Tracy McGrady and Invisible Team Up to Launch the World’s Smartest Multi-Functional Bottle

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.

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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 Launches Holiday Charity Challenge

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

IndyCar Driver Shows Soft Side for Best Friends

Josef Newgarden, the youngest driver in the IndyCar series-is the latest athlete to join the ‘Show Your Soft Side’ campaign in response to the alarming incidence of animal abuse in Baltimore.

During the IndyCar series in Baltimore over Labor Day weekend, Best Friends Animal Society hooked Newgarden up with the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) and an anti-animal abuse campaign called ‘Show Your Soft Side.’
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Aside from looking mighty-mighty-fine while posing with a kitten, he is a spokesperson for Best Friends Animal Society (BFAS); is the motorsports representative for BARCS and clearly a big believer in making a difference and encouraging others to do the same. Plus-he walks the walk. Seeing as he is a huge advocate of animal adoption and the spaying/neutering of animals rather than euthanasia, he went on to adopt the adorable kitten from the photo shoot.

Newgarden“The prince has arrived.” Newgarden shared. “Thanks to @BARCS_SHELTER and @southwestair for helping facilitate the move. Supporting local animal adoptions is important to me, and Simba was a good luck charm to me in Baltimore this year for the @indycarofficial race. Happy to bring him into our family. Support @bestfriendsanimalsociety and your local shelters.”

This campaign features photo shoots with Baltimore athletes from the Ravens and Orioles with their pets.

Check it out on Facebook HERE.

As always,
Thanks for reading,
Delinda

MLB Rookie Pitcher Donates Check, Kick Starts New Clinical Trial For Children With Cancer

Miami Marlins Rookie pitching sensation Jose Fernandez was awarded “Outstanding Rookie of the Year,” winning NL Players Choice Award. Celebrating recognition, he made a decision that would set off a series of events that could start saving lives of children with a rare cancer as soon as 18 months.

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On Monday, Nov. 5th Jose Fernandez when given the choice of charity of whom to donate his $20K award to, he immediately answered, “Live Like Bella™.” “I want to help children with cancer. I have spoken to Bella’s parents and we are all very happy,” said Jose Fernandez, who has been an important part of the Miami Marlins involvement with Live Like Bella™ Foundation. Continue reading

Spend the Day with Tony Hawk

For all you eyas out there, the good peeps at Charity Buzz are giving you the opportunity to spend the day “hanging out with Tony Hawk at his personal training facility in San Diego and witness a skate session on the infamous Boom Boom HuckJam ramp.”

Tony Hawk, photographed by celebrity photographer, Dale May.
You and your guest with a group of not more than 20 will have a tour of the Hawk Headquarters, which is home to Tony Hawk, Inc., Tony Hawk Foundation, 900 Films, Birdhouse Skateboards, The RIDE Channel and Tony’s Demolition Radio show on SIRIUS satellite radio. You and your guest will then enjoy a catered lunch with Tony, shoot the breeze, and watch Tony Hawk and special guests skate a private session up close and personal. After lunch skate with Tony and the guys at the new Birdhouse Skatepark, learn to drop in or just watch the pros in action!

Proceeds benefit the Go Campaign, which improves the lives of orphans and vulnerable children around the world by partnering with local heroes to deliver local solutions.

SOURCE: CHARITY BUZZ

 

Cardinals LB Sam Acho To Host ‘Hope For Life Celebrity Auction And Fashion Show’

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Sam Acho will host the second annual “Hope for Life Celebrity Auction and Fashion Show” at the beautiful Ritz Carlton Phoenix on December 9 to benefit ‘Living Hope Ministries.’

The night will begin with a pub style dinner and silent auction, followed by a live auction and fashion show featuring local celebrities and pro athletes who will be auctioned off for a once in a lifetime experience.

Acho_Sam_Nfl_charity“As many of you also know, I LOVE throwing parties,” writes Acho on his website. “So I’m excited to host a party that will benefit LHM, the second annual Hope for Life Celebrity Auction and Fashion Show. Join me, along with teammates from the Cardinals, players from the Diamondbacks, and other celebrities for an awesome party.”

Awesome indeed! Up for bids during the live auction are: Sam Acho, Calais Campbell, Larry Fitzgerald, Patrick Peterson, Coach Arians, and Drew Stanton to name a few.

Living Hope Ministries was started by Sam’s parents, Dr. Sonny and Christie Acho. All proceeds from the event will go directly toward the foundations effort to fund a hospital in Nigeria that will allow access to medical attention.

For more info please visit: http://samacho.com/

Small Steps Celebrity Shoe Auction

The Small Steps Celebrity Shoe Auction is the biggest celebrity shoe auction in the world, with some of the biggest names in sports and film have taken off their shoes and donated them for auction to help children living on garbage dumps around the world. Small Steps Project is a UK registered charity and the only one specifically focused on kids in “garbage dump communities”. By bidding on these shoes, not only can you win a piece of pop culture history, but you too can take a small step to help children in poverty. Thanks to eBay Giving Works, 100% of the funds raised will go directly to the charity.

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Celebrity athlete shoes up for grabs include: Roger Federer, Tim Henman, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Gerard Pique, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Andre Agassi and many, many more.

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Personally, I want George Clooney’s ‘Stomp Out Genocide’ boots.

Visit their Celebrity Shoe Donor page to see all of the celebrities who are taking part including Kate Winslet, Eminem, Elton John, Sienna Miller, George Clooney, Noel and Liam Gallagher, Florence Welch, Brian May, Kiefer Sutherland, Mark Ronson, Rachel Weisz, Ewan McGregor, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger, Taylor Swift, Chris Martin, Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and Madonna.

The online auction runs Dec 5-15, 2013.

Source: Looktothestars.org

Jamie Foxx’s SiriusXM channel to Broadcast Q&A Event with Mike Tyson

Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today that former heavyweight champion of the world Mike Tyson will be the featured guest on an upcoming installment of SiriusXM’s “Town Hall” series, intimate gatherings with iconic entertainers and figures sitting down with a studio audience of SiriusXM listeners.

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Hosted by Shade 45′s Sway in the Morning host Sway Calloway, “SiriusXM’s Town Hall with Mike Tyson” will take place at SiriusXM’s New York City studios. Throughout the hour-long special, Tyson will take a variety of questions from the audience about his new tell-all memoir Undisputed Truth and the upcoming HBO special of the same name directed by Spike Lee. Continue reading

NY Knicks’ Tyson Chandler Newest UNICEF Ambassador

Chandler to light the UNICEF Snowflake this Friday on 57th Street and Fifth Avenue to help raise awareness for children and families in Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF today announced that NY Knicks’ Tyson Chandler is the newest UNICEF Ambassador. Chandler—the first American NBA player to be named a UNICEF Ambassador—will fundraise, educate and advocate on behalf of vulnerable children around the world.

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In his first role as UNICEF Ambassador, Chandler will light the UNICEF Snowflake this Friday on 57th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City. The lighting ceremony will help raise awareness of areas of the Philippines ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan. The latest estimates indicate that as many as four million children could now be affected by the disaster. UNICEF is providing children and families with immediate necessities including food, water, and medicine. Designed by Ingo Maurer and dedicated to UNICEF by The Stonbely Family Foundation in 2002, the Snowflake serves as a beacon of hope and compassion.

Following his gold medal win with the U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball team at the London Olympics, Chandler travelled to Tanzania with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. While in Tanzania, Chandler visited UNICEF-supported programs that provide children with life and vocational skills training and health centers for mothers of children with HIV/AIDS.

“Traveling to Africa with UNICEF and seeing kids who don’t have access to an education, or who are living on the streets was a life-changing experience for me,” said Chandler. “I’m incredibly honored to help raise awareness of UNICEF’s work that’s truly making a difference for the lives of children.” Continue reading

Rob Machado Interview

Earlier this week I chatted with surf legend Rob Machado about the good work his Foundation is doing in the community as well as the importance of education, clean water and a dirty ocean.

Machado is hosting the RMF Second Annual Benefit Concert Nov. 11 at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. The sold out show features an acoustic Jason Mraz and Goo Goo Dolls front man John Rzeznik among others.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE AT LOOK TO THE STARS.

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Top 20 Women in Philanthropy & Social Innovation

Athlebrities congratulates Look to the Stars co-founder Myrlia Purcell for being named one of the Top 20 Women in Philanthropy & Social Innovation by ‘The Business of Giving’ founder Michael Chatman, Host of #WHYiGIVE.

I have been a proud partner of Look to the Stars for many years and couldn’t be happier that the industry has finally given her status alongside Melinda Gates and Oprah as one of the best!

Here’s to many more years of inspiriting change!

Read the full list of amazing change-makers HERE.

D. Wright Foundation 3rd Annual Skate Off

Ballers on wheels last weekend as Portland Trail Blazer Dorell Wright  hosted his 3rd annual Skate Off to benefit his D. Wright Foundation.

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The 9-year NBA veteran was flaked by a slew of other NBA players and celebrity buds including Jordan Crawford of the Boston Celtics, Nick Young of the LA Lakers, JaVale McGee of the Denver Nuggets, Baron Davis and Jeremy Tyler of the New York Knicks, Ekpe Udoh of the Milwaukee Bucks, and Brandon Jennings of the Detroit Pistons.

The D. Wright Way Foundation also has a partnership with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to graciously bestow $50,000.00 in the naming of the KB3 Scholarship Fund. Continue reading

Surf Industry Raises More Than $400,000 in Donations at the 24th Annual Waterman’s Weekend

Surf Industry Raises More Than $400,000 in Donations at the 24th Annual Waterman’s Weekend

Fernando Aguerre, Brandon Boyd & Incubus, Peter “PT” Townend and Jon Rose Also Honored 

More than 600 surf industry VIPs came together to support the preservation and protection of the ocean at the SIMA Environment Fund Waterman’s Weekend fundraiser August 9-10. The 13th Annual Waterman’s Classic Golf Tournament took place at the Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point on Friday, and the 24th Annual Waterman’s Ball took place at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel the following night. The sold out events of Waterman’s Weekend brought in more than $400,000 that will go directly to beneficiaries dedicated to preserving the oceanic environment.

“Do what you love and help along the way,” a statement from Special Recognition Award recipient Jon Rose, was an overarching theme of this year’s Waterman’s Weekend as the surf industry gathered to raise money for the SIMA Environmental Fund grant beneficiaries. The weekend kicked off with the Waterman’s Classic Golf Tournament, a tournament that brings together more than 150 surf industry executives and professional surfers to enjoy a day of golf, on-course entertainment and friendly competitions on the side all in the name of charity. The first place team coming in with the lowest gross score was the team made up of golfers from Agenda, Wahoo’s and Shwack. The Vans team was deemed the best-dressed foursome in the tournament, and Swell was awarded the title of Best Hole Activity with an on course dunk tank. Continue reading

Alonzo Mourning Wants to Help Your Kidneys

“These experiences allowed me to understand that I’m not here just for myself. . . I’m here as the voice of millions of Americans suffering from chronic kidney disease.”

15-year NBA career veteran Alonzo Mourning may be retired as a player, but the former Miami Heat star is fighting to help those keep their dialysis benefits.

Zo, who had a kidney transplant before coming back and winning the 2006 Finals with the Heat, travelled to Washington yesterday for meetings with policy makers and elected officials to argue against proposed cuts to Medicare’s dialysis benefit.

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    Their issue involves a July 1 “proposed rule” by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) – the government agency that oversees Medicare – that would cut funding for dialysis by 12 percent,** or $30 dollars on each $246 payment that Medicare would have paid per treatment for calendar year 2014…According to community leaders, if the cuts are made, Medicare would fail to cover the cost for each 3-4 hour dialysis session for beneficiaries with kidney failure.  (PR WEB)

“I came to Washington today because health care for Americans with kidney failure is an issue I care about.   And when the leaders of our country’s top kidney patient organizations tell me they have a problem, then I know I have a problem, too,” said Mourning.  ”One thing is for certain: cuts this deep will have consequences, and those consequences will end up hurting patients, eliminating jobs, and reversing quality improvements that have been made in recent years.”

And according to a blurb in the Washinton Post, Mouring looked very elegant in a navy cashmere suit and ginormous NBA championship ring he won with the Miami Heat in 2006.’

Props to Zo for keeping it real post-retirement.

In his own words: Miami Herald.

As always,
Thanks for reading,
Delinda

Mario Chalmers Talks Charity

Earlier this week I chatted with NBA Star Mario Chalmers (Miami Heat) about his foundation, charity, and his involvement with BidSpot Cares.

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This NBA player is a man of few words, but he spends an enormous amount of time giving back to the community.

The full interview can be read on Look to the Stars: Mario Chalmers Interview.

Only one thing I have to say about him, cue music.

Metta World Peace for PETA

NBA star Metta World Peace is urging everyone to “always report animal abuse” in a new spot from PETA.

From PETA: Cruelty to animals takes many forms, including keeping dogs chained up outside without adequate food, water, or shelter; failing to provide hurt or sick animals with veterinary care; leaving dogs in hot cars on warm days; and much, much more. If you ever see or suspect that an animal is being neglected or abused, call your local authorities immediately or contact PETA for assistance. For animals in danger, one phone call can be the difference between life and perhaps a horrible death.

And yes, if you’re having a WTF moment its because old Metta aka Ron Artest, was facing animal cruelty charges in 2007 for failing to feed his dog-there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute him but the dog was adopted by a family that knows how to put food in a bowl. Regardless, we love the message and PETA.

More info here at www.peta.org/features/Metta-World-Peace-Says-ALWAYS-Report-Animal-Abuse.aspx.

Jordan Farmar Launches Sixth Annual Basketball Camp July 29, 2013

Jordan Farmar Foundation to Provide Scholarships to Union Rescue Mission Youth

Two-time NBA Champion and returning LA Lakers guard Jordan Farmar is pleased to announce that his sixth annual Hoop Farm Basketball Camp is opening its doors from July 29 – August 1, 2013 at UCLA’s newly renovated Pauley Pavilion. Farmar, a former UCLA Bruin, along with special guests from the NBA, will be in attendance all day to teach the campers.

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All proceeds from the camp will be donated to The Jordan Farmar Foundation’s Hoop Farm Scholarship Fund, which will be used to provide camp tuition scholarships to athletes from underrepresented neighborhoods and those who show great potential. This year, scholarships will go to boys and girls from a variety of organizations, including the Department of Children & Family Services, YMCA, Boys & Girls Club and the Union Rescue Mission, which is one of the largest rescue missions of its kind in the United States and the oldest in Los Angeles. “As a native of Los Angeles, I’ve always held this city close to my heart and try to give back in every way that I can,” said Farmar. “Hoop Farm is a great opportunity for me not only to reconnect with local kids but to also help them improve their skills on the court.” This year, nearly 100 campers will be attending Hoop Farm on a scholarship.
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Give-A-Ball Foundation Partners with J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO) to Host Community Soccer Clinics for Local Youth

Collaboration empowered 150 children through sports in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

On July 18th and 19th, Give-A-Ball Foundation teamed up with Haiti-based J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO) to carry out the Give-A-Ball Journey Program, a series of soccer clinics and tournament-style games held in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The event offered 150 girls and boys between the ages of 8 and 14 the opportunity to engage in team-oriented sports, while building and improving their athletic skills and reinforcing fundamentals vital to their development.

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Tosin Fawibe, Founder and President of Give-A-Ball Foundation, Inc., sees the partnership as an opportunity to impact the lives of children in a powerful, memorable way. “Our Give-A-Ball Journey Program in Haiti was an amazing experience that allowed us to connect with the local children through soccer,” he said. “I’m glad our organization could join forces with J/P HRO to put smiles on the faces of 150 children and, more importantly, to reinforce health, fitness, education, teamwork, and character fundamentals that will help these children as they grow and develop—on and off the soccer field.” Continue reading

Magic Johnson To Award Graduating Scholar New Fiat

Earvin “Magic” Johnson to Honor Students and Celebrate 15th Anniversary of Magic Johnson Foundation’s Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program at Special Brunch 

The Magic Johnson Foundation & FIAT will giveaway a brand new FIAT 500 car to a graduating student at annual leadership summit

WHO: Earvin “Magic” Johnson, the Magic Johnson Foundation (MJF), XX scholars who demonstrate high academic achievement and alumni of the Taylor Michael Scholarship Program (TMSP).

WHAT:  Johnson will be on hand at a FedEx-sponsored brunch to honor 26 graduating scholars and 35 “rookies” who earned Magic Johnson Foundation’s Taylor Michaels Scholarship. The Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program (TMSP) develops future leaders by supporting socioeconomically challenged high achievers through completion of their undergraduate degrees and offers support including laptops, mentorships, and internships. This year, MJK and TMSP has teamed up with FIAT to award one graduating scholar a new FIAT 500 (to be announced on the spot.)

  • 460 scholarships given away to date, $4 million total
  • TMSP scholars attain a Bachelor’s Degrees at a rate of over 80%
  • TMSP alumni go on to graduate from top universities such as Howard, Brown, USC, among others

Along with Magic Johnson, a representative from MJF, and past scholarship honorees of the Taylor Michaels Scholarship will be available for interviews. Also available: photo opps with Magic Johnson and students at the car giveaway.

WHERE:             The Skirball Center,  2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

WHEN:                 Saturday, July 27th at 10:00 AM

As always, thanks for reading ;)

Delinda

ABOUT: Since 1991, The Magic Johnson Foundation (MJF) has served and enriched urban communities nationwide. MJF evolved from and HIV grant-making organization to one that advocates for community-based organizations and supports educational empowerment through HIV/AIDS education/testing/awareness work, minority, college access and digital literacy. www.magicjohnson.com/foundation/

Athletes to Party at Playboy Mansion Tonight for Charity

BRANDed Management has announced the 8th Annual Bear Trap Entertainment All-Star Celebrity Kickoff Party will take place on Monday, July 15, 2013 at the exclusive Playboy Mansion.

Red carpet arrivals begin at 8:00 p.m., followed by a Celebrity Bigg City Bourré Tournament at 9:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Artists and Athletes Alliance.

Among the stars expected to attend are Will Smith, Adrian Peterson, Chris Tucker, Kevin Dillon, DeSean Jackson, Joey Fatone, Cristina Milian, Ryan Sheckler, Rob Kardashian, Nelly, Carmen Electra, Bode Miller, Chevy Chase, and more.

“This is the time of the year when the biggest names in professional sports take over Hollywood,” said Jen Beaver, co-Founder of BRANDed Management. “I can’t think of a more iconic venue to start the week’s festivities than the Playboy Mansion.” Continue reading