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Red Cross and Harlem Globetrotters Partner to Bring Help and Hope to Families at Risk

Dec 22, 2016 12:30 pm

Harlem Globetrotters: Profile

The American Red Cross has joined forces with the Harlem Globetrotters as its official charity partner through the team’s Great Assist initiative to help communities across the country prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters big and small.


Known globally as the Ambassadors of Goodwill, the Harlem Globetrotters’ Great Assist initiative, which was launched in October 2015, promises to spread 100 million smiles over the next decade through sportsmanship and service. As part of a two-year partnership, the Red Cross will engage the Harlem Globetrotters in all aspects of its mission. During the first year, the team will join the Red Cross, along with local fire departments and other community partners, as the organization works to install its one millionth smoke alarm by October 2017 to help Americans stay safer from home fires. The Red Cross has already installed more than 500,000 smoke alarms nationwide, and saved at least 116 lives.

“Our partnership with the Harlem Globetrotters provides the Red Cross with an incredible opportunity to share our lifesaving mission with even more people and to raise urgently needed funds for families at risk for home fires and countless other disasters,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross. “The Great Assist initiative is closely aligned with our Red Cross values, and we look forward to embarking on this new journey with the team and its fans.”


In 2016, the Red Cross responded to 15 major disasters — 50 percent more than the year before — making it a particularly devastating year for thousands of families affected by historic floods, hurricanes, raging wildfires, tornadoes, home fires and more. In fact, the Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes, most of which are home fires. Each year, more people are affected by home fires than major disasters, and on average, seven people die every day from a home fire.

“This partnership brings two great American organizations together in order to achieve a common goal — to help people in need and to put smiles on people’s faces,” said Howard Smith, President of the Harlem Globetrotters. “We look forward to helping the Red Cross achieve their goals by incorporating their messaging into everything we do on and off the court.”

The Harlem Globetrotters will feature the Red Cross at more than 300 games throughout the basketball season, which starts on December 26, 2016 and runs through the spring. Each game will feature a Red Cross PSA announcement, player appearance opportunities and more.



The Lumineers Donate Christmas Song Proceeds To Charity

Dec 22, 2016 10:30 am

The Lumineers: Profile

After performing a cover of “Blue Christmas” last week at the White House, The Lumineers have released the track to download.


The Denver-based band will donate all proceeds from “Blue Christmas” to Cool Earth.

The grammy-nominated indie rock band announced their festive gift on social media on 3rd December. The band’s breakthrough was their number one single “Hey Ho” and they released their second studio album, “Cleopatra” earlier this year.


“I grew up listening to Willie Nelson’s xmas album “Pretty Paper” and this was always my favourite song on it,” said Wesley Schultz. “Of any Christmas song out there, this one stands out to me as a truly good song, Christmas or not. All proceeds from our cover will be donated to Cool Earth, an organisation that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction.”

Cool Earth has harnessed the knowledge and ideas of indigenous people to save nearly a million acres of rainforest. This Christmas they are raising money to share those ideas even further so they can save more rainforest than ever in 2017. You can donate to their Christmas campaign here.

“Blue Christmas” is available to download now on iTunes and is streaming on Spotify and other platforms.


42 Medal Of Honor Recipients To Attend Veterans Inaugural Ball – Salute To Heroes

Dec 22, 2016 08:30 am

Rascal Flatts: Profile

The American Legion and the Veterans Inaugural Committee will pay tribute to 42 Medal of Honor recipients and newly sworn in President Donald Trump during the Veterans Inaugural Ball – Salute to Heroes on January 20, 2017.

The evening will feature a special performance by Rascal Flatts lead vocalist Gary LeVox, joined by songwriters Neil Thrasher and Wendell Mobley, presented by Songs for Sound.

“The Price is Right” host and comedian Drew Carey, who served in the Marine Corps Reserves, will emcee the event at the Renaissance Washington DC, Downtown Hotel. Since 1953, at the request of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Veterans Inaugural Ball – Salute to Heroes has provided an opportunity for the newly sworn in commander in chief to personally pay tribute to Medal of Honor recipients.

Guests at the Veterans Inaugural Ball will also include senior military officers, elected and government officials, celebrities, corporate citizens and other members of the Armed Forces. LeVox is participating in the evening’s events as part of his support of Songs for Sound, a supporter of The American Legion that works to enrich the lives of veterans through hearing loss detection and treatment.

“The American Legion is honored to lead the efforts for the Veterans Inaugural Ball – Salute to Heroes,” said Charles E. Schmidt, National Commander, The American Legion. “We are humbled to have 42 Medal of Honor recipients in attendance to celebrate the peaceful transition of governmental power on Inauguration Day. To have entertainers like Gary LeVox and Drew Carey is very exciting for everyone.”

American Airlines is the premier corporate sponsor for the event, joined by UPS which is sponsoring the dinner. The ball is hosted by The American Legion and organized by the Veterans Inaugural Committee. The committee is comprised of 15 congressionally chartered veterans service organizations including The American Legion, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Vietnam Veterans of America, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Blinded Veterans Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US, The Congressional Medal of Honor Society, AMVETS, The Retired Enlisted Association, Disabled American Veterans, Marine Corps League, Non Commissioned Officers Association, Reserve Officers Association, Jewish War Veterans of the USA, and American Ex-Prisoners of War. More information about the Veterans Inaugural Ball – Salute to Heroes can be found at


Comic Relief Pledges £250,000 in Response To Yemen Crisis

Dec 22, 2016 07:00 am

Richard Curtis: Profile

Comic Relief has announced that it will give £250,000 to support organisations working to help starving people in war-torn Yemen, including children at severe risk of malnutrition.

The money has been pledged by Comic Relief in response to the Yemen Crisis Appeal by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). The DEC brings 13 leading UK aid charities together in times of crisis, with the aim of raising money collectively to reach those in need quickly.

Yemen, which is already one of the world’s poorest countries, has been brought to breaking point after nearly two years of war. The economy has almost collapsed, hospitals, schools and farms have been destroyed and almost half a million children need immediate treatment for malnutrition.

DEC Chief Executive, Saleh Saeed, said: “Two years of civil war in Yemen have left innocent families and children in need of our help, now more than ever. Seven million people do not know where their next meal will come from and almost half a million severely malnourished children need immediate medical attention.

“In the midst of conflict, DEC member charities are providing millions of people with lifesaving aid, such as food and treatment for malnutrition, but much more needs to be done to reach those in dire need. We’re appealing to the UK public to dig deep and help us to provide food, water and medical care to help save lives now.”

Jennie Richmond, Head of International Grants at Comic Relief said: “We are deeply concerned about the crisis in Yemen, which is why we have decided to respond to the appeal from the DEC. The funds raised will help agencies working in Yemen to provide vital support and lifesaving aid to people in desperate need across the country.

“Our contribution will help provide aid to those in urgent need and we are also encouraging the general public to support this appeal, so that the agencies on the ground can reach as many people as possible.”

Comic Relief’s grant will help the ongoing work of DEC agencies to provide humanitarian support and assistance to many more people in Yemen.

To make a donation visit, call 0370 60 60 900, visit any high street bank or Post Office, or donate £5 by texting the word SUPPORT to 70000. The UK Government is also supporting the DEC appeal and will match donations from members of the UK public up to a total value of £5 million in match funding.

Comic Relief was founded in 1985 by Richard Curtis.


Spotlight: Ray Romano’s Charity Work

Dec 22, 2016 06:00 am

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Spotlight: New York Restoration Project’s Celebrity Supporters

Dec 22, 2016 05:00 am
Founded in 1995 by Bette Midler, the nonprofit New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is based on the belief that clean, green neighborhoods are fundamental to the quality of life, and that every community in New York City deserves an oasis of natural beauty.

Seeing many parks and open spaces in dire need of clean-up and restoration, Ms. Midler created NYRP to be the “conservancy of forgotten places,” particularly in New York City’s underserved communities.

Celebrity supporters

New York Restoration Project has 23 known supporters, including Rod Stewart, Kristin Chenoweth, and Adrian Grenier

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