Exclusive John Salley Talks Spinal Cord Injuries And Walking With Anthony

first_imgLook To The Stars recently spoke to 15-year NBA veteran John Salley about his charity interests.John Salley has an impressive resume. Not only is he the first NBA player to win four championships with three different teams, he is the host of ‘The Best Damn Sports Show Period’, has appeared in blockbuster movies including Bad Boys and Bad Boys 2, and as a vegan, strongly supports PETA. But it’s his touching encounter with Anthony Purcell and his cause, Walking with Anthony that grabbed our attention.Walking with Anthony is a charity dedicated to raising money and awareness for Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI). Founded by Micki Purcell two years ago, Walking with Anthony was established after Micki’s son Anthony (then 22 years old) dove into the ocean into a hidden sand-bar, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down.Micki and Anthony with John SalleyAfter two years of intensive recovery therapy at San Diego-based Project Walk, Anthony has shown miraculous recovery and can now stand with the aid of a walker and is getting better each day, an occurrence that doctors said would never happen two years ago.Micki just put on a fundraiser event this past month to raise awareness, and basketball legend John Salley decided to jump on board to help in any way he could – acting as spokesperson for Walking with Anthony and being the master of ceremonies at April’s Fundraiser.Look to the Stars was honored to speak with the NBA veteran and Anthony about this remarkable story.John, how did you learn about Walk with Anthony?A friend of mine had asked me about hosting an event for him and I was hooked after watching his video and reading about him. I don’t think anyone could not be moved by his determination.What was it that hooked you?He’s someone working hard at something to get back to a point – to see his spirit crushed and where he was, and how hard he is fighting, pushing for a second chance, not giving up, its inspiring.You had met him prior to his accident?Yes, I had met him three years earlier at my daughter’s birthday party in Malibu. He was just being a fun kid and he came over and sat next to me and said ’What’s up John’ and was joshing around with me and he left quite an impression.What have you learned from Anthony?Quite a bit. Perseverance and strength of character to name a few. I never thought in my life that I’d know someone like Anthony who is going through something like this, especially after meeting him, and it made me think about my own life and how it could happen to anyone really. When you get older you think about your future and you never really know.He’s inspired you?I think he definitely has an amazing spirit about him, he is going to be healthy again and nobody is getting in his way, especially a spinal cord injury.And finally, if you had a theme song, what would it be?Bob Marley, ‘Get Up, Stand Up’.After speaking with Salley, we spoke with Anthony, a former model with an amazing and inspirational outlook on life. He describes his meeting with Salley three years ago as ‘luck’ and is determined to help ‘as many people as possible’ with spinal cord injuries.Anthony, you left quite an impression on John Salley when you first met him several years ago at his daughter’s birthday party in Malibu. What three words would you use to describe this chance meeting?Luck, Fate, Chance.Since the accident, you continue to shatter the current perception that your spinal cord injury is unchangeable-that you’ll never walk again. Where are you now in the process of recovery?I have recovered dramatically. I have made progress to the point where I can stand on a walker with very little assistance. Not only physically, but emotionally I have made leaps and bounds…and that’s very important.How is ‘Walking With Anthony’ helping others with spinal cord injuries?Walking With Anthony’s mission is to forever change the recovery outcome of spinal cord injury, currently perceived as unchangeable. It is very costly to recover from this injury. Luckily, my family has the necessary funds to help me seek treatment. So I wanted to raise money and help others who are not as fortunate as I am. I’m thrilled that this organization is growing at the rapid speed that it is. I want to help as many people as possible, and I am excited to do that.It must be difficult to focus on your own well-being while helping others heal from similar injuries without draining yourself emotionally. Have you been able to draw strength from others in similar situations and/or all your friends and family posting videos on your site?Seeing others going through some of the same things that I am going through inspires me. When I am down-in-the-dumps and having a bad day I think about them and how this happened for a reason, and the reason is for me to draw strength from that and help them.Speaking of drawing strength, your parents are amazing. How has it been working with your mother, Micki? Did you know she was Wonder Woman before your accident?My mother is my rock. Working with her has also inspired me, due to the simple fact that she has never given up on me. She has always been wonder woman, even prior to my accident. A true inspiration. I’m not the hero here, she is.Tell us a little bit about your first annual “Movement for Change” red carpet fundraiser, how was the event and explain what the ‘Movement for Change’ is all about? And what was it like having Salley and Jerry West there supporting you?‘Movement for Change’ turned out amazing. It was great to see all my friends and family from around the country gather for such a great cause. ‘Movement for Change’ simply means our foundation is trying to change the way doctors perceive spinal cord injury recovery. Having John and Jerry there was awesome. Growing up as a big NBA fan, it meant a lot for them to give back.Do you have any statistics regarding the number of people with SCI’s that might ‘recover’ with proper rehab?There are 13,000 SCI injuries a year. And there are 1.5 million people that are in wheelchairs because of this injury. Very many with rehab can get stronger, healthier and more independent.Tell us a little bit about Legends Fight Night?Walking With Anthony was chosen to be one of the beneficiaries for Legends Fight Night (at Soldier Stadium in Chicago). It was a great way to get our name out there and raise money for WWA. I had an awesome time!Do you think more celebrities should step-up and help others?Absolutely! The more the merrier. Having a celebrity by your side really brings recognition and helps build your foundation in a positive way.Do you surf? There are numerous organizations that harness the healing power of the ocean, it’s amazing. I was just curious – as I’m sure you’ve heard of Life Rolls On, recently absorbed by the Chris/Dana Reeve Foundation?No. Being from South Florida you would think that I would, but I just never got the hang of it! I have heard of Life Rolls On and how it is a great cause.And if you had a theme song, what would it be?Corey Smith – If I could do it again.And finally, please tell us you have plans to get back into modeling?You might catch me in a magazine or two ;)Look to the Stars and this writer in particular would like to thank John Salley for his time and Anthony and Micki Purcell for ‘walking the walk’.Please visit Walking With Anthony for more information.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more

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George Clooney Auctions Intimate Lunch For Charity

first_imgFor the first time ever, George Clooney has teamed up with leading charity auction site Charitybuzz to auction an intimate lunch date at the SoHo House in West Hollywood to benefit GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.Two lucky fans will join George Clooney and writer Dave Karger for a lunch they’ll never forget. The once-in-a-lifetime experience, valued at over $20,000, is up for auction through Thursday, October 11th here.The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Charitybuzz raises funds for nonprofits around the globe through incredible online auctions with the world’s top celebrities, giving bidders exclusive opportunities to live their dreams and make a difference.Other experiences on the auction block to benefit GLSEN include: A Walk On Role in HBO’s True Blood Audition to be on FX’s American Horror Story Meet Casting Director Jeff Greenberg and visit the set of Modern Family Audition to be on NCIS & NCIS: LA Own Neil Patrick Harris’ Signed Paul Smith Suit from How I Met Your MotherYou can browse the full GLSEN auction at www.charitybuzz.com/GLSEN.last_img read more

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Matthew McConaughey Announces Nationwide Effort to Empower Kids

first_imgActor Matthew McConaughey, musician Jack Ingram, and The University of Texas Head Football Coach Mack Brown have announced that they are coming together for a special two-day event to benefit various charitable organizations that will positively impact the lives of kids by supporting programs dedicated to empowering children across the nation.Together, they will debut the inaugural Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M) event, a nationwide philanthropic effort to make a difference in the lives of underserved children. “We wanted to create a true, lasting impact and that inspired us to come together,” said Jack Ingram.MJ&M will be the joint fundraising effort by Sally & Mack Brown, Amy & Jack Ingram, and Camila & Matthew McConaughey each year. “We are thrilled to be joined by our dear friends in this effort to empower today’s youth and provide them with a promising future,” said Sally and Mack Brown.By uniting forces, MJ&M will maximize its founders’ impact on programs dedicated to empowering children across the nation. The proceeds will benefit charitable organizations supported by Sally & Mack Brown, Amy & Jack Ingram, and Camila & Matthew McConaughey’s just keep livin foundation.“Our commitment to children’s charities and our passion to empower kids is why we joined together to create this important effort,” said all three principals in a joint statement. “This is a great opportunity for everyone in Texas to make a big impact across the entire country.”On April 11-12, 2013, MJ&M will kick off with an inaugural two-day celebration that will include celebrity-filled, one-of-a kind events across Austin, Texas. Additional details will be announced.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Mike Tyson Meets With Bright Future International

first_imgLast week, co-founder of Bright Future International Anthony Melikhov attended a private luncheon hosted by music producer Damon Elliott with former Boxing World Champion now philanthropist Mike Tyson.Mike Tyson and his family have taken on two regional Nevada based organizations as causes to put their time and contributions toward.Bright Future International welcomes the support of volunteers from around the world. Their vision is that they believe in order to create a better world for our children, people must as individuals, realize that they can benefit themselves most by helping others.“We hope to make altruism a modern necessity, so more people become interested in participating in selfless acts – where people volunteer and donate their time not because they have to, but simply because they feel compelled to,” says Anthony Melikhov.Celebrities like Mike Tyson have joined the Bright Future Ambassador (BFA) global worldwide program. Forest Whitaker (Actor), Dionne Warwick (Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist), Damon Elliott (Grammy Award Winning Music Producer) have joined the the Network, which is an alliance of diverse individuals; teachers, mentors, celebrities, philanthropists, who posses virtues that mirror Bright Future’s core values and principles. Participants share in Bright Future’s overarching goal to foster an environment of empathy, love, compassion, and perpetual hope. The program unites individuals regardless of race, sex, creed, and financial status who want to give back to humanity by participating in charitable causes, doing good deeds, volunteering, and working with children so they grow up with the hope of a bright future.Mike Tyson is focused on children that are homeless primarily in the Las Vegas. “There are over 7000 homeless children in Las Vegas, Nevada,” says Kiki Tyson, Mike Tyson’s wife and executive of his charities. Bright Future International works with organizations worldwide. It connects with established organizations throughout Russia, USA and Africa. Organizations that are non-governmental and governmental. “We have connected with good people who are leaders of organizations and efforts around the world. We put our trust into the people who are the leadership of organizations,” says Anthony Melikhov, Bright Future International.“During the two hour luncheon the conversation was about Mike’s Broadway show going on the road to 38 cities. Causes for children and the potential of a venture between Bright Future International and Mike Tyson’s charities,” says Richard Victor Mahee. Bright Future and Mike Tyson are preparing a series of events that will also extend into Moscow Russia.Source:PRWeb.comlast_img read more

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Stars Get Arty For Tigers

first_imgThe stars have come out in force to support the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s TigerTime campaign to save the tiger in the wild by creating some fabulous original art.The postcard sized masterpieces will form part of the Foundation’s week of Wildlife Art at the Mall Galleries in London which opens to the public from 4 – 8 June.The exciting collection includes work by Joanna Lumley, Hugh Bonneville, Sir Michael Parkinson, David Gower, Elizabeth Emanuel, Alan Titchmarsh, Sandi Toksvig, Nigel Barker, Peter Egan, Jody Craddock, Deborah Meaden, Sarah-Jane Honeywell, Jane Fallon, Lucy Pinder, Jon Richardson, Sir Stirling Moss, Emre Erturk, Slash, Brian May, Simon King, Nick Hendrie, Francis Rossi and Samantha Fox.You can bid for any of the celebrity tigers by emailing your celebrity choice along with your best offer and contact details including phone number to: bids@tigertime.info with the subject heading ‘Stars & Stripes’. All offers must be received by Sunday 9th June.Alternatively, visit the Week of Wildlife Art at the Mall Galleries, London SW1 4-8 June to see all the original celebrity artwork on display and bid for them in the Gallery. Stars & Stripes forms part of a wonderful week of Wildlife Art featuring:Wildlife Artist of the Year in the Main Gallery
The 2013 shortlist for this coveted annual £10,000 prize – with stunning original artwork and sculpture from around the world. All pieces are for sale with profit supporting endangered wildlife.Three Generations of the Shepherd Family in the North Gallery
Original works and limited editions from David Shepherd CBE, original watercolours from Mandy Shepherd and fabulous mixed media originals from Emily Lamb.‘Urban Safari’ by Jeremy Houghton in the Threadneedle Space
Stunning contemporary original work by Jeremy Houghton – one of the official 2012 BT Olympic artists.Opening times and events:Monday 3rd June – Private View and Prize Giving Evening with David Shepherd CBE and special guests – call 01483 272323 for details 
Public Opening Times FREE entry Tues- Sat 10-5pm (4pm Sat) 
FREE painting demos Wed 5, 12-3pm with Hazel Soan 
Sat 8, 10-2pm with Mandy Shepherd and Emily LambView the full catalogue online here.last_img read more

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Stars Record Classic Protest Songs For ONE Campaign

first_imgThe ONE Campaign this week launched agit8, a unique music-based campaign designed to build pressure for action against extreme poverty in the crucial week leading up to the G8 summit in Northern Ireland.The campaign includes a digital music platform featuring new video recordings of classic protest songs, a new Richard Curtis film that will be projected on the iconic façade of the Tate Modern in London and impromptu live performances.‘’Music is a powerful tool in galvanizing people around an issue,’’ said Ed Sheeran, who recorded a new version of Bob Dylan’s classic, ‘’Masters of War’’ for agit8. ’’There’s no better way to get your point across than to put it in a beautiful song.’’Sheeran is joining other artists, including Mumford & Sons, U2, Elvis Costello, Angelique Kidjo, Sting, Rokia Traore and Macklemore to urge and inspire a new generation to take action in the fight against the injustices of extreme poverty and hunger. Artists from Mali, Senegal, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Algeria, USA, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland and Belgium are taking part. Exclusive videos of their performances are available at one.org/protestsongs.Throughout history, great injustices like slavery and apartheid have been overcome when public protest became too loud for politicians to ignore. Today, with 20,000 children dying needlessly every day from poverty and hunger, ONE says it’s time to turn up the volume. Extreme poverty can be virtually eliminated by 2030, but it won’t happen on its own, which is why ONE is calling for millions more voices to urge those in power to finish the job.The first step towards this goal is ensuring the right decisions are made at the G8 Summit on June 17-18. ONE is calling on UK Prime Minister David Cameron to agree an ‘’Enniskillen Declaration’’ on the issues of malnutrition and transparency, so that people in Africa can not only produce enough decent food, but also get the information they need to fight corruption and hold their governments accountable.To illustrate the power of protest, legendary filmmaker and activist Richard Curtis has created a new 30-minute film which celebrates how protest, and its music, has led to progress over the course of history. The film will be projected onto the iconic Tate Modern in London at 22:00BST on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week.‘’Music and advocacy are natural allies,’’ said Michael Elliott, Chief Executive Officer of ONE. ’’We’ve seen the two come together many times to shape and change society. Music has been a powerful force throughout history and now we want world leaders to hear that we’re serious about ending extreme poverty by 2030.’’Adrian Lovett, Executive Director Europe added: ‘’When people act together, mountains can be moved. Next week’s G8 summit could take a big step towards ending the injustice of extreme poverty, but only if people raise their voices. That’s why artists from all over the world are getting on their soapboxes to inspire millions of people to make a noise and demand action.last_img read more

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Rita Moreno Reads For Childrens Literacy Website

first_imgThe Screen Actors Guild Foundation has released the newest video to its children’s literacy website Storyline Online: I Need My Monster, written by Amanda Noll, illustrated by Howard McWilliam and read by legendary actress, singer and author Rita Moreno.To help inspire a love of reading in children, Story Online streams 25 creative videos that feature celebrated actors reading award-winning children’s books.“I was thrilled to read I Need My Monster for Storyline Online,” said Rita Moreno, actor and SAG Life Achievement Award recipient. “Reading aloud to a child is one of the best ways to inspire imagination and a love of the written word, and Storyline Online is an outstanding resource for children, parents and teachers to achieve this goal.”

In addition to earning an Oscar, two Emmys, a Tony, a Grammy, the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of the Arts, Moreno received the 2013 SAG Life Achievement Award at the 20th Annual SAG Awards on January 18, 2014 for her career achievements and humanitarian work including her work with the SAG Foundation’s children’s literacy programs.Moreno joins fellow SAG Life Achievement Award recipients Ernest Borgnine, James Earl Jones and Betty White as Storyline Online readers along with Annette Bening, Elijah Wood, Hector Elizondo and others.

”The SAG Foundation takes pride in providing a venue for actors to give back through their natural storytelling talents,” said JoBeth Williams, SAG Foundation President. “We are so honored to have this year’s SAG Life Achievement Award recipient Rita Moreno join the ranks of our Storyline Online readers and help us in the important task of promoting children’s literacy in schools and at home.”

On Thursday, January 23, Moreno will read I Need My Monster to second and third grade students at Rosa Parks Elementary in Berkley, California.

With more than 50 million lifetime views, Storyline Online videos are available 24 hours a day for children, parents and educators around the world. For each video, the site provides supplemental curriculum developed by an early childhood literacy specialist that aims to strengthen comprehension, verbal and written skills for English-language learners worldwide. Visit Storyline Online at storylineonline.net.last_img read more

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Anderson Cooper To Return As Host Of Elton Johns Enduring Vision

first_imgOn Tuesday, October 28, 2014, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will present its 13th annual An Enduring Vision benefit at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.The Foundation welcomes back award-winning CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who will host the event for a seventh year.Founder Sir Elton John and Chairman David Furnish will present EJAF’s Enduring Vision Awards to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Charlie Hendon, Jay Jopling, and Nathalie and Pablo Salame. The Foundation honors Governor Cuomo for all of his extraordinary contributions to the fight against AIDS, especially his plan to end AIDS in New York State by 2020, and for his tremendous leadership in bringing marriage equality to New York. Atlanta real estate developer Charlie Hendon has been a devoted friend and generous supporter of EJAF’s work for many years. Jay Jopling, proprietor of the prominent gallery White Cube and a loyal EJAF supporter and advocate, has assisted the Foundation on numerous occasions by securing significant pieces of art for live auctions and art projects, helping to raise millions of dollars over the years for EJAF’s urgent mission. In addition to their extraordinary philanthropic support for the Foundation, Nathalie and Pablo Salame are also vocal champions of both EJAF’s work and LGBT rights issues.Sir Elton John and David Furnish serve as the honorary chairs for An Enduring Vision, joined by their Co-Chairs Philip E. Aarons and Shelley Fox Aarons, Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, Johnny and Edwina Barbis, Jennifer Bayer Michaels, Ken Bernstein, Scott Bessent and John Freeman, Joseph W. Blount, Jess Cagle, John Demsey, James Dolan, Isabelle Ealet and John Corbani, Tim Hanlon and Anthony Klatt, Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness, Donna Karan, Nikolaos D. Koklonis, Robert K. Kraft, Leonard A. Lauder, Matt Lauer, Sandra Lee, Jenna Lyons and Courtney Crangi, Joe McMillan, Leslie Moonves, Thomas E. Moore III and Mark Reynolds, James L. Nederlander, Adam Norbury and R. Martin Chavez, Ronald O. Perelman, Michael Rapino, Lily Safra, Brooke Shields, Ingrid Sischy and Sandra Brant, Jerry Speyer and Katherine Farley, and Ashok and Maggie Varadhan.Presenting Sponsors for the event are American Airlines, Goldman Sachs Gives, Robert K. Kraft, Wells Fargo, and Airfasttickets.Co-Sponsors are Joseph W. Blount, The John R. Eckel Jr. Foundation, Leonard A. Lauder, and MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, Inc.Gold Sponsors are Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, Gilead Sciences, M•A•C Viva Glam, The Maurice Marciano Family Foundation, and Jerry Speyer and Katherine Farley.Silver Sponsors are Acadia Realty Trust, BVGALRI, Don Capoccia and Tom Pegues, James L. Nederlander, and Adam Norbury and R. Martin Chavez.Special thanks to Cîroc Ultra Premium Vodka, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Veuve Clicquot, and Weinberg Glass.For ticket information, please contact Andreas Schwarz at the Elton John AIDS Foundation, 212.219.0670 or andreas.schwarz@ejaf.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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RJ Mitte To Host Sundance Panel On People With Disabilities In The

Adam Moore, Moderator—National director of EEO & Diversity for SAG-AFTRA. Moore is responsible for developing and implementing a national diversity plan of action for SAG-AFTRA to achieve accurate representation of those groups historically excluded from the entertainment and news media. Lizzy Weiss – Writer, Producer (“Switched at Birth”, “Blue Crush”). Her show “Switched at Birth” features multiple deaf and hard-of-hearing characters (played by deaf and hard-of-hearing actors.) She also cast Mitte to play a paralyzed student who uses a wheelchair. Attendees: Tim Daly (“Madame Secretary”), Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Director of “American Horror Story”), Kearran Giovanni (“Major Crimes”) and Allen Maldonado (“Dope”).Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our 22 facilities, located in the United States, Canada and Mexico, provide advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. All services are provided, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.WHEN: Sunday, January 25, 2015
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. WHERE: Filmmakers Lodge550 Main Street, Second Floor Park City, UT 84060 Amy Purdy – Paralympic Medalist, Dancing with the Stars finalist, author and professional speaker, will discuss her inspirational path to success on the slopes, in the ballroom and in front of the camera. J.R. Martinez – Actor (“All My Children”, “Dancing with the Stars” season 13 champion), best-selling author, speaker, US Army veteran. He will reflect on his career and acting pursuits with burn injuries sustained during deployment in Iraq. Peter Farrelly—Writer and Director (There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber To). Peter has been an outspoken and passionate advocate on diversity, giving roles to actors with physical and mental disabilities in almost all of his films. In film and television, portrayals of characters with disabilities are rare. Even fewer people with disabilities appear on screen and work in those industries.In 2014, eleven of the 813 regular roles on major network television portrayed a character with a disability despite the nearly 38 million U.S. non-institutionalized citizens who report living with an apparent disability. Only one of those eleven performers actually lives with a disability.To ensure roles in film and television better reflect the diversity of America and serve as inspiration for youth living with disabilities, actor RJ Mitte, best known for his portrayal of “Walter ‘Flynn’ White, Jr.” on the AMC hit Breaking Bad, will host a thoughtful panel discussion on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 as a hosted event during the Sundance Film Festival’s panel series.Presented by Shriners Hospitals for Children, the panel will encourage the entertainment industry to break down barriers and create opportunities for people with disabilities in front of and behind the camera.Taking part will be: RJ Mitte—Actor (Breaking Bad, Switched At Birth) with cerebral palsy, a former patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children and current national Love to the Rescue® Ambassador will share his personal story of pursuing an acting career. read more

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Mrs Brown Star Brendan OCarroll Donates To Grieving Family

first_imgMrs Brown’s Boys star Brendan O’Carroll has donated $50,000 to a grieving family while on tour in Australia.The comedian was appearing on a current affairs show when he became aware of the story of Sarah Paino, who was killed in a horror car crash in Hobart, Tasmania, while 32 weeks pregnant.The 24-year-old mother was killed when teenage joyriders in a stolen car smashed into her vehicle, but doctors were able to save her unborn son.When Brendan heard the story, he immediately stepped up to help Sarah’s partner, Daniel Stirling, her 2-year-old son and her newborn son.“I was really touched by the piece you did on Daniel (Stirling) in Hobart,” Brendan told hosts of the show The Project. “We’re very much a family so if it’s okay with you guys, we as the Brown family would like to donate 50 grand to that fund.“We’re travelling out to do the show in Hobart and we hope to make you guys smile – but in the meantime Hobart’s been really good to us and we’d want to get a chance to be good back.”To find out how you can donate to the cause, click here.Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Rob Thomas Performs At StarStudded Global Lyme Alliance New York City Gala

first_imgGlobal Lyme Alliance (GLA), the world’s leading organization dedicated to the research and education of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, announced its third annual New York City Gala raised $2 million.Rob Thomas and Chris DaughtryCredit/Copyright: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesThe funding will support GLA’s mission to advance scientific research leading to a reliable diagnostic test and better treatment protocols, as well as educate both the public and physicians about Lyme disease.This year’s gala, produced by celebrity event planner Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events, was attended by more than 700 supporters at Cipriani 42nd Street and honored Marisol Thomas, philanthropist, animal rights advocate and wife of Grammy Award-winning musician Rob Thomas and Joseph Abboud, celebrated and award-winning menswear designer and author of Threads: My Life Behind the Seams in the High-Stakes World of Fashion and Fashion Designer Encyclopedia, for their active roles in driving awareness of Lyme disease and their commitment to finding a cure for this complex and misunderstood disease. The event was hosted by Rosanna Scotto, co-anchor of FOX 5’s Good Day New York.Yolanda Hadid and Bryan AdamsCredit/Copyright: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesCelebrated event planner Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events produced and designed the gala for the third year in a row, including donating the décor. The space was decorated in a black and gold color scheme, featuring sleek centerpieces and stunning floral arrangements. Scott is as well-known for producing spectacular, one-of-a-kind events as he is for his commitment to philanthropy. With a long-standing dedication to the community and decades of charitable endeavors, Scott is both a devoted philanthropist and legendary event planner. He supports more than 30 charities annually, including the Global Lyme Alliance.For Scott, it’s all about the mix — the high and the low, the formal and relaxed — when it comes to creating a truly standout celebration. Scott’s innate understanding of his guests makes everyone feel included; and his usage of exclusively in-house services means clients receive only the best in custom décor, food, florals, and entertainment, creating timeless, unforgettable events.“The threat of Lyme is real, and growing by the day. This gala helps get us closer to finding answers, and ultimately a cure for Lyme disease, thanks to the support and generosity of everyone involved,” said GLA CEO Scott Santarella. “We are truly grateful to have such tremendous support this year. From our honorees, to our co-chairs, donors, and everyone else who played a role in making this event successful, we are so thankful.”The Co-Chairs for the gala included Tim Baxter, president and CEO, Samsung Electronics America; Nick Lippman, partner, Lippman Entertainment; Jay McInerney, best-selling author; Jarrod Nadel, chief product development director, Tailored Brands, Inc.; Julian Niccolini, partner, The Four Seasons Restaurant; David Nolan, vice chairman, Millennium Management; Larry Scott, owner, Lawrence Scott Events; Rob Thomas, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and producer; Alex von Bidder, partner, The Four Seasons Restaurant. The evening’s Honorary Event chairs included Yolanda Hadid, television personality and author; Ally Hilfiger, author, Lyme advocate and fashion designer; Dee and Tommy Hilfiger; Thalia Mottola, singer/songwriter, actress, and entrepreneur; Mike Schneider, broadcast journalist and documentary producer.The ceremony was followed by performances from special musical guests, including Grammy award- winning artist Rob Thomas and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and front man for the band bearing his name Chris Daughtry. Guests were also treated to amazing food inspired by The Four Seasons Restaurant’s new menu, courtesy of executive chef Pecko Zantilaveevan.Notable attendees included Larry Scott, Yolanda Hadid, Ally Hilfiger, Marisol and Rob Thomas, Chris Daughtry, Bryan Adams, Ramona Singer, Joseph Abboud, Jean Shafiroff, Rosanna Scotto, Jim Miller, Charles Balducci, Debbie Siciliano, Rob Kobre, Diane Blanchard, Scott Santarella, Staci Grodin, Andrew Saffir, Daniel Benedict, Richard Baker and many others.Everyone is susceptible to Lyme and is just one tick bite away from contracting the disease. Cases of Lyme have been reported in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, making it a health crisis with worldwide impact. Additionally, current diagnostic tests for Lyme disease are inaccurate in more than fifty percent of Lyme patients, leading to both failed and misdiagnoses.The number of cases reported annually has increased nearly 25-fold since national surveillance began in 1982. 329,000 people in the United States alone contract Lyme disease each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.last_img read more

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Gord Downie to play Secret Path shows to honour Chanie Wenjack

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Gord Downie for promotional use / CD packaging LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie will play two concerts in support of his Secret Path project — a set of songs and a graphic novel honouring Chanie Wenjack.Tickets go on sale on Friday at gorddownie.com/shows.Wenjack, a 12-year-old Ojibway boy, died from hunger and exposure after trying to find his way home from a residential school near Kenora, Ont., fifty years ago.center_img Facebook Downie, who has terminal brain cancer, recently performed in several Canadian cities alongside the Hip, culminating in a nationally-broadcast concert in Kingston, Ont.“Chanie haunts me. His story is Canada’s story,” Downie said in a statement when the project was revealed. The Secret Path project includes 10 songs, and a graphic novel by award-winning author Jeff Lemire. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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Metallica play a surprise charity show in Toronto on Nov 29

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Heavy-metal legends Metallica revealed Monday that they’ll play a special charity concert at Toronto’s Opera House next week in celebration of the band’s 10th studio album, Hardwired … To Self-Destruct.“We can’t get enough of that hot, sweaty old-school small show vibe,” the band said on its website, explaining the choice of the relatively intimate (capacity: 950) Queen St. E. venue. The band has priced two separate sets of tickets for the Nov. 29 show, with all proceeds going to The Daily Bread Food Bank.Fifth Members — that is, members of the band’s fan club — will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Wednesday for $25 via Tickemaster.ca. Non-members will be able to purchase two tickets per person on the same day, as of 11 a.m. for $100. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Aside from the proceeds, the band will set up collection bins and encourages all people in attendance to bring non-perishable food items.BY ANDREJ IVANOV Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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24 HOURS with … Alessia Cara

first_img“I did hear Camila left,” said Cara.“I feel like everyone is so dramatic about it. It’s kind of like when Zayn left One Direction. I can imagine, ‘cause when you’re dedicated to a group for so long, you would be sad. But it’s important to always do what’s best for you. So if that’s what makes her happy then people should just accept it.”We caught up with Cara who arrived back in Toronto early Monday morning at Sick Kids to take part in the Canada-wide Duracell campaign, now in its tenth year (duracell.com/CMN for more information).Why did you decide to join the Duracell campaign?I actually was a patient [at Sick Kids] growing up. Canadian R&B-pop star Alessia Cara understands the drama over Camila Cabello leaving American girl group Fifth Harmony to pursue a solo career.But she also empathizes with the need to follow your own bliss.The 20-year-old Brampton, Ontario singer-songwriter is fresh off her last gig of 2016 at the Miami Jingle Ball Sunday night where she shared the bill with Fifth Harmony, who also had their last performance with Cabello. Twitter Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Media Darling Katherine Flemming

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement What are your favourite media outlets, not including your own?New York Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Allure, Vogue, ELLE U.S., Bon Appetit, Fast Company, Inc., The Pool, Porter, The Guardian, Jezebel, Well and Good NYC, Washington Post, Hollywood Reporter, Lainey Gossip, WhoWeekly, Sasha Answers, Savage Lovecast, Modern Love, Ted Radio Hour,  S-Town, Fat Mascara, Fat Mascara, Dear Sugar, RadioLab, and Jillian Michaels. Twitter As ELLE Canada’s Health and Beauty Editor, Katherine Flemming directs the beauty content across ELLE Canada and ELLECanada.com, where she has worked for the last four years. Prior to that, she was the Senior Beauty and Health Editor at Canadian Living, and has freelanced for publications such as Glow, Fashion, TV Guide and Metro News. She’s has been covering the beauty beat for over ten years, and has no desire to wean herself off of raspberry coloured lipstick anytime soon.What was your first job?Selling prestige fragrance at a department store. So, not the furthest from my current chair. It unsurprisingly shaped a lot of my sentiments toward beauty.Best advice for people getting started in your industry?Be authentic, check your entitlement, make connections, recognize timing, be authentic, work hard. There is no secret sauce (although Biologique Recherche P50 really does work). Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Winnipeg First Nations man says police took him on starlight tour

first_imgBy Tiar WilsonAPTN National NewsWINNIPEG–A 20 year-old First Nations man says he was taken on a starlight tour by Winnipeg police who dumped him on the outskirts of the city and told him to run or else he would be Tasered.Evan Maud said he was walking home from visiting his brother at 4 a.m. this past Friday when an unmarked black police car pulled up beside him.Maud said there were two officers in the car, one with a bullet proof vest and the other wearing a police jacket.Maud, who is in the midst of finishing Grade 12, said the officers accused him of being involved in break and enters and car theft, before taking him on a trip to the city’s edge.Maud, who claimed to only have had a couple drinks that night, said the officers drove him to the outskirt of the city where they took his jacket and sweater and gave him another sweater before telling him to run or he would be Tasered.“I didn’t know what to think. I didn’t know what to do,” said Maud.He said the experience left him so shaken he would now never walk alone at night.“I just don’t want this to happen to anyone else,” he said. “You got to walk with at least two or three people.”The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs said they planned to hold an emergency meeting with Maud’s family to discuss the incident.A recent study found that Winnipeg police had dumped at least 76 people on roads and highways outside the city on starlight tours.The University of Winnipeg study found that police targeted young Aboriginal men.Starlight tours, where police take individuals to the outskirts of the city to sober up, can have deadly consequences.In 1990, Neil Stonechild was found frozen to death outside Saskatoon after he was taken on a starlight tour.Two police officers were eventually convicted of unlawful confinement and sentenced to eight months in jail.twilson@aptn.caEDITOR’S NOTE: Evan Maud’s allegations have been proven false and he has publicly apologized to the Winnipeg police service.last_img read more

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Governments argue while more children face risk

first_imgAPTN National NewsJordan’s Principle was named after Jordan River Anderson.Anderson was a five-year-old boy from the Norway House Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba. He died in hospital while governments argued over who should pay his medical bills.As APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson finds out, governments continue to argue while more kids are at risk.On Friday, APTN InFocus will take a closer look at the issue.last_img

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Just TV motivates atrisk youth

first_imgAPTN National NewsYoung people in Winnipeg are being woo-ed off the streets and in front of a video camera.People who run an innovative inner city program in Winnipeg are hoping the offer will divert at-risk youth from a life of gangs, substance abuse and crime.With a closer look, here’s APTN’s Matt Thordarsonlast_img

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Strands from rope that hung Riel donated to museum

first_imgAPTN National NewsA piece of Metis history is now home.Strands of rope believed to have been used to hang Louis Riel have been donated to the Museum of Winnipeg.The museum is said to have the largest Louis Riel collection on display anywhere.The bits of rope were donated by the daughter of former Manitoba premier Duff Roblin. They were kept in an envelope labelled with the name “Captain Young.”Young was the one who escorted Riel from Batoche, Sask., to Regina where he was hanged for treason in 1885.The museum’s director says they are always excited to receive artifacts like these.last_img read more

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Roots shares plunge in trading debut on TSX amid challenging retail environment

first_imgTORONTO – Shares of retailer Roots Corp. had a less-than-stellar initial public offering, plummeting more than 16 per cent on the stock’s first day of trading.The stock (TSX:ROOT) was priced at $12 per share at market open, but quickly fell to a low of $9.48 by early afternoon.The shares were down 16.67 per cent, at $10.00 on the Toronto Stock Exchange at the close of markets Wednesday.For the heritage-fashion retailer, the switch from being a private company for more than four decades comes against a challenging retail environment that’s seen numerous bankruptcies, mass store closures and layoffs in recent years.“We are in the early stages of leveraging our strategic operational investments to support our continued growth in Canada, the United States and internationally,” said Roots CEO Jim Gabel in a released statement.“Our TSX listing provides an additional platform to help us unlock the potential of the Roots brand.”The debut of Roots as a publicly-traded company follows recent initial public offerings by other Canadian fashion companies, including Aritzia Inc. (TSX:ATZ) and Canada Goose Holdings Inc. (TSX:GOOS).Shares in Canada Goose have soared since they began trading earlier this year, however Aritzia shares have struggled and fallen well below their IPO price.Roots is in the midst of planning a massive North American and international expansion over the next several years.The company, known for its poor-boy style hats and woolly winter mitts that have adorned both Canada’s Olympic athletes and consumers, currently operates 120 stores in North America and has a partner running another 136 between Taiwan and China.Roots is looking to open dozens of new locations. That includes up to 10 in Canada and up to 14 in the U.S. by the end of its 2019 financial year.It’s also eyeing international markets, hoping to add up to 25 new locations in Taiwan and China, and build a presence in Singapore and Malaysia in the same time frame.Beyond that, the company is evaluating partnerships in a dozen new markets abroad.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

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