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Bid To Save The Earth With Christie's Green Auction

30 March 2012 9:00 AM, PDT

Christie’s International, the world’s leading art business, is pleased to announce the third annual Green Auction: Bid to Save the Earth, to be hosted by Christie’s at Rockefeller Center on April 11, 2012, just two weeks before Earth Day. A world-class companion auction powered by charitybuzz.com has launched in support of the event.

The Green Auction is a borderless collaboration of individuals, organizations, and businesses who are engaged, in spirit and action, in the protection and conservation of the environment. Initiated in 2010 by Christie’s, the star-studded affair is expected to raise significant proceeds for four of the world’s leading environmental nonprofits – Oceana, Conservation International (Ci), Central Park Conservancy (Cpc), and Natural Resources Defense Council (Nrdc) – specifically to benefit water-conservation projects central to each organization.

Among the items and experiences going under the hammer in the online auction are the chance to spend a day with Bill Clinton, »

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Lady Gaga Launches Charity Poster Contest

30 March 2012 8:15 AM, PDT

Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation has launched a poster contest for budding young artists who want to help stamp out bullying.

From the charity’s website: "We are calling on anyone and everyone with the ability to think creatively to come up with a visual representation for the Born This Way Foundation.

“The image should inspire, activate and move people. But most of all, it should give supporters a way to show their dedication to the Foundation.

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Prince Charles Named As Patron For Canal And River Trust

30 March 2012 6:45 AM, PDT

Prince Charles, a long-time supporter of the waterways, will become the first Patron of the new Canal & River Trust, the body being set up to care for the historic canals and rivers of England and Wales.

Tony Hales, Chairman of the Canal & River Trust, says: “We are absolutely delighted that The Prince of Wales has agreed to become the Canal & River Trust’s founding Patron. As a passionate advocate for British heritage, nature, communities and tourism, The Prince will be an important voice of support for the Trust. The Prince’s patronage is further testimony to the incredible and wide-ranging support the Canal & River Trust has already received, and an important milestone in our journey towards establishing this exciting new charity.”

The Canal & River Trust is due to be launched this summer, taking over the waterways, museums and properties of British Waterways and The Waterways Trust in England and Wales. »

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Make-a-Wish Kids Prepare For WWE WrestleMania Xviii

30 March 2012 6:00 AM, PDT

Happy wish kids are preparing for their wish to attend one of sports entertainment’s biggest events, WrestleMania Xviii, thanks to Make-a-Wish and WWE.

The kids will enjoy a full weekend of wish activities with their families, capped by attending WrestleMania Xviii on April 1st, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Fl. Kids from across the country and world are part of the 40 wish kids whose wishes to attend WrestleMania are being granted by WWE and Make-a-Wish.

In addition to experiencing the excitement of WrestleMania, the kids will have exclusive opportunities to meet WWE Superstars and Divas, along with other celebrities:

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Stars Support City Year Los Angeles Spring Break

30 March 2012 5:30 AM, PDT

City Year Los Angeles, an education-focused, nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate, will hold their second annual Spring Break: Destination Education event May 5, 2012 at the Sony Pictures Studios lot in Culver City, CA.

The event is held to raise funds and celebrate the work of City Year Los Angeles’ 210 AmeriCorps members who serve as tutors, mentors and role models to more than 2,000 at-risk students.

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Wnba Star Becomes Health Equity Initiative Ambassador

30 March 2012 5:00 AM, PDT

Described by Euroleague Women as “an explosive scorer” and “one of the most musically gifted basketball players in the world”, Essence Carson – Wnba All Star, NY Liberty player, recording artist, writer and producer – has joined Health Equity Initiative as a celebrity ambassador to encourage community action and partnerships for health equity.

A native of Paterson, New Jersey, Essence currently plays with the NY Liberty as their guard-forward, and during the 2012 off-season, for Spain’s Rivas Ecopolis, which is the number 3 team in that country. A graduate of Rosa Parks School for Fine and Performing Arts in New Jersey, Carson is a talented musician and music producer who plays the piano, drums, and bass. She recently debuted as a hip-hop artist under the name Pr3pe (pronounced “Preppy”). Past accomplishments include the 2004 U.S. Women’s Junior World Championship, gold medalist at the 2005 Fiba Under-19 World Championship, gold medalist at the »

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Jon Stewart To Host Conversation With Bill Clinton At CGI University Event

30 March 2012 4:30 AM, PDT

President Bill Clinton has announced the program and speakers for the fifth annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), which will be held March 30 – April 1, 2012 at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

This year, more than 1,000 students will attend CGI U, representing all 50 states, more than 75 countries, and approximately 300 college and universities.

“CGI U gives students an opportunity to get involved and become more effective global citizens,” said President Clinton. “Since our first meeting in 2008, young leaders from around the world come together each year. Their passion and commitments continue to inspire me and each other. More than 1,000 students will attend the fifth annual meeting of CGI U to share ideas and take action to improve the world we all share.”

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George W. Bush Launches Freedom Collection

29 March 2012 12:00 PM, PDT

The George W. Bush Institute this week unveiled the Freedom Collection, a first-of-its-kind living repository documenting the continued struggle for human freedom and liberty around the world.

Photo: George W. Bush is joined by Mrs. Laura Bush and Dr. Angel Garrido at the launch of the Bush Center’s Freedom Collection in Dallas. Photo via The George W. Bush Institute, Grant Miller.

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Look To The Stars Attends Comedy For A Cure Charity Event

29 March 2012 8:00 AM, PDT

LookToTheStars.org was at the 11th Annual “Comedy For a Cure” event that took place at Hollywood’s iconic Roosevelt Hotel on Sunday night, a show that brought in thousands of dollars for the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance (Tsc).

Tsc is an organization founded in 1974 by parents of children with Tsc who saw the need to educate the public and medical community about the disorder.

Hosted by “MadTV” alum and current “Parks & Recreation” star Mo Collins, headlining the event was an array of comedy’s finest, including Australian funnyman Jim Jeffries, radio personality and “Celebrity Apprentice” star Adam Carolla, and “America’s favorite dying lounge act” The Lampshades, featuring Kate Flannery (“The Office”) and Scot Robinson.

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Bill Clinton Wants To Answer Your Questions About New Rwanda Project

29 March 2012 7:15 AM, PDT

Bill Clinton wants to hear from you about an exciting new project he is involved with.

“I wanted to share with you the latest update on our work in Rwanda,” he said in an email to supporters of the Clinton Foundation. "After three years of planning, and together with local investors, we’ve just broken ground on a new soy processing plant in the Eastern Province.

“A soy processing plant may not seem very exciting at first glance, but this new business will help improve thousands of lives in the surrounding community:

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Pau Gasol Launches App For Unicef

29 March 2012 6:30 AM, PDT

Unicef Ambassador and NBA player Pau Gasol is launching the storybook app Give A Day. Narrated by Gasol in three languages—English, Spanish, and Catalonian—this tale promotes child rights and will raise funds for Unicef programs through Pau’s Project, an initiative that supports education and nutrition programs in Africa.

“This story is about helping children overcome life’s greatest challenges, which is what Unicef does every day in its work throughout the world,” said Gasol. “Together, we can help change the lives of so many children who need our support to survive and develop.”

Written by Carmen Gil and illustrated by Emilio Villalba, the main characters of Give a day are David and Kolobo, two children who live very different realities. Through them, the story highlights values such as friendship, cooperation, and the construction of a fair world for all children. The story of David and Kolobo is available now for iPhone, »

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Sarah Jessica Parker To Host Charity Event For Chicago Children's Hospital

29 March 2012 6:00 AM, PDT

Chicago philanthropist Ann Lurie, along with a committee of leading philanthropists and Chicago civic leaders, will host a gala to offer a first look at the newly-completed Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

The event will be held on Friday, April 20th at 6 p.m. at Lurie Children’s, 225 E. Chicago Avenue. Guests will enjoy exclusive, first-look tours of the hospital, dinner and entertainment. Highlights of the evening include actress Sarah Jessica Parker as guest host and a performance by Harry Connick Jr..

“The goal of the event is to celebrate the completion of the state-of-the-art, 23-story building and to raise an additional $5 million for its fundraising campaign,” said Lurie. “Philanthropy is the cornerstone of this endeavor, and when donors see the unique and healing elements of this facility, I hope that they will be as amazed and proud as I am to know they played such »

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Ne-Yo To Perform At Michael Jordan's Celebrity Charity Invitational

29 March 2012 5:15 AM, PDT

Grammy Award-winning artist and Las Vegas native Ne-Yo is scheduled to give an intimate, private performance at Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter during the 11th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (Mjci) on Friday, March 30.

Ne-Yo will take the stage at the Mjci Celebration, an annual gala for the tournament’s celebrities and VIP invited guests.

“I feel blessed for the opportunity to perform in the city where I grew up,” said Ne-Yo. “Performing in Las Vegas is always amazing, and being able to perform in celebration of Michael [Jordan’s] tournament, which benefits so many charities, is the best feeling.”

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Stars Named For Annual Btig Charity Day

29 March 2012 4:45 AM, PDT

Btig LLC, a global financial services firm specializing in institutional trading and related brokerage services, will hold its 10th Commissions for Charity Day on April 18, 2012.

The International Commissions for Charity Day has raised more than $17 million from equity, fixed income and derivative trading commission profits over the past decade in support of various nonprofit organizations. In the past nine years over 300 different children’s charities have benefitted. The Btig event is unique in that it is a client driven event. Btig clients nominate charities and non profits for donation consideration. Btig encourages clients to select child focused organizations.

This year’s annual celebrity-filled event will support dozens of organizations that deal with important children’s issues. This year’s annual celebrity-filled event will support several organizations that deal with important children’s issues including: Autism Speaks, Project Sunshine, Smile Train, Americares, Michael J. Fox Foundation, Capital for Kids, All Stars Helping Kids, »

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Malaria Takes Center Court To Save Lives In South Sudan

29 March 2012 4:00 AM, PDT

Since last June, more than 130,000 refugees—and counting—have entered South Sudan and neighboring countries to escape fighting on the border of Sudan. As the situation worsens, the United Nations Refugee Agency (Unhcr) is providing food, water, and shelter. Living in a country where malaria is the leading cause of death among children under five, the refugee families in South Sudan need another life-saving tool: insecticide-treated bed nets.

To meet this need, the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign launched a nationwide appeal this week to send 100,000 life-saving bed nets to help these families sleep safely. Broadway shows in many Nederlander theaters across the U.S. are fundraising, while NBA star Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Wnba star Ruth Riley of the Chicago Sky are raising awareness to help Nothing But Nets reach this goal as quickly as possible.

Mark Kirya, a Unhcr program and public information officer, »

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Newman's Own Challenges The Biggest Loser For Charity

29 March 2012 3:40 AM, PDT

The seven remaining contestants on this week’s episode of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” received a challenge from Newman’s Own.

The competitors raced to load trucks with boxes weighing a total of more than 30,000 pounds; that’s the total amount of weight lost to date on “The Biggest Loser,” which airs Tuesdays at 8 pm Et/Pt. The first to complete the task, Mark Cornelison of Magnolia, TX, was awarded 30,000 pounds of food from Newman’s Own to donate to his local Feeding America food bank. As a surprise to the other six contestants, Newman’s Own announced an additional donation of 30,000 pounds of food for distribution among their hometown Feeding America food banks. In total, the Newman’s Own, Inc. donation is valued at $150,000 of food to help feed America’s hungry.

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Adrian Grenier Wants More Compassion In The World

28 March 2012 11:00 AM, PDT

Adrian Grenier has released a video calling on people to practice compassion (treating others as we’d like to be treated ourselves) in everyday life.

He created the video for the Charter for Compassion — a global movement that has more than 85,000 active participants, including the Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, Sir Richard Branson and Goldie Hawn. The Charter for Compassion is a call to restore the Golden Rule to the center of religious, moral and civic life: treating all others as we wish to be treated ourselves.

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Michelle Obama To Present Taylor Swift With Charity Award

28 March 2012 9:30 AM, PDT

First Lady Michelle Obama will make her first-ever appearance at Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards to present Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Taylor Swift with this year’s The Big Help Award in recognition of her extensive philanthropic endeavors, including her work with tornado and flood survivors in the United States.

This year’s Kids’ Choice Awards, to be hosted by Will Smith, will be telecast live on Nickelodeon Saturday, March 31, at 8 pm (Et/Tape delayed for West Coast) from USC’s Galen Center in Los Angeles, Ca. The Big Help Award recognizes individuals who take actions to better the world and whose significant impact on their community has inspired kids to do the same.

“Taylor’s dedication to helping others has encouraged her fan base to do the same, and this is the very core of what The Big Help is, inspiring others through action,” said Marva Smalls, Executive Vice President, »

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Kyle Petty Announces Charity Ride Route

28 March 2012 8:30 AM, PDT

The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America has announced the course for its April 28 – May 4 cross-country motorcycle trek.

More than 175 riders will join the 18th anniversary ride beginning in Napa, Calif., and travel over 2,500 miles before finishing at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Founded by former Nascar Sprint Cup driver Kyle Petty, the Charity Ride raises funds and awareness for the Victory Junction Gang, a camp created to benefit children with chronic or life threatening illnesses.

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Run Dmc's Darryl McDaniels Named As Creative Director For Charity Talent Show

28 March 2012 7:30 AM, PDT

The Garden of Dreams Foundation has announced that Darryl “Dmc” McDaniels has been named Creative Director of the 2012 Garden of Dreams Talent Show taking place on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at Radio City Music Hall.

McDaniels was named to the Foundation’s Board of Directors in August 2011 after participating in various Garden of Dreams events and proving to be a great role model for the children. As Creative Director, McDaniels will continue to mentor and work closely with the children on their performances, and assist in shaping the overall run of the show while incorporating this year’s theme, “Dream Big.”

Garden of Dreams strives to be heroic, inspirational and unforgettable – all attributes of the children the Foundation has had the privilege to meet over the course of its history. Partnering with a diverse collection of outstanding children’s related organizations – from hospitals, to foster organizations, to homeless shelters and “wish” organizations, »

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