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  • Founded by Jessica Seinfeld, GOOD+ Foundation (formerly Baby Buggy) provides families in New York with essential baby equipment, clothing, and products.

    To date, GOOD+ Foundation has donated nearly two million essential items to New York families through domestic violence and homeless shelters, parent programs and court child centers.

    Celebrity supporters

    GOOD+ Foundation™ has 21 known supporters, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Jerry Seinfeld, and Gayle King

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    Lea Michele is best known as Rachel Berry in the Fox television series Glee.

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  • On June 10, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation held its 10th Annual L.A. Golf Classic hosted by actor, comedian and host of the new ABC game show Card Sharks Joel McHale at a private golf club in Burbank, California.

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    The tournament and fundraiser brought together over 105 actors and entertainment industry executives in support of performers facing life-threatening illness and severe economic hardship. Proceeds benefit the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Catastrophic Health Fund and Emergency Assistance programs for SAG-AFTRA artists and families in need. 

Sponsors included Johnny Carson Foundation, AMC, Anthem Blue Cross, Anthem Group Retiree Solutions, Tim Allen and Boxing Cat, CBS, Exactuals, Express Scripts, SAG-AFTRA, Backstage, Cape Line, The Honda Foundation, Jim Beam, Peroni and Los Angeles magazine.

    Attendees of SAG-AFTRA Foundation 10th Annual L.A. Golf Classic included host Joel McHale, and celebrity guests and players Dave Annable, Nate Bargatze, Joe Cipriano, Tom Dreesen, George Eads, Carmine Giovinnazo, Gregory Harrison, Dennis Haysbert, Patricia Heaton, David Hunt, Greg Itzin, Sabrina Jalees, Richard Karn, Joe King, Joe Mantegna, Haley Joel Osment, Paul Pape, Michael Peña, James Remar, Richard Schiff and Andia Winslow. From the SAG-AFTRA Foundation were Vice President Pamela Reed, and Executive Director Cyd Wilson.

    From: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/19094-joel-mchale-hosts-sag-aftra-foundation-10th-annual-l-a-golf-classic

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  • Following the resounding success of the first evening held in March 2018 at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, Annie Lennox will once again share thoughts, memories and reflections during an event of conversation, musical performance and visual imagery on 26th September 2019.

    Annie Lennox -- An Evening of Music and Conversation
    Annie Lennox -- An Evening of Music and Conversation

    All proceeds from the evening ‘Annie Lennox -- An Evening of Music and Conversation' will be donated to The Circle, the charitable organisation she founded to help create transformative change in the lives of girls and women facing the challenges of gender disempowerment across the globe.

    The evening is supported by The Hunter Foundation that has been investing in inspirational charities and social entrepreneurs since its inception in 1998 and is proud to support Annie Lennox and The Circle.

    Tickets for ‘Annie Lennox -- An Evening of Music and Conversation' at SEC Armadillo, Glasgow will go on sale on at 10am on 14th June 2019. They will be available to purchase online at sec.co.uk/AnnieLennox or by phoning the SEC box office on 0844 395 4000.

    As demand for tickets will be high, The Circle have partnered with Charitystars to launch a sweepstake competition offering the opportunity for one lucky fan and their guest the chance to be flown to Glasgow from anywhere in the world -- spend some time with Annie during the rehearsal for the show on the Thursday afternoon and then attend the event as a VIP. In addition, as part of the competition, there will be a fantastic range of unique rewards, including a dress worn by Annie whilst performing, signed limited edition vinyl albums of ‘Diva', hand written lyrics by Annie and signed limited edition programmes from the event itself for those wishing to enter multiple times. To find out more and to enter, go to www.charitystars.com/Annie

    As this will be the first time Annie will perform at a publicly available event in Scotland in over a decade -- ‘Annie Lennox -- An Evening of Music and Conversation' offers a rare opportunity not only to see Annie Lennox perform, but also to hear fascinating stories from her life and career.

    Tickets for ‘Annie Lennox -- An Evening of Music and Conversation' will be available to purchase from 10am on 14th June 2019 online at sec.co.uk/AnnieLennox or by phoning the SEC box office on 0844 395 4000

    From: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/19095-annie-lennox-an-evening-of-music-and-conversation-in-glasgow

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  • The 24 Hour Musicals will return better than ever this year.

    The 24 Hour Musicals feature four new musicals written and performed in the span of just 24 hours. The marathon process begins at 9 PM the night before the performance. Writers, composers, directors, choreographers, actors, music directors, musicians and production staff — many of whom have never worked with or met each other before — gather for an orientation where they share costume pieces and props, their special skills and reveal something that they have always wanted to do on stage. At 11 PM, composers and writers get to work crafting 15-20 minute musicals overnight and at 9 AM the next morning, actors receive their roles and directors, choreographers and musicians arrive to begin rehearsal. Less than 12 hours later, they'll perform in front of a live audience!

    Proceeds from The 24 Hour Musicals benefit The 24 Hour Plays' programs, including The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals (a professional intensive for young artists) and help support the organization's ongoing non-profit work, including partner productions of The 24 Hour Plays and Musicals around the world.

    This year the event will feature cast members Erich Bergen, Aya Cash, Clifton Duncan, Isabelle Fuhrman, Noah Galvin, Joel Marsh Garland, Montego Glover, Jessica Hecht, Nikki M. James, Atandwa Kani, Leslie Kritzer, Bonnie Milligan, Solea Pfeiffer, Anthony Rapp, Dee Roscioli, Sarah Steele and Tamara Tunie; directors Oliver Butler, Sammi Cannold, Shira Milikowsky and Taylor Reynolds; writers Kristoffer Diaz, Dave Harris, Lily Houghton and Christopher Oscar Peña; and composers Mike Doughty, Toshi Reagon, Nellie McKay and Grammy Award nominated singer/songwriter LOLO; as well as music supervisor Zac Zinger and choreographers Brad Landers and Jenn Rapp.

    Tickets for The 24 Hour Musicals are available for purchase at www.24hourplays.com or by calling (212) 868-4444. Premium tickets are available that include a cast and VIP afterparty, as well as event sponsorship opportunities at www.24hourplays.com/sponsorship.

    WHEN: Monday, June 17, 2019
    8:00 PM

    WHERE: The Irene Diamond Stage, Pershing Square Signature Center
    480 W 42nd Street
    New York, NY 10036

    From: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/19098-the-24-hour-plays-celebrates-24-years-with-the-return-of-the-24-hour-musicals

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  • Gabrielle0s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research announced today that they will honor designer Andrew Warren at the first ever Midsummer Angel Gala, "Where Art & Music Meets Cancer".

    Established from the desire of young entrepreneurs and professionals to give back and make a difference in the fight against cancer, proceeds raised from the evening will benefit the Foundation's music therapy program for cancer patients at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Hosted by YouTube star Twan Kuyper, the event will be held on Monday, June 24th at The Fleur Room in New York City.

    Guests at the gala will be transported into a whimsical midsummer garden of immersive experiences with performances by Johnny Manuel, DJ Celeste Greenberg, and DJ Coco Robert, among other surprises.

    Artists from around the world have joined the cause by donating to a silent auction you won't want to miss with unique opportunities from contemporary artists valued at $5,000-$50,000 from; Bradley Theodore (United States), John Paul Fauves (Costa Rica), Callen Schaub (Canada), Lionel Thomas (France), Yeliza (Germany), Tadej (Netherlands), Taya Naumovich (Russia), Sant Lauv (United States), Eddy Bogaret (United States), Krista Krim (England). The auction found on Charity Buzz will also include donations from designers such as: Project Runway's Dmitry Sholokhov, Versace, and Jimmy Choo, and feature money can't buy experiences that include; Art Basel Miami, Coachella Music Festival, Pinknic, Formula1, power lunches and meet and greets with prominent business figures. Auction will be live on June 12th and found here.

    "I'm honored to be working with a group of dedicated young entrepreneurs donating their time and resources to help raise awareness and much needed funds for important programs such as our music therapy program for cancer patients," said Denise Rich. "Since high school, Andrew Warren has been a steadfast supporter of the organization and I am thrilled to recognize his efforts at the inaugural Midsummer Angel Gala."

    The inaugural event is lead by entrepreneurs; Thomas E. Pierce II (Pierce Media & Associates), Chimere Cisse (Cisse PR), Alexander Ulvsgard (Noctem Group), Julija Nikonavaite (power real estate broker) and Hugh Barton (LVH Global) will serve as Gala Chairs ensuring a successful fundraising event and all around a delightful experience to ignite a next generation of Angel's in support of children affected by cancer.

    "I am so thrilled to receive this honor as Gabrielle's Angel Foundation was the first charity I supported, starting at the age of 14, staying close to my heart for the past 11 years. I have been happy to take part in a number of their events, raising much needed money and awareness for cancer research and I plan to continue to do so for more years to come. My hope is to inspire younger generations to get involved in any capacity they can" said Andrew Warren.

    Andrew Warren is an American fashion designer and influencer born in Manhattan. He is the creator and owner of the fashion label Just Drew. Just Drew, marketed as women's wear, is manufactured in the United States.

    The event is set to quickly become the marquee fundraising event kicking off the summer gala season with plans to expand next year's into a larger scale concert setting.

    Host committee members include Ayaan Ahmed, Zakiya Ansley, Alex Assouline, Neal Batra, Brendan Brown, Jacob Busch, Justin Galloway, Rebecca Hackl, Kim Hoedeman, Natalie Jackson, Conor Kennedy, Serena Kerrigan, Twan Kuyper, Anna Lundblad, Anastassia Lysenko, Lidiya Maltseva, Ilana Maskin, Makenzie Moon, Danielle Naftali, Michael Pascal, Julian Polak, Anna Prayatibravato, Eline Syrdalen and Anna Zege

    Sponsors for the event include Pierce Media & Associates, Altavene, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Pomp & Whimsy, notchem, Forever Young wine Peroni, and CISSE.

    From: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/19097-gabrielles-angel-foundations-young-professional-committee-to-host-midsummer-angel-gala

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  • Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2019, broadcast live and exclusively on ITV and STV this week, has raised a record-breaking £6,774,764 so far -- over £1m more than last year's on the night total -- for Unicef's vital work keeping children around the world happy, healthy and safe to play.

    This amount was raised thanks to the generous support of the UK public, ITV and STV viewers, and the UK government who have matched all donations so far, doubling the difference made to children's lives. This figure has smashed all previous records for money raised on the night.

    The eagerly anticipated match took place in London for the first time in over a decade, packing out Chelsea's Stamford Bridge Stadium with a whopping 39,836 in attendance. The match ended in a 2-2 draw, leading to a nail-biting penalty shoot-out for the second year in a row, with the Soccer Aid World XI beating England 3 goals to 2.

    It was a battle of Olympic proportions as the England team, captained by Sir Mo Farah, went head to head against the Soccer Aid World XI captained by Usain Bolt.

    For the first time in Soccer Aid for Unicef history the game saw female players take part in the match, with ex-internationals Katie Chapman and Rachel Yankey taking to the pitch for England, and Brazilian legends Fran and Rosana stepping up for the Soccer Aid World XI.

    Making up the star studded squads were new and returning players including Didier Drogba, Niall Horan, Mark Wright, Joe Wicks, Sam Claflin, Danny Jones, Kem Cetinay, Michael Owen and David Seaman.

    Taking the reins as co-managers of England were football legend ‘Big' Sam Allardyce and Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid, going up against King of the Jungle Harry Redknapp and fellow Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan.

    Highlights of this year's Soccer Aid for Unicef included F2 Freestyler and Hublot Player of the Match Jeremy Lynch scoring both of England's goals in normal time -- his second year in a row scoring for England. Usain Bolt made the most of a missed ball by Jamie Carragher to score the first goal for the Soccer Aid World XI, and Eric Cantona laying it on to Love Island winner Kem Cetinay, soaring the ball into the goal for the equaliser.

    As tension built for the penalty shoot out, England's Ben Shephard managed to score first against Soccer Aid World XI goalie Nicky Byrne, but team mates Joe Wicks, Mark Wright and Lee Mack had no such luck. Successful goals from F2 Freestyler Billy Wingrove, Locksmith and a second goal for Kem Cetinay past England goalie David Harewood secured the final victory for the Soccer Aid World XI.

    Tonight's show was presented by Dermot O0Leary, with Kirsty Gallacher providing pitch side reporting. Unicef UK Ambassador Rita Ora gave an exclusive half time performance, with poet Hussain Manawer opening the show with his moving spoken word performance of Game of Hearts.

    Joining Dermot in the on-pitch studio were Unicef UK Ambassador James Nesbitt, football fan Rachel Riley, and Blake Harrison -- who's penalty won last year's game for England -- providing punditry. Commentary was provided by Clive Tyldesley and Graeme Le Saux.

    For the first time, people calling to donate to Soccer Aid for Unicef were put through to an ‘appreciation station', with celebrities including Alison Hammond, Warwick Davis, and Unicef UK Ambassador Keeley Hawes at the end of the phone, thanking members of the Great British public for their support.

    Throughout the ITV show, short appeal films presented by Unicef UK Ambassadors Rita Ora, Olivia Coleman, and Jimmy Nesbitt, supporters Gemma Chan and Sanjeev Bhaskar and player David Harewood highlighted where the vital money raised by Soccer Aid for Unicef goes.

    All the money raised tonight through Soccer Aid for Unicef will go to supporting the vital work of Unicef around the world. Soccer Aid for Unicef donations will help Unicef provide children with lifesaving food, vaccines and clean water, as well as protecting them from violence, exploitation and abuse.
    Toy Story star and Hollywood legend Tom Hanks kicked off proceedings at the beginning of the match, and Unicef UK Executive Director Mike Penrose presented the Soccer Aid for Unicef shield to the victorious Soccer Aid World XI side.

    Co-manager of the triumphant Soccer Aid World XI Piers Morgan said: "This might be the greatest moment of my entire life. Proudly captained by Usain Bolt, proud of every single member of my team. Absolute heroes all of them."

    England double goal scorer and Hublot Player of the Match F2 Freestyler Jeremy Lynch said: "We tried our best and I just want to congratulate them. And the main thing is it's not the result, it's the cause."

    Unicef UK Executive Director Mike Penrose said: "Children all over the world get to grow up happy, healthy and able to play -- just like children should -- because of this match, and that means so much to me and everyone involved. I've seen the power football has to unite people and change lives, and Soccer Aid for Unicef is testament to that.

    "When the final whistle blows it might mean the end of the game, but it's really only the beginning for the children whose lives will be changed by the money raised tonight. Thank you so much for your support."

    International Development Secretary Rory Stewart said: "Our partnership with Soccer Aid for Unicef has, since 2012, saved lives across the world's poorest countries by reducing child mortality rates and helping transform maternal and new born care for more than 4.5 million people.

    "By teaming up again this year, we will be helping even more children to play, live healthy lives and reach their full potential.
    "UK aid will double every pound the British public donates to Soccer Aid for Unicef until July 23, meaning their contributions will go twice as far. Please give generously."

    Kevin Lygo, Director of Television, ITV said: "We at ITV are thrilled to have broadcast another great match for Soccer Aid and helped to raise a phenomenal amount of money for Unicef to do their vital work for children around the globe. We'd like to thank the amazing talent involved for giving up their time for such a worthy cause."

    Soccer Aid for Unicef was broadcast live on ITV and STV, and is produced by Initial. Over £36 million has already been raised by Soccer Aid for Unicef since its inception in 2006. Every pound donated to Soccer Aid for Unicef until 23 July 2019 will be matched by the UK government, doubling the difference you make to children's lives.

    From: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/19100-soccer-aid-for-unicef-raises-record-breaking-6774764

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  • Taylor Swift dropped her newest music video this week for ‘You Need to Calm Down,' featuring star-studded cameos from everyone from the Queer Eye Fab Five to Ryan Reynolds to RuPaul.

    For some, however, the most surprising cameo was a Change.org petition Taylor started herself, urging her fans to call their representatives to pass the Equality Act. The viral petition already has over 210,000+ signatures and is quickly growing.

    Last week, one of the Equality Act's cosponsors in Congress and 2020 Presidential nominee, Senator Cory Booker, shared a response to signers, saying he was "grateful to Taylor Swift for starting the petition," and thanking her for her leadership.

    Taylor's newly public and political stance has rocked her industry, as this one of the few times she has taken a stance on American politics or legislations, and never with such fervor. Her fans have responded in droves, such as Vaibhav Jain from Washington, D.C., who said: "As a queer man of color and a first generation immigrant, this law will give me protections much like my straight counterparts. Thank you Taylor for standing behind our community and becoming a platform for our collective queer voices :)"

    From: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/19101-taylor-swift-drops-new-video-asks-fans-to-sign-equality-act-petition

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  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated the resilience and spirit of rural and farming communities during a day of engagements in Cumbria.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Cumbria
    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Cumbria
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    Their Royal Highnesses met members of the local rural community involved in farming, mountain rescue and wildlife conservation in the beautiful Lake District.

    The Duke and Duchess began their afternoon with a visit to the market town of Keswick where joined a celebration to recognise the contribution of individuals and local organisations in supporting communities and families across Cumbria.

    They met volunteers including those from the local mountain rescue service, community first responders, young people trained as mental health first aiders and other organisations that have benefitted from grants from the Cumbria Community Foundation.

    The Duke and Duchess visited a traditional fell sheep farm – Deepdale Hall Farm in Patterdale – where they met the Brown family who have been farming in the valley near Lake Ullswater since the 1950s. They joined the family and members of The Farmer Network for a kitchen table discussion before meeting some four-legged members of the team – their flock of Herdwick and Swaledale sheep.

    Finally, Their Royal Highnesses joined the Cumbria Wildlife Trust on a nature walk, learning more about conservation measures being undertaken with the Lake District National Park and enjoying some of the most beautiful views in Cumbria.

    From: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/19099-the-duke-and-duchess-of-cambridge-visit-farming-communities-in-cumbria

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  • The Women's Forum of New York hosted the 9th Annual Elly Awards Luncheon benefiting The Education Fund of the Women's Forum on Monday, June 17th, at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.

    The 2018 Women0s Forum of New York Education Award Fellows
    The 2018 Women0s Forum of New York Education Award Fellows

    The awards, named for the Women's Forum founder Elinor Guggenheimer, honor outstanding women leaders. This year marked the 32nd anniversary of the Education Fund of the Women's Forum, which has helped over 260 women, age 35 and over, whose lives have been disrupted by extreme adversity, complete their college degrees.

    The 2019 Elly Award Recipients were:
    · Katie Couric, award winning journalist, producer, New York Times bestselling author, cancer advocate, podcast host, documentary filmmaker, and former co-anchor of the Today Show on NBC.
    · Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, representative for the District of Columbia and former Professor of Law at Georgetown University.
    · Muriel Fox, Board Chair of Veteran Feminists of America and former Executive Vice-President of Carl Byoir & Associates.

    Linda A. Willett, President of the Women's Forum of New York, gave opening remarks and introduced Barbara Marcus, President of the Education Fund, who discussed the Education Fund and introduced this year's Education Fellows.
    Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC Co-Host of Morning Joe and Founder, Know Your Value, gave keynote remarks.

    This year's Elly Award presenters were Linda A. Willett, who presented the Icon Award to Katie Couric in absentia; Marcy Syms, Vice President of the Women's Forum, who presented the Elly Award to Muriel Fox; and Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney who presented the Elly Award to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton.

    Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney and Daryl Roth were Co-Chairs of the 2019 Elly Awards. Both women are past honorees of the Elly Award.

    Cheryl Wills, Emmy Award winning anchor for Spectrum News NY1 Live at Ten and host of the public affairs talk show In Focus with Cheryl Wills, moderated a conversation on leadership with honoree Eleanor Holmes Norton following the presentation of the awards.

    "The Women's Forum of New York is comprised of the most accomplished and successful women in the city from every professional sector," said Linda A. Willett, President of the Women's Forum of New York. "We know from our own success how critical education is, so our Education Fund is one way we ‘give back' -- helping women age 35 and over whose lives have been disrupted by extreme adversity complete their education and get their lives back on track. We hope we inspire them, because their dreams, drive, and determination certainly inspire us."

    "The Education Fund of the Women's Forum has transformed lives, influenced families, and improved communities," added Barbara Marcus, President, The Education Fund of the Women's Forum. "Launched thirty-two years ago to help other women realize their dream of a college education, The Education Fund has awarded over $1.8 million in financial awards to over 260 women to help them return to school, earn their degree, and take their place in the professional work world. Many of these women have overcome very difficult circumstances to realize their dream of a college education. We are proud to support their efforts."

    VIPs who attended the event included: New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Liz Neumark, Joan Haffenreffer, Daisey Holmes, Rikki Klieman, Doris Meister, Jonelle Procope, Deirdre Quinn, Ann Sarnoff, Marcy Syms, and Deborah Trudeau.

    From: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/19102-katie-couric-honored-at-the-9th-annual-elly-awards

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  • As the humanitarian crisis continues to escalate along the U.S. southern border, Save the Children Trustee and actress Jennifer Garner, visited Save the Children's newly opened programs in New Mexico, which are helping migrant children and families once they have been released from U.S. government detention centers.

    Save the Children is running Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in two transit centers so that kids have a safe place to play and begin to recover from the trauma they have experienced. Trained volunteers read, play music and do art projects with the children, while their parents can rest and prepare to travel on to their sponsor family. Some families have walked for 20 days straight from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in order to seek asylum in the United States.

    Garner visited Save the Children's CFS at the transit center in Deming, New Mexico, on June 12, 2019. To date, 7,000 people have been helped by volunteers and municipal employees from Deming, a town of 11,000. Families normally spend two to three days at the transit center before volunteers help them prepare to travel on with clean clothes, snacks, and toys for the children.

    "One of the mothers I met had carried her 13-year-old paraplegic daughter on her back for 17 days straight to get to the border," Garner said. "She was determined to find a safer future for her child, but no mother should be forced to go through what she did. She was being treated with care and kindness at the transit shelter and I hope that continues as she continues her journey toward a better life."

    More than 500,000 women, men and children have crossed the border since the start of 2019 seeking asylum from violence and trying to escape extreme poverty and conflict.

    "We remain deeply concerned about the treatment and well-being of children on the move and those displaced due to circumstances outside of their control," Carolyn Miles, CEO of Save the Children, said. "Migrants, and children in particular, deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and to have their human rights upheld.

    "Our Child Friendly Spaces give children a safe place to play and be a kid again. We also urge the Administration to uphold and provide for the protection of all vulnerable children."

    In addition to providing Child Friendly Spaces, Save the Children is working to expand its programming to include distribution of hygiene kits and other emergency items. The global humanitarian organization is also committed to addressing the root causes of the crisis. Building on decades of work supporting children in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico, Save the Children is expanding and strengthening programs focused on protection, education and peace-building.

    From: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/19103-jennifer-garner-visits-programs-helping-children-fleeing-extreme-violence-and-poverty

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  • Written by Anastasia Reid

    In this three part Look To The Stars special, the Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand invited us to share the stories of three high school students from across New Zealand who were given the opportunity to attend Dr. Jane Goodall0s events and interview her. Below is the first article, by 14-year-old Wellington student, Anastasia Reid.

    We can do it, but will we?

    Dr. Jane Goodall teaches Wellingtonians about why it is important to take action against the climate crisis.

    Behind every speech and answer that Dr. Jane Goodall gave, the key message was that there is hope but we need to walk the talk. She reinforced this message by telling stories and giving heartfelt examples of what she had witnessed during her lifetime. A piece of advice she gave me during my interview was that instead of blaming the government I should be taking action myself because that would be doing my part.

    Wellington Youth Reporter Anastasia Reid and Dr. Jane Goodall
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    She explained to me that, yes, previous generations have caused the climate crisis but we need to move on from blaming and pointing fingers and start working together in order to create a solution. Dr. Goodall believes that making more ethical and environmentally conscious choices about what you buy, and asking ourselves, ‘where did it come from, how was it made, and what was its impact on the environment?' will help contribute to minimising the climate crisis. And she teaches us that by tweaking aspects of our day to day routines we can individually make a difference to decrease our combined environmental footprint.

    Students came from over a dozen schools to hear Jane speak and show her their work.
    Students came from over a dozen schools to hear Jane speak and show her their work.
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    Even though Jane believes that individual consumer choices have one of the biggest impacts on the environment, she says that governments also need to take responsibility and explore the options they have to make changes. Governments from all around the world could make legislation to reduce carbon emissions from businesses, and also to reduce the emissions caused by factory farming for animals.

    But this won't solve all our problems. From the food we eat to the cars we drive, we are constantly increasing our environmental footprint. A number one tip from Dr. Jane Goodall is to eat less dairy and less meat. This is because agriculture is responsible for ¼ of the world's emissions. Dr. Jane Goodall strongly believes and reaffirms that, in her opinion, everyone has to do their part and we can't expect someone else to do it for us.

    Jane helped plant trees during her visit to Marsden School in Wellington.
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    To help give opportunities for the youth of society to get involved and help save the environment Dr. Goodall created Roots & Shoots in 1991 with 12 Tanzanian high school students. The Roots & Shoots programmes give children the opportunity to tackle urgent problems in their communities.

    The students put many hours into researching and presenting their projects.
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    Whilst in Wellington, Dr. Jane Goodall attended and spoke at the Roots & Shoots event organised by Marsden School, which welcomed students from over a dozen schools for the day. She inspired many different students from across the Wellington Region to take more action.

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    Whilst reviewing and giving feedback on the student's presentations Dr. Jane Goodall established a better connection to each of the students individually. Students from the event said that at the beginning of the event they didn't really understand who she was but by the end, she had inspired them to raise more awareness and take further action in their local communities. Many students have a fond memory which they will remember forever of Dr. Jane Goodall saying "1, 2, 3, Chimpanzee!" when they were taking photos.

    Video: 1 2 3 Chimpanzee

    At the end of the week, Dr. Jane Goodall had made a huge impact on the people of Wellington. She had educated and inspired the city to take action to help prevent further damage caused by climate change. Students who have attended the Roots & Shoots event have now taken Jane's message and shared it throughout their school by creating their own Roots & Shoots programmes or simply talking about the events which they attended with fellow peers and teachers.

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    This is showing us that within a week Dr. Jane Goodall has inspired thousands of people on a personal level. Because of this we can see and understand that it is possible to prevent further damage caused by the climate crisis the world is facing. Because of this, we should have hope.

    Dr Jane Goodall spoke to high school students from across Wellington at the Wellington Climate Challenge 2019.
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    Interview below:

    A: Here in Wellington we have many students participating in the school's climate change strike. How do you believe that my generation can make a change, other than voicing our opinions?

    J: Well, I think one of the most important things to do is to think what you are most concerned about, whether it's climate crisis, or whether it's the pollution of the ocean, or the destruction of the forest, or the loss of species, and then get together with your friends, like in our Roots & Shoots programme, and see what could we actually do to help this and then roll up your sleeves and do it. Just marching is fine, but you can't really point at the government and say, ‘you must be doing something', if you're not doing something, can you? So, walk the talk, act the talk.

    A: Do you think that having a large representation of high school students participating in the climate change strikes will have a large impact on the outcome of the strike?

    J: Well, I think so, but again I really want to see those students doing something themselves to make a difference for the climate. Making choices in your life as to what you buy, where did it come from, how was it made, did it harm the environment? You know, one thing everybody can do which helps, is less meat, less dairy. That's destroying the environment, and creating methane, which is a very virulent greenhouse gas.

    A: Personally, I live in the city; my family can't really grow our own food in our apartment. So what are ways all students can make a difference, and help support the animals, humans and environments in need from our own homes.

    J: You make choices about what you buy, what you eat, what you wear, and just remember that every day you live, you make some impact on the planet, and you have a choice as to what kind of impact you make.

    A: When I asked my mother if I was allowed to go to the climate change strike, she asked me, "What do you want the government to do?" and I had no clue, and still, I have no clue, exactly what I want them to do. So, of course, she didn't let me go to the strike. What action would you like to see done?

    J: Well, one, as I say, if you want to point a finger at the government you've got to prove that you, too, are doing something. And, what do you want the government to do? You want them to make legislation to reduce carbon emissions from business, but also to reduce the emissions caused by factory farming of animals.

    A: So, there's a big movement for eating a plant-based diet, which is presented in a way coming from a concern for climate change. But there is a risk that buying lots of food from corporate companies can lead to larger deforestation. Do you believe that mass production of plant-based foods will have a positive or a negative impact on our environment?

    J: It depends how it's done; it depends what plants; it depends how they grow. And, you know, all of these things, if you stop doing one thing is it going to harm the environment by causing an increase of something else? And so the most important thing is for you and your friends to sit down and talk about it, and invite some people in who may be a bit wise, and see if you can work out an answer for yourself.

    A: Do you have any certain products that we should stay away from?

    J: Meat. And a lot of dairy too, unless it comes from free ranging cows, because they way they are treated in the intensive farms is horrible. Totally horrible. I'm vegetarian and vegan when I'm at home. Travelling around the world, it's really hard to be vegan unless you take your own food with you.

    A: So, there are so many engineered and plant-based foods, do you think this is the way to go, to have all our food engineered and designed to be vegan, plant-based, even though it's not fresh?

    J: No, I think you have to find a happy medium. You know, and if we grow our food in the right way, if we go back to small-scale family farming, instead of this industrial monoculture — that's what's destroying agriculture. It's using all these harmful chemicals, pesticides and herbicides, and that's going into the soil; it's killing the organisms in the soil. It's leaching down into the rivers and into the sea. It's polluting the ocean. And that's adding to the climate crisis, as is the destruction of the forests.


    Look To The Stars would like to thank Dr. Jane Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand for their tireless efforts during this tour, and for sharing their inspirational stories and actions with us.

    At the end of her speeches, Dr. Goodall would tell a story about a Roots & Shoots group in Tanzania, where the students would end their meetings with an energizing call of "Together we can!" When Jane heard that, she had to agree, "Yes we can. But will we?"

    Yes, Jane. Together we can. Together we will!

    From: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/19063-ltts-special-dr-jane-goodall-in-new-zealand

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  • The TJ Martell Foundation for Cancer Research, has announced the 44th Annual New York Honors Gala to be held on October 15th at Cipriani in New York.

    The announcement was made by Co-chairs Julie Greenwald and Craig Kallman of Atlantic Records, Charlie Feldman of BMI, and Chairman of the T.J. Martell Foundation's National Board of Trustees Joel Katz of Greenberg Traurig. New York's prominent community and business leaders will join entertainment and philanthropic stars to honor Michael Kushner, Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs and General Counsel, Atlantic Records; Mike O'Neill, President and CEO, BMI, and Sarah Trahern, CEO, Country Music Association in a star-studded gala.

    The evening includes celebrity guests invited by the honorees to perform and present awards. Past hosts, presenters, performers, and notable guests have included Bryan Adams, Indie Arie, Mary J. Blige, Garth Brooks, former President William J. Clinton, former President George H. W. Bush, Clive Davis, Foreigner, Joe Jonas, DJ Khaled, Doug Morris, Bill Murray, REO Speedwagon, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Yoko Ono and many others luminaries. Past honorees have included Irving Azoff, Steve Boom, Scott Borchetta, Jennifer Breithaupt, Drew Carey, Charlie Daniels, Clive Davis, John Esposito, Berry Gordy, Jeff Harleston, Randy Jackson, Quincy Jones, Joel Katz, Monte and Avery Lipman, Kenny Loggins, Arnold Palmer, Bea Perez, the late Frances Williams Preston, Sarah Stennett, Julie Swidler, Carrie Underwood, Afo Verde, Russell Wallach, Brett Yormark, among many others.

    Chairman of the National Board of Trustees Joel Katz explained that "the music industry's long-time support of the T.J. Martell Foundation dates to 1975 when music executive Tony Martell established the organization in memory of his son, T.J., who was lost to leukemia at the age of 19. Since then, more than $280 million has been raised for ground-breaking treatment and support of cancer-related illnesses."

    For tickets, sponsorship or more information, please visit www.honorsgalanewyork.org.

    From: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/19104-the-t-j-martell-foundation-announces-44th-annual-new-york-honors-gala

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  • Share Summer is a signature platform developed by No Kid Hungry, a national campaign to end childhood hunger in America, to bring awareness and increase access to free summer meals for kids living with hunger.

    When the school doors close for the year, many kids lose access to the meals they depend on like school breakfast and lunch, making summer the hungriest time of year for kids in need. Free summer meals are available for kids across the country through the national Summer Food Service Program but too many children are missing out. Six out of 7 hungry kids don't get the summer meals they need.

    To make sure kids have enough to eat during the summer months, No Kid Hungry runs a summer meals texting service. Parents, grandparents and caregivers can text ‘FOOD' or ‘COMIDA' to 877-877 to find free summer meals sites in their neighborhoods, open to anyone 18 years or younger. Over a million families have used No Kid Hungry's texting service to find free summer meals for their kids.

    "Summer is the hungriest time of year for kids in need," said Ayesha Curry, cookbook author, television host and Share Summer Ambassador for No Kid Hungry. "As a mom, I want my kids to have everything they need to grow up healthy and strong. All children should have that opportunity, and summer meals sites can help."

    From June 17-21, No Kid Hungry and its partners are hosting a series of pop-up events at summer meals sites in select markets across the country, including San Francisco, CA, Springdale, AR, and Dallas, TX, to bring local awareness to the importance of summer meals in a fun and interactive way. Share Summer mobile billboards will also be deployed in additional markets such as Los Angeles, CA, Houston, TX, Miami, FL, Columbus, OH, Baltimore, MD, Minneapolis, MN and New York, NY, to further increase awareness of free summer meals and how to find them through No Kid Hungry's texting service.

    No Kid Hungry is proud to work with Citi, Anthem, Bob's Red Mill, General Mills Convenience and Foodservice, and Kellogg's to Share Summer with kids during the hungriest time of year. These partners and others, like the Arby's Foundation, ensure kids can enjoy nutritious meals when school is out. Share Summer is also supported by ABC and Endemol Shine North America, producers of "Family Food Fight," as part of ABC's Summer of Service, inspiring people to make a positive impact in their communities and showcase the power of helping others. Ayesha Curry, executive producer, host and judge of "Family Food Fight" will attend the San Francisco event.

    For more information on summer meals sites, visit ShareSummer.org. To find free summer meals for youth 18 and under, text the word ‘FOOD' or ‘COMIDA' to 877-877.

    From: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/19105-ayesha-curry-and-no-kid-hungry-launch-campaign-to-connect-more-kids-to-free-summer-meals

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  • This July 4th, A CAPITOL FOURTH continues its 39-year tradition of celebrating our nation's independence on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol building.

    Two-time Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos (Netflix's YOU, FULLER HOUSE, ER) returns to host the country's longest-running live national July 4th TV tradition. A CAPITOL FOURTH's family-friendly Independence Day celebration will commemorate our country's 243rd birthday with all-star musical performances, and remains unaffiliated with any other July 4th events around the country, and in other locations in Washington, D.C.

    The 39th annual edition of A CAPITOL FOURTH will feature: Grammy Award-winning music legend Carole King with the Broadway cast of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning musical BEAUTIFUL starring Vanessa Carlton; multi-award winning electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling; acclaimed Tony-nominated singer-songwriter and actress Keala Settle (THE GREATEST SHOWMAN); multi-platinum recording artist and star of television, film and the Broadway stage Vanessa Williams; double ACM winner, CMA and Grammy nominee with more than 12 million in RIAA certified sales and early member of Pandora's Billionaires Club Lee Brice; Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat with her new band Gone West; five-time Grammy Award-winning Gospel vocalist extraordinaire Yolanda Adams; 2019 AMERICAN IDOL winner Laine Hardy; singing sensation Angelica Hale (AMERICA'S GOT TALENT); and this year's winner of THE VOICE (Season 16), Maelyn Jarmon, performing the "National Anthem;" with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.

    The concert will also feature a special treat for the entire family, with Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, Rosita, Elmo, Grover, Bert & Ernie from SESAME STREET on hand to celebrate America's birthday. The Sesame Street Muppets will perform a musical medley of patriotic favorites and iconic songs from the groundbreaking children's television series, currently celebrating a landmark 50 years of learning and fun.

    And, the concert will pay tribute to our men and women in uniform with a special performance by the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band and John Stamos. MusiCorps is a conservatory-level music rehabilitation program, formed in response to the needs of service members injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2007, the program has become a pioneer in the field of adaptive music and has helped countless wounded warriors in their recovery. This inspiring moment will be dedicated to our troops serving around the world, their families, and all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, fighting for our freedom.

    The 39th annual broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH airs on PBS Thursday, July 4, 2019 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The program can also be heard live in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide. The concert will also be streaming live on Facebook, YouTube and www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth and available as Video on Demand for a limited time only, July 4 to July 18, 2019.

    The top-rated, award-winning program will be capped off with fireworks over our nation's iconic skyline and a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" complete with live cannon fire provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery, an audience favorite and A CAPITOL FOURTH tradition.

    Also participating in the event will be the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own," the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, Members of the Armed Forces carrying the State and Territorial Flags, the Armed Forces Color Guard provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C., the Choral Arts Society of Washington and Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music.

    The program is a co-production of Michael Colbert of Capital Concerts and WETA, Washington, D.C. Executive producer Michael Colbert has assembled an award-winning production team that features the top Hollywood talent behind some of television's most prestigious entertainment shows including the ACADEMY AWARDS, GRAMMY AWARDS, COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, TONY AWARDS, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and more.

    From: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/19096-john-stamos-to-return-as-host-for-a-capitol-fourth

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  • Written by Taleah Rochelle

    In this three part Look To The Stars special, the Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand invited us to share the stories of three high school students from across New Zealand who were given the opportunity to attend Dr. Goodall's events and interview her. Below is the second article, by 15-year-old Auckland student Taleah Rochelle.

    Roots & Shoots – Foundations for Our Future

    Dr. Jane Goodall arrived in Auckland on May 25 as part of her world tour advocating for the preservation and wellbeing of our animals, people and the environment.

    Jane chats with JGINZ Youth Reporter, Taleah Rochelle
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    During Dr. Goodall's visit to Auckland she spoke at the ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre and visited Kristin School on Auckland's North Shore where she met with a range of students to promote her Roots & Shoots programme. The aim of the programme is to encourage compassionate leadership, as well as an understanding of different beliefs and cultures, inspiring people of all ages and walks of life to take action, and to help make the world a better place for all who inhabit it.

    Jane and the Year 5 students at the Kristen School Roots & Shoots event

    After being welcomed into the school by a Waiata performed by the primary students, Jane was led on a nature trail by eager Year 5 students from the school's enviro group, where they unveiled a series of beautifully carved wooden boards displaying some of Jane's quotes. The trail also hosts art projects made by students and the community to raise awareness about the problems the world faces regarding the declining numbers of our beautiful animals and plants and the current climate crisis.

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    Kristin School have a range of projects educating their students on native plants and animals, waste management, and their individual impact on the environment. Some of these projects include an endangered species project raising awareness about animals through competitions and posters, as well as planting native trees and cleaning up gardens. Kristin school students told me, "By using the principle of being introspective, we have been able to create goals and understand more clearly what it is to be sustainable."

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    Following the trail walk, Jane joined 40 students at the Compassionate Leadership Conference on the school grounds. Here the students shared with Jane their visions and projects for creating a better future.

    Jane spoke with some of the student about their projects, and supported them where she could.
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    Students from De La Salle College undertook a project to regrow the native bushland and clean a nearby creek in conjunction with members of their local community. Toma, a student at De La Salle College explained, "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much."

    Jane and the senior students at the Auckland Roots & Shoots event
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    The Academy of Gifted Education (AGE) group worked together alongside teachers and their community to clean their shorelines and undertake a program of planting. A second programme lead by the student group is the collection and repurposing of soft plastics, using them as insulation in an onsite shelter. One Year 7 student from AGE told me, "At the end of the day if we are truly going to be eco warriors, we must step into our power, encourage, and lead by example one step at a time."

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    Interview below:

    T: How can young people get involved in your work?

    J: You can join our youth program, which is Roots & Shoots, and you can find out about it from any of the JGI people that are wandering around tonight.

    T: What were the first things you did to change your impact on the environment?

    J: Well, I don't know. I mean, I suppose for years and years I lived in the most simple way you can imagine, with basically one meal a day from a nearby village and wearing the same clothes day after day after day, so I was making almost no impact on the environment.

    T: How did you cut down on waste?

    J: Well, I grew up in the war, and so in the war everything was rationed. We learned not to take anything for granted, whether it was food or clothes or life even. And so I detest waste, so to cut down you don't buy more than you want, don't take more food than you want.

    T: Who inspires you?

    J: Well, my mother inspired me when I was growing up; and you know as I'm travelling around I meet all sorts of people who who inspire me, people who have lived really difficult lives and they've managed to come out smiling -- all sorts of people.

    T: Which of your accomplishments makes you feel most proud?

    J: Well, two of them. One, starting Roots & Shoots, because that's now in 60 countries and all ages. And, the other one is helping science to stop thinking that we humans were quite apart from all the other animals, because the chimps are so like us. Scientists simply had to believe that we're not the only beings with personality, minds and feelings and now that's applied to all animals.

    T: What's your advice to young people now who want to evolve more and understand the issues we're facing?

    J: The most important thing is to remember that every single day you live, you make some impact in the world and you get to choose what sort of impact. So think about what you buy, where did it come from? How was it made? Did it harm the environment? Does it lead to cruelty to animals like the intensive animals from factory farms? Is it cheap because of child slave labour? And really try and make ethical choices in how you live. And then if you join Roots & Shoots you'll be linked up to other people who also want to make change and that will make you feel strong.

    T: What are your hopes for the future generations?

    J: That we'll have a critical mass of young people who understand we need money to live and that it goes wrong when we live for money, and young people who have a connection with the natural world and don't spend all their time on cellphones and smartphones, tablets and video games. We need to understand nature.


    Roots and shoots are the foundations of our future.
    Roots and shoots are the foundations of our future.

    To learn more about Roots & Shoots, visit RootsandShoots.org

    Look To The Stars would like to thank Dr. Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand for their tireless efforts during this tour, and for sharing their inspirational stories and actions with us.

    From: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/19106-ltts-special-part-2-dr-jane-goodall-in-new-zealand

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  • The Elders welcome today's ruling that UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen have been unlawful.

    The UK must now stop supplying arms that can be used in violation of international humanitarian law.

    Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders, former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said:

    "Too many innocent civilians have died in Yemen, and today's landmark ruling must increase the pressure for all parties to get behind the UN peace process, and bring this devastating conflict to an end. The UK must ensure it no longer supplies arms in violation of international humanitarian law. And the friends of the Houthis, including Iran, must urge them too to protect civilians, respect human dignity, and agree to a negotiated peace."

    Yemenis have paid a terrible price in a conflict driven by geopolitics. The Gulf coalition, being better-armed, has been responsible for most of the civilian deaths in Yemen. But the Houthis are also culpable. All parties must make it clear – no one will win from a conflict that exacts such a terrible humanitarian price.
    Saudi Arabia's own interests would be better served by showing that it can bring peace to its neighbour, rather than continuing with a war that causes so much civilian suffering.

    International pressure for peace helped bring about the UN-brokered Stockholm Agreement in 2018. Implementing and building on the deal must not falter. The humanitarian stakes are simply too high.

    Last year, the UN Security Council expressed "outrage" that civilians today make up the vast majority of conflict casualties around the world. They should match words with actions and ensure civilians, including women and children, are not a target.

    From: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/19111-the-elders-statement-on-uk-arms-sales-to-saudi-arabia

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  • Every year, the month of June is celebrated as Pride Month for LGBTQ communities and their allies across the globe.

    During this year's celebrations, LGBTQ communities are also taking time to observe the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay and transgender community against an early morning police raid on June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. This incendiary response to years of police and societal mistreatment sparked the beginning of the LGBTQ rights movement in the United States and beyond.

    In celebration of WorldPride and to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, Elton John AIDS Foundation founder Sir Elton John issued the following statement:

    "Stonewall is a symbol of our community's determination to stand tall in the face of enormous challenges, bravely demand dignity and justice, and relentlessly fight to make the world a better place for all. Fifty years after the Uprising, we've made remarkable strides toward equality both in the laws and in the eyes of our brothers and sisters. I am so proud to stand alongside my husband and family to celebrate the triumph of love and understanding over discrimination and bigotry.

    "But this progress is incomplete. Homosexuality is still illegal in over 70 countries around the world, in some even punishable by death. Our fight for gay rights today is also part of the fight against HIV. Almost half of all new HIV infections globally occur in people who are marginalized because of who they are or who they love: people who lack access to lifesaving health care; people who don't know about the importance of getting tested and knowing your status. For many of these people, stigma and discrimination remain major obstacles to getting the care and support they need.

    "As we celebrate today's milestone, let us also recommit to defeating stigma and bringing down the barriers that stand in our way of global gender equality -- the same barriers that prevent us from ending AIDS once and for all. Making homosexuality legal under the law recognises a basic human right. So too does making access to HIV prevention and treatment available to all so that no one gets left behind. We have shown how much we can achieve. Now, together, let us make the fight for sexual equality a thing of the past."

    On June 6th, New York City's LGBT Community Center launched Stonewall Forever, a Living Monument to 50 Years of Pride, an online website and an augmented reality app. These electronic installations enable visitors to explore the legacy of Stonewall through curated historical content and then add their own story to the ever-growing monument.

    Elton and David Furnish have contributed a video to the Stonewall Forever project with the following statement:

    "Hello. Happy World Pride Day! The Stonewall Uprising demonstrated our community's determination to stand tall in the face of adversity. Fifty years on, like so many others, we are incredibly proud to celebrate the triumph of love and understanding for our marriage and our family. But our fight is not over. Homosexuality is still illegal in more than 70 countries. That stigmatises people. It blights their life and shuts down their access lifesaving services -- like HIV care. That's why gay men are 19 times more vulnerable to HIV than the general public. As we celebrate how far we've come, let's resolve to end discrimination everywhere…especially where homophobia threatens people's lives. We've already come so far. Let's make sure no one gets left behind. Thank you."

    Please join Elton and David and many others by visiting stonewallforever.org and adding your piece to Stonewall Forever, a Living Monument to 50 Years of Pride.

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  • Dame Judi Dench and violinist Vanessa-Mae have sent heart-felt messages of support and solidarity for a 1.5 million-signature petition by Care2 and Humane Society International, delivered to the Chinese Embassy by dogs rescued from China's annual Yulin dog meat festival.

    The festival, which starts on 21st June, sees thousands of dogs and cats beaten to death and eaten, most of them stolen pets grabbed from back yards and the streets. Most people in China don't eat dogs, and pet owners and dog thieves have had numerous violent clashes.

    Snorki, Fred and two dogs named Lily were saved from Yulin slaughterhouses in 2016 and 2018 by Chinese partner groups supported by animal charity Humane Society International. HSI and the ‘ambassadogs' were joined by petition partners Care2 as well as Clacton MP Giles Watling who shares the campaigners' desire to see urgent action to end the gruesome spectacle of Yulin.

    Claire Bass, Executive Director of Humane Society International/UK, said: "The dog meat trade in China is first and foremost about crime and cruelty. The Yulin festival is one small but distressing example of an unspeakably cruel trade run by dog thieves and sellers who routinely steal pets in broad daylight using poison darts and rope nooses, defy public health and safety laws, and cause horrendous suffering, all for a meat that most people in China don't consume. Dogs like Snorki, Fred and Lily are amazing ambassadors for our campaign to end this horror, we are proud to deliver this petition with them. And we're immensely proud to support dedicated animal advocates in China who passionately work to end the dog meat trade, saving so many lives along the way."

    Beth Granter from Care2, the online community, says: "The huge number of signatures on this petition shows the strength of feeling against Yulin dog meat festival. Care2 members want to see an end to the dog meat trade entirely. When people's pets are being stolen, cruelly killed and then eaten, this is inhumane, and has to stop. We hope that the Chinese authorities will hear the voices of over 1.5M people who want to see an end to this cruelty."

    Actress Dame Judi Dench sent a message of support for the petition delivery, saying: "It fills me with sadness to think that the Yulin dog meat festival is just around the corner again. So I wanted to send this message as a symbol of my solidarity with all the thousands of people in China against the dog meat trade, who love their dogs and cats just as much as we do, but who go through the awful heart ache of having them stolen by dog thieves. I cannot imagine the suffering of those poor dogs, and I hope very much that one day soon this cruel trade will end."

    Violinist Vanessa-Mae showed her support with a video message, saying: "Please join us in solidarity as we want to see an end to China's barbaric dog meat trade including the horrific Yulin dog meat festival… Along with compassionate people in China, who do care about dog welfare, please show that you also have a heart, and support us in calling on China to end such cruel and heart breaking treatment of dogs."

    The Yulin dog meat festival is not a traditional festival. It was only invented in 2010 by dog traders trying to boost flagging meat sales. Before the festival started, Yulin had no history of mass dog slaughter and consumption. The World Health Organisation has warned that the dog meat trade spreads lethal diseases such as rabies and cholera.

    The Yulin dog meat festival begins in earnest on 21st June to mark the summer solstice. When first launched, as many as 15,000 dogs were killed during the core festival days, but Chinese and international pressure has seen this figure decline to around 3,000 dogs. However, many hundreds are still killed each day in the weeks leading up to the festival, and an estimated 10 million dogs and 4 million cats are killed for meat throughout the year across China.

    Giles Watling, MP said "I am proud to stand with so many others in calling on the Chinese government to end the cruel Yulin dog meat festival. An action that would save thousands of dogs from terrible suffering each year, and also help prevent pet theft and the spread of rabies within China. I implore the Chinese authorities to heed the calls from compassionate citizens both inside China and across the world who want to see the abhorrent dog meat trade ended once and for all."

    From: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/19114-campaigners-deliver-15-million-signature-petition-to-end-chinas-yulin-dog-meat-festival

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  • Grandkids, a skydiving demonstration and country star Lyle Lovett headlined the George and Barbara Bush Foundation's all-day birthday celebration this past Saturday at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Center honoring the foundation's namesakes 95th and 94th birthdays. The occasion marked the largest gathering of Bush family at the Bush Center since President Bush's interment on December 6, 2018.

    Twelve of the Bushes' grandkids led by oldest grandson Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush traveled to the Bush Center intending to skydive with the All Veteran Group to celebrate their grandparents' own sense of adventure and encourage others to serve. High winds forced the cancellation of their tandem jumps mid-day -- but the celebration continued that evening with a proper Texas BBQ, tributes by grandson Pierce Bush and granddaughter Ellie LeBlond Sosa, a skydiving demonstration by the All Veteran Group, and a moving performance by Lyle Lovett backed by three members of his talented band.

    The day-long celebration started earlier that morning with an official wreath-laying at the Bush family gravesite ordered by the President of the United States and carried out by a special honor guard led by Major General Tracy R. Norris, the Texas Adjutant General.

    "We wanted to honor our Ganny and Gampy by capturing the spirit of their full and exciting lives of service and the way they lived both in and out of public life," said grandson Sam LeBlond, who emceed the BBQ dinner provided by 1775 Pit BBQ restaurant. "It was a meaningful day of family and friends highlighting two of the most special, giving and accomplished people we'll ever know."

    The dinner program also featured the announcement of a new monument dedicated to President Bush's service dog, Sully, which will be located inside the special exhibit wing of the Bush Library and Museum. California sculptor Susan Bahary, known worldwide for her service animal monuments, is leading the project. In 1994, Bahary created our country's first official war dog memorial, "Always Faithful," that was unveiled at the Pentagon and dedicated at the U.S. Naval Base in Guam. She's currently spearheading a proposed National Service Animals Monument.

    After Saturday night's dinner, over 300 of the Bush Foundation's friends and supporters gathered in the Annenberg Conference Center walked out to witness a special skydiving exhibition by the All Veteran Group led by Mike Elliott, Retired Sgt. 1st United States Army, Elite Member of the US Army Parachute Team -- Golden Knights. Elliott has tandem-jumped each of the three times President Bush has skydived since the re-dedication of the Bush Library in 2007.

    During the celebration dinner, the Bush Foundation also debuted a special video devoted to President Bush's skydiving pursuits through the years, going back to September 2, 1944 when he was shot down over the Pacific island of Chi Chi Jima.

    From: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/19110-george-and-barbara-bush-foundation-hosts-birthday-celebration

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  • GLSEN, the leading education organization working to create safe and inclusive K-12 schools for LGBTQ youth, is pleased to announce that it will honor Apple CEO Tim Cook at the 2019 GLSEN Respect Awards -- Los Angeles.

    Cook will receive the Champion Award for his ongoing commitment to fighting for LGBTQ rights and creating safe spaces for members of the LGBTQ community. The ceremony will take place on Friday, October 25 at the Beverly Wilshire. Additional honorees will be announced in the coming weeks.

    "I am grateful to GLSEN for this honor and for all their work to ensure the LGBTQ community is treated with dignity and respect," said Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. "At Apple, our commitment to inclusion helps us do our best work, each and every day. Innovation depends on openness to new ideas, a culture of curiosity and a climate free from shame and stigma — that's true not only true for Apple, I believe it's true for everyone."

    As Apple's CEO, Cook has championed inclusion and diversity, investing in educational opportunities for students of all ages and backgrounds, and ensuring Apple offices and stores are open and welcoming to everyone. In the eight years since Tim became CEO, Apple has given millions of dollars to the American Red Cross and other NGOs, has become the largest corporate donor to (RED) to fight AIDS in Africa, and became Malala Fund's first Laureate partner.

    Last year, Tim was again named to Fortune's World's 50 Greatest Leaders list. He has also been named Person of the Year by the Financial Times and honored with the Newseum's Free Speech Award for using his position to take a public stand on important social issues. In April 2018, observing the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s death, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference presented Tim with its Keeper of the Dream Award for Human Rights. Apple has ranked #1 on Fortune's World's Most Admired Companies for the past twelve years, including each year Tim has been CEO.

    "GLSEN is profoundly honored to present the Champion Award to Apple CEO, Tim Cook, and to celebrate his visionary leadership and extraordinary philanthropic work, said Eliza Byard, Executive Director of GLSEN. "In pursuing our mission to promote inclusive and affirming K-12 schools for LGBTQ students, we seek to bring about our shared vision of full inclusion for LGBTQ people everywhere and a more vibrant world."

    The Co-Chairs for this year's GLSEN Respect Awards -- Los Angeles include Andrew Graham, Dave Karger, Patrick Moran, and Chip Sullivan. Honorary co-chairs include Greg Berlanti & Robbie Rogers, Matt Bomer & Simon Halls, Bruce Bozzi & Bryan Lourd, Jess Cagle & Matt Whitney, Connor Franta, Bob Greenblatt, Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg, Blair & David Kohan, Max Mutchnick & Erik Hyman, Jim Parsons & Todd Spiewak, and Ellen Pompeo. The event is sponsored by Apple and Wells Fargo. Last year's ceremony honored actress and activist Yara Shahidi; Will & Grace co-creators and executive producers Max Mutchnick & David Kohan; actress, producer, and activist Ellen Pompeo; Elizabeth Gabler, President, Fox 2000 Pictures, accepting on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Film; and Student Advocate of the Year Ruby Noboa.

    The GLSEN Respect Awards, introduced in 2004 and held annually in Los Angeles and New York, showcase the work of students, educators, community leaders, and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of LGBTQ youth. Past honorees include Kerry Washington, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg, Julia Roberts and Danny Moder, Zendaya, Brendon Urie, Shonda Rhimes, and Carla Gugino.

    
For nearly three decades, GLSEN has led the way on LGBTQ issues in K-12 education through ground-breaking original research, innovative program development, educator training, student organizing, and targeted state and federal advocacy. With the development of educational resources, direct engagement of youth and educators, and GLSEN national programs like Day of Silence, No Name-Calling Week, and Ally Week, GLSEN has seen the impact of its work in measurable improvements in the lives of LGBTQ students in the United States.

    From: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/19112-tim-cook-to-be-honored-at-2019-glsen-respect-awards-los-angeles

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  • Multiple Grammy-winning musical genius Nile Rodgers spoke out at the launch of Key4Life's new YOUNITED campaign, a flagship movement and a call to action to businesses of all sizes in the UK to offer employment to young people with an offending background.

    Nile Rogers at the launch of Key4Life0s new YOUNITED campaign
    Nile Rogers at the launch of Key4Life0s new YOUNITED campaign

    He claims ex-offenders are overlooked by employers despite having the correct skill sets for vacant jobs.

    The eclectic icon behind feel-good classics like ‘We are Family' and ‘Le Freak', lit the stage up in a special performance for the charity at Gray's Inn, London and has thrown his weight behind the initiative, claiming that skills learned in the criminal world are easily transferable and can be put to better use in the business space.

    Rodgers, who has employed ex-offenders, said: "It's amazing to me that people don't quite understand that if people don't have second chances, what are they going to do? If you give someone opportunity you are at the same time taking away their incentive to offend. It's a powerful solution.

    "You gotta give people a second chance. People who want it, work even harder. From where I'm coming from, thinking of the people I've hired in the past, it's an absolute honour to hand the YOUNITED flag to the next generation.

    "I can prove from the track-record of the people that I've had working for me that they've been successful, sometimes more so than me, and they've been dedicated. The one thing that I've seen is that people who grow up in very difficult environments are great thinkers, they really are great thinkers. If you put that brain to work in the proper setting, you'd be surprised by the results."

    Key4Life run an innovative rehabilitation programme working with young people in prison and those at risk of going to prison. Good Morning Britain presenter, Alex Beresford, who hosted the gala stated that prison doesn't work in all cases and neither does it act as a deterrent.

    The ITV weatherman said: "I don't believe prison works in all cases, I've met young men from where I grew up as a kid that go in-and-out, in-and-out, in-and-out and it doesn't act as a deterrent.

    "So, to have something like Key4Life, that can actually go into prisons and work with the boys so that when they leave prison, they have something to look forward to and goals to reach is a win-win. Cause at the end of the day, yes, we want them to serve their time, but we also want them to learn their lesson and realise there is another way and Key4Life is providing that opportunity. "

    The charity is presenting businesses who employ offenders with a YOUNITED flag to fly from their offices to signify support for the Key4Life campaign.

    Beresford continued : "The YOUNITED flag is a brilliant idea, it's going to give individuals hope, it's going to give employers a target to work to. I think if they can meet that young person, look them in the eye and have a conversation with them, you will start to believe in them because people believe in people, people relate to people, so having something like the YOUNITED flag will make a real difference.

    "It will be great to see the YOUNITED flag flying high outside lots of different businesses because at the end of the day we want to make offenders into eligible employees because if we can find them employment, they're going to be contributing towards the British economy and not costing the British economy, because to send someone to prison it costs a lot of money."

    David Gauke, Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor, joined Rodgers to add his weight behind YOUNITED, the charity's latest push to source employment opportunities for programme participants.

    He said: "It's a pleasure to support Key4Life and the YOUNITED campaign. I'm a firm believer in the power of work to change people's lives. Work can provide dignity and purpose as well as the money to pay bills and support family life. Many employers already recognise that they can benefit from the skills and work ethic of people leaving prison. Through the YOUNITED campaign, I am sure those businesses will be joined by many more."

    Key4Life Founder and CEO, Eva Hamilton MBE said: "We have had an incredibly successful gala and I'm delighted to say we've raised lots of money towards the YOUNITED campaign. I'd like to thank everybody involved for their help and support, they've been exceedingly generous and most importantly we are encouraging employers to offer jobs to young offenders through the YOUNITED campaign.''

    From: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/19113-nile-rodgers-helps-launch-key4lifes-younited-campaign

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  • Here's your chance to join George and Amal Clooney for a double date at their Lake Como home, and all you have to do is donate to charity.

    Join George and Amal Clooney for a Double Date at Their Lake Como Home
    Join George and Amal Clooney for a Double Date at Their Lake Como Home

    A new charity raffle from omaze.com is giving you this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. To enter, all you need to do is donate to the Clooney Foundation for Justice. The more you donate, the more chances you have to win.

    George and Amal will welcome you and a guest to their Lake Como home in Italy for lunch, laughs and the chance to get to know this amazing couple on a personal level. You'll bond with George and Amal over a delicious meal, take in the spectacular views of the lake and share a celebratory toast all together. Plus, you'll take some incredible photos to remember it all by. Flights and hotel included!

    The Clooney Foundation for Justice (CFJ) advocates for justice through accountability for human rights abuses around the world. CFJ fights for the rights of individuals unfairly targeted by oppressive governments through the courts and works to expose the corruption that fuels grave human rights violations. But justice is more than what is meted out in courts, it is litigated in communities as well. That's why CFJ also advances justice for marginalized and vulnerable communities targeted by hate, displaced children deprived of opportunities to learn, and refugees seeking to rebuild their lives abroad.

    To enter or find out more, visit omaze.com.

    From: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/19108-your-chance-to-join-george-and-amal-clooney-for-a-double-date-at-their-lake-como-home

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  • The Elders today called on all states to refrain from any actions or rhetoric that could further inflame tensions in the Gulf region and the wider Middle East.

    They specifically called on all concerned to encourage Iran to continue to abide by its commitments under the nuclear deal reached with the international community in 2015.

    They noted there is a strong, shared global interest in nuclear non-proliferation across the Middle East, and in maintaining safe and peaceful conditions in the strategically vital Strait of Hormuz.

    Upholding the Iranian nuclear deal is an integral part of securing these common interests. Recent moves by the US Administration to tighten economic sanctions and restrict Iran's ability to sell oil to third parties does nothing to promote stability, and risks emboldening opponents of any form of cooperation or reconciliation.

    Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders and former President of Ireland, said:

    "The JCPOA was a genuine triumph of multilateral diplomacy which should be used as a building block for further diplomacy with Iran and for non-proliferation efforts elsewhere, not dismantled in favour of unilateral agendas. President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif have shown commendable fortitude thus far. Iran must stay the course now at this critical moment."

    The Elders also condemned the recent attacks on oil tankers in the Strait as a dangerous and reckless provocation and looked to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to launch an independent investigation to determine who is responsible.

    They reaffirmed their strong support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and applauded the fact that Iran has to date stuck by its commitments despite the unilateral decision of US President Donald Trump in 2017 to withdraw from the agreement.

    This respect for the agreement, despite the US withdrawal, has ensured the JCPOA's other signatories -- China, Russia, France, the United Kingdom, Germany and the European Union --are united in their desire both to preserve the deal and to use diplomacy to address their other differences with Iran, for instance over ballistic missiles and regional conflicts. Breaching the deal could fracture this hard-won consensus.

    Ban Ki-moon, Deputy Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General, said:

    "I am deeply concerned by the current tensions in the Gulf. They highlight the dangers posed by the lack of an effective Middle East security framework, and the folly of the US decision to withdraw from the JCPOA. This rash move not only weakens regional stability, but also sends the wrong signal to ongoing negotiations over North Korea's nuclear issues."

    The Elders called on all parties to the JCPOA, and the United States, to resume dialogue on the longer- and broader-term prospects for Iran's security relations with the region, beyond the "sunset provisions" of the nuclear deal, as well as its reintegration into the international economic system.

    They welcomed the recent statements by President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo that the US does not want a war with Iran, and encouraged leaders and policymakers in Washington and Tehran to approach the issue in a spirit of good faith and mutual respect.

    The current tensions in the Gulf, the wars in Yemen and Syria, the lack of progress towards a just and lasting solution to the Palestinian problem, and the malign roles of foreign-backed militias and proxy forces acting with impunity in much of the Middle East all highlight the need for a comprehensive peace and security framework that goes beyond the issue of Iran's nuclear programme.

    Lakhdar Brahimi, Elder and former UN diplomat, added:

    "True and lasting peace in the Middle East will prove elusive as long as the core issue of the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people is not addressed properly, and any country in the region is treated unfairly. Responsible leadership is needed in the region and from all parties interacting with the region; Iran and its neighbours must all act wisely and refrain from provocations. The US must learn from past failures and foreswear any talk of ‘regime change', and Europe must stand by its own commitments under the JCPOA. The world cannot afford another reckless confrontation in the Middle East."

    From: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/19115-the-elders-call-for-end-to-gulf-brinkmanship-urge-iran-to-continue-to-abide-by-jcpoa

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  • Emmy Award-winning entertainer, radio personality, motivational speaker, New York Times best-selling author, business mogul and philanthropist, Steve Harvey returned to Georgia with his mentoring weekend.

    Steve Harvey Invitational Golf Tournament hosted by Lexus
    Steve Harvey Invitational Golf Tournament hosted by Lexus

    The weekend kicked off with the Steve Harvey Invitational Golf Tournament hosted by Lexus. In addition, the weekend included the Boys Mentoring Camp and the Single Mother's Enrichment Summit.

    Steve added to the excitement of the weekend when the golf tournament concluded with a surprise announcement that he would pay off the remainder of one of his mentee's college tuition. The biggest surprise of the weekend came when the Steve Harvey Foundation made the dream of nearby hospice patient, Kristen Moore -- whose lifelong wish was to meet Steve Harvey -- come true by inviting her to his VIP reception where she was able to sit down with Steve, her favorite entertainer.

    The golf tournament was followed by the 11th annual Steve Harvey Mentoring Program (SHMP) with special guest -- GRAMMY Award-winning artist, Ne-Yo and more. Over 200 teenage boys from fatherless homes across the nation attended at The Rock Ranch founded by the late S. Truett Cathy of Chick-fil-A. For the first time, the camp partnered with Bethany Christian Services.
    Steve Harvey partnered with mentors, and leaders in politics, philanthropy, entertainment, and business who joined him and the young men to take part in life changing experiences that equipped fatherless young men with professional tools and life skills.

    Activities included STEM programs hosted by the U.S. National Guard, educational forums, career development, financial literacy, motivational sessions, health, wellness and sports clinics hosted by New York Pelicans' Jahlil Okafor and Atlanta Hawks' DeAndre' Bembry. The boys also received complementary haircuts sponsored by Uncle Jimmy Products.

    The Single Mothers' Enrichment Summit, sponsored by Target and Coca-Cola was also a huge success. The attending mothers were empowered, inspired and moved to tears during best-selling author & speaker, Iyanla Vanzant's transformational session. In addition, NBC Chicago P.D. actor, LaRoyce Hawkins, surprised the moms with inspirational poems and lots of hugs! Sessions were led by American actor, Cocoa Brown, author, speaker and Editor-At-Large of ESSENCE, Mikki Taylor, New York Times best-selling author and producer, Kristina "Zane" Roberts, as well as sponsor, Caroline Wanga, the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Vice President of Human Resources at The Target Corporation.

    Additional guests during the weekend included; educator, author and speaker, Dr. Steve Perry, Tied to Greatness CEO, Dr. Alex Ellis, radio personality, Rock-T, NBA legend, Dikembe Mutombo, San Francisco 49ers', Takeo Spikes, Seattle Seahawks', Fred McCrary, Buffalo Bills', Marcus Stroud, Long Drive Champion, Maurice Allen, and more.

    Additional sponsors include, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation, Taliah Waajid, Under Armour, Port Covington, Bethany Christian Services, US Fish & Wildlife, and more.

    From: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/19118-steve-harvey-hosts-successful-mentoring-program-for-over-200-young-men

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  • UNICEF Supporter Sofia Carson traveled with UNICEF USA to Recife, Brazil this week to promote the rights and well-being of every child.

    During her visit, Carson met with children and their families and learned about the impactful work UNICEF is doing in the areas of education, girls empowerment and early childhood development. The trip fell on the eve of World Refugee Day, a day to remember that children, no matter their status, are children first.

    During her visit, Carson, who is best known for her iconic role in The Descendants franchise and Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, met with adolescents at COMPAZ, a community center in the heart of Recife. The center, a partner of UNICEF Brazil, focuses on keeping children and teens off the streets and provides a space for peace, inclusion and education. Carson was greeted with a vibrant dance performance from the children who call COMPAZ "a second home."

    "It is my immense honor to be in Brazil with UNICEF to do all I can to contribute to their lifesaving work to end violence against women and children here in Recife," said Carson.

    To tackle multiple issues such as sexual violence against women, gender inequality and early motherhood that decrease adolescent girls' possibilities to finish their education, UNICEF Brazil has implemented a program entitled Empodera -- Today Girls, Tomorrow Women. The project is committed to the economic and social empowerment of girls and adolescents to promote gender responsive public policies. Young women and men workshopped with Carson about how to continue to empower women for generations to come.

    "Today, I bore witness to the lifesaving power of an education," reflected Carson. "I embraced, I held and I was forever changed by the young women whose lives have been saved thanks to UNICEF and their partners here in Brazil. They are the history making leaders who will fight until the equality of the sexes is an indisputable reality and violence against women and children is obliterated."

    Carson also visited the Altino Ventura Foundation which offers clinical assistance and emergency services to low-income patients. The work centers around treating children and their families who have been impacted by the Zika virus. Carson met with doctors, volunteers, patients and parents and was moved to tears by the resilience of the children and the passion of the doctors.

    To see the important work that UNICEF is doing in education, Carson traveled to Panelas, Brazil, which is 200 kilometers west of Recife. She met with a group of adolescents who participate in a program called NUCA. NUCA focuses on the importance of keeping kids in school and engaged in the arts. Carson sang, danced, listened and shared stories with this group of students.

    On World Refugee Day, UNICEF USA and Carson are encouraging people to remember that every child should be afforded an opportunity at a bright and happy future.

    From: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/19117-sofia-carson-visits-unicef-programming-in-brazil

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  • Here is your chance to get to know Daniel Craig as he shows you around the Bond 25 set and ask him all your burning questions.

    Hang with Daniel Craig on the Bond 25 Set in London
    Hang with Daniel Craig on the Bond 25 Set in London

    A new charity raffle from omaze.com is giving you this unique opportunity, and all you have to do to enter is donate to charity. The more you donate, the more chances you have to win.

    The prize will see you join him on the highly confidential Bond 25 set in London. A simple mission, but it's bound to be absolutely mind-blowing. Once there, you'll enjoy a private tour of legendary Bond movie locations around Pinewood Studios. Daniel will show you around the top-secret set for the upcoming Bond movie, snap some stellar shots with you and might even share hints about the crazy mission that lies ahead for the MI6 secret agent we all know and love. Bond may prefer his martinis shaken, not stirred, but this day will leave you just plain shook.

    Proceeds from the contest will go to the Opportunity Network. The Opportunity Network ignites the drive, curiosity and agency of underrepresented students on their paths to and through college, as well as into their careers. They connect students from historically and systematically underrepresented communities to college access and success, internships, career opportunities, and personal and professional networks.

    To enter or find out more, visit omaze.com.

    From: https://www.looktothestars.org/news/19116-your-chance-to-join-daniel-craig-on-the-bond-25-set-in-london

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