Perhaps the best use of celebrity and notoriety is the ability to raise awareness and funds for worthy causes. Take Rob Light for example. Ranked number 7 in Billboard’s Power 100, this Creative Artists Agency Managing Partner/Head of Music creates opportunities for some of the biggest names in music, and is a certified leader in the music industry. Still, he finds time to give back and inspire other industry leaders and creative powerhouses to do the same. This season he leads the charge by organizing the Summer of Hope, a social media and marketing effort to benefit cancer research and treatment center City of Hope. No wonder the organization’s Music and Entertainment industry group is honoring him with their Spirit of Life award this fall.
“Like the music industry, City of Hope touches lives worldwide, bringing hope and encouragement to individuals and their families,” Light said in a release. “To unite these two forces for such a powerful need is exciting, and I am proud to be a part of that.”
The first effort of its kind; Summer of Hope launched last week on the first day of summer and aims to promote cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS education and breakthroughs in research and treatment. With the help of Light and his notable network, the net is being cast wide to provide hope to patients, survivors and their families. Among the big names that are using their fan base to spread the word are Selena Gomez, Adam Levine, Pit Bull, David Guetta, Christina Aguilera and Justin Bieber, with more joining in
If you’d like to get involved follow the #SummerofHope hash tag on Twitter, or make a donation at www.cityofhope.org/summerofhope.
When you think of philanthropy in Hollywood the names Rodney Peete and Holly Robinson Peete are some of the first to come to mind. Their HollyRod Foundation has been serving and advocating for families impacted by autism and Parkinson’s disease for over a decade. When the couple launched DesignCare back in 1999 the goal was to support these efforts through fundraising, and boy did they build a strong groundwork. Today it has morphed into one of the most anticipated celebrity events of the summer, featuring live and silent auctions, fashion shows, performances and a star-studded reception.
“Rodney and I are so grateful to our community of friends, family and supporters who keep coming back every year. We are proud to host this special evening that recognizes incredible individuals and corporations for their work to create awareness for autism and Parkinson’s,” Holly Robinson Peete said in a release. ”When people are willing to speak out and tell their personal stories, that’s when change happens.”
This year, the 15th annual DesignCare fundraiser will take place at a private estate in Malibu on Saturday, July 27th. Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, composer and producer NeYo will perform, and the fashions of New York based designer Rubin Singer will be showcased on the runway. Also, five exceptional individuals who go to bat for these causes daily will be honored; Actress Tisha Campbell-Martin with the HollyRod “AUsome” Mother of the Year Award; Jordan Pattillo, a young adult living with autism with the HollyRod4Kids Champion Award; Jim Mitchell, CEO of Fuhu, Inc., the creator of the nabi, Fooz Kids and urDrive, with the theHollyRod Corporate Compassion Award; John Ball, author, advocate for Parkinson’s disease and philanthropist, with the Matthew T. Robinson, Jr. Award of Courage; and Michael Strautmanis, autism dad and advocate with the HollyRod Advocacy Hero Award.
If you’ll be on the West Coast, grab a ticket for this perfect mix of fab and philanthropy. For more information contact email@example.com or (818) 906-0240. For sponsorship opportunities contact Mia Gorman, The Gorman Group at (310) 270-9464 firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.hollyrod.org/designcare.
amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, Jennifer Lopez, Alan Cumming, Liza Minnelli, Uma Thurman, Iman, and Carly Rae Jepsen were among those who gathered at the Plaza last night to support amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, at the fourth annual Inspiration Gala New York. Ms. Lopez and Mr. Cumming were honored at the black tie gala, along with Valentino Garavani, all for their exceptional humanitarian work and commitment to the fight against AIDS. Read The Rest
Keshia Knight Pulliam hosted a Private Pamper Party to benefit her nonprofit foundation, Kamp Kizzy. She’s been helping to provide young girls with a positive role model through her Kamp Kizzy Foundation for years. and hosted an exclusive Pamper Party at Atlanta’s The Posh Spot to benefit Kamp Kizzy. This event was done through her new company – The A-List Experience, a members only club that hosts monthly intimate events with celebs in attendance so members will have access to fab folks and gifts. Read The Rest
Usher’s New Look and Accenture Join Forces to Create the Next Generation of Global Leaders Through iLEAD
|From the left: Usher Raymond IV, Accenture Managing Director Julie Miller, U.S. CEO of Accenture Jorge Benitez and President of Usher’s New Look Shawn Wilson.|
New York Needs You (NYNY), a NYC-based nonprofit working with high-achieving, low-income college students, is pleased to announce its second annual BBQ & You fundraiser, in partnership with ‘wichcraft. The event will take place on Tuesday, June 18th, at the Southwest Porch in Bryant Park with ‘wichcraft serving as the event sponsor for a second straight year. Throughout the evening, guests will dine on barbecue and seasonal American fare from ‘wichcraft, craft beer from Peak Organic Brewing Company, wine from Apothic, all while enjoying live music provided by Talisman. Attendees will have the chance to learn more about NYNY’s programs and network with young professionals.
Sometimes the best giving comes from corporations. We love seeing big business dedicate time and funds to champion the not for profit causes significant to them. Participating in projects that enrich and nurture our communities keeps the corporate conscience honest, creates a climate of giving, and adds character and integrity to the company culture.
On Thursday, May 23rd sister telecommunications giants Dimension Data and NTT Communications Corporation did just that; hosting a service day in the name of Harlem Grown. Founded by Tony Hillery, the organization grows urban farms in Harlem with the goal of connecting our communities to nature and green spaces, read: healthier foods. “You have pizza, fried chicken, fried fish, fried everything. I couldn’t get a healthy meal,” Hillery told Emma LaPerruque last year. “I said to myself: Why not do something?” Read The Rest
On May 30th, fifteen distinguished women gathered in New York City for the Diversity Affluence Secret Supper Club.
This gathering, in partnership with Amethyst Entertainment, was to help launch the inaugural Women with Purpose Global Summit taking place in St. Martin/St. Maarten from June 18th – 22nd. Read The Rest