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Yusuf/Cat Stevens Donates Song To PETA

May 01, 2017 10:30 am

Yusuf: Profile

Singer-songwriter Yusuf / Cat Stevens has donated his very first hit song — “I Love My Dog,” which recently marked its 50th anniversary — for PETA to use in a brand-new video in celebration of National “Adopt a Shelter Pet” Day on April 30.


“I love my dog as much as I love you. But you may fade—my dog will always come through,” Yusuf sings. “All the pay I need comes shining through his eyes.” As the music plays, PETA’s video shows the bond between a man and his adopted canine best friend.

“A dog will love you unconditionally, whether you’re on top of the world or in the pits,” Yusuf says. “PETA and I encourage everyone to visit their local animal shelter today and open their heart and home to an animal in need.”


More than 6 million dogs and cats end up in animal shelters every year, and half of them have to be euthanized because there simply aren’t enough homes for them. PETA encourages everyone to adopt and never buy from breeders or pet stores, which contribute to the overpopulation crisis.


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Stars Attend amfAR Gala Sao Paulo 2017

May 01, 2017 09:00 am
Katie Holmes, Kate Moss, Dinho Diniz, Felipe Diniz, Anitta, Preta Gil, Sabrina Sato, Mert Alas, Barbara Fialho, and Julian Lennon were among those who gathered at the seventh annual amfAR Gala São Paulo to honor Brazilian artist Vik Muniz for his commitment to the fight against AIDS.

Katie Holmes at afAR Gala Sao Paulo
Katie Holmes at afAR Gala Sao Paulo
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The event, presented by Harry Winston, raised over $1.3 million for amfAR’s lifesaving AIDS research programs.

Other guests in attendance included Ronaldo, Marina Ruy Barbosa, Mariah Bernardes, Paulo Gustavo, Juliana Paes, Lea T., Regina Casé, Fiorella Matheis, Luciana Gimenez, Lucas Jagger, Regina Pereira, Paula Martins, Fernanda Paes Leme, Erika Alkessuani, Rodrigo Bocardi, Júlia Faria, Helena Bordon, Lala Rudge, Lele Saddi, Malu Barreto, Lea Cerezo, Yasmin Brunet, Fernanda Motta, Laura Neiva, Anna Fasano, Donata Meirelles, Isabella Santoni, Celina Locks, Carolina Ferraz, Luiza Brunet, Deborah Nascimento, José Loretto, Cauã Raymond, Fabio Porchat, Sergio Marone, Didi Wagner, Beto Pacheco, Carol Ribeiro, Adriane Gaisteu, Mariana Goldfarb, Sergio Degese, Carlo Jereissati Filho, and Miguel Garcia, among others.


Katie Holmes and Felipe Diniz opened the evening by welcoming guests and thanking the event sponsors. Holmes then introduced amfAR CEO Kevin Robert Frost, who spoke about amfAR’s Countdown to a Cure for AIDS initiative, which in less than three years has awarded grants totaling close to $40 million to support HIV cure-focused research conducted by more than 150 scientists working at 55 institutions in 10 countries around the world.

Regina Casé, host of the 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony in Rio de Janeiro and known as “the queen of diversity” in Brazil, presented the amfAR Award of Courage to “one of today’s most important and influential artists,” Vik Muniz. Muniz, who has been a dedicated supporter of amfAR and donated many of his pieces for auction at amfAR’s galas in São Paulo, contributing nearly $400,000 to AIDS research, described the recognition as an incredible honor.


The evening also featured two spectacular live performances. Model Lea T. introduce the evening’s first performer, Brazilian singer Preta Gil, who gave a meaningful performance of Children of the Rainbow, an upcoming song to benefit amfAR.

Brazilian television personality Sabrina Sato introduced the evening’s headliner, two-time Latin Grammy Award-nominated singer Anitta, who ended the event with an explosive set of her biggest hits that kept guests dancing into the night.

Dinho Diniz, Felipe Diniz, and Kate Moss served as Event Hosts. Chairs of the event included Pedro Almodóvar, Malu Barreto, Victoria Beckham, amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole, Francisco Costa, Sergio Degese, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, Nizan Guanaes and Donata Meirelles, Lewis Hamilton, Nayla Hayek, Carlos Jereissati Filho, Julian Lennon, Marina Morena, Sean Patterson, Catarina Pires, Vincent Roberti, Nara Roesler, Sabrina Sato, and Lea T. Miguel Garcia and Holger Marquardt were Vice Chairs.

Harry Winston was the Presenting Sponsor. The event’s Signature Sponsors were Iguatemi São Paulo, Karavelle and Moët Hennessy. Mercedes-Benz, Tivoli Mofarrej and Vogue Brasil were the Associate Sponsors. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR. The amfAR Gala São Paulo was produced by Josh Wood/Josh Wood Productions.

To date, the amfAR Gala São Paulo has raised over $11.5 million for amfAR’s lifesaving AIDS research programs.


BTIG Announces Expanded List of Celebrity Guest Traders for BTIG Charity Day 2017

May 01, 2017 07:30 am

Alex Rodriguez: Profile

BTIG, LLC announced today an expanded list of celebrity guest traders for the 15th BTIG Commissions for Charity Day on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

Celebrated across the firm’s 14 global locations, BTIG Commissions for Charity Day is a high-impact event, where the firm donates the day’s profits to hundreds of charities nominated by clients and celebrity guests. The event attracts a diverse group of celebrities including all-star athletes, actors, actresses, journalists, models, fashion designers, politicians and other cultural icons passionate about supporting meaningful causes. Expected celebrities include:

NEW YORK: Alan Hahn, Alex Rodriguez, Allan Houston, Angel Cordero, Beth Ostrosky Stern, Bob Papa, Bobby Valentine, Bode Miller, Brian Cashman, Bridget Moynahan, Bruce Beck, CC Sabathia, Charles Oakley, Chase Headley, Chris Wragge, Chuck Scarborough, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Darryl Strawberry, David Diehl, Dellin Betances, Derek Jeter, Didi Gregorius, Dwight Gooden, Eric Decker, Eric LeGrand, Gene Michael, Geraldo Rivera, Gerry Cooney, Grant Hill, Greg Bird, Hannah Storm, Jenny McCarthy, Jeremy Roenick, Joe Girardi, Joe Namath, John Calipari, John McEnroe, John Starks, Johnny Velazquez, Kristin Davis, Laurie Hernandez, Lawrence Taylor, Mariano Rivera, Mark Cuban, Mark Messier, Mark Teixeira, Michael Bloomberg, Nicky Hilton, Olivia Culpo, Oz Pearlman, Padma Lakshmi, Petra Nemcova, Phil Simms, Ralph Sampson, Reggie Jackson, Rick DiPietro, Ricky Steamboat, Rosanna Scotto, Sara Blakely, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Buscemi, Steve Weatherford, Tom Coughlin, Tommy and Dee Hilfiger, Tony Richardson and Victor Cruz.

SAN FRANCISCO: Barry Bonds, Damon Bruce, Dave Dravecky, Jeremy Affeldt, Kelenna Azubuike, Marcus Peters, Renel Brooks-Moon, Ronnie Lott, Ted Robinson, Vida Blue and Warren Moon.

BOSTON: Rick Porcello.

“Pooling our global resources, we work together to support hundreds of organizations in need of additional funding each year,” said Scott Kovalik, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BTIG. “Inviting celebrities passionate about helping others builds excitement and makes the day even more memorable for everyone involved.”

Since the event’s inception in 2003, BTIG has donated more than US$40 million to hundreds of charitable organizations around the world, including more than US$5 million from the May 2016 event. “Our celebrity guest traders are an extension of our team on BTIG Commissions for Charity Day,” said Steven Starker, Co-Founder of BTIG. “Year after year, many of them return to lend their name to a special, annual event that helps support so many others.”


Spotlight: Vince Gill’s Charity Work

May 01, 2017 07:00 am

Vince Gill

Vince Gill attended the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance’s 35th anniversary gala in 2009, helping to raise $225,000.

One of the most popular singers in modern country music, Vince Gill is famous for his top-notch songwriting, world-class guitar playing and warm, soaring tenor, all wrapped up in a quick and easy wit. Since 1990, Gill has won 20 GRAMMY Awards and 18 Country Music Association Awards. The CMA honored Gill with its prestigious Irving Waugh Award of Excellence which is awarded to an individual who is “the originator and caretaker of demonstrated ideas and actions that have dramatically broadened and improved country music’s influence.” Gill was also recently presented the BMI Icon Award. The Academy of Country Music has conferred eight awards on Gill. Gill is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry. He is a member of the four-time Grammy-nominated band The Time Jumpers.

Read more about Vince Gill’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: Music for Relief’s Celebrity Supporters

May 01, 2017 06:00 am
Started by Linkin Park, Music for Relief responds to natural disasters as they occur to help victims recover and rebuild, with an emphasis on housing, education programs and resources.

The organization also recognizes the environmental consequences of global warming, which have demonstrated the capability to accelerate and strengthen certain types of natural disasters. Therefore the second goal of MUSIC FOR RELIEF is to help prevent and decrease future natural disasters by reducing greenhouse gasses, seeking renewable forms of energy and educating the public about climate change.

Celebrity supporters

Music for Relief has 40 known supporters, including Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and U2

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