Keep A Child Alive spokesperson Alicia Keys is asking her fans to contribute to the charity’s Text Alive Campaign. This simple act allows the non-profit organization continue its work distributing life-saving medication, support and orphan care to children and families living with HIV and AIDS in Africa.

During her concert in Los Angeles on April 5, 2008, Keys asked her audience to send a text message from their cellular phones to 90999 with the word “Alive”. Making a donation couldn’t be easier; a one-time $5.00 charge is added to the sender’s phone bill for each text Keep a Child Alive gets. Service is available on most United States cellular phone carriers.

Keep a Child Alive provides anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment to children with AIDS. It also provides medical services needed to make treatment possible. This includes doctors, nutrition, testing, transportation, and treatment for opportunistic infections because these are all necessary for successful ARV treatment. Furthermore, currently 15 million children have lost one or both parents to AIDS. By 2010 this number is expected to reach 25 million. Keep a Child Alive builds and sustains orphanages to keep the most vulnerable children out of harm’s way.

Posted by: Regina | April 5, 2008

Repost: Whitney Houston To Perform At Charity Ball

April 3, 2008 by Regina Walton

Recording legend Whitney Houston is scheduled to perform for the annual Caudwell Children’s Legend’s Ball on Thursday, May 8, in London. The event will be hosted by charity ambassador David Gest, and will be held at Battersea Evolution.

Last year’s ball featured Tina Turner and the event raised over $2 million. In addition to Whitney Houston’s performance this year, cinema legend Jane Russell will also make an appearance, as will other celebrities such as Piper Laurie, Angie Dickenson, and Tippi Hedren. The charity’s annual ball “…has become a not-to-be missed event; a star-studded night of glitz, glamour and out-of-this-world entertainment…”

Caudwell Children is a British non-profit which focuses on donations to special children for medical treatment, therapy, specialized equipment, and dying-wish holidays. The charity has been working towards its goals since 1999 and has made over 2,000 donations to families with disabled children.

Posted by: Regina | April 3, 2008

Repost: Rihanna Performs for The Believe Foundation

April 2, 2008 by Regina Walton

Singer Rihanna created the Believe Foundation in 2006 to “ensure the health and well-being of our future leaders,” and is currently playing a series of charity shows to benefit her charity.

Two concerts have already taken place in Chicago and San Francisco, with another scheduled to take place on April 9th at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. Tickets are only available if you make a $100 minimum purchase of Escada’s latest fragrance, Moon Sparkle, at selected Macy’s Stores – Macy’s Herald Square, Staten Island and Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon, April 5th, 2008.

After the concerts Rihanna has a meet and greet with children from local charities and signed autographs.

The Believe Foundation is “committed to creating change in the lives of our youth by providing, educational, financial, social and medical support when and wherever it is needed.”

For more information on the April 9th Performance, visit the Highline Ballroom website.

April 2, 2008 by Regina Walton

Hootie and the Blowfish to Play at Rock Fore! Dough IV

Recording artists Hootie and the Blowfish, Colbie Caillat, Josh Kelley and John Krueger are scheduled to perform for the annual Rock Fore! Dough IV benefit concert. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 8th in Augusta, GA at the First Tee of Augusta.

The proceeds of the Rock Fore! Dough support the First Tee of Augusta, one of over 200 chapters of the First Tee Network. Over the past three years the Rock Fore! Dough event has raised over $200,000 for the charity.

First Tee’s goal is to “…impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.”

First Tee teaches the young people in its program nine core values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, courtesy, judgment, confidence, responsibility, and perseverance.

Tickets are on sale now for $25.00 and can be purchased at the gate for $35.00.

For more information about The First Tee, Augusta Chapter, visit their website.

Source: Rock Fore! Dough

P.O.D. Hold Parties And Gigs For Musicians On Call

March 18, 2008 by Regina Walton
Grammy-nominated, multiple platinum selling nu metal band P.O.D. will release their new album, When Angels and Serpents Dance, on April 8, and the band will hold listening parties today, March 18, at Hard Rock locations in Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Orlando, Philadelphia, and San Francisco. Instead of an entrance fee, they are asking for a voluntary $5 donation to Musicians on Call, and the band will appear live via a video chat during the parties to interact with their fans.In addition to the listening parties, P.O.D. will take part in the Hard Rock Café’s month long charity drive for Musicians on Call. P.O.D. will perform at eight Hard Rock locations throughout the USA.

March

  • 25 Hollywood, CA – Universal Studios
  • 28 Miami, FL – 401 Biscayne Blvd.
  • 29 Washington DC – 999 E. Street N.W.
  • 31 Chicago, IL – 63 W. Ontario

April

  • 1 St. Louis, MO – 450 St. Louis Union Station
  • 2 Denver, CO – 500 16th Street Mall
  • 3 Phoenix, AZ – 3 South 2nd Street
  • 7 San Diego, CA – 801 4th Avenue

Musicians on Call is a nonprofit organization formed in 1999, bringing live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. The goal of Musicians on Call is to use music to promote and complement the healing process for patients, families, and caregivers.

Ticket information can be found at http://www.payableondeath.com/hardrocktour/.

Jackie Chan Opens Australian Science Center In Memory Of Parents

March 17, 2008 by Regina Walton
Movie star and restaurateur Jackie Chan opened the Jackie Chan Science Centre at Australia National University in Canberra on Sunday, March 9.Chan did this to pay tribute to his late parents, Charlie Chan and Lee Lee Chan. The star’s father died in a Hong Kong hospital on February 26, after fighting prostate cancer, and was laid to rest next to Lee Lee in Canberra on March 8. Chan and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd officially opened the center the following day.

“My father passed away last week, so it is about time I did something for Canberra to remember my parents,” said Chan, whose parents had lived in Australia for more than 45 years. “I really thank you Australia and Canberra for taking care of my parents for 46 years.”

Posted by: Regina | March 12, 2008

Extreme Celebrity Giving, Really?

Extreme Giving?

This is an interesting article: Extreme Celebrity Giving. However, I question whether it’s truly “extreme” giving or if it’s what a person ought to do for causes that inspire them if they have the fame, money and influence that comes with fame.

Personally, if taking action rather than giving money is considered extreme then I’ve done my fair share of extreme giving too. I’ve volunteered on sight for certain causes. I’ve donated personal items. I’ve used what little pull I have to get others involved too. I’ve also donated money.

Some examples of celebrity philanthropy in this article:

  • Stars, including Victoria Beckham, posing nude to bring attention to the Marc Jacobs skin cancer charity.
  • Naomi Campbell was listed for her Fashion For Relief shows in which celebrities like Beyoncé, Wyclef Jean, Faye Dunaway and Rio Ferdinand were models.
  • Stars that’ve parted with personal items were also listed.
  • Celebrities and other notable people who’ve made movies bringing attention to the causes important to them are listed.
  • Celebrities who’ve engaged in civil disobedience are listed.

I simply don’t understand what the fuss is about.

The article states that Julianne Moore, Dita Von Teese and Naomi Campbell also posed for Marc Jacobs’ last year and Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Pamela Anderson have posed in the buff for PETA. For me, it seems completely logical for stars that are considered physically attractive to use their looks, including nudity, to get attention for causes near and dear to them. In general, people don’t seem to complain much when celebrities do it strictly for money with nude scenes in movies or even Playboy pictorials. Would such cases be “extreme money making”?

I’m also a bit confused about how extreme it is for someone to call on their friend’s help for causes that are important to them. I know I’ve worked in teams for certain causes like HIV/AIDS and even from grade school children are taught to raise funds from those near them by selling candy bars and other items. The Girl Scouts have made it a worldwide tradition.

In general, the things that celebrities do to bring attention to charities, overall, is good. I’d say it’s not extreme at all, but the responsibility of someone with a lot of fame and power to use the power they have to help others.

Here is a link to pictures of extreme giving: In Pictures: Extreme Celebrity Giving. Most of these aren’t extreme at all.

Posted by: Regina | March 11, 2008

Repost: Models Support Human Rights Cotton Campaign

Models Support Human Rights Cotton Campaign

March 11, 2008 by Regina Walton
Over 20 top models have volunteered to be photographed in cotton shirts made by the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF). Some of the models, photographed in EJF’s ‘Pick Your Cotton Carefully’ campaign t-shirts, include Irina Lazareanu, Coco Rocha, Catherine McNeil, Caroline Trentini, Siri Tollerød, and Behati Prinsloo. The most recent 19 models were photographed by Eric Guillerman.The organic cotton t-shirts were designed by Luella, Christian Lacroix, Betty Jackson and Katharine Hamnett. All shirts are designed around the theme of “childhood, lost innocence and hope” and represent more than one million children worldwide who are forced to work in the cotton industry. The shirts are only $60 and are shipped worldwide for $10. All profits from the sale of the t-shirt are used to support EJF’s work.
The EJF’s goal is to clean up the cotton industry because “over two-thirds of the world’s cotton is grown in developing countries and the former Soviet Union. Valued at over $30 billion every year, global cotton production should be improving lives. But this ‘white gold’ too often brings misery. Although some progress is being made, the unsustainable, inequitable and abusive conditions under which much of the world’s cotton is produced, continues.” Other supporters of the ‘Pick Your Cotton Carefully’ campaign include Lily Cole, Erin O’Connor, KT Tunstall, and Peaches Geldof.

To buy a shirt, visit the EJF Shop, and to become a regular giver to the EJF, be sure to check out the EJF website.

Posted by: Regina | March 10, 2008

Repost: Mel B Gets Spicey For Charity

Mel B Gets Spicey For Charity

March 10, 2008 by Regina Walton
Spice Girl and Dancing With The Stars sensation Melanie Brown has taken Girl Power one step further – she has posed nude for a campaign to benefit the Helen Bamber Foundation, a charity that campaigns against sex trafficking and works to benefit victims of the sex slave trade.“I’m curvier now I’ve had kids but I like the way I look,” said the singer. “Women’s bodies are beautiful and any charity helping women is important.”In addition to Mel B, Scottish television presenter Jenni Falconer has also contributed nude photos to the campaign.
“I posed to confront my fears of being naked,” said the 32-year-old. “Unlike victims of trafficking, I have a choice.”

March 9, 2008 by Regina Walton
Five-time Grammy winner John Legend and Golden State Warrior Stephen Jackson have banded together for an auction to benefit the Show Me Campaign.
The auction, which will take place on eBay, runs from March 10 to March 17, and the winner will receive a VIP package for two which features:

  • Two lower level tickets to the March 21, 2008 Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets game.
  • Post-game meet & greet and photo opportunity with John Legend and Stephen Jackson at limited-access VIP reception.
  • A special Thank You Message on the JumboTron in recognition of the winning bid.
  • Pre-game behind the scenes and locker-room tour.
  • Autographed sheet music of John Legend.
  • Autographed photo of Stephen Jackson.
  • Two-night stay at the luxurious W Hotel San Francisco.
  • Round-trip ground transportation from hotel to the game.
  • Two $500 airline gift cards.

The mission of Legend’s Show Me Campaign is “…to fight economic and spiritual poverty through fostering sustainable development at the individual, family and small community levels. The Show Me Campaign works closely with Millennium Promise and local community leaders to alleviate poverty (through agriculture, heath, and education supports) in Mbola, a remote Millennium Village in northwest Tanzania—all funds raised will benefit this effort. The funds will be accepted by the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and distributed directly to The Show Me Campaign.”

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