OTTAWA – The federal government has agreed to pay $100 million to settle a four-year legal battle with disabled veterans, who had launched a class-action lawsuit after some of their financial benefits were clawed back.The settlement, which must still be approved by the Federal Court, would provide more than 12,000 of veterans with payments of between $2,000 and $50,000 depending on when they served and the severity of their disabilities.It is the latest in what could be a string of such settlements as the Liberals have indicated that they plan to resolve several other class-action lawsuits brought forward by current and retired military personnel.“I believe the proposed settlement is fair and provides both sides with needed closure,” Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan said in a statement announcing the agreement in principle.“Now that this matter may soon be behind us, the government of Canada will continue working to better serve veterans and their families. I believe this decision shows that we intend to ensure that veterans in Canada are better off now than they were before.”The lawsuit was launched in 2014 after the federal government clawed back financial assistance from thousands of low-income veterans because they were also receiving disability pensions for injuries sustained while in uniform.The veterans alleged that the deductions, which took place between April 2006 and May 2012, violated their charter rights by discriminating against them because they were disabled.A Federal Court hearing is scheduled for December, where the government and lawyers representing the veterans are expected to ask for the settlement to be approved.The settlement represents the latest win for veterans and military personnel after several previous proposed class-action lawsuits were similarly resolved before reaching trial, most notably an $887-million agreement in 2013 for military pension clawbacks.The Liberals also ordered government lawyers in February to launch settlement talks for three proposed class-action lawsuits filed by former Canadian Forces members who say they experienced harassment and discrimination while in uniform.Yet the community also suffered a devastating loss last month when the Supreme Court opted not to hear an appeal brought by a group of disabled veterans called the Equitas Society, who were fighting the Liberals to bring back lifelong disability pensions.Those pensions were abolished in 2006 and replaced by a lump-sum payment and career-training assistance, much to the chagrin of the Equitas members and other veterans, who said it provided significantly less financial compensation than the old system.The Liberals have promised their own pension plan, which comes into effect next year, but the Equitas members and others have complained that it also falls far short.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.
VANCOUVER – A British Columbia woman who brutally beat and drowned 14-year-old Reena Virk near a Victoria-area bridge in 1997 has been granted an extension to her day parole.Kelly Ellard, 35, was convicted of second-degree murder in 2005 after three trials and received a life sentence. The Parole Board of Canada granted her conditional day parole last November.The board extended her day parole for another six months in late July, but the decision was only provided to media on Tuesday. It says Ellard successfully completed residential substance abuse treatment and now lives in a halfway house.“Despite your positive and encouraging commitment to change, the board remains mindful of the seriousness of the index offence,” the board members say in the decision.“You and others caused a horrific and senseless death that was disturbing due to the nature and level of gratuitous violence. The victim’s family must live with the consequences of your behaviour.”A court heard Ellard, then 15, and several other teens swarmed and beat Virk, with one attacker putting out a cigarette on her forehead. Ellard and a teenage boy followed Virk across the bridge, smashed her head into a tree and held her underwater until she drowned.Warren Glowatski was also convicted of second-degree murder and granted full parole in 2010.In recent years, Ellard has assumed more responsibility for her part in the murder, telling the parole board she rolled Virk’s unconscious body into the Gorge waterway. But she has continued to deny holding the girl’s head underwater.The board’s decision says Ellard now goes by the name Kerry Marie Sim.It says she has been open and transparent with her case management team, has managed her daily stress well and has not breached her conditions.Ellard became pregnant in 2016 during a conjugal visit with her boyfriend, who is also on parole, and the decision says she’s working with his case management team and social services to facilitate the care of their child. It does not say where the little boy lives.“You are very focused on your young child’s life,” the board members say in the decision. “It would appear that having a child has helped you focus on the important things in life and as a result your motivation to lead a crime free existence remains high.”The board would expect Ellard, as a new parent, to have a significantly greater understanding of the lifelong harm she has caused, the members add.“While the board recognizes your progress, your reintegration must continue in a slow and gradual process with substantial support and supervision,” board members say.“The board concludes caution is warranted and a longer period of compliance and transparency is required prior to consideration for any expanded form of leave.”Ellard must continue to comply with conditions including not drinking alcohol or using drugs, avoiding people involved in criminal activity and not contacting Virk’s family.Virk’s mother, Suman Virk, died in June at 58 years old. Premier John Horgan offered his condolences at the time, saying her “tireless” work to end bullying helped make life better for countless kids in B.C.Last year, about 200 people gathered outside a historic school that overlooks the beach near where the teen was killed to mark the 20-year anniversary of her death.
OTTAWA — Striking Canada Post workers are shutting down the mail in Ottawa today as the House of Commons takes up legislation that would force them back to work.The capital, as well as smaller towns in Ontario and British Columbia, and Sherbrooke, Que., are all being targeted by rotating strikes by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.Members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have held rotating walkouts for a month, causing massive backlogs of unsorted mail and packages at postal depots.On Thursday, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu tabled a bill to end mail disruptions across the country but debate on it was held back to give a special mediator time to settle the dispute.Hajdu said the Liberal government brought forward the legislation after exhausting every option, adding it has a responsibility to all Canadians and businesses that drive the economy.Canada Post says it could take weeks — even stretching into 2019 — to clear the backlog that has built up, especially at major sorting centres in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.The Canadian Press
HALIFAX — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited friendly Nova Scotia territory on Wednesday evening to thank fundraisers and recall happier times, as controversies rage in Ottawa.The prime minister began his visit attending an evening vigil for a Syrian family that lost seven children in a fast-moving fire earlier in the week before attending a fundraising gathering of donors who have provided his party at least $1,500.Long-time backroom Liberal organizers were in the group of about 100 people gathered in the ballroom of the Halifax Hotel to hear his 15-minute speech.He avoided all talk of controversies over the SNC-Lavalin prosecution and didn’t make himself available for reporters’ questions.Since last week, the government has seen the high-profile resignations of one cabinet member — former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, who became the minister of veterans affairs in January — and Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts.In his speech, the prime minister focused on the positive past, reminding his supporters the party holds all 11 seats in the province, and is looking for a repeat in the 2019 election.Trudeau repeated his familiar criticisms of the Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who has also been making swings through the region in the hope of weakening the Liberal sweep of Atlantic Canada in the last election.Trudeau suggested his political opponents are aligning themselves with populist and extremist political forces.“We were not and are not going to play up personal attacks and personal differences,” he said.“If you get elected by dividing Canadians against each other, sure you can get elected, but you won’t be able to govern right,” he said.On Thursday, Trudeau is expected to make an announcement on improving a busy expressway that commuters use to enter Halifax.In the afternoon, he’s heading to the Black Cultural Centre to tour historical exhibits in the suburb of Cherry Brook, and he will later deliver a speech in recognition of black history month.The Canadian Press
PENTICTON, B.C. — Sitting and sleeping on some downtown sidewalks could be banned in Penticton, B.C., this summer as part of the city’s plan to crack down on loitering.Councillors have voted 5-2 in favour of amending the Good Neighbourhood Bylaw, giving police and bylaw officers the power to hand out tickets for $100 fines.The measure, which still requires final approval, would be enforced between May and Sept. 30 and cover about a dozen blocks on Ellis, Martin and Main streets.Coun. Jake Kimberly told a council meeting it’s “unfortunate” the city has to resort to such a plan but loitering “interferes with the residents who pay for those sidewalks, it interferes with businesses that pay taxes to operate those stores.”Coun. Campbell Watt, who voted against the bylaw, expressed concern about how it may affect people watching a parade, for example, and said he’s not comfortable “pushing people out.”Coun. Julius Bloomfield agreed, saying the change would only target the “symptom” of a lack of affordable housing and should include public input.“I know there’s a lot of support, but I know there’s a lot of concern as well,” Bloomfield said.The bylaw already places limits on panhandling and the changes are aimed at those who are sleeping, loitering or deemed to be causing a nuisance in the designated areas, which make up about 17 per cent of the downtown sidewalk length.Bylaw services supervisor Tina Siebert told council the approach is meant to be minimally restrictive and her staff tries to “balance the heart with the hammer” in its dealings with people.Development services manager Anthony Haddad said the three streets selected for the loitering ban were chosen because they’ve either been revitalized or are up-and-coming areas.Other tentatively approved amendments to the Good Neighbour Bylaw would change the definition of street to include vacant storefronts, ban the connection of recreational vehicles to the city sewer system and prohibit the installation of lights that shine onto adjacent properties.The amendment will be back before council for final approval at a meeting on June 4. (The Penticton Herald)Joe Fries, The Penticton Herald, The Canadian Press
ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — Indigenous leaders from across British Columbia and parts of the United States gathered at a sacred burial site in Abbotsford, B.C., to call for its protection by the provincial government.From a grassy plateau overlooking farmland in the Fraser Valley, Sumas First Nation Chief Dalton Silver told those gathered they were standing on a mass grave where hundreds if not thousands of their ancestors are buried after a smallpox outbreak. He says the Sto:lo and Sumas First Nations have been fighting for years to have the 65-hectare property known as Lightning Rock returned to them.John Glazema of Cold Water Ranch Developments says his firm was among a group of development companies that purchased the site in 2011 with plans to build an agricultural mall but only learned of its spiritual and cultural significance a year later.Since then, he says they have been in negotiations with the province to return the site to the Sumas people, but have yet to reach a settlement for their $12 million in costs.More than a dozen Indigenous leaders, including former lieutenant-governor Steven Point and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, signed a joint letter to Premier John Horgan calling for its return.Indigenous Relations Minister Scott Fraser was not immediately available for comment.Phillip said the union has successfully advocated for the protection of other sites and he’s optimistic that this one would be, too.“We’re on a mass burial site of our people,” Silver told the crowd.“We’re going to keep pursuing this, to have this place returned to us.”Glazema said the developers stand with the nations, but the process has taken a toll on them and their families.“We attempted to do everything right,” he said. “We’re fighting for our money back and paying huge interest costs.”Two years ago, they signed a letter of agreement with the province that appeared to set the stage for a settlement but it has not been forthcoming, he said.They discovered early on in the process that some First Nations criteria had not been considered during the site’s initial assessment.“We are in unity with the Sumas nation,” Glazema said.The Canadian Press
FREDERICTON — The latest dead North Atlantic right whale spotted in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is believed to be a large female.Fisheries and Oceans Canada says the whale was spotted northeast of the Iles-de-la-Madeleine on Thursday.Fishery officers were able to install a satellite tag to track the carcass.Tonya Wimmer, executive director of the Marine Animal Response Society, says bad weather — including strong winds — over the next few days will complicate getting the whale to shore for a necropsy to establish the cause of death.The latest discovery, the second this year, came the same day a study was published finding more than half of the 70 known North Atlantic right whale deaths over the last 16 years were caused by entanglement in fishing gear or vessel collisions.A nine-year-old male right whale was found dead off the coast of New Brunswick this month, but preliminary necropsy results were inconclusive.There are estimated to be about 410 North Atlantic right whales left in the ocean.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — An international body that specializes in monitoring elections is skipping this year’s contest in Canada despite concerns about the role of third-party groups, cybersecurity and social media in the campaign.The Organization for Security and Economic Co-operation in Europe, or OSCE, monitored Canada’s federal election in 2015 and recently sent an advance team to determine whether it should return for 2019.The team reported at the end of August, recommending a mission following discussions with the main political parties as well as Elections Canada, several government departments and outside experts.The team said an observation mission could help assess recent changes to the election law, Canada’s effort to protect the election from cyberthreats, and new rules around campaign financing and social media.But Katya Andrusz of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights says the organization has decided not to send an observation mission to Canada because it has already deployed a lot of missions to other countries this year.Dalhousie University professor Lori Turnbull, who talked with the advance team in July, says it is unfortunate the OSCE opted not to send an observation mission given some of the issues that are likely to come up during the campaign.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 18, 2019.The Canadian Press
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 19, 2019.The Canadian Press In-The-News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what’s on the radar of our editors for the morning of Sept. 19.What we are watching in Canada …OTTAWA — It won’t be campaigning as usual for Justin Trudeau today as the Liberal leader grapples with the fallout from a bombshell that landed on the campaign trail.An 18-year-old photo surfaced Wednesday of him dressed elaborately as Aladdin, with his face and hands blackened by makeup.Trudeau apologized profusely for having indulged in what he acknowledged to be a racist act during an “Arabian Nights”-themed party at a Vancouver private school where he once taught.He conceded it will take some doing to restore his image as a champion of diversity and tolerance.“I’m asking Canadians to forgive me for what I did,” he said during an emergency news conference aboard the Liberal campaign plane before taking off from Nova Scotia for Winnipeg, where he is scheduled to have events today.“I shouldn’t have done that. It was a dumb thing to do. I’m disappointed in myself. I’m pissed off at myself for having done it. I apologize for it.”—Also this …LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — It’s a long running case that has attracted attention across Canada.A judge is to rule today whether an Alberta couple who treated their sick son with herbal remedies rather than seek medical attention should be held responsible in his death.David and Collet Stephan are charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life to 19-month-old Ezekiel, who died in March 2012.They were found guilty by a jury in 2016, but the Supreme Court of Canada set aside the conviction and ordered a new trial.The medical examiner who did the autopsy said Ezekiel died of bacterial meningitis, but a defence pathologist said he died from a lack of oxygen because the ambulance did not have the right equipment for a child.Over the course of the trial, the Stephans testified that they initially thought Ezekiel had croup and they treated him with natural remedies including a smoothie with garlic, onion and horseradish.—ICYMI (In case you missed it) …EDMONTON — An Alberta soldier who works at CFB Edmonton has been charged with the attempted murder of her three children.Cpl. Chantal Jadwiga Condie, 41, also faces arson charges, and is to enter a plea today.In a separate civil lawsuit, her ex-husband, Drew Condie, alleges the children were in their mother’s care on July 20, 2015, when a fire broke out in the basement of their home.He alleges Chantal Condie treated the children at West Edmonton Mall in the days before the fire and then gave them a sleeping aid that night.The suit also alleges that she took three smoke detectors in the home and put them in the basement before starting a fire and closing the door.None of the allegations has been proven in court and Chantal Condie denies all of them in her statement of defence.She suggests it was her former husband or one of the children who started the fire, something the husband’s lawyer denies.—What we are watching in the U.S. …U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil installations an “act of war” against the kingdom by Iran, as the Saudis displayed missile and drone wreckage and cited other evidence they said shows the raid was “unquestionably sponsored by Iran.”Iran, which has denied involvement in the attack, warned the U.S. it will retaliate immediately if it is targeted.U.S. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, said Wednesday he is moving to increase financial sanctions on Tehran over the attack. He was non-committal on whether he would order U.S. military retaliation.At a news conference, Saudi military spokesman Col. Turki al-Malki said the attack Saturday that did heavy damage to the heart of the Saudi oil industry was “launched from the north and was unquestionably sponsored by Iran.” Yemen is south of Saudi Arabia, while Iran and Iraq lie to the north.Al-Malki stopped short of accusing Iran of actually firing the weapons itself or launching them from Iranian territory.—What we are watching in the rest of the world …Israelis were contending with the prospect of a third election on Thursday, two days after an unprecedented repeat election left the country’s two main political parties deadlocked, with neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor his rivals holding a clear path to a coalition government.While weeks of negotiations to form a coalition government lay ahead, conditions set by the parties could hobble the task within the allotted time, prompting a never-before held third election.With nearly all votes counted Thursday, the centrist Blue and White party stood at 33 seats in Israel’s 120-seat parliament. Netanyahu’s conservative Likud stood at 31 seats.Neither party can form a government without the support of the election’s apparent kingmaker, Avigdor Lieberman of the Yisrael Beitenu party. His insistence on a secular government would force out Netanyahu’s traditional allies, the country’s two ultra-Orthodox parties and another nationalist-religious party.—On this day in 1654 …In the first Canadian marriage on record, 11-year-old Marguerite Sedilot married 20-year-old Jean Aubuchon in Trois-Rivieres, Que.The couple had 16 children together.—Weird and wild …OAKVILLE, Ont. — This would put a crimp in your afternoon commute.A 29-year-old man from Brantford faces dozens of charges after allegedly stealing tires and rims off vehicles parked at commuter train stations in Ontario.Halton Regional Police say the string of alleged thefts took place between Aug. 21 and Sept. 11 at GO train stations.They say the suspect allegedly removed the tires and rims from parked vehicles, leaving them on cement blocks.—Your health …Marijuana and alcohol have been identified as the most common substances leading to hospitalization of youth aged 10 to 24 across the country in a report that highlights the prevalence of mental-health conditions as contributing factors.The Canadian Institute for Health Information says 23,500 people in that age group were hospitalized for harm caused by substance use, amounting to an average of 65 hospitalizations every day between April 2017 and March 2018.Cannabis was documented in almost 40 per cent of hospitalizations overall and alcohol was associated with 26 per cent of hospital stays.The report says of the youth who stayed in hospital for cannabis use, 81 per cent received care for a mental-health issue such as anxiety and 49 per cent of opioid-related stays also involved care for mental-health treatment.It shows Saskatchewan had the highest rate of hospitalizations at 667 per 100,000 population, mostly due to cannabis, followed by alcohol and stimulants that could include methamphetamine and Ritalin, prescribed for ADHD.—Music news …TORONTO — The Canadian Music Hall of Fame has the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s covered with this year’s nominees.Pop singer Andy Kim, best known as the co-writer of infectious 1969 radio hit “Sugar, Sugar,” is going into the hall as well as Vancouver-based rockers Chilliwack, who rose to popularity in the 1970s.The Cowboy Junkies, founded in Toronto in the mid-eighties, are being honoured, and teen idol Bobby Curtola is also being posthumously inducted. He died in 2016.The induction ceremony takes place at Calgary’s Studio Bell on Oct. 27—Food for thought …Tim Hortons is moving beyond Beyond Meat.The coffee chain says it’s dropping the alternative protein products at thousands of Canadian locations, just three months after introducing them.The vegetable-based Beyond Burgers are being taken off menus nationally, while Beyond Meat breakfast sandwiches will be removed from all locations except in B.C. and Ontario, where there has been a “positive reaction,” the company said.The Tim Hortons’ decision, apparently made based on sales volumes, might indicate that Beyond Meat is reaching a saturation level in Canada after being embraced by A&W, said Sylvain Charlebois, a professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
A glamorous soirée in the iconic Cullman Hall of the Universe on Central Park West was the setting of a star-studded charity drive by luxury Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer and its Hollywood brand ambassadors Cameron Diaz and Leonardo DiCaprio.Cameron Diaz and Leonardo DiCaprioThe exclusive event, held below the dramatic glass-cubed planetarium sphere in the American Museum of Natural History, brought together NY and Hollywood celebrities, business, fashion and media leaders from around the world and key figures of the international jet-set for a double-pronged charity push: to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, and raise awareness for gender equality and the empowerment of women worldwide.Cameron Diaz and President & CEO of TAG Heuer Jean-Christophe Babin attend TAG Heuer Celebrates A Night Under The Stars for charity The 500 guests in attendance, many of whom flew in expressly for the high-profile event, were regaled by a special performance of the New York City Ballet, before dancing the night away to the music of New York’s red-hot DJ Evalicious. For each guest, TAG Heuer pledged $100 to New York Cares’ Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, and a further $100 to Cameron Diaz’s partner charity, UN Women (The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women).The event marks the first time that TAG Heuer Ambassadors Cameron Diaz and Leonardo DiCaprio combined forces for a TAG Heuer celebrity event. Welcomed on stage by thunderous applause, Cameron proudly displayed her new Link Lady Trilogy Limited Edition in steel, and was wearing a stunning Lanvin dress. On Leonardo’s wrist, he wore the new Link Limited Edition with blue dial. On stage, TAG Heuer President and CEO Jean-Christophe Babin offered to Cameron a yellow gold version of the trilogy, an exclusive set of watch and jewelry.“TAG Heuer uniquely brings together the elegance of generosity and the essence of luxury,” said Cameron Diaz, a TAG Heuer Brand Ambassador since last March and a longtime supporter of UN Women. “I am very proud to be a part of their efforts to make the world a better and more beautiful place.”“Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of Hurricane Sandy,” said TAG Heuer President and CEO Jean-Christophe Babin. “Their resiliency in the face of such adversity is a true inspiration, as is the outpouring of support from communities worldwide. We’re proud to support New York Cares as it is the largest local volunteer organization dedicated to supporting those impacted by this devastating storm.”During the prestigious “place-to-be” event, TAG Heuer showcased its new collection of limited edition LINK timepieces and jewelry. A benchmark of avant-garde design and ultimate comfort since 1987, the LINK’s newest incarnations are: the LADIES’ LINK AUTOMATIC WATCH, the first automatic watch for women offered in the LINK Lady line; the LINK LADY TRILOGY, a limited edition watch, ring and bracelet set co-designed by Cameron Diaz; and the “LEONARDO DICAPRIO” LINK CALIBRE 16 CHRONOGRAPH, a limited edition chronograph signed on its smoked sapphire caseback by Leonardo DiCaprio.Profits from the sale of the stunning Link Lady Trilogy will go to support UN Women, while proceeds from the blue-dial LDC Limited Edition Link’s sales will go to Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental charity partners, Green Cross International and the Natural Resources Defense Council ( NRDC).Source:Multivu.com
Victoria Beckham and THE OUTNET.COM have partnered to sell more than 600 items of her clothing in aid of the charity, mothers2mothers.THE OUTNET.COM, with the support of Christie’s who valued the items, will host the sale online from August 20th-25th, 2014.Video: Victoria Beckham & THEOUTNET.COM present a Charity Sale for mothers2mothersIn February this year, following an invitation from Anna Wintour and American Vogue to visit South Africa, Victoria met with mothers2mothers (m2m) founder Dr. Mitch Besser. The charity trains, employs and empowers Mentor Mothers, who are mothers living with HIV, in order to educate them on how to prevent the transmission of HIV from mothers to babies and improve the health of women and their families. Victoria was so moved by the experience that she wanted to do all she could to raise money and awareness.“After spending just a few days with these remarkable women and learning more about the charity from Mitch, and his lovely wife Annie Lennox, I wanted to do as much as I could,” said Victoria. “It really was a life-changing experience; I’ve never experienced anything like it.”Victoria felt that a sale of items from her wardrobe could be an incredibly powerful way to raise both money and awareness. With help from her mother and sister, Victoria carefully selected iconic pieces from her wardrobe – pieces from her early days with the Spice Girls, that she wore out with David Beckham, and from catwalk appearances, parties, awards shows and other events that have been heavily documented and photographed by the world’s press.“I laughed a lot when we were going through my wardrobe as the pieces hold so many happy memories for me, David and the children,” said Victoria. “A lot of the clothes have been specially designed for me by the most talented designers and I’ve loved wearing them, however I now feel it’s someone else’s turn to enjoy them.“We approached THE OUTNET.COM, part of The NET-A-PORTER Group, as they have an incredible global reputation and are the perfect partner for us to build awareness and raise as much money as possible for mothers2mothers.”THE OUTNET.COM will be selling the items as a private online sale. The pieces include hats, shoes, bags and jewelry, designer ready-to-wear, costume pieces, coats, skiwear and evening dresses. Interested customers must register at THE OUTNET.COM from August 5th for a chance to shop the collection.As a special treat for Victoria Beckham fans and THE OUTNET.COM customers, an auction of 10 of the most iconic pieces from Victoria’s wardrobe will be put up for sale in a ‘Going, Going, Gone’ reverse auction, where the Starting Price reduces by a fixed amount every five minutes – which makes for very exciting shopping on the site. Pieces such as the full length, white Dolce & Gabbana dress worn for the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards and the fluorescent yellow Roberto Cavalli gown worn for the pre-World Cup party in 2006 at David and Victoria Beckham’s country house will be part of the auction.“We are honored and extremely grateful to Victoria Beckham and THE OUTNET.COM for their very generous support of mothers2mothers. The funds that are raised will help mothers2mothers’ Mentor Mothers reach even more HIV-positive mothers with critical health education and support, to stay healthy and protect their babies from HIV infection. HIV infections in children and maternal and infant deaths from AIDS are unnecessary and unacceptable. With the right education and empowerment, no baby should ever be born with HIV and no mother should die of AIDS. I’m sure everyone will have lots of fun shopping such a fashion treasure trove, and we’d like to thank those who do for joining us to eliminate HIV/AIDS in children and keep their mothers alive.’ - Dr. Mitch Besser, Founder, mothers2mothersThe Victoria Beckham Charity Sale for mothers2mothers will be available exclusively at www.theoutnet.com/vbcharitysale from August 20th-25th, 2014.
Habitat For Humanity International regrets to announce the cancellation of this year’s Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, formerly scheduled to take place November 1-6, 2015, in the Chitwan District of Nepal.As reported by news media, Nepal has been experiencing civil unrest due to the country’s recent announcement of its new constitution. Habitat has been closely monitoring the situation and new circumstances have proven to be safety risks for volunteers and staff. Currently, many goods and materials coming into the country — including gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and cooking fuel, as well as food and medical supplies — have been halted or slowed to a critical point, hindering Habitat’s capacity to effectively and safely execute the planned project.Additionally, the U.S. Embassy located in Kathmandu today issued a message recommending travelers evaluate any upcoming plans in Nepal, stating that due to the nationwide fuel shortage and blockages at the border, “many of the safety measures that would normally be relied on in an emergency situation may become unavailable.”“I am saddened that we have had to cancel this year’s Carter Work Project,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International. “It’s the first time in 32 years that we have found ourselves in such a position. However, the severity of the shortages has proven to be insurmountable and given the circumstances, we would not be able to guarantee volunteer care and safety. Additionally, a large-scale event like this would only take away precious local resources already in short supply. This has been a difficult decision, but it is the responsible thing to do. We are grateful to our supporters and ask for their understanding and patience at this time.”Habitat for Humanity remains committed to addressing adequate housing needs in the country. Nepali families who were selected as partner homeowners for the project will still be served through local construction resources.“While I am disappointed that we are unable to build in Nepal due to such uncertain circumstances, Rosalynn and I understand and support Habitat’s decision. We will keep the people of Nepal in our prayers and ask everyone to do the same,” said President Jimmy Carter. “We look forward to our ongoing work with Habitat and continuing to help shine the light on the need for affordable housing.”Habitat has been fortunate to receive commitment from 1,500 volunteers from within Nepal and around the world for the 2015 Carter Work Project, and will work directly with them to address questions regarding the unforeseen cancellation of the build in Nepal.
Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, treated guests to a surprise performance by GRAMMY-award winning Zac Brown Band during its annual gala, which was held at WestWorld of Scottsdale on Jan. 25, 2016.Zac Brown Band played during Barrett-Jackson’s annual gala at WestWorld of ScottsdaleThis year’s highly anticipated event was sponsored by Acura and celebrated the millions of dollars raised for charity by the car collecting community. The annual gala was Scottsdale’s most sought-after event ticket and kicked off Barrett-Jackson’s auction week where over 1,500 vehicles will cross the block at WestWorld of Scottsdale.“The first Barrett-Jackson auction 45 years ago was a creative way to connect the collector car community and benefit an important charity,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Fast forward to today, and Barrett-Jackson has evolved into a global powerhouse that is the world’s greatest collector car auction. During those decades, we’ve raised millions of dollars for important causes. While the scale of our events may continue to grow, the passion for this hobby and helping charities deepens with every life that we touch.”Barrett-Jackson kept the entertainment for the annual gala under a veil of secrecy. Working with this year’s gala sponsor Acura, Barrett-Jackson secured the iconic Zac Brown Band to headline this year’s gala. The band recently wrapped up their largest North American Stadium Tour to date and was greeted by a surprised and elated audience on Monday night when they took center stage to rock the room.Barrett-Jackson has raised nearly $85 million for charity over the past 45 years, and will continue this generous tradition with the auction of one of the most anticipated supercars in the world, the 2017 Acura NSX VIN #001 (Lot #3007). One hundred percent of the hammer price of the Acura NSX will benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Ground, the passion project of Grammy Award-winning artist Zac Brown.Other important charity vehicles crossing the block in Scottsdale include the Chevrolet COPO Camaro VIN #001 (Lot #3005), a custom 2016 Ford Focus RS (Lot #3009), Jay Leno’s one-of-one F-150 (Lot #3006) and others totaling 11 charity consignments.“The Barrett-Jackson Opening Night Gala has become the hottest ticket in Scottsdale during January,” said Carolyn Jackson who headed up the event planning committee. “Since this was our 45th anniversary event, it was important to elevate the experience in every way. From the entertainment to the cuisine, our team worked diligently to create the ultimate Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Week kick-off event for the thousands of people who attended the gala.”To preview vehicles consigned for the 2016 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, click here.
As the five-year mark for the Syrian war approaches, Cristiano Ronaldo – a Save the Children global artist ambassador since 2012 – is aiming to bring focus back to the children of the ravaged country, where life has continued to deteriorate for the most vulnerable.Cristiano Ronaldo posts selfie with son and football-loving Syrian refugee boyCredit/Copyright: FacebookTo show his support, the internationally renowned soccer player for Real Madrid posted to his social media channels a selfie with his 5-year-old son, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr., holding a photo of very special soccer-loving Syrian refugee boy, named Ayman, who is also five years old.Born when the Syrian war began, life in a war zone took a devastating toll on Ayman, so much so, he did not speak – ever. He saw and heard things that no child should see, from armed men breaking down doors, to dead bodies lying in the street to sirens going off at all hours.His family fled to the border of Jordan where they joined tens of thousands of Syrian families in the Za’atari refugee camp. Help finally came when Ayman’s parents enrolled him in a Save the Children-supported kindergarten, called Little Hands, at the camp. There, he began to speak – through the help of a caring teacher, his supportive parents and a love of soccer that blossomed.Play, such as soccer, is important for a child’s development. It teaches children essential skills like how to count, how to solve problems and how to get along with others.Ronaldo, who often posts photos with his son, wanted to use his social media megaphone to ensure that the world does not lose focus on the littlest victims of this war – the children. The mega-star recently reached 200 million social media followers, making him the most-followed athlete on a global scale.“With a young son of his own, Cristiano Ronaldo understands how vulnerable children are at that age,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. “With Ronaldo’s help, we can keep the focus on the children of the Syrian war, many of whom have known nothing but war their entire life. After five years of this conflict, we don’t want the world to forget the children – they shouldn’t have to pay the price for the world’s inaction.”Ronaldo’s selfie comes on the heels of Save the Children’s new report “Childhood Under Siege,” which was recently released ahead of the five-year mark of the war in Syria on Tues., March 15.The report estimates that more than 250,000 children have been in constant fear for their lives for many months in Syria’s besieged areas. Parents testify to not only dealing with the psychological impact on children terrified of explosions, but the dire consequences of being deprived of food, basic medicine and clean water.
Reminder: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, will honor the groundbreaking film Moonlight, as well as actress Meryl Streep and comedian Seth Meyers at the 2017 HRC Greater New York Gala on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.Moonlight, which tells the story of a young black gay man, is inspired by the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney, who will accept the award on behalf of the film. HRC recently sat down with the film’s writer and director, Barry Jenkins, as well as McCraney, to discuss the groundbreaking film and the issues of bullying and masculinity. Richard Brody of The New Yorker said, “Blasting aside conventions, archetypes, and stereotypes, Jenkins conjures the birth of an individual’s consciousness, the forging of a complex and multifaceted identity; he restores complexity to the very idea of identity, of the multiplicity as well as the singularity of being oneself — and he conveys his own primordial sense of wonder that art itself can conjure it.” Moonlight is the winner of the 2017 Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, Drama.Seth Meyers will be honored with the HRC Equality Award. Using his perfectly-timed wit and off-the-cuff satire, Meyers has helped to draw attention to discriminatory legislation targeting LGBTQ people across the country, including North Carolina’s deeply discriminatory House Bill 2.LGBTQ-icon Meryl Streep will be honored at the event with the National Ally for Equality Award. For almost 40 years, Meryl Streep has portrayed an astonishing array of characters in a career that has cut its own unique path from the theater through film and television. An outspoken advocate for LGBTQ equality, Streep credits childhood music teachers for helping to open her eyes to LGBTQ acceptance, including her gay piano teacher and his partner, and another transgender music teacher. “I just can’t remember when LGBT people were not in my life,” Streep said an in interview.The Greater New York Gala is one of HRC’s most prestigious events of the year, attracting more than 1,000 of the organization’s most active leaders, supporters, and members. The event regularly draws political officials from federal, state, and local governments, as well as celebrity entertainers and leaders in the business community. To purchase tickets for the #HRCGreaterNY gala, learn more about the event, ways to volunteer, and more, please visit www.HRCGreaterNY.org.
Singer songwriter Jackson Browne announces two special benefit concerts for The Actors’ Gang Theatre on March 22 and 29, 2017. The theatre located in Culver City, CA will be selling a limited number of 90 seats per show.Jackson Browne to perform two special benefit concerts for The Actors’ Gang TheatreTickets are available online now at www.TheActorsGang.com.“The Actors Gang Theater is a jewel in the middle of LA – a world-class repertory company under the direction of actor and director Tim Robbins. They have staged their innovative productions here for years and taken them throughout the world, and I’ve been fortunate to see many of them,” says Jackson Browne. “They also work in the prison system here, and there is a continuity that runs through their theater work and their work on behalf of social justice. Their recent productions of Harlequino: On to Freedom, The Exonerated, and Lyrics From Lockdown gave me the idea of doing a residency in support of their work, and introducing this brilliant theater to my audience.”Jackson Browne will perform an acoustic show, joined by longtime backing vocalists Chavonne Stewart and Alethea Mills.“Jackson Browne has been an artist that not only has created classic music that has resonated throughout the past five decades but has consistently been a godfather and mentor of young musicians in Los Angeles and throughout the world,” says Tim Robbins. “Those that have had the pleasure to work with Jackson know that his heart is as large as his talent. We are honored and blessed to welcome Jackson Browne, a great friend and longtime supporter of The Actors’ Gang, to our stage.”Since 1982, The Actors’ Gang has created and presented over 150 bold, original works and reinterpretations of classics. Based in Los Angeles the Gang has performed its unique style of theater in 45 States in the US and throughout the world on five continents.The groundbreaking Actors Gang Prison Project has expanded to ten California prisons serving incarcerated women, men and children with rehabilitation programs that reduce tensions in prisons and significantly reduce the recidivism rate.Thousands of children in Los Angeles public schools have discovered confidence and creativity with our Actors’ Gang Education Department in school immersion and after school programs. Classes encourage acceptance, respect and team building in a fun and effective way. For more information, please visit us in our theater or online at www.theactorsgang.com. The Actors’ Gang Theatre is located at 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA 9023
Got Your 6 today announced the awarding of 13 new projects with its 6 Certified designation, reserved for films, television, theatrical, and digital content that normalizes depictions of veterans as leaders and community assets.The projects range from CBS’s “Criminal Minds,” Netflix’s “Five Came Back” the upcoming documentary “The Vietnam War” directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, and the Bleecker Street/LD Entertainment film “Megan Leavey” opening June 9.“The military is an ever-present fixture in film, theater, and television, and whether it creates the setting for the storyline or offers insights into a character’s past, it gives viewers a sense of what military service is all about,” said 6 Certified Review Committee member Bonnie Carroll, president and founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). “Got Your 6’s certification program provides a vital service, carefully screening films to recognize honorable portrayals and accurate depictions of veterans, elevating the entire entertainment industry to a higher standard.”“I love to see that ‘veteran’ doesn’t have to be a defining characteristic of a character; it can just be an aspect of who they are or that their life was enriched by service,” said review committee member Rory Brosius, vice president of ScoutComms. Referring to the film “Megan Leavey,” she said, “I thought that Megan’s story and struggle with transition seemed real, accurate, and most importantly hopeful. The film did not shy away from what can be a truly challenging portion of the veteran transition: finding a new mission in life. While some of the story may be fictionalized, this is an important narrative for our community.”Got Your 6 announced the following projects were awarded with 6 Certified status:“American Veteran” – The feature length documentary tells the story of U.S. Army Sergeant Nick Mendes, who was paralyzed from the neck down by a 500 pound improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2011. The documentary follows Nick for five years following the explosion as he rebuilds his life and falls in love with Wendy, an extraordinary medical caregiver he meets in a VA hospital. The film chronicles his long recovery, struggles, and pain, but never perpetuates the stereotype of the “wounded veteran.” BetterThanFiction Productions“Criminal Minds” – The long-running American police crime drama, set primarily at the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) based in Quantico, Virginia, follows a group of FBI profilers who catch various criminals through behavioral profiling. The plot focuses on the team’s cases and their personal lives, depicting the hardened life and statutory requirements of a profiler. Actor Joe Mantegna plays Supervisory Special Agent David Rossi, a senior level profiler who happens to be a Vietnam veteran as well as a moral core of the show. His service is primarily mentioned in passing, depicting his veteran status as one of many characteristics as opposed to defining his identity. The Mark Gordon Company, ABC Studios, CBS Television Studios“Fences” – Directed by Denzel Washington with a screenplay by August Wilson based upon his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Fences” follows Troy Maxson in 1950s Pittsburgh as he fights to provide for those he loves. Troy once dreamed of a baseball career, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black players. He tries to be a good husband and father, but his lost dream of glory eats at him, and causes him to make a decision that threatens to tear his family apart. Troy’s brother Gabriel, a disabled veteran, acts as a shining beacon of hope, despite his traumatic backstory. Gabriel is a fresh take on the sorts of wounds soldiers endure and showcases the strength of the human spirit. Paramount Pictures, in association with Bron Creative and Macro Media“Five Came Back” – Netflix’s “Five Came Back” is a three-part adaptation of Mark Harris’ bestseller, directed by Laurent Bouzereau. Meryl Streep narrates Harris’ story of how five esteemed Hollywood directors – Frank Capra (“Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”), George Stevens (“Swing Time”), William Wyler (“The Letter,” “Jezebel”), John Ford (“Stagecoach,” “The Grapes of Wrath”), and John Huston (“The Maltese Falcon”) – volunteered to make propaganda films for the United States and its fighting corps. For the adaptation, it was Bouzereau’s vision to ask five current filmmakers – Guillermo del Toro, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, Lawrence Kasdan and Paul Greengrass – to consider the Hollywood quintet who went to war and returned forever altered by what they saw and did. Amblin Television, IACF Productions, Netflix, Passion Pictures, Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment“Megan Leavey” – This film is based on the true life story of a young U.S. Marine corporal (played by Kate Mara) whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite (“Blackfish”) and written by Pamela Gray, Annie Mumolo, and Tim Lovestedt, the film documents their journey of more than 100 missions until an IED explosion injures them. Bleecker Street/LD Entertainment“Sand Castle” – Set in Iraq in 2003, “Sand Castle” follows a platoon of U.S. Army soldiers in the early days of Iraq War. Inexperienced Private Matt Ocre (played by Nicolas Hoult) and his unit are ordered to the outskirts of the village Baqubah to repair a water pumping station damaged by U.S. bombs. Ocre struggles with the true cost of war and learns that trying to win the hearts and minds of the locals is a task fraught with danger. The film was written by U.S. Army veteran and Tillman Scholar, Chris Roessner. Treehouse Pictures, Voltage Pictures, 42/Automatik, Netflix“Seeing Blind” – A digital short produced by Crown Royal as part of its “Living Generously” campaign, “Seeing Blind” tells the story of U.S. Army Major Scotty Smiley, a combat veteran who was blinded in Iraq and continued to serve in active duty for another decade as the Army’s first blind commander. To thank Major Smiley for his service, Crown Royal paired him with internationally renowned poet Matthew Dickman to help him visualize his hometown of Pasco, Wash., in a poetic new way. Good Company“Seven Dates With Death” – This moving documentary short is about Moreese Bickham, a man jailed for an act of self-defense who survives half his life in prison by holding onto his faith, resilience, and hope. Viewers don’t learn he is a veteran until the end credits when an American flag is draped on his coffin at his funeral; however, this symbolic end showcases the depth of Moreese’s life and sacrifice. The short documentary is currently playing in film festivals across the U.S. and London and is expected to be publicly released by the end of 2017. Executive Producers Joan M. Cheever, Mike Holland“Taken” – A television series based on the “Taken” film trilogy, this series acts as a modern day origin story for former Green Beret Bryan Mills (played by Clive Standen), who overcomes a personal tragedy while starting his career as a special intelligence operative. As a former CIA agent and post-9/11 veteran, Mills has spontaneous flashbacks to his military service. While the show touches on his service, it allows the audience to be empathetic with his experience and the skills learned while in uniform. “Taken” consulted with Got Your 6 team members on specific issues regarding active duty service and veteran reintegration. FLW Films, Universal Television, Europacorp Television, NBC“The Vietnam War” – This 10-part documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will air on PBS in September 2017. In an immersive 360-degree narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War through the testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many American veterans who served in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides. Florentine Films, PBS“This is Us” – This hit American television series stars Milo Ventimiglia (Jack) and Mandy Moore (Rebecca), parents of triplets – two natural-born and one adopted after their third child is stillborn. The series follows siblings Kate, Kevin and Randall as their lives intertwine. After 18 episodes, it is revealed that Jack – who must balance being the best father he can be with the struggles of supporting for his family of five – is a Vietnam War veteran. This dramedy challenges everyday presumptions about how well we think we know the people around us. Rhode Island Ave. Productions, Zaftig Films, 20th Century Fox Television, NBC“VOW” (digital shorts) – “VOW” (Veterans Operation Wellness) is a Spike campaign created to inspire veterans to make the same commitment to their health and wellness that they made to their country. Two of the campaign’s digital shorts, “Operation Surf Helps Returning Soldiers” and “NYC Veterans Day Parade 2016,” were awarded 6 Certified status. In addition to featuring inspiring veterans, the shorts serve to motivate civilians to connect with veterans through community-building events and activities. Witness Films, Viacom“When We Rise” – This four-part mini-series event which chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles, set-backs, and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBTQ men and women who helped pioneer the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement. Ken Jones (played by Michael K. Williams and Jonathan Majors), an African-American Vietnam veteran, joined the gay-liberation movement in San Francisco, only to discover and confront racism within the gay men’s community. For years he organized services for homeless youth, worked to diversify the gay movement, and led efforts to confront the devastation of the AIDS epidemic. ABC StudiosGot Your 6 launched the 6 Certified initiative in early 2015 as a way to challenge industry executives and content creators to craft more thoughtful narratives around veterans and military families. Since the launch, 54 projects have been certified, including Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Sully,” Lionsgate’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” and Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World,” as well as episodes and seasons of Netflix’s “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” FX’s “Justified,” Fox’s “Gotham,” FX’s “Fargo,” and ABC’s “Modern Family.”To become 6 Certified, a project must contain a representative and balanced depiction of veterans and fulfill at least one of the following pledges:DO YOUR HOMEWORKResearch or consult with real veterans, family members, or subject matter experts in an effort to create accurate representationsCAST A VETERANHire a veteran actor to play a substantial roleHIRE A VETERAN WRITEREmploy a veteran writer to contribute to the narrativePORTRAY A VETERAN CHARACTERDevelop a multi-dimensional veteran characterTELL A VETERAN STORYDevelop a narrative with meaningful and accurate veteran themesUSE VETERANS AS RESOURCES ON SET OR IN WRITERS’ ROOMSHave veterans present for consultation throughout the filmmaking processAfter the project has met the requirements for certification, it may be submitted by a studio or production company once the project enters post-production. After the submission is complete, the project is evaluated by the 6 Certified Review Committee, an independent group of subject matter experts who review all submissions and grant 6 Certified status.The current members of the 6 Certified Review Committee include: Bruce Cohen, producer of “American Beauty” and “Silver Linings Playbook”; Greg Silverman, founder, Stampede Ventures; Charlie Ebersol, chairman and founder of The Company; Rory Brosius, vice president of ScoutComms, Bonnie Carroll, president and founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS); Tim Norman, director of human resources, DreamWorks Animation; Seth Smith, former director of campaigns and programming for Participant Media; Marjorie Williams, vice president, business and legal affairs, Endemol Shine North America; and Bill Rausch, executive director of Got Your 6.Additional information on certification is available at gotyour6.org/6-certified.The 6 Certified program is operated by Got Your 6, the national veteran organization that empowers veterans to lead a resurgence of community across the nation. The organization believes veterans return home as leaders and team builders and is named after the military term meaning “I’ve got your back.”
The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) hosted the 19th Annual Gala in the Hamptons at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, NY during the 14th Annual Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tournament weekend which raised $4 million.John FogertyCredit/Copyright: Patrick McMullanFounder Michael Milken and The Gala in the Hamptons weekend hosts and sponsors welcomed guests to enjoy, engage and be entertained while helping to fund groundbreaking discoveries in cancer research. This year’s entertainment was provided by Grammy award winning musician John Fogerty.Notable attendees included: Michael Milken (Founder), Dr. Jonathan Simons, Plum Simons, Senator Lindsey Graham, U.S. Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, John Fogerty, Richard Merkin, Nick Bollettieri, Robert Citrone, Joel Pashcow, Tom and Ann Tenenbaum Lee, Glenn Myles, Jennifer Myles, Mitch Modell of Modell’s Sporting Goods, Carissa Kranz, Jason Rabin, Nicole Rabin, Igor Tulchinsky and Valentina Pavlenko, George Walker, Nancy Walker, Scott Lipsky, Daniel Nestor, Natasha Nestor, Alex Bogomolov Jr., Luana Bogomolov, Cyril Saulnier, Scott Davis, Shelly Davis, Graydon Oliver, Rick Leach, Alyssa Leach, Amer Delić, Santiago Gonzalez, Chris Haggard, Georgy Chukhleb, Ashley Fisher, Treat Huey, Robert Kendrick, Jared Palmer, John Lloyd, Jason Pinsky, Wayne Ferreira, Adam Finerman, Ralph Finerman, Bill Miller, Linda Miller, Chantelle Boulle, Anthony Boulle, David Rabin, Nicki Rabin, Heba Aberdin, Suhail Khalib, Fabrice Martin, Graydon Oliver, Natasha Oliver, Seth Bernstein, Maria Bernstein, Jay Bernstein, Allison Bernstein, Jonathan Schneider, Krista Johnson, Don Johnson, Larry Leeds, Patty Manoff, Mark Manoff and Richard Merkin.Opening the evening’s benefit dinner, Michael Milken asked a series of icebreaking questions covering topics about the weekend’s festivities which created a relaxed atmosphere and gradually eased attendees into the evening ahead of them. He followed with a special thank you to guests for their consistent support and commitment to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Every year, the Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tournament raises awareness of prostate cancer and supports the foundation’s efforts to eradicate the disease that strikes one in nine American men. Over the past 14 years, the tennis tournament has raised $29 million to fund the PCF’s scientific research, while providing amateur players an invaluable experience playing alongside well-known tennis professionals. PCF Tennis Director Anthony Boulle welcomed legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri to the stage to reflect on his remarkable career training Serena and Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Boris Becker and more.In a speech paying tribute to the late Senator John McCain, who recently passed from an aggressive form of brain cancer–glioblastoma–Milken expressed the importance of raising money to fund cancer research. The Prostate Cancer Foundation has made it possible to identify drivers behind various types of cancers outside of prostate. Specializing in early stage research, PCF has also advanced brain, bladder, lung and breast cancer research.PCF’s President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Jonathan W. Simons touched on the progress made through their life-changing research. For instance, the chances of dying and suffering of prostate cancer has reduced dramatically by 50%. The PCF Young Investigators program has identified an impactful group of future research leaders who will bring new ideas that will move the field of prostate cancer research forward. Since it’s inception in 2008, the Young Investigators Award recipients have researched 10 FDA approved treatments. Longtime supporter of PCF, CEO Mitch Modell of Modell Sporting Goods, shared that his connection to the grave disease stems from the battle a family member endured. Modell donated $101,055 in support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.The 2018 Pro-Am Invitational weekend began on Friday, August 24th with a dinner reception hosted at the private estate of Marc Leder. The first three rounds of the tennis tournament took place on Saturday morning, August 25th, 2018 on the private courts of Bill Ackman, Michael & Margie Loeb, Josh & Marjorie Harris, John & Jenny Paulson, Jane Lauder & Kevin Warsh, George Walker, Tom & Ann Tenenbaum Lee and Leon & Debra Black. Prior to Saturday’s cocktail reception, Michael and Margie Loeb hosted a luncheon at their Southampton, NY estate in celebration of the Gala in the Hamptons. The Shinnecock Tennis Club provided the tournament site for the final rounds of the pro-am matches on Sunday. The round robin tournament, played over two days, pairs 32 amateur tennis players with a current or former member of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), which includes many of the top ranked doubles players or a tennis legend.The 14th Annual Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tournament champions included Mark Ein with Fabrice Martin in Group 1, Chris Oberbeck with Alex Bogomolov in Group 2, Amy Griffin with Jared Palmer in Group 3 and Bob Hogan with Graydon Oliver in Group 4.Every year, the Gala in the Hamptons encourages support from organization members and tennis professionals plus amateur athletes. Celebrating everyone’s efforts, Grammy award winning musician John Fogerty performed at the lavish dinner party and ended the night in high spirits on the dance floor.The 2018 tennis professionals included: Treat Huey, Edouard Roger-Vasselin, Scott Lipsky, Daniel Nestor, Alex Bogomolov Jr., Don Johnson, Cyril Saulnier, Robert Kendrick, Vince Spadea, Scott Davis, Graydon Oliver, Jared Palmer, Rick Leach, Amer Delic, Santiago Gonzalez, John Lloyd, Jason Pinsky, Chris Haggard, Wayne Ferreira, Georgy Chukhleb, Luke Jensen and Ashley Fisher.The Prostate Cancer Foundation, founded in 1993, is dedicated to discovering groundbreaking cancer research programs thanks to the steadfast commitment from the organization, research scientists and supporters. Weekend hosts and sponsors of the 2018 Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tournament & Gala in the Hamptons include: Michael and Lori Milken, Bill Ackman, Steve and Alexandra Cohen, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Larry Gagosian and Chrissie Erpf, Joshua and Marjorie Harris, Jane Lauder and Kevin Warsh, Tom and Ann Tenenbaum Lee, Marc Leder, Richard and Karen LeFrak, Michael and Margie Loeb, William and Phyllis Mack, Richard Merkin, Modell’s Sporting Goods, Glenn and Jennifer Myles, Joel Pashcow, John and Jenny Paulson, Artie Rabin, Cliff and Barbara Sobel, Igor Tulchinsky and Valentina Pavlenko, George and Nancy Walke and Whispering Angel Wines.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: In a release, Foster says it is a “great honour” to receive the award, explaining that he created his foundation in 1986 after meeting a young girl from his hometown who was awaiting a liver transplant.Foster says music has brought him many rewards “and what better way to pay tribute to those gifts than to pay it forward.”The award is handed out every year and will be presented to Foster at the 48th Juno Awards on March 16 in London, Ont.By The Canadian Press Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO – Canadian producer David Foster is getting another accolade to add to his collection of awards.The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences says the Grammy Award winning musician, songwriter and composer will receive its 2019 humanitarian award.The academy says it honours Foster’s philanthropic support of hundreds of charities, including the David Foster Foundation which provides financial help to Canadian families in need of life-saving transplants. Advertisement Canadian music producer David Foster is pictured in a Toronto hotel on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, as he promotes his charity benefit concert. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Facebook Twitter
APTN National NewsAboriginal leaders from across Manitoba rallied together at an all-candidates forum in Winnipeg Tuesday night.The topic of the debate was on Aboriginal people living in the city.No Conservative candidates showed up.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson was there.