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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.

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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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Give Hope with Julia Stiles and Stephen Balwin at the Edeyo Ball

Joobug.com is ready to hit the red carpet on July 16th for the 3rd Annual Edeyo Gives Hope Ball located at the historic Liberty Theater (233 W. 41st St.). The event is sponsored by Uptown Magazine, Jet Blue, Soniq hips and LDV Hospitality. The evening is hosted by Stephen Baldwin and will honor iPark President and Founder of Billy4Kids Bill Lerner for his charitable work in Haiti, Lawyer Stanford Rubenstein and the Modo Yoga NY team. Special guests will include Julia Stiles, Morgan O’Connor and Host Committee members Christian Alexander, Stacey Alvarez, Irena Blind, David Bocchi, Maki Casseus, Philip Charles-Pierre, Marcy Clark, Kyky Conille, Steven J. Czik, Esq., Guy-Max Delphin, Nora Gherbi, David Halio, Mike Heller, Andrew Joblon, Cheyenne McMillion, Katarina Novakova, William O’Donnell, Ane Roseborough, Cristiane Turl, Adrienne Walsh, Tiana Webb Evans and Juan Carlos Zapata. The special night will feature cocktails at 7PM, dinner at 8PM, a live musical performance by Grammy Award winner Fabrizio Sotti, and a guest DJ sets from Donna D’Cruz and Nick Cohen in addition to a live and silent auction where guests can bid on a variety of spectacular experiences, including tickets and meet and greet with Julia Stiles at her latest play “Phoenix.”

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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.

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Weekend Pick: Charles River YMCA Independence Day 5k at Christ Episcopal Church

Start your 4th of July weekend off with a nice run for a good cause at the Charles River YMCA Independence Day 5k. Think of it as a great way to work off all of the food and drinks you're going to have later on that day and night!

The Independence Day 5k is held annually in Needham, MA, about 20 miles out of Boston, and is intended to raise funds for assisting childcare and sponsoring the athletic activities of families in the neighborhoods surrounding Needham. After enjoying a quick, early morning workout during this patriotic race, you'll still have the whole day ahead of you to enjoy all of the 4th of July festivities, including a parade.

It really doesn’t get much better, or patriotic, than running for a good cause, and the first 500 participants to register will receive a free T-shirt to commemorate the event. Make sure to register online or in person at Charles River YMCA, and give back to the community this year on our nation's Independence Day!

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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.

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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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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.

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.