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Save The Children Hopes Obama’s Baton Rouge Visit Will Shine Spotlight On Vulnerable Children

Aug 22, 2016 04:00 pm

Barack Obama: Profile

Thousands of Louisiana children remain displaced, distressed and unable to return to school, leaving them and their futures extremely vulnerable, Save the Children said Monday.

“President Obama’s visit to the flood zone is a moment for the media and the whole nation to grasp how widespread the damage here truly is.We hope the attention also spotlights the less-visible, but extremely concerning challenges that children here face,” said Sarita Fritzler, Save the Children emergency team leader in Baton Rouge, ahead of Obama’svisit.

With more than 60,000 households affected and more than 30,000 rescued, thousands of children face risks of serious emotional and developmental consequences in lieu of proper support. Close to 1,000of the most vulnerable children remain in temporary shelters and thousands more could be out of school or child-care for weeks or even months, Save the Children warned.

“Families here feel forgotten,” Fritzler added.“They’re in desperate need of a turning point that will drive more resources to their aid.If not, prospects for children – especially those from families with the fewest resources – could really be quite dire.”

Four years after Hurricane Katrina, one large-scale study of families displaced by the storm showed that 37 percent of children were suffering from serious emotional consequences.Louisiana is one of the poorest states in the nation and 28 percent of children live in poverty there.

“Our country can and must do better for Louisiana’s most vulnerable children this time around,” Fritzler said.

Save the Children is working to meet the urgent needs of displaced children and families and has created safe spaces in emergency shelters where children can play and begin to work through a variety of distressing experiences with caring experts. The organization is also working to fill recovery gaps by assessing the extent to which hundreds of area child care centers have been damaged and will need support to reopen.

“The sooner we can get children back in supportive learning environments, the sooner they can recover, build resiliency and continue their healthy development,” Fritzler said.

Save the Children has responded to children’s needs in emergencies around the world for nearly a century.Since mounting a major response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Save the Children has served more than 1 million U.S. children affected by disaster.

To support Save the Children’s Gulf Coast Floods Children’s Relief Fund, please donate here: www.Savethechildren.org/gulf-floods.

 

Star-Studded Rally Behind Nation’s Veterans

Aug 22, 2016 01:30 pm

Michael Douglas: Profile

Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, Disabled American Veterans, the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Academy of United States Veterans are proud to host The Vettys Presidential Inaugural Ball on January 20, 2017 at Washington D.C.’s historic Hay-Adams Hotel.

The unprecedented and unparalleled event celebrates a monumental night in honor of the 45th President of the United States.

Find out more about the event here.

Today, the 2017 Vettys Presidential Inaugural Ball and Awards proudly and excitedly announces its outstanding Honorary Host Committee members. The admirable two-time Academy Award and three-time Golden Globe winner, actor and producer Michael Douglas is a member of the Honorary Host Committee in support of this worthy cause. Among the refined committee members is Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Actor, Adam Driver, who is also a former Marine, Combat Veteran and the founder of Arts in the Armed Forces. Actor, Director, Producer, and Co-Chair of the Artists’ Committee for the Innocence Project, Tony Goldwyn; Actor and Director Scott Foley; Actress, Singer, and Producer Bellamy Young and Film and Stage Actor, Joshua Malina are also among the esteemed committee members. The Vettys Presidential Inaugural Ball is also privileged to have Senior Director for Justice for Vets and West Wing’s Melissa Fitzgerald and Private Practice and Grey’s Anatomy’s Kate Walsh joining the Honorary Host Committee.

This night of honor, elegance and prestige will bring together service men and women in unity. VIPs will walk down a black carpet in honor of America’s fallen heroes. The most influential and patriotic members of the American society from the Nation’s Capital and around the country will gather in this nonpartisan celebration to salute their next Commander in Chief.

Paralyzed Veterans of America is a veterans service organization representing veterans with spinal cord injury and/or disease and advocating for the civil rights of all disabled persons for 70 years. PVA is serving in a host-advisory capacity with representation on the Inaugural Ball Planning Committee.

 

Albert Lee To Perform At Safety Harbor Kids 9th Annual Polo Classic

Aug 22, 2016 12:10 pm

Albert Lee: Profile

Malibu nonprofit, Safety Harbor Kids, will be hosting their 9th Annual Polo Classic at the historic Will Rogers Park in Pacific Palisades on September 10th featuring Grammy winning guitarist, Albert Lee.

Also performing will be internationally acclaimed singer/actress Josie Achaval singing the national anthem to begin the event.

Guests will include music icon Peter Asher who will emcee the event, author, Marnie Greenberg, Co-Creator of the universally acclaimed Yuen Method to delete stress and pain on the spot and the cast of Bravo reality TV show, Vanderpump Rules including James Kennedy, Ariana Madix, and Tom Sandoval.

Held at the Will Rogers State Historic park, the venue offers mountain and ocean views and has been the filming location of movies including Star Trek IV (William Shatner, Nichelle Nicols 1986). Old Hollywood royalty including Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Walt Disney, and Gary Cooper also frequented the polo estate formerly owned by 1930’s entertainer Will Rogers.

The event is a charity fundraiser for education programs for orphans, foster and homeless children. Guests will enjoy a gourmet luncheon, open bar, wine tasting, high tea, special half time entertainment, an art exhibit and silent auction. While enjoying the polo match, guests can relax in the VIP lounge in private cabanas with chamber music and an orchid garden.

Supported by luxury automotive dealer Bentley Beverly Hills who will allow guests to test drive their new Bentley Bentayga, and high end property company Engel & Voelkers, who has a long history of polo tradition, the
Gatsby style event will also include a red carpet photos, champagne divot stomp and vocal performances. Guests are encouraged to wear white. Last years attendees included Caitlyn Jenner and John Savage (Deer Hunter, 1978).

The game of polo is played between two teams of four men on horseback on a field about three times the size of a football field. The object is to hit a ball with polo mallets down the field and through two goalposts for a goal. There are six periods of play known as “chukkers” and each chukker is seven minutes long. If you have never been to a polo match, it is exciting and exhilarating to watch as the horses go thundering by with players risking life and limb swatting at a ball the size of a baseball while riding full speed on horseback. It pays to pay attention as the ball can fly off the field into the spectator area.

Founded in 2007, Safety Harbor Kids (SHK) is a 501c3 nonprofit formed for the purpose of enriching the lives of parentless and homeless children through education in the areas of college, career, music and the arts. To attend or donate visitwww.safetyharborkids.org for ticket information.

 

The Elders Condemn Violence Against Civilians In Aleppo

Aug 22, 2016 10:30 am

Kofi Annan: Profile

The Elders condemn the horrific violence being inflicted on civilians in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. They deplore the devastating attacks on hospitals, schools, food stores as well as water, sanitation and electricity infrastructure.

They call on all sides to the conflict to fully respect international humanitarian law and urge the United States and Russia to take the lead and work with other parties to the conflict to ensure that open and sustained humanitarian access is urgently enforced as called for by the United Nations Secretary General and his Special Envoy for Syria.

Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said: “All parties to the conflict must fully respect international humanitarian law and refrain from targeting civilians. These attacks are unconscionable and constitute war crimes.”

Lakhdar Brahimi, Elder and former UN Special Envoy to Syria, added: “Peace will not be possible in Syria unless there is first a genuine and lasting change of policy towards the conduct of the war. The use of inherently indiscriminate weapons such as barrel bombs and chemical weapons must be ended immediately.”

 

Amber Heard Donates Entire Divorce Settlement To Charity

Aug 22, 2016 09:00 am

Written by Regina Walton

Amber Heard: Profile

Amber Heard is no longer married to Johnny Depp. The two settled out of court, and she received a $7 million divorce settlement. In what many are seeing as a surprise move of generosity, a power move to take back the narrative, Ms. Heard had donated the entire amount of her settlement to charity.

Heard has split her settlement in two, donating half to towardsAmerican Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) efforts to battle violence against women and the other half to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she’s volunteered for a decade.

Both the ACLU and Children’s Hospital have issued statements thanking Ms. Heard for her donations. “We are incredibly grateful that Ms. Heard has so very generously shown her support for the important and necessary advocacy for victims of domestic violence,” said Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the ACLU. “For years, we have worked through the courts and legislatures around the country to make sure that domestic violence victims are fully protected by the law and receive the government assistance they deserve. We could not be more thankful for Ms. Heard’s support – she can be confident that this gift will help other women live safely and freely.”

“On behalf of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ leadership, staff and the thousands of brave patients and their families who will benefit from this donation, I would like to thank Amber Heard for this tremendous gift,” said Paul S. Viviano, president and chief executive officer, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “Her generosity will support the lifesaving treatments and cures that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provides for critically ill children each year.”

Doubts circulated about Heard’s claims from the minute she made them, and many accused her making these claims to make money. Heard insisted from the start that she did not start this legal battle for money. “As described in the restraining order and divorce settlement, money played no role for me personally and never has, except to the extent that I could donate it to charity and, in doing so, hopefully help those less able to defend themselves,” she said in a statement. Heard’s actions were swift, and she gave the large sum away two days after her divorce was final.

 

Newly Crowned Mrs United Nations Wendi Russo: Become An Everyday Hero

Aug 22, 2016 07:30 am

Written by Misty Schwartz

Wendi Russo: Profile

The newly crowned Mrs. United Nations 2016, Wendi Russo, is from Minnesota, USA. Wendi won overall highest interview and Best Country Costume with her Statue of Liberty Costume.

The United Nations pageant was held in Kingston, Jamaica where the international delegates competed in Runway Wear, Country Costume, Gown, and interview and stresses a contestants’ charity involvement. Mr USA and Teen USA also took home their respective International titles of Mr. United Nations 2016 and Teen United Nations 2016.

Contestants flew in from around the world including India, Liberia, Asia, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Jamaica and Europe. Throughout her reign, Wendi will promote ’Become an Everyday Hero: Mentor” through organizations like Dress for Success and Big Brothers Big Sisters, she is also an active fundraiser and wish granter with Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The United Nations Pageant system has also crowned their very first Little Miss United Nations to Wendi’s daughter, 11-year-old Chloe Russo. Chloe has raised over $8,000 for Children’s Cancer Research through her annual Lemonade stand and will be promoting “Kids CAN make a difference” during her reign.

As Ms. Minnesota State America, Wendi’s mission during her reign has always been to help “Create a Better Life for Children” by recruiting mentors for the hundreds of children in Minnesota still waiting for a for Big Brother or Sister through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters (BBBS) of Twin Cities and recruit more volunteers to become Wish Granters and volunteers with Make-a-Wish Foundation. Wendi has been a mentor with BBBS, Kinship of Greater Minneapolis and ACES (Athletes Committed to Educating Students) for 13 years and is a Wish Granter with the Minnesota Chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation, which supports the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Wendi is a National Television host with ShopHQ Channel, a Home Shopping Network seen in 72 Million homes based out of Eden Prairie, MN and a professional Media and on-camera coach. She is sponsored by Studio Elan Hair in Edina, MN, Isomers Laboratories found on Shop NBC, Fernando Wong at WB Boutique in Florida, Youngquest Fitness in Eden Prairie and Georges Gabrielle Couture in Utah.