MTV Fashion for Charity Special Tribute at Stage 48

New York Fashion Week has arrived, and with it comes a frenzy of style-centered events and parties that draw crowds from all over for a chance to participate. Given the incredible number of happenings taking place between September 4th and September 11th, it’s easy to lose sight of important calendar dates and agenda items, particularly those that aren’t feature on the NYFW schedule. As Fashion Week comes to a close, MTV has teamed up with the Hope For Them Foundation and Founder Mike Jean to host a fabulous fashion benefit on Thursday, September 11th. The “Fashion For Charity Special Tribute” is intended to engage the public with helping the foundation in its endeavors to support those in need in a fun and festive format. What better way than a convivial night of collective consciousness to demonstrate that it's possible to fuse fashion and philanthropy?

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Design for a Cause

Although this may produce some severe upsets from genuine car lovers, anything is ok in the name of charity! Ben Moon has used his creative drive to paint the entire exterior of one of the most valuable vehicles ever made, a Rolls Royce. Accurately named “Our Painted Lady,” the car will be displayed during New York Fashion Week at the Adriana Marie Co “Fashion With a Purpose” pop up on Monday, September 8th, from 2pm-5pm.

This showcase is a medium in which local creative minds can display their work to the masses. The
purpose” of the painted vehicle is for it to be auctioned in December via Charitybuzz. All the proceeds will be donated to charity. The art is one of a kind and rises the value of the already valuable car. Even with all the hullaballoo that comes with NYFW, it's heartwarming that people still find the time to give back to the community and various charitable organizations. To see the Rolls Royce in person, head out to 103 Allen St. this Monday, September 8th from 2pm-5pm.

Walter Thurmond's New Foundation

This past weekend, we had the pleasure of being around some real do-gooders. The new addition to the NY Giants, Walter Thurmond, graciously launched his foundation, The Walter Thurmond Foundation for Arts & Education. The new addition to the NY Giants Joonbug.com had a front row seat as all his friends and family came to support the cause.

As Walter arrived to Shadow Boxers Bar located in Times Square, accompanied by his mom as well as a notable member of the board of the foundation, he was all smiles. When asked about his goals in regards to his newest endeavor, he informed us that his hopes were to essentially give kids a new platform for success, other than the stereotypical rapping and sport playing. He hopes to expand and reach as many children as possible.

Weekend Picks: From BBQ to Braai NYC at Studio 450

Wines of South Africa invites you to transport your taste buds this Thursday when the "From BBQ to Braai" road trip series makes its final stop at Studio 450 in New York City. WOSA and braai-master Chef Hugo Uys will be serving up a 10-course specialty braai, which is South African BBQ, with over 100 different South African wines to choose from and pair the cuisine with.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.