The Fred Jordan Mission held it’s annual ‘Skid Row Toy Ride’ on Sunday, delivering thousand of new gifts to some of Los Angeles’ most underprivileged children.
The organization, which serves hungry, impoverished families and children every day of the year, has partnered with the LA Clippers for a Season of Caring Fundraising event to benefit the Mission.
Proceeds from the LA Clippers Game on Wednesday December 19th will be donated to the Fred Jordan Missions. If you are not able to purchase a ticket, the Mission is asking businesses, churches, groups and individuals of good will to make charitable donations of food, new clothes, new toys, diapers and blankets for cold winter nights. Cash donations are also welcome – - and tax-deductible.
The Fred Jordan Missions, open 365 days a year since 1944, feeds hundreds of hungry people and provides assistance to impoverished individuals and families. The Mission is a non-profit, faith-based, educational and relief organization that focuses on education, job training, and self-reliance.
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Athletes and Celebrities Team Up with the ILO to End Slavery
Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy is just one of the celebrities who has joined forces with the ILO – the International Labour Organization – to fight modern-day slavery.
The campaign, “End Slavery Now” is supported by a number of Hollywood celebrities and activists including: Cher, Mila Kunis, Ron Howard, Oliver Stone, Kellan Lutz, Sérgio Mendes, anti-trafficking champion Somaly Mam and Jada Pinkett Smith. Continue reading
Our favorite go-to website for donating and receiving something awesome in return, Charity Buzz, is running an auction for all you Eyas:
- ‘You and 3 guests can meet the world’s most famous skateboarder, the legendary Tony Hawk!
You’ll visit Tony Hawk’s private skate-park, home of Birdhouse Skateboards in Southern California. While there, you’ll see Tony’s giant ‘Huckjam’ ramps, meet Tony Hawk and sit in on a live broadcast of Tony Hawk’s Demolition Radio’
Since it’s #givingtuesday we thought we point out a great initiative from Crowdrise and Mozilla Firefox.
Mozilla Firefox will donate $100k to the cause that raises the most funds…the grassroots fundraiser makes it easy to see what causes people are strongly supporting.
Leading the pack is actor/activist Ian Somerhalder and his Foundation:
My birthday is on December 8th. I don’t need any presents. My only ask is that you please support our foundation so that we can reach our goal and win this challenge. This would be a huge leap for ISF.
ISF supporters are a kick ass bunch of peeps. From young children to Grandparents, standing together, supporting each other with each generations’ strengths, collectively combining passions, skills and leadership into one massive population of change makers…The IS FOUNDATION aims to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures…Our ISF Groups span across all continents, creeds, languages and passions, forming an ever growing family of more than 200 groups world wide, all working as a united force to radically transform the world. Where people who love the planet and those who hold hands with paws come together to create a real future for all life on this miraculous planet we call Earth.
Hot on Somerhalder’s heels is Sophia Bush and her Pencils of Promise. Jonah Hill (FCancer), Seth Rogan (Hilarity for Charity) and Ed Norton (Maasai Wilderness) are also atop the leader board in terms of garnering donations. Not far behind is one of our favorites, Cancer for College led by Will Ferrell. Failing miserably (so far) Rob Machado, Adrian Grenier and Randy Foye. Continue reading
World Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament Raises US$500,000 for Yao Ming and UNICEF
Mission Hills Group, one of China’s leading golf and tourism operators, announced that the 2012 Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am has raised a total of US$500,000 for the tournament’s charitable partners—Yao Ming and UNICEF.
Some of the biggest names in Hollywood and the international sports scene descended on the tropical island of Hainan in southern China for the three day spectacular.
Billed as ‘China’s top entertainment event of the year,’ Celebs in attendance included: Yao Ming, Michael Phelps, Ronaldo, Stephen Hendry, Pat Cash, Andy Garcia, Adrien Brody, Ryan Reynolds, Minka Kelly, Matt Kuchar, Darren Clarke, Michael Campbell, Simon Dyson, Ian Woosnan, and Tony Jacklin.
Commenting on the donation, former NBA star Yao Ming said, “I’m extremely grateful to Mission Hills and everybody involved with this fantastic event for making this donation. We’ll continue to improve the lives of children both in China and the US and these funds will go directly towards projects we’ve got underway in these countries.” (Yao even received a custom-made golf club for the event) Continue reading
According to the Daily Record, Snoop Dogg-er, Snoop Lion is ready to shell out big bucks to invest in (soccer club) Celtics after they beat Barcelona in the Champions League this year.
Snoop, in his own words:
“I got a lot of interest in soccer. It’s not a new thing for hip hop stars to invest in sports teams but it is a new thing for hip hop stars to invest in soccer teams…I didn’t catch the whole Barcelona game but I watched the highlights. I know Barcelona are a big deal, and it shows Celtic are a big deal as well.”
The team, estimated to be worth about $47M, had the highest average home attendance of any Scottish club for 2010/2011 season, and Snoop wants a piece.
“I see how passionate Celtic fans are about their team and I could see myself making an investment if any of the board wanted to sell…I haven’t really thought how much. I don’t need to run a soccer club but enough of a percentage to get me on the board so I can be heard…I want to bring a bit of Snoop to things…I am passionate about my sport. The boxes at Celtic would never be the same once I have hosted a party there.” (True dat: Snoop was once banned from coming to the UK after a series of drug and firearms offences but now he’s allowed back.) Continue reading
Beckham received a major blow today…hot stuff’s been widely expected to be named as one of the three over-age players in Stuart Pearce’s Under-23 squad for the London Games in July and August…but it’s not gonna happen. Beckham has been left OFF the squad.
“’Everyone knows how much playing for my country has always meant to me. So I would have been honored to have been part of this unique Team GB squad…Naturally I am very disappointed, but there will be no bigger supporter of the team than me,” Beckham, 37, said in quotes relayed by his spokesman on Thursday. “As a Londoner, I will have been really proud to have played a small part in bringing the Olympics to my home town as part of Seb’s [Coe] team, and I can’t wait for the games to begin and enjoy every moment along with the rest of Great Britain.”
As a globally recognized figure, he has had a major role both in London winning the Olympics and in the build-up to the Games, helping bring the flame back from Greece.
He had been tipped by media to light the stadium cauldron when the Games begin in his east London birthplace on July 27.
This now looks unlikely while he definitely will not be able to be the British flag bearer at the opening ceremony as he is not competing.
Critics who believe football has an uneasy place in the Games because of the vast sums of money professionals earn had said they would be uncomfortable with the Olympics becoming a “David Beckham show”.
Huh? Even in his prime, I don’t recall any Olympic games that turned into “a David Beckham show.” Beckham was part of the closing ceremony at the 2008 Beijing Olympics as part of the London 2012 team…that seemed to go well, no?
Beckham told reporters last month: “I don’t want to be picked on a shirt sale or a stadium filler. I want to be picked because of what I can bring to the team.”
Apparently, the finicky Brits are done with the man who brings class and talent to the games. Because that is what he represents-and sex appeal of course. We suspect his absence is going to cause a bigger side-show than his involvement would have.
And, if our judgment serves correct, you will see Beckham looking finer than hell, with a smile on his face, cheering for the squad that snubbed him while using the opportunity to raise global awareness for the causes he supports.
It was less than a year ago that Golden Balls-acting as a Paralympics Games Ambassador- joined Team GB’s visually impaired footballers for their training session-and scored a goal while blindfolded. Apparently, even that doesn’t qualify him for the squad.
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NBA legend John Salley went vegan five years ago after filming a PSA for PETA, and he recently bought ownership in a vegan wine company.
After interviewing him for Look to the Stars about his involvement with an amazing organization called ‘Walking With Anthony’, we spoke a bit about PETA, veganism, stem-cell research, wine, health and yes, shampoo. Continue reading
NFL Stars to “Salute with Hoops’
On Friday, May 25, 2012, in appreciation of our troops, Duchess Entertainment presents one of the most highly anticipated events of the Memorial Day Weekend, the 2nd Annual NFL Military Appreciation “Salute with Hoops” Celebrity Basketball Game.
The fundraiser event will be hosted by famed UFL Star and Philanthropist Samie Parker, NFL Stars Josh Morgan (Washington Redskins), DeSean Jackson (Philadelphia Eagles), Kirk Morrison (Buffalo Bills), Marcedes Lewis (Jacksonville Jaguars) and other popular sports icons, on-air personalities and celebrities. Continue reading
New York Giants Defensive Tackle Chris Canty and Second Chance Toys teamed up this week to deliver recycled toys to kids in Harlem. The NFL player delivered over 700 toys and spoke to Harlem school children as part of the ‘Second Chance Toys’ Earth Week Event.
Well known for his commitment to providing educational resources to underserved children through his own foundation’s efforts, Canty was thrilled to join forces with Second Chance Toys.
“Toys provide important learning experiences for kids – and they make them happy,” said Canty. “No child should be deprived of that. I applaud Second Chance Toys for giving these kids their own second chance with these toys – and for caring about the environment they will grow up in.” Continue reading
The Annual Hack ‘n Smack Celebrity Golf Classic has been ranked one of the top 10 celebrity golf tournaments in Southern California by Southland Golf Magazine. The annual event benefits the U.C.I. Dept. of Dermatology, champions in search of a cure for… melanoma, one of the most prevalent and surprisingly deadly forms of cancer.
Let’s hope the players don plenty of sunscreen as they participate in the event created by founder/co-host Kevin E. West and presented by The Actors’ Network…the annual tournament benefits the U.C.I. Dept. of Dermatology in memory of friend and actor, Kerry Daveline. Continue reading
On Monday April 9, 2012, the First Family hosted the 134th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme: “Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move” hosted more than 35,000 people on the South Lawn-including some of our beloved Major League Soccer players.
“Any time there’s something that’s emailed to you with ‘White House’ in the title, it’ll give you a double-take,” said Philadelphia Union defender Danny Califf. “To be able to do this – and take my family along – is probably one of the coolest experiences that I’ve had. I’m honored.” Continue reading
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher and defending Cy Young Award recipient Clayton Kershaw-and his wife Ellen- have announced that for the second consecutive year they will donate $100 to four different non-profits each time he strikes out an opposing batter.
During the 2012 season funds will go to four diverse non-profit causes: Arise Africa (Ariseafrica.org) projects in Zambia; the Peacock Foundation in Los Angeles (peacockfoundation.org); Mercy Street in Dallas (mercystreetdallas.org); and I Am Second (iamsecond.com). Continue reading
Segs4Vets is a new Athlebrity favorite…the organization, founded in 2006, basically gives Segway Scooters to Wounded Warriors.
Following its first presentation, the Segs4Vets program rallied the US Military for a waiver allowing them to exceed the allotted donation amount…and they won, becoming the only recipient of a blanket waiver from the United States military, allowing a donation in excess of $1000 to active-duty military personnel. Continue reading
If you haven’t figured it out yet, Athlebrities has a minor obsession with singer/songwriter/activist/lover Jason Mraz…and today, Mraz is asking us to check out his PSA is support of Marriage Equality:
In addition to Mraz, Superbowl Champion and Cleveland Browns’ Linebacker Scott Fujita is also an ‘American for Marriage Equality’.
Americans for Marriage Equality is a public engagement campaign featuring prominent Americans who support committed gay and lesbian couples getting married. The campaign draws from a cadre of supportive professional athletes, film and music celebrities, political and civil rights leaders and business leaders…A hallmark of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights movement is the fight to have our relationships recognized as equal under the law. Full marriage equality is the true measure of our success in this area.
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The NFL’s Tim Tebow spoke to a sold out crowd about everything except the Denver Broncos on March 16, in Montgomery, Alabama, while raising money for a great cause.
“An Evening with Tim Tebow” was sponsored by Baptist Health and benefited the Cancer Wellness Foundation of Central Alabama. Continue reading
Today kicks off an important event for Nike ultra-endurance athlete/activist Jason Lester as he begins the Journey for a Better World. He will be running and biking over 4,000 miles across the United States, relaying the Nike message that a better world starts with sport.
Along the way, Jason will be stopping at 39 Nike Stores, sharing how sport inspires hope, instills discipline, raises confidence and rallies communities just like yours. Continue reading
Drew Brees, Michael Phelps and Lil Wayne are asking you to join them in the Yahoo Celebrity Bracket Challenge to raise funds for their foundations.
New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes has caught our attention after posting numerous Tweets about his work with Pros for Africa and the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
This morning, Holmes shared a photo of himself with “some girls from St. Monica’s holding up #10 sign. Beautiful people & country. Making a diff with Pros For Africa.” Continue reading
Soccer Aid is back! The event-which brings together soccer legends and celebrities squaring off on the pitch to raise funds for UNICEF-will take place at Old Trafford on May 27 in the UK.
England, captained by UNICEF ambassador Robbie Williams, will take on the Rest of the World, captained by actor Michael Sheen for this unique sporting event. Continue reading