DesignCare 2013 Features NeYo Performance and Fashion by Rubin Singer

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 AwardJordan Pattillo, a young adult living with autism with the HollyRod4Kids Champion AwardJim Mitchell, CEO of Fuhu, Inc., the creator of the nabi, Fooz Kids and urDrive, with the theHollyRod Corporate Compassion AwardJohn 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 or (818) 906-0240. For sponsorship opportunities contact Mia Gorman, The Gorman Group at (310) 270-9464 or go to

Jennifer Lopez Honored at amfAR’s 4th Annual Inspiration Gala in NYC


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

Spelmanite, Ione Rucker and Family Host Fashion Show and Raise $15k for Scholarship Fund

In an article posted on Black Gives Back, writer, project strategist and philanthropist Valaida Fullwood  recaps the  inaugural fundraising fashion show, Elegance for Education with Fashions by Coplon’s, for the Rucker Education Scholarship Fund. The Fund was founded by Spelman College graduate, Ione Rucker Jamison and 100% of proceeds will benefit the Fund for college bound alumni of A.R. Rucker Middle School.

The fund’s mission is to promote academic excellence, community empowerment and leadership development primarily through financially supporting the aspirations of deserving first generation college students.

Ruby, Ellen, Ione, their mother Ruby Rucker, and Renata Coker, Director of Sales at SOCIETY Charlotte Magazine

Ruby, Ellen, Ione, their mother Ruby Rucker, and Renata Coker, Director of Sales at SOCIETY Charlotte Magazine

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Soledad, Toni, Gabby, Kelly and More Get Their Fash-ON at the Heart Truth 2013 Red Dress Fashion Show

On Wednesday, February 6th the stars shined bright as they rock many shades of red down the runway at the the annual Heart Truth Red Dress Fashion Show in New York City.  The event held at the Hammerstein Ballroom and sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute was the first of the shows for New York Fashion Week and features designers including Badgley Mischka, Zac Posen, Oscar De La Renta, and more to raise awareness about heart disease.  Toni Braxton, Gabrielle Douglas, Kendall Jenner,  Kris Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Minka KellyJillian Michaels, Kelly Osbourne, Soledad O’Brien, Roselyn Sánchez, and Wendy Williams were just a few of the celebrities who walked the runway for the cause.

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