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Vivienne Westwood and Pamela Anderson Name PETA US VP Winq’s Activist of the Year

Dec 09, 2016 12:30 pm
It was a ballroom full of gay hunks, but Pamela Anderson drew the loudest catcalls as she and Vivienne Westwood named PETA US Vice President Dan Mathews Activist of the Year at Winq magazine’s Men of the Year Awards in London this week.

Dan Mathews with Vivienne Westwood and Pamela Anderson
Dan Mathews with Vivienne Westwood and Pamela Anderson
Credit/Copyright: Kamil Szkopik

Other awardees included Sherlock creator Mark Gatiss and Olympic gold medal–winning diver Chris Mears.

“Being gay-bashed as a teen sensitised Dan to all victims of violence – including animals”, Westwood said. “I was very pleased to learn that my punk outlook inspired Dan, and I hope his creative campaigns inspire new generations.”

And Mathews graciously noted, “Vivienne shows that substance is as important as style, a guiding principle at PETA”. He then acknowledged Anderson for starring in so many of the sexy campaigns he has devised for PETA US – and for being maid of honour at his wedding to long-time partner Jack Ryan, who was also in attendance.

Mathews closed by offering “special thanks to the Rosewood hotel for replacing our bedding with non-down pillows and duvets. After all, feathers are for the birds”.


Celebrities Take Part In ICAP Global Charity Day 2016

Dec 09, 2016 11:30 am
ICAP plc, a leading markets operator and provider of post trade risk mitigation and information services, held its 24th annual global Charity Day on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.

Peyton and Archie Manning took part in ICAP's 24th annual global Charity Day at its North American headquarters in Jersey City
Peyton and Archie Manning took part in ICAP’s 24th annual global Charity Day at its North American headquarters in Jersey City

On this day, 100% of company revenues and commissions will be donated to a selection of over 200 charities around the world, including over 50 US charities.

Shaquille O'Neal participated in ICAP's 24th annual global Charity Day at the firm's Jersey City office
Shaquille O’Neal participated in ICAP’s 24th annual global Charity Day at the firm’s Jersey City office

Since the inception of Charity Day in 1993, ICAP has raised over £127 million for more than 2,000 well-deserving causes worldwide. In 2015 alone, the company raised £7.5 million globally on Charity Day, the equivalent of approximately 3% of ICAP’s full year pre-tax profit for 2015/2016.

 	As part of the 24th annual ICAP Charity Day, Blake Lively fields phone calls on the firm's Jersey City trading floor
As part of the 24th annual ICAP Charity Day, Blake Lively fields phone calls on the firm’s Jersey City trading floor

As part of the day’s activities, ICAP hosted several of the charities’ celebrity spokespeople at its offices around the world to rally employee enthusiasm and interact with clients to boost trading volumes. At ICAP’s North American headquarters in Jersey City, NJ, and ICAP EBS BrokerTec office in Manhattan, over a dozen celebrities were on hand, including:
Peyton Manning and Archie Manning (Affiliated Charity: PeyBack Foundation)
Seth Rogen (Affiliated Charity: Alzheimer’s Association)
Shaquille O’Neal (Affiliated Charity: Leadership Foundations)
• Blake Lively (Affiliated Charity: Baby2Baby)

 Seth Rogen answers the phones on the trading floor at ICAP's North American headquarters in Jersey City, NJ
Seth Rogen answers the phones on the trading floor at ICAP’s North American headquarters in Jersey City, NJ


Bob Saget To Bring Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine To New York On December 12

Dec 09, 2016 10:15 am

Bob Saget: Profile

Bob Saget will host Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine, the 12th Annual New York gala to benefit the Scleroderma Research Foundation (SRF) on, Mon., December 12 at Carolines on Broadway.

Saget, an SRF Board Member who lost his sister to scleroderma, will be joined in the fundraising effort for this life-threatening disease by comedians Michael Che, John Oliver, Jeff Ross and other special guests.

Presented by Actelion Pharmaceuticals, along with event sponsors The Arthur Zimtbaum Foundation, Andrew and Violetta Merin, Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine benefits the Scleroderma Research Foundation—America’s first and leading nonprofit investor in medical research to find improved therapies and a cure for people living with scleroderma. The “Hot Cuisine” for the evening will be provided by celebrity chefs / restaurateurs Susan Feniger, an SRF Board Member, and Mary Sue Milliken (Food Network’s Too Hot Tamales and Bravo’s Top Chef Masters) who will treat guests to a multi-course dinner with dishes from their highly acclaimed Border Grill Restaurants and featuring the wine of event sponsor Rombauer Vineyards.

“Until a cure is found, I will spend the rest of my life dedicated to helping the Scleroderma Research Foundation fund the most promising medical research and bring attention to this disease that has impacted so many,” says Saget. “As much as I love the Foundation, I look forward to the day when I hear that we have found a cure and that we have put the Scleroderma Research Foundation out of business.”

The success of Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine events held in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco has raised considerable awareness for scleroderma and enabled the SRF to fund innovative research bringing hope and helping to improve the quality of life for patients suffering from this debilitating disease. Since its founding in 1987, the Foundation has taken a collaborative approach, bringing together some of the brightest minds in science to unravel the mystery of this complex autoimmune disease.

The word scleroderma literally means “hard skin,” but the disease is much more than that, often affecting the internal organs with life-threatening consequences. In some cases, the joints and muscles are affected, resulting in severe pain and limited mobility. Vascular damage due to scleroderma can result in loss of fingers, toes and entire limbs.

Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine will include a cocktail reception, dinner and stand-up comedy. There will also be live and silent auctions featuring such unique packages as the opportunity to attend Super Bowl 51 in Houston, Texas, as well join the stars of the upcoming Terence Malik film Weightless for the world red carpet premiere in Austin, Texas. First-class airfare is provided by sponsor Delta Air Lines. Other packages include a unique collection of wine from the Napa Valley and a dinner prepared in your home by celebrity chef Elizabeth Falkner.

Tickets for Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine start at $500, tables of six are available for $5,000 and tables of 10 available at $10,000 and $25,000. All monies raised benefit the Scleroderma Research Foundation. For more information, call (800) 441-CURE or visit www.sclerodermaRESEARCH.org.


Front Page With James Earl Jones Highlights Ways To Aid Homeless Families

Dec 09, 2016 09:00 am

James Earl Jones: Profile

“Front Page” with James Earl Jones is a public television program that airs episodes to highlight many of the largest issues facing the US and the world.

A recent episode focused on ways that organizations and philanthropies are aiding the homeless population of America.

Many people understand that homelessness is a major problem for modern society. With the holiday season rapidly approaching, homeless families are in need now more than ever. Many people who are homeless simply want a hot meal or shelter from the cold weather. With this in mind, there are numerous organizations and charities that generously donate their time to help people in need. A new episode of “Front Page”, distributed to PBS Member stations and Public Television, will highlight some of these efforts. By inspiring consumers to participate and give time and energy to some of these causes, lives and be shaped and changed.

“Front Page” with James Earl Jones is a public television program that is carefully reviewed to ensure quality assurance prior to being sent out to national networks for broadcast to a larger audience. It has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades since its inception.

Find out more here.


Morgan Freeman Joins Stand Up To Cancer And Genentech In New PSA

Dec 09, 2016 07:45 am
Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, have collaborated on a new public service announcement (PSA) featuring Academy Award-winning actor and SU2C Ambassador Morgan Freeman, who also is an executive producer of The C Word, a powerful new cancer documentary.

Video: :60 TV PSA – SUC2-Be The Breakthrough – Morgan Freeman

The PSA is part of a collaboration between SU2C and Genentech called Be The Breakthrough, a multi-faceted effort that celebrates the people behind progress in cancer: the patients who participate in clinical trials, the scientists and doctors who make medical advances and improve care, and the people who provide support to those living with cancer.

While we have made significant progress, there is much left to do to fight cancer. The disease still affects 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women in the U.S. in their lifetime. The Be The Breakthrough PSA is designed to increase awareness of and educate about the critical importance of individual contributions, such as getting screened regularly and participating in clinical trials, to continue advancing progress against cancer.

“I am honored to join Stand Up To Cancer and Genentech in this extremely important PSA campaign,” said Academy Award-winning actor Freeman. “As the executive producer of The C Word documentary, it’s important to me to help raise awareness of this disease and the progress being made. I hope through this PSA and also through The C Word that I can help change the way people view cancer.”

The PSA will begin airing December 2016 and encourages the public to visit SU2C.org/breakthrough. The website will provide resources and tools for people who want to learn about screening tests and clinical trials that may be right for them.

Freeman adds: “Even the smallest steps against cancer are breakthroughs and can lead to something extraordinary. Getting screened, participating in a clinical trial, caring for patients, teaching prevention or pursuing an uncharted area of research — these are all breakthroughs. Defeating cancer takes breakthroughs, and together we can all be the breakthrough.”

In the PSA, Freeman, standing on a dramatically lit stage alongside cancer survivor Tonya Peat, delivers an inspiring and poetic monologue about what it means to “be the breakthrough.” Tonya represents all the brave survivors who fight tirelessly.

The PSA was developed by the Creative Direction team of Nate Naylor and Chris Maiorino, and produced by the teams at Blacklist and Tendril, and Executive Produced by Madeline Marotto.

In addition to Be The Breakthrough, Genentech is also a collaborator in Catalyst, a program that will use funding and materials from the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, diagnostic and medical devices industries to accelerate research on cancer prevention, detection and treatment.

“We are grateful to Genentech for their continued dedication to Stand Up To Cancer’s research and their commitment to discovering science breakthroughs to help saves lives,” said Stand Up To Cancer Co-Founder Lisa Paulsen. “We are also grateful to Morgan Freeman for lending his voice to this campaign. His dedication to raising awareness for this disease through his participation in this PSA and through his documentary The C Word, makes him such a powerful ambassador.”

“SU2C has made great progress against cancer by combining awareness, public education and cutting-edge research, which is why we’ve deepened our collaboration with them to include ‘Be The Breakthrough,’” said Troy Cox, Senior Vice President of BioOncology at Genentech. “We are excited to have Morgan Freeman bring his voice and advocacy to this public health initiative that empowers everyone to play a role in the fight against cancer.”


Robert Downey Jr Honored At 4th Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala

Dec 09, 2016 06:30 am
Robert Downey Jr, Scooter Braun and the Los Angeles Kings were honored as heroes at Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles’ 4th Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala on Wednesday evening at the Hollywood Palladium.

Robert Downey Jr Accepts Award
Robert Downey Jr Accepts Award
Credit/Copyright: Craig T. Mathew and Greg Grudt/Mathew Imaging

Hosted by EXTRA’s Mario Lopez, this wish-filled evening was attended by Don Cheadle, Gavin Rossdale, Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez, Rev. Jesse Jackson and included special performances by Tori Kelly, X Ambassadors and Bush. Over 700 entertainment executives, celebrities, athletes, top business executives, community and civic leaders, medical professionals and philanthropists came together, raising over $1 million to celebrate the children and families whose lives have been changed forever by the power of a wish.

Said Neal Aton, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles, “We appreciate all the friends and supporters who shared this special evening with us. It was a room full of warmth, hopes and generosity. Together we raised over $1 million to grant wishes and strengthened our friendships in the community.”

Oscar-nominated actor Don Cheadle and Wish Kid Cameron Fisch (now age 22) presented Robert Downey Jr. with the Shining Star Award for the dozens of wishes that he has granted to children around the world. Downey fulfilled Cameron’s wish five years ago when he invited the then 17-year-old, who has a nervous system disorder, to the movie set of The Avengers.

Grammy-nominated singer Tori Kelly presented the Humanitarian Award to entertainment industry power broker and multimedia entrepreneur Scooter Braun. Scooter has granted hundreds of wishes for Make-A-Wish through his talent roster that includes Kelly, Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, among others.

Kelly later performed “Something Beautiful” from her debut album Unbreakable Smile, following a presentation by parents Theresa and Brian, whose five-year-old daughter Brylee’s wish to meet Tori was fulfilled before she passed away from cancer.

In honor of the Los Angeles Kings longstanding partnership with Make-A-Wish, the team was presented with the first ever Power of a Wish Award by Wish Kids William (now age 12) and Tatiana (age 13). William’s wish to meet former Kings captain Dustin Brown was granted six years ago after the then six-year-old finished up his leukemia treatment. Tatiana, who has cystic fibrosis, attended the Kings’ Make-A-Wish Day last month and had her wish to attend the Olympics fulfilled this past summer. Accepting the award on the Kings’ behalf was COO Kelly Cheeseman. Players Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson attended the Gala to represent the team.

The evening also included performances by X Ambassadors, who performed their top 20 hit “Unsteady,” and by multi-platinum rock band Bush, who performed a medley of their top hits.

The Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles 4th Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala is proudly sponsored by: Presenting Sponsor: The Goldwin Foundation; Star Catchers Sponsors: Jacqueline M. Glass Family, Kennedy Wilson, Mattel, Inc., OneLegacy, Shegerian & Associates, The Walt Disney Company; Reception Sponsor: Security Benefit; Heroes Sponsors: AECOM, Artemis Real Estate Partners, CAA, Colony Capital, Drew & Jill Lawton, Eastdil Secured, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Hudson Pacific Properties, Integral Communities, Lockton Insurance Brokers, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, Morgan Stanley Real Estate, Oaktree Capital Management, O’Melveny, Paul Hastings LLP, sbe, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, Wells Fargo, Woodridge Capital Partners, LLC.


Spotlight: Jay Leno’s Charity Work

Dec 09, 2016 06:00 am

Jay Leno

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Spotlight: Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s Celebrity Supporters

Dec 09, 2016 05:00 am
Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (RPAF) is dedicated to providing inner city youth across New York City with significant exposure to the arts, as well as to supporting emerging artists with exhibition opportunities.

Rush was founded in 1995 by three brothers: Danny Simmons, visual artist and community builder; media mogul Russell Simmons; and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons of the legendary hip-hop group Run-DMC.Their goal was to fill the gap that the disenfranchised and people of color faced in both accessing the arts and exhibition opportunities.

Celebrity supporters

Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation has 20 known supporters, including Bill Clinton, Russell Simmons, and Alicia Keys

Areas of work

Read more about Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s work and celebrity supporters.