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  • Jane Lynch

    Golden Globe-nominated actress Jane Lynch is best known for her role as cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester in the Fox TV show Glee.

    She is a supporter of PETA.

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  • Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. creates and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children.

    Ronald McDonald House provides a home for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.

    Ronald McDonald Family Room, usually beside pediatric and intensive care units within hospital, provides a place to enjoy a warm meal, talk with other parents and relax.

    Ronald McDonald Care Mobile brings cost-effective, high-quality medical, dental and health education services directly to underserved children in rural and urban areas across the globe.

    Celebrity supporters

    Ronald McDonald House Charities has 32 known supporters, including Holly Robinson-Peete, Mario Lopez, and Hayden Panettiere

    Areas of work

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  • Call for Code 2019, created by leading philanthropic producer David Clark, CEO of David Clark Cause and Founding Partner IBM, is the largest engagement of developers in history. Call for Code was created in 2018 to challenge the 23 million developers around the world to help solve social challenges with sustainable software solutions.

    This year's Call for Code 2019 Global Challenge focuses on supporting the health and well-being of people and communities affected by natural disasters.

    To show support for Call for Code and its charitable partners, celebrities, athletes and social advocates lent their powerful voices to help people and communities affected by natural disasters by participating in the #CallforCode global social campaign on World Health Day, April 7th.

    "Since Call for Code launched last year, we received submissions for the Global Challenge from 156 nations, which contributed to making Call for Code the largest engagement of developers in history," said Call for Code creator David Clark. "We're also grateful for the support we're continuing to receive from celebrities, athletes and renowned organizations. In support of Call for Code on World Health Day, I'm grateful to Celine Dion, The Jonas Brothers, Robin Thicke, Monica, Laurie Hernandez, Apolo Ohno, Brian Littrell, Little Big Town, United Nations Human Rights, the Clinton Global Initiative University, and many others who helped promote Call for Code globally via their social followers."

    "As Founding Partner of Call for Code, we are proud to support developers as change agents, and to empower them to innovate for social good," said Bob Lord, SVP, Cognitive Applications and Developer Ecosystems, IBM. "We're proud of the amazing tech solutions that came out of Call for Code in 2018, and are now excited to see the submissions the global developer community submits as part of this year's Call for Code 2019 Global Challenge."

    The winner of the inaugural Call for Code Global Prize in 2018 was Project Owl. Project Owl created an innovative two-part software and hardware solution that allows civilians and first responders to stay in touch via an easily-deployable, Wi-Fi-enabled mesh network when normal communications networks have been compromised.

    Call for Code aims to help deliver support to disaster victims, which is especially important as last year ranked as one of the worst years on record for catastrophic events, including fires, floods, earthquakes and storms.

    In recognition for its global reach and impact, Call for Code was named an honoree at the 2019 CES Innovation Awards.

    How to Join Call for Code
    Developers can register today at: callforcode.org
    Projects can be submitted by individuals -- or teams of up to five people -- between March 25, 2019 and July 29, 2019.
    The winner will receive a $200,000 USD cash prize and project support from The Linux Foundation.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18912-stars-back-call-for-code-2019-global-challenge

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  • Country star Jessie Chris was recently named ambassador for an exciting new partnership between Sylvania Light Bulbs and the Be The Light Campaign.

    Holding the elevator for a stranger. Buying a coffee for the next person in line. Cheering up a friend who is down. Giving a warm smile while working the drive-thru window. These are just some of the small ways people make the world a brighter place. LEDVANCE, the makers of SYLVANIA general lighting in the United States and Canada, and the non-profit Be the Light Campaign are announcing the "Who Lights Up Your World?" Contest to find, recognize and reward people who give off positive energy, joy and light.

    "Be the Light is focused on the importance of hope. We believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and that small moments of kindness can alter the course of someone's day. These can have a rippling effect that positively impacts more and more people over time," said Melissa Syler, founder of Be the Light Campaign. "Working with the makers of SYLVANIA general lighting, we invite the nation to be an agent of change. Be a part of something larger than yourself. Be the Light."

    
Starting today through July 31, 2019, you can nominate anyone who exemplifies what it means to "Be the Light" by clicking here to thank that special person who lights up your world. Examples could include a person who exudes positivity, is always willing to help when needed, or is an inspirational role model. You could nominate a friend, family member, co-worker, or anyone you know. Out of the nominations, 25 people in the United States who best embody the "Be the Light" concept will receive a Thank You Gift that includes a $50 VISA Gift Card and SYLVANIA LED lighting products. If your nominee is selected, we will reward you with a $20 VISA Gift Card and SYLVANIA lighting products too! These selected stories of light-hearted people will be shared online with the hope they will ignite a movement toward positivity and help inspire others to Be the Light.

    SYLVANIA LED light bulbs can last up to 22 years and save up to 85 percent on electricity. "SYLVANIA lighting products have been illuminating homes and businesses for over a century, providing light where you need it. It's heartwarming to know that people across the nation are also providing light when others need it through simple acts of kindness," said Wolfgang Mailaender, Head of Marketing for U.S. and Canada, LEDVANCE.

    Billboard Artist to Watch Jessie Chris is a brand ambassador for the joint campaign between the makers of SYLVANIA light bulbs and Be the Light Campaign. Growing up in Massachusetts where being a country music fan wasn't popular in school, Jessie was constantly bullied by her peers. She didn't let that stop her from following her dreams of performing. Now she is a recognized country music artist, performing at concerts, walking red carpets and releasing music with other top musicians. "I feel it's important to me to Be the Light for others, like how my parents were for me when I was going through dark times," said Chris. "This is why I have been traveling to over 100 elementary schools across the nation to share my story of overcoming adversity to help students that are dealing with being bullied. That's also why I am so excited to be a part of this initiative to recognize those that spread light."

    Examples of Powerful Sources of Light
    
What does it mean to Be the Light? Here are some examples of everyday heroes that make a difference in the lives of others.

    • Jaron Albert Fisch, Kay Kay Clivio and Tanya Pergament
      The Felix Organization was founded by Run-DMC Founder Darryl McDaniels and Emmy-award winning casting director Sheila Jaffe, who were both adopted. Their annual event "Dance this Way" honors Dream Makers that bring love, light and generosity to children living in the foster care system. Previously, fourteen-year old Jaron Albert Fisch donated more than $8,000 from his rap bar mitzvah to the organization and was honored at the event. This year, yoga teachers Kay Kay Clivio and Tanya Pergament will be recognized for their efforts over the past seven years to bring yoga to children in foster care. As volunteers for The Felix Organization, they bring light to this population of children at the annual Camp Felix, a summer camp specially designed for this population in upstate New York. The duo also created the charity's annual fundraiser OM THIS WAY and have raised thousands of dollars to enrich the lives of children growing up in the foster care system.
    • Renee Rhodes
      Heading Home is a non-profit that provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent housing, and supportive services to homeless and formerly homeless families and individuals in the Greater Boston area. "Renee is a Program Manager at Heading Home and she approaches her work from a base of love and compassion, working with homeless families to overcome difficulty and help them thrive," said Meaghan O'Donnell, Director of Family Services, Heading Home.

    "In her three-year tenure, Renee has worked with close to 50 clients and their children to help them see all the possibilities in their lives. When clients arrive in our shelters, they are often completely broken, not able to see what they can achieve. Renee is especially gifted in the way she assists clients to regain lost hope and passion in their lives. Starting from a base of compassion, genuinely curious to know their story, Renee listens closely for a small spark of positivity. Somehow able to tap into the smallest mustard seed of hope, Renee helps clients hear themselves and begin to realize that success comes in small steps. By lighting the smallest flicker of hope, clients begin to realize what they can do! Renee is a master at building worthiness, in spreading light, and giving hope to those who are often hopeless," said O'Donnell.

    • Arnie Carvalho
      Arnie Carvalho is co-creator of Venganza Media Inc., an independent multimedia company and home to the Venganza Media Podcasting Network which includes podcasts about collecting and also Now Playing Podcast. Since its 2007 launch as a short-form, off-the-cuff movie review show, Now Playing Podcast has grown into one of the most successful and celebrated listener-supported programs online.

    "We love doing our podcasts because of the friendships we have made, both with the others who work on the shows or listeners who share our passion for movies and collecting," said Carvalho. "However, the joy of podcasting deepened for us when we started getting notes from listeners telling us how our shows helped them through rough times. One person discussed their bout with depression and medical issues and said she thought she would never laugh again. Then she found our show and found herself laughing while in the hospital. She told me laughter is the best medicine, and honestly that's why I started doing podcasts. Growing up I went to movies and video games for my entertainment. A tough day at home or at school could get me down, and a movie could bring me back up. When I turned 22 and started to really question what I wanted to do with my life, the answer was to entertain people. It's often considered ignoble, but my thinking is that people need something to bring them up when they're feeling down."

    Carvalho continued, "I never thought Now Playing and the other shows would have the reach that they do…EVER…but when I get e-mails like these it reminds me why I started doing this in the first place. I understand the power of entertainment and consider it one of the essentials of life. So, I started podcasting with the thought that maybe people would be entertained, and it would take their mind off some troubles the way I needed."

    • Lisa Carroll
      When Lisa Carroll lost her sister to cancer, she battled fierce depression. "Painting became a form of therapy for me, and I began painting and hiding rocks for others to find all around my town and the surrounding areas – fun rocks, inspirational rocks, love rocks, all kinds," said Carroll. "Now, I paint hundreds of rocks a month as part of my way of spreading light. I choose to Be the Light in someone's day even if it's just one person. The best part is the messages I receive about how much my rocks mean to them and the community."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18916-country-artist-jessie-chris-named-ambassador-for-be-the-light-campaign

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  • The inaugural Faith, Hope & Charity Gala, presented by Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, will honor Tim Robbins and The Actors' Gang with the Compassionate Advocate Award at a gala benefitting the organization's Immigration and Refugee Resettlement Program on Saturday, April 27 at De Luxe Banquet Hall in Burbank, CA.

    The evening will be hosted by 4-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, Leyna Nguyen ("Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles") and will also honor PwC US (PricewaterhouseCoopers), Mosaic Church founders Erwin and Kim McManus, and community activist Nam Loc Nguyen. The Faith, Hope & Charity Gala will also include a special performance by Musical Director Greg Wright (songwriter/producer for Diana Ross, Natalie Cole, The Jacksons, Marvin Gaye).

    Catholic Charities of Los Angeles' Immigration and Refugee Resettlement Program provides support and advocacy to individuals and families by helping them to legalize their residency status and become naturalized citizens. The program works to help vulnerable immigrants and refugees achieve legal status, self-sufficiency, family unity, cultural integration and long-term success by providing exceptional legal and social services.

    The Faith, Hope & Charity Gala is generously sponsored by Kieu Hoang Winery, The American Fundraising Foundation (AmFund), and singer, actor and philanthropist Ha Phuong ("Finding Julia").

    TICKETING INFORMATION
    Individual tickets are $125 per person. VIP tables beginning at $2,500 include branding opportunities. To purchase tickets and tables please visit catholiccharitiesla.org/events or contact kcahill@ccharities.org

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18917-faith-hope-and-charity-gala-to-honor-the-actors-gang-and-tim-robbins

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  • Covenant House California will host A Night of Hollywood Stars at the NOVO THEATER AT L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on April 27th, 2019, commemorating 30 years of impacting the lives of the Los Angeles' homeless youth.

    Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, of the hit TLC show Nate & Jeremiah by Design

    Hosted by Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, of the hit TLC show Nate & Jeremiah by Design, the evening will celebrate the talent, resilience, and dreams of the nearly 200,000 youths that have come through the doors of Covenant House California since it opened. All tickets sold and funds raised will benefit Covenant House and its much needed programs which help homeless and trafficked youth get off the streets.

    The celebration and fundraiser will consist of a red carpet, performance, and cocktail-style event.

    WHERE: THE NOVO THEATER AT L.A. LIVE
    800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

    WHEN: Saturday, April 27, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

    INFO: Tickets are available at: Covenant House California – A Night of Hollywood Stars

    Pricing: Single tickets start at $500

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18918-nate-berkus-and-jeremiah-brent-to-host-a-night-of-hollywood-stars-event

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  • UNICEF UK High Profile Supporter Rita Ora this week personally surprised more than 400 children and young people in her native Kosovo, when she dropped in to greet the excited and unsuspecting youth groups.

    The singer made the surprise visit at the Activate event in the capital Prishtina, UNICEF Kosovo's annual event which promotes innovative initiatives developed by young people involved in UPSHIFT. The programme provides training, financing and mentorship opportunities to young people to launch their own projects designed to help their communities.

    Rita Ora travelled to Kosovo this week in support of the Soccer Aid for Unicef campaign to see how Unicef programmes are improving child health, childhood development and education in marginalised communities.

    Earlier in the day, the Kosovo native who left the country aged one, also took part in a youth empowerment session and spent time meeting young people that are being supported by Unicef.

    Rita said: "I'm so happy to be back in Kosovo and honoured to be meeting children and families supported by Unicef. This is my first trip with Unicef and seeing how the programmes positively impact the health and development of children drives home how important it is for us all to keep supporting Unicef.
    "I can't wait to tell everyone more about the work I have seen, the people I've met and why I'm so proud to be involved in Soccer Aid for Unicef this year."

    Rita's visit to Kosovo was in support of Soccer Aid for Unicef 2019 and more information will be announced in due course.
    Rita has been a supporter, campaigner and advocate of Unicef UK and since 2013.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18919-rita-ora-surprises-400-children-at-unicef-event-in-kosovo

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  • The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts announces today An Evening of Wicked Fun Honoring Stephen Schwartz, a Spring Celebration fundraising event presented by the legendary House of Harry Winston, highlighting the work of the award-winning composer/lyricist of classic musicals including Wicked, Pippin, Godspell, Enchanted and more.

    The evening will take place on Thursday, May 16, 2019, beginning at 6:30 pm at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and will feature performances from beloved artists including Idina Menzel, Megan Hilty, Andrea Martin, Liz Callaway, Angel Blue and many others! Proceeds from the night will support the artistic, education, and outreach programs of The Wallis which serve more than 70,000 audience members annually, including thousands of underserved students from throughout the greater Los Angeles area with limited access to the arts. Honorary Co-Chairs are Wallis Annenberg, Alan Menken, and Julie & Marc Platt. Event Co-Chairs are John Bendheim and Cathy Louchheim. Support for the event includes Official Beverage Sponsor Wally's Beverly Hills; Media Sponsor Angeleno Magazine and catering provided Wolfgang Puck. Tickets are now on available at TheWallis.org/Celebration.

    "With a career spanning more than four decades, Mr. Schwartz has entertained and inspired generations of musical theater lovers with his immeasurable talent," said John Bendheim and Cathy Louchheim, Event Co-Chairs. "His contributions to stage, film and television have become the bedrock of the contemporary American musical landscape and we are honored to tip our hats to him on this very special evening."

    "Over the past three seasons, we have been privileged to become the Los Angeles home of Stephen's annual musical theater workshop along with our partners at ASCAP," said The Wallis' Artistic Director Paul Crewes. "It was through this collaboration that we have seen his dedication to fostering the musical theater art form and its next generation of artists -- and it is our honor to pay tribute to his incredible breadth of work." Rachel Fine, The Wallis' Executive Director and CEO added, "In alignment with Stephen's on-going commitment and devotion to aspiring songwriters, this special evening will provide significant funds for The Wallis to continue its work of producing and presenting works of new artists, as well as bringing the arts to thousands of students and young adults across the Los Angeles community -- many of whom will experience music, theater or dance for the very first time."

    Stephen Schwartz wrote the music and lyrics for the current Broadway hit Wicked, and has also contributed music and/or lyrics to Godspell, Pippin, The Magic Show, The Baker's Wife, Working (which he also adapted and directed), Rags and Children Of Eden. He collaborated with Leonard Bernstein on the English texts for Bernstein's Mass and wrote the title song for the play and movie Butterflies Are Free. For children, he has written songs for two musicals, Captain Louie and My Son Pinocchio. He has also worked in film, collaborating with Alan Menken on the songs for Disney's Enchanted as well as the animated features Pocahontas and The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, and writing the songs for the DreamWorks animated feature The Prince Of Egypt. His first opera, Seance on a Wet Afternoon, was produced at Opera Santa Barbara and New York City Opera. A book about his career, Defying Gravity, has been released by Applause Books. Mr. Schwartz has been inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and has been given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Awards include three Academy Awards, four Grammy Awards, and a tiny handful of tennis trophies.

    The evening celebration will unfold across three acts:

    ACT 1: A strolling dinner reception featuring culinary delights by Wolfgang Puck, festive cocktails, and lively entertainment throughout the Jim & Eleanor Randall Grand Hall and the Promenade Terrace.

    ACT II: Star-studded theatrical and musical performances by some of today's most prominent artists in the state-of-the-art Bram Goldsmith Theater.

    ACT III: A decadent dessert and champagne reception closes the evening on the Promenade Terrace.

    Benefactor Packages and single tickets are now available starting at $500. For more information about Benefactor Packages or to purchase tickets, visit TheWallis.org/Celebration, call 310.746.4000, or stop by in person at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Services located at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Ticket prices subject to change.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18920-wallis-annenberg-center-for-the-performing-arts-announces-spring-celebration

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  • Seal will perform at the 2019 DKMS Gala in NYC on May 1.

    DKMS is an international nonprofit fighting blood cancers and blood disorders. It all started with one family's search for a bone marrow donor. Today, DKMS is the world's largest bone marrow donor center. So far, DKMS has registered 9 million potential donors and facilitated 77,000 transplants. However, thousands of patients are still waiting for their lifesaving matches.

    DKMS supports patients by registering more donors, raising awareness, and improving therapies and research— all in an effort to provide them with a second chance at life. 100% of the proceeds from the Gala fund the DKMS mission to delete blood cancer once and for all.

    Among those expected to attend are: Honoree Bob Cusimano Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and a Blood Cancer Survivor; Performance by Seal: Hosted by Tom Brokaw NBC News Senior Correspondent; Live Auction Host Lord Dalmeny, Sotheby's Chairman, UK & Ireland; and Global Ambassador Katharina Harf. Event Chairs Olivier & Valérie Goudet and Honorary Chairs: DKMS co-founder Peter & Tina Harf (JAB Holiding Company, s.à.r.l.); Bob Gamgort (Keurig Dr Pepper); Pierre Laubies (Coty, Inc.), Angelina & Monte Lipman (Republic Records) and Charlotte & Alejandro Santo Domingo (Quadrant Capital Advisors). Along with guests: Derek Lam and others…

    WHEN: Wednesday, May 1st

    WHERE: Cipriani Wall Street
    55 Wall Street
    New York City

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18921-seal-to-perform-at-dkms-gala

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  • The Actors Fund will honor Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Lily Tomlin with the Julie Harris Award for Artistic Achievement at the 23rd Annual Tony Awards Viewing Gala on Sunday, June 9, 2019 (3:30-9:00pm) at Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

    Celebrating Broadway's Biggest Night in Los Angeles, the gala fundraiser will feature red carpet arrivals, cocktail hour, gala dinner, live performances, silent auction, and the West Coast's exclusive live feed of the 2019 Tony Awards broadcast from New York City. Tickets are currently on sale here. Individual tickets are $300 (limit six per person) and tables of 10 start at $3500.

    The Julie Harris Award for Artistic Achievement has been presented in past years to Julie Harris, Gwen Verdon, Lauren Bacall, Charles Durning, Jason Alexander, Carol Channing, Tyne Daly, Rita Moreno, Stockard Channing, James Earl Jones, Liza Minnelli, Jerry Herman, Tommy Tune, Chita Rivera, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Hal Holbrook, Barbara Cook and Betty Buckley.

    The Tony Awards live broadcast is made possible with the kind permission of CBS, Tony Awards Productions, The American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League and DIRECTV.

    For sponsorship and ticket inquiries, please contact Chester McCurry, Director of Special Events, at cmccurry@actorsfund.org or 323-330-2428.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18922-lily-tomlin-to-be-honored-at-the-actors-funds-23rd-annual-tony-awards-viewing-gala-in-la

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  • Written by Scott Cable

    The Blue Card held its 83rd annual benefit gala on Monday, April 8, 2019 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC. The evening was hosted by Bravo's Andy Cohen.

    Masha Pearl, Andy Cohen, Gia Machlin
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    The evening included the presentation of awards to individuals and groups dedicated to supporting the needs of Holocaust survivors and advancing human rights worldwide. The honorees included: Joe Biden, 47th Vice President of the United States; Stanley Bergman and Dr. Marion Bergman of Henry Schein, Inc. and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation; David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee and former UK Foreign Secretary; New York Foundation for Eldercare; and past participants in The Blue Card's Bnei Mitzvah Project, a program where Bar and Bat Mitzvah students engage with and perform acts of service for survivors.

    "The Blue Card is proud to recognize Vice President Biden, Stanley and Dr. Marion Bergman, David Miliband, the New York Foundation for Eldercare and alumni of our Bnei Mitzvah Project for their dedication to raising awareness and taking action to support the current plight of Holocaust survivors in the United States who are so critically in need of financial assistance," said Masha Pearl, Executive Director of The Blue Card. "Thousands of Holocaust survivors from your neighbors to people you pass on the street lived through the unthinkable. The hard truth is for many of them survival still remains a struggle. Those individuals living at or below the poverty line must make difficult choices -- whether to pay rent, buy food or get desperately needed medicine. The Blue Card's goal is to raise funds for current programs which deepen our connection with survivors in communities currently being underserved. We greatly appreciate the work of this year's honorees, and are looking to the larger community to help spread awareness about those still in need."

    The Blue Card, is the only national nonprofit in the US solely dedicated to providing direct aid to Holocaust survivors in need. The mission of The Blue Card is to provide direct financial assistance to needy Holocaust survivors living across the United States to help them live their remaining years in dignity and with respect. This mission is incredibly time-sensitive as at least 50 percent of Holocaust survivors alive today are expected to pass away within the next 10 to 20 years.

    The mission of The Blue Card is to provide direct financial assistance, with utmost respect and ever mindful of their dignity, to needy Holocaust survivors in the United States. Financial assistance is available on a monthly basis for most basic needs, as well as for emergencies, such as medical and dental care, special equipment, rent and utility shut offs, along with many other programs.

    Founded in Germany in 1934, and reestablished in the United States in 1939, The Blue Card has distributed nearly $35 million to Holocaust survivors to date, with 100 percent of annual contributions made by individuals going directly to survivors. The Blue Card is certified by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), has the highest 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and was named as one of the best Jewish charities by Federal Times.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18924-andy-cohen-hosts-83rd-blue-card-gala-to-aid-holocaust-survivors

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  • Today, WE Day, the greatest celebration of social good, announces the dynamic lineup set to hit the stage at WE Day California, taking place at the "Fabulous" Forum on April 25, 2019.

    With stadium sized events across North America, the UK and the Caribbean, WE Day returns to California uniting 16,000 extraordinary students and educators who have made a difference in their local and global communities. Together they will enjoy a day of unforgettable performances and motivational speeches with WE co-founders and international activists Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger, host Neil Patrick Harris, Mahershala Ali, Chance the Rapper, Selena Gomez, Joe Jonas, Bill Nye, Pentatonix, Natalie Portman, Hailee Steinfeld, Meghan Trainor, will.i.am and more, still to be announced. WE Day is free of charge to students and educators across the U.S. thanks to the generous support of sponsors, led by National Co-Title Sponsor The Allstate Foundation and Co-Title Sponsor Unilever.

    "Every year, WE Day leaves me feeling inspired and hopeful. The youth have an incredible positive and passionate attitude for making real change in the world" says actress and multi-platinum recording artist, Selena Gomez. "I'm so proud to celebrate young people's year of social change and to remind them that together, we are an unstoppable movement dedicated to a brighter and better tomorrow."

    More than a one-day event, WE Day is connected to the free, yearlong program WE Schools. Designed to enhance a school or community's existing social initiatives or spark new ones, WE Schools provides participants with curriculum, educational resources and action campaigns, encouraging students to further their curricular learning and develop life skills to succeed beyond the classroom. In the 2017/2018 school year, over 1260 schools and school groups across California improved the world through WE Schools, volunteering over 1.4 million hours and raising more than $1,000,000 in support of over 660 global and local causes including bringing awareness to homelessness, food security, LGBTQ+ rights, access to education, access to clean water in oversees communities and environmental issues.

    "Across America, we are surrounded by young leaders who are working together to positively impact their local and global communities. It's incredibly inspiring to see young people who are committed to changing the world," said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE. "WE Day California will bring together thousands of students who are raising their collective voice as they work towards creating a future for all — this generation is speaking up and the world is listening."

    The initial list of WE Day California hosts, speakers and performers in alphabetical order, announced to date, includes:

    • Host: Neil Patrick Harris
    • Appearances: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mahershala Ali, Fatima Avelica, Cameron Boyce, Karamo Brown, Sofia Carson, Celebrity Marauders, Chance The Rapper, Edna Chavez, Justin Choo, Cohen Family, Nina Dobrev, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Selena Gomez, Winnie Harlow, Ryan Hickman, Laurie Hernandez, Olivia Holt, Emma Horton, Zeke Sumpter Ibarra, Skai Jackson, Joe Jonas, Zak Karim, Craig Kielburger, Marc Kielburger, LaurDIY, Pascale Lederman, Roman McConn, Dr. Art McCoy, Eli Meyer, Anna Miller, Gabi Nascimento, Bill Nye, Natalie Portman, Aidan Rassech, Kheris Rogers, Tyler Stallings, Hailee Steinfeld, Aimee Song, Spencer West, will.i.am
    • Performers: Pentatonix, Meghan Trainor and more surprises to come
    • Co-Chairs: WE Day California Co-Chair, President & Chief Executive Officer, Argyros Group, Stephanie Argyros; WE Day California Co-Chair, President, New American Funding, Patricia Arvielo; WE Day National Co-Chair, Founder/CEO, Burn 60 Studios, Janet Crown; WE Day National Co-Chair, Zilliance and Officer LAPD/Hawthorne PD, Steve Robinson; WE Day California Co-Chair, Chief Executive Officer, The Travel Corporation, Brett Tollman; WE Day California Co-Chair, Art and Philanthropy Editor, West Luxury Magazine, Miranda Tollman; WE Day National Co-Chair, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Allstate, Tom Wilson

    WE Day is free of charge to students and educators across the U.S. thanks to the generous support of sponsors led by National Co-Title Sponsor The Allstate Foundation and Co-Title Sponsor Unilever. This means students can't buy a ticket to WE Day California — youth from across the state earn their way by taking action on one local and one global issue of their choice.

    Specific portions of WE Day California that highlight the incredible youth and educators profiled in the show, will be filmed for inclusion in a one-hour national televised special airing Friday, August 9, 2019 on ABC at 8P ET/7P CT. The WE Day Special is sponsored by Title Partner The Allstate Foundation, and by Presenting Partners Walgreens and Microsoft.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18923-stars-announced-for-we-day-california-2019

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  • GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, announced today that actor and performer Shangela will host the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York, while CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper will present the Advocate For Change Award to previously announced honoree Madonna, on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the New York Hilton Midtown.

    Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress Rachel Brosnahan ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"), model and activist Winnie Harlow, multiple Emmy and GLAAD Media Award-winning director and producer Ryan Murphy ("Pose") will join previously announced special guests Samantha Bee ("Full Frontal"), CNN's Don Lemon, and the cast of FX's "Pose," including 2017 GLAAD honoree Billy Porter. GLAAD previously announced that Sarah Jessica Parker will present the Vito Russo Award to Andy Cohen.

    For the first time, GLAAD's New York awards ceremony will be broadcast on Logo on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 8pm ET/PT. The 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are supported by Presenting Partners Delta Air Lines, Gilead, Hyundai, Ketel One Family-Made Vodka, and Wells Fargo.

    Actor and performer D.J. "Shangela" Pierce will host the event. Most recently, D.J. "Shangela" Pierce, brought the house down at GLAAD's LA ceremony, where he performed a now viral Beyoncé tribute in front of honorees Beyoncé and JAY-Z. Shangela is best recognized as the only contestant to compete on three separate seasons of the Emmy-award winning reality series "RuPaul's Drag Race" (seasons 2, 3 and All Stars 3). In 2018, Shangela starred in the critically acclaimed film "A Star Is Born" opposite Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper and made headlines for walking the red carpet of the 91st Annual Academy Awards. Shangela recently completed a 184 plus city international tour, performing his comedy and cabaret act to sold out audiences.

    Anderson Cooper, anchor of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360°," will present the Advocate for Change Award to Madonna. Madonna famously presented Cooper with GLAAD's Vito Russo Award at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. The Advocate for Change Award was given once before and is presented to a LGBTQ ally who, through their work, changed the game for LGBTQ people around the world.

    GLAAD previously announced that "Watch What Happens Live!" host Andy Cohen will receive this year's Vito Russo Award, which is presented to an openly LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in accelerating LGBTQ acceptance. The Award is named for Vito Russo, a founder of GLAAD and celebrated ACT UP activist, who pushed open the door for news and entertainment industries to include LGBTQ performers and stories. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker will present the honor to Cohen.

    GLAAD previously announced 151 nominees for the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in 27 categories, including an inaugural category for Outstanding Video Game, along with Kids & Family Programming, Comedy and Drama Series, Documentary, Reality Series, Music Artist, Comic Book, print, broadcast, and online news, and five Spanish-language categories.

    Nominees included Love Simon, Crazy Rich Asians, The Favourite, Pose, Schitt's Creek, The Handmaid's Tale, Nanette, Janelle Monáe, Hayley Kiyoko, Troye Sivan, American Idol, She-Ra, Law & Order: SVU, Don Lemon, Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, Univision, MSNBC, Ebony, GQ, CNN, and The New York Times.

    For a full list of nominees, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18926-glaad-announces-nominees-for-30th-annual-glaad-media-awards-in-new-york

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  • As the world braces for the surprising twists and turns of the highly anticipated final season of HBO's Game of Thrones, the show's star and United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador Nikolaj Coster-Waldau had an unexpected revelation of his own.

    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau visits Rwanda
    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau visits Rwanda

    Coster-Waldau traveled to Rwanda in mid-March, where he was taken by surprise by what he saw.

    "All I knew of Rwanda was that it was the scene of one of the worst tragedies in modern history: The genocide against the Tutsi people. Almost a million people killed," said Coster-Waldau, who visited the East African nation for the first time just weeks before the 25th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi on April 7.

    "I expected to find a country in despair," Coster-Waldau continued. "I couldn't have been more wrong."

    Coster-Waldau traveled to Rwanda with colleagues from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to shine a spotlight on the progress the country has made over the past two-and-a-half decades. UNDP partners with the Rwandan government and its people through programs and initiatives focused on issues such as gender equality, poverty and climate change.

    "From the moment I arrived in Kigali to the moment I left, I was constantly impressed by what I experienced," said Coster-Waldau. "By how rapidly change can happen if there is connection between the people and the political will of the government. And how the power of forgiveness is much stronger than the power of hate."

    "Rwanda is one of the most impressive stories of transformation not only in Africa, but anywhere in the world," said Stephen Rodriques, UNDP Rwanda Resident Representative. "We are grateful to Nikolaj for shining a spotlight on Rwanda and showing the world how a lesser developed country can lift itself up largely through its own resources and initiatives."

    Following the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, Rwandan government revised its constitution to remove all barriers to equal human rights and include the rights of women as full partners in nation-building. Today, the country holds a world record in female representation in parliament at 61 percent. In addition, 50 percent of cabinet positions in the Rwandan government are held by women.

    Coster-Waldau spoke with Rwanda's Minister for Gender and Family Promotion, Honorable Solina Nyirahabimana, who explained that Rwanda is not only implementing laws to ensure gender equality but is also building the structures necessary to promote women in every aspect of society.
    "We need everyone in our society to be contributing towards the rebuilding of Rwanda. Not just 50 percent of society. And we need to include everyone in the opportunities." Nyirahabimana said. "It's just common sense."

    Fighting inequality in all its forms and dimensions and creating a culture of inclusion is at the heart of Rwanda's national healing and rebuilding process. This kind of inclusive thinking extends to the way in which Rwanda is tackling its fight against climate change, the effects of which take their biggest toll on poverty-stricken communities.

    Rwanda's innovative approach addresses the issue of poverty and economic development while protecting the environment through the creation of so-called green villages. Coster-Waldau visited one such village, named Rweru, in the Bugesera district in the eastern part of the country. Established in 2015 with support from UNDP, the village was created to relocate people from two islands on Lake Rweru, where they lived without access to basic infrastructure like schools, hospitals, electricity or clean water, and were at high risk of landslides during the rainy season.

    Today, the Rweru green village is a safe haven for 144 families with 140 more houses nearly completed. The villagers have achieved energy and water self-sufficiency by generating biogas for cooking from consolidated human and livestock waste and harvesting rainwater for domestic use.

    "Coming from Denmark — one of the world's wealthiest countries that takes pride in being at the forefront of innovation and a green, sustainable future — it was refreshing for me to see that it's possible to make the future better without it instantly being qualified by a price tag," said Coster-Waldau who was surprised to learn that Rwanda is ahead of many Western nations when it comes to climate action, having abandoned the use of plastic bags ten years ago and with plans underway to stop the use of single-use plastics.

    Coster-Waldau recognizes that there is still a lot more work to be done in Rwanda and more challenges to overcome, such as the country's limited natural resources and a high rate of poverty.
    "But Rwanda has shown a commitment towards positive change and, on their terms, has been willing to accept help from, among others, UNDP, which has partnered with the government and its people to help them in the transition process."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18927-game-of-thrones-star-nikolaj-coster-waldau-visits-rwanda-25-years-after-genocide

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  • After months of protests in Sudan, President Omar al-Bashir has been ousted by the country's military.

    George Clooney and John Prendergast, Co-Founders of The Sentry, said: "The people of Sudan have been waiting for this day for a long time, but it is only a tentative first step towards real change. The general who has taken over in this palace coup, Awad Ibn Ouf, has been sanctioned by the United States for orchestrating war crimes in Darfur, just as the just-deposed Omar al-Bashir has been. Bashir is also wanted for genocide and war crimes perpetrated in Darfur, and should be extradited and tried in The Hague for those crimes. However, removing the leader of a violent, corrupt system without dismantling that system is inadequate. The next steps are crucial. The international community must provide all possible support to ensure that the transition is a negotiated and inclusive one, and that the next president of Sudan reflects the will of its people."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18928-george-clooney-speaks-up-following-recent-events-in-sudan

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  • The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center will honour John Logan at the 19th Annual Monte Cristo Awards.

    The Monte Cristo Award is presented to a prominent theater artist each year in recognition of a distinguished career exemplifying Eugene O'Neill's "pioneering spirit, unceasing artistic commitment, and excellence." Past recipients of the Award include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Judith Light, Meryl Streep, Michael Douglas, James Earl Jones, Nathan Lane, Harold Prince, and George C. Wolfe.

    The O'Neill is the country's preeminent organization dedicated to the development of new works and new voices for the American theater. Founded in 1964, and named in honor of Eugene O'Neill, four-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and America's only playwright to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Launchpad of the American theater, the O'Neill has been home to more than 1,000 new works for the stage and thousands more emerging artists. Scores of projects developed at the O'Neill have gone on to full production at theaters around the world. O'Neill programs include the National Playwrights Conference, National Music Theater Conference, National Critics Institute, National Puppetry Conference, Cabaret & Performance Conference, and National Theater Institute -- which offers six credit-earning undergraduate training programs. In addition, the O'Neill owns and operates the Monte Cristo Cottage as a museum open to the public. The O'Neill is the recipient of two Tony Awards and National Medal of Arts.

    Expected guests include Michael Douglas, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Judith Light, Michael Grandage, Aaron Tveit, Kate Baldwin, Cian McCarthy, Kyle McArthur, Reed Birney, Heidi Blickenstaff, Hunter Bell, Michael Berresse, Jeff Bowen, Alexander Gemignani, and Preston Whiteway (Executive Director of the O'Neill) and more.

    WHEN: Monday, April 22nd

    WHERE: The Edison Ballroom
    240 West 47th Street
    New York, New York

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18929-eugene-oneill-theater-center-announces-19th-annual-monte-cristo-awards

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  • The Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN) proudly presents the 2019 Walk to Fight Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases.

    You're invited to join LE&RN's Spokesperson and Academy Award-winner, Kathy Bates who will be kicking off the California Run/Walk and with hundreds of LE&RN supporters in their fight against lymphedema and lymphatic diseases. You can run or walk this 5K course on behalf of the estimated 10 million Americans and 250 million worldwide who are fighting this Lymphedemic. LE&RN's mission is to fight lymphatic disease and lymphedema through education, research and advocacy.

    More people are affected by these diseases in the U.S. than suffer from Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, ALS, Parkinson's Disease, and AIDS -- combined. LE, an incurable and chronic disease that results in disfiguring and disabling swelling of body parts, affects an estimated 15% of all cancer survivors and up to 30% of breast cancer survivors. Those afflicted with Primary LE are born with the disease, but can develop symptoms at any time. Yet our community suffers from a lack of awareness, misdiagnoses, and a shortage of treatment facilities, leading to a "Lymphedemic."

    • Date: June 23, 2019
    • Time: 8am – 12pm
    • Location: Crescent Bay Park in Santa Monica/Ocean Park, 2000 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90405 (right next to Casa del Mar)
    • Registration/Check-in: Begins at 8:00 am and closes at 9:00 am. Please visit the registration table to check-in and receive your t-shirt (while supplies last)
    • Parking: There is metered parking on Ocean Ave./Barnard Way and the larger beach lots, located directly adjacent to the event site. To access the main beach lot, please enter on Bicknell Ave. from Ocean Ave. or Main Street. 10 Bicknell Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90405 – takes you right to the parking entrance
    • Distance: 5K
    • Cost: $40 for adults and $30 for students (22 and under)
    • Website: www.grouprev.com/CALymphWalk2019

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18930-the-2019-walk-to-fight-lymphedema-and-lymphatic-diseases

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  • Erasing the Stigma Leadership Awards will take place in Beverly Hills on April 25.

    The Erasing the Stigma Leadership Awards is an annual event thrown by Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, a leading non-profit provider of free community mental health and substance use services for children and adults for over 75 years. The agency is also home to the nation's first Suicide Prevention Center, a national leader in training, research and services.

    Expected to attend are Authors Nic Sheff and David Sheff (Honorees, Beautiful Boy), The NFL Players Association, INC. (Honoree), Filmmaker Willam "Michael" Barbee (Honoree, Beyond the Silence film premiering at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2019), Musician Alex Boye (Honoree), Kathy Ireland (Presenter, Supermodel-turned-supermogul, and NFL Players Inc. Board of Directors member), Actor Bill Duke (Presenter, stars in Beyond the Silence), Actor Jack Dylan Grazer (Shazam, also stars as Nic Sheff in Beautiful Boy), Melissa Rivers (Emcee, an advocate for suicide prevention since her father's death by suicide), NFL offensive tackle Joe Barksdale.

    Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services is one of the nation's leading providers of community mental health, substance use and suicide prevention services. Dedicated to serving communities where stigma or poverty limits access, the agency has been transforming lives for more than 75 years through its innovative and comprehensive approach to care. Today, Didi Hirsch helps over 120,000 adults and children annually from 10 locations and nearly 100 schools in Southern California.

    Didi Hirsch's 60-year-old Suicide Prevention Center -- the first and most comprehensive in the United States -- celebrated the grand opening of its new home in Century City in February 2019. The standalone building nearly doubles the number of people answering its 24/7 multilingual Crisis Line, a key member of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and offers individual and family therapy for those who need more help than support groups can provide. Each year, the Center trains over 10,000 students, teachers, faith based groups, business people and first responders how to recognize and respond to warning signs. It is also developing certified training for mental health professionals to build a larger network of therapists who know how to aid people in a suicidal crisis.

    WHEN: Thursday, April 25th, 2019

    WHERE: Beverly Hilton Hotel
    9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

    Find out more here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18925-stars-to-attend-didi-hirsch-mental-health-services-erasing-the-stigma-leadership-awards

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  • Grammy-winning recording artist and UNICEF supporter Dua Lipa travelled to Lebanon this week to meet children and young people supported by UNICEF, including many uprooted by the eight-year conflict in Syria.

    Dua Lipa visits children in an informal settlement near Terbol in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
    Dua Lipa visits children in an informal settlement near Terbol in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
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    While in Lebanon, Lipa spoke to vulnerable children and young people about the obstacles they face in their daily lives, in obtaining an education, and in finding jobs and opportunities. As part of her visit, Lipa visited projects implemented in Terbol informal settlement in the Bekaa valley by Lebanese NGO LOST (Lebanese Organisation for Studies and Training), a UNICEF youth partner organization.

    "You can read about the conditions or see the challenges on TV, but you don't really feel the absolute dire circumstances for refugees from Syria until you see them for yourself," said Lipa. "But the most powerful thing I saw was hope. In Terbol, I met a wonderful young girl called Yazee. She's fifteen. She dreams of one day going back to Syria and starting a business applying makeup. And in spite of all of the excuses she could have to give up, she is every day studying and practicing and learning her craft so she can one day make her dream real."

    Lebanon is host to more than 1 million Syrian refugees, including around 500,000 children, many of whom have faced violence and exploitation, and continue to struggle to receive adequate health care or education.

    She also visited Burj el Barajneh Palestinian camp, where she spent time with Palestinian and Syrian children receiving psychosocial support and taking early childhood development courses.

    "We are happy to have the support of global champions like Dua Lipa advocating for vulnerable children," said UNICEF's representative in Lebanon, Tanya Chapuisat. "She met and empowered young people who, like her, have ideas and energy to create a better world and therefore we thank her for amplifying the stories and dreams of the youth UNICEF is supporting across Lebanon."

    This is Lipa's first trip with UNICEF. The London-born, singer-songwriter is the daughter of Kosovar-Albanian parents who fled the conflict and political instability in the Balkans in 1992. Her family later returned to Kosovo with then 11-year old Lipa after security and opportunity returned to the troubled region a decade and a half later.

    "This is personal for me. My parents fled a war-torn region and built a life for themselves in a new place. And each one of the refugee children I met has parents just like my own, who have tried to make the best decisions they could for their families," said Lipa. "I feel lucky that I was given a chance, especially from an immigrant family, to have been born in the UK and been able to live my dream, because I had that opportunity and I feel like every other child should have that opportunity too. To be able to be in a place where they can thrive and be the best version of themselves."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18933-dua-lipa-visits-lebanon-with-unicef

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  • As singer Morrissey embarks on a Canadian tour this spring, he has a message for Canada Goose CEO Dani Reiss:

    "I'm writing to urge Canada Goose to act more like its namesake (e.g., smart, brave, and willing to fly off in a new direction) by making the bold ethical choice to remove coyote fur and down feathers from its parkas."

    PETA will join the singer on the road to collect petition signatures from fans under a large banner featuring a howling coyote and the words "We're With Morrissey: Canada Goose, Ditch the Fur and Feathers." The petition will be delivered to Reiss at the end of the tour.

    A wide variety of top brands — including HoodLamb, NOIZE, Save the Duck, For All Kind, and Wuxly Movement — sell warm, stylish vegan coats that no animal suffered and died for.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18932-morrissey-enlists-fans-to-target-canada-goose-during-upcoming-tour

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  • FilmRise, Citi, and Global Citizen have partnered together to support bringing the global community and families closer together with the nationwide Theatrical On Demand release of SPRINTER, executive produced by Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, and Richard Jefferson.

    International advocacy organization Global Citizen will be offering a VIP ticket package in its Rewards program, for a winner to attend the FilmRise and Citi/Grove exclusive premiere screening in Los Angeles. The announcement was made jointly today by FilmRise, Citi, and Global Citizen.

    "SPRINTER is an authentic look at a teenage sprinter struggling to find his way, fulfill his true potential, and reunite with his family, which has been broken apart by extreme poverty in Jamaica. Global poverty is having a calamitous effect on families and we are extremely delighted to be partnering with two great organizations that strive to make our world a better place. Their help and support of bringing attention to this film is tremendous," stated Sal Scamardo, Vice-President, Distribution Strategies, FilmRise.

    Since 2012, Global Citizen has grown into one of the largest, most visible platforms for young people around the world calling on world leaders to honour their responsibilities in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

    Madge Thomas, Senior Director of Global Policy and Government Affairs at Global Citizen comments, "We are thrilled to be a part of this film and its campaign to help bring families together, create opportunities and education for all and to help encourage more people to take action in support of a worldwide movement to end extreme poverty."

    SPRINTER will be available Theatrical-On-Demand nationwide on April 24th on the Gathr Films platform.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18934-the-award-winning-film-sprinter-gets-nationwide-theatrical-on-demand-release

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  • Gateway for Cancer Research, a non-profit dedicated to funding transformational cancer research, hosted their 3rd Annual Vino con Stelle, a signature fundraising event showcasing Wines Around the World on Friday, April 12 at the Gemini Hangar in Scottsdale, Arizona.

    Brooke Burke Attends Gateway for Cancer Research Event
    Brooke Burke Attends Gateway for Cancer Research Event

    Since 1991, Gateway for Cancer Research (Gateway) has provided over $85 million in funding for more than 170 clinical trials at leading institutions worldwide. This week, Gateway announced a $1.5 million grant to fund a first-of-its-kind pediatric brain cancer study at Phoenix Children's Hospital.

    Video: MICHAEL BOLTON, THE TENORS AND SHELEA PERFORMED LIVE AT VINO CON STELLE IN SCOTTSDALE, AZ

    Global philanthropists Stacie J. Stephenson, Director, Gateway, and Richard J Stephenson, Gateway's Founder and Chairman, served as the evening's hosts and sponsors. IMNA Solutions, a software development company that creates healthcare solutions for providers and patients, served as the presenting sponsor for the evening.

    "We are so grateful to Gateway's dedicated supporters who joined us at Vino Con Stelle," said Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson. "The evening was a meaningful celebration of the work we do. It also served as a reminder of all the work that remains. Too many promising discoveries don't receive the funding they deserve and we have the opportunity to change that. With the generous support of our friends in Arizona and beyond, Gateway will continue to find and fund early stage cancer research that enhances patient quality of life and contributes to the larger research community's effort to fight cancer."

    Actress, TV personality, and cancer survivor Brooke Burke, served as the night's emcee. Multiple Grammy Award winner Michael Bolton entertained guests with his hits, including How Can we Be Lovers, with additional performances by world-renowned vocal artists The Tenors and Sheléa. Attendees of the evening included Alycia Mondavi, a fourth generation family member at C. Mondavi and Family who is CEO and Co-Proprietor of Aloft and Dark Matter Wines. Ms. Mondavi served as a featured vintner along with Alpana Singh, Master Sommelier.

    "IMNA was honored to be the presenting sponsor of Vino con Stelle. Gateway is one of the few nonprofits that focuses on early stage cancer research, and it's one of the only organizations that puts 99 cents of every dollar back into the cause," said Israel Haikin, CEO of IMNA Solutions. "We all have loved ones that could have greatly benefitted from the research Gateway funds and, we share a common passion for the work Gateway is doing to help people living with cancer feel better and conquer the disease."

    Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed exquisite culinary creations by Chef Markus Ford and a carefully curated list of renowned wines from Australia, France, Italy and the United States. The cocktail reception wines included a 2014 Yalumba Family "The Scribbler" Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz Blend and a 2016 Yalumba Family Eden Valley Viognier, both generously sponsored by the Yalumba Family Winemakers. Additional cocktail wines included a Roederer Estate Brut, Non-Vintage, 2018 Domaine Ott Rosé, 2016 Tores Pazo Das Bruxas Albarino, and a 2014 Torbreck The Steading. The cocktail wines were accompanied by New Zealand Baby Lamb Lollipops, Truffle Toasted Duck Croque Monsieur, Gravlax Rosette, Curried Eggplant and Beet Concasse and Glass Noodle Spring Roll.

    Following the cocktail reception, guests enjoyed a 2016 Latour Puligny Montrachet from France paired with a Timale of Smoked Ahi and Hamachi Cruro Tartare, a 2013 Marchesi Di Barolo wine from Italy with a Summer Caprese Salade Composée and a 2014 Aloft Cabernet Sauvignon from the United States paired with an Herb Rubbed Twin Tournedos of Beef.

    Dessert featured Golden Eight, The Williams Pear Liqueur by Massenez and a Champagne Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée with a Brûléed Pear Frangipane Tart.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18935-brooke-burke-and-michael-bolton-attend-gateway-for-cancer-research-3rd-annual-vino-con-stelle

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  • The multi-platinum rock group Five Finger Death Punch has teamed up with the legendary Brian May of Queen and two of the biggest names in country and blues rock, Brantley Gilbert and Kenny Wayne Shepherd to record a special version of the song "Blue On Black" mixed by Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Shania Twain, Disturbed).

    Video: Gary Sinese0s Message Regarding 0Blue on Black0 by Five Finger Death Punch

    Titans in each of their respective genres, the artists came together to merge country and mainstream rock to re-create the classic song originally recorded and co-written by SHEPHERD. Taking Country Rock to the next level, "Blue On Black" is out today worldwide via Prospect Park (North America) and Eleven Seven Music (ex. North America).

    The artists and their respective labels are donating all proceeds from the collaboration version of "Blue On Black" to the Gary Sinise Foundation which honors America's defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need.

    FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist ZOLTAN BATHORY states: "To raise awareness for and support First Responders is a cause that's always been close to our hearts. These brave men and women leave their homes every morning not knowing if they'll ever see their families again. Yet they make a conscious choice to do so for the greater good. What better way to make a difference than to join forces with some of our friends in country, blues and classic rock who happen to be some of the biggest names in those genres and together celebrate these heroes."

    "Blue on Black is a song my band and I have covered off and on for years… songs are certified timeless when you can come back to them," says BRANTLEY GILBERT. "It's always a staple each night and one of my favorite songs to perform. When the opportunity came up to sing on Five Finger's version, with both Kenny Wayne and Brian May of Queen, I jumped at the chance… Who wouldn't?! It incorporates so many different musical perspectives, but our collaboration just works brilliantly."

    Gary Sinise, the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actor and Founder of the GARY SINISE FOUNDATION expresses his gratitude to the artists saying: "I want to send my thanks to Five Finger Death Punch, Brian May of Queen, Brantley Gilbert and Kenny Wayne Shepherd for their support of The Gary Sinise Foundation and our efforts to give back to our Nation's First Responders. I'm so grateful to have all of these incredible artists from different genres coming together to support our mission with this great song, "Blue On Black". I believe while we can never do enough to show our appreciation and gratitude to our Nation's defenders and the families who sacrifice right alongside them we can always do a little more. And you all are doing just that. So I salute you, and I thank you all. God bless."

    Blues rock legend Kenny Wayne Shepherd adds: "When Five Finger Death Punch approached me about teaming up with them to do a special version of "Blue On Black", I was thrilled to do it. When they told me Brantley Gilbert and Brian May were also going to be part of it, I was honored. This is a powerful collaboration of rock, country and blues artists and a true testament to the commonalities these musical styles share, and I think the fans will appreciate and enjoy it as much as we do."

    Allen Kovac, CEO of Eleven Seven Label Group, Tenth Street Entertainment and Five Finger Death Punch's manager for close to a decade adds: "From Johnny Cash's ‘I Walk The Line' and The Rolling Stones' ‘Honky Tonk Woman' to The Eagles and Willie Nelson, country and rock have shared an audience, and created some of the biggest and most successful records of all time. It's time to bring it all back again for First Responders. Let's tear down the walls!"

    "We are proud of our nearly 12-year legacy with Five Finger Death Punch," adds John Bowen, General Manager of Prospect Park, the band's North American label. "We are excited to release a single that will open new eyes and ears to what we believe is an incredible song, interpreted with phenomenal skill by all of the artists involved. We are also proud of the conscientious nature of this release, in support of the Gary Sinise Foundation. Rock is dead? We don't think so."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18931-new-song-by-five-finger-death-punch-brian-may-and-more-benefits-gary-sinise-foundation

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  • Each spring, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation's Hot Pink Party brings together more than 1,000 of New York City's most prominent philanthropists, celebrities and tastemakers to support life-saving breast cancer research.

    This year, marks 25 years of BCRF's unwavering commitment to supporting cutting-edge science across the globe and ending breast cancer once and for all. The evening will honor Sonia Kashuk, who will be presented with the Roslyn and Leslie Goldstein Unsung Hero Award by Jenny B. Fine, and will culminate with an incredible special surprise performance. The Hot Pink Party is made possible by the generosity of BCRF donors, sponsors, partners and the vision of 25th Gala Co-Chairs Kinga Lampert, Aerin Lauder, and pro-bono event designer Bryan Rafanelli. Underwriters Include ascena retail group Inc., the von Mandl Family Foundation, and Kinga and Edward Lampert.

    Expected to attend are Host Elizabeth Hurley, Event Honorary Chairs Judy & Leonard Lauder and Debra & Anthony von Mandl; 25th Gala Co-Chairs Kinga Lampert and Aerin Lauder; Event Co-Chairs Sandra Brant, Patsy & Patrick Callahan, Cindy & Rob Citrone, Roslyn Goldstein, Marjorie Reed Gordon, Dee & Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan, Shelly & Howard Kivell, Michael Kors, Kinga Lampert, Aerin Lauder, Jane Lauder, Jo Carole & Ronald S. Lauder, Laura & Gary Lauder, Lori Kanter Tritsch & William P. Lauder, Adrienne & Dan Lufkin, Lois Robbins & Andrew Zaro, Pat & John Rosenwald, Jeanne & Herbert Siegel, Arlene Taub, Lizzie & Jonathan Tisch, Ingrid Vandebosch & Jeff Gordon, Vera Wang and Candace King Weir. Additional special guests to include Tory Burch, Nina Garcia, Jill & Harry Kargman, Carolyn Murphy and more.

    WHEN: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    WHERE: Park Avenue Armory
    643 Park Avenue
    New York, NY 10065

    TICKETS: To purchase tickets please visit HotPinkParty.org or call 646-497-2650.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18937-elizabeth-hurley-to-host-breast-cancer-research-foundations-2019-hot-pink-party

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  • At the inaugural Empowerment in Entertainment Gala, The Hollywood Reporter will honor iconic media mogul Oprah Winfrey with the first ever Empowerment in Entertainment Award, presented by multi Grammy-winning winning musician Alicia Keys, for her decades-long work as a champion and fierce advocate for inclusion in entertainment.

    The event will be accompanied by a dedicated issue of The Hollywood Reporter spotlighting 50 "agents of change" who are leading the entertainment industry's efforts in this area. The gala will also celebrate the formal launch of the Young Executives Fellowship program, a joint venture from WME (William Morris Endeavor); Amazon Studios; the Compton, Inglewood and L.A. Unified School Districts; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater L.A.; USC School of Cinematic Arts; Howard University and Emerson College.

    Actress and singer Selena Gomez is set to introduce the initiative, which aims to create a pipeline for teenage boys and girls from underserved communities in South and East L.A. to become future leaders in the film, TV and music business. Acclaimed journalist Don Lemon will deliver the keynote address with Academy Award nominee Kumail Nanjiani set to give opening remarks. Recognizing individuals who have created opportunities for people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ community and other emerging voices in the industry, the gala is presented by WME with platinum sponsor Amazon Studios. The event is also sponsored by eOne, IMAX, OWN, and Starz.

    The event takes place on April 30 at Milk Studios, 855 North Cahuenga Boulevard, Los Angeles.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18938-oprah-winfrey-to-be-honored-at-inaugural-empowerment-in-entertainment-gala

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  • In a new op-ed in the Washington Post, The Sentry's Co-Founders George Clooney and John Prendergast write: "Sudan's courageous protesters need more than words. They need strong international action for real change to have a chance."

    Focusing on the critical role that the international community can play in support of the protesters, they add: "As a result of the documented corruption and lack of adequate anti-money-laundering controls recently highlighted by the Sentry, regime elites are likely expanding their efforts to hide their illicitly obtained wealth outside Sudan. Pursuing this capital flight would provide real support to Sudanese protesters. The U.S. Treasury Department and other regulators around the globe should issue public advisories to their financial and real estate sectors warning of the risk of asset flight from Sudanese ‘politically exposed persons' to their jurisdictions. And the United States should use Global Magnitsky Act sanctions against officials responsible for mass corruption and rights abuses."

    To read the full op-ed, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18939-george-clooney-and-john-prendergast-sudan-needs-more-than-words

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  • Food Bank For New York City, the city's leading hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs, celebrated vital community members and friends at its annual Can Do Awards Dinner last night, raising more than 9 million meals in the fight against hunger.

    Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka at 2019 Can Do Awards Dinner
    Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka at 2019 Can Do Awards Dinner

    The evening honored Chef José Andrés; David Burtka & Neil Patrick Harris; Hildy Simmons; and Stop & Shop for their commitment to hunger relief in New York City. The star-studded annual gala is instrumental in raising funds and awareness to provide support for the 1.4 million New Yorkers who rely on Food Bank For New York City's programs and services.

    Sponsored by Bank of America and chaired by Lee Brian Schrager and Jodisue Rosen & Scott R. Feldman, the event featured a live auction conducted by Christie's Lydia Fenet, as well as a performance by Motown sensations The Four Tops who delighted the crowd to classics, including "Baby I Need Your Loving," "It's the Same Old Song," and "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)."

    Other notable guests included Katie Lee, Luann de Lesseps, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Cassandra Freeman, Adam Richman, Thom Filicia, Ellie Krieger, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Lili Mirojnick, Jill Hennessy, Jonathan Tucker, and Ariel Fox.

    The evening celebrated the many ways that New Yorkers have driven and continue to propel and support Food Bank's goal of ending hunger, and each awardee was honored for creating lasting, positive change in New York City and across the globe. "Food Bank's mission rests on decades of personal legacies of good will New Yorkers chose to establish with this organization," said Margarette Purvis, President and CEO of Food Bank For New York City.

    "When people decide to leave their normal lives and just try to change the life of a fellow citizen of the world, those are the people who truly deserve an award," said José Andrés.

    "This organization does such important work, changing the lives of so many New Yorkers, and I've loved spending time supporting them and sharing that sense of giving with our kids," said David Burtka. "Food Bank has helped them develop a sense of pride and appreciation for the value of volunteering, which, as parents, is wonderful to witness." Neil Patrick Harris added, "I really do think it's important to represent yourself well to your children, to show them examples and opportunities and possibilities of how to be better."

    Since its inception, the Can Do Awards has raised the funds to help Food Bank provide 105 million free meals for New Yorkers in need. Every dollar donated to Food Bank provides five meals for NYC residents experiencing food insecurity.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/18936-david-burtka-and-neil-patrick-harris-honored-at-food-bank-for-new-york-city-can-do-awards

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