July 25, 2013 |
Remember how soccer star Lionel Messi left several dozen fans high and dry -- not to mention $2,500 poorer -- on the Chicago stop of his disastrous "Messi and Friends" exhibition tour? Well the Barcelona star and four-time FIFA world player of the year recently stepped forward and tried to make things right for at least one fan, sending 9-year-old Hudson Sherwood an autographed jersey like the one he was supposed to receive from Messi before the match at Soldier Field this month.
July 18, 2013 |
Angel City Brewery continues to showcase local artists at its Arts District brewery, and this weekend it will be holding an open house for the new "Over a Barrel" exhibit benefitting the Free Arts charity. The open house runs from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and six local Downtown artists, Andre Miripolsky , Scott Forrest , Jaime Colindres , A.S. Ashley, Emmeric Konrad , and J.W. Pippen , will have works displayed at the brewery's on-site gallery. Each artist will also produce an original work using an Angel City oak barrel top as a canvas, and the finished pieces will be auctioned off on Saturday to benefit the Free Arts For Abused Children charity . The charity was founded in 1977, and in 2012 alone nearly 30,000 kids received free art instruction, workshops and supplies from the charity, whose mission is to "inspire hope in the lives of children who have experienced abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness through innovative creative arts programs and positive interactions with caring adult volunteers.
July 11, 2013 |
A Michigan-based charity organization known as the Law Enforcement Education Program has spent a shockingly small amount of its money on programming over the last three years - 2.7% to be exact - and a shockingly large amount on fundraising and management. California's Shiloh International Ministries did not do much better, spending only 3.2% on programs. The same can be said for the American Medical Research Organization in Florida, which spent just 4.2%. Statistics like these, compiled by the Oregon Department of Justice, were the impetus for a new law making Oregon the first state to eliminate tax exemptions for charities that spend more than 70% on non-programming costs.
July 4, 2013 |
Soccer star Lionel Messi wasn't the only one left disappointed when a dispute with promoters led to the cancellation of his charity exhibition scheduled for Wednesday night at the Coliseum. Among the approximately 20,000 ticket holders left high and dry were four young Canadian fans -- Connor MacMillan, 19; Meekaylae Renaerts, 21; Dawson Lindahl, 20; and Jordie Leib, 20 -- who spent $4,000 to travel from British Columbia, Canada, to Los Angeles to see a game that was never played.
July 2, 2013 |
The event was billed as Messi and Friends. But the Argentine soccer great didn't make many of those in the lead-up to his scheduled charity game Wednesday at the Coliseum. The match, one in a series of games involving Lionel Messi and more than a dozen top international stars, was canceled Tuesday, about 26 hours before kickoff. And that gave way to a blistering attack from Ralina Shaw, the vice-president of public relations for El Padrino Spirits, one of the event sponsors. A release from Shaw's public relations firm said the game was canceled when Messi chose not to participate.
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June 10, 2013 |
Margarita Gomez walked the Santa Monica College campus each morning and afternoon, collecting cans and other recyclables to help pay the bills. She didn't have much money, but friends said she regularly saved some of the change she got for her cans and gave it to charity. Her apartment sat across the street from the school, where she was a familiar face. The 68-year-old usually didn't check the college for recyclables on Fridays, her son said. But she was outside the library the day authorities say John Zawahri carried a semiautomatic rifle onto campus and opened fire, striking Gomez before making his way inside the building.
June 9, 2013 |
A private lunch with Warren Buffett that benefits a charity was sold Friday on Ebay for $1,000,010. The anonymous bidder will be able to take seven of his or her friends with them to a steakhouse lunch in New York City for a private meal with Buffett, the billionaire investor known as the "Oracle of Omaha. " All the proceeds for the lunch will go to the Glide Foundation, a San Francisco anti-poverty nonprofit group. For the past 14 years, Buffett has participated in the "Power Lunch" auction to benefit Glide, and over that time, he has helped raise nearly $15 million for the organization.
June 1, 2013 |
Within hours of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing, even as the tragedy was unfolding on live television, the machinery of victim fundraising had already started to hum. By 5 p.m. April 16 - less than 26 hours after bomb blasts killed three people and injured more than 260 - Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and a handful of business leaders had crafted the One Fund Boston. With "rabbit out of the hat" speed, the fund already had a post office box, bank account, website and articles of incorporation set for filing.
May 28, 2013 |
Nike has already separated itself from Lance Armstrong, dropping its sponsorship of the disgraced cyclist in October after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency exposed him as the ringleader of a team doping program. Now the sports shoe and clothing company is also parting ways with Livestrong, the cancer charity founded by Armstrong. The nine-year relationship between Nike and the foundation helped raise more than $100 million and turned the charity's yellow wristband into an international symbol for cancer survivors.
May 25, 2013 |
UCLA football Coach Jim Mora invited me to play in his golf tournament. I suspect your reaction is about the same as the look on Dan Guerrero's face when I showed up Monday. Funny thing too, I got a lot of strange, menacing stares as I walked through a Riviera Country Club ballroom packed with UCLA honks gathered for charity. I just pulled my USC cap down a little tighter on my head and forged forward. For the YouTube crowd, Mora and I last clashed after UCLA's first loss to Stanford.