run, whether that’s at one of our flagship events or in their own neighborhoods, the more we can make a difference.”
The RUN 10 FEED 10 concept is simple: RUN a 10K and FEED 10 hungry people in your hometown. On October 29, RUN 10 FEED 10 will host a timed race at the famed Golden Gate Bridge with special guest host Beth Behrs, star of CBS’s Two Broke Girls and author of The Total Me-Tox Health and Wellness Guide. Each flagship run includes giveaways from sponsors Macy’s, Aveeno, Geico, Hydroxycut, Purely Inspired, and Vitafusion. Each registered participant will receive a limited-edition FEED bag, FEEDbracelet and have 10 meals donated locally on their behalf.
Sep 27, 2016 06:00 am
Part of the Clinton Foundation, the Global Initiative gathers a community of global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.