No More War Campaign Kicks Off in Toronto #NoMoreWar

On Friday August 8, 2014, Blurred Vision took to the streets of downtown Toronto, with a flat bed truck equipped with a mobile live stage, and their brand new song and campaign titled “No More War”.

Not only did the band plan to share their new single with the thousands of Torontonians and tourists walking the streets, but to also begin to spread their campaign based on the song, that is rallying fans to create the biggest anti war petition in history.

Their first stop was the CBC building at the foot of Front and John, where Blurred Vision and their “NoMoreWarMobile” stopped to perform the song for passersby, and encouraged them to sign the giant white sheet (petition) that adorned the truck and simply read “No More War”.

The details can be found on the new Facebook page Blurred Vision created called “No More War Campaign”, but it’s quite simple. The group are encouraging fans and peers around the world to write “No More War” on any canvas from a sheet of paper to a bed sheet, and get as many people to sign the simple petition. Then fans can upload the picture to the campaign’s Facebook page with how many signatures they got and where they’re from. It’s that simple!

The band plan on the campaign being an ongoing petition that with every million signatures, will be delivered to the United Nations and other major nation’s governments.

The official video for the song will go into production at the end of August with long time friend, collaborator and acclaimed filmmaker Babak Payami.  Blurred Vision’s debut album “Organized Insanity”, produced by multi platinum selling producer Terry Brown, is set for release on October 7 2014.

Additionally, the band has started what aims to be the largest anti-war petition in history on Avaaz.org which you can sign HERE: NO MORE WAR

No More War (Lyric Video) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6saJ9AJDiQ

No More War Facebook Campaign - http://facebook.com/nomorewarcampaign

Official Blurred Vision Website: http://blurredvisionmusic.com

Rock Band Blurred Vision Launch ‘No More War’ Campaign #NoMoreWar

Canadian band, Blurred Vision, has launched a timely ‘No More War’ campaign via social media today to encourage all of us to stop the madness and declare ‘No More War.’

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It’s simple:

1. Simply write “No More War” on any canvas, from a piece of paper, to a bed sheet.
2. Get as many people as you know to sign the canvas.
3. Post the picture of the canvas to the “No More War” campaign Facebook page, with the description of how many signatures there are and where you’re from.

And now, you’re a part of the “No More War” campaign…

Blurred Vision believe very strongly in the power of music and using their public persona to bring about positive change around the world. They are supporters of human rights charity Amnesty International, and are official ambassadors of NYC based hunger & poverty charity Why Hunger.

The band, which formed in 2010, is a 4-piece progressive/alternative Canadian rock band based in Toronto and New York. Blurred Vision has received coverage in Rolling 
Stone, Billboard, The Independent among others, and they gained the staunch and impressive support of Roger Waters, rock legend & founder of Pink Floyd. Blurred Vision’s first official video release was voted as one of the top 100 most influential pop videos of all time by Televisor, Germany, joining a prestigious list of artists including Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, Arcade Fire, Peter Gabriel, Radiohead, Lady Gaga and others.

2014 has seen the band explode onto the international music scene once again with the release of their single ‘No More War.’

They were one of only 50 artists from around the world, and the only Canadian band, to have been invited to perform at The Beatles 50th Anniversary Celebrations in New York City, joining The Spin Doctors at the historic and iconic Hudson Theater in Manhattan, the same stage Elvis Presley appeared on in 1956 on the Steve Allen Show. Not only did they win the hearts of the near sell out crowd at the show, but were hailed by organizers as having “a completely higher level of performance, sound, musicianship and star power!”

Join the movement HERE. And please share using #NoMoreWar.

Let’s all give peace a chance.

Todd Herremans’ 2nd Annual Hoops for Help Fundraiser

The Second Annual Hoops for Help Fundraiser, to raise funds for beneficiaries of the Todd Herremans recently took place in Philadelphia.  Raising close to $40,000, the event was held at the Vie Restaurant. The NCAA basketball-themed event featured dinner, live and silent auctions, live entertainment from Tim Williams and a chance to meet past and present members of the Philadelphia Eagles and other notable attendees.  Photos from the evening can be found here - Hoops for Help Photos

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WWE® Teams up with Drew Brees and Boys & Girls Clubs for Kids Charity Auction

WWE will join forces with celebrities and professional athletes to launch Superstars for Kids, a global online auction benefiting New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees’s non-profit organization, The Brees Dream Foundation, and the Boys & Girls Clubs. Superstars for Kids is a part of WWE’s pro-social initiatives celebrating WrestleMania® 30 in New Orleans.

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Beginning today, through a partnership with Charitybuzz.com, the online auction will feature unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences with WWE Superstars, top athletes and Hollywood celebrities. Fans can visit www.Charitybuzz.com/WWE now through Tuesday, April 8 at 12:00 noon ET to bid on items. Current auction items include experiences with WWE Hall of Famers Hulk Hogan® and Shawn Michaels®, WWE Superstars Triple H® and Daniel Bryan®, Drew Brees, Michael Strahan, Anger Management’s Charlie Sheen, Jimmy Kimmel, Tyler Perry, Maria Menounos and many more. Continue reading

Todd Herremans 2nd Annual Hoops for Help

Todd Herremans’ Second Annual Hoops for Help Fundraiser Annual Event Celebrates the Biggest Two Weeks in College Basketball

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With more than 200 attendees last year, The Todd Herremans Foundation is back this year with the Second Annual Hoops for Help Fundraiser, which takes place on Thursday, March 27, 2014. Held at the Vie Restaurant, the NCAA basketball-themed event will feature dinner, live auction, silent auction, live entertainment and more. 

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Athlebrities Update

Since launching this blog over ten years ago, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with some of the best people in the industry.  I’ve watched small foundations grow and big charities fail. I’ve experienced successful celebrity fundraisers and deciphered real giving from good PR.

This year, Athlebrities has naturally progressed into real hands-on giving. In the next few months, I’ll be making some big announcements. Working directly with some of your favorite pro-athletes and a team of seasoned professionals in Los Angeles, we are creating some not-to-be-missed fundraisers that take you up close and personal with some of your favorite sports stars and celebrities.

More info coming soon, in the meantime, please follow me on Twitter, and if you are interested in learning more about how I can help you raise money for your NPO, hit me up.

Big, big things happening.

As always,
Thanks for reading,
Delinda

Walk Again Project: Paralyzed Teen to Kick Off World Cup?

The World Cup is coming! Aside from eagerly awaiting the opening ceremony wardrobe choice of the Italian National Men’s Team, the kick-off is going to be one for the history books.

According to NewScientist:

The first kick of the 2014 Football World Cup in Brazil might not come from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. Instead, if all goes to plan, a teenager paralysed from the waist down will use the world’s most advanced mind-controlled exoskeleton to swing at the ball.

The spectacle will showcase the Walk Again Project, an international collaboration using technology to overcome paralysis. The team’s exoskeleton supports the lower body and is controlled by patterns of brain activity detected by electrodes placed either on the scalp or within the brain itself. These signals are sent wirelessly to a computer worn by the wearer, that converts them into movements. The kicker will be one of a small group of people training in Brazil with a virtual exoskeleton before trying the real thing. Continue reading

Tony Hawk Visits Skateistan Cambodia

Last week, Skateistan Cambodia had an extremely exciting visitor: international pro skateboarding legend Tony Hawk stopped by to spend a day at the Phnom Penh Park to inspire Cambodia’s emerging skaters.

“It’s great to see this facility and that the sport is growing. It’s incredible what [Skateistan] is doing here because skating is a good way to get kids active and playing together but not necessarily against each other.”-Tony Hawk


Tony met Skateistan staff and students, helped out with some classroom sessions, and blew everyone away with his impressive bag of tricks. He also participated in one of our arts-based educational classes, making a mask out of an old Skateistan deck alongside students and volunteers. Continue reading

Shaq Hosts “SHAQ-a-CLAUS” at Boys & Girls Club of Venice

Shaquille O’Neal, LA’s Legendary Man of Steel, Hosts “SHAQ-a-CLAUS” at Boys & Girls Club of Venice on Monday, December 23, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Former Los Angeles Lakers Center, NBA legend, and philanthropist Shaquille O’Neal will host SHAQ-a-CLAUS on Monday, December 23 at the Boys & Girls Club of Venice. As part of his longstanding dedication to advocating for youth development, the former All-Star has arranged for more than 300 kids to experience the ultimate holiday carnival amid “snowfall” in sunny California.

“Every kid deserves a memorable holiday season,” said the four-time NBA champion. ”The Boys & Girls Club of Venice serves as a home away from home for young people who need encouragement. Although there are no chimneys involved, SHAQ-a-CLAUS is definitely coming to town.”

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Harlem Globetrotters Launch National Partnership with World Vision

One of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations is partnering with an iconic American institution to improve the lives of children around the world.

The Harlem Globetrotters are partnering with World Vision to give its fans the opportunity to support World Vision’s mission while enjoying the Globetrotters’ beloved brand of family entertainment.

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The North American leg of the Harlem Globetrotters 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour will recommence on Dec. 26, 2013, with the Globetrotters playing 300 games in over 250 cities in 48 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces and Puerto Rico through April 2014.

As its official tour partner, World Vision will have a presence at all of the Harlem Globetrotters games during the “Fans Rule” tour. Continue reading

The Giving Experiment

Waving a sign that says “Free Money!” on city streets around the country is a great way to meet people. But what happened next is awe-inspiring. The Life You Can Save, a non-profit dedicated to reducing poverty, has released a short video entitled “The Giving Experiment” which showcases surprising responses from strangers who were offered money with no strings attached – some of the responses prompt laughter, while others make one think.

The organization gave away $2,500 to 85 strangers in six locations (Wall Street, Crown Heights, Union Square, Santa Monica, Seattle and Austin) and those strangers donated $2,421.50 of their newfound money to charity. Eighty three people gave some or all of the money to charity, one walked away with $100, and one ran away with $1 (sadly he ran too fast to sign the appearance release form so the organization couldn’t include him in the video, though it was quite the getaway!).

“We decided to flip the charity equation on its head, offering money to strangers on the street and giving them a choice: they could either keep the money (we gave away between $1 and $250 per person) or donate it to the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF). We wanted to test, before our eyes, the theory that giving money away makes people happier than keeping it for themselves. Though some people struggled with the decision, nearly everyone was genuinely smiling when they finally decided to donate. A lot of money changed hands, but those who gave it right back seemed the happiest as they walked away,” said Laura Gamse, Media & Outreach Director, The Life You Can Save. (Source PR Newswire)

Happy Holidays,
Delinda

NFL Star Lavelle Hawkins Christmas Eve Shopping Spree

Stockton, get ready to shop til you drop! NFL Philanthropist Lavelle Hawkins of the San Diego Chargers is hosting the 2nd Annual “Holiday Shopping in Stockton” Christmas Eve Shopping Spree!

This year, Lavelle will be teaming up with the San Diego Chargers and community leaders to reward over 200 children from the Sierra Vista Community and the Boys & Girls Club Stockton with the opportunity to each spend up to $100 on Toys and Apparel at Walmart.

Shopping Spree Details:
Date: Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Time: 9:00AM -Noon
Location: Walmart (3223 East Hammer Lane, Stockton, CA)

Last year, Lavelle wasn’t able to attend due to his playing schedule but this year, he will be there shopping with the kids.

Happy Holidays!
Delinda

Houston Dynamo Rosters for Brian Ching Testimonial Match include ‘Bachelor’ Juan Pablo Galavis

The Houston Dynamo today unveiled the player rosters for the Brian Ching Testimonial Match, set for Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at BBVA Compass Stadium. Also announced were details for fundraising and tribute events set for this week.

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The Brian Ching Testimonial Match, presented by BBVA Compass, will celebrate the career of the retiring forward. Proceeds from the match will benefit Ching’s charitable initiative, The House that Ching Built, which benefits Habitat for Humanity and aims to construct a new home for a family in the Houston community. The match brings the global-soccer tradition of celebrating retiring players to Houston and will honor Ching’s career as he retires from professional soccer. Continue reading

Ne-Yo Talks Charity, Music and Christmas

Earlier this week, on Giving Tuesday, I was very fortunate to be part of Ne-Yo’s Giving Tour as he visited the Challengers Boys and Girls Club in South Central Los Angeles.

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The Grammy Award winning artist has a heart of gold and an abundance of patience and love for less fortunate kids. In a word, he’s 100% legit when it comes to giving back and helping others.

You can read the full interview at Looktothestars.org

Or just check out all the love on his website: CompoundFoundation.org

Red Bull to Auction Vettel and Webber Helmets for Charity

Red Bull’s charity partner, Wings For Life, is holding an auction for some very special items worn by Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, which is to take place at a Bonham Auction in Oxford, next Monday December 9th.

The charity, which conducts research projects and clinical trials in to the cure for spinal cord injury, have selected one helmet from Vettel and two from Webber, now retired from F1.

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2013 saw Vettel take his first German Grand Prix victory at the Nurburgring, wearing a suitably topical helmet. The glittering helmet coloured in Germany’s national colours will sit alongside two helmets worn by Webber at this year’s Italian and Belgian Grands Prix.

“This is one of my favourite helmet designs from this season and it goes without saying that this was one of the most special races for me – my first ever home win,” said Vettel of the auction.

“Just as the race meant a lot to me, Wings for Life does too and it’s my pleasure to donate this signed and worn helmet for auction. I hope it raises a lot of money for their vital spinal research projects.”

For more detailed information about the Wings for Life event visit www.wingsforlife.com and click on ‘Latest’. For an overview of how to bid through Bonhams visit ‘How to Buy’ at www.bonhams.com. (Source: JamesAllen on F1)

Tony Hawk and Ben Harper are Awesome Together

Boards + Bands benefiting the Tony Hawk Foundation

Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk and Grammy Award-winning musician Ben Harper have invited their friends in the skate and music worlds to join them for this very special Boards + Bands auction starting December 5th. A member of the nonprofit Tony Hawk Foundation Board Of Directors, Harper conceived the idea to use pro skaters’ old decks to write song lyrics on and raise funds to build positive recreational outlets for at-risk youth.

The Boards + Bands fundraising initiative merges the worlds of skateboarding and music to benefit the work of the Tony Hawk Foundation. Hawk invited a select group of professional skateboarders to donate their personally ridden skateboards and submit the name of their favorite songs. Harper then sent those boards on to the appropriate artists with one simple message: “Please write the lyrics to this skater’s favorite song on his skateboard, and we’ll use it to create more skateparks for kids.”

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These special collaboration skateboards will be available in an eBay celebrity auction launching December 5, and will be on display through the end of the auction at the GRAMMY Museum in downtown Los Angeles, California.

Funds raised through this effort will support at-risk youth through the creation of public skateparks in low-income communities across the U.S. These free, public skateparks are safe, sanctioned places for youth to come together, form communities, and practice the sport they love in a healthy environment. (Source: Tony Hawk)

Last year Jamie Thomas’ board with Bob Dylan’s signature and ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ lyrics sold for $38,425 while Bucky Lasek’s Adam “MCA” Yauch penned board sold for $35,000 during the Boards+Bands eBay hosted auction.

As always,
Thanks for reading,
Delinda

Meet SurfAid’s Youngest Ambassador: Cody Lovaas

His name might not yet be familiar to you, but pay attention because this 15 year-old singer, songwriter and surfer is already being compared to his influencers – Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, and Donovan Frankenreiter- and he’s very quick to point out that his activism comes before his music career.

“What I support comes before my music career, it’s not a marketing tool for me,” Cody explained via email, “I am an avid surfer and waterman so I do a lot around clean water. I represent and have worked closely w/ Hurley and their H2O program, SurfAid, Surf w/the Blind, Feeding the Soul and Home Free.”

In fact, Lovass was recently elected as perhaps youngest ever ambassador to SurfAid and even hit the stage with Jason Mraz during his Life Rolls On Benefit concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl in September.

Like I said, keep an eye on this kid. Not only can he sing, but he is a perfect example of the next-generation do-gooders. Gifted, giving, and full of love. More HERE.

As always,
Thanks for reading,
Delinda

Bear in a Lamborghini?

I have to break from ‘tradition’ here and voice my outrage over the latest sham of a fundraiser.

Its called Lam-Bear-Ghini.

Basically, a bear has been put in a Lamborghini and is being driven up and down the California coast ‘for a good cause.’ Allegedly, any proceeds from the ‘video’ will be ‘used to feed the homeless over the holidays’.

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According to the Facebook page, the brainchild behind this tasteless stunt is Justin Lyons, who hopes “we can make an appearance on tosh.0, Leno, kimmel, or Ellen!”

I am willing to bet-or at least hope-that our celebrities will not embrace this type of outdated ‘entertainment’ of abusing and using animals as props for our personal gain.

Is it not obvious that the bear is heavily drugged?

If you want to make yourself sick, go to the Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/lambearghini

That’s all.
Delinda