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    Cumming is active in promoting and supporting a number of philanthropic causes.

    Alan is a patron of Norm-UK, a voluntary organization which attempts to advance the education of the public in all matters relating to circumcision and other forms of surgical alteration of the genitals, including alternative treatments and offering information and advice on such matters.

    Cumming is an Honorary Board member for Until There0s a Cure.

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  • Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats.

    How you can help

    For more information and to get involved, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

    Celebrity supporters

    International Fund For Animal Welfare has 13 known supporters, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jessica Alba, and Brian May

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  • To encourage people to keep their animal companions indoors throughout the winter and all year round, PETA is running a public service announcement starring Tom Hardy, Casey Affleck, and Priyanka Chopra in notoriously cold Detroit.

    Video: Celebs Join PETA to Help Neglected Backyard Dogs This Winter

    In the video, the actors give voice to the plight of lonely and neglected "backyard dogs" like those who are featured in the real-life footage recorded near PETA's Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters, where the group's fieldworkers serve as a 24/7 resource for animals in need by providing them with free shelter, straw bedding, food, water, veterinary care, and other necessities.

    The video spot will air a total of 10 times over the next two weeks on local TV channels. It begins with a shot of a chained dog sitting alone in the snow as Hardy asks, "When you first got me, did you know that you were going to chain me up and leave me outside?" It goes on to show footage of other shivering, hungry, and sad dogs forced to live outside with no protection from the elements.

    Every year, PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to abuse in any way" — receives thousands of complaints about people who leave dogs outside in the cold. Dogs and other animals can become dehydrated when water sources freeze and can suffer and die from frostbite and exposure. PETA advises anyone concerned about an animal's welfare to alert local law-enforcement agencies or PETA's first responders immediately. Last year, a dog froze to death in Detroit after being abandoned in a cage overnight, while another was found frozen to death in a crate in the middle of the road.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18662-stars-record-psa-to-help-neglected-dogs

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  • Game of Thrones star Jerome Flynn — who plays Bronn in the hit series — has teamed up with PETA for a new video exposing the horrors of the meat and dairy industries, urging fans to leave cruelty off their plates in 2019 as many embark on their New Year's resolutions.

    Video: 0Game of Thrones0 Star Jerome Flynn: Reject Cruelty, Go Vegan

    "If we're true to our own values, can we really justify inflicting all this suffering and violence on these emotionally sensitive, smart individuals just for a fleeting moment of taste?" asks Flynn in the video. "I don't think so. Please, join me in rejecting this cruelty. Join me in choosing healthy, ethical, vegan meals."

    Flynn also sat down for an exclusive video interview with PETA U.K. in which he shared his journey toward going vegan. "I actually fell in love with somebody at college who was a vegan, and she brought me some PETA leaflets," he says. "It was educational stuff about the way animals are treated, and I had no idea…. [W]e're not really educated to link the food on our plate to the animals [who] we love."

    PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to eat" — notes that animals raised for food are typically mutilated without painkillers, artificially inseminated, kept in intense confinement, and separated from their beloved offspring and that they may be transported to the slaughterhouse in the freezing cold or suffocating heat. There, they're hung upside down and their throats are cut, often in full view of one another, sometimes while they're still conscious and struggling to escape.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18665-game-of-thrones-star-jerome-flynn-the-vegan-revolution-is-coming-in-2019

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  • Bumble, the woman-first social network with over 47 million users worldwide, has partnered with Serena Williams, one of the most influential women in the world, to create a multifaceted 2019 campaign focused around making the first move in every aspect of life: dating, friendship, and business.

    Video: Serena Williams x Bumble - In Her Court

    Williams will serve as a Global Advisor to Bumble to reinforce the brand's mission to end misogyny and empower women around the world. The partnership will go live during one of the most watched cultural moments worldwide, Super Bowl LIII on February 3rd.

    "In just over four years, Bumble has evolved into the only woman-first, global social networking platform for love, friendship, and professional networking, empowering women to make healthy and rewarding connections in all areas of their life," said Whitney Wolfe Herd, Bumble Founder and CEO. "Partnering with Serena Williams has been a dream of mine since we launched Bumble as she is one of the most inspiring women in history and a shining example of someone making the first move in all facets of her life. She is a role model, a mom, an entrepreneur and a fierce athlete. She is the epitome of strength, integrity, kindness, empowerment and every thing Bumble stands for."

    The campaign, which is developed, produced, and led by a team comprised entirely of women, will highlight the importance of making the first move with a campaign titled "The Ball is in Her Court." The concept was envisioned by Wolfe Herd in 2014 when Bumble first launched and is now coming to life just a few years later. Together, this partnership will serve as a catalyst and reminder to women everywhere that the ball is in their court, and that they never need to wait to find their power, because it is already within them. With Bumble Date, Bumble BFF and Bumble Bizz, women set the tone and pace for their personal and professional relationships.

    "In my life, I can confidently say that I would not be where I am today had I let the fear of making the first move hold me back," said Williams. "Like Whitney Wolfe Herd, I am a firm believer in striving to achieve greatness as every single one of us holds the power to write our own stories. I look at my daughter and know it is my duty to pave a powerful path for her, and as Bumble's Global Advisor, I can encourage her and women everywhere to think like a champion, define their lives and ultimately, embrace the power we have within."

    For more information on the partnership and "The Ball is in Her Court" campaign, download Bumble, visit www.Bumble.com/InHerCourt, and follow along on social media using the hashtag #InHerCourt.

    Bumble knows the importance of relationships and how vital it is for women to take ownership of those connections. Whether you're dating, looking for friends, or growing your professional network, healthy relationships are central to living a positive, productive life. Through this new relationship with Serena Williams, Bumble will continue to pave the way for women to pursue their dreams while embodying the brand's ethos of not waiting but doing.

    Bumble BFF launched in the Bumble app in 2016, and the company most recently added Bumble Bizz to the app in 2017. Bumble is free and available to download in the App Store and Google Play.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18657-bumble-partners-with-serena-williams-for-global-make-the-first-move-campaign

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  • Shamrock Farms and Subway restaurants partner with actress and singer-songwriter Leighton Meester to support Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States, and help nourish people in need in the new year.

    Leighton Meester kicks off the new year fighting hunger
    Leighton Meester kicks off the new year fighting hunger

    Shamrock Farms and Subway restaurants are all about delivering better-for-you options for families and together they will donate $1 to Feeding America for each Shamrock Farms milk purchased with a Subway Fresh Fit For Kids meal at participating restaurants in the U.S. this National Milk Day on Jan. 11, 2019.

    "Right now, one in six kids in America faces hunger or is food insecure," said Leighton Meester, actress and member of Feeding America's Entertainment Council. "This cause is personally important to me, so I feel very fortunate and proud to be a part of a campaign that is going to make such a positive impact for families in need."

    For many children who face hunger, basic staples like nutrient-packed milk -- critical to fueling their growing bodies and minds -- may be missing from their diets. A top food source for protein, calcium and Vitamin D, milk is one of the most requested items at food banks throughout the year. Shamrock Farms is celebrating National Milk Day by giving back.

    "Shamrock is excited to partner with Subway restaurants to further our shared mission of hunger relief," said Ann Ocaña, chief marketing officer for Shamrock Farms. "Milk provides essential nutrients for growing children. National Milk Day is a great opportunity to join forces for good and help fuel families in need in the New Year."

    Consumers can help by purchasing Shamrock Farm's milk with a Fresh Fit For Kids meal at participating Subway restaurants nationwide. For every $1 donated, Feeding America helps to provide at least 10 meals to help fight hunger in communities across the country.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18658-leighton-meester-fights-hunger

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  • For decades the Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball has been among Philadelphia's most highly anticipated charity events of the year in support of one of the region's most important cultural landmarks.

    On Saturday, January 26, 2019, supporters of the Academy of Music will come together for a concert featuring Academy Award-winning actor Dame Helen Mirren and The Philadelphia Orchestra led by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Mirren, a multi-faceted performer of stage and screen, whose father played viola with the London Philharmonic, will help to celebrate the legacy of the Academy of Music, the Orchestra's original home. Immediately following the concert, guests will enjoy an evening of spirited music, dinner, and dancing.

    "The Academy of Music is a beacon of historic Philadelphia, and The Philadelphia Orchestra's annual visit is a treasured moment," said Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. "I am thrilled to be returning next month with Helen Mirren, one of the greatest actors of our time and an artist I very much admire, for an evening of words and music to remember."

    Reflecting the Academy's rich history as the crown jewel of Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts, the theme for the 162nd Anniversary Concert and Ball is Cornerstone of Culture. The annual fundraiser benefits the Academy of Music Restoration Fund and The Philadelphia Orchestra.

    "The Anniversary Concert and Ball is a special evening; however, the important work of the Restoration Fund goes on all year long," said Caroline B. Rogers, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of Music. "This iconic event is a critical source of the funds we need to invest in ensuring that the character and integrity of one of the city's truly venerable buildings will last for generations to come."

    "The Academy of Music is a treasured landmark that is vital to the arts in Philadelphia," said Matías Tarnopolsky, president and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra. "We extend our deepest gratitude to the supporters of the 2019 Anniversary Concert and Ball, co-chairs Sarah Marshall and Jack Ginter, and the Academy's devoted Board of Trustees, without whom the important restoration work of this spectacular building would not be possible."

    The white-tie celebration will begin at 5:00 PM with the Chairman's Pre-Concert Reception at the Academy of Music. The evening will continue with the concert in the Academy auditorium at 7:00 PM, for which the musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra have graciously donated their services.

    The post-concert celebrations will begin with the traditional promenade up the Avenue of the Arts from the Academy to the Bellevue Hotel. Dinner and Ball attendees will fill the reception rooms, from the stylish State Drawing Room to the sophisticated Grand Ballroom to the rooftop grandeur of XIX. Six of the region's most prominent dance orchestras and bands will perform music ranging from the classic American songbook to popular dance hits.

    Concert and Ball tickets are available at www.TheAcademyBall.org or by calling the Academy of Music Restoration Fund Office at 215.893.1978. Concert-only tickets, priced at $75.00, can be purchased at www.TheAcademyBall.org or by calling 215.893.1999.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18654-helen-mirren-to-take-part-in-academy-of-music-162nd-anniversary-concert-and-ball

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  • Black Panther and Walking Dead star and award-winning playwright, Danai Gurira, has launched a campaign to support anti-poaching efforts and released a Black Panther message to address demand for rhino horn.

    Video: Black Panther - Danai Gurira - WildAid Public Service Announcement

    "For as long as I can remember, elephants, rhinos, and countless other wildlife have had their very existence threatened by poaching," said Gurira. "It was an issue highly magnified in Zimbabwe when I was growing up and the fight to protect the second largest elephant population in the world, rhinos and other wildlife continues."

    Gurira, back in her home country, teamed up with international conservation organization WildAid in a video, billboard, and social media campaign. Gurira was honored at WildAid's November 2018 gala as a "Wildlife Champion" for her advocacy.

    The "Poaching Steals From Us All" campaign is running across Africa as she launched the Zimbabwean effort with Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) and the Zambezi Society, a local conservation group. The campaign also promotes wildlife tourism internationally and encourages Zimbabweans to visit their own incredible national parks, such as Hwange, Gonarezhou and Mana Pools.

    The new messages include footage donated by Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures from a pivotal moment in Black Panther when Gurira's character "Okoye" steps in front of a charging rhino. Gurira states: "We're still losing our rhinos to ruthless poachers who kill these beautiful animals, just because people want their horns. We're losing our heritage and an important attraction for our tourism industry so please report wildlife crime and help protect our rhinos, because poaching steals from us all."

    "It is little known around the world and in Zimbabwe that we are home to the second largest population of elephants in the world," said Richard Maasdorp, Strategic Director at Zambezi Society & Zambezi Elephant Fund. "This places the burden of accountability on stakeholders such as the Zambezi Society to assist the Parks Authority to secure this resource for future generations. I thank WildAid for sharing this global responsibility with us and for helping us build awareness in Zimbabwe and across the world. We should be proud of this tripartite agreement."

    In the past 40 years, the world has lost 95 percent of its rhinos. The number of rhinos killed in South Africa has exceeded 1,000 every year since 2012.

    "Wild rhino populations are at critically low levels," said WildAid CEO Peter Knights. "It will take all of us working together, from the park rangers and government leaders in Africa to the rhino horn consumers in Asia to end poaching in our lifetimes."

    Recently, there has been significant progress with rhino horn prices falling and consumer awareness drastically improving. By early 2017, investigations in Vietnam and China found that the price of rhino horn had fallen by 70 percent to roughly half the price of gold. A 2016 survey in Vietnam showed that awareness about rhinos being killed for their horns has increased by 74 percent since 2014. Poaching in South Africa, too, has started to dip with a 25 percent reduction in the first half of 2018.

    Since 2012, WildAid has worked to raise awareness of the rhino-poaching crisis in Vietnam and China. The campaign has leveraged over $169 million in pro bono airtime and media placement for campaign messages through an extensive network of media partners.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18660-black-panthers-danai-gurira-launches-anti-poaching-campaign

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  • Jussie Smollett of TV's Empire surprises Flint children at "Stuff Your Stocking," an event hosted by Pack Your Back, where Nestlé Waters North America donated over 6,500 toys.

    Jussie Smollett Surprises Kids at Holiday Event in Flint, Michigan
    Jussie Smollett Surprises Kids at Holiday Event in Flint, Michigan

    The event took place on Saturday, December 22 and benefitted over 1,000 Flint children.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18653-jussie-smollett-surprises-kids-at-holiday-event-in-flint-michigan

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  • UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Emmy-nominated actress Millie Bobby Brown helped pack supplies for some of the world's most vulnerable children during a visit to UNICEF's global supply headquarters in Copenhagen this week.

    UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Millie Bobby Brown at UNICEF's global supply hub in Copenhagen, Denmark.
    UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Millie Bobby Brown at UNICEF's global supply hub in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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    Brown helped assemble Early Childhood Development kits, which offer children living in conflict and disaster areas access to play and learning. Each kit is designed to help caregivers create a safe learning environment for up to 50 children who have experienced trauma and stress, and includes art supplies, puzzles and games, and board books and puppets for storytelling.

    "Every day hundreds of life-saving items are sent from this warehouse to children and families around the world, from blankets and clothing, to health and school supplies," said Millie Bobby Brown. "To have the opportunity to be a part of this effort with Moncler and UNICEF to offer some sort of relief to those in need, especially a child, is a true privilege. You can't help but think about their circumstances, and what more we can all do to lend a hand."

    Brown toured UNICEF's supply and kit-packing operation in Copenhagen -- the world's largest humanitarian warehouse -- which leads the supply planning and distribution of emergency, health, nutrition and education supplies to children and families caught in, or displaced by conflict, natural disasters and other crises around the world. In 2017, UNICEF procured $3.46 billion worth of supplies and services in 150 countries and areas.

    "Supplies are essential to the health and well-being of children," said Etleva Kadilli, Director of UNICEF's Supply Division. "We are thankful that Millie has had an opportunity to experience first-hand UNICEF's supply operation, and what it takes for these supplies to reach children. We hope that her visit will help amplify attention and support to the needs of children and young people, especially those affected by crises."

    Brown was appointed UNICEF's youngest ever Goodwill Ambassador in November 2018. On this visit to UNICEF's global supply headquarters, she was accompanied by representatives from Italian apparel manufacturer and lifestyle brand, Moncler, as part of Moncler's family #monclerfriends. In 2017, Moncler and UNICEF launched the "Warmly Moncler" for UNICEF project to provide winter kits for vulnerable children and families to keep them warm. The kits include items such as thermal blankets, hats, gloves, scarves, shoes and socks, fuel to heat homes and schools, and spaces where children can play. Between 2017 and 2018 more than 38,000 children and families, mainly living in Nepal and Mongolia -- some of the coldest countries in the world where climatic and social conditions are the most challenging – benefited from this partnership.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18671-millie-bobby-brown-visits-unicef-global-supply-hub-in-denmark

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  • Kevin Smith, Legion M and Agents of Mayhem in partnership with Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment today announced "Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee," a tribute event for Stan's friends and fans to memorialize one of the greatest storytellers of all-time, and benefit one of Stan's favorite charities: The Hero Initiative.

    Fans wishing to attend "Excelsior! A Stan Lee Celebration" can get a limited number of tickets which will be available beginning today, Wednesday, January 9, at 5 p.m. PST / 8 p.m. EST at legionm.com/stantribute. All net proceeds from the event's ticket sales will go to the non-profit charitable organization The Hero Initiative, a charity supporting comic book creators, artists and writers in need.

    The tribute event on Wednesday, January 30, will begin with a public appreciation of Stan's life and work at Hollywood's iconic TCL Chinese Theatre forecourt that will feature fan-favorite speakers, an art exhibit celebrating Stan's legacy by famed pop-culture artist Rob Prior, select costumes and props from Stan's cameos and creations, a musical performance and a special moment of remembrance centered around Stan Lee's hand and foot imprint.

    After a red carpet arrival of guests, the evening will proceed with a private tribute inside the IMAX Theatre hosted by one of Stan's biggest fans, Kevin Smith.

    Kevin will moderate conversations with celebrity speakers from the entertainment industry such as Mark Hamill, Rob Liefeld (Co-Creator of Deadpool), Michael Uslan (Executive Producer, "The Dark Knight"), Vincent D'Onofrio, RZA, and Tom DeSanto (Producer, "X-Men," "Transformers" franchise) among others who will share their favorite memories and personal stories of Stan. The evening will be rounded off with video tributes and live performances of Stan's favorite music and poetry.

    Kevin Smith on Stan Lee, "Thank you, Stan, for making me not only the boy I was but also the man I am today. You had great power and you always used it responsibly, fostering billions of dreamers who all know your name – a name written in the stars for all time. You were not just the literary titan of comic books, you were our modern-day Mark Twain."

    The tribute event is being produced by fan-owned entertainment company Legion M, which is revolutionizing the way entertainment is made in Hollywood by uniting a growing fan community of 50,000+ members, including more than 10,000 fan-owners. In addition to producing film and television projects, Legion M organized Stan Lee's hand and foot imprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in 2017. Legion M is producing the tribute with the production and consulting company Agents of Mayhem whose founder Darren Passarello worked for Stan for several years.
    Both companies are working in close partnership with Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment, the multimedia company founded in 2001 by the iconic comic book creator Stan Lee with his friend and business partner Gill Champion, who is the company's president. Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment is the sole owner of the Stan Lee name and all new original content he created since 2001. Under the leadership of CEO Scott D. Williams and Gill Champion, the company has been and will continue to be the guardian of Stan Lee's legacy and is excited to roll out new projects and new adventures Stan had been working on. On behalf of Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment, Chief Marketing Officer Bob Sabouni will be overseeing and guiding the tribute day alongside the other event partners.

    Scott D. Williams, CEO of Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment said, "We are honored for this chance for Stan's fans and friends to come together in a celebration of his remarkable life. Despite his passing, Stan's name, work and legacy will continue to flourish and be revealed to the world. We are committed to honor Stan's extraordinary life and work."

    Gill Champion, Stan Lee's partner and confidante for over 18 years, said, "Stan was a unique and unforgettable human being, truly adored worldwide. He loved coming to work and creating endless new ideas and stories and in spite of his genius he was a relatable and kind man that his admirers could relate to with ease. He will be dearly missed and his legacy will live on now and for many more generations to come."

    Producer of the event David Baxter, VP Development at Legion M, writes, "Stan Lee played a major cameo in all the lives of the fans he loved, be it through his writing, his acting or his personal interactions. We feel this tribute is a perfect opportunity for Stan's beloved fans to unite with celebrities and friends of Stan to give the man the grand sendoff he deserves."

    Agents of Mayhem founder Darren Passarello, who got his start in entertainment from Stan and is also co-producing the event added, "Stan saw the good and the potential in everyone he met, and he never hesitated to help them if he could. It is not only an esteemed privilege but a personal honor to be a part of this tribute."

    The head of The Hero Initiative Jim McLauchlin knew Stan for decades and said, "Stan believed in the ‘golden rule,' and always went out of his way to make time for others and make their day just a little bit better. I think this tribute is absolutely in that spirit, and a great chance for fans to get together, share their love for Stan, and find strength in that."

    Producers of the tribute event plan to announce additional details for the event soon via social media feeds. Details of specific speakers, performers and other activities will be shared on the social channels for Kevin Smith, Legion M, Agents of Mayhem, and Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment. (@TheRealStanLee, @ThatKevinSmith, @LegionMofficial, @AgentsofMayhem).

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18664-excelsior-a-celebration-of-the-amazing-fantastic-incredible-and-uncanny-life-of-stan-lee

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  • Marriott International is teaming up with the musical Hamilton in Puerto Rico and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to celebrate the island as an ideal destination for arts and culture.

    Through its partnership with Hamilton in Puerto Rico, Marriott International has guaranteed a minimum donation of $300,000 benefiting Miranda's Flamboyan Arts Fund, established by Miranda, his family and the production within the Flamboyan Foundation to help rebuild the arts and culture scene on the island following the impact of Hurricane Maria. Starting now through February 28th, Marriott will be donating $1 for every room booked at San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino, AC Hotel by Marriott San Juan Condado, St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, and $10 for every room booked at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

    "We're excited that this collaboration with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Hamilton in Puerto Rico is putting a well-deserved spotlight on the island," said Diana Plazas, Vice President Owner and Franchise Relations & Brand, Marketing and Digital, Caribbean and Latin America, at Marriott International.

    Bringing Hamilton to Puerto Rico represents more to Miranda than a new tour stop. With both parents hailing from Puerto Rico, it is where Miranda spent many summers growing up, seeing firsthand the island's strong community of local artists. Together with his family and Hamilton, Miranda helped establish the Flamboyan Arts Fund to benefit from the musical's limited run and ensure the proliferation of Puerto Rico's arts community. Featuring Miranda in the title role, the Puerto Rico production of Hamilton in Puerto Rico will run from January 8-27, 2019 at Teatro UPR.

    Fewer than 2,000 kilometers off the coast of Florida, Puerto Rico offers travelers a multitude of inspiring, culturally-rich experiences. With white sandy beaches leading into clear, Caribbean waters, a dynamic culinary scene, and a vibrant arts community, Puerto Rico charms tourists of all ages looking for a wide variety of experiences. The island is easily accessible from the US with just a US passport.

    "Our properties across the island are beyond excited to show visitors everything Puerto Rico has to offer. From its beautiful beaches to its heritage and flourishing culture, the Isla del Encanto (the island of enchantment), is the perfect destination," adds Plazas.

    Donations will support the growth of the Flamboyan Arts Fund, whose goal is to support Puerto Rico-hosted institutions and arts groups including independent artists, musicians, and galleries to ensure that the rebuilding of Puerto Rico includes the nurturing of the island's vibrant arts and culture.

    "We're incredibly grateful for Marriott International's strong support of the arts community in Puerto Rico," said Carlos Rodríguez, Executive Director of the Flamboyan Foundation Puerto Rico office. "We hope visitors to the island can see that at the heart of Puerto Rican culture is a vibrant expression of humanity through the arts that they can enjoy and help sustain and amplify."

    Members of the Marriott Loyalty program will be able to bid on a Hamilton Puerto Rico experience on the Marriott Rewards Moments platform using their points. Marriott's loyalty programs offer members a holistic travel experience encompassing much more than hotel stays and have access to the wide collection of nearly 120,000 irresistible experiences in 1,000 global destinations on the company's ever-expanding Moments platform -- Marriott Moments, Marriott Rewards Moments and SPG Moments.

    The Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, and SPG loyalty programs were unified on August 18th under one program with unified benefits, creating an incredibly rich program in which members earn more points faster than under the prior programs.

    To book rooms at participating hotels in Puerto Rico ensuring the donation to Flamboyan, interested travelers should access Marriott.com.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18652-marriott-international-joins-forces-with-lin-manuel-miranda-to-support-puerto-ricos-arts-and-culture

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  • Ally Financial is on a mission to increase diversity of thought in the workplace and find the best and brightest young entrepreneurs across the country.

    The company is launching Moguls in the Making together with fellow Detroit native, entertainer and entrepreneur Big Sean, and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), who share Ally's passion for giving young people tools to succeed. TMCF is the nation's largest organization exclusively representing the black college community. Big Sean is the founder of the Sean Anderson Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the education, health, safety and well-being of school aged youth and their families.

    One of the Sean Anderson Foundation's initiatives is Mogul Prep, which aims to provide students educational programming to help them navigate the entertainment industry. The shared values and goals between the Sean Anderson Foundation, Mogul Prep, TMCF, and Ally inspired the Moguls in the Making program.

    Moguls in the Making is an innovative program aimed at empowering young entrepreneurs and giving them a platform to bring their dreams to life. In 2017, a study by CB Insights found that while 13 percent of the American population is black, only 1 percent of venture capital-backed start-ups have black founders. Ally is passionate about supporting economic mobility and helping underserved communities gain tools to enhance their career opportunities and financial trajectory. This competition aims to help prepare bright and talented black students to become future entrepreneurs.

    Through TMCF, the trio will identify standout entrepreneurs-in-the-making from publicly-supported historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) around the country. Those students will represent their school in teams to compete for the top prize.
    "Ally is committed to diversity and inclusion and aiding economic mobility through programs that provide all individuals greater access to services, education and resources they can use to help improve their economic circumstances and enrich their lives," said Alison Summerville, business administration executive and head of Corporate Citizenship at Ally Financial. "What excites me about this competition is the fact that we're giving all these students an opportunity to interact with us, to receive mentoring, and to pull out their creative spirits, potentially spring boarding them to a future as an entrepreneur that can help uplift others."

    "I really feel like one of my life purposes is to inspire," said Big Sean, entertainer, entrepreneur and founder of the Sean Anderson Foundation. "Moguls in the Making is all about making the next generation of moguls, finding that hustler spirit and hunger that exists in our youth and bringing that forward. I'm excited to find these great young minds and give them a platform and an opportunity to further build their futures."

    Through Moguls in the Making students from publicly-supported HBCUs selected by TMCF will have the opportunity to represent their school and compete in a weekend-long challenge in Detroit in March. Students will devise and pitch a business plan to a panel of judges including Ally executives and Big Sean. The top two teams will receive prizes.

    "A key element of TMCF is securing top talent for major companies but another aspect we are proud of is identifying and developing the next generation of global innovators and entrepreneurs," said George Spencer, executive vice president of business development, innovation and entrepreneurship at TMCF. "There is no doubt this incredible program will be the catalyst for entrepreneurial success and inspiration for the HBCU students competing in Detroit."

    Moguls in the Making launches December 19, 2018. Those interested can learn more here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18656-ally-joins-forces-with-big-sean-and-thurgood-marshall-college-fund-to-launch-moguls-in-the-making

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  • Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex will become Patron of four organisations that reflect the causes and issues with which she has long been associated including the arts, access to education, support for women and animal welfare.

    Her Majesty The Queen has passed on two patronages to The Duchess of Sussex --The National Theatre and The Association of Commonwealth Universities. The Queen has held the roles for 45 and 33 years respectively. Her Royal Highness will also take on Patronage of two additional charities as part of her official working portfolio -- Smart Works and Mayhew.

    The Duchess is delighted to become Patron of both national and grassroots organisations that are part of the fabric of the UK, and is very much looking forward to working with them to bring wider public attention to their causes. Her Royal Highness feels she can use her position to focus attention on, and make a particular difference to these organisations and, more widely, the sectors they each represent.

    For the arts, the National Theatre's mission is to make world class theatre that is entertaining, challenging and inspiring for everyone and to be as inclusive, diverse and national as possible. In support of access to education, the Association of Commonwealth Universities is the world's first and oldest international university network and the only accredited organisation representing higher education across all 53 Commonwealth countries.

    With regards to supporting women, Smart Works helps long-term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the skills, confidence and tools to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives. In terms of animal welfare, Mayhew is a grassroots charity working in a unique way to improve the lives of animals and people to better communities both in London and internationally.

    Over the last year, Her Royal Highness has held meetings and conducted private visits with each of these organisations. The Duchess will today visit Smart Works and over the next few weeks will undertake public visits to the other three organisations.

    Further information on these organisations and why The Duchess has chosen to support them as Patron follows:

    The National Theatre

    The Duchess is a strong believer in using the arts to bring people from different backgrounds and communities together. The National Theatre's mission is to make world class theatre that's entertaining, challenging and inspiring -- and to make it for everyone. It aims to reach the widest possible audience and to be as inclusive, diverse and national as possible with a broad range of productions that play in London, on tour around the UK, on Broadway and across the globe.

    The National Theatre's extensive UK-wide learning and participation programme supports young people's creative education through performance and writing programmes like Connections, New Views and Let's Play. Its major new initiative Public Acts creates extraordinary acts of theatre and community; the first Public Acts production was 2018's Pericles. The National Theatre extends its reach through digital programmes including NT Live, which broadcasts some of the best of British theatre to over 2,500 venues in 65 countries, and the free streaming service On Demand In Schools, used by nearly 60% of UK state secondary schools.

    The National Theatre invests in the future of theatre by developing talent, creating bold new work and building audiences, partnering with a range of UK theatres and theatre companies. For more information, click here.

    Whilst Her Royal Highness spent ten years working in television, her training is in theatre. As well as a double major in theatre and international relations from Northwestern University, which is renowned for its drama programme, Her Royal Highness volunteered at a performing arts after school programme for children in underprivileged school districts in Los Angeles.

    The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

    As a university graduate, Her Royal Highness is a strong advocate of accessible education for all, something she spoke of most recently during her visit to Fiji last year. Established in 1913, the ACU is the world's first and oldest international university network, with more than 500 member institutions in over 50 countries. It is the only accredited organisation representing higher education across the Commonwealth. The ACU champions higher education as a force for good in the Commonwealth and beyond.

    Among its key principles is the value of higher education to society -- or its role ‘as a common good' -- and the conviction that this value is enhanced by international collaboration. The ACU manages international scholarship schemes -- including the UK government's three major scholarship programmes and The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships -- that offer life-changing educational opportunities, convenes universities to address key policy challenges such as climate resilience and peace and reconciliation, and promotes the role of universities in delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals. For more information please click here.

    During her recent visit to Fiji, The Duchess announced new Gender Grants for ACU member universities in the Pacific to fund new learning initiatives aimed at empowering female university staff and promoting gender equality. Her Royal Highness last month met with university leaders, academics and international scholarship students as they discussed the role of higher education in addressing issues such as human trafficking, modern slavery, gender equality, peace and reconciliation, and climate change.

    Smart Works

    The Duchess has visited Smart Works several times over the last year where she has worked with many women who have benefited from the charity's support, helping them through coaching and interview preparation. Her Royal Highness has also volunteered with several other projects in this sector in the past. Created in September 2013 Smart Works exists to help long term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the confidence they need to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives.

    Half of Smart Works' clients are from an ethnic minority, long-term unemployed and have been unsuccessful with a large number of job applications. Thanks to the charity's support, 60% go on to get a job following their visit to Smart Works. As well as providing complete outfits of high quality clothes for job interviews, beneficiaries also have access to one-to-one interview training and the opportunity to join Smart Works Network, meeting every month to further their professional and personal development. Smart Works aims to dress 3500 women this year across their two London offices, and additional bases in key cities across the UK – Edinburgh, Manchester, Reading, Birmingham and Newcastle. For more information please click here.

    Her Royal Highness has also been involved with several other projects in this sector, including a project whilst at university which provided prom dresses for young women in underprivileged areas. The Duchess has a longstanding track record of working in the space of women's empowerment both in her local community as well as abroad. In recent years, Her Royal Highness has travelled to India and Rwanda working on projects to mobilise women in challenging or marginalized situations to see their full potential.

    Mayhew

    The Duchess has long understood the connection between animals and community welfare and has supported various animal rescue centres in Los Angeles. Established in 1886 and entirely funded by public donations Mayhew is an animal welfare charity working to improve the lives of dogs, cats and people in communities both in London and internationally. Mayhew looks for innovative ways to reduce the number of animals in need through pro-active community and educational initiatives and preventative veterinary care.

    This includes working with homelessness charities across London to ensure people and their dogs can be kept together; running a Pet Refuge programme to provide shelter and care for the pets of people in crisis for short periods of time; and educating young people about animal welfare and the importance of responsible pet ownership. Internationally, Mayhew works with governments, local communities and charitable groups in Afghanistan, Georgia, Russia and India to help improve animal welfare. For more information please click here.

    The Duchess of Sussex is very much looking forward to working closely with these organisations, and her continued work with The Royal Foundation of which she is joint Patron along with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex.

    Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre said: "I would like to thank The Queen for Her Majesty's long and unwavering support and service to the National Theatre. We were honoured when The Queen became our Patron in 1974 and have celebrated many moments together including, in recent years, the Diamond Jubilee and the marking of our 50th anniversary. It is a privilege to welcome The Duchess of Sussex as our new Patron. The Duchess shares our deeply-held conviction that theatre has the power to bring together people from all communities and walks of life. I very much look forward to working closely with Her Royal Highness in the years to come".

    Dr Joanna Newman MBE, Chief Executive and Secretary General of the ACU, said: "We are absolutely delighted that HRH The Duchess of Sussex has chosen to become Patron of the ACU. The Duchess shares our passion for the transformational power of higher education, and Her Royal Highness' support will help champion higher education as a force for good in the Commonwealth and beyond. We would like to thank Her Majesty The Queen for her support, and we look forward to working closely with The Duchess as our Patron."

    Juliet Hughes-Hallett, Chair and Founder of Smart Works said: "We are thrilled to announce that The Duchess of Sussex will become the Royal Patron of Smart Works. An acknowledged champion of women and their rights worldwide, The Duchess will motivate ever more women to come to our centres and get the job that will transform their lives. The Duchess's patronage will inspire the women we serve and help them reach for the stars."

    Caroline Yates, CEO of Mayhew said: "We are so excited that HRH The Duchess of Sussex has chosen to be our Patron. Mayhew works to improve the lives of dogs, cats and the people in our community, tackling the root cause of animal abandonment and neglect and supporting vulnerable people to stay with their companion pets. The Duchess has spent many years championing animal welfare, and we are honoured to have our charity represented by such a passionate Patron. We look forward to working closely with The Duchess and hope that, together, we can help even more animals and people."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18670-the-duchess-of-sussex-announces-patronages

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  • Sir Elton John and David Furnish will host the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)'s 27th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles.

    IMDb will serve as this year's Presenting Sponsor.

    For the 15th year, Chef Wayne Elias will design and prepare a sumptuous dinner for party guests to enjoy while watching a live telecast of the 91st Academy Awards. For the first time, IMDb will broadcast its annual IMDb LIVE streaming companion show from the event, co-hosted by Aisha Tyler and Dave Karger, offering viewers four hours of celebrity studded conversation and unique, entertaining and informative coverage of Hollywood's biggest night. Alexander Gilkes of Paddle8 will return to conduct the evening's highly anticipated live auction. The event will conclude with dancing until dawn with DJ Johnny Dynell.

    EJAF's Academy Awards Viewing Party is the most highly visible and successful fundraising event in Hollywood on Oscar night. Over the past quarter century, this annual event has raised more than $68.2 million, thanks to the generosity of EJAF's supporters. These funds help the Foundation to make a real difference in the lives of people at risk for or living with HIV/AIDS, including urgently needed medical care in the Caribbean, innovative treatment and prevention programs in the Southern United States, and national initiatives addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States, Canada, and Latin America.

    Cadillac and TheBluefish have partnered with EJAF as the evening's Co-Sponsors; Fin Gray and Michael Melnick, Fred Latsko, and Bob and Tamar Manoukian are Associate Sponsors. Wines will be presented by Domaine Bertaud Belieu. The Foundation is especially grateful to the City of West Hollywood for continued collaboration with EJAF on shared goals. American Airlines is EJAF's official airline.

    This year's event co-chairs are Tim and Jane Allen, Beck, Jamie Bell, Joseph W. Blount, Chris Colfer, Miley Cyrus, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Zooey Deschanel, Michael Douglas, Taron Egerton, Jay Ellis, Boy George, Karen Gillan, Greg Gorman, Sir Lucian and Lady Caroline Grainge, Tiffany Haddish, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Debbie Harry, Gillian Hearst, Patricia Hearst, Tracey Jacobs, Allison Janney, Caitlyn Jenner, Quincy Jones, Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss, Heidi Klum, Robert K. Kraft, Diana Krall and Elvis Costello, Diane Lane, Sandra Lee, Spike and Tonya Lee, Judith Light, Eugenio Lopez, Siran Manoukian, Chris Martin, Rob and Sheryl Lowe, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, Eric and Janet McCormack, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Mike and Kelly Myers, Col Needham, Sharon Osbourne, Michael Patrick, Katy Perry, Tyler Perry, Busy Philipps, Andrew Rannells, Zoe Saldana, Jane Seymour, Sarah Silverman, Steve Sims, Britney Spears, Sharon Stone, Meghan Trainor, Steven Tyler, Denzel and Pauletta Washington, John David Washington and Jeffrey Wright.

    For ticket information, please contact Dean Carras at dean.carras@ejaf.org or 212-219-0670

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18676-elton-john-to-host-ejafs-27th-annual-academy-awards-viewing-party

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  • The American Lung Association has announced the dates and locations of five Fight For Air Climbs where American Ninja Warrior TV series finalist and National Fight For Air Climb Ambassador Najee Richardson will appear across the country.

    American Ninja Warrior TV series finalist and National Fight For Air Climb Ambassador Najee Richardson
    American Ninja Warrior TV series finalist and National Fight For Air Climb Ambassador Najee Richardson

    In 2019, Richardson will host teams and climb with attendees in the following cities:
    March 3: Denver Republic Plaza
    March 10: Chicago, Presidential Towers
    March 30: Philadelphia Three Logan Square
    April 6: New York City One Penn Plaza
    April 27: Atlanta Promenade Atlanta

    Serving as the Lung Association's signature fundraising events, Fight For Air Climbs are hosted in prominent skyscrapers across the nation and challenge participants as they walk, run or race up hundreds of stairs. Richardson will lead a team of climbers in each featured city, and everyone is invited to join Najee's virtual nationwide team to raise money for lung disease education and research. You can also donate to his team at Lung.org/flying-phoenix-climb.

    "I know firsthand what it's like to live with a lung disease, and I also know that it's possible to overcome obstacles and achieve your dreams. I'm proud to partner with the American Lung Association who has been on the frontlines of funding lifesaving research," said Richardson. "As this year's Fight For Air Climb Ambassador, I encourage everyone to join me in climbing and fundraising for the Lung Association. You can also join my virtual Climb team, where you can access my exclusive video training tips and even add to my training Spotify playlist."

    "I want everyone to know -- kids and adults, people with asthma and without -- that with preparation and commitment, you can achieve your dreams," Richardson said. "And you don't have to be a professional athlete to climb: if you can walk a mile, you can climb." Read more about Najee on the EACH Breath Blog.

    Funds raised through the Fight For Air Climbs help support the American Lung Association Research Team and programs like Asthma Basics, Open Airways for Schools and the Asthma Educator Institute. For nearly 115 years, we have led the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air, whether it's searching for cures to lung diseases, preventing youth tobacco use, or fighting for healthy air protections.

    "Najee Richardson serves as an inspiration for children and adults across the country, and he reminds us that lung disease does not have to slow you down," said American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer. "Najee has already accomplished so much despite living with asthma, and as he tackles skyscrapers across the country in 2019, we are thankful that he's sharing his powerful story and raising awareness about lung diseases."

    See what climbs are happening in your area and visit the Fight For Air Climb website to learn more.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18669-american-ninja-warrior-finalist-joins-american-lung-association-fight-for-air-climbs-in-five-cities

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  • Here's your chance to join Julia Roberts for lunch and score a shopping spree on Rodeo Drive… and all you have to do is donate to charity.

    Join Julia Roberts for Lunch
    Join Julia Roberts for Lunch

    omaze.com is giving you this unique opportunity, and all you have to do is donate to GLSEN.

    You and a friend will be whisked away to Los Angeles to join Julia at one of her favorite spots for a meal you'll never forget. You'll enjoy incredible food, sparkling conversation and take some awesome selfies to remember it all by (be sure to flash your biggest megawatt smile!). After that, Julia will send you on your way to Beverly Hills' iconic Rodeo Drive to enjoy a $2,500 shopping spree at some of the most luxurious stores in the world.

    GLSEN works to create safe and inclusive schools for everyone. They envision a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people — regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Each year, GLSEN programs and resources reach millions of students and educators in K--12 schools across the United States, but their movement to ensure equality and respect for all can be felt internationally and at all levels of education. And thanks to you, GLSEN can continue to work to make schools a positive and affirming environment for every student.

    This opportunity ends tomorrow, so head over to omaze.com now.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18679-your-chance-to-join-julia-roberts-for-lunch

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  • To highlight the benefits of the great outdoors and inspire children, families and communities to get back to nature, The Duchess of Cambridge, the Royal Horticultural Society and landscape architects Davies White have today announced that they will design and build the 2019 RHS Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.

    The garden will build on Her Royal Highness's passion for the outdoors and the proven benefits that nature has on physical and mental health. The Duchess is a strong advocate for the positive impact that nature and the environment can have on childhood development, demonstrated by her longstanding support for organisations including the Scouts and Farms for City Children, as well as at more recent engagements to Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden, the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, and her visit this week to Islington Community Garden.

    Based on a woodland, the garden seeks to recapture for adults the sense of wonder and magic that they enjoyed as children, in addition to kindling excitement and a passion for nature in future generations. Wild planting and natural materials will be used to recreate a woodland wilderness where children and adults alike can feel closer to the great outdoors.

    Her Royal Highness has worked in collaboration with the RHS and Davies White over the past three months and will continue to finalise the design ahead of the show in May.

    For over 200 years the RHS, which is the UK's gardening charity, has been championing the power of gardening and growing plants for the environment, and for the health and wellbeing of people of all ages and backgrounds.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18677-duchess-of-cambridge-to-showcase-back-to-nature-garden-at-chelsea

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  • Iconic music legend and humanitarian Steven Tyler announced the return of his GRAMMY Awards Viewing Party to benefit Janie0s Fund, presented by Live Nation, on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

    Hosted by Jane Lynch, the exclusive gala promises to be an unforgettable night building off of the inaugural celebration in 2018. Featuring a can't-miss performance by America's all-time top-selling rock ‘n' roll band, Aerosmith, the gala will toast music's biggest night with a VIP cocktail reception and dinner, live viewing of the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, and live auction to support Janie's Fund, Tyler's philanthropic initiative that provides "a big voice for abused girls."

    Co-chair supporters for the event include Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz, Scarlett Johansson, Kate Hudson, Michael Rapino, Mick Fleetwood, Shep Gordon, Tiffany Haddish, Sharon Stone, Ashlee Simpson & Evan Ross, Cody Simpson, Nina Dobrev, Alice Cooper, Caitlyn Jenner and Ciara.

    Steven Tyler's annual GRAMMY Awards Viewing Party first launched in 2018 and raised more than $2.4 million dollars for Janie's Fund, a philanthropic initiative created by Tyler in partnership with the national family services nonprofit Youth Villages to bring hope and healing to girls across America who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect. Tyler first gave voice to this cause with his hit "Janie's Got a Gun," and his establishment of the fund ensures that these vulnerable girls will have an enduring voice for years to come.

    "The journey to give these girls of Janie's Fund the opportunity to LIVE OUT LOUD continues and we're thrilled to present the 2nd annual JANIE'S FUND GALA. We won't stop until we meet our goal to give these girls the safety of home and a zest for life," Tyler said. "What we accomplished in 2018 was only the beginning and we will continue to spread the love and the word! It's so clear just by looking into the smiling faces and witnessing the spirit that surrounds this community that we've made an impact on the lives of these girls…there's no way we can stop now. We were completely taken aback by the overflow of support from our friends and family since the beginning. It's only because of that, we've been able to create a path that is helping these girls to find their VOICES, and giving them the chance to LIVE OUT LOUD is our top priority. In 2019, we're committed to ensuring that we can expand these programs so even more girls know and will have help to REACH FOR THE SKY AND BEYOND!"

    Since the November 2015 launch of Janie's Fund, the organization has raised more than $4.5 million, directly helping more than 800 girls and providing more than 115,000 days of therapeutic care. Recently, Janie's Fund provided $536,000 to expand services for girls who age out of foster care in New York City, Boston, Tennessee and North Carolina. On Feb. 4, a second Janie's House will open in Memphis, Tennessee, to provide further support to vulnerable young girls who are survivors of abuse and neglect. The new facility will provide residential accommodations for up to 26 girls annually with access to 24-hour medical care and therapeutic support. The first Janie's House opened in 2017 at Youth Villages' Inner Harbour campus outside of Atlanta, Georgia.

    Sponsors for the event include Live Nation and Hilton. For more information on table purchases or company sponsorships, please email janiesfund@aabproductions.com.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18667-aerosmith-to-perform-at-steven-tylers-grammy-awards-viewing-party

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  • Written by Jennifer Conroy

    The American Cancer Society recently welcomed actress Vanessa Hudgens as their new ambassador.

    The actress is participating in an exclusive Super Bowl LIII weekend package to raise critical funds to fight cancer.

    Vanessa Hudgens is a San Diego native who emerged as a star from Disney's popular High School Musical series. It's no secret that Vanessa Hudgens became a star from the amazing Disney Channel film series. She continues her acting career staring in popular films like Spring Breakers and Machete Kills. Recently she starred in The Princess Switch, Dog Days, and Second Act in which she co-starred with Jennifer Lopez. In 2019, she will star in the television adaption of Rent: Live and the film Polar. In addition to working as an actress, Vanessa Hudgens has a successful singing and theatre career. She has released several albums and has been in numerous Broadway plays. Vanessa Hudgens uses her platform to advocate for different charities and is known for being involved with different non-profit organizations, as well as giving school supplies to Los Angeles students. Since she was 16 years old, she's been involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She was also recognized for her philanthropy during the 2017 Teen Choice Awards. She accepted the See Her Award, which recognized her charity work for women and children. In addition to the aforementioned, Vanessa is a huge advocate for poor housing conditions and children with life-threatening medical conditions.

    Vanessa has recently been named as American Cancer Society (ACS) Global Ambassador. Vanessa's family was personally affected by the disease with the loss of her father, as well as the mother of her longtime partner, Austin Butler, prompting her involvement with the ACS.

    "We are thrilled to welcome Vanessa Hudgens as an ambassador for the American Cancer Society," said Sharon Byers, Chief Development, Marketing, and Communications Officer for the American Cancer Society. "Like so many of us, Vanessa brings personal experience of how devastating this disease can be, and we are grateful for her support as we continue to attack cancer from every angle."

    Since 2009, the American Cancer Society and the NFL partnership have been committed to saving lives from cancer; raising over $18 million dollars through the Crucial Catch program. ‘Crucial Catch' focuses on cancer prevention and early detection across multiple cancers, helping more people catch cancer early, particularly in high-risk communities.

    The ACS and Vanessa, along with the National Football League (NFL), will surprise one lucky contestant with 2 free Super Bowl LIII tickets upon donating at least $10 to the ACS. The lucky fan can bring a guest and they will be able to experience the Ultimate Super Bowl Weekend, February 1-3, 2019. During the game the lucky fan and their guest will sit next to Vanessa Hudgens. "Cancer has taken the lives of so many people I love," said Hudgens. "It ate away at my father's body for years before he was diagnosed and when he was, it was too late. The same thing happened to my partner's mother. It was a traumatizing time and I'm still dealing with the pain of the loss. I hate cancer and the pain it brings to everyone surrounded by it. I am so proud and excited to help the American Cancer Society do everything possible to fight back against this awful disease. We can all do more to help save lives and support those dealing with cancer."

    You can meet Vanessa here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18681-your-chance-to-meet-vanessa-hudgens-and-support-the-american-cancer-society

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  • In an issue of the London Evening Standard published last week, Elton John provided an update on the Elton John AIDS Foundation's new AIDSfree campaign to fund HIV prevention, testing, and treatment programs in six cities across the globe.

    "The key to ending the HIV epidemic lies in cities like ours," wrote Sir Elton. "In an increasingly angry world, cities are beacons of openness and tolerance, places of refuge for the threatened. Tolerance and honesty are our greatest weapons as we strive to create an Aids-free world. But it is also within our cities that HIV continues to spread. Globally, 940,000 died of Aids-related illnesses last year, and another 1.8 million were infected.

    "We have the knowledge and the drugs to stop this disease: no more need die or be infected, and yet the epidemic grows.

    "At the end of this month, we will hold our AIDSfree forum here in London, hosted by the Secretaries of State for Health and International Development, and bringing together leaders, doctors, NGOs and activists from across our AIDSfree cities.

    "This is our chance to influence how each of these cities will turn the tide and end this epidemic.

    "With your support, we can show them that the people of this great city are already doing so."

    To read Sir Elton's full article, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18666-elton-john-writes-in-the-evening-standard-the-key-to-ending-the-hiv-epidemic-lies-in-cities-like-ours

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  • The Duchess of Sussex visited Smart Works in London last week.

    Duchess of Sussex Visits Smart Works
    Duchess of Sussex Visits Smart Works
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    The visit follows the announcement that The Duchess is to become the charity's Patron, along with three other charities and organisations.

    Smart Works helps long term unemployed and vulnerable women regain the skills, confidence and tools to succeed at job interviews, return to employment and transform their lives.

    Women come to Smart Works from prisons, care homes, homeless shelters, mental health charities & job centres -- many have been unsuccessful in 20+ applications and are struggling from a lack of confidence.

    The Duchess joined a roundtable discussion with volunteers at the headquarters in London and then met some of the women in the Dressing Room, who have been successful in interviews following their time at SmartWorks.

    Each client has a personalised styling session with two Smart Works volunteer stylists, receiving a complete outfit of high quality clothes and accessories for their specific job interview, which are free and hers to keep.

    In the last five years, the charity has helped over 11,000 women and has plans to dress 3500 women this year across the UK.

    Smart Works aims to dress 3500 women this year across their two London offices, and additional bases in key cities across the UK – Edinburgh, Manchester, Reading, Birmingham and Newcastle.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18668-the-duchess-of-sussex-visits-smart-works


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  • On Saturday January 5, 2019, Hollywood welcomed some of the world's greatest athletes to celebrate their most Golden weekend. "Gold Meets Golden 6" was refreshed by The Coca-Cola Company, and produced and founded by CW3PR's Charley Cullen Walters and Cinema Magazine's Scott Orlin. The brunch took place at the House on Sunset.

    Guests attend The 6th Annual Gold Meets Golden Brunch
    Guests attend The 6th Annual Gold Meets Golden Brunch
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    With the recent announcement of the Games' triumphant return to Los Angeles in 2028, Hollywood has been handed a fresh dose of Olympic Fever. While last year's ‘GMG' celebrated the past, the 2019 event looked at the future by celebrating Youth in Sports, benefiting Angel City Sports, A $50,000 check was presented by "The Points Guy", Brian Kelly, who surprised the crowd by doubling the donation on stage. Gold Meets Golden 6 also spotlighted The Foundation for Global Sports Development, a leader in the sports community that delivers and supports initiatives that promote fair play, education, and the physical and developmental benefits of sports for youth around the world.

    Hosted by Nicole Kidman, attendees included Jessica Chastain, Chrissy Metz, Matt Bomer, Topher Grace, Octavia Spencer, Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Ryan Murphy, Billy Porter, Michelle Yeoh, Mark Ronson andmany more.

    The Coca-Cola Company unveiled new Olympic merchandise as it looks toward the next Tokyo 2020 Olympic, and featured golden items related to the new sports that will debut at these Games. Attendees received a first look at the new LAX Private Suite program from United Airlines, the official travel partner for Gold Meets Golden and also a proud sponsor of TeamUSA. Renowned J Vineyards & Winery Michelin-star Chef Carl Shelton provided a gold-medal menu of Brunch libations, and a gold signature sparkling wine coupe tower. Discovery Destinations who invite everyone to climb, zip, bike and more in their Discovery Adventure Parks worldwide celebrated the new Olympic event of Sports Climbing with "The Climb," a state-of-the-art projection-mapped, mixed-reality photo op. The experience was powered by Farbound- the leader in Gamified Real-Life Experiences. Bulletproof, an official partner of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard team, provided guests with many healthy products, and offered their signature Oxygen Bar experience where guests indulged in essential oil scented oxygen to feel refreshed, full of energy and detoxified. Popular travel website "The Points Guy" and their founder Brian Kelly shared tips and tricks on how to maximize travel experiences and help future Olympic-bound passengers obtain gold status and beyond in the age of Golden travel. Cupcake Supplier Sprinkles displayed some mini "Bowtie and Gold Medal" cupcakes that perfectly fit the event theme.

    Carrying a traditional torch for the event ignited by past performances of LA-LA Land's "City of Stars," and Keala Settle's "This is Me" from the Greatest Showman, which each won Awards for Best Original Song, this year's Gold Meets Golden stage was occupied by Globe-nominated Billy Porter (FX's POSE, Broadway's Kinky Boots, who performed the nominated hit song "Shallow" from "A Star is Born." The song also won the Globe the next day, making this a "3 for 3" record for the event. The performance was introduced by Lady Gaga's co-writer Mark Ronson, and featured a specialty new Gold-plated grand piano supplied by FX Networks.

    Upon exit of the event, guests were presented with the famous Gold Meets Golden gift bag filled with a variety of luxury items. This year's bag included a Limited Edition Tokyo 2020 Pin Set, the Spencer Barnes LA "Gold Medal" Neck Wand, Golden HUE Awakening Mist, empower Bodycare products CBD topical relief oil and lotion, a Coca-Cola official Olympic bottle opener, Appletinies organic apple pieces with chocolate, a Bulletproof golden-wrapped gift of Brain Octane Oil, Collagen Protein Bar & Sleep Mode Supplement, Sprinkles Cupcakes Specialty "Gold Meets Sprinkles" mini cupcake set, a J Vineyards & Winery cuvee 20 sparkling wine bottle, "The Points Guy" Golden Passport Holder & Luggage Tags, beats by Dre Studio3 wireless GOLD headphones, RITUALS' Golden Dao Tea Set, a bottle of Oribe Cote d'Azur Golden Nourishing Hand Creme, A Bev Wine signature pink Rose can, and MyIntent's "What's Your Word" customizable gold medal bracelet.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18672-6th-anniversary-gold-meets-golden-event-shines-bright-and-raises-50000-for-angel-city-games-charity

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  • Project Save Our Surf, a 501c3 charity, has announced a yearlong sponsorship with Kona Deep, a deep ocean bottled water company founded in Hawaii.

    The organizations will primarily be supporting cleanup efforts in Santa Monica, with the first cleanup of the year scheduled for January 12, 2019.

    "We are so thrilled to partner with Kona Deep. To have a partner devoted to our shared mission of conservation is transformative for us as a growing charity," says Shaka Smith, actor, honorary board member and organizer of the Project Save Our Surf Cleanup effort. Founder, Tanna Frederick, echoed his optimism, "Since beginning this journey, I have been inspired most by the people and organizations willing to dive in head first and get things done and Kona Deep is no exception. We will be accomplishing great things in 2019 and beyond."

    Kona Deep, since its inception, has incorporated methods in their own production to minimize their carbon footprint. Heather Diamond, Field Marketing Director for Kona Deep noted "We are committed to constantly improving our sustainability and have the following plans to help us do that: incorporate more recycled plastics into our production; commitment to ocean protection and beach cleanups, through financial support of other organizations as well as company participation in cleanups"

    Kona Deep's sponsorship means more support for volunteers at Project Save Our Surf's monthly cleanups in Santa Monica and expansion of local cleanup efforts to Huntington and Malibu beaches, as well as domestic and international efforts to provide clean drinking water to those in need. Diamond added "Project Save Our Surf perfectly aligns with our company's sustainability mission to protect the health and longevity of our sacred planet and oceans. We could not be more proud to support local ocean protection causes and encourage others to clean, recycle, and look out for our planet's future." The Project Save Our Surf beach cleanups are held on the second Saturday of every month, from 11am -- 1pm located at Tower 26 in Santa Monica.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18673-project-save-our-surf-charity-adds-sponsor-kona-deep

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  • The Duchess of Sussex visited animal charity The Mayhew this week, in her first visit as Patron.

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    Duchess of Sussex Visits The Mayhew
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    Whilst Her Royal Highness was there, The Duchess met staff and animals, to learn about the charity's work in improving the lives of cats, dogs and communities in London and internationally.

    The Duchess Of Sussex Makes A New Friend
    The Duchess Of Sussex Makes A New Friend
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    Mayhew's work now extends beyond rehoming animals – the charity provides pet refuge services for owners in crisis, supports the homeless community and Mayhew community vets provide services such as neutering and chipping at low cost.

    Mayhew, which was founded 130 years ago, aims to "promote animal welfare by delivering a broad range of community-based veterinary, care and education services in the UK and overseas." Read more about the charity here.

    The Duchess met former Mayhew resident Maggie (previously known as Truffle), with her new owner Emma. The Jack Russell puppy was rescued from a suspected puppy farm in October last year.

    The charity works in Afghanistan, Georgia, Russia and India to improve the lives of stray animals, pets and their owners.
    Mayhew International's work covers a broad spectrum and includes providing training to help improve veterinary standards.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18682-the-duchess-of-sussex-visits-the-mayhew

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  • The world famous Harlem Globetrotters announced today that the team is offering complimentary game tickets to any U.S. government employee currently on furlough to the 2019 Fan Powered North American tour.

    "As the Ambassadors of Goodwill, we want to show our support to all those government workers whose paychecks, and by extension their families, are directly impacted," said Globetrotter President Howard Smith.

    Any U.S. government employee currently on furlough can show their valid government ID at their local box office and receive two complimentary tickets to a Harlem Globetrotter game in North America while supplies last. The offer is only valid during the current government shutdown and is not valid on previously purchased tickets. Quantities are limited and seat locations vary by venue. Fans are asked to check with their local box office for details.

    The Globetrotters, in the midst of their 93rd consecutive season, are currently touring North America as part of their 2019 Fan Powered World Tour, which will see the team play in more than 250 North American markets, as well as 30 countries worldwide. Tickets are now available at harlemglobetrotters.com.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18686-harlem-globetrotters-offer-free-tickets-to-all-u-s-government-employees-currently-on-furlough

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  • The LA Art Show is proud to announce that actress Kate Beckinsale will be the official host of the 2019 Opening Night Premiere Gala, being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 7pm – 11pm.

    Gavin Rossdale joins the roster as the evening's Art Ambassador. Proceeds from the event will benefit St. Jude Children0s Research Hospital for the fifth year in the row. Thanks to generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food -- because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

    All proceeds from the sale of Patron and Vanguard tickets and 15 percent of sales of Friend tickets will go directly to the charity. All attendees of the Opening Night Premiere party are supporting the lifesaving mission St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.

    The Patron Reception will feature a special presentation by St. Jude with address by Beckinsale. Attendees will enjoy cuisine by James Beard Award-Nominated Chef Jeffrey Nimer of Haute Chefs LA, and Executive Chef Nick Shipp of The Upper West, desserts from celebrated local chefs Valerie Gordon and Shannon Swindle, NESPRESSO, Cavit Prosecco and delicious hors d'oeuvres from over 20 select LA restaurants.

    SABER will be creating a new painting live over the course of the evening in partnership with 1849 Wines. It will be auctioned off at the end of the night, with all proceeds going to St. Jude.

    In addition to food, beverages, live music and art, gala attendees will be given a special sneak peek of the LA Art Show's 200,000 sq. ft. of programming, featuring over 100 galleries from 18 countries. They will have first dibs to try Marta Minujín's "Rayuelarte" hopscotch installation, see special performances by Dorian Wood, Sarah Trouche, and more.

    The LA Art Show will return to the Los Angeles Convention Center from January 23 – 27, 2019. As the city (and west coast's) largest art fair, and one of the most diversely programmed in the world, the LA Art Show features a comprehensive lineup of exhibitors not only in contemporary and modern art, but also classical and other specialized art scenes that often command their own dedicated shows.

    Find tickets here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18675-kate-beckinsale-to-host-24th-annual-la-art-show-opening-night-gala

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