December 13th, 2011
07:05 PM ET
The stars attending CNN Heroes on Sunday night were hit with question after question from the media as they walked the red carpet. But no matter how many queries were fired their way, none of the celebrities seemed to lose their enthusiasm for the affair.
In fact, among those I chatted with outside the Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles, the longer they talked about why they were there, the more excited they became.
"Friday Night Lights" alums Scott Porter and LaMarcus Tinker both spoke passionately and at length about CNN Hero Eddie Canales, whose nonprofit Gridiron Heroes supports high school football players who have sustained spinal cord injuries.
October 29th, 2011
05:52 PM ET
Barry Manilow not only writes the songs, he makes sure kids can too.
The singer-songwriter visited tornado ravaged Joplin, Missouri, Thursday and donated $300,000 in musical instruments to the town's schools through his non-profit Manilow Music Project. “I know firsthand how invaluable music can be to get you through life’s tough times," Manilow said in a statement. "It is an honor and a privilege to help these kids after such a disaster."
Signs like "Barry is our Man-ilow" and "Joplin has hope cause of Barry" ringed the Eagles football field for the presentation. Students, teachers and townspeople gathered to watch three truckloads of instruments arrive which included pianos, brass and string instruments. The donations will benefit not just the high school band, but also the pep club, the middle school, the choir and the orchestra according to Rick Castor, music director for Joplin High School. FULL POST
October 20th, 2011
04:20 PM ET
Forget about money at Jon Bon Jovi's new restaurant.
That's because there are no prices on the menu of the JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey. Visitors there will be able to pay for their meals via volunteer hours.
The singer announced the opening of the community kitchen, which is a program offered through his Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, on Wednesday. The project to feed the hungry will be supported by cash payments from customers who are able to pay a suggested donation, or more if they so choose.
October 19th, 2011
08:52 AM ET
Call it a philanthropic promotion, where a "like" equals a meal.
Rapper 50 Cent, a.k.a Curtis Jackson, has promised to provide a meal to a child in need every time his new Street King energy shots receive a "like" on Facebook through Sunday.
He's teaming up with the United Nations World Food Programme, and if he gets a million likes by Sunday, he'll donate an additional one million meals.
May 4th, 2011
05:25 PM ET
David Spade's on-screen image is indelible: the self-centered, smart-alec brat. He's played that role with great success on the big and small screens, including in his current gig as Russell on TV's "Rules of Engagement."
But off-screen, it's a different story. Spade is known for contributing both time and money to good causes, especially when disaster strikes. The 46-year-old comic actor has made large, quiet donations to Southern California fire department benefit funds, which help firefighters and their families in times of need, and to the American Red Cross last year when disastrous flooding hit Tennessee and other Southern states.
Now, following the massive destruction caused by last month's record tornado outbreak across the South, Spade has made a $200,000 donation to the American Red Cross to help with disaster relief.
Other stars are pitching in as well: Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire are hosting a tornado relief concert in Oklahoma, and celebrities from Michael W. Smith to Charlie Sheen have also helped.
June 30th, 2010
04:26 PM ET
It wasn’t hunger but rather thirst that turned young Hollywood out Tuesday night in Santa Monica, California.
Hosted by “90210” star AnnaLynne McCord, the Inaugural Thirst Project Gala, held at the beachside hotel Casa del Mar, recognized those who are shining a light on the world’s clean water crisis, including actor & singer Drake Bell. He was honored with the Pioneering Spirit Award for raising the profile of the group and directly contributing to providing clean water for five communities.
The Thirst Project was founded by Seth Maxwell, now the President and CEO of the non-profit. His enthusiasm and youth are engaging and inspirational. He looks like a boy, talks like a preacher and stirs those around him to care about one of the most fundamental needs on the planet: clean water.
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