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Danielle de Niese Speaks On Behalf Of Endangered Refugees

Danielle de Niese may be opera music's coolest soprano, but she seems to be on the trajectory to being the coolest humanitarian as well. The international singer will join other celebrities like George Clooney, John Legend and Rashida Jones to become an IRC Voice for the sake of helping the International Rescue Committee raise awareness on underprivileged refugees and people that have been uprooted from their usual inhabitancy due political oppression or conflict.

“I am honored to be able to use my voice to help raise awareness and support for some of the world’s most vulnerable, both the challenges they face and their incredible resilience and determination to build a better future for themselves and for their families," said the singer. Although De Niese has yet to make the announcement of her new title as an IRC Voice, the singer has wasted no time in reaching out to embrace the underprivileged.

CAUSE OF THE WEEK
Mugo Muna Starts Kickstarter Campaign for the Creation of One of a Kind ‘Bora Wear: Belts that Matter.’



Men, be fashionable for a great cause! Kenyan born Mugo Muna moved to the States when he was eleven. After graduating from Cornell University, Muna returned to his homeland of Kenya and had the desire to do something that truly mattered to him. After one of his ideas failed, that did not stop him from pursuing his dreams.

Muna started a search for a product where he could use his skills paired with an artisans’ skills and founded Bora Belts, which are hand crafted belts by local artisans in Kenya that use the highest quality local Kenyan leather in a variety of colors. The environmentally friendly buckle itself is made from scrap metal, and each mold is destroyed after the belt is made, ensuring that every belt is one-of-a kind. Each belt will go through a melting process, a pouring process, a cooling process and a wash. Wearers will be able to rock one of three styles: the Pilipiki – a hammered brass design; Tamu, a natural style; and Safi, which is ground and polished to a shine. There are no two similar belts!

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Joshua Duhamel Takes Action for Literacy

Heartthrob and actor, Joshua Duhamel, is the new celebrity ambassador for Jumpstart's "Read for the Record 2014" campaign. During the campaign, which will be launched in October, Duhamel will help to bring attention to the importance of education during early childhood, as well as Jumpstart's approach to bridging the educatioanal achievement gap.

"As a proud dad, I'm proud to be a part of a campaign that advocates early childhood education for all children. The best part of our day is story time with Axl," said Duhamel about his 11-month old son with singer and wife Fergie.

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Entertainment Corporations Merge To Fight Cancer

The V Foundation for Cancer Research and Stand Up To Cancer(SU2C) joins forces to combat cancer. Both non-profit corporations come together through merging on grants for scholars working on convergence research, which is a new model of scientific research designed to prod better resolutions in battling cancer. "We are so proud to make the announcement of these two major organizations teaming up as part of our new multi-platform ESPY Day program this year designed to take our fundraising tied to the ESPYS to another level,” said ESPN president John Skipper.

ACTIVATE
Family Dental Group Partners with Give Kids The World

Family Dental Group has partnered up with one of the most respected non-profit organizations, Give Kids The World. During the month of August, Family Dental Group will donate a portion of proceeds from all Children’s Sealant and Adult Oral Cancer Screening procedures to Give Kids The World. The two groups have named their project "Smiles for Hope."

Family Dental Group's Director of Marketing, J.P. McGuirk said, “We are thrilled to support the great work being done by Give Kids The World and hope everyone in the area who needs dental work done will schedule it for August in order to help kids with life-threatening illnesses.”

HAPPENINGS
Watch Pulp Fiction with Uma Thurman!

An online auction is giving you the chance to recreate the Cannes Film Festival by watching the classic, Pulp Fiction, with Uma Thurman! This exclusive event is being hosted by Neuehouse. The private screening will take place in their ultramodern screening room on September 14, 2014.

This new online auction benefits Room to Grow, a charity that Uma Thurman is a founding member of. Their mission is to improve the life of children born into poverty. Expecting parents (who are currently living in poverty) are referred to Room to Grow by prenatal programs that deal with helping low-income families. Once in the program, Room to Grow parents receive developmental information, customized support, and all of the baby items to ensure a healthy and secure start for their child.

DO-GOODERS
Win A Trip to The Avengers 2 Set

Imagine getting the once in a lifetime opportunity to spend the day with a collection of your favorite superheroes. Mark Ruffalo, known to Avenger fans as The Hulk, is offering the chance to win a trip to London to spend the day as his personal guest on set. The actor is currently hosting a vigorous campaign in support of Water Defense and the fight against water contamination, and for a small donation, fans will instantaneously be entered to win a trip to London, and the chance to meet all their heroes on the set of The Avengers 2.

HAPPENINGS
The Creative Center Picnic In Memory of Meryl Roslafsky Bassen

Founded in 1994, The Creative Center at University Settlement is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the creative arts to people with cancer, chronic illnesses, and through all stages of life. With the belief that "medicine cures the body, but art heals the spirit," The Creative Center began as a series of free art workshops for women with cancer, and 17 years later they have received immeasurable recognition in the field of arts in healthcare and the nonprofit sector. The Creative Center is proud to have hospital artist-in-residence programs in more than 20 healthcare sites around the New York metropolitan area, free-of-charge art workshops every day of the week, an online gallery representing professional artists living with illness, and a training program bringing The Creative Center's proven approach to arts in healthcare around the country.

DO-GOODERS
Stars Support The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees World Refugee Day Message

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees leads international action to help protect refugees and settle refugee problems worldwide. The UNHCR has over 7,600 people working in over 125 countries ensuring that everyone has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the options to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.

Recently, the UNHCR reported that global forced displacement had passed the 50 million mark for the first time since World War II. Celebrities gave their support by making individuals stories known via traditional and social media outlets to spread the word about World Refugee Day message.

HAPPENINGS
Frederic E. Church Award Gala

On Thursday, June 19th, The Olana Partnership held its 2014 Frederic E. Church Award Gala, Inside and Out: Celebrating Design and Decorative Arts, at the prestigious New York Public Library. The night was dedicated to honor Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Peter Pennoyer, the Founder of Peter Pennoyer Architects, and Katie Ridder, the Founder of Katie Ridder Design and Decoration, for their outstanding work in the arts. The committee also congratulated Sara Griffen for her dedication as a creative leader for the Olana Partnership for 25 years. The 300 guests were dressed to impress with men wearing their best tuxedos while women sparkled in evening gowns.

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Celebrate Take Your Dog To Work Day

To all you dog lovers out there, this Friday, June 20th, you can take your dog to work on behalf of Pet Sitters International's Take Your Dog To Work Day!

This year businesses across the United States will have a chance to get involved and celebrate the 16th annual Take Your Dog To Work Day. The event started in 1999 with three hundred participating businesses, and since then, TYDTWDay's popularity has grown significantly. Any business can get involved!

Major corporations such as Google, Ben & Jerry's, Etsy, and Amazon have joined the cause by bringing their dog to work. A Detroit-based company, Village Green, has participated in TYDTWDay and raised over $50,000 for local pets since 2000.