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Jason Mraz Joins Lineup For Standing Rock Benefit Concert

Nov 14, 2016 12:30 pm

Jason Mraz: Profile

Jason Mraz joins Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt along with Joel Rafael, and the late John Trudell’s band Bad Dog for a benefit concert on Sunday, November 27 for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.


The concert will be held at Prairie Knights Pavilion in Fort Yates, ND. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased thru StarTickets by phone 800-585-3737, or online.

The concert is free for the Standing Rock community and Water Protectors. Next week, cards will be distributed to the Water Protectors in the camps and Standing Rock community that can be exchanged for complimentary tickets at the Casino box office. All gross proceeds from the concert public ticket sales will benefit the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their efforts to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline and prepare the camps for winter.


“Just as we give thanks for our good fortune and the bounty of our lives as Americans, let us thank the Native people who are gathered here at Standing Rock to protect the natural world and defend our place in it,” said Jackson Browne.

“I’m proud to be standing in support of the courageous and dedicated Water Protectors at Standing Rock. This movement is growing by the day with solidarity actions happening around the country, yet the media isn’t covering it nearly enough. Our hope is that this concert will help bring more awareness and media attention to the issues being raised at Standing Rock, and to put pressure on The Obama Administration to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline until protection of sacred sites is ensured,” said Bonnie Raitt.

“This is a national emergency for both human rights and environmental protection. It is a call to peacefully demonstrate a need for compassion, new listening, and new technologies,” said Jason Mraz.

“As the struggle for human rights continues, thousands of people have gathered on the plains of North Dakota. In a time when we all must learn to better respect and honor the Earth, the Water Protectors are leading the way. I am proud to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their effort to halt the DAPL, and I urge President Obama to do everything in his power to help accomplish that,” said Joel Rafael.


Those who can travel to North Dakota are invited to Stand in Solidarity with Standing Rock on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Prairie Knights Pavilion at 6:30 PM.

For more information, and to contribute, please visit the Standing Sioux Rock Tribe websites at and



Gemma Atkinson And Lucy Pinder Lend Their Support To Fading Giants

Nov 14, 2016 11:30 am
The plight of Africa’s elephants has attracted the support of actresses Gemma Atkinson and Lucy Pinder to a new campaign being run by UK charity the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.

Gemma Atkinson lends her support for Fading Giants
Gemma Atkinson lends her support for Fading Giants

Established by wildlife artist and conservationist David Shepherd CBE, art is a cornerstone of the charity’s fundraising to protect endangered wildlife and the ‘Fading Giant’ campaign is no exception.

Beautiful artwork from Italian artist Stefano Zagaglia adorns a capsule clothing collection of t-shirts, hoodies and sweatshirts that give all profit from sales to support the rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned elephants and park protection programmes in Uganda and Zambia.

Lucy Pinder lends her support for Fading Giants
Lucy Pinder lends her support for Fading Giants

Recognising the plight of Africa’s elephants with an estimated 35,000 killed each year for their ivory, Gemma and Lucy, who also support the charity’s TigerTime campaign, were delighted to help.

The campaign runs until December 3 with all items dispatched in time for Christmas. To buy your ‘Fading Giant’ clothing, click here.

For more information about the elephant projects the campaign supports, click here.


Lady Gaga, Sia, Pink Endorse Petition Following Trump’s Election

Nov 14, 2016 10:15 am

Pink: Profile

Two days after Donald Trump won the 2016 Election, millions of people around the globe are taking action on on petitions related to the next President – with more than 2 million alone signing a petition demanding that the electors in the Electoral College vote for Hillary Clinton in December.

That petition, started late Wednesday night by a voter in North Carolina, has 2.2 million signatures this morning, making it the fastest-growing petition on in 2016.

“Hillary won the popular vote. The only reason Trump ‘won’ is because of the Electoral College,” writes petition starter Elijah Berg. “But the Electoral College can actually give the White House to either candidate. So why not use this most undemocratic of our institutions to ensure a democratic result?”

The petition has been endorsed by dozens of celebrities, including pop superstars Lady Gaga, Sia, and P!nk, as well as actresses Amanda Seyfried, Rosie Perez, Marg Helgenberger, and more, and has become one of the most viral petitions in’s history – tapping into national conversation spurred by Donald Trump winning the Electoral College vote and Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote.

This petition is one in a growing trend of petitions started since Election night surrounding President-Elect Trump. Nearly 1,000 other petitions have been started focused on Donald Trump. Among the other more popular petitions are:
• A petition started by a mother in San Jose, California who has two children with chronic illnesses, urging Trump to keep a piece of Obamacare that prevents health care discrimination on the basis of pre-existing conditions;
• A petition from a voter in Virginia urging business leader and inventor Elon Musk to meet with President-Elect Trump to discuss the reality of climate change;
• A petition started by a woman in Los Angeles, urging President-Elect Trump to condemn hate crimes done in his name or by his supporters;

More petitions can be viewed here.


The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography From The Sir Elton John Collection

Nov 14, 2016 09:00 am

Elton John: Profile

‘The Radical Eye: Modernist photography from the Sir Elton John Collection’ opened to rave reviews on the 8th November 2016. To celebrate this ground-breaking exhibition, Sir Elton John and David Furnish will host a dinner at Tate Modern which will include a private view of the iconic photography on display.

This special occasion will take place on 1st December 2016 – World AIDS Day in the new Switch House building with all proceeds donated to theElton John AIDS Foundation.

To buy tickets to the Dinner and Private View please contact Sophie Erskine – or + 44 (0) 20 7603 9996.

Thursday, 1st December from 7:00pm
Tate Modern, London


Mario Lopez To Host 4th Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala

Nov 14, 2016 07:45 am

Mario Lopez: Profile

Two-time Emmy Award winner and EXTRA host Mario Lopezwill host the 4th Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala presented byMake-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles on December 7, 2016 at the Hollywood Palladium, it was announced by Neal Aton, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles.

As previously announced, the Gala will honor Academy Award-winner Robert Downey Jr, entertainment industry power broker and multimedia entrepreneur Scooter Braun and the LA Kings, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary. The evening will include a live performance from Grammy-nominated artistTori Kelly, cocktails, a sit-down dinner, silent and live auctions and special wish granting.

Said Aton: “It’s fitting that Mario Lopez will host this year’s Gala. Mario is passionate about youth and children’s causes, and we’re thrilled to have him as part of the Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles family. With his wide range of talents, generosity of spirit, positive energy and deep connection to our wish kids, we’re betting he’s going to inject our evening with a whole new level of fun and excitement.”

Lopez was recently involved in a wish for 11-year-old Cayden, who wished to appear on EXTRA as a “pop star” as part of World Wish Day. As part of his wish, Cayden performed with Maroon 5, walked past a throng of screaming fans with his bodyguards in tow, and made a special guest appearance with Lopez on EXTRA – taking the pop star culture by storm.

Lopez is best known to television audiences as A.C. Slater from NBC’s popular teen comedy series, Saved by the Bell. Since then, he has diversified his career to include everything from acting, to dancing, to hosting talk shows. In addition to his Emmy award winning daily hosting stints on EXTRA, Lopez hosts the nationwide iHeartMedia radio shows On with Mario Lopez and iHeartRadio Countdown with Mario Lopez, and is a recurring commentator on HBO Boxing. Lopez danced his way to the finals in the third season of ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars. He successfully completed his first run on Broadway starring in the long running hit musical A Chorus Line as “Zach.” Lopez revived his guest-starring role as Dr. Mike Hamoui on the final season of F/X Network’s popular show Nip/Tuck. Other credits include Holiday in Handcuffs (ABCFamily) and Husband for Hire (Oxygen), Pet Star and The X Factor. Passionate about youth and children’s causes, Lopez’s charitable work includes serving as an Alumni Ambassador of Fitness for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).

The Make-A-Wish awards are presented at the annual Wishing Well Winter Gala, where entertainment executives, celebrities, top business executives, community and civic leaders, medical professionals and philanthropists celebrate the children and families whose lives have been changed forever by the power of a wish. Since its start in 2013, these meaningful events have collectively raised almost $3 million for wish kids living in Greater Los Angeles. Past honorees include sports stars Kobe Bryant, Landon Donovan and Oscar de la Hoya; philanthropists Sam Nazarian and Michael Rosenfeld; and medical pioneers Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, OneLegacy and Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.

In addition to the award presentations, the evening will include entertainment, cocktails, sit-down dinner, one-of-a-kind silent and live auction items and wish granting. Additional award honorees will be announced shortly.

Join generous presenting sponsor, The Goldwin Foundation, along with many other partners and donors, in supporting the 4th Annual Make-A-Wish Wishing Well Winter Gala.

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Joan Collins And Anjelica Huston To Be Honored At Talk Of The Town Gala

Nov 14, 2016 06:30 am

Joan Collins: Profile

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. 19, 2016.

Gala benefits breast and prostate cancer research at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Award-winning actress, author, producer and entrepreneur Dame Joan Collins will receive the Spirit of Entertainment Award; Academy Award-winning actress, director and author Anjelica Huston will be honored with The Spirit of Hollywood Award and Marcel Loh, chief executive, Providence Saint John’s Health Center and the John Wayne Cancer Institute, will be presented the Spirit of Hope Award. The Bangles will perform. Sheri Rosenblum is gala chair and Beverly Cohen is décor chair. The gala includes a luxury boutique and silent and live auctions.

“Each of our honorees have been significantly affected by cancer and are extraordinary role models and dedicated supporters of cancer research,” said ABCs president, Gloria Gebbia. “Each of us is a part of this great community that unites in a common goal to improve the lives of people with cancer and to find a cure. Together we will make a difference.”

“The generous, on-going support provided by the ABCs has been instrumental in advancing the Institute’s breast and prostate research,” said Patrick Wayne, chairman of the Board of the John Wayne Cancer Institute and son of the legendary actor John Wayne. “Our physicians and scientists are at the forefront of groundbreaking cancer research, which would not be possible without the ongoing philanthropic efforts of Gloria Gebbia and the ABCs.”

Dame Joan Collins will be honored with the Spirit of Entertainment Award. Winner of two Golden Globes and a People’s Choice Award as well as recipient of numerous other awards worldwide, Collins has appeared in more than 60 feature films and dozens of television programs. In the last two decades, she has starred in Decadence; In the Bleak Midwinter, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, These Old Broads, Fetish and her newest feature film, The Time of Their Lives. She has guest starred in some of the most popular television series, such as Star Trek, Starsky & Hutch, Mission Impossible, Will & Grace, Miss Marples and is internationally renowned for her role as Alexis Carrington Colby in Dynasty. Collins has published sixteen books, beginning with her first best-selling autobiography, Past Imperfect, which she followed with The Joan Collins Beauty Book. Her latest novel, The St. Tropez Lonely Hearts Club was recently published by Little, Brown. She is an honorary founding member of theNational Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. She has supported several foster children in India for 25 years. In 2015, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II elevated Joan Collins to Dame Commander of the British Empire (D.B.E.) for her lifetime contribution to charity work, after having presented her with The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) for her services to the arts in 1997.

Academy Award-winning actress and director Anjelica Huston continues her family legacy in film. Huston received the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “Prizzi’s Honor” and a Golden Globe Award for HBO’s “Iron Jawed Angels.” She starred in the Golden Globe-nominated television series “Smash” on NBC. Additional television credits include a recurring role on Showtime’s original series “Huff” and an Emmy-nominated guest-starring role on “Medium.” She currently appears in Season 3 of Amazon’s acclaimed series “Transparent.” Her directorial debut was an adaption of Dorothy Allison’s best-selling memoir, “Bastard Out of Carolina,” which garnered critical acclaim. Huston is a New York Times bestselling author of her two-part memoir “A Story Lately Told” and “Watch Me.” She is a member of the Film Foundation’s Artists Rights Council, a spokesperson for PETA, The Humane Society, Amnesty Internationaland a supporter of the Human Rights Campaign.

The Spirit of Hope Award will be presented to Marcel Loh. For 14 years, Loh served in executive roles for Swedish Health Services, a not-for-profit health system in Seattle and an affiliate of Providence Health & Services. Loh holds a master’s in hospital administration from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of North Dakota. In addition to being a past chairman of the Washington State Hospital Association, he is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), past ACHE Regent for Washington state and currently serves as a governor on the national ACHE board. He also serves on the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board region 9. Loh completed a military career as an Army Officer in the Medical Service Corps and retired from the Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Individual tickets $500; sponsorship packages available. For further information, contact Grant Associates at (323) 904-4400.


Spotlight: Keith Urban’s Charity Work

Nov 14, 2016 06:00 am

Keith Urban

Keith Urban is a Grammy Award-winning country music artist who was born in New Zealand and is married to Nicole Kidman.

He performed at Live Earth in New York with Alicia Keys.

Read more about Keith Urban’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: UNAIDS’s Celebrity Supporters

Nov 14, 2016 05:00 am
Bringing together the efforts and resources of ten UN system organizations to the global AIDS response.

Celebrity supporters

UNAIDS has 8 known supporters, including Annie Lennox, Jackie Chan, and Ban Ki-moon

Areas of work

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