Preview: Fitness for a Cause

Ford Fitness, the company of trainer Glenn Ford, will hold a fitness boot camp Sunday, January 18th at Concrete Fitness on Avenue P to benefit the Gonzalez family. Rick, Luz, and their 1-year-old daughter had their home severely damaged by a fire on December 28th. The bootcamp, which will feature music from Brooklyn DJ iLova, will cost $20 with all proceeds going directly to the Gonzalez family. Come out and get a great workout for a great cause.

Prince Harry Brings Christmas Tidings in Lesotho, South Africa

Christmasis a time for good cheer, spreading smiles, and helping those in need. Earlier this month, Prince Harry embraced the essence of Christmas as he set out for Lesotho, South Africa on behalf of his charity, Sentebale. Co-founded by Prince Seeiso of Lesotho and Prince Harry, the charity aims to provide aid and educational means to disadvantaged children; those with disabilities and those who are orphans. Sentebale supports these organizations by providing funding, training and development support.

The Prince of the British Royal Family flew down to Lesotho on December 5th, in hopes to spend some quality time with these kids. And quality time was definitely had! The 30-year old royalty donned his Santa hat and was all smiles while catching up with children, visiting the construction site of Sentebale's newest care center, Mamohato Children's Centre in Thaba Bosiu. This is their newest addition to Sentebale's list of successful facilities providing support to AIDS-stricken children. During his visit, Prince Harry hosted and attended an array of workshops that included educational activities such as a cooking class, sitting in on school lessons, lending a helping hand at the construction site with sandstone cladding and so on!

The Mamohato Children's Centre is due to open in 2015 and we can't wait to see how the seeds of Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho's time and efforts bloom!

Carnage Opens Children's Learning Center in Villa Japón, Nicaragua

Today Carnage, aka Diante Blackmon, launched the Children Learning Center in Villa Japon, Nicaragua. (Villa Japón is a rural community of about 3,000 people in the municipality of Tipitapa. The majority of the people in the community work on large farms owned by national and foreign companies or in nearby free trade zones.) The hip-hop beatsmith has joined forces with Seeds of Learning, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving educational opportunities in rural Latin America.

Rosario Dawson 'Gives With Gusto'

On Tuesday, December 2nd Actress Rosario Dawson joined one hundred holiday elves to kick off NESCAFE Dolce Gusto’s Operation “Give With Gusto,” advocating holiday giving.

Held in Bryant Park, the kick-off event saw Dawson performing various acts of goodwill—from hailing taxi cabs for strangers in need to helping carry bags. Eventually, the helpful elves dispersed across the city, continuing the “pay if forward” message to all New Yorkers.

Chinx Brings Joy To Single Parent Families For The Holiday Season

For some single parents, giving their child(ren) a good holiday experience whilst baring the responsibilities of paying bills and keeping food on the table can be unnerving. Well, Chinx is here to lend a helping hand in providing children from such underprivileged households with Family Fun Day.

Starting yesterday, December 1st, the Coke Boys rapper has been accepting video submissions and letters from poor single-parent families demonstrating their need for help to win a day of family fun with him. In a press statement released by Team Legion Media Group on Monday, Chinx explained his reason for helping. Chinx said:

By The Hudson Helping Needy Families This Thanksgiving with Turkey Giveaway

Newly opened By The Hudson (712 W 125th St.), owned by Fernando Reynoso and Giulio Tata, will be spreading the good vibes this Thanksgiving! On Saturday, November 22nd at 11am, the New American-inspired restaurant will be giving away approximately 100 turkeys, weighing between 10 - 14 lb, to residents of the neighborhood on a first come first serve basis! And, of course, you'll need a bag to carry that glorious turkey in, right? By The Hudson will also be giving away custom-made tote bags!

It's finally time to bring out your Joey-inspiried Thanksgiving pants, folks!

Wall Street Rocks For America’s Heroes

The 4th Annual Wall Street Rocks Benefit Concert, held this past Monday, welcomed rock legends Warren Haynes, John Popper and Billy Gibbons to the stage of the Highline Ballroom, who all used the compelling power of music to raise money for America’s Heroes.

Over the last four years, Wall Street Rocks has brought together a diverse support system of employees across the financial, technology and entertainment industries to show their support for our brave soldiers, raising an impressive $350,000 for our nation’s heroes. This year the funds raised will go to ReserveAid, a non-profit organization that is committed to providing financial support to Reservists as well as National Guard members who are deployed or recently returned home from deployment.

CC Sabathia Takes Over Lucky Strike

This past Friday night, Lucky Strike was abuzz with do-gooders and pro athletes, some bing a mashup of the two. CC Sabathia, pitcher for the New York Yankees, and his wife Amber hosted their annual kick off celebration for the CC Challenge that would be taking place the following day. In an effort to raise money for their charity, The Pitcch In Foundation, they host an "Amazing Race" style event with multiple teams competing for first place. CC informed us that "The Amazing Race" is the couple's favorite show. "We wanted to do something to raise money that was different than the usual charity events like bowling or golf."

The bowling alley was filled with members from most of the teams who came out to fellowship, mingle, and talk a little trash to their opponents. As each team took their place in front of the step and repeat for their team picture, many walked away saying things like "that's the winning team" and "remember these faces tomorrow." As Dusse liquor was one of the many gracious sponsors, delicious cocktails were passed around along with fulfilling appetizers and snacks. While eating and drinking, guests could also partake in a rousing game of bowling. Although the competition wasn't set to start until Saturday morning, teams took this as an opportunity to set a precedent for the skill that would be showcased only a few hours later at the challenge. All in all, the event was fun and it was a great way to kick off the challenge. Teams were able to meet their opponents and scope out the competition. Also, they got to hear all the rules in advance which would prove to make advance strategizing much easier. CC and Amber were elated to host the event and eager to raise money for their foundation that would eventually be used to "enrich the lives of inner city youth."
Miley Donates Half a Mill to Charity at AmfAR Gala

Usually, after a drunk night out you look at your bank account cringe wondering how on earth you spent $23.75 at McDonalds??? Well, Miley Cyrus makes some much better drunken mistakes. Instead of waking up in a strange place or regretting emotional texts from the night prior, she is plagued with the good deed of donating $500,000 to charity. The young pop star was at the AmfAR Gala when she had had a few drinks and felt it necessary to out bid Rihanna and Tom Ford for the photo of a naked woman painted by Ryan McGinley and then donate $200,000 to AIDS research.

"I’m a little drunk. That’s why I’m a half million deep,” said the singing sensation to the crowd. She spoke openly about the prevention and awareness of AIDS, in a casual manner. If you have to make drunk mistakes, these are the kinds to make!

Give Thanks and Support Education at 4th Annual Chefs For Impact

Join Joonbug on Thursday, November 20th for the fourth annual Chefs for Impact fundraiser dinner at Studio 450. The event will feature a delectable multi-course gourmet menu, cocktail reception, live music, and both silent and live auctions with one-of-a-kind items.

All proceeds from Chefs for Impact will benefit Impact Network, a New York-based non-profit organization launched in 2009 that brings eLearning to rural Africa. Funds raised at the event will aid Impact Network in its mission to support 10 eSchools consisting of over 1,700 students in Zambia where the organization is implementing an incredible education solution to bring quality education to all children.