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November 22, 2013 | Sandy Banks
It was kind of like "American Idol," without the singing and the snarky remarks. After weeks of coaching and rehearsals, 10 contestants had three minutes each on stage to pitch their dreams to a panel of judges and an audience of 600 high-minded donors. The contestants included a man who endured sexual abuse, promoting an app to reach out to male victims; a young filmmaker trying to raise money to equip struggling children to share their stories; a former investment banker who wants to create a 51-mile-long public park along the Los Angeles River.
November 20, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Representatives of more than 200 charitable organizations plan to go door to door Wednesday on Capitol Hill to convince members of Congress that it would be a mistake to eliminate or reduce tax deductions for charitable donations. “The Congress is desperate to find some revenue,” said Steve Taylor, senior vice president and counsel for public policy for United Way Worldwide, the nation's biggest charity. “The Democrats want revenue to undo the effects of sequestration," Taylor said, adding that Republicans wanted to reduce or eliminate deductions to lower taxes.
November 19, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
The former Kate Middleton and Prince William, the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge, visited the Only Connect charity in London on Tuesday to meet with rehabilitated prisoners and at-risk youths. Besides making headlines for Catherine's recycling of another outfit (a brown Orla Kiely dress she wore in February 2012 while visiting an art class in Oxford, the Daily Mail pointed out ), the couple also shared a few details about their growing baby boy, Prince George, during the visit.
November 10, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: Sharon Stone hosted the 8th MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts luncheon, honoring artists Lita Albuquerque, Helen Pashgian, Nancy Rubins and Betye Saar. An Academy Award nominee for "Casino," Stone recently portrayed Linda Lovelace's mother in the film "Lovelace. " The fashion show: More than an awards ceremony, the Wednesday affair at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel culminated in a fashion show by Just One Eye, a Los Angeles boutique co-founded by Paola Russo with an eclectic selection from well-known luxury designers and rising stars.
November 5, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
We're only five days into the charity 'stache-growing season and the Movember movement, now in its 10th year, seems to be sprouting up all over the place, from the "Today" show anchor desk to 7 For All Mankind Kind jeans to the Internet -- where Yahoo is reporting a huge spike in searches for both "Movember" and the phrase "No Shave November. " Last year a bunch of guys at the offices of L.A.-based premium denim brand 7 For All Mankind (including, we're told, the brand's president, Barry Miguel)
November 4, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
World Series MVP David Ortiz needed encouragement to keep from shaving his beard this season. Boston Red Sox teammate Shane Victorino struggled just to grow his. Neither of them had a problem with ridding themselves of the facial hair Monday during a charity event to benefit victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The so-called shave-off was sponsored by Gillette, which donated $100,000 to the One Fund. Bushy beards became a signature look for the champs this year after outfielder Jonny Gomes and first baseman Mike Napoli encouraged the rest of the team to stop shaving during spring training and throughout the season.
October 25, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Disney princess-inspired gowns by Versace, Valentino, Missoni and Oscar de la Renta are now up for bid online in a Christie's benefit auction. Online bidding for the 10 "princess dresses," which started Oct. 18, is in advance of a live auction scheduled for Nov. 13, which will raise money for the London-based Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity .  The dresses, which were originally part of a holiday 2012 Harrods window display,...
October 21, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Donations to the 400 charities in the U.S. that raise the most money are slowing in 2013 after climbing 4% the year before, according to a report released Monday by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The slowdown in post-recession philanthropy comes despite a sharp rise in giving by wealthy Americans who have more than doubled the number of gifts of $1 million or more this year, the Chronicle said. But middle-class Americans and those with fewer assets are holding back out of unease about the economy, including the chilling effect of political gridlock in Washington.
October 18, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
National No Beard Day seems as good a time as any to remind the follicularly inclined that the month of November -- a.k.a. Movember -- is almost upon us. What's Movember? We're glad you asked. It's an annual charity mustache grow (in Australia, where the effort began a decade ago, that glorious growth of lip spinach is colloquially referred to as a "mo") in which men start the month completely cleanshaven and spend the next 30 days growing a 'stache (and just a 'stache) from scratch.
October 15, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Tiger Woods said the back problems that nagged him at the recent Presidents Cup have dissipated as he prepares for the final two events of his season. "My back feels great," he told reporters on a conference call Tuesday to promote the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, a tournament Dec. 5-8 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks that benefits Woods' charities. Woods, 37, fought lingering back pain while helping the U.S. team secure the Presidents Cup victory in Dublin, Ohio, nine days ago. But since then, "I took a week off, I've trained this week, I've gotten a bunch of treatment" that eased the problem, Woods said.
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