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Season of Giving

Single Mother of Five is First ‘Savannah’s Fund’ Recipient

SavannahsFundFinalIn April, as we reported, west coast entertainment journalist Larry Carroll somehow found the strength to turn the tragic death of his young daughter Savannah into the basis for a most unusual charitable campaign. This week in Savannah, Georgia, Carroll and his wife Carrie found and gifted a randomly chosen family with the spirit of their Savannah, and Thanksgiving.

From a feature interview report by Yahoo Parenting senior writer Elise Solé:

“When Savvy was alive, we made a point to create spontaneous memories with her – a surprise cookie, a trip to the playground – and we’d refer to these experiences as ‘Stolen Moments,’” Carroll tells Yahoo Parenting. “We wanted to find a girl who resembled Savannah and give her a ‘Stolen Moment.’” The Carrolls determined that $10,000 would pay for a “Stolen Moment” of the girl’s choice (“It could be a trip to Paris or an expensive birthday party — whatever she wants,” says Larry) and the remaining amount would be directed toward her college education fund.

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Adweek’s Third Brand Visionary is Bono

Our sister publication Adweek had previously tipped the majority of those set to be celebrated at a September 30 gala event to be MC-ed by Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski. But today, they added two more notable honorees: U2 lead singer Bono and the charity he co-founded, (RED).

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Deborah Dugan, CEO of (RED), will accept the honors on Bono’s behalf during Advertising Week at Cipriani Downtown. Adweek has also partnered with (RED) for a year-long initiative to rally brands around the global fight against AIDS. From today’s announcement:

While Adweek Brand Genius recognizes excellence in brand-building efforts over the past year, the Brand Visionary honoree acknowledges a career’s worth of achievement and celebrates an individual’s propulsion of their cause or brand to worldwide renown. Previous Brand Visionary recipients are former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg (2012) and Russell Simmons (2013).

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World Awaits Anna Wintour’s Ice Bucket Response

The ALS #icebucketchallenge may be about to hit a stylish new high. Thanks to Bee Shaffer.

Via Instagram, Shaffer accepted the challenge from Girls star Allison Williams and passed it forward to the “other AW in her life.” You know, the one who favors a Prada rain slicker.

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Ringo Starr Promotes a Very Good Selfie Cause

It’s been added as a word to the dictionary. It’s the subject of endless media debate. But in this case, the selfie angles are all good.

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Per a report by LA Times pop music writer Randy Lewis, Ringo Starr was in front of Hollywood’s Capitol Records building Monday on his 74th birthday, urging fans to join him for a worthy cause. The ex-Beatle’s promotion of fashion designer John Varvatos‘ 2014 “Peace Rocks” fall collection includes a fun social-media component:

For each person who tweets a selfie while flashing the “V” peace symbol using the #peacerocks hashtag, Varvatos’ company will donate $1 to the Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund, supporting the David Lynch Foundation…

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Photojournalist Comes to the Aid of Homeless Former Colleague

ScottSuttonGoFundMePicWe can’t think of a better way to end the week than to highlight this inspiring account from Huffington Post impact reporter Eleanor Goldberg.

It’s all about Scott Sutton (pictured), a one-time photojournalist and darkroom manager for Archive Photos, an organization that was eventually acquired by Getty Images. Since Sutton was spied and identified last fall by fellow Getty Images photographer Benjamin Lowy, this homeless-since-2012 man’s fortunes have begun to improve. He is back in touch with his sister; a crowd-funding campaign to get him off the streets is underway; and the photojournalism fraternity has stayed strong:

Since meeting Sutton, Lowy and his wife, Marvi Lacar, have been in close touch with their homeless friend. Whenever the New Jersey couple is in Manhattan, they check in on Sutton and have brought him jackets and took him to the Coalition for the Homeless to get help securing a social security card and a P.O. box.

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AMC Theatres Lend a Big Hand to African Moms, Children

Charitable giving doesn’t get much easier than this.

Starting tomorrow, June 1, and running through June 10, AMC Theatres will donate 40 cents of every movie ticket sold to The Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS. It’s part of a month-long campaign with the makers of (RED) cameras that also includes promotions at Bed Bath Beyond, FAB.com and on the equipment bags of top tennis players competing at the French Open:

Lifesaving medicine which can prevent transmission of HIV from moms to their babies can cost as little as 40 cents a day. “A huge thanks to our partners for transforming summer fun times into a smart and easy way to support the incredible work of the Global Fund,” says (RED) CEO Deborah Dugan.

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KABC Radio Host Peter Tilden Rides to Fight MS

Although KABC 790 AM host Peter Tilden will be at the center of it, he’s wrangled some major TV-side reinforcements.

Acting as grand marshal for this Sunday’s motorcycle ride raising money for the MS Hope Foundation is Sons of Anarchy star Ron Perlman. And once the group makes its way from Gladstone’s in Malibu to The Canyon club in Agoura Hills, they will be entertained by John Corbett (NCIS) with his band and Grammy-winning Hawaiian steel guitarist Ken Emerson.

Tickets for the 10 a.m. ride and noon Canyon celebration are $25 if purchased beforehand and $35 the day of. There are two earlier 8 a.m. starting points – Glendale Harley on San Fernando Road in Glendale and California Harley Dealership on the PCH in Harbor City.

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Kris Kristofferson and Friend Help Out Homeboy Industries

Kris Kristofferson has been friends with singer-songwriter John Flynn for a long time. But when the two step on stage together next month in Malibu, it will mark the first time the pair has officially performed together.

The June 23 7:30 p.m. concert at Pepperdine University’s Smothers Theater will benefit Homeboy Industries. Tickets are priced at $45, $75 and a VIP package of $250. That last option, for those able to afford it, includes a post-concert reception with the artists and Homeboy guiding spirit Father Greg Boyle. Flynn’s discovery of Homeboy’s mission connects to another Kristofferson family member:

Flynn first heard about Homeboy Industries when he and Kristofferson’s daughter Kelly swapped their favorite books and he received Father Boyle’s book Tattoos on the Heart. The Pennsylvania singer-songwriter is a longtime leader of New Beginnings, a support group at the state prison in his area, and the “real stories” in Tattoos were a poignant reminder for Flynn of his experiences working with men in the prison system.

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Internet Community Rallies Around Cancer-Stricken Movie Blogger Edward Douglas

Actress Karen Black’s recent cry for crowdfunding help was because her health insurance, though pretty solid, did not cover experimental cancer treatment in Europe. In the case of comingsoon.net writer Edward Douglas, there is simply no health insurance at all.

Douglas, a fixture at Hollywood press junkets and most recently on assignment at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, was diagnosed last week with acute leukemia. Today, he has been expressing his heartfelt thanks on Twitter for a giveforward.com campaign started on his behalf. In a very short amount of time, more than $25,000 has been pledged to pay for his cancer treatments.

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Wife of Lakers Broadcaster John Ireland Pays It Forward

The tweet, sent out late this afternoon via @LAIreland, transcends the realm of professional sports:

And on this Good Friday, the news waiting at the above shortened link is indeed very Good for all those who, like us, didn’t in fact already know. Leasa Ireland, wife of ESPN AM 710 host and Lakers radio play-by-play man John, is cancer-free after an arduous, year-plus-long battle. She writes:

I was overwhelmed and blessed with amazing support from family and friends near and far. I am also extremely fortunate to have a good healthcare plan (well, pretty good), and to live in a city where great doctors and quality care are readily available.

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