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.

LeBron James Speaks Giving Back on The Daily Show

School’s back in session and LeBron James is doing some great things within the Cleveland community through the LeBron James Family Foundation.

Watch him as he talks education, building community, giving back and more on the Daily Show with Host, Trevor Noah. Including a great way he’s found to inspire kids in his education programs – he sends recorded messages to encourage them to go to school.  Check it out!

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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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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

BeyGoodNYC – Beyoncé and United Way Partner to INSPIRE AND BUILD COMMUNITY

United Way Of New York City Hosting Volunteer Event On June 2 To Benefit NYC Kids

 Part of a Nationwide Effort to Strengthen Communities

4United Way has aligned with Beyoncé’s BeyGood initiative to inspire everyone through The Formation World Tour to get involved in building stronger communities. Fans coming together—in activities big and small—make a difference in their communities throughout the course of the tour. Together, we can positively impact the world in…Good Formation!

In New York City, fans and volunteers helped by joining United Way of New York City on June 2 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM at their office (205 E. 42nd Street, 13th Floor) to build Reading Kits to support children living in some of New York City’s most-challenged neighborhoods.

Attendees of the volunteer event on June 2 were entered to win door prizes, including a pair of tickets to Beyoncé’s The Formation World Tour at Citi Field for either June 7 or June 8—FOUR (4) pairs available for each date!

Beyoncé fans can also support the United Way of Genesee County’s efforts to support the Flint Water Crisis by donating $10 through Crowdrise. Every $10 donation made to United Way through Crowdrise will help those affected by the water crisis, and gives fans the opportunity to win VIP tickets for The World Formation Tour. Ten randomly selected winners at each of the North American shows will be upgraded to the best seats in the house.

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Beyoncé’s BeyGOOD initiative will support local United Way programs and the work of United Way of Genesee County, which is continuing to respond to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. United Way of Genesee County has been at the forefront of distributing bottled water and filtration systems, as well as providing emergency support services and prevention efforts to those in need. After the short-term needs of Flint residents have been met, United Way of Genesee County will provide the remaining funds to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, which will provide long-term developmental, educational and health support to children and families in the area.

“We are so grateful for this opportunity to partner with Beyoncé and the BeyGood initiative,” said Sheena Wright, President & CEO, United Way of New York City. “It is exciting that our partnership will impact the lives of the children and families in our ReadNYC initiative, and that our volunteers will have a special opportunity to see her—one of the greatest performers of our time!”

To learn more about United Way of New York City’s work, visit unitedwayNYC.org.

To learn more about United Way’s work with Beyoncé, visit beyonce.com/beygood.

Across the Pond: Together For Short Loves Midsummer Charity Ball (PICS)

From across the pond…

Midsummer Ball raises over £290,000 (over $420k) for UK children’s charity Together for Short Lives

Alesha Dixon, Judge on Britain's Got Talent at Together for Short Lives  via Fashion Bomb Daily

Alesha Dixon, Judge on Britain’s Got Talent at Together for Short Lives
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A star studded Midsummer Ball at Banqueting House for UK children’s palliative care charity Together for Short Lives, raised a staggering £290,000 in support of the charity’s work with seriously ill children and their families. The Midsummer Ball took place on Wednesday 1 June and was supported by Coutts.

Together for Short Lives’ special guests experienced a magical midsummer night to remember, enjoying a champagne reception, dining on an elegant and sumptuous menu. James Toseland and Melanie Sykes were the Ball’s hosts for the night, introducing talent from Gabrielle Aplin, Ella Henderson and Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Beau Dermott. Following an evening of stellar performances, Ball guests danced the night away with Soul II Soul, including the legendary 80s club classic Back to Life (I’m totally a fan!!). Read The Rest

Dimension Data Grows Harlem With a Day of Service

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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

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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She’s the Boss: Sharon Content, Founder and President, Children of Promise NYC

Sharon Content is the Founder and President of Children of Promise, NYC, a community based organization, in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, with a mission to embrace children of incarcerated parents and empower them to break the cycle of inter-generational involvement in the criminal justice system. Ms. Content is responsible for managing and coordinating all program operations-including planning and program development, maintaining partnerships with outside organizations, building community support, fund-raising, supervising staff and fulfilling contractual and fiscal responsibilities.  

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