The 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.
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
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
Philly rapper, Eve, was recently on Fox 5’s Good Day New York and mentioned her commitment to girl power and her involvement with the Malaika School – a school in the Democratic Republic of Congo educating more than 230 girls. She was so genuinely passionate that I had to learn more. It’s truly beautiful.
Last night’s 2016 ESPY Awards opened with Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade and Lebron James addressed the killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the 5 Dallas police officers. They urged their fellow athletes to follow in the footsteps of great athletes like, Muhammad Ali, Jesse Owens, Arthur Ashe who served as a model for what athletes should stand for. Lebron also encouraged them to “speak up, use our influence and renounce all violence and, most importantly, go back to our communities, invest our time, our resources, help rebuild them, help strengthen them, help change them. We all have to do better.”
Let’s take a look at what each of these phenomenal players is doing within their respective communities.
It’s #MalalaDay! Learn About the Amazing Young Woman Who Stands for Education of Girls Around the World
Every time I see or read about Malala Yousafzai, I am overcome with emotion. The hairs on my arms stand up and there’s an indescribable electrical current that travels beneath my skin and releases itself in the form of tears. I marvel at how amazing, strong and determined she was and is at such a young age. I cry because she has endured levels of pain and adversity that I can not even begin to image. Not to mention she was shot in the head, nearly died, recovered and stood up for the very thing they tried to silence her permanently for. Something that here in the States many people take for granted. A basic education.
They say that things happen for a reason… And, as crazy as it sounds, it was her getting shot that magnified her propulsion to an even greater international platform. Today, Malala turns 19. Read The Rest
Eudoxie Bridges, a native of the villages of Gabon in West Central Africa, came from humble beginnings and knows what it means to struggle. She was reared in impoverished circumstances, sometimes not even having enough to eat. Enduring various forms of verbal, mental and sexual abuses, Eudoxie prayed to be delivered from the environment that had become common place in the African culture. She was brought to America, only speaking three English words, yet managed to succeed in our educational systems. Read The Rest
From across the pond…
Midsummer Ball raises over £290,000 (over $420k) for UK children’s charity Together for Short Lives
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
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will celebrate its 12th annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels and Stars Gala, co-founded by Daisy Fuentes, at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, to support children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases.