September 9, 2013 |
This never would have happened to any of the guys in 'N Sync. A charity soccer match was held in Glasgow, Scotland, over the weekend for recently retired Aston Villa midfielder Stiliyan Petrov, who has leukemia. Over 60,000 people were in attendance to watch some of Europe's biggest stars compete, with one side featuring celebrities and assorted soccer players coached by Petrov, the other side being Celtic FC. Early in the second half, Petrov's Gabriel Agbonlahor knocked Louis Tomlinson, one-fifth of the boy band One Direction, to the ground while attempting to take the ball from him. Despite the fact that it wasn't much of a hit, Tomlinson went down like a wounded duck and rolled around on the ground for a while before getting up and limping off the field to a smattering of applause.
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September 7, 2013 |
California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris has announced a settlement with a charitable organization whose executive officers she sued for improperly diverting funds intended to support programs serving veterans and active-duty service members. The settlement requires that all directors and officers of the Help Hospitalized Veterans charity named as defendants to resign and pay $2.5 million in restitution. The principal officers were accused of spending most of the organization's donations on fundraising and what the state called “excessive compensation" for its executives.
September 2, 2013 |
An E-Z-Go golf cart, a Yamaha grand piano, some Lladro figurines. It's the stuff of two long and remarkable lives - the lives of Bob and Dolores Hope. He lived to be 100, she 102, and together they hosted more than six decades' worth of presidents and stars at their Toluca Lake and Palm Springs homes. On Sept. 20 and 21, Julien's Auctions will sell more than 600 items from the Hopes' two homes, a collection including antiques, memorabilia and personal property from his show business career and their political and philanthropic work and golf avocations.
September 2, 2013 |
Jewish Americans give to charity at higher rates than other Americans, but they donate more often to organizations that are not Jewish than to Jewish groups, a new study focusing on the Jewish community has found. The study, conducted by the philanthropic research group Jumpstart, provides new grist for Jewish charities trying to hang on to donors and recruit new ones. The biggest predictor of whether a Jewish person gave to charity, the study showed, was how connected they were to the Jewish community.
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August 30, 2013 |
It started as a social club, a way for a bunch of Westside workaholics to carve out time for fun while doing a few good deeds on the side. As comfortable alums of prestigious schools, with satisfying careers, they wanted their friendship to become a lever of social change. "We were part of that generation in the '60s and '70s where social causes based on race and poverty came to the forefront," recalled investment banker Rob Deutschman. "We were all exposed to the civil rights movement, to Vietnam, to the campaigns against poverty in urban America.
August 27, 2013 |
An injured back will force Tiger Woods to skip the annual charity event run by his college buddy, Notah Begay III. Officials at the NB3 Challenge announced Woods' withdrawal from their tournament, which begins Wednesday at the Turning Stone Resort in New York. "While we're disappointed Tiger is unable to play in this year's event, the important thing for Tiger is to make sure he's 100% healthy and not risk further injuring himself," Begay said in a statement. Woods has struggled with a variety of ailments this summer.
August 22, 2013 |
Clayton Kershaw, who won the Dodgers' spring training table tennis tournament handily, will play host to a charity ping-pong event Aug. 29 at Dodger Stadium. “Ping Pong 4 Purpose” will benefit the pitcher's nonprofit foundation, which works to improve the lives of children in Los Angeles, Dallas and Zambia. The single-elimination competition will feature Kershaw and some of his Dodger teammates, with celebrities including Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, comedian George Lopez and former manager Tony La Russa also expected to attend.
August 7, 2013 |
Happiness may be impossible to put a value on, but exclusivity comes with a firm price. That much will be evident next weekend at Pebble Beach, as an ultra-rare 1967 Ferrari 275 rolls across the auction block. The car is one of only 10 ever made, according to RM Auctions, which will put it up for bidding on Saturday, Aug 17. Officially known as a 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T. Spider, such exclusivity has pushed the car's pre-sale estimate to between $14 million and $17 million, including commission.
July 31, 2013 |
After her recent unmasking as the writer behind the pseudonym Robert Gailbraith and the crime novel "The Cuckoo's Calling," J.K. Rowling announced Wednesday -- her birthday -- that the worldwide publishing royalties from the book will be donated to The Soldiers' Charity, a British charity that provides support for soldiers, former soldiers and their families. The central character in “The Cuckoo's Calling” is a soldier, and in a statement Rowling explained , "This donation is being made to The Soldiers' Charity partly as a thank you to the Army people who helped me with research, but also because writing a hero who is a veteran has given me an even greater appreciation and understanding of exactly how much this charity does for ex-servicemen and their families, and how much that support is needed.” She plans to contribute net profits from the book for three years, beginning with the date Rowling was revealed as the true author of “The Cuckoo's Calling.” This decision was made public after Rowling brought legal proceedings against Chris Gossage, who is a partner at Rowling's law firm, and his friend Judith Callegari.
July 26, 2013 |
Kanye West may believe he is a god, but somehow Jay Z just upped him in the ontological battle over each's greatness. This particular flame war started in 2012, when singer and longtime civil rights activist Harry Belafonte told the Hollywood Reporter that " I think one of the great abuses of this modern time is that we should have had such high-profile artists, powerful celebrities," he said. "But they have turned their back on social responsibility. That goes for Jay-Z and Beyonce, for example.