April 7, 2014 |
[This post has been updated, as explained below.] If you believe that a great deal of corporate charity is only for show, not about serious concern for the beneficiaries of philanthropy, the restaurant chain Chili's has just provided a data point to support your view. (It's a view we share .) Chili's announced Monday that it canceled a nationwide "Give Back Event" on behalf of the National Autism Assn., a group that promotes the wholly discredited and disreputable idea that child vaccinations are an important cause if autism.
April 7, 2014 |
Surely, members of New York City's police and fire departments had the best of intentions when they agreed to take part in a charity hockey game on Sunday. But that goodwill fell to the wayside late in the second period of the annual event at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island, as a massive, bench-clearing brawl erupted between the two teams. “It was reminiscent of the old-time Rangers-Flyers games in the mid-'70s,” an NYPD cop who was on hand told the New York Post.
April 6, 2014 |
If only New York had a large, disciplined group of government employees whose job it was to prevent giant fights. Law and order was briefly suspended on the ice at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Sunday when hockey players from the New York Police Department and the Fire Department of New York got into a bench-clearing brawl with one another during a charity game. The combat was well documented on social media by the crowd of fans in attendance, which both howled with boos and roared with delight, adding chants like "Dun-kin' Do-nuts!"
April 5, 2014 |
How much legwork does pop stardom require? Next weekend Aloe Blacc will appear along with some of music's buzziest acts - OutKast, Haim, Skrillex, Lorde - at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the idyllic annual gathering near Palm Springs that for many artists serves as proof that they've arrived. On a recent afternoon at USC's Galen Center, though, Blacc found himself somewhat deeper in the record industry's promotional trenches. The L.A.-based soul singer was rehearsing for an appearance on Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards, and as he conferred onstage with his young collaborators - two dozen excited schoolchildren with whom he was to perform his song "The Man" - crew members installed miniature geysers designed to spew the network's trademark green slime.
March 30, 2014 |
As often happens when the financial demands on government social programs rise, there's been a lot of talk lately about the need to return to the traditional American system of community and faith-based help for the needy: charity, not government handouts. One hears this most often from fiscal conservatives such as House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who spoke on the radio not long ago about how suburbanites shouldn't drive past blighted neighborhoods and say, "I'm paying my taxes, government's going to fix that.
March 10, 2014 |
St. Louis Rams receiver Austin Pettis, an Orange Lutheran grad, is hosting a charity basketball game on March 28, followed by a free camp for middle school and high school athletes on March 29. Here's the link to sign up for the camp. All proceeds from the basketball game and a silent auction go toward supporting the Austin Pettis Foundation, whose mission is to "broaden life experiences of inner-city, underprivileged and disadvantaged youth by raising money for them to attend various sports camps.