Pres. Bill Clinton and Kobe Bryant Join Forces for STEP UP ON VINE!

This is a pleasant surprise!  A partnership between former President Bill Clinton and LA Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant?!  I guess this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise since Kobe does a lot of philanthropic work in LA as a member of the city’s basketball team. And, President Clinton has been consistent in providing services for the people who need them most through the Bill Clinton Global Initiative.  Bill and Kobe joined forces to help people with mental illness find “Hope, Help, and Home” through the Step Up on Second charity gala.  The event was made possible by The Bill Clinton Global Initiative in partnership with the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation and also served as the grand opening for Step Up on Vine.

Richie Sambora joined President Bill Clinton and Kobe and Vanessa Bryant at the grand opening of STEP UP ON VINE on Monday, January 14, 2013 in       Los Angeles.Credit/Copyright: Press Here Publicity

Richie Sambora joined President Bill Clinton and Kobe and Vanessa Bryant at the grand opening of STEP UP ON VINE on Monday, January 14, 2013 in Los Angeles.
Credit/Copyright: Press Here Publicity

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Edwing D’Angelo Announced as Designer for ‘The Reality of FASHION The Reality of AIDS’ New York Fashion Week Celebrity Runway Show

The Reality of FASHION The Reality of AIDS, (, announced today Edwing D’Angelo as the event’s participating fashion week designer debuting his Fall/Winter 2013 evening wear collection. The charity benefit will take place on the evening of February 9th, 2013. Celebrity Reality Stars will join forces to walk the runway for this philanthropic event all with a unified goal of raising $300,000+ in funding with proceeds raised being donated to AIDS United, a national organization dedicated to helping those affected by AIDS/HIV, and whose goal is to end the epidemic. Tickets are on sale for the formal charity benefit with prices ranging from $450 for standing room tickets, $800 standard seating, to $1200 VIP meet and greet tickets.


“We are bursting with excitement to have such a talent as Edwing D’Angelo working with us for this upcoming NYC Fashion week. Edwing’s evening wear work, his strong work ethic, and Fashion industry reputation made it an exceptionally easy choice for us,” states Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR CEO, Monique Tatum.

Edwing D’Angelo is a Colombian-born, NYC based fashion designer quickly emerging through mainstream America. With his boutique currently based in the famous NYC Limelight Marketplace, the self-taught designer has previously shown at both New York Fashion Week and Couture Fashion Week. D’Angelo’s pieces have been seen on such celebrities as Angela Simmons, Tyra Banks, Lil Kim, Patti Labelle, Vivica A. Fox, Sean Paul, Mo’Nique, B. Smith, Melissa Ford and many more. His work has also been highlighted in major US & Hispanic press as well as hit movies like The Devil Wears Prada. Read The Rest

NYC Torn Over Whether the Marathon Show Should Go On

New York City is torn over whether or not the Marathon should still go on.  Hundreds of thousands of people are without power, homes are flooded, transportation has been a nightmare for many and more than 40 people have died.  Not to mention, general mounting frustration.  But, the show must go on!  Or, should it?  Is it insensitive to still run the race with all of the devastation? Read The Rest

Robert Reffkin Runs Last of 50 Marathons for Charity This Sunday in NYC

Yes, you read right! I don’t know too many people who have run ONE marathon much less 50!  In 2007, Robert Reffkin set out to run 50 marathons – one in each state.  His goal was to raise $1 million dollars for nonprofit organizations that support young people in realizing their dreams through access to educational resources. Talk about paying it forward!

RobertReffkinI am keenly aware of the fact that I did not achieve all this by myself. I had a great deal of help all along the way from people who cared and who were willing to give of themselves to others. Now it is my turn. I want to use what I have been given – my health and physical stamina, my abilities and my connectedness with others to reach out to young people and make a difference in their lives.

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