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  • Duchenne is the most common muscle disease in children. One in every 3,500 boys born worldwide will be afflicted with Duchenne. It progressively robs these boys of their ability to move and cuts their lives short, just before these young men make their mark on the world.

    Cure Duchenne is a charity established in 2003. It was founded by Paul and Debra Miller whose son was diagnosed with DMD in November 2002. Paul is a vice-president of a food company and Debra was in advertising sales before giving up her career to be a stay-at-home mom. Paul and Debra are confident that their business backgrounds will enable them to effectively communicate the need for awareness and funding for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

    "When we got our son's diagnosis, the pain was unbelievable. We always had faith, but we never truly knew how much we would have to rely on it. We respect and welcome people of all faiths and beliefs, and hope that they are provided the comfort needed to get through these difficult times. Saving these boys has become our life's work."

    Duchenne research is moving fast. New drugs are moving through the pipeline and progressing to human clinical trials. Six of the research projects which Cure Duchenne has supported are in human clinical trials. Now is the time to increase Duchenne awareness so that Cure Duchenne can raise the funds necessary to expedite these drugs into real treatments.

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    Cure Duchenne has 14 known supporters, including Justin Bieber, David Foster, and Matthew McConaughey

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  • Barack Obama

    The first African-American president and a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, Barack Obama has already made his mark on U.S. history. But that doesn't stop the President of the U.S. to donate his time and volunteer wherever he can.

    Last year, Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian efforts and for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy.

    He spoke at an event for K.I.D.S., a charity supporting disadvantaged children. He says of the charity, "It is time for a sense of empathy to infuse our politics in America… K.I.D.S. has spent over 20 years making this a reality. Now it is time for the rest of us to catch up. I look forward to making that happen."

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  • A celebrity-backed appeal has been launched for World Lion Day (10 August) to help Animal Defenders International (ADI) build a new wildlife sanctuary in South Africa.

    Providing a much-needed refuge for lions in their natural homeland, the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary will also help raise awareness of the needs of lions and other wild animals, and the threats they face both in the wild and captivity.

    Actress and national treasure Joanna Lumley said: "Bravo to Animal Defenders International for providing sanctuary to animals in desperate need. Please support this wonderful cause and help provide a home from home for animals who have known only suffering and pain."

    US actor and television legend Ed Asner is also backing the new sanctuary: "Animals deserve to live free, not be exploited for entertainment. That's why I support the work of Animal Defenders International, and their new sanctuary, a place these animals can at last experience love and kindness."

    The first residents at the 450+ acre sanctuary will be five lions -- Tarzan, Tanya, Kimba, Nena and Sasha -- rescued by ADI from circuses in Guatemala following a ban on animal acts. Just as the organisation has done in Bolivia and Peru, ADI is assisting the authorities with enforcement of the new law. Setting up and running a temporary rescue centre in the country, an experienced ADI team is caring for the lions until their relocation later this year.

    Rescuing large numbers of animals -- more than 100 were saved from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade in Peru -- presents a challenge of sanctuary space. After years of investing in habitats for animals rescued from Colombia, Chile, Portugal, Mozambique, Bolivia and Peru, it was time for ADI to set up its own sanctuary, enabling the group to help even more animals. Having cared for rescued big cats in South Africa for more than 20 years, the country was a natural choice.

    ADI President Jan Creamer said, "Having experienced a life of fear, pain and deprivation, animals coming home to the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary will enjoy a life of peace and freedom, in an environment as close to nature as possible. We hope the public and businesses alike will help ADI give animals in need a better life."

    To support the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary, donate here.

    For sponsorship opportunities please contact angiegreenaway@ad-international.org

    Lions are extinct in 27 countries and possibly extinct in 7 others, with numbers across the world estimated to be as low as 23,000 individuals, compared to around 200,000 in Africa in the 1980s. It is thought that within 30 years the African lion could disappear from the wild unless urgent action is taken. Vulnerable to extinction due to hunting and habitat loss, lions are also under threat due to persecution by livestock farmers.

    Efforts to protect species in the wild can be undermined, research has shown, by animals being presented as objects of fun and within a human environment, such as a circus where lions spend their lives in bare cages on the back of a truck, unable to exhibit their natural behaviours and forced to perform tricks.

    Many of the lions rescued by ADI were mutilated in the circus to remove their claws and suffered damaged teeth; others have sight or balance problems caused by blows to the head.

    45 countries around the world have introduced prohibitions on animals in circuses to date. Given the constant travel and their temporary nature, circuses cannot provide animals with adequate facilities to keep them physically or psychologically healthy. Welfare is always compromised. Animals in circuses can also be subjected to brutal training methods and violence -- wherever ADI has conducted an undercover investigation in the UK and around the world it has documented acts of abuse.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18193-world-lion-day-joanna-lumley-backs-new-sanctuary-in-africa-to-help-big-cats-in-need

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  • The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer research charity, is excited to announce the V Foundation Wine Celebration, celebrating its 20th anniversary, raised more than $18 million during a full weekend of events.

    This year's total included more than $16 million in "Fund-A-Need" donations to support the V Foundation's endowment and nearly $2 million for breast cancer research.

    "Since 1999, the V Wine Celebration has been a source of inspiration and generosity," said Chairwoman Julie Allegro. "I am incredibly humbled and proud to be part of a team that raised $100 million towards our goal of Victory Over Cancer."

    Hosted by five of the previous year's hosts, Mike "Coach K" Krzyzewski, Duke University men's basketball coach and V Foundation Board Member; Robin Roberts, Emmy-winning co-host of ABC's "Good Morning America," two-time cancer survivor, winner of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, and V Foundation Board Member; Scott Hamilton, figure skating world champion, Olympic gold medalist, and cancer survivor; Joe Theismann, Super Bowl champion and sports commentator; and Lou Holtz, legendary football coach, retired analyst for ESPN, best-selling author and motivational speaker. The three-day signature fundraising event included intimate winery dinners, live entertainment, live and silent auctions and a cancer research symposium. The event attracted attendees from all over the country to Napa Valley to benefit the V Foundation's efforts in achieving Victory Over Cancer.

    "It was fantastic to be back in beautiful Napa Valley, hosting another Wine Celebration," said Theismann. "The energy there was incredible, and the commitment to stopping cancer was as strong as ever. What an honor it was to be part of a special evening with co-hosts from past celebrations."

    Highlights of this year's event included the live auction with assistance from Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff. Top items in the auction included a 2011 limited edition Neiman Marcus Convertible Chevrolet Camaro, one of only 100 made, packaged with a luxurious weekend at the Davis Estate's guest house; a Harbison 20-year vertical including a 9-liter bottle from their first harvest that produced only a single barrel; and a chic dinner party by Ayesha Curry and Michael Mina, co-owners of International Smoke, paired with wines at Gemstone Vineyard.

    "Remarkable doesn't even describe this year's V Foundation Wine Celebration," said Susan Braun, CEO of the V Foundation. "Once again, our hosts have set the stage for generosity, and the guests stepped up. This momentum propels us forward, ever closer to our goal of declaring Victory Over Cancer!"

    In its 25 years, the V Foundation has awarded more than $200 million in cancer research grants nationwide. Twenty-five years ago, the diagnosis and prognosis related to cancer were not as optimistic as today. Because of research, we have earlier diagnoses, a better understanding of what causes some cancers, more positive prognoses of some cancers and therapies that are designed to kill cancer while preserving the patient's overall health. The V Foundation distributes research grants for all types of cancer to the most promising scientists nationwide through a competitive process vetted by a Scientific Advisory Committee. Over the last 20 years, the Wine Celebration has raised more than $100 million for cancer research and related programs. The 21st annual V Foundation Wine Celebration will be held on August 1-4, 2019.

    For more information about the 2018 Wine Celebration, click here. For more information about the V Foundation for Cancer Research, please click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18187-more-than-18-million-raised-at-the-20th-anniversary-v-foundation-wine-celebration

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  • In order to shine a spotlight on the danger of leaving animals in parked vehicles, chart-topping singer Paulina Rubio stars in a disturbing new video for PETA that shows her slowly succumbing to heatstroke inside a hot car.

    The video urges viewers not to let their animal companions endure the same fate.

    "The helplessness, fear, and agony that dogs must feel as their bodies shut down inside a sweltering car is hard to imagine," says Rubio. "My friends at PETA and I are shouting this message from the rooftops: Never leave anybody inside a parked car, and if you happen to see a dog in danger inside a vehicle on a warm day, please do whatever it takes to get him or her to safety."

    Every year, PETA receives reports of dogs who have died as a result of being left alone in a car — even when the windows are slightly open or the car is parked in the shade. On a relatively mild summer day, the temperature inside a car can climb to more than 100 degrees in a matter of minutes.

    PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to abuse in any way" — advises anyone who sees a child or dog left in a parked car to take down the vehicle's color, make, model, and license-plate number and call the local humane authorities or police. Don't leave until the individual is safe — and if the situation becomes dire, do whatever it takes to save his or her life.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18195-paulina-rubio-dies-inside-a-hot-car-in-tense-new-peta-video

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  • One Refugee, a nonprofit organization supporting refugees in Utah through education and career initiatives, will host an evening of inspirational storytelling with New York Times bestselling author and human rights advocate Ishmael Beah on August 17, 2018.

    The public is invited to attend the event at 7 p.m. at the LDS Conference Center Theater, sponsored by LDS Charities.

    A former child soldier in Sierra Leone during the Sierra Leone Civil War, Beah was rescued by UNICEF in 1996. He has since gone on to become a New York Times bestselling author of two books, a memoir titled "A Long Way Gone" and a novel, "Radiance of Tomorrow." A UNICEF Ambassador and advocate for Children Affected by War, Beah is also a member of the Human Rights Watch Children's Advisory Committee.

    "Ishmael is an incredible example of overcoming a history of violence and poverty, and acting as a vehicle for change across the globe," said One Refugee CEO Steve Ostler. "He has made an impact on countless lives by sharing his story, and we are lucky to be able to learn from him. I hope our own community of refugees within Salt Lake are able to draw from Ishmael's experience as they look towards building their own lives and careers."

    Prior to the event, Beah will spend the day at O.C. Tanner at One Refugee's fifth-annual conference that is expected to be attended by more than 120-150 student refugees within the One Refugee program. There, Beah will discuss the practice of storytelling and share his experience as a boy soldier. The initial welcoming will begin at 10 a.m., with remarks from One Refugee's Steve Ostler and Amy Wylie, and continue until 4 p.m. with workshops on storytelling, writing practice and a discussion led by Beah. The evening event will go from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. More information can be seen here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18197-one-refugee-to-host-human-rights-advocate-ishmael-beah

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  • Here is your chance to hang out with Gal Gadot on the top secret set of Wonder Woman 1984.

    Your Chance To Hang Out With Wonder Woman
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    omaze.com is giving you the chance to fly out to the set in London and meet Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, and director Patty Jenkins. You'll ask these goddesses all your burning questions, get glammed up in '80s hair and makeup, then step in front of the camera to film as an extra.

    All you have to do to get in the draw is visit omaze.com and donate to the Anti-Recidivism Coalition. The more you donate, the more chances you have to win. Plus, you could also pick up collectibles like WW1984 t-shirts and signed DVDs.

    The Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) began as an annual camping trip bringing together a few dozen formerly incarcerated young people with positive mentors to offer encouragement, guidance and resources. Today, ARC has grown into a support and advocacy network of more than 450 members, and hundreds of volunteer mentors and allies, committed to helping one another through reentry and advocating for a fairer criminal justice system. Your generosity will help ARC provide its membership with mentorship, mental health services, supportive housing, access to jobs and education, and opportunities to advocate for criminal justice reform.

    To find out more and get in the draw, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18196-your-chance-to-meet-gal-gadot-and-be-in-wonder-woman-1984

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  • American Express and Pharrell Williams have announced an expanded partnership and joint commitment to raise awareness and support to bring more arts education to schools nationwide.

    American Express and Pharrell Williams Partner to Back Arts and Music Education in Schools
    American Express and Pharrell Williams Partner to Back Arts and Music Education in Schools
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    As part of the collaboration, American Express Platinum and Pharrell will host a fundraising event, called the Yellow Ball, with an all-star lineup of collaborators on September 10, at the Brooklyn Museum to benefit Young Audiences Arts for Learning. American Express will also gift $1 Million to Young Audiences, the nation's largest arts-in-education network whose work strives to inspire young people and expand their learning through the arts.

    According to research commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts, students' involvement in the arts is linked to higher academic performance, increased standardized test scores, more community service, and lower dropout rates. Despite this positive impact, there is still a critical need to increase support and funding for arts education in schools nationwide.

    Pharrell has been the Creative Director of the Platinum Card since 2016 helping to influence, inspire and inform the access, experiences and services offered to Platinum Card Members. In addition to co-hosting the Yellow Ball, Pharrell designed a limited edition yellow Platinum Card to thank U.S. Consumer Platinum Card Members who support arts education through the Yellow Ball. Eligible Card Members may request a limited edition yellow Platinum Card, which will replace their existing Card, when they purchase a ticket to the Yellow Ball.

    "Music and the arts have been part of my life since birth, but it was my teachers, Mr. Warren, Mrs. Warren and Mr. Sharps, who exposed me to so many different kinds of music, that it expanded my mind and my imagination. I would not be where I am today without music and arts education in my school as a youth," said Pharrell Williams. "This is why I am so grateful that American Express is working with me to make sure we keep arts and music in our schools, accessible to all, where it belongs."

    Through his expanded role as an American Express global ambassador, Pharrell will also be featured in American Express' new global brand campaign in a commercial that highlights how the company backs him as he travels the world to find inspiration for his music.

    "As an artist, creator and business owner, Pharrell is the perfect person to bring to life our new global brand platform, which reflects the blended lives that our customers lead today. We are so excited to feature him in our new campaign and to partner with him to support the arts," said Elizabeth Rutledge, Chief Marketing Officer, American Express. "We encourage our Card Members to join us in celebrating and backing this important cause at the Yellow Ball later this year."

    The Yellow Ball was named and inspired by Pharrell, who views the color as representing hope and optimism and is meant to help to shine a light on the need for arts education and its ability to pave the way for a brighter future. The event will offer guests various experiences that celebrate and raise awareness for the arts in collaboration with partners of Pharrell and American Express Platinum, including:
    American Express Platinum Collective member, and renowned artist, Daniel Arsham will create a multi-room immersive art installation that takes guests through three unique experiences that celebrate and demonstrate the importance of arts education for design and creativity
    American Express Global Dining Collection Chef Dominique Crenn will curate a multi-course dinner experience designed to be a creative and artistic expression of the cuisine
    Musical Performances by headliner Missy Elliott, as well as A$AP Ferg and DJ Stretch Armstrong

    To purchase tickets and learn more about the Yellow Ball and the limited-edition yellow Platinum Card, please visit: amex.co/yellow. Ticket supplies are limited.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18198-american-express-and-pharrell-williams-partner-to-back-arts-and-music-education-in-schools

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  • On Saturday, August 11th, the ninth annual Apollo In the Hamptons was held at the East Hampton home of Apollo Vice Chairman Ronald O. Perelman to benefit the non-profit Apollo Theater.

    This year's event raised millions of dollars to support the Apollo's artistic, educational, and outreach programs, while building on the Theater's rich history as a cultural and economic anchor to Harlem, and as a nurturer of emerging talent.

    Since its inception in 2010, the Apollo in the Hamptons has raised over $20 million for the Apollo's artistic, education and community programs. Thanks to the support from this event, the institution has expanded its education initiatives, both in schools and at the historic Apollo Theater engaging more than 20,000 students, teachers, families, and scholars annually. The Theater has been able to double its impact, now welcoming more than 200,000 patrons each year.

    "This year's Apollo in the Hamptons was a tribute to the soul and extraordinary musical history of the legendary Apollo Theater. Giving to the arts and community education is more important than ever and I am so proud to continue to support this iconic and vital cultural institution. The Apollo's programs provide young people the inspiration, experience and training that help them succeed. Without our support, these incredible programs would be in danger or could disappear entirely," said Ronald O. Perelman.

    "As the Theater enters its 85th year, I am proud to say that it is a thriving, commissioning and presenting non-profit performing arts institution. One of the major factors consistently pushing us forward is our incredible board of Directors," said Jonelle Procope, Apollo Theater President & CEO. "Due to the gracious support of Mr. Perelman, the Apollo in the Hamptons event has been instrumental in garnering major support for our Theater initiatives. The fact that we have been able to expand our programs and engage more families, students and the Harlem community at large is a testament to his tremendous efforts."

    The 9th Annual Apollo in the Hamptons featured a blowout concert with performances by legendary singer Chaka Kahn, Sting, Shaggy, Alice Smith Jr., Jamie Foxx, Jon Bon Jovi and a surprise performance by Chris Martin, along with special appearances by Sarah Ikumu and Vy Higginsen's Sing Harlem Choir, and The Roots as the live house band.

    Notable guests included Robert Downey Jr, Jimmy Fallon and Nancy Juvoven, Zach Braff, Jimmy and Jane Buffett, and Molly Simms and Scott Stuber.

    The event was co-chaired by Apollo Board Vice Chairman Ronald Perelman; rock legend Jon Bon Jovi; Apollo Board Chairman, Dick Parsons; Chairman and CEO of the Kraft Group and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft; and was underwritten entirely by Mr. Perelman.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18199-stars-attend-ninth-annual-east-hampton-fundraising-event-for-harlems-legendary-apollo-theater

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  • British Hollywood actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw met with refugees this week in Rwanda's Mahama and Gihembe refugee camps, on her first trip with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

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    Rwanda has been hosting thousands of refugees for decades, and today supports over 150,000 refugees and asylum-seekers who have fled mainly from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Government of Rwanda has generously maintained open borders and refugees in Rwanda are granted the right to work as well as being progressively included into host communities, national health and education systems.

    After spending time meeting and talking to Burundian and Congolese refugees and seeing some of UNHCR's work to support and protect them, Mbatha-Raw commented, "It's one thing to hear about UNHCR's work, and another to witness it first-hand. It has been eye-opening to meet the refugees who have fled unimaginable violence and suffering, and to hear their stories. I met a woman, Rehema, who had just arrived from Burundi -- she was 9 months pregnant and with her two year old daughter Josephine. Her husband had been killed and she fled desperate for help with a baby about to be born. Seeing how quickly the UNHCR team and partners worked to get her settled and give her special assistance was incredibly impressive."

    "I have been able to see some amazing, positive UNHCR supported projects here in Rwanda, like MADE51 an inspiring initiative in which Burundian refugee women create beautiful products like bowls, baskets and bags for international sales."Mbatha-Raw continued. "It's uplifting to see these talented women getting the opportunity to earn their own money, while learning creative and business skills. But MADE 51 also creates a vital healing environment, a feeling of dignity, hope and a sense of working together to create a new community.

    The group of artisan women Mbatha-Raw met are supported by ‘Indego Africa' in Mahama camp as part of UNHCR's MADE51 initiative, which helps to connect refugee-made artisanal products with international markets.

    UNHCR has led a programme of resettlement to the United States for Congolese refugees who have fled to Rwanda. The US also provides significant financial assistance for refugee programs in Rwanda and is the largest individual donor to UNHCR. Since 2002, more than 57,000 Congolese refugees have been resettled in the United States. Commenting on this Mbatha-Raw said "Refugee resettlement is so vital for many of the vulnerable refugees I have met, who have already shown incredible resilience and strength, resettlement has the capacity to be completely life-changing. I met a young woman, Jeanette, about to be resettled in Atlanta and when I asked her what she would do there. She told me ‘I am young, I can do anything!' But even though needs are greater than ever, less than 1% of refugees worldwide are ever resettled."

    UNHCR's Representative to Rwanda, Ahmed Baba Fall, said, ‘The Burundian and Congolese refugee crises remain two of the most chronically underfunded in the world. High profile visits like Gugu's help to shine a light on these forgotten crises by amplifying the voices of those who have been forced to flee to ensure they are not forgotten.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18203-gugu-mbatha-raw-meets-refugees-in-rwanda-with-unhcr

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  • Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Van Morrison and Roger Daltrey will join music superstar Ed Sheeran to headline a once-in-a-generation private concert this week in the L.A. area to benefit UCLA Health and Teen Cancer America (TCA), the national non-profit founded by Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who.

    The invite-only event, the fifth in a series that began a decade ago to raise awareness and funds for both programs, will include Judd Apatow serving as Master of Ceremonies and Howie Mandel serving as auctioneer for a rare collection of music memorabilia and art that will be auctioned off throughout the evening.

    Included in the lot is a guitar donated by The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation that experts are saying may be the most valuable ever built for a charity event. The handcrafted guitar, inspired by the Holly classic song, "Learning The Game," is signed by 75 of the greatest living musicians including Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, Brian May, Paul McCartney, Donovan, Brian Wilson, Keith Richards, Dion, Peter Frampton, Graham Nash, Don Everly and Elvis Costello, just to name a few. Peter Bradley Jr. of The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation has spent the last 18 months traveling the world capturing the signatures and stories about how Holly inspired other artists, in preparation for donating the guitar to Teen Cancer America as part of a newly established partnership between the two organizations. It is expected to fetch north of $250,000 the evening of the event with some experts predicting it could approach the $1M mark.

    Other auction items include a mechanically and electrically refurbished Bally Pinball Wizard Machine built in 1975 to coincide with the release of the movie/rock opera "Tommy." It has been autographed for the event by most of the stars of the film, including Daltrey, Townsend, Elton John, Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson, and Ann-Margret. Additional auction items include a first off the production line, limited edition The Who motorized scooter and high-value art from famed contemporary street-artist RETNA. The auction is being conducted live, and online here, by Heritage Auctions.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18201-ed-sheeran-van-morrison-to-join-roger-daltrey-and-friends-in-epic-charity-concert-and-auction

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  • This week, Kelly Osbourne -- who credits a vegan diet as the secret behind her weight loss transformation ---- announced she'll be hosting Mercy For Animals' annual Hidden Heroes Gala in Los Angeles this September.

    The event will take place on September 15 at Vibiana in Los Angeles.

    The event honors investigators who go undercover inside the nation's largest factory farms and slaughterhouses to expose animal abuse.

    Mercy For Animals has conducted more than 60 undercover investigations, which have shed a bright light on the dark world of factory farming, resulting in:

    • Some of the world's largest food companies, including Nestle and Perdue, to ban the cruelest farming practices from their supply chain
    • Dozens of unprecedented animal cruelty convictions of farm managers, owners, and workers
    • Widespread coverage in mainstream media, including The New York Times, ABC's Nightly News, and The Washington Post

    The gala event host committee includes Alec Baldwin, Colin Kaepernick, Kristen Bell, Thandie Newton, among other compassionate celebrities, musicians, and athletes.

    Find out more here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18202-kelly-osbourne-to-host-mercy-for-animals-hidden-heroes-gala

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  • Actress, singer and activist Lucy Hale is joining the nationwide movement to end pediatric cancer as the St. Jude Children0s Research Hospital ambassador for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September.

    Hale, a Memphis native and longtime supporter of St. Jude, recently came back to visit the hospital and was greeted by a surprise guest, Bailey, a patient she first met during her 2014 visit as a celebrity supporter. Connections such as that motivated Hale to lend her voice and social influence to St. Jude for the month of September.

    "St. Jude has always had a special place in my heart," Hale said. "Everything about this hospital — the research advancements that are freely shared around the world, the incomparable treatment and care, the emphasis it places on the entire family — gives hope to those going through the toughest time of their lives. It is an incredible honor to be a part of such a mission."

    St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Since it opened its doors more than 50 years ago, treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent, and it won't stop until no child dies from cancer.

    "Our sincerest thanks to Lucy Hale for playing this pivotal role for us during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month," said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "The lifesaving mission of St. Jude has been a key part of Lucy's life since she was a child growing up in Memphis, and we are so pleased to have her serve as our ambassador and equally thankful for everyone who is joining her to support us in September and throughout the year."

    Hale also will be lacing up her running shoes to take part in the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, along with tens of thousands of other participants in 65 communities around the nation. Joining Hale to further amplify the movement will be a team of St. Jude digital influencers from several U.S. cities who will rally their followers to raise awareness and support at the local level.

    Thanks to that support from 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.

    Learn more by visiting stjude.org/together.

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  • Academy Award and Emmy Award-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson has launched The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation (BLHF) in honor of her late father in order to help eradicate the stigma around mental health issues in the African-American community and provide support for and bring awareness to mental health issues that plague this community.

    "I named the organization after my father because of his complete and unconditional love for me; his unabashed, unashamed ability to tell the truth, even if it hurt; and his strength to push through his own battles with mental health issues," said Taraji P. Henson. "My dad fought in The Vietnam War for our country, returned broken, and received little to no physical and emotional support. I stand now in his absence, committed to offering support to African Americans who face trauma daily, simply because they are black."

    To celebrate the foundation's launch, the star will host a special fundraising event in Beverly Hills on Saturday, September 22. Taraji's Boutique of Hope will introduce BLHF to the world and will raise funds to support one of the foundation's pillar goals of advocating for and providing resources to increase mental health support in urban schools. With partnering school districts, BLHF will help to provide more culturally competent mental health therapists, social workers, and counselors to African-American children in need.

    "BLHF is breaking the silence by speaking out and encouraging others to share their challenges with mental illness and get the help they need," said BLHF Executive Director Tracie Jenkins. "African-Americans have regarded such communication as a sign of weakness and our vision is to change that perception."

    BLHF will partner with other nonprofit organizations who offer programs that educate, celebrate, and make visible the positive impact of mental health wellness. Through these partnerships, the foundation will ensure cultural competency in caring for African Americans who struggle with mental illness by providing scholarships to African-American students who seek a career in the mental health field; offer mental health services and programs to young people in urban schools; and combat recidivism within the prison system.

    For more information about BLHF, please visit www.borislhensonfoundation.org.

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  • Grammy and Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx will headline the Autism Speaks "Into the Blue" gala on October 4th at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

    The star-studded evening will feature celebrity ‘blue' carpet arrivals, a cocktail reception with music by DJ Irie, an exclusive celebrity fashion experience, and a four-course dinner. "Into the Blue" raises funds to support the mission of Autism Speaks, the research and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of children, adults and families affected by autism.

    This year's honoree is Jeff Apploff, Founder of Apploff Entertainment and Executive Producer and Creator of hit game shows such as "Don't Forget the Lyrics!" and "Beat Shazam," the mega-hit hosted by Foxx and deejayed by his daughter, Corinne Foxx. Apploff is a longtime supporter of Autism Speaks.

    "We appreciate Jeff's dedication and tireless efforts to raise funds that help us meet the diverse needs of the autism community in California and throughout the country," said Autism Speaks President and CEO Angela Geiger. "And we're so grateful to Jamie Foxx, whose performance is sure to make the evening even more memorable."

    Past gala honorees have included the Stephen Stills Family, FX's COO Chuck Saftler, ABC's "The Good Doctor," Hollywood talent manager and producer Steven Grossman, and City National Bank's SVP Harry Topping, Jr. among others. Previous celebrity and VIP performers have included Dave Grohl, Freddie Highmore, Sarah McLachlan, Pink, Conan O0Brien, Diane Kruger, Molly Sims, Raphael Saadiq, J.K. Simmons, Rick Springfield, Nikki Reed, Maria Menounos and Cirque de Soleil, among others.

    "Into the Blue" tickets, sponsorship opportunities and additional information are available here.

    The CDC estimates that 1 in 59 children is on the autism spectrum. Since 2012, Autism Speaks has provided more than 18 million people with programs and resources such as the Autism Treatment Network, which includes Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at UC Irvine. Autism Speaks also provides free tool kits to help manage a wide range of challenges, at every stage of life.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18205-jamie-foxx-to-headline-autism-speaks-gala

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  • Dolly Parton has been honoured with an award for her "transformational and selfless work to improve lives across" Tennessee.

    Leadership Tennessee has awarded the country music legend the inaugural Dolly Parton Excellence in Leadership Award for her charity work across the state, including her tireless work with her own Imagination Library, which gifts books to young children.

    "My dream was to make as many people happy as I could in this life, and I am grateful to Leadership Tennessee and First Lady Crissy Haslam for recognizing our work done to improve the lives of all Tennesseans," Parton said. "Even more humbling is for decades to come the future leaders of Tennessee will receive an award with the Parton family name attached to it, and for that I am truly honored and thankful."

    "Tennessee has many talented sons and daughters, but there are few who are as beloved as Dolly Parton," added First Lady Crissy Haslam. "And while she may be most known for her music, she has undoubtedly proved to be an exemplar of leadership through her generosity, humility, inclusiveness, expertise, and passion. As a state, we are indebted to all that Dolly has done for Tennessee and its people; there is no one better suited for the very first Excellence in Leadership Award."

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  • PEN America announced today that globally lauded artist Ai Weiwei will receive the Artistic Expression Award at the organization's 2018 LitFest Gala in Los Angeles.

    Ai is renowned for making bold aesthetic statements that expose fault lines, unmask hypocrisies, and unleash empathy on a global scale. This honor comes in the wake of the razing last weekend of Ai Weiwei's Beijing studio, including the destruction of several artworks, purportedly to make way for gentrification. In the fall of 2018, Ai Weiwei will open three major exhibitions in Los Angeles. The 2018 LitFest Gala, which will take place on November 2, 2018, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, will also recognize media and entertainment litigator and PEN America Trustee Marvin Putnam with the 2018 Distinguished Leadership Award for exceptional work in support of PEN America and its mission to defend free expression and celebrate literary excellence.

    Now in its 28th year, PEN America's LitFest Gala is a celebration of free expression and the literary arts. Each year, the event brings together impassioned tributes, conversation, and levity before an esteemed audience of authors, screenwriters, producers, showrunners, executives, philanthropists, actors, and devotees of the written word who share a commitment to the robust defense of creative freedom in Los Angeles and around the world. Proceeds from PEN America's LitFest Gala support initiatives including: advocacy for writers, journalists, and artists threatened or imprisoned worldwide; landmark research that addresses critical free speech issues; and the advancement of literary excellence and cross-cultural exchanges through hallmark initiatives, including the World Voices Festival of International Literature, PEN America's Literary Awards, and fellowship and grants programs. Recently honored luminaries and participants include Roxane Gay, Isabel Allende, Jose Antonio Vargas, Margaret Atwood, Janet Mock, Norman Lear, Guillermo del Toro, Amber Tamblyn, Aisha Tyler, Amy Poehler, and Cecile Richards.

    "Ai Weiwei's inventive, iconic, and utterly original lens on contemporary life both within and outside China have bridged the worlds of art and activism, awakening millions to the plight of refugees, government corruption, and human suffering. His dramatic, insistent, and impossible-to-forget films, artworks, and installations have jolted the art world, inspired millions, and stoked fear in the minds of governments alert to the power of creativity to spark social change," said PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel. "Ai Weiwei has, for decades, endured the personal price of harassment, intimidation, and constraints on his freedom in his determination to speak out and be a voice for those who cannot. Coming without warning, the demolition of his studio last weekend was a vivid reminder of the arbitrary and unpredictable exercise of power that Ai's work has consistently exposed and contested. PEN America has been proud to stand with Ai Weiwei in his courageous posture of artistic defiance, and is honored to present him with our Artistic Expression Award this year."

    Michelle Franke, Executive Director of PEN America's Los Angeles office, said, "As a fierce advocate for human rights and an avid reader -- --one with a guiding belief in the power of words to inspire, educate, and heal -- --Marvin Putnam found in PEN America a way to channel his manifest passion for free speech and the rights of creative communities into action, which he's been doing for over a decade with a steadfast dedication worthy of celebration. It will be an honor to recognize Marvin with the 2018 Distinguished Leadership Award for his many contributions to our organization, especially following the recent unification of PEN America's New York and Los Angeles offices. The unification was an opportunity to connect writers and activists coast to coast that he welcomed with his unique ability to bridge differences and forge common purpose."

    From architecture to installations, social media to documentaries, Ai Weiwei uses a wide range of mediums as expressions of new ways for his audiences to examine society and its values. Recent exhibitions include: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors with the Public Art Fund in New York City; Ai Weiwei on Porcelain at the Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul; Maybe, Maybe Not at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem; and Ai Weiwei. Libero at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. Ai was born in Beijing in 1957 and currently resides and works in Berlin. Ai is the current Einstein Visiting Professor at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) and the 2012 Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent from the Human Rights Foundation. Ai's first feature-length documentary, Human Flow, premiered at the 74th Venice Film Festival in competition.

    Marvin Putnam, a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP, is a trial lawyer who offers clients an exceptional combination of litigation experience and keen insight into the entertainment industry. He has successfully represented clients ranging from individual authors and producers to leading entertainment companies and investment banks. His accomplishments at trial and appellate courts, both state and federal as well as internationally, have earned Mr. Putnam a reputation as a market-leading entertainment litigator. Mr. Putnam has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in Media & Entertainment Litigation; Variety "Legal Impact Report;" The Hollywood Reporter "Power Lawyers;" and The Daily Journal "Top 100 California Lawyers" and "Top Entertainment Lawyers." In 2014, he was named one of National Law Journal's "Winning Trial Lawyers" and Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Century City Bar Association.

    PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. Its mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.

    For more information on the PEN America's 2018 LitFest Gala, please click here.

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  • On September 8, 2018 singer/songwriter Moby and actress Charlotte Ross from the hit series Arrow will be among the animal advocates attending the Animal Legal Defense Fund's Justice for Animals Gala in Los Angeles.

    The event will feature a silent auction, a delicious plant based dinner, drinks, music and activities as guests learn about the Animal Legal Defense Fund's recent legal victories, latest lawsuits, and legislative initiatives to end the suffering of animals. Few tickets are still available at www.aldf.org/gala.

    All proceeds from this event will be used to benefit the Animal Legal Defense Fund's mission to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system.

    The Animal Legal Defense Fund is celebrating its 39th year as an organization. Moby will be attending and Charlotte Ross will be master of ceremony for the evening.

    WHAT: Animal Legal Defense Fund's Justice for Animals Gala
    WHEN: Saturday, September 8, 2018
    WHERE: Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel (11461 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049).

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18207-moby-and-charlotte-ross-confirmed-to-attend-justice-for-animals-gala

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  • Bright lights and cameras will be out in force at the 13th Annual Denim, Diamonds & Stars, a red-carpet evening to raise funds for ACT Today!, the nation's leading autism nonprofit organization providing help and support to children with autism and their families.

    3th Annual Denim, Diamonds and Stars
    3th Annual Denim, Diamonds and Stars

    Presenters include actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Cole.

    The event is Sunday, October 7 at the Four Seasons Westlake Village (2 Dole Dr.). Festivities include red-carpet arrivals, cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, live entertainment, gourmet dinner catered by Four Seasons award-winning chefs, celebrity presenters and special tributes to 2018 honorees. Honorees are Richard Schiff, Emmy-winning actor/producer/director and currently in "The Good Doctor," Joanne Lara, executive director of Autism Works Now! and Rose van Wier Hein, founder/CEO of Golden Heart Ranch. Emceeing the event is Nick Belardo.

    Since it began in 2005, ACT Today! Has helped more than 1,400 families and distributed more than $1.65 million in grants. Presenting sponsor is Center for Autism & Related Disorders (CARD). For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.denimanddiamondsforautism.net.

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  • Autism Speaks is hosting their 6th Annual Chip In Celebrity Poker Tournament on Saturday, August 18th at Hudson Loft in Downtown Los Angeles.

    This lively evening of poker and philanthropy will be hosted by Jeff Michael, Co-Anchor of CB2 News This Morning, and will bring together a diverse group of celebrities including: RJ Mitte ("Breaking Bad"), Ed Begley Jr. ("Whatever Works"), Fred Melamed ("Lady Dynamite", "Casual"), Patrika Darbo ("Days of Our Lives"), Sean Kanan ("Bold and the Beautiful"), Brandon Black ("Dear White People", "13 Reasons Why"), M.J. Dougherty ("Life Lessons from a Total Failure"), Elizabeth J. Carlisle ("House", "How I Met Your Mother"), Erin Murphy ("Bewitched"), Massi Furlan ("The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story"), Monty Geer ("Awkward"), Ty Olsson ("X-Men 2"), Niko Pepaj (Daytime Divas), Michael Patrick Lane ("Dynasty"), Lea Coco ("Queen Sugar"), William Marquart (Subject 5"), Michael Dargatis ("Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice"), Katy Bodenhamer ("The Office") and more celebrity guests to be announced all supporting Autism Speaks in its mission to promote solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for children, adults and families affected by autism spectrum disorder. Proceeds from this tournament will go toward Autism Speaks' efforts to advance research, increase early childhood screening and interventions, and improve the transition to adulthood.

    The evening will begin with craft cocktails, gourmet food from downtown eateries, and networking with celebrities and high profile guests. Guests will be able to participate in a competitive Texas Hold'em Poker tournament as well as an exciting silent and live auction.

    "By bringing together a variety of celebrity supporters and event attendees, this unique tournament creates a hip atmosphere for poker play and Hollywood-style mingling, while raising much needed funds and enhancing autism awareness for the 1 in 59 affected in our community" – says Kristen Mays this year's Event Chair.

    Sponsors for this year include Environmental Contracting Corp., Newmark Knight Frank, Haworth, O'Bryant Electric, M3 Office Inc., Howard Building Corporation, Sharpe Interior Systems, Pivot Interiors, Turelk, TekWorks, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Perricone Farms, Tito's Handmade Vodka. This year's media sponsors are Los Angeles Magazine and Average Socialite.

    Tickets to the event begin at $100 to attend and spectate and $250 to participate in the Tournament, sponsorship opportunities are available. To learn more, visit: www.autismspeaks.org/celebritypoker.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18210-stars-join-6th-annual-autism-speaks-chip-in-celebrity-poker-tournament

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  • Model Ireland Basinger-Baldwin will speak out against Canada Goose during its online annual meeting on Friday by calling on the company to stop selling jackets made with coyote fur and down feathers.

    Submitting the question on behalf of PETA, Basinger-Baldwin — who recently starred in an anti-fur campaign for the group — writes, "Canada Goose uses fur from coyotes who are often immobilized in steel traps that can cut deep into their flesh, crush their limbs, and cause animals to languish for days before being crudely killed when the trapper finally returns…. Down production is also inherently cruel…. So my question is, when will Canada Goose stop using fur and down?"

    PETA has released a video exposé revealing that workers at a Canada Goose down supplier rounded up terrified geese who piled on top of one another in an attempt to escape, causing suffocation and death. Coyotes used for Canada Goose's fur trim can suffer in traps for days before they're shot or bludgeoned to death. Trapped coyote mothers desperate to get back to their starving pups have even attempted to chew off their own limbs to escape.

    PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to wear," notes that a wide variety of brands — including HoodLamb, Save the Duck, Vaute, and Wully Outerwear — sell warm, stylish, cruelty-free coats.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18211-ireland-basinger-baldwin-to-question-canada-goose-at-annual-meeting

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  • Aretha Franklin, who passed away at age 76, has left more than just a legacy of music.

    "We mourn the loss of a legend and urge the public to take action against pancreatic cancer," said Julie Fleshman, JD, MBA, president and CEO of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN). "We are working diligently to change outcomes for patients, but we need more people to get involved and help fund critical research."

    The nation's leading civil rights organization also mourns the passing of superstar Aretha Franklin, one of the nation's most powerful and accomplished artists.

    "We remember Aretha for the joy and love she brought into our lives and society via her powerful voice," said NAACP Chairman Leon W. Russell. "No one can discuss the civil rights movement nor music without paying respect to the Queen of Soul. We'll miss her dearly."

    Aretha Franklin not only revolutionized the sound of music during her career, she contributed to the changing of our society from a segregated one to one where all people, men and women were equal. Her chart-topping hit Respect became the De facto anthem for a nation struggling to break free from the chains of racism, segregation and a staunch patriarchy. Not only did she lend her voice to the struggle, but at times and in substantial ways, donated money to the Civil Rights Movement, supporting the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the NAACP and others.

    "What would our struggle or American society be without the music of Aretha?" asked NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson. "Her unmitigated ‘Blackness' and contributions to art and national progress places her on the Mt. Everest of American icons who changed this society for the better."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18215-aretha-franklins-charity-legacy

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  • For the first time during New York Fashion Week, Laureus Foundation USA, a nonprofit that uses the power of sport to better children's lives, is bringing together fashion and sport to shine a light on Sport for Good.

    On Wednesday, September 12th some of the nation's top athletes will walk the runway to raise awareness and crucial funds for disadvantaged youth across the US during a fundraising event held at Mercedes-Benz Manhattan in New York City. Super Bowl Champion, Pro Football Hall of Famer, co-host of GMA/GMA DAY, NFL on Fox analyst, and fashion designer, Michael Strahan and supermodel, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Karolina Kurkova will kick off the fashion show festivities.

    Participating athletes include: Houston Rockets point guard, Chris Paul, Super Bowl MVP, Marcus Allen, skateboarding legend, Tony Hawk, New York Knicks forward, Lance Thomas, one of the most decorated beach volleyball players ever, Kerri Walsh Jennings, five-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming, Missy Franklin, ten-time NFL All-Pro, Ray Lewis, most decorated track and field athlete in history, Allyson Felix, nine-time Olympic gold medalist in track and field, Carl Lewis, two-time Olympic gold medalist in track and field, Edwin Moses, five-time Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics, Nadia Comaneci, Olympic Medalist and Activist, Ibtihaj Muhammad, two-time NBA Champion David Robinson, Olympic foil fencer, Miles Chamley-Watson, two-time Olympic Medalists and National Champions in Figure Skating, Maia and Alex Shibutani, and yogis, The Chin Twins, Cristen and Kimberly Chin.

    Event sponsors include Mercedes-Benz USA, IWC Schaffhausen, UBS, Cartier, Montblanc, and Collection by Michael Strahan. The fashion show will be styled by Courtney Mays, Khalilah Beavers, and Calyann Barnett from WWB Lifestyle Agency. Additionally, an exclusive photo collection of participating athletes will be curated by world-renowned photographer, Nigel Barker, and auctioned off at the event to raise additional funds in support of Sport for Good. Proceeds from the Sport for Good Fashion Show will support Laureus' mission to improve the lives of youth and unite communities through the power of sport. The day before the Fashion Show, participating athletes will have the opportunity to join Laureus' Day of Action, and experience this impactful work firsthand. Athletes will visit Laureus-supported programs who use sport to empower underserved youth across New York City.

    For ticket or sponsorship information, please contact Rachelle Boyer at Rachelle.Boyer@Laureus.com. Tickets are also available online here

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18213-star-athletes-trade-their-jerseys-for-high-fashion

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  • The ninth annual Kiehl's LifeRide for amfAR kicked off in Los Angeles on August 6, 2018, beginning a week-long initiative that raised funds for HIV/AIDS research.

    The five-day motorcycle charity ride made eight stops at Kiehl's stores across Southern California, ending in San Diego on Friday, August 10. At each stop, the public was encouraged to meet the riders, learn more about amfAR, and contribute to the Foundation. Kiehl's donated a total of $150,000 over the course of the ride.

    Kiehl's LifeRide for amfAR has covered a total of more than 12,000 miles and raised more than $1.9 million since 2010, funding 10 cure-related research projects.

    Chris Salgardo, Kiehl's Brand Ambassador, and Kevin Robert Frost, CEO, amfAR, rode from Los Angeles to San Diego with Gilles Marini, actor, Days of our Lives, tattoo artist Luke Wessman, top men's style influencer Blake Scott, and music photographer Travis Shinn.

    The proceeds from the 2018 Kiehl's LifeRide for amfAR will fund a specific grant to aid the research of Dr. Gabriel Ozorowski, a scientist at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA.

    Dr. Ozorowski received a grant under the Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research, an annual research initiative created to support bright young scientists seeking innovative solutions to HIV/AIDS. Dr. Ozorowski plans to use an innovative technique called cryo-EM in the search for new antiretroviral drugs in a class called fusion inhibitors. Only one fusion inhibitor -- initially characterized by amfAR-funded researcher Dr. Carl Wild -- has ever been approved for use. Cryo-EM is a technique that freezes molecules in action and can reveal exquisite detail about their structure. The technique earned its inventors the 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18212-ninth-annual-kiehls-liferide-a-huge-success

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  • AutoNation, Inc., America's largest automotive retailer, today announced the kick-off of its coast to coast Give Love Drive Pink tour. The tour celebrates a new partnership with multi-platinum pop singer, songwriter, and record producer, Andy Grammer, as well as spreads awareness about the company's commitment to Drive Pink.

    Andy Grammer is a known philanthropist and this cause is close to his heart. Early detection and raising awareness became important to the pop artist, after losing his mother Kathy to breast cancer. This partnership includes AutoNation's sponsorship of The Good Parts Tour Driven by AutoNation in select markets. Five dollars from every ticket sold at an AutoNation sponsored concert will be donated directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Andy first showed support for AutoNation Drive Pink when he performed at the 2017 AutoNation Cure Bowl Tailgate Party and Concert at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

    Andy Grammer said, "I am happy to once again join AutoNation and the commitment to Drive Pink. I believe Give Love and Drive Pink are a perfect fit. Both were created to give love, hope, and support."

    A vintage Shasta ‘Airflyte' will make 10 scheduled tour stops across the country to major events in the communities AutoNation serves. The first stop on the Give Love Drive Pink tour was in Austin, TX, at the 14th Annual Bat Fest.

    The converted Shasta, which has been re-imagined into a modern photo booth experience, allows guests the opportunity to take photos and share their personal Drive Pink stories on social media. ‘Give Love Letters' will be available for guests to fill out. The custom-made postcards will be mailed by AutoNation to local hospitals. Guests will be able to decorate commemorative quilt squares to honor loved ones who have been touched by cancer. The quilt squares will be used to create the Drive Pink Across America Community Quilt which will be unveiled at the 2018 AutoNation Cure Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

    "We are excited about our Give Love Drive Pink Tour across America. We hope to engage local communities in our mission and continued commitment to drive out cancer. AutoNation's Drive Pink initiative has raised more than $14 million dollars for cancer-related charities from coast to coast," said Marc Cannon, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of AutoNation.

    Cannon went on to say, "I cannot think of a better way to celebrate our partnership with Andy Grammer than to promote cancer awareness and Andy's upcoming tour."

    AutoNation's commitment to community well-being and its fight against cancer has garnered recognition from around the country, including being named one of America's top 100 Corporate Citizens by Forbes Magazine and Just Capital.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18216-autonation-announces-give-love-drive-pink-tour-to-celebrate-partnership-with-andy-grammer

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  • The Elders are shocked and deeply saddened at the passing of their dear friend and colleague Kofi Annan, who was the globally admired and respected Chair of The Elders.

    A founding member of The Elders, Kofi Annan succeeded Archbishop Desmond Tutu as Chair in May 2013. He played a vital role in leading The Elders' work, and was a voice of great authority and wisdom in public and private, most recently on visits to South Africa and Zimbabwe in July 2018.

    As the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1997 to 2006, he was a constant advocate for human rights, development and the rule of law. The first Secretary-General to reach the post from within an organisation he served for over 40 years, Kofi Annan had a life-long commitment to the cause of peace and was known for his staunch opposition to military aggression, notably the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

    The great respect for him and his essential work was illustrated when he, together with the United Nations as a whole, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.

    Gro Harlem Brundtland, Deputy Chair of The Elders, said:

    "We are devastated at the loss of our dear friend and fellow Elder. Kofi was a strong and inspiring presence to us all, and The Elders would not be where it is today without his leadership. Throughout his life, Kofi worked unceasingly to improve the lives of millions of people around the world. While we mourn his passing today, we resolve as Elders to continue to uphold his values and legacy into the future".

    In retirement, Kofi Annan continued where he had left off at the United Nations, founding and leading the work of the Kofi Annan Foundation, based in Geneva, and maintaining a hectic international schedule. His quiet advice on how best to defuse impending crises was in constant demand from all corners of the globe, in particular from Africa.

    All of the Elders and their Advisory Council and staff team members send their heartfelt condolences to Kofi's family: his wife Nane, his children and grandchildren. They have lost a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

    The world has lost an inspiring figure -- but one whose achievements will never be forgotten, and whose commitment to peace and justice will endure to inspire future generations.

    Leaders, charities and stars around the world have also expressed their sadness at the passing of Kofi Annan.

    "I was saddened and heartbroken to learn of the passing of Kofi Annan. Father. Husband. Humanitarian. Elder. He was a lifelong servant of peace," said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. "He was particularly concerned about the future – the world our children and their children will inherit. And he led the United Nations during a time when millions emerged out of poverty and he helped shape the future of global development work.

    "Most of all, Kofi Annan believed in the project of the United Nations. When once asked why he had failed to advance reforms, he reportedly quipped, ‘the Lord had the wonderful advantage of being able to work alone.' Yet, through his six decades of international public service, Annan was committed to making sure he was not alone -- enlisting us all in the work of building a better world.

    "And in the end, Annan's life reflected his understanding of it -- that the fate of each of us determines the fate of all of us. On behalf of everyone at UNICEF, I extend my deepest condolences to his family, his beloved nation of Ghana, and the UN community."

    "I'm deeply saddened by the passing of Kofi Annan, a true global statesman and man of integrity," added UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie. "Like many others, I will remember him for his kindness, his grace, and his calm strength of purpose. My thoughts are with his wife and family."

    "Like so many, I was proud to call Kofi Annan a good friend and mentor. I was deeply honoured by his trust in selecting me to serve as UN High Commissioner for Refugees under his leadership. He remained someone I could always turn to for counsel and wisdom — and I know I was not alone," UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement. "He provided people everywhere with a space for dialogue, a place for problem-solving and a path to a better world. In these turbulent and trying times, he never stopped working to give life to the values of the United Nations Charter. His legacy will remain a true inspiration for all us."

    The UN Foundation Board today released the following statement in response to news of the death of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, a UN Foundation Board Member since 2007.

    "We are devastated by the loss of Kofi Annan -- our fellow Board member, former Secretary-General, and friend. Kofi was a towering figure whose deep humanity, compassion, and courage inspired everyone whose life he touched. We are privileged to have worked with such an honorable man and visionary leader. His achievements will not be forgotten, nor will his impact on history.

    "Kofi led the United Nations into the modern era and shaped the best of what it stands for today. He insisted on holding the UN to the highest standards and was relentless when it fell short. We pay tribute to his tireless efforts to fight for peace, justice and human dignity. He believed that anyone could take a stand, make a difference, and help create a better world for all -- especially women and young people -- and he always took time and effort to listen to those who too often went unheard. In his own story, he showed us all how a life well-lived could be a powerful force for good. There was not a part of the world he left untouched.

    "His loss on the eve of World Humanitarian Day, when we remember the service and sacrifice of humanitarians and peacemakers around the world, reminds us only further of his life and leadership. We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Nane, children and grandchildren and all those who knew and served alongside him. He will be forever remembered."

    Ted Turner, UN Foundation Founder and Chairman, said: "Kofi Annan was a friend and a champion for peace. He opened the doors of the UN to me and millions of others who have been inspired by the UN's values. He challenged us to help make a difference for the world, and he led with a formidable combination of compassion, fierceness and hope. We will miss him greatly."

    During his tenure as Secretary-General, Kofi Annan led one of the most comprehensive efforts to revitalize the United Nations and make the international system more effective. He strengthened UN peacekeeping, adopted the UN's first-ever counter-terrorism strategy, and led Member States to adopt the "responsibility to protect" framework that addressed genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity. In addition, he helped establish the Global Fund to fight Tuberculosis, AIDS and Malaria, and launched the Global Compact initiative that continues to encourage corporate social responsibility.

    In 2001, the UN and Kofi Annan were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Committee commended Annan for "bringing new life to the organization," balancing the UN's traditional role in peace and security with greater emphasis on human rights across the world.

    Bill Clinton had this to say: "Kofi Annan was a truly great UN Secretary-General. It was an honor to work with him in his efforts to reform the UN, strengthen global health and peacekeeping, and reduce poverty. He made the fight against AIDS and the responsibility to protect civilians in conflict zones true priorities for the UN.

    "After he left office, he continued his leadership on poverty, environmental, and peace issues through his foundation. In every phase of his life, he held fast to his Ghanaian roots and set a powerful example of determined leadership while always treating others with respect and dignity.

    "I will always be grateful to have worked with him as President and later as UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery. Hillary and I treasured our friendship with him and Nane, and our thoughts and prayers are with her and their family."

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  • Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a division of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), is proud to announce that the Hollywood community is rallying together yet again to support the sixth biennial televised fundraising special on Friday, Sept. 7 (8:00 -- 9:00 PM ET/PT / 7:00 -- 8:00 PM CT).

    Mahershala Ali, Kathy Bates, Katie Couric, Jennifer Garner, Tony Hale, Marg Helgenberger, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Marlee Matlin, Matthew McConaughey, Maria Menounos, Jillian Michaels, Trevor Noah, Dak Prescott, Italia Ricci, Rob Riggle, Karla Souza, David Spade, Keith Urban, and Reese Witherspoon will participate in this memorable event — marking 10 years since the first telecast and 10 years of SU2C's lifesaving research achievements. Additional stars and performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

    Bradley Cooper, Academy Award-nominated actor, will return as co-executive producer along with the renowned live-event producing team Done + Dusted, working again with the Stand Up To Cancer production team, after a successful partnership for the 2016 telecast.

    "As someone whose family has been significantly touched by cancer, I am proud to again have the privilege of co-executive producing this year's Stand Up To Cancer telecast," said SU2C Co-Executive Producer Bradley Cooper. "This show reminds everyone that you are never alone… that there is a community of support out there when you need it most. That's the power of SU2C. Most importantly, the telecast showcases the significant progress being made in the fight against cancer, instilling hope in those facing the disease. This one-hour broadcast unites us all to raise funds for more effective treatments to save lives now."

    The telecast will broadcast live from The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA. As in years past, ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, along with AT&T AUDIENCE Network, Bloomberg TV, Bravo, Discovery Life, E!, EPIX, Escape, ESPNEWS, FM, Freeform, FS2, FXM, FYI, Galavision, HBO, HBO Latino, ION Television, Jewish Life TV, Laff, Logo, MTV2, Nat Geo WILD, PeopleTV, REELZ, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, STARZ, STARZ ENCORE, STARZ ENCORE ESPAÑOL, TNT, Univision Puerto Rico, and WGN America are donating one hour of simultaneous commercial-free primetime for the telecast, with additional networks to be announced. Following the live broadcast, the telecast will be available to stream via ComedyCentral.com and the Comedy Central app, as well as its VOD partners. Aspire TV will air the Stand Up To Cancer telecast on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 8:00 AM- 9:00 AM ET/PT / 10:00 AM CT. The entire telecast will also be available to stream live and on-demand on Hulu.

    For the third time, Stand Up To Cancer Canada will simultaneously broadcast a Canada-inclusive telecast across four major English-language Canadian broadcasters: CBC, Citytv, CTV, and Global, as well as Canadian services AMI, A.Side, BBC Earth, CHCH, CHEK, Cottage Life, Fight Network, Game TV, HIFI, Hollywood Suite, Love Nature, Makeful, NTV, OUTtv, Smithsonian Channel Canada, T+E, and YES TV. In addition, the show will stream live on the CBC TV App, cbc.ca/watch, CBS All Access, CTV GO and CTV.ca, Global GO and GlobalTV.com, and will be available on-demand on TELUS Optik TV in Canada.

    "This year's Stand Up To Cancer telecast will be full of inspiring stories and hope, uniting us all in a common cause," said Katy Mullan, executive producer at Done + Dusted. "We will feature the patients, survivors, doctors, nurses and researchers on the front line fighting cancer every single day, as well as highlighting the groundbreaking science that SU2C funds, changing the landscape of cancer research and saving lives. It will be a celebration of the progress that is being made and affirm that when we all come together, we can achieve great things," Mullan said.

    The first five SU2C telecasts took place on September 5, 2008, September 10, 2010, September 7, 2012, September 5, 2014, and September 9, 2016 and were made available to more than 190 countries. The Canada-inclusive SU2C telecasts aired in 2014 and 2016.

    The 2018 telecast is especially significant for SU2C, as it commemorates ten years of raising awareness and funds for innovative cancer research that is helping save lives now. Stars who have taken part in the previous five telecasts include Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, Matt Bomer, Jordana Brewster, Marcia Cross, Sheryl Crow, Matt Damon, Viola Davis, Michael Douglas, Robert Downey Jr., Jesse Tyler Ferguson, America Ferrara, Dave Franco, Tony Goldwyn, Tony Hale, Jon Hamm, Tom Hanks, Marg Helgenberger, Ed Helms, Felicity Huffman, Samuel L. Jackson, Ken Jeong, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Kendrick, Jaime King, Eva Longoria, Lori Loughlin, Rob Lowe, Kyle MacLachlan, Sonequa Martin-Green, Jillian Michaels, Gwyneth Paltrow, Italia Ricci, Rob Riggle, Seth Rogen, Julia Roberts, Jimmy Smits, Brenda Song, Ben Stiller, Emma Stone, Eric Stonestreet, Alison Sweeney, Taylor Swift, Maura Tierney, Justin Timberlake, Bree Turner, Sofia Vergara, Denzel Washington, Kerry Washington, Kristen Wiig, Charlie Wilson, Rita Wilson, and Reese Witherspoon. The 2016 telecast featured musical performances from Celine Dion, Charlie Puth, Alessia Cara and Gallant, as well as Dierks Bentley, who was joined by Keith Urban and Little Big Town.

    To date, more than $480 million has been pledged in support of SU2C's innovative cancer research. The organization has brought together more than 1,500 of the best scientists from over 180 leading institutions with an emphasis on collaborative, multidisciplinary teams that deliver new therapies and treatments to cancer patients. Scientists work together on Stand Up To Cancer's 24 signature "Dream Teams," among a total of 79 team science grants and awards, whose research is aimed at ending cancer's reign as a leading cause of death worldwide. SU2C-funded researchers have planned, launched or completed more than 180 clinical trials involving over 12,000 patients.

    The results have been exceptional. In just under 10 years, SU2C research has contributed to FDA approval of five new cancer therapies, including treatments for breast, ovarian, and pancreatic cancers and difficult-to-treat leukemias. Additional trial results have been submitted or are nearing completion for breast, colon, ovarian, and prostate cancers and for metastatic melanoma. Stand Up To Cancer has provided substantial funding for the study of immunotherapy in the fight against cancer, and has advanced development of technologies using blood tests to identify cancers early, imaging to understand tumor progression, and precision medicine via new laboratory tools.

    SU2C's wide-ranging scientific portfolio is overseen by a blue-ribbon scientific advisory committee chaired by Nobel Prize winner Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Most grants are administered by SU2C's Scientific Partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the world's first and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research.

    Other members of the SU2C Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) include Vice Chairs Raymond N. DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., dean, College of Medicine, and professor, Departments of Biochemistry and Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston; Lee J. Helman, M.D., professor, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, and director, Cancer Research Program, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles; Arnold J. Levine, Ph.D., professor emeritus of systems biology at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey; and William G. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center in Baltimore. The SU2C Canada Scientific Advisory Committee is co-chaired by Alan Bernstein O.C., O.Ont., Ph.D., FRSC president and chief executive officer of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) and Dr. Sharp. Projects are administered by AACR International-Canada and Stand Up To Cancer Canada.

    As SU2C's founding donor, Major League Baseball has continued to annually provide both financial support and countless opportunities to build the Stand Up To Cancer movement by encouraging fans worldwide to get involved, most notably through its two largest global events -- the MLB All-Star Game and the World Series. In addition to MLB, SU2C's "Luminary" donors include Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, and Mastercard. "Visionary" donors include CVS Health, Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, and the Sidney Kimmel Foundation.

    Additional major donors and collaborators include American Airlines, American Cancer Society, Merck, Rally Health, Inc., St. Baldrick's Foundation, and Van Andel Research Institute. Other key supporters and collaborators include American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Farrah Fawcett Foundation, Laura Ziskin Family Trust, LUNGevity Foundation, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer, and international collaborator Cancer Research UK.

    The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are actively collaborating with SU2C Canada. CCS is also a collaborator in the inaugural Stand Up To Cancer Canada -- Canadian Cancer Society Breast Cancer Dream Team, along with the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR). Collaborators in the inaugural Stand Up To Cancer Canada Cancer Stem Cell Dream Team include CIHR, Cancer Stem Cell Consortium, Genome Canada and OICR. AstraZeneca Canada and Mastercard are the first corporate supporters of SU2C Canada.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18214-more-celebrities-join-star-studded-lineup-for-su2c-telecast

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