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  • DonorsChoose.org grew out of a Bronx high school where teachers experienced first-hand the scarcity of learning materials in our public schools.

    The charity allows the public to make donations which go directly to funding school projects- from buying pencils for writing clubs to providing microscopes for biology classes.

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  • Women In Entertainment (WIE) announced today Fireside Chats with icons to its fourth annual summit in Los Angeles, on October 11, 2018, at the Skirball Cultural Center.

    Over the course of the day, WIE gathers some of the most creative game-changing minds in television, film, and sports for a series of powerful keynotes, thought-provoking panel discussions, and inspirational fireside chats. Founded by two innovative leaders in the entertainment and marketing worlds, Gretchen McCourt and Renee Rossi (Relativity Ventures), WIE is designed to address a range of pivotal and timely issues that affect women. Topics to include: the rise of women's leadership, addressing our evolving world in the wake of the Me Too movement, how storytelling can impact social change, and empowering the next generation of extraordinary women creatives.

    This year's WIE Summit will be led by a keynote from Geena Davis. Fireside Chats will feature intimate sit-downs with a number of visionary women in Hollywood in front of and behind the camera including: Maggie Gyllenhaal – star of the upcoming Netflix Original movie "The Kindergarten Teacher" debuting on October 12th; Denise Shull -- one of the inspirations behind "Billion's" Wendy Rhoades. This year will feature our first Writer's Chair with Marta Kauffman, groundbreaking writer and executive producer of worldwide television phenomenons "Grace and Frankie," and "Friends." These focused talks join our already announced this year DreamWorks Animation Television which will present the "She-Ra: Evolution of a Warrior Princess" panel at WIE ahead of its highly anticipated Netflix Original Series release on November 16th, 2018.

    "We are thrilled to invite our audience to be a part of the conversation with such dedicated thought leaders in the entertainment world," said Gretchen McCourt, co-founder of Women in Entertainment. "We have volumes to examine in our summit and we are thrilled to offer this time to our speakers and audience."

    WIE 2018 speakers joining Geena Davis, Oscar winning Actor, Producer and Founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; include: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Golden Globe winning and Academy Award & Emmy-nominated Actress & Producer, star of the upcoming Netflix Original movie "The Kindergarten Teacher" debuting on October 12th; Marta Kauffman, Executive Producer of "Grace and Frankie," and "Friends"; Madeline DiNonno, the Chief Executive Officer of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; Melanie Miller Producer at Fishbowl Films and this year's documentary "Inventing Tomorrow"; Kristi Ross of Tasty Trade; Brent Emery of Resonate Entertainment; Dalia Ganz of FreeForm; Denise Shull of The ReThink Group and Showtime's "Billions"; Erika Anderson, Chief Development Officer of The United Way of Greater Los Angeles and former Publisher of Los Angeles Magazine; Raelle Tucker, Executive Producer & Showrunner of "Sacred Lies"; Kristin Campo of Chernin Entertainment; Veronica Gentilli of Entertainment One; Julie McNamara of CBS; Susan Cartsonis of Resonate Entertainment; Tina Exarhos of NowThis; Natascha French of VNTANA; Bernadette McCabe of MoviePass; Claudine Cazian Britz of Instagram; Anna Holmes, Author & Founder of Jezebel; Winnie Kemp of Super Deluxe; Michelle Kantor of Cinefemme and "RuPaul's Drag Race"; Deadra Bastarache of Anomaly Factor; Julie Candalaria of All About the 360, Inc.; Noelle Stevenson, Executive Producer, Jen Bennett and Kiki Monrique, Directors, Liz Kresin, Art Director, and Josie Campbell, Story Editor of DreamWorks She-Ra and the Princesses of Power among others still to be announced.

    This year's summit will once again conclude the day with groundbreaking female led cinema with a screening of Lisa D'Apolito's captivating and moving documentary "Love, Gilda" followed by a panel discussion for the WIE attendees. In limited release now through Magnolia Pictures, this fascinating documentary chronicles the life of beloved comedian, actress and "Saturday Night Live" icon, Gilda Radner, through diaries, audiotapes, videotapes and testimonies from her friends and colleagues offering insight into the life and career.

    This years WIE sponsors include: Dreamworks Animation Television, MoviePass, Starz, CBS, Amazon Studios, Society, Criterion Group, Mid-Century Media, PepsiCo, and Tito's Handmade Vodka.

    This yearly event gathers women and men who are dedicated to celebrating the empowerment of women in all areas of the entertainment industry, here in Los Angeles. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Eventbrite Link here. More information can be found at www.womeninentertainment.com.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18379-women-in-entertainment-adds-unique-fireside-chats-to-4th-annual-summit

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  • The Elders today urged world leaders to meet and increase their political ambition and financial commitments so radical action is taken to keep global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees Celsius, in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

    They voiced alarm that the new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicates this target will be missed unless immediate action is taken to curb global emissions and end all reliance on fossil fuels.

    Gro Harlem Brundtland, Acting Chair of The Elders and former Prime Minister of Norway, said:

    "This report is not a wake-up call, it is a ticking time bomb. Climate activists have been calling for decades for leaders to show responsibility and take urgent action, but we have barely scratched the surface of what needs to be done. Further failure would be an unconscionable betrayal of the planet and future generations."

    The Elders stressed that fossil fuel subsidies for both production and consumption should be eliminated, and a price set on carbon. Resources should be channelled so vulnerable communities can invest in green technologies and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

    Recalling the words of their late Chair Kofi Annan that "climate change is the great existential threat of our time", the Elders said all actors must take action and responsibility and adopt policies, behaviour and public discourse to emphasise the urgency of radical change.

    Mary Robinson, former UN Special Envoy on climate change and President of Ireland, said:

    "The IPCC report starkly sets out the challenges of securing a just transition to a 1.5 degree world, and the urgency with which this needs to be accomplished. This can only be done by a people-centred, rights-based approach with justice and solidarity at its heart. The time for talking is long past; leaders need to step up, serve their people and act immediately."

    Meeting the 1.5 degrees target is critical not only for environmental sustainability but also to safeguard peace, prosperity and human rights worldwide, especially for poor and vulnerable communities already bearing the brunt of climate change's impacts.

    Lakhdar Brahimi, former Foreign Minister of Algeria and UN diplomat, said:

    "This report makes clear that the ecological catastrophe threatened by unmitigated climate change also spells disaster for global peace and security. Scarce resources and huge numbers of people displaced by rising sea waters, drought or desertification will exacerbate existing conflicts and produce new faultlines. For all our sakes, leaders must respond with urgency, unity and clarity of vision to preserve a peaceful planet."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18380-the-elders-demand-urgent-action-to-avert-climate-disaster

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  • Carter Wagner's autoimmune condition brings him daily challenges. His happiness comes from spending time with his family and listening to Ed Sheeran music.

    Carter Wagner meets Ed Sheeran
    Carter Wagner meets Ed Sheeran

    Kids Wish Network, a children's charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses, planned the "Perfect" wish…he'd be traveling with his family to see Ed Sheeran in concert. Samuel would also be in for a big surprise.

    Kids Wish Network flew Carter and his family to Boston for his musical adventure. On Carter's special day, it was show time. After arriving at Gillette Stadium, the excitement for Carter started even before the concert. He was taken backstage and met music superstar Ed Sheeran! "I was surprised and nervous," said Wish Kid Carter. "It was crazy… I didn't think I'd ever be meeting him." Carter found out just hours before the show.

    Carter's favorite song is Photograph – he had many taken with Ed Sheeran. Carter's treasured photo is a Polaroid of them together that Ed Sheeran signed. They also spent time talking about the night's performance being Carter's first concert and his most-loved songs.

    During the wish, the family was indulged at the elegant Battery Wharf Hotel, staying in the luxurious Presidential Suite. They also enjoyed festive dinners at Red Robin and Wahlburgers who went out of their way to make his wish experience extra special.

    "The wish was perfect," said Carter's mom Christine. "He was thrilled and full of excitement. We're so grateful and had the best time."

    "We're glad that Carter had the experience of a lifetime meeting Ed Sheeran," said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai. "His wish was a special time shared with his family that he'll always remember."

    Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children with life-threatening conditions and struggling with life-altering situations. KWN provides trip expenses, meals, accommodations and additional spending monies to all wish families whenever traveling as applicable. Visit www.kidswishnetwork.org to learn about their different programs, and find out how you can help make dreams come true and sponsor a wish for a deserving child.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18392-ed-sheeran-grants-special-wish

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  • MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund) announced today that Emmy Award-winning producer, writer and actor Keegan-Michael Key will host their seventh annual "Reel Stories, Real Lives" event on Thursday, November 8.

    Taking place at the Directors Guild of America, the night will feature the industry's best and brightest stars telling stories that highlight the extraordinary impact of MPTF on the entertainment community. The event's Presenting Sponsor is Ford Motor Company with additional support from Delta Air Lines and City National Bank, an RBC Company.

    "Reel Stories, Real Lives is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the broad range of support MPTF provides to all members of the entertainment community by telling very personal stories, and in turn, sets the stage to discover the many ways we can help our unique community thrive in this unpredictable industry," said Bob Beitcher, President and CEO of MPTF.

    Keegan-Michael Key is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning actor, writer, and producer who currently can be seen in The Predator and Friends From College. He will next star in Disney's live-action version of The Lion King and Netflix's Dolemite Is My Name. Onstage, he appeared as Horatio in Hamlet and on Broadway in Steve Martin's Meteor Shower. Key co-created and starred in the landmark sketch series Key & Peele. He was named one of TIME's "Most Influential People" and ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY's "Entertainers of the Year." Keegan-Michael Key is also a Second City alum who received his BFA from the University of Detroit-Mercy and MFA from The Pennsylvania State University.

    The evening is expected to draw approximately 500 industry leaders, and celebrity guests. Last year's participants included Matthew Broderick, Josh Hartnett, Chrissy Metz, Jessica Rothe, and Will Fetters, along with host Kumail Nanjiani.

    The event will be produced by Courtenay Valenti, Kevin McCormick, Cate Adams, and Tara Schuster.

    "Reel Stories, Real Lives" is open to members of the entertainment community. To inquire about the event or tickets, interested parties can reach out to rachel.davey@mptf.com.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18381-mptf-announces-seventh-annual-reel-stories-real-lives-event

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  • IfOnly, the leading marketplace for unique experiences, is offering once-in-a-lifetime meetings with company founders, CEOs and icons from the world of tech, business, fashion and entertainment to help raise money for worthy causes.

    IfOnly will launch the series of auctions on October 4th offering private lunches where guests will be able to get insights and stories from top executives in their fields. Select auctions also include exclusive tours of company headquarters and photo opportunities.

    Exclusive Power Meeting Opportunities Include Lynwen Brennan (GM of Lucasfilm); Heidi Zak (Founder/CEO Third Love); Rob Reiner (acclaimed actor, director, producer); Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (activist/author); Frank Marshall (Hollywood icon); Jeff Housenbold (Managing Partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers), Dick Costolo (Founder 01 Ventures / Former CEO Twitter), Donna Karan and many more

    The proceeds from each auction will go towards the personally selected charity of each of the Thought Leaders. For a complete list of these exclusive one-on-one Thought Leader experiences visit www.ifonly.com/thoughtleaders and start bidding today.

    "We are honored to be working closely with this amazing group of Thought Leaders in an effort to raise money for their supported charities. These auctions present a unique opportunity to connect directly with icons across the worlds of technology, business and entertainment while raising money for worthwhile causes. We are truly grateful for the generosity of our leaders and looking forward to the auctions," said John Boris CEO, IfOnly.

    The inaugural IfOnly Thought Leaders auction will go live on www.ifonly.com/thoughtleaders on Thursday October 4th with all auctions ending on Friday October 26th.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18382-ifonly-partners-with-industry-titans-to-deliver-collection-of-rare-thought-leader-experiences

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  • PORTER Editor-in-Chief, Lucy Yeomans, this week co-hosted the third annual Incredible Women Gala with Universal Pictures Chairman, Donna Langley, in association with Estée Lauder at The Ebell of Los Angeles.

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    The Gala is a celebration of women who have changed the course of the global conversation over the past year. PORTER's annual Incredible Women list highlights female leaders, celebrities, CEOs, writers, scientists, actresses, musicians, activists and designers -- marking the Incredible Moments when their actions, achievements or innovations have inspired other women, and created a positive impact. The theme of this year's list is One Year Stronger and published in the Winter issue (on sale now).

    The evening -- in support of Vital Voices, a non-profit, bipartisan organization -- included a special performance by noteworthy talents, paying tribute to heroines around the world. Charlize Theron, Amber Heard, Anna Kendrick, Busy Philipps and Mahershala Ali performed a series of readings penned by the likes of Nora Ephron, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; as well as a tribute to the late war correspondent Marie Colvin. Heard read a self-authored letter, expressing to victims of abuse that "You may not see us, but we are there. Your sisters are everywhere -- and we are with you." Actress Minnie Driver acted as emcee for the proceedings and began the evening by kicking off her heels. Presenters including Amber Heard, Tiffany Haddish, and Sam Taylor-Johnson followed the gesture in solidarity.

    Yeomans said: "Celebrating strong and inspirational women is at the heart of everything PORTER does. I am thrilled to be co-hosting this evening once again with Donna Langley. This year we are celebrating those who are One Year Stronger -- those women who are not only less afraid to speak out and challenge the status quo, but also are effecting real change both in the workplace and in society as a whole."

    Langley, an Ambassador for the Vital Voices Global Ambassadors Program and who also serves on the Vital Voices Board of Directors, noted: "This year, perhaps more than any other time in our history, we have seen how truly vital women's voices are and how impactful we can be when we come together to support one another," said Langley. "On behalf of Vital Voices, I am honored to partner with Porter and Lucy Yeomans again on their Incredible Women Initiative that celebrates and unifies these indomitable women for their intelligence, determination, vision, and strength."

    Prior to the performances guests were treated to a champagne reception, supplied by Laurent-Perrier and followed by a sit-down dinner for 130 high profile guests within the historic Los Angeles building. There was also a musical choir performance by Praizium during the champagne reception and dinner.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18394-porter-hosts-star-studded-incredible-women-gala

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  • As farmers and ranchers in North and South Carolina deal with the impact of historic rainfall and flooding from Hurricane Florence, Farm Aid has activated its Family Farm Disaster Fund to provide direct aid to organizations helping family farmers in the affected region.

    "Farm Aid cares deeply about those affected by Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas. We invite everyone to join with us to give all the support we possibly can to these farmers," said Farm Aid President Willie Nelson. "No farmer should be in danger of losing the farm because of a weather disaster."

    Farm Aid's relief efforts will focus on the family farmers and ranchers who have lost their crops, livestock, pasture, barns and other essentials. Record rainfall, flooding and wind damage has left farmers under standing water. Every dollar raised will support local and regional organizations working on the ground to distribute emergency grants to farm families affected by Florence and to offer resources that help farmers navigate their farm recovery options.
    Farm Aid's partners include Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, and

    Farmers' Legal Action Group who are coordinating with a number of farmers, organizations and communities locally to:

    • Make emergency grants to farm and ranch families in the Carolinas;
    • Help farmers and ranchers understand their farm recovery options;
    • Support local and state farm service providers to help farmers navigate recovery options, from mental health resources to federal funding opportunities; and
    • Advocate for needed disaster recovery funds and resources from the federal government.

    Farm Aid is also working with partners in disaster-affected areas to determine the long-term needs of impacted farmers and ranchers. If you are a farmer who has been affected by Hurricane Florence, please contact Farm Aid at 1-800-FARM-AID (800-327-6243) or farmhelp@farmaid.org. Additional tools for farmers and ranchers are available at farmaid.org/disaster. To donate, please visit farmaid.org/disasterfund.

    Farm Aid's mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews host an annual festival to raise funds to support Farm Aid's work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. For more than 30 years, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $53 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18384-farm-aid-activates-family-farm-disaster-fund-in-response-to-impact-from-hurricane-florence

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  • Social activist, public speaker, and Vanity Fair Contributing Editor Monica Lewinsky announces today the launch of #DefyTheName -- the campaign for 2018's National Bullying Prevention Month.

    Video: #DefyTheName | A PSA by Monica Lewinsky

    It follows the success of her 2017 #ClickWithCompassion campaign, which was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Commercial for its award-winning PSA. This year's campaign enlists a who's who of big names to show those experiencing bullying that they're not alone -- and in fact part of an incredible community of celebrities, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, artists, and more.

    The #DefyTheName PSA disarms the most common type of bullying behavior, name calling, by featuring an all-star cast acknowledging the hurtful names they were called as young people in situations that highlight their success and achievements. BBDO New York, the award-winning ad agency, created the pro bono piece, working closely with Ms. Lewinsky, and her award-winning public relations firm Dini von Mueffling Communications, to insightfully address the growing epidemic of bullying (both online and off).

    Notables featured in the PSA: Ahmir Thompson (aka Questlove), Alan Cumming, Andy Cohen, Dan Patrick, John Oliver, Kelly Ripa, Lena Dunham, Maysoon Zayid, Olivia Munn, Sarah Silverman, and Tony Hawk.

    #DefyTheName encourages those on social media to change their name (not username) to reflect their bullied name (i.e. John "Bullied Name" Doe) and share the campaign's PSA and/or their own story. The net effect is to flood social media with a community that proves that bullying and name-calling don't reflect one's real self-worth. It especially sends a powerful message to teens: Don't let the name define you. #DefyTheName

    "From personal experience I know that one of the most insidious effects of bullying is the feeling of isolation. Especially for vulnerable populations, like our youth, it's feeling alone and suffering in silence that breaks down confidence, degrades self-worth and leads to even worse consequences," says Lewinsky.

    "On social media, names and words are often used as weapons. By showing the names that well-known and highly accomplished people were once called as kids, we hope to use social media to diffuse the power of those weapons," said Greg Hahn, Chief Creative Officer of BBDO New York.

    "The hurt caused by name calling causes pain that lasts a lifetime," said Dini von Mueffling, principal of her eponymous PR firm. "#DefyTheName lets everyone know that even their greatest heroes have experienced memorable shame and pain. It's our honor to help Monica bring this campaign to life, especially at a moment of extraordinary name calling in our country."

    A United Nations Children's Fund report released this year found that nearly half of 13- to 15-year-olds around the world (150 million adolescents) have experienced bullying or physical violence from peers. A study last year in the journal Pediatrics estimates that bullying causes 1 in 5 teen suicides. The Center for Disease Control reports that suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death (after unintentional injury) for adolescents age 15-19.

    This campaign is gratefully presented with support from the following organizations: The Amanda Todd Legacy, Anti-Bullying Alliance, The Childhood Resilience Foundation, Crisis Text Line, The Diana Award, Ditch The Label, Heart Mob, iHollaback, Project Rockit, Sit With Us, Think Before You Type, and The Tyler Clementi Foundation

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18385-monica-lewinsky-launches-defythename-campaign-with-star-studded-psa-for-anti-bullying-month

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  • Ahead of International Day of the Girl (October 11), Disney launched a new global video series offering advice and inspiration on achieving success for the next generation of young leaders around the globe.

    The #DreamBigPrincess video series, produced and directed by young women from the United Nations Foundation's Girl Up initiative, shares the stories of 20 trailblazing women across technology, entertainment, medicine, law, sports, arts, science, fashion and politics to show the next generation what's possible if you dream big.

    "Dreaming big is one of the most important things any of us can do – to keep aiming higher," says Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, who was interviewed for the series by Maud Webster, age 16, from the UK. "The #DreamBigPrincess series is giving a voice to a group of talented young women, helping them tell stories that kids can learn from, whatever their ambition."

    Disney provided mentorship support for the 21 Girl Up leaders from different corners of the globe as they captured the stories of a diverse group of role models in digital shorts. Each video will be shared across Disney's global media platforms (www.disney.com/dreambigprincess) as part of a campaign to unlock up to a $1 million donation to Girl Up, an initiative of the UN Foundation to support girls' leadership.

    "We have the responsibility to hand that baton of self-belief and positivity to the next generation," says Jo Malone CBE, Entrepreneur and Founder of Jo Loves, who was interviewed by Bethel Kyeza, age 16. "Storytelling can help us believe that no matter who we are or where we come from, we have every right to write the story of our own life and fulfill it."

    "There's a line in Mary Poppins where she says anything is possible, even the impossible. I think that really symbolizes what dreaming big is all about, the idea if you want something big enough that the universe is going to conspire to give it to you," says Emily Blunt, Golden Globe Award-winning actress who was interviewed by Marisa Torre, age 17.

    Spanning a host of professions, an accomplished roster of women share their tips for success in the 20-part series:

    • Asmaa Boujibar – Research scientist and the first Moroccan woman in history to join NASA Johnson Space Center.
    • Ashima Narain – Photographer, filmmaker and former photo editor for National Geographic Traveler India.
    • Blanca Treviño – President and CEO of Softtek, the leading IT services company in Latin America, champion for entrepreneurialism, IT and the role of women in business.
    • Emily Blunt – Golden Globe Award-winning actress and star of upcoming Disney movies Mary Poppins Returns and Jungle Cruise.
    • Celina Caesar-Chavannes – Canadian member of Parliament who served as Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister of Canada.
    • Jennifer Lee – Chief creative officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, writer and co-director of Disney's Frozen for which she won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
    • Jo Malone CBE – Founder and creative director of Jo Loves, responsible for creating some of the world's most-loved fragrances, awarded a CBE in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honors List for her services to the British Economy and the GREAT Britain campaign.
    • Karen Jonz – Brazilian skateboarder, designer and musician who won the 2008 X Games women's vertical and the World Cup Skateboarding Championship four times, first Brazilian to win the title of World Champion.
    • Karen Walker – Designer with a global, multimillion-dollar eponymous fashion label,awarded the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Meritfor her services to fashion design in 2014.
    • Kathleen Kennedy – Film producer and president of Lucasfilm, has produced more than 60 films, including three of the highest-grossing movies in motion picture history.
    • Leia Mi – Art director for Shanghai Disneyland who creates concept designs and provides art direction for Shanghai Disney Resort, was a creative designer at Walt Disney Imagineering.
    • Maria Teresa Ruiz – Chilean astronomer, the first woman to study astronomy at the University of Chile, the first female scientist to receive a PhD in astrophysics from Princeton University and the first woman to receive Chile's National Prize for Exact Sciences.
    • Martina Stoessel – Actress and singer who played the leading role on the internationally successful Disney Channel telenovela Violetta, first Argentine singer to reach one million views on YouTube in less than 24 hours for her single "Te Quiero Mas."
    • Monica Lopez Hidalgo – Accomplished professor and researcher of neuroscience, one of the winners of the L'Oréal Unesco Conacyt AMC 2017 Scholarships for Women in Science for her research on the deterioration of cognitive functions related to age.
    • Dr. Ndifanji Namacha – Medical doctor and assistant lecturer of public health, Malaria No More UK youth ambassador, delivered a keynote speech at the 2018 Malaria Summit in London.
    • Paola Carosella -Award-winning chef and restaurateur, opened her first restaurant in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2001, has appeared as a judge on MasterChef Brazil since 2014.
    • Robin Roberts – Award-winning broadcaster and co-anchor of ABC's Good Morning America.
    • Susan Prescott – Vice president of product marketing at Apple with more than 25 years of experience in the computing industry.
    • Virginie Delalande – Founder of Handicapower, first deaf person to become a lawyer in France.
    • Victoria Arlen – Accomplished motivational speaker, actress, model and swimmer, won three Silver medals and a Gold medal from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, joined ESPN as one of the company's youngest on-air talents.

    "The #DreamBigPrincess series documents a host of inspiring stories and diverse experiences, but the common message is clear," says Zenia Mucha, Senior Executive Vice President, Communications, The Walt Disney Company. "Having a big dream is the first step on the path to success, and positive role models are critical in helping you continue on that journey – whether that's a fictional entrepreneur like Tiana or a real-world success story like any of the women in this series."

    The aspiring filmmakers embarked on their creative journeys back in July, with ongoing mentorship from Disney, Apple and female-led production company Summerjax ahead of the series debut. Each video was shot on iPhone X and edited using Final Cut Pro X running on MacBook Pro.

    "It's important to have role models – and by role models I mean the 21 girls that are part of the ‘Dream Big, Princess' project – out there to inspire other girls," says Susan Prescott, Vice President of Product Marketing at Apple, who was interviewed by Jessica Zhang, age 16. "I think it's important to recognize their talents, let them have a voice and show the great things they can do."

    Through Disney's collaboration with Girl Up, the #DreamBigPrincess campaign aims to make a tangible difference for girls who face challenges in achieving their dreams. For each like or share of a video or photo posted publicly with #DreamBigPrincess on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 to Girl Up in support of girls' leadership and empowerment (minimum donation: $500,000/maximum donation: $1 million). This charitable initiative kicks off today and runs until November 20, 2018.

    "Last year's donation from Disney has already had a huge impact, allowing us to extend our network of Girl Up clubs outside the US by more than 50%, giving more girls the leadership skills they need to advocate for themselves and others," says Girl Up Co-Executive Director, Melissa Kilby. "We're so proud of the series that our young Girl Up leaders have created and hope people around the world will play their part in supporting the rights of girls by liking and sharing them on social media."

    This year's video series builds on the success of the #DreamBigPrincess Global Photography series, which saw 19 female photographers from 15 countries capture inspiring stories of real-world women and girls to encourage kids to reach for their goals. The campaign reached millions of families around the world unlocking a $1 million donation to Girl Up in less than five days. The images from the multi-award-winning campaign were also honored with an exhibition at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

    The initiative is part of Disney's ongoing Dream Big, Princess campaign that encourages kids everywhere to dream big by highlighting key story moments and inspiring qualities that each Disney Princess showcases through her adventures, such as Merida's bravery, Cinderella's kindness or Tiana's perseverance. Disney is committed to helping today's youth create the future they imagine by providing them with inspiration and opportunity through transformative programming, of which this campaign is an example.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18397-disneys-new-dreambigprincess-campaign-pairs-aspiring-young-filmmakers-with-20-trailblazing-women

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  • RIDE Foundation (Robyn & Italo Dance Events), formed by Pro-Am ballroom dance partners, Robyn Shreiber and Italo Elgueta, held its second annual event gala, DANCE FOR FREEDOM, on September 29 at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

    Brooke Burke Attends Dance For Freedom Gala

    Proceeds from the event benefit two of Los Angeles' leading organizations who are dedicated to fighting human trafficking -- CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking), and Journey Out. RIDE was established in 2016 to create one-of-a-kind dance events for difference-making charities, encompassing humane and ecological causes and featuring the talents of compassionate stars of the dance world. Dance For Freedom was emceed by Brooke Burke and produced by Tony Award-winning producer Scott Mauro.

    "The idea of using the language of dance to help vital and meaningful organizations tell their story is thrilling. Survival. Freedom. Every step we take is orchestrated so they can dance free for the rest of their days," said Italo Elgueta, in welcoming the 400 guests. "We are so very pleased to honor Dr. Stephany Powell of Journey Out and Kay Buck of CAST. We are honored to shine a spotlight on their transformational work," added Robyn Shreiber in presenting Dr. Powell and Ms. Buck with an official recognition from Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas and State Assembly member Sydney Kamlager-Dove.

    "I want to thank Robyn and Italo for this incredible recognition of dance as a transformative journey to freedom. Freedom to step into one's dreams and aspirations," said CAST CEO Kay Buck who accepted the RIDE Champion Award from actress and anti-human trafficking activist Kate Bosworth. "And I want to thank all of you for believing in these dreams. Together, as a community of dancers --or maybe just spectators- we are giving a gift of healing that grows into a voice that is stronger than words. With us, you are empowering survivors of human trafficking to change their lives and achieve their dreams."

    "I encourage you to use your passion as an incredible force to fight slavery," said Journey Out Executive Director Dr. Stephany Powell. "If you're an artist, we need you. Dancers, we need you. Doctors, teachers, bankers, we need you. We need all of you regardless of your profession to fight against slavery it is not a battle we can win alone. Those who work for CAST and Journey Out are in the battle and will continue to need your help." Dr. Powell accepted her award from Dancing with the Stars' Cheryl Burke.

    The event also honored Carrie Ann Inaba with the inaugural Artistic Integrity Award, presented by actress Constance Marie. The RIDE Artistic Integrity Award celebrates members of the entertainment industry for their outstanding professional accomplishments in dance and choreography, and for their heartfelt humanity that has made a difference for a multitude of worthy causes. Inaba, a veteran choreographer most recognized as a judge on ABC's Emmy Award-winning "Dancing with the Stars," as well as for her work on such popular series as "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance," is a spokesperson and advocate for many causes, including Drea's Dream, a national program that raises funds for dance therapy for pediatric cancer patients, as well as The Animal Project Foundation and Best Friends Animal Shelter, for which she serves as a celebrity ambassador.

    The Evening included a spectacular ballroom dance show headlined by Louis Van Amstel and Anna Trebunskaya, as well as performances by Dancing with the Stars: Juniors' Sage Rosen, and stars from the ballroom dance world including Max Sinitsa and Tatiana Seliverstova, and Oksana Platero. Guests in attendance included American Housewife's Julia Butters, Dancing with the Stars' Keo Motsepe, and Dancing with the Stars: Juniors' Kami Couch and Jake Monreal.

    Dance for Freedom sponsors include Tito's Handmade Vodka, LeNique exclusive designer dancewear, and doTERRA Wellness Advocates. Los Angeles magazine was Dance for Freedom's media partner.

    In 2017, RIDE held its inaugural gala event, Dance for Africa. The star-studded event raised funds for the African Wildlife Foundation, whose mission is to ensure that wildlife and wild lands thrive in a modern Africa.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18376-stars-attend-ride-foundations-dance-for-freedom-gala

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  • A legendary NASCAR family is partnering with Nationwide's Make Safe Happen program to provide tips on how to keep families safe in the event of a home fire.

    NASCAR's 15-time Most Popular Driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr., his wife Amy and his sister Kelley Earnhardt-Miller are encouraging everyone to create a home fire escape plan and practice it on National Home Fire Drill Day, which is Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. For tools and tips to create a home fire drill for your family, visit www.makesafehappen.com or download the Make Safe Happen app.

    "Kelley, Amy and I are teaming up with Nationwide's Make Safe Happen Program because we know just how important home fire safety is," said Dale Earnhardt Jr. "Home fire escape plans are easy to put together and practicing them can be fun, especially when the kids are involved. More importantly, the drill helps to imprint on everyone's mind what they need to do if a fire breaks out in their home."

    "Protecting people is a key mission for Nationwide and we're so thankful to have the Earnhardt family partner with us to raise awareness for this important topic," said Jennifer MacKenzie, senior vice president of Marketing for Nationwide. "Having Dale, Kelley and Amy on board will help us spread the home fire safety message to families everywhere."

    Dale and Kelley are no strangers to the danger of home fires. When they were young, their mother's home in Virginia was completely destroyed by a fire. While the family was able to escape to safety, almost all of their belongings were destroyed. The event completely changed their living situation, and Dale and Kelley went from living with their mom to moving in with their dad in North Carolina.

    That experience has made them keenly aware of the importance of knowing how to get out of a home in under two minutes once a smoke alarm goes off.

    "Seven out of 10 structure fires happen in a home -- not at a business, not at school, but in the home. So that home fire drill is really important," said Kelley Earnhardt-Miller. "Seven out of 10 families don't have a fire escape plan. Dale and I didn't have a plan when we were young. Now that we're parents ourselves, we want to make sure that families are prepared in the event of a fire."

    As new parents, Dale and Amy realize the importance of making sure kids know how to get out of a burning home quickly and safely. They also understand that fires are scary and that practicing a fire escape plan can help ease those fears.

    "Parents need to go over the plan with their kids because you don't know how children are going to react when that smoke detector goes off," said Amy Earnhardt. "They may try to hide under the bed, or they may be concerned about grabbing their favorite toy or their pet. You want you and your kids to know how to get out of the house once they hear the alarm so it's not a panic situation."

    Nationwide's Make Safe Happen Program offers the following tips for creating and practicing a home fire escape plan:

    Draw out the plan as a family

    Draw out a floor plan of your home, marking the doors and windows
    Have two ways out of every room
    Identify a safety spot outside where everyone should meet
    Mark the locations of smoke alarms
    Assign an adult to help young children or anyone needing assistance

    Practice getting out of your home when the alarm starts

    Practice getting out of the home and to the safety spot in less than two minutes
    Get out and stay out. Do not go back in to a burning home
    Leave everything behind
    Stay low to avoid smoke
    Practice your plan twice a year
    Practice your plan during the day and night

    Use the Make Safe Happen App to practice

    More information and resources -- including games, tools, and more -- are available on the Make Safe Happen web site.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18388-earnhardt-family-and-nationwides-make-safe-happen-team-up-to-raise-awareness-about-home-fire-safety

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  • On October 19, 2018, thousands of people across the country will stand in solidarity with those affected by cancer as part of National Be Bold, Be Bald! Day.

    Founded in 2009, Be Bold, Be Bald! is a social movement during which participating individuals either rock a Be Bold, Be Bald! cap from the time they get up to the time they go to bed, or sponsor someone who does, to raise awareness and funds for cancer fighting charities across the country. Since inception, the movement has swept the nation, becoming a show of strength for anyone touched by the deadly disease. To date, Be Bold, Be Bald! has raised over one million dollars to fight cancer. Be Bold, Be Bald! supports over fifty beneficiaries of all sizes including Dana Farber Cancer Institute, A Moment of Magic, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Shred Kids Cancer, the National Brain Tumor Society and many, many more.

    "We're looking to make this year's Be Bold, Bald Day! better than ever before," says founder Jeff Freedman, founder of the movement and owner of Boston-based advertising agency Small Army. "We're excited to have even more beneficiaries, participants and sponsors join Be Bold, Be Bald! in fighting cancer.

    In 2007, the Small Army family was hit with a tragic blow when co-founder and Creative Principal Mike Connell lost his battle with cancer. Faced with their grief and concern for the future of the agency, the Small Army team channeled Mike's passion to keep their business alive, and dedicated themselves to giving back to those touched by cancer. In Mike's honor, they started Be Bold, Be Bold! and Small Army For A Cause, a 501c3 that raises and distributes funds to a beneficiary network of cancer-related charities. "Witnessing Mike's heroic, two-year fight, we saw firsthand the courage and strength cancer patients have," says Freedman. "He inspired us to continue that fight ourselves – and to do so in a way that would truly represent the boldness of Mike and his ideas."

    Anyone can join the Be Bold, Be Bald! movement. Survivors, individuals, families, businesses, and even celebrities have all showed support by rocking a bald cap, sponsoring a participant, and helping raise awareness including television hosts Maria Menounos and Joan Lunden, actresses Jessica Szohr and BK Cannon, rocker Peter Wolf, sports stars from the New England Revolution, New England Patriots' stud Julian Edelman and many more.

    Those looking to get involved in Be Bold, Be Bald! can do so in three ways: Support by making a donation or sponsoring someone going bald, Sport a bald cap in solidarity, and Spread the word about the movement through your various social networks. For more information or to get involved, please click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18383-thousands-will-stand-in-solidarity-against-cancer-on-october-19th

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  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA) will honor outstanding members of the Los Angeles community at its annual Big Bash Gala, October 19, 2018, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills.

    Awards recognize individuals who are inspiring and positive role models to our youth. Chris Silbermann, Founding Partner of ICM Partners, will be presented with the Walt Disney Man of the Year Award, LAPD Police Commission President Steve Soboroff and his Little Brother Terry A. Williams with the Golden Legacy Award, self-made inventor and entrepreneur Lori Greiner with the Sherry Lansing Award, and actor Michael B. Jordan with the Trailblazer Award in absentia. Orny Adams will host the evening fundraiser.

    "It is truly an honor to be able to recognize these outstanding individuals for all they have done to make a difference in the lives of children in our community," said Olivia Diaz-Lapham, President & CEO of BBBSLA. " It is also very exciting to recognize a match which has lasted for 50 years. These honorees have exemplified what it means to ignite and empower the potential of the children we serve."

    Walt Disney Man of the Year Award honoree Chris Silbermann is the Managing Director of ICM Partners, one of the world's leading entertainment agencies representing leading clients in the fields of motion pictures, television, music, publishing, live performance, branded entertainment, public speaking and new media. In addition to running the day-to-day operations of the agency, including a team of more than 500 employees in Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC and London, Chris personally guides the careers of some of the most influential creative voices of our generation, as their agent. Mr. Silbermann is extremely active in local, state and national politics. He initiated the ICM Politics Department, the first of its kind within a major agency, dedicated to voluntary client and employee awareness and activism through grassroots involvement and US Senate-level interaction and dialogue. Chris and ICM Partners were the first company to pledge gender parity with their 50/50 by 2020 initiative, announced in December 2017. He is also actively involved in helping communities through foundation grants, generous charitable giving and employee volunteer days of service. Chris is the Chairman of the Board of Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), which raises hundreds of millions of dollars through fund-raising initiatives, including its signature semi-annual Stand Up To Cancer national event telethon and many more cutting edged programs.

    LAPD Police Commission President Steve Soboroff and his Little Brother Terry A. Williams will be honored with the Golden Legacy Award, celebrating the 50 years they have been matched as Big Brother and Little Brother. In 1968, Steve and Terry became one of the first interracial matches in the history of Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. For 50 years, Steve and Terry have remained devoted to one another and their support of BBBSLA is unwavering -- as a mentors, advocates and advisors. In 2016, Steve worked alongside BBBSLA to launch the Bigs in Blue Program, a partnership for LAPD officers to become Big Brothers and Big Sisters to children in the communities they serve, to positively impact the relationships between police and communities of color. Steve Soboroff served as past Chairman and CEO of the community of Playa Vista and is on the Board of Directors of The Weingart Foundation and the Macerich Company (NYSE). He is a senior fellow at the UCLA School of Public Policy, a member of the Board of Councilors to the USC School of Public Policy, and the Chairman of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University. He is a member of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission and is the Senior Advisor to the California Science Center in its project with NASA to permanently exhibit the Space Shuttle Endeavour in Los Angeles.

    Shark Tank star Lori Greiner, also known as the "Shark with a Heart", will be honored with the Sherry Lansing Award. Greiner is well known as a self-made inventor and entrepreneur, who has created over 700 products and holds 120 US and international patents. She is known as one of the most prolific inventors of retail products of our time. Greiner stars on the 4-time Emmy Award winning and 5-time Critic's Choice Award winning show, Shark Tank, a hit entrepreneurial business show on ABC, where she invests in companies and helps turn people's dreams into a reality. Lori also has had her own show on QVC-TV, for the past 17 years called "Clever & Unique Creations by Lori Greiner." In her effort to "pay it forward", Greiner helped many budding entrepreneurs turn their ideas into hit products and wrote her first book, the National Best Seller "Invent It, Sell It, Bank It". Lori Greiner and her company donate a substantial amount of their profits annually to a variety of charities.

    Actor, producer, CEO and visionary Michael B. Jordan will be honored with the Trailblazer Award, who will be receiving his award through a pre-recorded video presentation. Most recently, Jordan starred in Marvel's Black Panther for which he received critical acclaim for his role as Erik Killmonger. In 2015, Jordan starred in MGM and Warner Bros.' CREED alongside Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson. For his performance in Creed, Jordan garnered numerous accolades including the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture and the NAACP's Entertainer of the Year Award. During the release of CREED, Michael B. Jordan created an Omaze campaign benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters and visited BBBSLA to meet the Littles. Jordan will reprise his role as Adonis Creed and serve as an executive producer in CREED II, which is set to release on November 21, 2018. Previous film credits include Fruitvale Station, Fantastic Four, Chronicle, That Awkward Moment, Redtails.

    "Congratulations to all of our BBBS 2018 Award recipients," said BBBSLA Board Chair Laura Lizer. "I am proud of our growth and accomplishments during this past year and look forward to our continued success in serving the children."

    Table packages begin at $5,000; individual tickets, $500. For ticket information, contact Daniel Rodriguez at 213.213.2420 or Daniel.Rodriguez@bbbsla.org or visit www.GoBigLA.org/events.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18390-bbbsla-big-bash-gala-honors-michael-b-jordan

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  • On Monday, November 5, 2018, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will host its annual New York Fall Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

    At this year's gala, EJAF Founder Sir Elton John and Chairman David Furnish will honor Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, philanthropist Patricia Hearst, and long-time advocate Joe McMillan, CEO and Chairman of DDG, with EJAF's Enduring Vision Award. Nine-time Grammy Award Winning Singer, Songwriter Sheryl Crow will be the special musical guest, and Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, will be the featured speaker. CBS This Morning co-anchor and journalist Gayle King will host the event.

    "At this time of great uncertainty in the world, EJAF's work is more important than ever, and we remain steadfastly committed to addressing the unmet needs of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and fighting stigma as a major driver of the global AIDS epidemic," said EJAF Founder Sir Elton John. "We believe everyone living with HIV/AIDS should have immediate access to high quality medical care and all people at risk of HIV should be empowered with the best knowledge and tools available to prevent transmission no matter who they are, who they love, what they believe, where they come from, or what they do."

    EJAF is also delighted to announce American Airlines, BVLGARI, Robert K. Kraft, and the Leonard and Judy Lauder Fund as the Presenting Sponsors for this year's gala.

    The Co-Sponsors for this year's gala are Gilead Sciences and The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation. Gold Sponsors are Hearst and M*A*C Viva Glam. Silver Sponsors are Salah Bachir and Jacob Yerex, Merck, and James L. and Margo Nederlander.
    Event Chairs for the Gala are: Marina Abramović, Hilton Als, Gregg Alton, Aaron Appel, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Jean-Christophe Babin, Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, Joseph W. Blount, Charles Blow, Sandra Brant, Jon Bon Jovi, Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal, Andy Cohen, Sheryl Crow, Alan Cumming, Peter D'Arcy, John Demsey, Jennifer Kelly Dominiquini, Ava DuVernay, Jordan and Marie-Ange Girard, Agnes Gund, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Gillian Hearst, Lydia Hearst and Chris Hardwick, Charlie and Cynthia Hendon, Glenn H. Hutchins, Cheyenne Jackson, Abbi Jacobson, Caitlyn Jenner, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones, Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss, Heidi Klum, Justine and Jeff Koons, Robert K. Kraft, Padma Lakshmi, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Leonard A. Lauder, Cyndi Lauper, Douglas Lawing, Spike and Tonya Lee, Judith Light, Susan Lucci, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, Michael and Elizabeth Maher, Gino Martocci, Jay and Anne Hearst McInerney, Suzanne and Patrick McGee, Terrence Meck, Bette Midler, Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich, Thomas E. Moore III and Mark Reynolds, Matthew Morrison, Mike Myers and Kelly Tisdale, James L. and Margo Nederlander, Sarah Jessica Parker, Benj Pasek, Ryan Pedlow and Cameron Kessel, Katy Perry, Holly Peterson, Andrew Rannells, Kimberly and Steven Rockefeller, Sir Evelyn and Lady De Rothschild, Mercedes Ruehl, Lily Safra, Pablo and Nathalie Salame, Cindy Sherman, Anna Deavere Smith, Gloria Steinem, Michael Stipe, Sharon Stone, Trudie Styler and Sting, Steven Tyler, Michael Urie, and John Waters.

    For ticket information, please contact Andreas Schwarz at the Elton John AIDS Foundation, 212.219.0670 or andreas.schwarz@ejaf.org.

    American Airlines is the official airline of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18387-elton-john-aids-foundation-announces-2018-new-york-fall-gala

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  • Playworks Southern California hosted Play Day with the Stars at Griffin Avenue Elementary School. American actor Harold Perrineau -- best-known for his roles in "Lost" and "Oz" -- two time NBA All-Star Baron Davis, rapper Jake Miller, American actress Logan Browning -- best-known for her role on the Netflix series "Dear White People," Jake T. Austin, American actor best-known for his role on Disney Channel's "Wizards of Waverly Place," Val Chmerkovskiy, current "Dancing with the Stars" pro, Jan Luis Castellanos, American actor who will be starring in the new season of "Marvel's Runaways", Rebecca Black, singer best known for hit song "Friday", Lenora Crichlow, English actress best known for her roles in Sugar Rush, BBC's Being Human, and the film Fast Girls -- and USC student athletes learned and played new inclusive games during recess to showcase how easy it is to make recess a safe, healthy place for every kid to feel comfortable developing into their best selves.

    Kids Enjoy Play Day with the Stars at Griffin Avenue Elementary School

    The event kicked off the nonprofit's Real Players Don't Bully Campaign to prevent bullying and increase inclusion at elementary schools by empowering kids to be more empathetic and kind to one another. During the event, LaVal Brewer, Playworks Southern California Executive Director, and Harold Perrineau spoke about the importance of treating others with empathy and respect to be successful and how together we can stop bullying before it starts. The campaign is supported by Google's Be Internet Awesome, which promotes being kind online.

    Playworks announced the launch of a partnership with USC Good Neighbors, which recently awarded $32,500 to Playworks Southern California to support play and youth development in the USC Family of schools during the 2018-2019 academic year. Griffin Avenue Elementary School will be the first partner school to receive a Playworks training service later this school year sponsored by the USC Good Neighbors grant.

    More than 3.2 million students report feeling left out or bullied at school each year. Every child deserves the opportunity to experience safe and healthy play every day.

    About Playworks: Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children's social and emotional health. Through onsite direct-service coaching and training, Playworks partners with elementary schools, districts, and after-school programs to integrate physical activity and social-emotional learning skill-building during recess. The goal is to create a safe and welcoming place for every kid on the playground so students feel included, are active and develop valuable social and emotional skills needed to thrive in the classroom and beyond. Playworks is building a play movement to change school culture and shape tomorrow's citizens.

    Learn more about the campaign by following #realplayersdontbully; Playworks on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18403-play-day-with-the-stars-features-baron-davis-jake-t-austin-and-more

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  • On Wednesday, October 17, AFTD (the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration) will host their annual Hope Rising Benefit at the Pierre Hotel, chaired by Donald Newhouse and co-chaired by Anna Wintour and David Zaslav.

    At the dinner, AFTD will present Leonard A. Lauder with the Susan Newhouse & Si Newhouse Award of Hope to recognize his decades-long work in support of medical research. The event will feature musical performances from Hamilton original cast member Renee Elise Goldsberry and will be hosted by Paula Zahn.

    AFTD works to spread awareness and raise funds for research into FTD (frontotemporal degeneration), a debilitating form of dementia that is most common in people under 60. FTD causes progressive, irreversible changes to personality, behavior, language and movement — and today there is no cure. This evening's gala is part of AFTD's mission to address FTD disorders.

    Find out more here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18404-anna-wintour-to-attend-aftds-hope-rising-benefit

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  • Known for his Emmy-winning roles playing curmudgeons, ranging from Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show to Carl in the Pixar film UP, actor Ed Asner's true character is that of a philanthropist and loving father who shared his passion for comic books with his children.

    Earlier this year, the legendary actor and founders Matt and Navah Asner opened The Ed Asner Family Center, to offer a host of programs, classes and therapy dedicated to promoting self-confidence in differently abled individuals. They plan to open in their new location in November.

    On Oct. 17, Heritage Auctions is hosting The Ed Asner Family Center Original Comic Art Charity Auction at HA.com/Asner. Today's leading comic book artists, including Kevin Nowlan, Alex Ross, Jim Lee and more, have donated high-profile work for the online auction.

    "The Asner family have always been comic book fans," said Matt Asner, Ed Asner's son and President of The Ed Asner Family Center. "We thought, ‘What can we do to raise the eyebrows of people and highlight creativity?' We are incredibly excited about doing an original art sale. The Ed Asner Center represents unleashing creativity, and what better way of illustrating this than the world of comics?"

    Matt Asner said the core values and programming of the Center are based around creation of an environment that shows the limitless potential of children with different levels of ability, including autism, Down syndrome and developmental delays. "The arts are so important for instilling self confidence in people," he said.

    Matt Asner still remembers his father taking him to newsstands and bookstores while his father was a star on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. "I still remember the first comic book my father ever bought me," Matt Asner said. "It was an Avengers reprint from 1970. He sees the great, creative atmosphere around comics. He gets it. He saw the creativity, the art and writing involved, and appreciated it.

    "We are honored to have 70 pieces of original art from some of the brightest stars in comics in this special auction that we feel could only be done through Heritage," Asner adds.

    Artists donated both individual work and collaborations, including:

    Alex Ross; Adam Kubert, Tom Derenick, Danny Miki, Scott Hanna and Lary Stucker; Brent Anderson; Adam Hughes; Colleen Doran; Barry Crain; Dan Jurgens; Karine Charlebois; Cully Hamner; Eric Powell; Geof Darrow; Jerry Ordway; Jim Lee; Tom Raney and Scott Hanna; Jim Valentino and Steve Montano; José Luis García-López; Kelley Jones and Kevin Nowlan; John Cassaday; Mark Bagley and Andrew Hennessy; John Heebink and Aaron McClellan; Phil Hester; John Heebink and Fred Fredericks; Howard Chaykin; José Luis García-López; Lee Weeks; Karl Kesel; Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz; Michael Allred; Aaron Lopresti; Eduardo Risso; John Romita Jr.; Michael Cho; Barry Kitson; Bobby Rubio; Mike Hawthorne; Philip Tan; Steve Lieber, Mark McKenna and Robin Riggs; Mike Norton; Nicoletta Ceccoli; Ryan Sook; Ryan Stegman; Sandy Jarrell; Fernando Pasarin and Scott Hanna; Howard Porter and John Dell; Tom Everhart; Shawn Martinbrough; Adam Kubert; Sanford Greene; Sam Kieth; Jeff Parker; Tom Derenick; Mostafa Moussa; Danny Miki; Chris Samnee; Scott Hanna and Lary Stucker; Charles Schulz; Paul Pelletier and Sandra Hope; Bill Sienkiewicz; Igor Kordey and Scott Hanna; Paul Smith; Fabio Napoleoni; John Heebink and Don Hudson; Kelley Jones; Scot Eaton and Andrew Hennessy and Kevin Nowlan.

    "We are very thankful for the contributions of these artists and the time and friendship of Kevin Nowlan," Matt Asner said. "Kevin was Superman, Batman and Doctor Strange on this project. We also wish to thank Albert Moy, Spencer Beck, Animazing Gallery and Kurt Busiek for their contributions, as well."

    Select highlights include, Nowlan's original cover art to Doctor Strange #19 (Marvel, 2017), the original cover art by Lee from Scooby Apocalypse #3 (DC, 2016) and variant cover original art by Cassaday for Captain America: Reborn #6 (Marvel, 2003), published in the popular six-issue series.

    Bidding opens Oct. 3 for The Ed Asner Family Center Original Comic Art Charity Auction and concludes Oct. 17 at HA.com/Asner. The Center also offers donors several giving levels and even explains how contributions support various programming. Donations may be made at EdAsnerFamilyCenter.org.

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  • The Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) is proud to announce that award-winning actor, director, producer, and philanthropist Tim Daly will accept the distinguished Prince Rainier III Award for his outstanding artistry and exemplary give-back.

    Daly will be honored at the Princess Grace Awards Gala at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York on October 16, 2018.

    It was also announced that the Awards Gala will be hosted by Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Bebe Neuwirth, and will feature Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Tyne Daly, singer-actress Katharine McPhee and Tony Award-winning actor Leslie Odom Jr. (2016 Princess Grace Statue Award Recipient) as presenters. Additionally, the evening will include a special musical performances by Chicago Med actress Emma Duncan (2014 Princess Grace Award Winner), American Housewife actress Carly Hughes (2003 Princess Grace Award Winner), and dance performance by A.I.M (Abraham.In.Motion) dancer Marcella Lewis (2018 Princess Grace Award Winner).

    The 2018 Princess Grace Awards Gala continues the legacy of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, who helped emerging artists pursue their artistic goals during Her lifetime. In total, the Foundation is awarding over $1 million to artists in theater, dance, and film annually. In the presence of Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco, the evening is co-chaired by Dennis and Phyllis Washington and Anne Sweeney and Phillip Miller. Major Gala supporters include Rod & Karen Gancas and Dennis & Phyllis Washington as Crown Sponsors.

    The Prince Rainier III Award recognizes a renowned leader in the arts whose own accomplishments are coupled with demonstrated service to their community. Past recipients of the Award include Julie Andrews, Mikhail Baryshnikov, James Cameron, Glenn Close, Queen Latifah, George Lucas, Mandy Patinkin, Sibylle & Robert Redford, Twyla Tharp, Pauletta & Denzel Washington, Cicely Tyson, and Dick Van Dyke. The Prince Rainier III Award includes a grant of $25,000 to the philanthropic organization of the recipient's choice and a uniquely designed sculpture by artist Alex Soldier. Soldier designed a stunning work of art incorporating symbols representing all three disciplines lauded by the Foundation: theater, dance, and film.

    Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco said, "It is a privilege to preside over this year's Princess Grace Awards Gala and participate in a celebration supporting the great work of inspiring artists in theater, dance and film. It is my distinct honor to present Tim Daly with the Prince Rainier lll Award. In addition to his impressive work as an actor on both stage and screen, I applaud his devotion to supporting the arts by way of his decade long commitment as the President of The Creative Coalition, a group that educates leaders in the arts community on issues of public importance, specifically arts advocacy and education."

    Toby E. Boshak, Executive Director of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA shared, "Recognizing Tim Daly with the 2018 Prince Rainier III Award reinforces the Foundation's commitment to celebrating noted artists who use their own celebrity to make an impact on their community. Tim's leadership of The Creative Coalition ensures that the arts continue to be part of all our lives and that artists are empowered to have their voices heard."

    As previously announced, the evening will also honor Sam Gold, Tony Award-winning director for Fun Home and Kyle Abraham, MacArthur Genius Fellowship Award winner and founder of the dance company A.I.M (Abraham.In.Motion) with 2018 Princess Grace Statue Awards for their continuing excellence in their chosen disciplines.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18393-princess-grace-foundation-usa-to-present-tim-daly-with-the-prince-rainier-iii-award

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  • President Barack Obama urges Americans to give in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael by sharing the link to the relief organizations vetted by Charity Navigator for Michael.

    This list of twenty-five highly rated charities includes Feeding the Gulf Coast, SBP, and AmeriCares.

    Obama stated, "America is always at our best when we look out for each other. Please do what you can to help people recover and rebuild from Hurricane Michael."

    Charity Navigator analysts work throughout the year to research and rate thousands of nonprofit organizations and share the evaluations free of charge on CharityNavigator.org. Lists of highly rated organizations are curated by Charity Navigator and published in response to crises as Hot Topics. Charity Navigator users direct millions of dollars of donations to organizations included on these lists which all must have a three- or four-star rating.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18405-hurricane-michael-president-obama-shares-charity-navigators-curated-list-of-highly-rated-organizations

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  • Ten-year-old Sasha Bogosian, who has cerebral palsy, first began designing and painting denim as therapy. On Saturday, for the first time, her designs donned a fashion runway with celebrity supporters, including host Paris Hilton.

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    Bogosian began creating custom denim designs in an effort to raise funds for Children0s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), where she receives treatment and care. Her foundation, The Sasha Project LA, has raised $35,000 to support the Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer Artists Program at CHLA, with a goal of giving thousands of kids like her access to art therapy.

    Celebrity supporters and patients treated at children's hospitals on Saturday modeled Bogosian's one-of-a- kind splatter painted Levi's denim collection in Saturday's Rock the Runway event, presented by Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which raises fund and awareness for 170 children's hospitals across North America. The runway designs were paired with Elisa style necklaces from jeweler Kendra Scott.

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    International businesswoman, designer, model and humanitarian Hilton hosted the show. She has been delivering smiles to patients at Children's Hospital Los Angeles for years and the impressions the kids have made on her heart will stay with her forever. "I always enjoy spending time with inspiring Miracle Kids and their families. I was honored to host Rock the Runway which combined my love of fashion and my passion for philanthropy. I know the hard work, creativity and dedication it takes to create your own fashion line, and I'm so proud of Sasha Bogosian for using her talents as a fashion designer to create looks for the show. It was amazing to see the adorable and inspiring kids walk down the runway and they all did such a great job! It was really nice to see so many people come together to raise funds and awareness for local children's hospital and to be a part of making Sasha's dream come true," Hilton said.

    "CHLA is awesome! Everyone there is so nice. Children's Hospital is always there for me and helps me get stronger! Rock the Runway was such an amazing experience. It was incredible to meet Paris Hilton and I'm so grateful to her for hosting our fashion show and helping us spread the word about the care that millions of kids like me receive at local children's hospitals every year.," said Bogosian, whose love for self-expression through art and her passion for fashion inspired her to raise funds for her children's hospital, helping patients heal through art. Her designs have been worn by Jessica Biel, Kristen Bell, Katy Perry, Jack Black, Jamie Foxx, Zendaya, Kelsea Ballerini, Rachel Zoe, Allison Holker-Boss, Stephen "tWitch" Boss and more.

    Hilton welcomed guests to Rock the Runway, and she shared how visits to CHLA over the years have had a profound effect on her. Guests enjoyed a performance by "America's Got Talent" semi-finalist and children's hospital patient Christian Guardino, who treated the crowd to a soulful rendition of "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye. Then, Hilton introduced Bogosian and her mother, Isabell, who spoke about the inspiration behind their foundation and their goal of helping thousands of other children's hospital patients.

    Rock the Runway kicked off with a beautiful tribute video to the ten incredible Miracle Kids featured in the fashion show set to the song "This Is Me" from the film "The Greatest Showman." Miracle Kid Chloe Davison (Medford, Oregon) opened the show with actor Boris Kodjoe ("Station 19" and "House of Cards"). Actor Nicole Ari Parker ("Empire" and "The Romanoffs") rocked a blue cobalt hoodie and gray paint splattered 711 skinny jeans while walking the runway with Guardino (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) who was wearing cobalt blue paint splattered Levi's 502s with a black tee. Miracle Kid Joe Joe Coles (Jacksonville, Florida) and Ray Donovan" star Brian White danced down the runway with tons of swagger to Bruno Mars' hit "Uptown Funk." "Younger star" Charles Michael Davis and Miracle Kid JaKiah Collins (Littlerock, Arkansas) showed off their dance moves.

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    Miracle Kid Nate Ferrell (Gainesville, Florida) rocked paint splattered Levi's 511s in gray with white splatter, and a green hoodie while reunited on the runway with his friend, critically acclaimed award winning electronic violinist, Lindsey Stirling who was wearing paint-splattered Levi's overalls. Miracle Kid Teddy Moore (Queens, New York) walked the runway with Disney star Navia Robinson ("Raven's Home"). Dancing With the Stars" pro Keo Motsepe and Miracle Kid Matteo Gurrero (Springfield, Oregon) wowed the audience with their signature moves. Miracle Kid JaKiah clad in a paint splattered Levi's denim vest, sequins skirt and lavender tee and "Dancing With the Stars Juniors" contestant Sophia Pippen were so fierce as partygoers cheered them down the runway.

    Country music star and actor Jana Kramer debuted her beautiful baby bump while strolling down the runway with Miracle Kid Carly Kudzia (Toledo, Ohio). Miracle Kid Marlee Davenport (Indianapolis, Indiana) and "This Is Us" star Mackenzie Hancsicsak clad in a Levi's trucker jacket with the word "happy" sponge painted on the back, danced down the runway to Justin Timberlake's hit song "Can't Stop the Feeling." Disney Star Skai Jackson ("Bunk'd") showcased a Levi's trucker jacket, with a large paint splattered heart on the back of it, over a cotton dress while her Miracle Kid runway buddy Chloe wore a paint splattered Levi's trucker jacket over a pink cotton dress. Nicole Williams of E!‘s hit show "WAGS" and Miracle Kid Christian dazzled on the runway. Miracle Kid Carly took her second stroll down the runway with ESPN host and motivational speaker Victoria Arlen to Meghan Trainor's song "Better When I'm Dancin." Everyone's hearts melted when model, actor & TV host Gilles Marini kneeled down on the runway to hug Miracle Kid Matteo. "Andi Mack" star Luke Mullen and Miracle Kid Teddy got the crowd hyped to "Faith" by Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande.

    Miracle Kid Nate danced down the runway with "Dancing with the Stars" pro Alan Bersten. They were met on the runway by Olympic gold medalist and "DWTS" champion Meryl Davis and Miracle Kid Joe Joe. Meryl and Alan showed off some ballroom moves and then Meryl boogied on down the runway to pose with Joe Joe in their one-of-a-kind looks by Sasha.

    The show's finale featured Bogosian rocking a paint splattered tulle skirt with a pink sequins tank and a paint-splattered denim jacket from her collection, while accompanied by Hilton and actor and singer Victoria Justice. Hilton rocked a customized paint-splattered cropped Levi's premium jacket featuring Sasha's signature three glitter hearts on the back. Victoria was wearing a paint splattered 721 mile-high rise Levi's jeans and a Levi's Sherpa trucker jacket. The trio danced down the runway and in the final moments of the show, colorful confetti rained down from the ceiling while the room erupted in thunderous applause. All of the Miracle Kids and celebrities took their final bow on the runway. Sasha received a beautiful bouquet of farm fresh flowers from The Bouqs as she took her fashion designer bow.

    The creative teams from Paul Mitchell The School Pasadena and CAO Cosmetics created glamorous hair and makeup looks for the runway show. Trueheart partners Amy and Scott Malin produced, choreographed and directed Rock the Runway, while Hollywood's finest, DJ Kid Fish created the high-energy mix for the fashion show.

    In addition to the fabulous fashion show, Hollywood's brightest stars from television, film, music and sports, including Emilie de Ravin, Adam Pally, Larsa Pippen, Blake Horstmann, Jason Tartick, Perez Hilton, Angell Conwell, Brian King Joseph, Kimberly Caldwell, Jordan Harvey, Crystal Hunt, Jen Lilley, Josh Sundquist, Larry English, Lidya Jewett, Odyssey Sims, Tina Campbell, Teddy Campbell, Travis D'Arnaud, Chase D'Arnaud, The Royal Twins and more, spent a fun-filled day with inspiring patients from member hospitals around the country. Children's Miracle Network Hospitals co-founder John Schneider, who is competing on "Dancing With the Stars" came to lend his support and cheer on the Miracle Kids.

    The family fun day extravaganza included a caricature artist, face painting, glitter hair braids and a Polite In Public photo booth featuring a custom floral backdrop designed by The Bouqs Company. Partygoers enjoy signature flavors of cotton candy by Love Swirls and delicious My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream. Guests were treated to a gourmet lunch and refreshing juice and tea from Purity Organic. Hydration was powered by AQUAhydrate. The Bouqs Company styled a fashion forward media wall with their gorgeous farm fresh florals at the event to create the ultimate social media moment.

    Partygoers participated in the Kendra Scott Mystery Jewelry Pull with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting Miracle Kids. Guests also shopped the latest Kendra Scott styles with 20 percent of purchases going back to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and The Sasha Project LA.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18414-paris-hilton-hosts-star-studded-rock-the-runway-to-support-childrens-hospitals

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  • City of Hope raised more than six million dollars at a black-tie gala honoring Warner/Chappell Music Chairman and CEO Jon Platt.

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    The funds will go toward the nonprofit's research and treatment of cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Held at Santa Monica's Barker Hangar, the annual event was hosted by Pharrell Williams and featured a performance by Beyonce, with Jay-Z presenting Platt with the prestigious Spirit of Life award.

    JAY-Z praised Platt's many accomplishments and commitment to his craft, calling him an "incredible, passionate person" and "the Obama of the music industry." Adding, "I can't think of anyone more deserving to be prized in front of their peers, in front of the world, than my brother, Jon Platt."

    In his acceptance speech, Platt commended City of Hope's important work: "At a time in our country when so much is broken, I think it's important that we focus on those who are doing great in the world. People who devote their lives to fixing what ails us, to the people that are saving lives. And over the last few months I've had the privilege to meet with the people of City of Hope, the people that give City of Hope its name."

    Though initially hesitant about taking the spotlight, Platt emphasized how seriously he takes this honor -- especially as an opportunity to shine a light on others: "As an African American CEO, I proudly embrace the responsibility to lend a helping hand to people of color who are coming up in this industry, as well as to represent my friends and my colleagues that are already doing good in this game."

    He thanked numerous people who he credited for getting him to where he is and helping him along the way, including the songwriters themselves: "I'd like to thank songwriters… songwriters who represent diversity in all its forms, as you continue to prove every day, that genius does not discriminate."

    The star-studded celebration, which kicked off with performances by Mary Mary and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, culminated with the nonprofit's first-ever after-party, deejayed by Jermaine Dupri.

    Luminaries like Dr. Dre, Derek Fisher, Tiffany Haddish, Quincy Jones, Wiz Khalifa, Rita Ora, Bebe Rexha, Kelly Rowland, Timbaland, Justin Tranter, and Usher were in attendance.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18406-jon-platt-honored-at-star-studded-city-of-hope-gala

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  • From a young age, outside voices such as school dress codes and harsh comments from peer groups influence how girls feel about their appearance.

    Shonda Rhimes participated in a panel with powerful young women
    Shonda Rhimes participated in a panel with powerful young women

    While girls today are strong and resilient, these comments still have a negative impact on her self-esteem and make her less likely to participate in things like trying out for sports or raising her hand in class. It's time for her to hear something different. Dove and Shonda Rhimes have teamed up to launch the Girl Collective, a multigenerational sisterhood created to build confidence and challenge beauty stereotypes through honest, authentic and practical conversations shared between women and girls. The Girl Collective is powered by the Dove Self Esteem Project which has been hosting self-esteem workshops in schools and providing at-home self-esteem materials and exercises since 2004. Now, with the Girl Collective, these self-esteem experiences from Dove can continue to spread and support girls and women everywhere.

    Inaugural members of the group include Shonda Rhimes, Musician SZA, Transgender Activist Jazz Jennings, intimate apparel brand Aerie, Viral Dance Group Syncopated Ladies, and many more powerful and inspiring voices.

    "Six in 10 girls believe that to do well in life they have to look a certain way and that just shouldn't be," says Shonda Rhimes who has been working with Dove for two years as Chief Storyteller in an effort to ensure every woman and girl sees herself represented in media and culture. "Last year I participated in my first-ever Dove Self-Esteem Workshop and I was inspired by the power of women and girls connecting to tackle issues that impact so many of us. I'm proud to be a part of this remarkable community which illustrates the magic we can unlock when we work together to inspire change and build confidence."

    Dove marked the launch of Girl Collective with an electrifying super-event in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 6 -- the largest convening of its kind in the brand's history. Hundreds of women and girls attended a series of powerful social conversations inspiring everyone to take action to raise self-esteem, all powered by Dove Self-Esteem Project accredited curriculum.

    • More Like Me: Chief Storyteller Shonda Rhimes participated in a stimulating panel with powerful young women about expanding representation. Shonda urged women and girls to remember they are the main character of their own story, encouraging them to claim their power and begin defining beauty for themselves.
    • Skin Deep: Musician SZA and Dove Self-Esteem Educator Dre Brown explored the relationship our culture and ethnicity play in defining our beauty identities. SZA encouraged girls to create their own beauty standards rather than subscribe to someone else's.
    • Girl Redefined: Transgender Activist Jazz Jennings joined Sexuality & Relationship expert Dr. Logan Levkoff to challenge ideas of gender, beauty and femininity to create new appreciation for and acceptance of beauty that is fluid. Through examples of her own journey, Jazz's helped the collective understand that they have the power to create their own reality.
    • From "the Gram" to the Ground: With a shared mission of helping girls develop a positive relationship with the way they look, Aerie teamed up with Dove to join Girl Collective along with #AerieReal ambassador and former Fashion Editor Lauren Chan and provide actionable ways girls can be body positive champions in their schools and communities.

    Check out more inspiring highlights, including the full panel discussion, from the Dove Girl Collective event here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18399-the-dove-self-esteem-project-and-shonda-rhimes-team-up-to-launch-girl-collective

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  • With some of the most accomplished percussionists on earth backing them up, Hunger Relief International (HRI) is launching Beat Hunger, a multi-media awareness and fundraising campaign, on October 18th, to benefit Haitians living in extreme poverty.

    Using the hypnotic magic of percussive rhythms, Beat Hunger features an influential group of artists including GRAMMY award-winning percussionists, Stewart Copeland of The Police and Dame Evelyn Glennie, GRAMMY award-winning DJ, Mix Master Mike, legendary drummers Sheila E., Kenny Aronoff, and Stephen Perkins, and break-through talents, Kristen Gleeson-Prata of BØRNS, and Rico Nichols, drummer for Kendrick Lamar.

    Haiti, just a two-hour flight from Miami, remains the poorest country in the Americas with over 6 million out of 10.4 million Haitians living below the national poverty line of $2.41 per day and over 2.5 million living below the national extreme poverty line of $1.23 per day. (Source: World Bank, updated Sep 21, 2018)

    Founder of HRI, Rachel Zelon, said, "Hunger is on the rise around the world. Beyond the life and death scenarios, hunger prevents kids from developing and thriving to their full capacities. Haiti is our close neighbor – we at HRI are absolutely committed to help those impacted by extreme poverty, a group numbering in the millions. Our Haitian team works with the goal of ending chronic hunger and resolving food insecurity for the long term." On the campaign, Zelon added, "We are extremely grateful to have assembled a wonderful group of musicians to bring attention to the ongoing difficulties facing Haitians."

    Stewart Copeland commented, "This is the proper use of a megaphone … we're banging up a noise to get society to focus on what can be done to beat hunger on this earth."

    Dame Evelyn Glennie stated, "… the fact that the drum is universal and can stir people's sense of well-being is a great way to capture attention for this cause!"

    Beat Hunger was created and produced by Matt Williams of Addition Media.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18400-stewart-copeland-sheila-e-and-more-unite-to-beat-hunger-with-hunger-relief-international

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  • Now is the time to register for a weekend of philanthropy, music and fun hosted by Scott Medlock, an internationally renowned sports artist, and Robby Krieger, legendary guitarist for The Doors, from Oct. 27-29, in Malibu, California.

    The eleventh annual Scott Medlock-Robby Krieger Golf Classic and All-Star Concert will kick off with a 20-mile Rock ‘n' Ride on Saturday, Oct. 27, followed by the All-Star Concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, at Saddlerock Ranch and the Rock & Roll Golf Classic with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 29.

    Longtime friends Medlock and Krieger organized the events to support St. Jude Children0s Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It has become one of the largest, single event fundraisers of the year for the hospital. 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.

    Events like this would not be possible without the support of sponsors including Saddlerock Ranch, Monster Energy, Hyatt Residence Club, Hornburg Jaguar Land Rover Santa Monica, LIFElabs and Harley Davidson of Glendale. Special thanks to Mastro's Steakhouse, Duke's Malibu, Westlake Village Inn Catering, Woodpeckers Backyard BBQ, Two Guys Grilling, Malibu Family Wines, Asombroso Tequila and Tito's Vodka for serving gourmet tastings, wine and cocktails at the All-Star Concert.

    Entertainers who are scheduled to perform include: Robby Krieger (The Doors), Alex Lifeson (Rush), Orianthi (Michael Jackson), Danny Seraphine (Chicago/CTA), Jason Scheff (Chicago), Elliot Easton (The Cars), Phil Chen (Jeff Beck), Ray Goren, Haley Reinhart (American Idol), Dave Brock (Wild Child), Mike Phillips (Prince/Stevie Wonder), Ira Dean, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Dennis Quaid, Steve Molitz and Ed Roth.

    Tickets are still available. Learn more and register at TheMedlockKrieger.com. Find the event on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @MedlockKrieger.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18389-11th-annual-scott-medlock-robby-krieger-golf-classic-and-all-star-concert

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  • Michelle Obama has announced the launch of the Global Girls Alliance, a new Obama Foundation program that seeks to empower adolescent girls around the world through education.

    Right now, more than 98 million adolescent girls are not in school, and yet an educated girl can lift up her family, her community, and her country. The Global Girls Alliance aims to advance the efforts of organizations and individuals doing this work by driving public awareness and action. As part of this effort, the Alliance will help support grassroots leaders around the world who best understand the unique challenges girls face in their local communities and the strategies needed to overcome these barriers.

    "I'm thrilled to announce the Obama Foundation's launch of the Global Girls Alliance," said Mrs. Obama. "We want to lift up the grassroots leaders in communities all over the world who are clearing away the hurdles that too many girls face. Because the evidence is clear: educating girls isn't just good for the girls, it's good for all of us."

    The Global Girls Alliance will amplify this work being done around the world to empower adolescent girls through education by:

    • Inspiring, empowering, and connecting grassroots leaders. The Foundation wants to ensure that those on the front lines are supported with effective strategies to enhance and scale their work. We created an online network to connect leaders to one another so they can share best practices, resources, encouragement, and ideas.
    • Driving specific commitments through GoFundMe. These grassroots leaders need more than visibility and connections to one another—they need financial support. To close this gap, the Foundation worked with GoFundMe to launch the Global Girls Alliance Fund, a fund that will directly support grassroots leaders working on girls education. Donations to the fund may be general or designated by donors for specific projects listed on the Global Girls Alliance GoFundMe page.
    • Inspiring and challenging young people in the developed world to join this Global Girls Alliance. We want young people in the United States and around the world to learn about this issue and get involved. From encouraging young people to share a presentation on this issue at school to collaborating with girl group organizations who have expanded their programming to include work on adolescent girls education, the Foundation is offering resources to help young people turn their passion about this issue into action.

    Mrs. Obama announced the initiative on a special 8 am hour of the Today Show devoted to the International Day of the Girl.

    "Through Mrs. Obama's passion for this issue, our aim is to drive global attention, awareness, and action—and generate commitments to help empower adolescent girls around the world, so that they can, in turn, support their families, communities, and countries," said Obama Foundation CEO David Simas.

    Learn more at GlobalGirlsAlliance.org.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18402-michelle-obama-announces-global-girls-alliance

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