HAPPENINGS
Follow Us As We Walk to Cure Parkinson's Disease

It seems impossible, but I remember being six months old, enjoying a summer day at the pool with my Safta Sarah; Safta being the hebrew term for Grandmother. Singing a happy tune and navigating through the water as I sat atop an orange floatie, she offered the comfort that only a grandmother could provide. In her eyes I could do no wrong, in her world I would remain innocent forever, and if ever I needed her, she would be there.

I'm not sure whether it’s because that is the last moment untouched by her disease I can recall, or because it was one of the happiest of my young life, but I do know it is a scene that replays in my memory from time to time.

DO-GOODERS
Old Spice Campaign Tour Donates Big Bucks to Schools!

We've all heard of 'Drink Responsibly' but have you ever heard of 'Scent Responsibly'? This is part of the "Smellcome to Manhood" tour that Isaiah Mustafa- The Old Spice Guy- is hosting on behalf of the brand.

The tour kicked off in style visiting the nation's hottest city by making the rounds in Miami. The first stop was to the University of Miami and then Coral Gables Senior High School. Part of the campaign was to lecture about basic scenting and a special mission aimed at 'scenting responsibly' which aims to end the over spraying epidemic once and for all.

HAPPENINGS
Taste of Hope Brings Foodies Together Against Cancer

Thursday May 1st is the ninth annual Taste of Hope, a gathering of some of the finest NYC restaurants to fundraise for the American Cancer Society. Some of the participating restaurants will include BLT Fish, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Dinosaur BBQ and Serendipity. There will also be a silent auction including prizes such as dinner for two, travel packages and Broadway tickets. A Taste of Hope has raised over $175,000 in previous years, and this year they hope to break $200,000.

ACTIVATE
Wondr is the Social Network that Gives Back

The endless tide of novel social media trends has most young people with more social apps than actual friends. What if that boundless networking energy could be harnessed to achieve something truly meaningful? That's what Evin Schwartz is trying to do with his new company Wondr.

Wondr is a social network that aims to connect twenty-somethings and the nonprofit organizations that might interest them, and also give them the chance to participate in a unique charitable raffle system.

The first raffle prize will give one lucky fan a unique Vegas vacation where you and a friend can get backstage and meet Tiësto before his performance at Hakkasan Nightclub on June 20th. The prize includes a comped round-trip flight and hotel stay, so you can relax and enjoy the exclusive VIP experience.

OPERATION SMILE
Operation Smile's New York Smile Event on May 1st

Every 3 minutes, a child is born with a cleft palate. This condition makes it nearly impossible to breast feed, significantly lowering these children’s likelihood of survival into toddlerhood. For over 30 years, Operation Smile has been the leader in tackling this issue by providing free cleft palate surgery and increasing educational awareness of the root cause of clefting.

May 1st, Operation Smile is throwing their 12th Annual Smile Event at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. The event will highlight the vital work that Operation Smile is accomplishing in Latin America and the proceeds of this event will go directly towards supporting medical cleft care that still needs to be carried out in the region. The Today Show’s Natalie Morales and Super Bowl Champion/Talk Show Host Michael Strahan will be honoring several special guests for their dedication to helping meet the medical needs of millions of children across the globe.

HAPPENINGS
Swing into Spring Sweeps Us off Our Feet

The Central Park Conservancy’s Greensward Circle held a stunning Swing into Spring event at the Loeb Boathouse Wednesday night. Hundreds of young professionals gathered as the sun set over the boathouse to drink, eat, and dance beneath the space’s wood-beamed ceilings. The Central Park Conservancy is a non-for-profit who’s mission it is to restore, preserve and maintain the beauty and wonder of Central Park. The Conservancy raises over 75% of the parks annual $58 million budget so that it can uphold its iconic splendor and charm.

DO-GOODERS
Hilarity for Charity's first New York Benefit

Not only is Seth Rogen a funny guy, but he’s a funny guy with a good heart.

Monday night marked the first New York benefit for Rogen and his wife, Lauren Miller’s, charity Hilarity for Charity. The charity was founded after Miller's mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at 55, and its main goals are to fund research, spread awareness to the younger generation and donate resources to families in need. It is a nationwide program that “encourages and supports college groups to throw their very own Hilarity for Charity events to raise awareness and much needed funds for fighting Alzheimer’s disease.”

CAUSE OF THE WEEK
The Big Egg Hunt Comes to NYC

If you’ve passed by Columbus Circle lately, then you’ve seen the big, beautiful eggs displayed outside! These ornately designed eggs are each unique and doing 'eggs-cellent' work for our community. Held in previous years in other cities around the globe, like Dublin, The Big Egg Hunt, presented by Faberge, is going strong in NYC! During the month of April, 260 eggs have been hidden around the city.

HAPPENINGS
Swing into Spring with the Central Park Conservancy Tonight


The Central Park Conservancy exists to restore, maintain, and preserve the beauty and wonder that is New York City's Central Park. Since 1980 their efforts have continually provided 75% of the park's annual multi-million dollar budget. The Greenwald Circle is a branch of the Conservancy made of young professionals and philanthropists who work tirelessly to fundraise and further bolster these efforts. Tonight, these groups host their annual Swing into Spring party complete with drinking, dining and dancing all in the name of preserving one of the city's best treasures. From 7 to 11pm the Loeb Boathouse will be alit with the good spirit of charity and the clinking of glasses to the fruitful spring to come.

HAPPENINGS
New York African Restaurant Week's Edible Bazaar Benefit

On Tuesday, April 29th, 2014, New York African Restaurant Week will proudly sponsor an Edible Bazaar Benefit at 16 W. 36th Street. The 2nd annual event is presented in conjunction with Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan, and feature a night of dining, drinking, and dancing. All proceeds will go to such organizations as Alliance of Hope for Lupus and Keep A Child Alive. Guests will also enjoy a wide range of tastings from African cuisine, including Barbara Food Creations, Pierre Thiam Catering, Mombassa Dishes, Farafina, Madiba, and Panla Catering. The Spring 2014 honorees include: Mohammed Abdullah (Owner, Accra), Mark & Jenny Henegan (Owners, Madiba Restaurant), Chef Pierre Thiam (Chef, Caterer and Award-winning Author), Dr. Roy A. Hastick (President/Founder, CACCI) and Ramatu Ahmed (Community Organizer). The evening festivities will be hosted by Yolanda Sangweni (Essence and AfriPOP) and Namo. Music performances by DJs Universe and SM.