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Miley Shocks For a Good Cause at the VMAs

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Last year at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus gave a bizarre, tongue-wagging, “twerked”-out performance that made people view the now 21 year old singer as controversial and a poor influence on social youth. This year, Miley shocked audiences in a different way when she accepted the Video of the Year award for her hit song "Wrecking Ball” and asked a homeless youth to accept the award on her behalf to bring attention to the charity My Friend's Place (MFP). According to MFP, which is privately funded, there are "an estimated 4,000 homeless youth" in Los Angeles County. Since then, the Los Angeles charity has been receiving more donations than ever, totaling over $200,000, and it has Miley and Jesse, a 22-year-old homeless youth from Oregon, to thank.

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Weekend Pick: Walter Thurmond's Charity Cocktail Party at Shadow Boxers

Following the rush of the preseason game against the New England Patriots, join the New York Giant's Walter Thurmond as he kicks off his new foundation with an exclusive, chic cocktail party in the heart of NYC. To launch the Walter Thurmond Foundation for Arts and Education, there will be a sophisticated soiree held at Shadow Boxers. This new bar and restaurant will host several of Thurmond’s teammates who wish to support the cause, as well as appearances by Fabolous, Nicole Murphy from VH1’s Hollywood Exes, members of NY Knicks, and of course, many of his festive and charitable fans.

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The Summer Classic Charity Basketball Game Brings in Big Names, Big Money

Last night we were one in the captivated crowd for the Summer Classic Charity Basketball Game that took place at Barclays center in Brooklyn. Presented by CC Sabathia and Robinson Cano, along with Roc Nation Sports, the event was held to aid Sabathia’s PitCCh In Foundation, as well as Cano’s RC22 Foundation, which both seek to boost opportunities for undeserved youth in such areas as education, wellness and fitness.

CAUSE OF THE WEEK
Trades of Hope Fundraiser

Join Stage Left Studio as they host the Trades of Hope fundraiser on Monday, August 25th starting at 6pm. Help women out of poverty by buying their beautiful fair trade (which ensures that the women receive fair compensation for their work), quality, handmade products from around the world!

They make wonderful gifts for graduations, birthdays, teacher gifts, hostess gifts ~ something a little different than flowers or a bottle of wine, or just a little something special for you.

As a gift they are unique and beautiful and they give twice – both to your recipient and to the artisans who are helped through your purchase!

CAUSE OF THE WEEK
Taking the #IceBucketChallenge to the Streets

In case you have taken residency under a boulder, the latest social media fad involves dumping a bucket of ice water over your head, and then nominating others to follw suit. Seriously. As silly as it may sound, the premise behind it promotes a very good cause—raising awareness for serious disease that may have otherwise been bypassed.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.” The ALS Association has begun the Ice Bucket Challenge, which dares people to either pour a bucket of ice water over their head, or donate. Many people have opted to do both. This promotes awareness while also earning money for research. Donations are at an all-time high and awareness is exponential.

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Justin Timberlake Completes Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been exploding all over social media recently. What is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? For those of you who are living under a rock, the challenge calls for people to dump buckets of ice water on their heads. Then that person nominates others on social media to do the same within 24 hours. If the person refuses or doesn't achieve the challenge in time, he or she has to donated money to an organization that raises awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Some famous people have gotten involved, like TODAY show anchors Matt Lauer and Natalie Morales, and Martha Stewart and Ansel Elgort. Now added to the bucket list is Justin Timberlake!

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Bid On The Chance To Meet Garth Brooks

This is your chance to bid on a meet & greet with Garth Brooks and the opportunity to attend his sold-out September 6th concert in Chicago! Proceeds from the auction benefit Liberty Hill. Liberty Hill advances movements for social change through a strategic combination of grants, leadership training and alliance building. Liberty Hill is focused on promoting change. They invest in community organizing — the process of bringing people together and helping them realize their power. Through organizing, people transform their own lives and learn the power of collective action, laying the foundation for lasting social change.

The auction runs until August 10. To make a bid, click here.

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Passing the Red Cup with Christina Aguilera

Social media is a powerful tool. Christina Aguilera is utilizing its effectiveness to spread awareness about world hunger and raise money to end it. The “Pass the Red Cup Challenge” encourages fans, fellow celebrities, and media to share the #PasstheRedCup hashtag as a way to raise awareness for the gruesome realities of hungry children across the world.

Restaurant chains including KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut chose Aguilera as their spokesperson to promote this global issue. She is encouraging participants to not only share the hashtag, but to also donate $5 in order to feed 20 starving children. Yum! This World Hunger Relief is the world’s largest campaign for world hunger. With Christina on their side, the effort can only grow.

CAUSE OF THE WEEK
Help Paul McCartney Make A Meat Free Monday Video

To celebrate five years of Meat Free Monday the campaign is looking for your help to make a new fan video. If you'd like to get involved, (which you really should) pick one or two lines from Paul McCartney's 'Meat Free Monday' song and take a picture of yourself with it. Be creative! Write the words on colorful pieces of paper, use sidewalk chalk, or for the tech savy people out there, use a computer program! Use your family and friends for additional hands. The favorite pictures will be chosen to be a part of the exclusive five year celebration video.

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The 17th Annual Super Saturday

The 17th Annual Super Saturday took place this past weekend in the Hamptons. The event, which raises funds for Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) was hosted by Kelly Ripa and Donna Karan. The packed fundraiser is the ultimate garage sale -- complete with designer goods from over 200 prominent designers, a kids carnival and activities, gourmet treats and a luxury raffle.

Not only did guests partake in a day long shopping extravaganza, but they could also stop by Priv's Braid Bar to update their do, get a psychic reading by Betsy Wahmann, and even strike a pose for the Rolls-Royce photo booth. For each shared photo, Rolls-Royce made a donation to OCRF. Additionally, Decades founder Cameron Silver curated 'Cameron's Corner,' which featured both vintage and modern clothing and accessories, while the 'Designers A to Zoe' booth by Rachel Zoe features pieces from her favorite designers.