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Sunday
Apr282013

Kate Middleton Makes First On-Camera Charitable Appeal as a Royal

WPA Pool / Getty Images(LONDON) -- A pregnant Duchess of Cambridge has made her first on-camera charitable appeal for children’s hospices in the United Kingdom.

In the video, which made its debut Saturday, Kate Middleton urges people to support children’s hospice week.

“Children’s hospices provide lifelines to families at a time of unimaginable pain,” the royal mum-to-be says in the video.

Middleton and Prince William are celebrating their second wedding anniversary on Monday, the same day the Duchess plans to visit Naomi Children’s Hospital in Hampshire, England.

Two years after their fairy tale wedding, the royal couple have shown a desire to live as normal a life as they possibly can.

“They’re really shaking things up behind the scenes and within the royal family,” said ABC News’ royals expert Victoria Arbiter. “They’ve done things that we wouldn’t have expect of them.”

They’ve also spent vacations with Kate’s family, commoners who made their fortune with a party goods business.

“I think William was sending a clear message that yes, Kate’s a member of the royal family, but he, too, is a member of the Middleton family,” Arbiter said.

With the royal heir due in two months, the royal couple plan to be hands-on parents.

“They will have nannies at some point,” Arbiter said, “but I don’t think it’s going to be the school of nannies we’ve seen in the past.”

Copyright 2013 ABC NEWS Radio

Thursday
Dec132012

Beyonce's Gold Silk Tuxedo Up for Grabs at a New York City Garage Sale

Kristian Dowling/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Remember that gold silk tuxedo that Beyonce wore in her "Love on Top" music video?  Well, according to the New York Post, that shiny number will be up for grabs at the Park Avenue Garage sale happening in New York City's Chelsea area this weekend.

Bey's suit was donated to the charitable event by designer Douglas Hannant.  The Post reports that Hannant handed over the tux after he sewed the sleeves back on.  Apparently, Bey danced up such a storm that she tore the arms off the jacket.

The tuxedo will sell for $750, which is a steal, considering that the gold number was originally marked at $5,600.  Other gently used or new items will be up for grabs at the A-list garage sale, and proceeds will benefit the non-profit organization New Yorkers for Children.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Nov272012

Report: Charlie Sheen Donated All of His "Scary Movie 5" Dough

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- While a recent report said Charlie Sheen took pity on his Scary Movie 5 cameo co-star Lindsay Lohan and sent her a hundred grand to cut in half her $200,000 debt to Uncle Sam, TMZ reports Sheen helped out other charity cases as well with his salary for the spoof.

The gossip site says the former Warlock donated the remainder of his $250,000 paycheck to three charities chosen by the movie's director and producers.

Earlier this year, Sheen announced he'd given one of his profit points for his new show Anger Management to the USO's Operation Enduring Care Campaign for wounded veterans; the donation was worth at least a million bucks, but that amount will grow because Anger Management was subsequently picked up by FX for 90 additional episodes.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Oct192012

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Among Website's Most Charitable Stars

Eric Charbonneau/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are stars both in front of and away from the camera.

The engaged couple is among the most charitable celebrities in the world, according to LookToTheStars.org.  The website, which tracks celebrity charity news, compiled its list by examining the number of non-profit organizations and charity events each star supports.

The site notes that Pitt supports 39 charities and foundations, and Jolie backs 27.

The highest-ranking celebrity on the site is musician Annie Lennox, who supports 36 charities and has been involved in more than 200 non-profit events over the past six years.

Another musician, Elton John, ranks second, followed by former President Bill Clinton, U2 frontman Bono, Pitt, George Clooney and Jolie.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Sep272012

Stars Raising Money for Charity with Words With Friends Celebrity Challenge

ABC/RON TOM(NEW YORK) -- Eva Longoria, Jonah Hill, Kristen Bell, Edward Norton, John Legend and Snoop Dogg have signed up to participate in the first-ever Words With Friends Celebrity Challenge.

The social gaming company Zynga, American Express and the fundraising website CrowdRise have recruited the stars and other celebrities to help raise money for various charities.

Fans can join a celebrity’s team to help raise money for a charity of the star’s choosing.  Gameplay kicks off Thursday and runs through Oct. 3.  At stake is a chance to win a slice of $500,000 for charity.  Winners will be announced on Oct. 4.

By joining the game, participants earn points when they play as many words as possible on the Words With Friends game during the team tournament.  The higher the team's rank, the more money it earns for its chosen charity.  Fans who enter at least five words are automatically entered in the "Play a Celebrity Sweepstakes" to play a game against their team's celebrity leader.

Longoria will be raising money for her self-named foundation which fosters entrepreneurship among Latina women, while Hill and Bell will be working to benefit Harlem Grown, which raises money for the New York City parks and education departments.

Legend will be raising money for his Show Me Campaign, which fights poverty, while Snoop Dogg will be earning money for his Snoop Youth Football League.

“Zynga knows a thing or two about social gaming, and it's awesome to see them using that knowledge to engineer impact,” says Norton, who founded CrowdRise.

Players can download the gaming app for free on Android and Apple smart phones and Apple's iPad, iPod and iPod touch.

To learn more about the fan challenge, visit WordsCelebrityChallenge.com.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Sunday
Jun172012

Kate Middleton Takes on Charity Work: Embracing Princess Diana’s Legacy

Niall Carson /WPA Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kate Middleton was out and about this weekend supporting various causes and charities around London — a royal role that is becoming part of her daily routine.

Sunday, the Duchess of Cambridge was supporting a children’s charity by participating in camping activities.

On Friday night, she attended a charity theater night for 150 kids from one of her personal charities, The Art Room.

There’s still the traditional pomp and circumstance of this Jubilee year to be dealt with, including events like Saturday’s Trooping the Colour, where Kate, her husband Prince William and brother-in-law Prince Harry were all on show.

But it’s the charity work of the young royals that’s beginning to catch the eye.

All three show an awareness of those less fortunate than themselves, which is relevant in these difficult economic times, and something the two princes seem to have inherited from their mother, Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

“She very much wanted to take us away from the royal aspects of life … and get us to see the rawness of life,” Prince William said in an earlier interview. “One of the biggest lessons I learned is just how lucky and privileged so many of us are, particularly myself in the conditions that I live and the lifestyle I lead.”

Both princes have been keen to display their sense of duty with their military careers. And with Prince Harry’s high profile work with kids in Africa, and William’s involvement with the homeless, the echoes of Diana’s legacy are easy to see.

Now Kate is the latest recruit to this generation of royalty embracing charity work.

“I would say that William, Kate and Harry together are like the three musketeers. They’re invincible,” British royals expert Victoria Arbiter said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Mar062012

Kim Kardashian Keeps Wedding Gifts, Makes Charitable Donation Instead

Don Arnold/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Rather than return her wedding gifts to her guests following her brief marriage to Kris Humphries, Kim Kardashian is showing her appreciation by making a charitable donation on their behalf.

The reality TV star, who was married to Humphries for a total of 72 days before filing for divorce last October, has informed the guests of her decision in a letter obtained by TMZ.com.

Kardashian wrote, "I would like to thank you for your generous and thoughtful wedding gift. It has taken me some time to pull everything together but I wanted to let you know that the money for every gift received by me at my wedding has been donated to the Dream Foundation."

TMZ reports that Kardashian is donating about 200 thousand dollars, or twice the estimated value of the gifts. Sources tell the website that Humphries would prefer she return the gifts in addition to making the donation.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Feb282012

Katy Perry Learns to Cook for $50,000

Larry Busacca/Getty Images for EJAF(NEW YORK) -- Singer Katy Perry forked over $50,000 for cooking lessons from chef Cat Cora at Elton John's 20th Annual AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party this past Sunday.

The 27-year-old singer entered into a bidding war with NY Giants co-owner Steve Tisch at The City of West Hollywood Park in Beverly Hills, US Weekly reported.

An attendee told the magazine, "Neil Patrick Harris was beat boxing while chef Cat Cora and David Burka sang [Snoop Dogg's] 'Drop It Like It's Hot' to sell a cooking experience during the auction."

Perry's $50,000 offer was initially outbid by Tisch who increased the price to $80,000. "Katy emptied her purse out jokingly for the cameras before she and Steve agreed to share the prize for $100,000," the attendee said.

"Katy got up and hugged him delightedly. She seemed a bit tipsy, but not messy at all," she continued.

For $50,000, Perry could have spent two years taking classes at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., the school where Chef Cora received her culinary education.

The recently-single "Firework" singer split with Russell Brand, 36, in December. 

Photos surfaced this weekend showing Brand and rumored new girlfriend Oriela Medellin Amieiro together.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Dec222011

Jonah Hill Turns Birthday into Charitable Cause

C Flanigan/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- For his 28th birthday, Jonah Hill is asking fans to make a donation to the U.N. Foundation's Nothing But Nets program, which supplies insecticide-treated bed nets to African nations battling malaria. You can make a donation at NothingButNets.net.

Hill said in a statement, "I want everyone to dig deep into their pockets and cough up $10. $10 sends a bed net to kids in Africa. I hate mosquitoes. I hate malaria more. I love birthdays and I love anyone who donates $10 for my birthday. If you donate $30 I will love you three times as much.”

Hill turned 28 on Tuesday. He was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance in Moneyball.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Nov022011

Kim Kardashian’s Wedding Gifts Are Going to Charity

Don Arnold/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- It’s true: Kim Kardashian's wedding gifts are going to charity.

The Dream Foundation confirmed to ABC News Wednesday that the reality TV star, who has previously worked with the organization that grants wishes to terminally ill adults, reached out to contribute the gifts from her wedding to Kris Humphries following her decision to file for divorce. (The gifts do not include the money she reportedly made from selling the media rights to her wedding.)

“It comes to no surprise to Dream Foundation that Kim would take a difficult and trying situation and turn it into something tremendously positive and impactful to the families we serve,” the foundation’s president, Thomas W. Rollerson, said in a statement. “We are sorry for the circumstances surrounding this contribution, yet this is Kim’s way of paying forward the gestures of love that were bestowed to her.”

Kardashian’s donation will be a “symbolic donation in the value of the gifts she received.” Asked how much money that “symbolic donation” amounts to, Rollerson said via e-mail, “ALLOT!  :)” and added that the money is “being wired in this morning.”

“It’s a substantial contribution,” he said, “a gesture that will help hundreds of families in their greatest time of need.”

Rollerson went on to praise Kardashian’s commitment to the Dream Foundation: “For years, Kim has been one of our most dedicated and ready supporters, not only in contributions, but also in the lending of her time and generous heart. We have personally witnessed her holding hands and comforting terminally ill adults, offering compassion, kindness and acknowledgment to the end of life journey. It is by those acts that a person should be judged -- and we are blessed to have Kim as a part of our service.”

Kardashian has repeatedly rebuked reports that she engineered her wedding for a payday, writing on her blog Tuesday night that she’s “donating the money for all the gifts to the Dream Foundation.”

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