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Born Free USA And Ian Somerhalder Foundation Partner To Support Fur For The Animals Campaign

Dec 07, 2016 12:30 pm

Ian Somerhalder: Profile

This week, Born Free USA and the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF) announced a partnership to support both organizations’ efforts to educate youth on wildlife conservation and animal welfare.

The collaboration will begin with a youth program called Give it Back, which is a project involving Born Free USA’s Fur for the Animals campaign and the ISF Youth Program. ISF youth volunteers will be collecting fur for Born Free USA’s donation drive: a successful initiative launched in 2014 to collect unwanted fur coats and accessories, which are repurposed and sent to wildlife rehabilitation centers around the country to help comfort orphaned and injured wildlife. Give it Back will take place throughout 2017, with events focused on getting fur back where it belongs—with the animals.

“We are excited to work with Born Free USA on anti-fur trapping campaigns and in engaging youth to take action through their Fur for the Animals project,” said Ian Somerhalder. “What better way to teach youth compassion and responsible actions than by having them encourage people to Give it Back?”

According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, “We are tremendously excited to partner with Ian’s well-respected Foundation and grateful to the passionate ISF youth volunteers. It is so important for us to get kids involved in the compassionate anti-fur message and have them do hands-on work to promote the fact that cruelty is not fashion. The success of Fur for the Animals not only shows that the public is increasingly turning away from fur, but it also serves as a powerful reminder that fur comes from the intense suffering and painful deaths of millions of animals. We are looking forward to a strong partnership and thank the Foundation for its important work to save animals.”

Fur for the Animals has received more than 1,700 fur donations since it launched in 2014, worth an estimated $3.5M, from more than 54,000 animals.

“The Born Free USA Fur for the Animals campaign will give young people a hands-on chance to get involved and learn about cruelty-free consumerism, upcycling, wildlife conservation, and sanctuary animals, while looking at an ugly issue of trapping and finding a feel-good way to create action and outreach,” added Kate Harms, ISF Creatures Division Manager.

 

Alyson Hannigan Partners With FabKids To Benefit Corazón de Vida

Dec 07, 2016 11:30 am
Alyson Hannigan has teamed up with FabKids, the leading membership-based children’s fashion service and personalized shopping site, to donate more than half a million dollars-worth of clothing and accessories to Corazón de Vida, a for-purpose organization providing life changing support for orphaned and abandoned children in Baja, Mexico.

Alyson Hannigan and family graciously turned their home into Santa's workshop to package FabKids shirts, pants, dresses, hats, and accessories
Alyson Hannigan and family graciously turned their home into Santa’s workshop to package FabKids shirts, pants, dresses, hats, and accessories

Hannigan, set to host another season of Penn & Teller’s: Fool Us on THE CW next summer, worked closely with FabKids to contribute more than 45,000 pieces of clothing and accessories including tops, dresses, leggings, shorts and hair accessories. Corazón de Vida will distribute this amazing donation to the children living in orphanages in Baja. Hannigan and her family have first-hand experience supporting this organization, through day-visits to the children.

“As a mother, I can’t think of anything more important than providing children basic necessities and empowering them for a better future,” said Hannigan. “Corazón de Vida does exactly that and I’ve seen their impact. This is a cause I’m eager to partner on with FabKids because I believe together, we can all make a significant difference in the lives of many children.”

To support Corazón de Vida through monthly sponsorship or other initiatives, click here.

 

Oxfam Joins With Stars To Launch I Hear You Project In Support Of Refugees

Dec 07, 2016 10:15 am

Minnie Driver: Profile

This week, Oxfam launches “I Hear You”, a project designed to amplify the personal stories of the world’s most vulnerable refugees with some of Hollywood’s leading voices.

The video series features Margot Robbie, John Cho, Gael García Bernal, Minnie Driver, and more reading the real life stories of refugees from around the world who have been forced from their homes as they flee conflict, disaster, poverty, inequality, and the effects of climate change, in the hopes that you might hear their stories and join the campaign.

In partnership with Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ), six of the videos, featuring Margot Robbie, John Cho, Gael García Bernal, Anna Camp, Minnie Driver, and Al Madrigal will debut on Vanity Fair’s website, along with CNÉ’s The Scene, here.

In addition, “I Hear You” features Melissa Leo, Oliver Platt, Erik Griffin, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Ari Graynor, Jordana Brewster, Yasmine Al Massri, and Andrea Riseborough. The creator of the project, Julie Anne Robinson, is a BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated theatre, TV and film director/producer.

“I came up with the idea for this project because I wanted to find a way to communicate the human stories of displaced people,” said Julie Anne Robinson. “These are people we tend to fear and reject, but I found they are driven by the same things as all of us- love of their children and a desire to work.”

“I don’t believe we can become numb to the pain and suffering of so many people in the world when there are actually real things we can do,” said Minnie Driver, actor and Oxfam celebrity ambassador. “We can share and we can be available to help other each other, and it feels like we’ve forgotten that. I hope that this project helps to remind people of their fundamental humanity and the kindness and love we can and must extend to one another. Love is better than anything.”

The full series of videos, including information on how to take action, can be found on Oxfam’s site www.oxfamamerica.org/ihearyou. There, visitors can hear the real life stories of refugees, read more about the refugee crisis, and learn what they can do to help. Viewers can text “I Hear You” to 977-79 to join the campaign.

“More than 65 million people around the world have been forced to leave their homes because of violence, persecution and war. These are not just numbers. These are people, with individual stories just like every one of us. Now is a time for solidarity and compassion, not a time to close our minds, our hearts, or our borders.” said Raymond Offenheiser, President of Oxfam America. “Oxfam is pleased to join together with Vanity Fair to shine a spotlight on the millions of individuals who have endured unimaginable loss and hardship. Together we can bring an end to the worst refugee crisis of our time.”

Oxfam is calling for people to stand together in support of refugees by signing on to a pledge to act with compassion towards all people who have been forced to flee their homes and to advocate for displaced people to be welcomed to the U.S. and other countries regardless of gender, race, national origin, religion or sexual preference. Oxfam is currently working in 20 countries affected by the refugee crisis to help people who have fled their homes because of violence, conflict or persecution. Oxfam is providing food and clean water and building much-needed toilets to prevent the spread of disease, while also making sure people have the information they need to stay safe and obtain access to legal aid. You can sign the pledge at www.oxfamamerica.org/i-hear-you-pledge.

 

Stars Attend Make Equality Reality Gala

Dec 07, 2016 09:00 am
Equality Now, an international human rights organization dedicated to women’s and girls’ rights, honored four powerhouses for change at the third “Make Equality Reality” fundraising gala.

Elizabeth Olsen at EQUALITY NOW'S THIRD ANNUAL MAKE EQUALITY REALITY GALA
Elizabeth Olsen at EQUALITY NOW’S THIRD ANNUAL MAKE EQUALITY REALITY GALA

The honorees included Jaha Dukureh (Equality Now partner, female genital mutilation (FGM) survivor activist, and TIME 100 honoree), Jane Fonda (two-time Academy Award winning actress, activist, and Equality Now Adolescent Girls’ Legal Defense Fund Advisory Board Member), and Laurie MacDonald & Walter Parkes (award winning film producers of “He Named Me Malala”).

Jane Fonda at EQUALITY NOW'S THIRD ANNUAL MAKE EQUALITY REALITY GALA
Jane Fonda at EQUALITY NOW’S THIRD ANNUAL MAKE EQUALITY REALITY GALA

The fundraising gala returned to the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills for the third time, on Monday, December 5th. The event brought together a diverse and dynamic group of change makers, celebrities and philanthropists to honor women making extraordinary changes to the women’s rights landscape.

Equality Now also partnered with ROUND + SQUARE, an exciting new conscious fashion brand. ROUND + SQUARE’s first collection was designed exclusively in support of Equality Now, which will receive 30% of the brand’s sales profits from these specially-crafted items.

The Bangles at EQUALITY NOW'S THIRD ANNUAL MAKE EQUALITY REALITY GALA
The Bangles at EQUALITY NOW’S THIRD ANNUAL MAKE EQUALITY REALITY GALA

Celebrity attendees included host Matt McCoy; Presenters Debbie Allen, Gloria Steinem (also an Event committee co-chair), Lily Tomlin; Gala co-chairs Sue Smalley PhD, Susan Hassan, and Paula Ravets PhD; Honorary host committee members Maria Bello, Sarah Brokaw, Janie Bryant, Goapele, Maggie Grace, Judy Hofflund & Tom Hansen, Bethany Joy Lenz, Aubrey Plaza, Paul Reiser, Joss Whedon, and Daphne Zuniga; Additional guests including Gloria Allred, Genevieve Angelson, Petra Flannery, Jami Gertz, Kathy Griffin, Melanie Griffith, Lizzy Jagger, Kamala Lopez, Maureen McCormick, Elizabeth Olsen, Ruby Rose, Mae Whitman, and more. The evening also featured a special acoustic performance from iconic band The Bangles.

Make Equality Reality was generously supported by Vanguard of Change partner, The Ultraviolet Edge, Urban Decay’s global initiative to empower women. Their incredible $100,000 donation will support Equality Now’s work to create a just world for women.

 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar To Be Honored With Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

Dec 07, 2016 07:45 am

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Profile

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown and Bill Russell will receive the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, it was announced this week by Time Inc.’s SI.

The three icons have been chosen by the SI editors to receive the honor for their incomparable athletic careers and decades of leadership as social activists. They will be honored during SI’s Sportsperson of the Year event on December 12, 2016, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Chris Stone, Sports Illustrated Group editor in chief said of the honorees: “In 2016 we learned that the consequences of speaking out on hard issues were often painful ones, but also how deeply athletes can impact and advance the conversation on those same, hard issues. Jim Brown, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar all recognized, and acted on this in a far harder time in America. That was the example of their friend, Muhammad Ali, and the torch they’ve carried for the more than a half-century.”

Abdul-Jabbar, Brown and Russell are beacons of thoughtful discourse on racial and social inequality and their impact has been felt worldwide. In one profound example, the three came together nearly five decades ago in what became known as the “Ali Summit.” The 1967 meeting, organized by Brown, was attended by many top athletes of that era to support Muhammad Ali’s fight against induction into the U.S. Army as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War. It was a time of civil and social unrest in the U.S., and the public display of unity was a transformational moment in the fight for civil rights and for the notion that athletes’ voices should be heard beyond the field of play.

On this year’s award winners Lonnie Ali said: “Congratulations to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown and Bill Russell for their numerous athletic successes and more importantly, the leadership they all have displayed to make this world a much better place. Particular recognition this year goes to Kareem for being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama and Jim for the new statue that sits outside of Cleveland Browns stadium in recognition of his achievements with the organization. In times of hardship and adversity, these three remarkable individuals continued to stand up as activists to pave the way for those that followed. I honor you for that and I know Muhammad certainly would be proud that you are receiving the award that bares his name.”

On receiving this award Abdul-Jabbar said, “Muhammad Ali was both a friend and a personal inspiration to me as an athlete and as an activist. To receive an award in his name is especially moving because it means I am honoring his legacy as a man who defied conventions and courageously risked life and career to making America a land of freedom, equal opportunity and social justice.”
Said Brown, “I am deeply touched to be honored for a lifetime spent working to establish common ground and mutual respect for all perspectives and backgrounds. I hope that this tribute serves as a symbol of inspiration for all Americans to be champions of social justice. This is a proud moment for me, and I am thrilled to be recognized alongside two other transformative athletes with whom I share a long history of activism and friendship, and for whom I have great respect.”

Added Russell, “To be a true influence of positive change in the world often means that you have to stand up against injustice and fight through adversity. I am honored to be recognized alongside some of the great cultural icons of our time who have used their platforms to fight for civil rights and social justice, regardless of the risk, including my good friend Muhammad Ali to whom the award is dedicated. Our work has just begun.”

The Sports Illustrated Legacy Award was born in 2008, when Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder and driving force behind the Special Olympics, was the inaugural honoree. In 2014, Magic Johnson was honored for his two decades as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, social and political activist. Last year SI renamed the award in honor of Ali in recognition of his decades as a boxing legend, humanitarian, civil rights activist and icon. Jack Nicklaus was the first to receive the rededicated award, during the 2015 Sportsperson of the Year ceremony.

The three Legacy Award recipients will be honored alongside the 2016 SI Sportsperson of the Year winner, the SI Kids SportsKids of the Year and other top names and moments from the year in sports at SI’s special Sportsperson of the Year celebration taking place at Barclays Center on December 12. The star-studded affair, which will also be attended by Lonnie Ali, will include a special awards dinner and ceremony with tributes to some of the world’s most legendary athletes, live musical performances and a VIP red carpet entrance featuring celebrities of sports and entertainment. More information about how to attend the event at Barclays Center can be found here.

 

Famous Dogs Fight AIDS in Support of (SHOPATHON)RED This Holiday Season!

Dec 07, 2016 06:30 am
In a puppy parody of Kanye West’s iconic ‘Famous’ video, ten of Instagram’s best loved hounds feature in a new video to support (RED)’s fight against AIDS.

Video: (SHOPATHON)RED Famous Dogs of Instagram

The ten ‘Instagram-Famous’ pups including TunaMeltsMyHeart, ToastMeetsWorld, MuppetsRevenge, Chloe TheMiniFrenchie, Reese, ChloeKardoggian, KingBentleyTheBulldog, MervinTheChihuahua, MochiAnd TheCity and EllaBeanTheDog joined together for a day, in bed, to celebrate the launch of the limited edition (BEDHEAD)RED dog pajamas, in support of (RED)’s fight against AIDS.

Sporting colorful red and while dog pajamas designed by Bedhead founder Renee Claire Bertrand, the dogs brought their talent and tails to help raise money for The Global Fund – the recipient of all money raised by (RED).

To date, (RED) has raised more than $360 million to fight AIDS, and impacted the lives of more than 70 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, testing and care services through Global Fund grants that (RED) money supports. However, everyday 400 babies are born with HIV, and (RED)’s goal is to help get that number to near zero by 2020.

The pajamas which come in sizes from Small to Extra Large cost $28 and are available at RED.org until Dec 31st; as part of more than 200 products which are all raising money for (SHOPATHON)RED. To support the fight, BedHead will donate enough money to provide 50,000 days of life-saving HIV medication in sub-Saharan Africa.

For further information or to buy the limited edition (PRODUCT)RED collection puppy pajamas visit: www.RED.org or www.bedheadpjs.com/red.

 

Spotlight: Ashton Kutcher’s Charity Work

Dec 07, 2016 06:00 am

Ashton Kutcher

In 2006, Kutcher announced he would donate one dollar to Habitat For Humanity for each of the first 50,000 MySpace users who add him as a friend.

In 2008 he spent a week building homes for the disadvantaged in Central America.

Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher created the DNA Foundation, which aims to raise awareness about and eliminate child sex slavery worldwide by changing cultural stereotypes. The Foundation also focuses on rehabilitation.

Read more about Ashton Kutcher’s charity work and events.

Spotlight: Raising Malawi’s Celebrity Supporters

Dec 07, 2016 05:00 am
Volunteer organisation which helps orphans in one of the poorest countries in the world (Malawi) by providing water, food, medical care and schooling.

Celebrity supporters

Raising Malawi has 24 known supporters, including Alicia Keys, David Beckham, and Madonna

Areas of work

Read more about Raising Malawi’s work and celebrity supporters.