Warby Parker Giving Glasses to City Public School Kids in Need (VIDEO)

Warby Parker Donates to NYC SchoolsThe city’s education department is expanding a vision partnership with Warby Parker. The program, launched in 2015, has provided 94,000 students in 130 schools with free vision screenings, exams and eyeglasses, and they’re trying to service another 118,000 students in the five boroughs. Warby Parker Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Dave Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal visited Mornings On 1 to talk about their expansion.

LL Cool J, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan Honored by Kennedy Center (PICS)

ll-cool-j-4572d1ddaadfc9afIt’s been a while since I posted, but the Kennedy Center Honors has taken me out of this hiatus with its 40th annual national celebration of the arts held on December 3, 2017.  The 2017 recipients included American dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, Cuban American singer-songwriter and actress Gloria Estefan, American television writer and producer Norman Lear, American musician and record producer Lionel Richie and American hip hop artist and entertainment icon LL COOL J (aka Uncle L!! The first rapper to receive this honor!!)

 

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Clara Lionel Foundation Founded by Rihanna Accepting Applications for 2017/2018 School Year

The CLF Global Scholarship Program is now accepting applicants for the 2017/2018 school year!
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The scholarship program was established in 2015 to help talented students from Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, or Jamaica with tuition and fees as they attend four-year colleges or universities in the United States.
If you know of students who might be a good fit for this program please encourage them to apply! The guidelines and application are available here: https://www.scholarsapply.org/claralionelfdn/ and applications are due August 1.
The @claralionelfdn 2017/2018 global scholarship program application is open! Applications are due August 1. Check out the guidelines and application here: https://www.scholarsapply.org/claralionelfdn/

Rihanna Named Humanitarian of the Year by Harvard Foundation

Rihanna has been named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year, and will accept the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at a ceremony next Tuesday (Feb. 28).

“Rihanna has charitably built a state-of- the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados,” said S. Allen Counter, the Harvard Foundation’s director. Read The Rest

Dita Von Teese Strips Down for Charity

by Julie Gordon, Page Six

dita-perform-color2Dita Von Teese brought some sex appeal to the Hamptons charity circuit over the weekend.
Stripping down to little more than lace and feathers, she closed out Saturday’s Labor of Love event — which benefitted Housing Works — with a sexy burlesque performance.

A spy tells us the crowd was “surprised and delighted” as the seductress “ultimately went fully topless and danced off the stage covered only by beautiful burlesque feather fans.”

Three hundred people attended the soiree, held at “The Points Guy” Brian Kelly’s private Hamptons residence. The event is estimated to have raised over $40,000.

MTV & Make-A-Wish Partner to Give 4 Teens a VMAs to Remember – Beyonce, Alicia, Britney, KimYe and more (PICS)

For the third year in a row, MTV granted four incredible wishes for four very special girls on Sunday at the VMA. Grace Fulcher, Madison “Madi” Haggard, Sierra Mason (all 16) and Samantha Savioe (14) — spent four magical days behind the scenes of the awards show thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes for kids living with serious medical conditions.
“In a very short amount of time, we were able to create an incredible four-day experience for these incredible girls, who are all going through tremendously difficult and uncertain times in their young lives,” said Matt McDonough, Senior Director, MTV Digital Strategy & Fan Engagement. These were wishes 18 through 22 for Matt says he’s been lucky enough to be a part of at MTV.

Naomi Campbell to Chair Event Honoring Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Proceeds to Benefit Boys & Girls Harbor

Boys & Girls Harbor announced that Naomi Campbell will join Keith Clinkscales and Lyor Cohen as an event chair for the organization’s Salute to Achievement on Monday, September 26th at Lincoln Center, David Koch Theater located at 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York City.  The event will honor Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and will feature a special performance by Audra Day.

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Swizz Beatz, BACARDÍ x Dean Collection Present “No Commission: Art Performs” (PICS)

Guests BACARDÍ x Dean Collection Present No Commission: Art Performs Photo Credit: Angela Pham

Photo Credit: Angela Pham

There was an incredible week/weekend of performances at the BACARDÍ and Swizz Beatz’ Dean Collection Present No Commission: Art Performs – a multi-day immersive event where art and music collided for showcases by day and night.  The experience featured musical performances, visual art galleries featuring famed artists including Kehinde Wiley, Tomokazu Matsuyama, and Zio Ziegler, and immersive installations in the Bronx, all in celebration of the artist hustle, where it all began.  No Commission is a platform that’s designed specifically to support artists, and forges a direct link between artists’ practices and art patronage.  All artists are given their exhibition space for free and 100% of the sale of each artwork goes directly back to them.  The event closed this weekend with 98% of the art being sold. Read The Rest

Kevin Hart Hosts Rally HealthFest in NYC

Rally Health, actor, comedian and Rally Health Ambassador Kevin Hart, and E! News host Maria Menounos hosted a free outdoor health festival, Rally HealthFest, at Nelson A. Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City, lower Manhattan a couple of weeks ago.  They wanted to show New Yorkers how making simple lifestyle changes can be a lot of fun and help improve their overall health.

The New York Rally HealthFest featured fitness activities including boot camps, yoga classes, rock climbing and spin classes, as well as an interactive kids’ zone, all supported by Rally partner Asphalt Green, an NYC nonprofit. Attendees also had a chance to participate in a group workout with Ron “Boss” Everline, Kevin Hart’s personal trainer; get nutritional tips from young celebrity chef Haile Thomas; and earn prizes for participating in activities. There were be plenty of healthy eats and beverages from Juice Press. Attendees also joined Rally partner DiamondBack to help build bicycles that will be donated to Madison Square Boys and Girls Club. Read The Rest

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