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Singer, songwriter, actress and activist Cyndi Lauper is partnering with National Psoriasis Foundation and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation on I’m PsO Ready, a national initiative highlighting the physical, emotional and social challenges of psoriasis.
The program aims to inspire people with psoriasis to speak up and celebrate their everyday successes.
Today, Lauper reveals she is living with psoriasis, a condition that affects as many as 7.5 million Americans. Like many with this condition, Lauper has struggled physically and emotionally, and she has gone to great lengths to cover up her skin before public appearances. Learn more about Lauper’s psoriasis story at MoreToPsOriasis.com.
“My psoriasis made me want to hide, but being in the public eye I knew I couldn’t stay inside,” said Lauper. “During performances I have skin-colored fishnets that I wear to cover the redness and spots or I would wear long sleeves, leather pants. I also use makeup to cover my skin. When I would sweat, because I don’t stand still and sing, it would make the psoriasis even worse.”
After her diagnosis in 2010, Lauper worked with a physician and sought home remedies to control her psoriasis. While some therapies worked temporarily, Lauper’s psoriasis would come back, leading to frustration and a sense of hopelessness. After learning more about this condition and talking to others, Lauper wants to share her story and help those affected by psoriasis.
“I am usually a very vocal and open person, but I think sharing your psoriasis story is very personal and takes a lot of courage. Raising awareness and educating others is critical. It is very easy to feel isolated,” Lauper noted. “Through I’m PsO Ready, I want people living with the condition to understand that we don’t have to be embarrassed, we don’t have to cover up and we don’t have to settle for life the way it is.”
I’m PsO Ready is part of a larger disease awareness initiative — More To PsOriasis — to help people communicate about the realities of life with psoriasis. MoreToPsOriasis.com features information and resources, as well as unique multi-media content including:
• Cyndi’s experience – Lauper will share her personal journey with psoriasis through videos and inspirational quotes, including the ways she lives a healthy life.
• That’s PsO My Reality – A one-of-a-kind docu-series that follows real people as they take on the daily challenges of managing psoriasis.
• Regular updates from Lauper on lifestyle tips, psoriasis-specific events and access to additional patient resources.
Psoriasis is a chronic, systemic disease of the immune system that most often appears on the skin as painful, red, itchy patches. Studies have shown psoriasis can have a similar impact as other serious illnesses, such as cancer and hypertension, with 94 percent of people reporting that psoriasis impacts their daily life.
“For some people, living with psoriasis can be isolating and cause a lot of embarrassment and low self-esteem,” said Dr. Colby Evans, chair of the National Psoriasis Foundation Board of Directors. “Many people with psoriasis limit dating and social interactions because of their condition. Our hope is that I’m PsO Ready encourages and inspires people with psoriasis to realize they are not alone and to help them take control of their condition.”
The most common type of psoriasis is plaque psoriasis, affecting 80 percent of people with the condition. People with psoriasis are at an increased risk for obesity, cardiovascular disease, depression, hypertension, metabolic syndrome and Crohn’s disease, among other associated conditions.
“At Novartis, we are continually inspired by the courage of the psoriasis community who struggle with this isolating condition every day,” said Christi Shaw, president of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. “By partnering with NPF and Cyndi, we want to unite the millions of Americans who have psoriasis through a message of empowerment and hope.”
More than 400 national and international women’s rights groups, including the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), human rights advocates, medical doctors, actors and directors, fashion designers, faith-based organizations and concerned individuals from over 30 countries signed an open letter to Amnesty International expressing their dismay at its policy proposal calling for the decriminalization of the sex industry.
If passed at Amnesty’s International Council Meeting in Dublin from Aug. 7–11, this policy would in effect advocate the legalization of pimping, brothel owning and sex buying — the pillars of a $99 billion global sex industry.
Within 24 hours of learning about Amnesty’s proposed policy, scores of Hollywood stars and prominent individuals began to join an international grassroots campaign urging Amnesty to stand with those exploited in the sex trade, who are mostly women, rather than with their exploiters. Among the signatories are Oscar-winning actress, Meryl Streep, chef and activist, Alice Waters, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Anna Quindlen, author, Hannah Pakula, poet and human rights activist, Rose Styron and 2008 Amnesty International Human Rights Award winner, Lydia Cacho. Others include: Angela Bassett, Emily Blunt, Jonathan Demme, Grace Hightower De Niro, Lena Dunham, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Jones, Kevin Kline, Lisa Kudrow, Kyra Sedgwick, Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Eve Ensler, Marcia Gay Harden, Carey Mulligan, Ali Wentworth and many more.
The response to the open letter issued by CATW was so exceedingly positive that it is now a campaign on Change.org and is open for more signatures.
As the letter states, campaigners firmly agree with Amnesty that those who are prostituted must not be criminalized or brutalized by law enforcement and governments. However, full decriminalization of the sex trade renders pimps “businesspeople” who sell vulnerable individuals, overwhelmingly with histories of poverty, discrimination, homelessness and sexual abuse, to buyers of sex with impunity.
“I hope and believe that Amnesty will understand the parallels with other forms of economically compelled body invasion — for instance, the sale of organs,” added Gloria Steinem. “The millions who are prostituted experience trauma and shortened lives. Legalization keeps pimps, brothel keepers, and sex-slavers in freedom and riches. Criminalization puts the prostituted in prison. What works is the ‘third way,’ the Nordic model, which offers services and alternatives to prostituted people, and fines buyers and educates them to the realities of the global sex trade.”
Extensive evidence shows the catastrophic effects of legalizing or decriminalizing pimping and brothels, demonstrated in Germany and the Netherlands, for example. With impunity for the commercial sexual exploitation of marginalized populations comes an increase in sex trafficking to satisfy the demand for prostitution. Studies and survivors’ testimonies demonstrate that the sex industry is predicated on dehumanization, degradation and gender violence that can cause life-long physical and psychological harm.
“A vote calling for legalizing pimping would in effect support gender apartheid, in which some women in society can demand protection from rape, discrimination and sexual harassment, while others, the most vulnerable among us, are instead set aside for consumption by men and for the profit of their pimps,” said Taina Bien-Aimé, CATW’s executive director. “This is far from what Eleanor Roosevelt envisioned for the world when she penned the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”
Maintaining its long-standing tradition of supporting HIV/AIDS charities, Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care, is pleased to announce its continued partnership with amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and the sixth annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR.
Inspired by a Kiehl’s icon – the motorcycle – a spirit of adventure and philanthropic heritage, the sixth annual LifeRide continues the brand’s mission to heighten awareness and raise funds for amfAR. Beginning in Denver, and ending in San Diego (where the first LifeRide began in 2010) this 12-day, multi-stop charity ride will take place August 4-15, 2015.
Rallying at 10 retail stores along the route, the company will donate a total of $150,000 over the course of the ride. At each stop, the public will be invited to meet the riders, learn more about amfAR and contribute to the non-profit. Making a special appearance to support the ride, amfAR’s Global Campaign Chair, Sharon Stone, will accept the check for the full donation to amfAR, at LifeRide’s stop in Santa Monica, Wed., Aug. 12. At the conclusion of this year’s ride, Kiehl’s will have raised $1,270,000 for amfAR, since 2010, funding seven cure-related research projects.
To celebrate and commemorate Kiehl’s commitment to amfAR, this year’s LifeRide coincides with the release of LIFERIDE: Riding for a Cure, a coffee-table photo book chronicling the first five years of LifeRide. Featuring photos by Grammy award-winning photographer Travis Shinn, the book will be available in all Kiehl’s retail stores beginning August 1. Shinn has been a part of LifeRide for every mile journeyed to capture not only LifeRide’s most significant achievements and but also candid moments on the road. The book retails for $60, with 100% of Kiehl’s net profits, up to $10,000, benefiting amfAR.
Kiehl’s is proud to share another addition for the sixth annual LifeRide: Social fundraising. Even customers who aren’t along the LifeRide route can join the ride by visiting CrowdRise.com/LifeRide2015 and sharing their own story by creating their own fundraising page for amfAR. Each celebrity rider will also have a fundraising page and be competing against each other to see whose fans can raise the most funds to help find a cure for AIDS.
Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s USA and Kevin Robert Frost, CEO, amfAR will lead this year’s influential riders. They include: Vanessa Marcil, Gilles Marini, Teddy Sears, Tricia Helfer, Kristy Swanson, Timothy White, Jay Ellis, Chris Kael, Grant Reynolds, Ben Cohen, and Conrad Leach.
Key partners for the ride include Harley-Davidson, global airline Delta and FIJI Water, the number-one premium bottled water in the United States. Additional support provided by Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg, Exotics Racing and Kenneth Cole.
Kiehl’s and amfAR invite all to be a part of this year’s ride. Press and public welcome at the following store stops:
• TUESDAY, AUG. 4
◦ LIFERIDE KICK–OFF! Kiehl’s Cherry Creek Shopping Center, 3000 E 1st Ave., Denver, CO, 12-1PM
• THURSDAY, AUG. 6
◦ Kiehl’s Fashion Place, 1664 Fashion Place, Murray, UT, 12-1PM
• MONDAY, AUG. 10
◦ Las Vegas Harley-Davidson®, 5191 S Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 1-2:30PM
◦ Kiehl’s at Neiman Marcus, 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV, 3-4PM
◦ Kiehl’s at Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV, 5-6PM
• TUESDAY, AUG. 11:
◦ Kiehl’s at Dillard’s Downtown Summerlin, 11011 Sage Park Dr., Las Vegas, NV, 11AM-12PM
• WEDNESDAY, AUG. 12
◦ Kiehl’s Santa Monica, 1516 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA, 3-4PM
• THURSDAY, AUG. 13
◦ Kiehl’s at Los Cerritos Center, 274 Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos, CA, 12-1PM
◦ Kiehl’s at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA, 2-3PM
• FRIDAY, AUG. 14:
◦ Kiehl’s at University Town Center, 4545 La Jolla Village Dr., San Diego, CA, 3-4PM
◦ San Diego Harley-Davidson®, 4645 Morena Blvd., San Diego, CA. 5-6PM
• SATURDAY, AUG. 15:
◦ LIFERIDE FINALE! Kiehl’s at Fashion Valley, 7007 Friars Rd., San Diego, CA, 12-1PM
In celebration of LifeRide, every customer who visits one of these stores on the event day will receive a 15% discount on all purchases, with the exception of charitable products and value sets. Kiehl’s will donate that 15% to amfAR, up to $115,000. (Each stop store will also offer the fundraising discount on two additional days, either the two before or after the stop; contact each stop store for details.)
Kiehl’s will also offer a nationwide fundraising discount of 15% off all purchases with the exception of charitable products and value sets at remaining Kiehl’s retail stores nationwide and Kiehls.com, Aug. 15 through Aug. 17. Kiehl’s will donate that 15% difference to amfAR, up to the $115,000 total donation.
Kiehl’s customers nationwide can join the fight against HIV/AIDS through the purchase of Kiehl’s Limited Edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, a jumbo-size of the brand’s classic formula. 100% of net profits from the sale of this product, up to $25,000, will benefit amfAR. The Limited Edition Ultimate Strength Hand Salve is adorned with a red cap and will be available for $28.50 at all Kiehl’s retail stores, Kiehls.com and specialty store partners nationwide.
To find out more about LifeRide, obtain a schedule of events, or get involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS, please visit www.kiehls.com/liferide.
Celebrity Charity Events News : Fall Out Boy Supports Bring Music to Schools, Bring Music to Life Campaign
Hot Topic, the loudest store in the mall, is tapping into its music roots with the launch of the Bring Music to Schools, Bring Music to Life campaign featuring the band Fall Out Boy for Back-To-School.
The campaign highlights Hot Topic’s round-up initiative, in which customers are invited to “round-up” their in-store or online purchases to the nearest dollar. The difference is donated to the Hot Topic Foundation to support non-profit organizations – including Little Kids Rock, Notes for Notes and the Grammy Foundation – which inspire young people through music and the arts. The Hot Topic Foundation has raised approximately $1 million since the launch of the round-up program last August.
“At Hot Topic, music is part of our DNA,” said Lisa Harper, Chief Executive Officer of Hot Topic, Inc. “So it’s exciting to be able to give back and support that same passion in young musicians. It’s really amazing to see what a little ‘change’ can do.”
Hot Topic’s Bring Music to Schools, Bring Music to Life campaign features students from Little Kids Rock, a non-profit organization that provides free music instruction and instruments to under-served public schools across the U.S., alongside one of their favorite bands, Fall Out Boy, in an effort to inspire and foster the next generation of musicians. The campaign, which includes print, digital and social media, launches in all Hot Topic stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico at the end of this month, and in Alternative Press magazine in August. Check out behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot with Fall Out Boy here.
Hot Topic will also offer various promotions during back-to-school including:
• Pack It Up Backpack Offer: Purchase a backpack and get 30% off all the apparel you can stuff in it, plus 30% off the backpack, too.
• $25 Jeans When You Buy 2 or More: Select denim styles are $25 each when you purchase 2 or more.
• Hot Cash: Receive a coupon for $15 off a future purchase of $30 or more with each qualifying purchase.
Since its founding in 2004, the Hot Topic Foundation has gifted approximately $12 million to arts and music organizations for youth. Most recently, the Hot Topic Foundation made its largest grant to date – a $500,000 contribution to Notes for Notes, a non-profit organization dedicated to giving youth a profoundly positive experience via completely free access to music instruments, instruction and recording studio environments. The funds will assist the charity with national expansion. The newest Notes for Notes studio is scheduled to open in Detroit in August 2015 and was fully funded by the Hot Topic Foundation.
Bipolar disorder is often associated with mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs several times a day to a few times a year.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that bipolar disorder affects about 60 million people worldwide. A research study by the National Institute of Mental Health reveals that the United States has the highest lifetime rate of bipolar disorder at 4.4% affecting 14 million Americans.
On July 13th, U.S. Billboard-charting singer Liza Fox released “I Am Not I” music video depicting her ordeal to raise awareness of bipolar disorder.
On August 25th, “I Am Not I” and bipolar disorder will be featured in the Hollywood Weekly magazine available at newsstands, supermarkets, and bookstores in 60 countries worldwide.
Each of the six new songs in the “I Am Not I” album is a unique story revealing a facet of the singer’s multidimensional personality. The album can be purchased on iTunes and Amazon.com.
All proceeds are donated to the nonprofit Institute for Education, Research, and Scholarships for improving society through creative media including books, music, films, fashion, games, and the arts.
Baby Buggy Founder Jessica Seinfeld and Tod’s Creative Director Alessandra Facchinetti co-hosted a Summer Luncheon and special preview of Tod’s Fall-Winter 2016 Collection Friday afternoon in Amagansett, NY, in support of Baby Buggy’s work.
The intimate gathering of about 75 guests included Mamie Gummer, Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka, Gayle King, Michelle Hicks, Emily Meade, Ali Wentworth, Cristina Ehrlich, Rightor Doyle and Tali Lennox.
Designer Alessandra Facchinetti, who flew in from Milan, reimagined the Seinfeld’s barn to become a pop up shop offering an intimate group of guests a first chance to order her fall collection. The event, that was designed with a rustic décor, included a farm stand which included the iconic gommino loafer in a variety of bright colors.
Alessandra Facchinetti said: “I’m enthusiastic to be a part of this initiative and to support Baby Buggy, a charity that we have been a longtime supporter of. As an Italian company, that always pays attention to giving back and being charitable. Charity is part of our culture at Tod’s. We are engaging in important projects all over the world. A special thank you to Jessica Seinfeld who opened up her home to us to for this event, and for letting me get the chance to experience the Hamptons for the very first time.”
Baby Buggy takes an innovative, child-focused approach to curbing generational poverty. By tying access to critical child gear items to parental enrollment in anti-poverty programs, Baby Buggy provides for the safety and health of a child while parents get the long-term support they need to help lift the family out of poverty. To date, Baby Buggy ha s provided more than 16 million items to more than 139 anti-poverty programs in the United States.
Celebrity Charity Events News : Adrian Grenier And James Corden Help Entrepreneurs Bring Social Change
The Venture, Chivas Regal’s global search for the world’s most promising social entrepreneurs, rewarded all five finalists the remaining share of the $1m fund at the final pitch event on Friday evening.
The announcement came after the five finalists pitched the potential of their start-up to create transformative social change to an expert judging panel that included actor and social entrepreneur Adrian Grenier. Algramo from Chile was awarded the largest share of the fund, receiving $300,000 to further develop the pioneering food distribution enterprise.
Other finalists to come away with funding on the night included Chipsafer ($150,000) from Uruguay who use innovative tracking devices to transform the way farmers look after their livestock; SenSprout ($150,000) from Japan who aim to make farming more efficient using a wireless field-monitoring system; Lumkani ($75,000) from South Africa, a company that uses technology to decrease the risk of devastating fires in informal settlements, and Diseclar ($75,000) from Colombia who turn waste materials into stylish furniture.
The Venture – which saw more than a thousand social entrepreneurs apply for $1 million in funding – culminated at The Final Pitch event at The Herbst Pavilion, San Francisco in front of a large audience. The evening was hosted by the Late Late Show presenter, James Corden who applauded all five of the social entrepreneurs who pitched for their commitment to using business as a force for good.
The Final Pitch event was attended by a range of high profile entrepreneurs and business leaders from Silicon Valley and beyond. Also in the audience was Golden Globe nominated actor Oscar Isaac who starred in Chivas Regal’s Win The Right Way film, which helped launch The Venture by issuing a challenge to aspiring social entrepreneurs and the world at large to re-frame their meaning of success.
The judging panel which included Adrian Grenier, Sonal Shah, Alex Ricard and Morgan Clendaniel, assessed each business based on their ability to create sustainable change through a viable business model and potential to scale. To find out more about the winners and the other finalists who took part in The Venture visit www.theventure.com.
Adrian Grenier congratulated each of the winners on the night: “Social entrepreneurship challenges society to reimagine what is possible and inspires us to create a better future and a better world. All of The Venture finalists tonight challenged us to imagine how business could transform a problem into an opportunity. They are all very deserving of support and show why it’s important for initiatives like The Venture to exist, to inspire as many brilliant minds from around the world as possible and to contribute to using business as a force for good.”
Speaking on behalf of the finalists Jose Manuel Moller Dominguez from Algramo added: “What a night! I can’t believe I’ve received $300,000 in funding from Chivas – it’s truly life changing for me. The money will enable me to scale the business and really take it to the next level. I’m truly grateful for this experience and can’t wait to apply everything I’ve learnt since being in San Francisco.”
Pernod Ricard’s Chairman and CEO, and The Venture judge, Alex Ricard, expressed his and the brand’s commitment to the world of social entrepreneurship, and congratulated the winner: “All five of the social entrepreneurs who pitched for funding tonight have founded innovative and inspiring social enterprises, each providing sustainable solutions for different issues. Ultimately Jose from Algramo demonstrated a concrete proof of concept and really convinced us that The Venture funding could deliver tremendous transformative change for their business. We’re extremely proud of the first year of The Venture and Chivas is looking forward to continuing this legacy in years to come.”
Social entrepreneurs from across the world are invited to apply for $1 million in funding as The Venture Year 2 kicks off from 10th August 2015, visit www.theventure.com for further details.