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.
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.
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
Join Marcedes Lewis this weekend in Los Angeles to benefit the Marcedes Lewis Foundation.
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Todd Herremans’ Second Annual Hoops for Help Fundraiser Annual Event Celebrates the Biggest Two Weeks in College Basketball
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.
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.
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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
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
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.
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.”
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.
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
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)
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.
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.
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
If you haven’t seen Titus in action yet, here he is:
No doubt we’ll be seeing him at the 2014 NBA All Star Games in NOLA?
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.
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’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.
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)
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.”
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.
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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.
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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’.
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:
Invisible and Seven-Time NBA All-Star, Tracy McGrady partnered to launch the first ever multi-functional bottle, which transforms into a line of sustainable products, and an exclusive eco-centric buyback program to decrease pollution and waste.
The demand for consumers seeking a convenient, safer alternative to plastic and paper products inspired Invisible to design a modern bottle that converts into stylish everyday use items made of biodegradable materials – sports bottle, baby bottle, sippy cup, coffee cup, uv filtration, medicine dispenser, and a bluetooth wireless speaker. The 340 billion beverage bottles and cans not recycled each year worldwide sparked Invisible to establish an unprecedented buyback program, IBottle Care, which encourages consumers to responsibly reduce, reuse, and recycle. Invisible aims to sustain the natural environment while working to simultaneously save consumers money and time. Continue reading
CrowdRise launched the third annual Holiday Charity Challenge – the holiday season’s largest and most fun crowdsourced online giving and fundraising event — with the announcement of Craig Newmark and other philanthropists’ generous donations of $200K in prize money for competing charities.
The Challenge, with support from The Huffington Post, runs from 12:00 p.m. ET, November 18 through 11:59 a.m. ET, January 9 and promises grand prize donations to the three charities to raise the most money during the Challenge; a record $100K for first place, $40K for second place and $20K for third place. Charities will also have the opportunity to win thousands of dollars more in prizes during weekly Bonus Challenges. Continue reading