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Jimmy Fallon And Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group Donate $1,000,000 Of Books To Kids In Need

Dec 16, 2016 11:30 am

Jimmy Fallon: Profile

Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, together with Jimmy Fallon, will make a donation of $1,000,000 worth of new books to First Book, including Fallon’s #1 New York Times bestselling title, YOUR BABY’S FIRST WORD WILL BE DADA.

The books donated to First Book by Macmillan and Jimmy Fallon will be provided to children in need through First Book’s network of more than 275,000 educators and program leaders nationwide.

“Even if a book is just the word ‘Dada’ and some animal noises, the confidence that you gain from reading and finishing your first book opens up a whole new world,” said Jimmy Fallon.

Jon Yaged, President & Publisher of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, said, “We couldn’t be happier to help facilitate Jimmy’s generosity, and to work with First Book to foster a love of reading in kids at an early age.”

“We are so excited and appreciative of this donation,” said Kyle Zimmer, President and CEO of First Book. “For the first time in our country’s history, more than half of the children in our public schools come from low-income families. The need for books and educational resources for these children has never been greater. We’re thrilled that Macmillan and Jimmy Fallon are making such a powerful gift this holiday season — and we look forward to sharing these books with children in Title I schools, shelters, child care centers, and a range of other deserving programs nationwide.”

 

JDRF Mourns the Passing of Alan Thicke

Dec 16, 2016 10:15 am

Alan Thicke: Profile

JDRF is deeply saddened by the passing of type 1 diabetes (T1D) champion Alan Thicke.

Most widely known for his acting career, including his role as Dr. Jason Seaver on the hit 1980s show, Growing Pains, Thicke was also a devoted advocate for T1D research since his eldest son, Brennan Thicke, was diagnosed 37 years ago.

Thicke and his ex-wife Gloria Loring have supported JDRF as donors, fundraisers, volunteers and passionate spokespeople. Thicke was instrumental in helping JDRF establish chapters in Ottowa and Calgary in his home country of Canada and also helped the Los Angeles Chapter to grow and thrive. Thicke was active in a number of diabetes charities, including one of his own, the Alan Thicke Centre.

His son, Brennan, was diagnosed with T1D at age 4 after a revelation at a family reunion. Alan’s stepmother, a nurse, noticed that Brennan was exhibiting the symptoms of type 1 diabetes – including extreme thirst and excessive trips to the bathroom. In a recent interview, Thicke described how the first months after Brennan’s diagnosis were especially stressful and scary: “After hours of cajoling and chasing him around the house I had to pin him to the floor to give him his [insulin] shot. He was kicking and screaming.” When Thicke was reduced to tears, young Brennan came to a realization. “He recognized he wasn’t being punished by getting a shot, and that the shots were hurting me almost as much as they were hurting him… That changed our whole relationship. He realized we were a team.”

The Thickes’ difficulties managing T1D are all too familiar to millions of families worldwide. In recent years, research has led to improvements in treatment, including pumps and continuous glucose monitors that have offered people with T1D a better quality of life, but Thicke never lost sight of his crusade for a cure.

On behalf of everyone at JDRF and the entire T1D community, we extend our heartfelt condolences to Thicke’s family, friends and colleagues, and we thank Thicke for his endless support of type 1 diabetes awareness and research. Because of his efforts and those of his family beginning decades ago, countless people are leading safer, happier lives today.

 

Jerry Garcia Foundation Announces John Lennon-Inspired Imagine There’s No Hunger Benefit

Dec 16, 2016 09:00 am

John Lennon: Profile

In its ongoing mission to support meaningful causes through the arts, The Jerry Garcia Foundation will host a Holiday Concert at the Harmonia Yoga Arts Studio on December 16th to benefit WhyHunger.

Inspired by John Lennon and his song, “Imagine,” the “Imagine There’s No Hunger” campaign endeavors to turn the dream of a world without hunger into a reality.

The Jerry Garcia Foundation is donating a collection of Jerry Garcia’s visual art to the WhyHunger organization. Select pieces will be on exhibit at Harmonia on the night of the concert as well. All proceeds generated from the concert and fine art will support the WhyHunger mission.

In addition, well-known rock poster artist, Stanley Mouse, has created a poster for the holiday benefit. Mouse has produced art for both the Beatles and the Grateful Dead.

The concert will be presented at Harmonia, located in the former Sausalito Record Plant recording studio. The Record Plant is legendary in the music world and the building has been minimally renovated to preserve its historic integrity. Countless luminaries have graced the studio’s doors. In October 1972, John and Yoko Ono attended the Record Plant’s masquerade party opening celebration, dressed as trees.

A partial list of iconic artists that have recorded at the Record Plant include:
The Grateful Dead, Pharaoh Sanders, Jefferson Airplane, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Sly and the Family Stone, Van Morrison, Carlos Santana, and the New Riders of the Purple Sage.

The Jerry Garcia Foundation has invited new talent and known artists to come together to perform in the historic space once again.

“We are grateful to the many artists sharing their gifts to support a peaceful world without hunger,” said Manasha Garcia, Co-Founder of the Jerry Garcia Foundation.

Some of the artists performing at “Imagine There’s No Hunger” are:
The Sun Kings
Rainbow Full of Sound with Guitar Prodigy Corby Pryor,
Keystone Revisited
Tony Saunders (Garcia/Saunders)
Special Guest Drummers
Bob Steeler (Garcia/ Saunders) and Jay Lane(Primus, Bob Weir’s RatDog)
Greg Winser California Homegrown Singer/Songwriter
Dawaun King and Ronald Rosson- Gospel Vocals
Drew Harrison- Singer/Songwriter
Plus Special Guests

Doors @ 7:00 PM 
Concert @ 7:30 PM
For ticketing information and free live stream link, please visit The Jerry Garcia Foundation.

The Grateful Fiends Charity Village, an information sharing area designated for guest nonprofits will be featured in the Garden Room at the concert.

The following charities are participants:
WhyHunger, Bread and Roses, Musicians on a Mission, Psylodelic Gallery, Seva Foundation, Reverb, Alive Inside, Fender Music Foundation, 1% for the Planet, Reef Relief, Shimer College, Playing for Change Foundation, and Save the Bay.

 

Phylicia Rashad To Be Honored With Women of Power Legacy Award

Dec 16, 2016 07:45 am

Phylicia Rashad: Profile

Black Enterprise will present its highest honor, in recognition of the achievements of black women during the Women of Power Legacy Awards, on March 9, 2017, at the 2017 Women of Power Summit in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Women of Power Summit is the nation’s No. 1 executive development and leadership conference for women, annually attracting more than 1,000 corporate executives, professionals, and businesswomen from across the country. The Women of Power Summit, hosted by ADP, will take place March 9-12, 2017, at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa.

The Women of Power Legacy Awards recognize outstanding impact, achievement, and leadership by women in business, the arts, education, government, and other areas of influence.

Honorees to be recognized at the 2017 Women of Power Summit Legacy Awards Gala, hosted by PepsiCo, include the following outstanding achievers:

Ursula Burns is Chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation. During her tenure, she has helped the company transform from a global leader in document technology to the world’s most diversified business services company serving enterprises and governments of all sizes. Burns has spearheaded the largest acquisition in Xerox history; the $6.4 billion purchase of Affiliated Computer Services.

Phylicia Rashad is a Tony Award-winning actress, singer, and stage director. She first became known for her stage work, with a string of Broadway credits, but is perhaps best known for her television role of Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show. In 2004, she became the first African American actress to win the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, which she won for her role in the revival of A Raisin in the Sun.

Marcia Ann Gillespie became Managing Editor of Essence magazine in 1970, shortly after the African American publication was founded. While at Essence, she transformed the magazine into one of the fastest growing women’s publications in the United States, and in 1971, she was promoted to Editor-in-Chief. She joined Ms. magazine as a contributing writer and editor in 1980, and was named Editor-in-Chief of the publication in 1993. With this appointment, Gillespie became the first African American woman to achieve this position at a mainstream publication dedicated to discussing feminist issues.

Pastor Shirley Caesar is an iconic gospel music artist, who has traveled the world spreading the Gospel and breaking down barriers for gospel artists. She has received multiple Grammy Award nominations, winning this coveted honor 11 times, and she has released over 30 albums throughout her career. Truly exemplifying gospel music to the core, Caesar has sung for presidents and world leaders, yet still remains an active pastor, preaching at her thriving home church in Raleigh-Durham, NC.

“We are thrilled that we will have this opportunity to honor to women who are gifts to the world,” says Women of Power television show host and Editorial Director of the Women of Power Summit, Caroline Clarke. “Their examples pay proper tribute to the Legacy Award honorees before them, and will serve as powerful motivation for those to come.”

The Women of Power Summit will host more than 1,000 attendees that will engage in three immersive days of executive development sessions and activities designed to train, equip, and encourage industry leadership, career strategies, as well as effective peak-performance and work-life balance techniques. Topics will include navigating corporate politics, career development, strategies for the C-suite, and opportunities for one-on-one coaching.

Confirmed speakers include former Chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands Ann Fudge; Head of Global Consumer Marketing at Apple Music and iTunes Bozoma Saint John; Chief Leadership Officer at Levo Tiffany Dufu; Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue Elaine Welteroth; Founder and President of ColorComm Lauren Wesley Wilson; Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente Bernard Tyson, and more.

The host sponsor of the 2017 Women of Power Summit is ADP. Presenting sponsors include General Motors, Dell, Macy’s, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, PepsiCo, Walmart, and The Walt Disney Company. Platinum sponsors include Southwest Airlines and State Farm, and the corporate sponsors are The Island of the Bahamas, Carnival Corp. & PLC, and FedEx Express.

For more information on the speakers and agenda of the 2017 Women of Power Summit, go to blackenterprise.com/wps. For updates via Twitter and other social media sites, check the hashtag #BEWPS.