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Big Smoke Burger & Urban Tech Invite You To Eat For A Cause

If you didn't already know, Big Smoke Burger is the latest, greatest craze taking over the Manhattan burger scene. Originally founded in Toronto by our Canadian neighbors, Big Smoke Burger recently set up shop in downtown NYC with two very clear cut goals in mind: 1) to bring their incredibly delicious, handcrafted burgers and hand-cut fries to the extremely burger joint friendly American public, and 2) to help transform lives by partnering with amazing charity organizations. While they can certainly handle the first part on their own, in order to do its part give back to the, Big Smoke Burger decided to team up with The National Urban Technology Center to offer you the opportunity to eat and help them adopt the Legacy School for Integrated Studies.

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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.

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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.

CAUSE OF THE WEEK
Event Preview: Dance Music Against Cancer 2014

This Friday, June 27th, Disorderly Music is hosting the 1st ever annual Dance Music Against Cancer event. Their philosophy? Through the music, we can make a difference. That being said, Disorderly invites you to hit the dance floor and shake your money-maker in support of a great cause. The line-up for the night includes Soul Disorder, Anthony Lopez, Storyteller, Aldo Conigliaro, Steve Amoroso, Falon Liol, Sean Espo, Allan M, DJ Rok-it, and Chris Howard. Tickets range from $10-$20, and part of the proceeds are going to the American Cancer Society.

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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.

HAPPENINGS Alicia Quarles & Diane Guerrero
The National Urban Technology Center Hosts Their 19th Annual Gala

The National Urban Technology Center is a non-profit committed to bringing the power of technology to urban youth, as well as providing tech-based information for educational and personal success to at-risk adolescents and children. This increasingly important effort is spearheaded by a committed group of modern leaders in the field of technology. Through efforts including training programs and school partnerships, Urban Tech has reached thousands of students in over 500 schools!

The organization held their 19th annual gala and auction last week at a stunning TriBeCa space that boasted 360 degree views of the city. The function's purpose was to raise money for this cause, which is why Urban Tech auctioned off a number of juicy goodies. They had everything from the dress Kristen Bell wore to the Frozen premiere, to a weekend for you and 10 of your friends in the Hamptons that included dinner with Billy Joel up for auction! The auction was definitely the central focus of the evening, with all proceeds being donated to Urban Tech’s efforts within the community.

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Chris Noth to Host ECO RoCK Benefit Auction & Fundraiser

For those of you who are avid supporters of protecting the environment, Chris Noth, who played Mr. Big on Sex and the City and who currently stars in the CBS drama series The Good Wife, will be hosting a charity event, ECO RoCK - A Benefit for the Rainforest Action Network (RAN).

RAN is an organization that is dedicated to protecting the world's rain forests, stemming climate change, and defending human rights. Through many campaigns, RAN has inspired ecologically destructive corporations to introduce environmental ethics into their bottom lines. Some major corporations that RAN has gained support from are General Mills, Home Depot, Citigroup, and Burger King.

DO-GOODERS
Check Out This Charitable Cover of "What's Going On"

What's Going On from Playing For Change on Vimeo.

Fans of gorgeous renditions of classic soul will love the new video from Playing For Change. Uniting musicians from various musical cultures from all over the world, including South Africa, France, Brazil and the United States, they created this beautiful and unique cover of Marvin Gaye’s classic, “What’s Going On.” In addition to talented international artists, the song is topped by vocals from pop star Sara Bareilles. If you love it as much as we did, you can get the download for $.99 on their website, with the funds going to the Playing For Change Foundation.

CAUSE OF THE WEEK
Mophie and Valentino Partner Up for Charity


You know mophie, it’s that cute little electronic battery pack that can recharge pretty much any electronic device you own, be it smartphone or tablet. You also know Valentino, the high fashion label with its signature shade of vivacious red that drapes the runways. Well the two labels are combining for a limited time and for 3 very special causes.

The house of Valentino offered its special design to create a mophie powerstation that is chic and powerful. Modeled from the Spring/Summer 2014 Rouge Absolute collection, Valentino’s design for mophie is nothing less than iconic.

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Weekend Pick: Color Me Rad 5K At PNC Bank Arts Center

The Color Me Rad 5K is probably the most fun you'll ever have running. Unless of course you actually like running, in which case we can only wonder why? In any event, this race takes off in a blaze of color bombs, color cannons, and multi-toned courses that is guaranteed to make your outlook on running a whole-lot brighter by the time you reach the finish line.

Sure, you'll start the run off with a crisp, clean shirt, but that'll change in the blink of an eye. During the race, volunteers will be bombarding you with color bombs until you come out the other side looking like a tie-dyed hippy. This non-toxic, non-rash-inducing, Kroger branded colored cornstarch will definitely change both your looks and demeanor, but never your health or safety. In fact, it's even gluten-free, although we still don't recommend eating it.