Running Noir et Blanc, a fabulous Flat Iron boutique, the Thrifty HOG, a high-end designer thrift store, and Hearts of Gold, a Manhattan non-profit that has helped tens of thousands of homeless mothers and their children, is all in a day’s work for Deborah Koenigsberger. This inspiring woman somehow found some time to chat with us (on the day she was throwing a Hearts of Gold Thanksgiving party for upwards of 80 families, no less) about being an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and fashionista!
Dahna Bender has partnered with National Mill Dog Rescue ™ - a non-profit organization that has rescued, rehabilitated and re-home discarded more than breeding dogs and placed into loving homes. NMDR also wants to educate the general public about all of these cruel realities related to the commercial dog breeding industry. NMDR has rescued over 7,000 puppy mill survivors. Bender is in the giving spirit this holiday season with 100% of all profits from her new CD going to this Colarado based organization. The CD is called "Christmas:Giving the Hearth ll" and will be ready for the holiday 2013 season. If you're one of those people that don't purchase hard copy CD's anymore the album will also be available on iTunes. The CD can be ordered through Argo Music.
This Friday, October 18, gather the family, or your young-at-heart friends, and head to a Regal Cinema nearby to enjoy the premeire of "The Stream", starring BGCA Alum and Advocate Mario Lopez (Extra!, X Factor), Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl), Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs) and Rainn Wilson (The Office, Super, Six Feet Under).
This unique coming-of-age comedy, set in 1981, will directly benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America with over 80% of producer proceeds going directly to the charity.
“The Stream” follows the story of five friends who embark on epic adventure. All they have to do is follow The Stream and back. With Mom gone for four-hours what could possibly go wrong? Encountering bullies, mystical creatures and a nasty storm, the friends will need the force of friendship to prevail.
Mayor Bloomberg's deputy press secretary, Samantha Levine, 38, was the driving force behind this project. Her colleagues, so riveted by this idea, did not use professional models for the campaign, rather, all 21 girls pictured in the campaign were the daughters of city workers, friends, and friends of friends, who believed it was important to participate.
Over 500 supporters came to The Cutting Room this past September 18th, selling out the Round 2 show of Wall Street Rocks’ Battle of the Bands; marking this another successful round. The soon to be announced winner of round 2 will advance to the final stage at Roseland Ballroom in NYC on Thursday, December 5th to face off against round 1 winner Riffhanger. Audience members are asked to vote on their favorite band by text. Results from last night will be announced after the second round in September, providing the line-up for the final round in December.
The Doe Fund, a New York City based non-profit, works around the clock to develop and implement cost-effective, holistic programs that meet the needs of a diverse population working to break the cycles of homelessness, addiction and criminal recidivism. The organization, which was founded by George T. McDonald, is best known for its award winning program Ready, Willing & Able, which puts thousands of men to work in its signature blue uniforms throughout the city, helping to keep more than 150 miles of NYC streets clean and green each day as a transitional employment program. The program offers homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals transitional work and housing, along with case management, life skills, educational assistance, occupational training and more. Joonbug recently took a trip to their headquarters in Brooklyn to take a tour of their facilities and find out what The Doe Fund is all about.
We all know that big companies sometimes like to give their money to charity. But no matter how noble a cause may be, there is really no way to see exactly how or where they allocate these charity dollars. But with State Bags, giving back to the community has become much more than just a promise, it's a celebration.
State Bags is a New York based benefit corporation who specialize in building practical and stylish bags for people interested in making a discernable change in their community. For every bag purchased, an identical bag is given to an impoverished child who do not have simple luxuries like owning legitimate school backpacks. Instead of just handing out their proceeds behind the veil of a UPS carrier, State Bags celebrate every individually donated bag with a rally held by State Bags representatives called PackMen (no relation to the 8-bit game character).According to Scot Tatelman, who started State Bags with his wife Jacqueline, the idea for their project originated five years ago during a summer camp program he started to help impoverished kids. "I moved to New York and wanted to do something for kids growing up in neighborhoods that were pretty tough, maybe the toughest. Kids were showing up to and from camp with their stuff in trash bags," he says, "so we wanted to do something more than just hand out material things." Instead, Scot and Jacq introduced their GiveBackPack program which also provides children with "a message, role models, and a long term impact." PackMen are the foot soldiers of State Bags. By showing up in person to every State Bags Bag Drop around the country, PackMen are youth developement specialists from under-priviledged nieghborhoods who form intimate relationships with the kids they deliver their products to. Scot not only describes them as motivational role models who visit kids and "rock their world", but they are also the "face of the franchise" who are "performers at heart". Along with being "cheerleaders and rappers, all kind of in one." Scot also says, "they show kids how they rose from neighborhoods, exactly like the one's that they're serving...how they dealt with shootings, violence of all kinds, and drugs." To sum up their relationship to them, Scot says that, "They are basically family members to us."
Ever wonder where your money goes when you donate to charity? Me too. But with GiveDirectly, a charity that helps support Kenya's poorest population, you no longer have to worry about feeling like you wasted your hard earned dollars. With a unique new method of endowment, GiveCharity has revolutionized the charity field by actually handing people money. What a concept!
The way GiveCharity works is very simple. They give money to the poor by transfering it electronically to their cell phones. Before this happens though, GiveCharity scopes out census data to figure out what areas of Kenya need the most help. After the poorest households have been designated, SIM cards are provided to donation recipients without cell phones, who are then free to allocate the money they recieve however they see fit. Wondering what they are spending their money on? GiveCharity believes in keeping completely out of the way of recipient's choices in spending their money.
After seeing all the butt kicking capabilities of Liam Neeson in the movie Taken as he fights to save his family, you would probably never dream of getting in his way. However, in reality, such victimized children often experience a less heroic fate. Neeson, who has long been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, now plans to utilize the same kind of cinematic swashbuckling in his fight against real-life violence.
The actor is supporting a new initiative by UNICEF to prevent violence against children around the globe. He has starred in a new video that illustrates the enviroments where violence and abuse often occur unnoticed. In an abandoned lot for example, Mr. Neeson describes how a 15-year-old girl was gang-raped. In an empty classroom, he depicts a student getting helplessly beaten by a teacher for "talking back". This video is also accompanied by a social media campaign and an exclusive microsite dedicated to this cause.
It's one thing for somebody to struggle with cancer. But it's a totally different experience when somebody is struggling with a fatal illness in the midst of adolescence. Talia Joy Castellano, a talented young makeup artist who became famous making a series of successful Youtube beauty tutorials, was one of those people.
She was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer called neuroblastoma when she was only seven years old. Although she was initially declared cancer-free after undergoing several types of treatment, she eventually relapsed two times in the following six years. In addition, she was later diagnosed with pre-leukemia in her bone marrow. Fighting both types of cancer was very tough, but as the popularity of her tutorials grew, Talia soon became a symbol of hope with her slogan, "Makeup is my wig." Eventually, Talia got the chance to collaborate with Urbana Chappa on a fashion line called, "That Bald Chick," appear on the Ellen Degeneres Show, and become an honorary face of Cover Girl. After four years of grueling treatment, she was unable to go on. Talia passed away on July 16, 2013 at the age of 13, but she didn't die in vain.