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“Doin’ My Drugs”

Danish Documentary Star Thomas Buttenschøn Performs Concerts and Screens American Documentary in China for HIV/AIDS Awareness Week 26 November-1 December


An Initiative of the Danish Government, Danish Pop Star Takes Part in Numerous Official Events, Screens his Documentary Following Film’s CPH:DOX* World Premiere in Spring 2019

Culminates with Beijing Performance on World AIDS Day 1 December

Buttenschøn Debuts New Song Keep On Talking on China Tour

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Thomas Muchimba Buttenschøn

Two years ago this January, Danish pop star and TV personality Thomas Machimba Buttenschøn screened American Tyler Q Rosen’s landmark documentary Doin’ My Drugs as a work in progress with a live performance at Slamdance in snowy Park City, Utah to a capacity crowd. Since then, the film made its world premiere at the prestigious documentary festival CPH:DOX*, accompanied by an all-star cast of Zambian musicians who toured Denmark with him after.

Now, this coming week, Buttenschøn and Rosen are on their way to China for a series of concert performances, screenings, readings, public appearances and panels, culminating in a Beijing performance on World AIDS Day, December 1.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the Royal Danish Embassy in Beijing organized this program as part of the HIV Awareness Week in Shanghai and Beijing leading up to World AIDS Day on December 1st. The choice of Buttenschøn—a former judge on the country’s wildly popular Denmark’s got Talent (Danmark Har Talnet) is reflective with his and his family’s personal experience with HIV/AIDS, his renown in the country and the importance of the film Doin’ My Drugs.

Buttenschøn will perform five concerts, beginning November 26th through December 1st, and both Buttenschøn and Rosen will participate in several talks and panels in each city. The concerts will be comprised of songs from Doin’ My Drugs itself. Buttenschøn’s newest song, “Keep on Talking,” will be debuted to the world during these concerts as well. Additionally, Doin’ My Drugs will screen on November 27th at 7:30 PM at the Danish Cultural Centre. The Centre is located on 2 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang, Beijing, P.R. China.

The live performances take place as follows:

November 26th–Solo concert by Buttenschøn at YYT Livehouse at 8:00 PM (851 Kaixuan Rd, Changning, Shanghai, P.R. China);

November 27th–Unplugged performance by Buttenschøn at Danish Cultural Centre at 7:30 PM (2 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang, Beijing, P.R. China);

November 29th–Concert by Buttenschøn at CloudNine Bar at 8:00 PM (29 Zizhuyuan Rd, Zi Zhu Qiao, Haidian, P.R. China);

November 30th–Intimate concert by Buttenschøn at The Danish Cultural Centre, 798 International Arts District, 706 Beiyi Jie, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing 100025

December 1st–Concerts by Danish artists Thomas Buttenschøn and Asbjørn in celebration of World AIDS Day at Post Mountain Art Space at 8:00 PM (North to T8 Building, Dangdai MOMA, No.1 Xiangheyuan Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing)

For more details please schedule below!

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The documentary film Doin’ My Drugs is the story of musician Thomas Muchimba Buttenschøn—born HIV-positive in 1985—and his crusade to use his music to wipe out AIDS in his native Zambia and beyond. Doin’ My Drugs aims to raise awareness about the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic in Zambia—a country of 17 million people where more than 1.2 million are HIV-positive or have the disease. Zambia’s situation is mirrored throughout the developing world.

A father to two young children, Buttenschøn has kept his HIV in check and his family virus-free, by “doin’ his drugs.” He recognized that his native Zambia remains trapped in a horrific and senseless AIDS crisis. While a significant percentage of the population there is infected with HIV, many antiretroviral drug treatment programs that can keep the virus dormant—“a near-zero viral load” as Buttenschøn says—are widely available through government programs for free.

Buttenschøn has recorded a full studio album in Los Angeles, USA and Lusaka, Zambia with 16-time Grammy®-winning producer, Thom Russo Jr. That album is titled Doin’ My Drugs and will become the official motion picture soundtrack. He’ll be debuting a new single, “Keep On Talking,” on his tour, which will be available in China soon.

His first feature as a director, Doin’ My Drugs director Tyler Q Rosen has worked in film and TV in multiple capacities ranging from art director to production designer. Producer Fax Bahr won an Emmy for directing Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse. Producer Uriah Herr has also performed many production roles from director to production designer to producer. Adam Battaglia is camera operator and still photographer. Editor Jay Miracle also won an Emmy for Hearts of Darkness.

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Buttenschøn has also set up a foundation, the Muchimba Music Foundation, to help his supporters, collaborators and himself on their journeys. His goal is to test upwards of 100,000 Zambians by expanding his foundation’s Test-for-Ticket concert series into a country-wide tour of Zambia. The Muchimba Music Foundation’s initial concert in Lusaka tested 10,802 people and enrolled those who tested positive into patient care treatment programs. MMF is currently fundraising to meet his goal.

“I’m so pleased to be able to have the support of four countries in my journey,” concludes Buttenschøn. “We’re planning to use this China tour and trip to build momentum for my music and my message worldwide: get tested, get treatment, and do your drugs to keep the disease in check. It’s possible if you only try. Music CAN change the world.”

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Dining Out For Life® 

Dining Out For Life® Hosted by Subaru Achieves Record $4.2 Million in Charitable Contributions

With support from Subaru of America, more than $4.2 million dollars was raised for HIV/AIDS services from a single day of dining in cities across North America this year, the most funds raised since Dining Out For Life® began in 1991.

The concept is simple: Restaurants agree to donate a generous percent of their sales to a local HIV service organization, and the local HIV service organization fills participating restaurants with diners. The annual fundraising event relies on the generous participation of volunteers, corporate sponsors, restaurants and diners.

The annual dining event raised record funds in 2019 for community-based organizations serving people living with or impacted by HIV.

Dining Out For Life 2019 Results

  • $4,281,118 (highest fundraising total in the event’s history)
  • 2,429 Participating Restaurants
  • 380,867 Estimated Number of Diners
  • 4,138 Volunteers
  • $404,634 Most Funds Raised: Denver’s Project Angel Heart
  • $22,908 was raised by the Top Participating Restaurant: Spencer’s Restaurant in Palm Springs, California

Subaru of America® has beenthe national Host Sponsorof Dining Out For Life® for more than a decade. The event, which originated in Philadelphia, is now held in 60+ markets across North America. Recently, Subaruemployees, including members of the Out+Ally Employee Resource Group (ERG),  joined staff and administrators of Action Wellness at the organization’s Philadelphia offices with a donation of blankets for community members living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.

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From left to right: Emma Hamm, Joe Pawlicki, Liz Edelen, Harish Pathak, and Hak Kazandjian from Subaru Of America, donate blankets to Philadelphia-based Action Wellness.

“At Subaru of America, we are driven by our mission to make a positive impact on our community, especially helping those who are sick or need caring for,” said Alan Bethke, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Subaru of America Inc. “We hope the record level of funds raised through the 2019 Dining Out For Life events, as well as our blanket donation, help those living with HIV/AIDS in our community and beyond.

Funds raised through a city’s Dining Out For Life event stay in that area to provide HIV care, prevention, education, testing, counseling and other essential services to people living with or impacted by HIV/AIDS. Volunteer celebrity spokespersons include Ted Allen (Host of Food Network’s Chopped), Mondo Guerra (Project Runway All-stars designer and activist) and Pam Grier (Actor, Bless This Mess on ABC) For more information or to participate, visit www.diningoutforlife.com.

About Subaru of America, Inc.: Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Camden, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 630 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. SOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company’s vision to show love and respect to everyone, and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA has donated more than $165 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged more than 40,000 volunteer hours. As a company, Subaru believes it is important to do its part in making a positive impact in the world because it is the right thing to do.

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About Out+Ally: Out+Ally,the first employee resource group (ERG) established at Subaru of America, is a network of LGBTQ+ employees and straight allies that strives to establish community, support, and resources to create a stronger workplace and a more engaged customer base.

About Dining Out For Life: Dining Out For Life began in Philadelphia in 1991 and has since grown into an international event held across North America raising an average $4 million annually. The idea behind the single-day event is simple and effective: Dine Out, End HIV. Each restaurant donates a percentage of the day’s food sales, which goes to local organizations to fund care, prevention, education, testing, counseling and other essential HIV services. For more information, visit www.diningoutforlife.com and follow on social media:  @DineOut4Life, Facebook/DiningOut4Life, or Instagram.

Show your pride and support The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation

As the world celebrates 50 years of Pride in June 2019, it is important to remember it has been almost 40 years since the beginning of the global HIV and AIDS crisis. Now savvy shoppers can support an important cause — all while looking fabulous — by purchasing this one-of-a-kind  Zac Posen and Ben Smith “Rainbow Love” handbag collaboration sold exclusively on LuxAnthropy.com, with all net proceeds benefiting the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

  While much progress in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment has been made, there is still much work to be done. LuxAnthropy is proud to support friend Zac Posen and his work with the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF).  “As an ETAF Ambassador, I see first-hand the impact the work the Foundation has,” says Zac. “What better way to show one’s Pride than by supporting this amazing organization. The bag is pretty fantastic too!

This truly one of a kind item — only three “Rainbow Love” bags were made — is personally signed by iconic fashion designer and ETAF Ambassador Posen, ETAF Ambassador Paris Jackson, and artist Ben Smith. “The sale of this bag will help provide life-saving treatment for people affected by HIV and AIDS,” says Catherine Brown, ETAF Executive Director. “What this means in real-life impact is mental health and emotional support for 35 families or education, testing, and prevention for 46 young people in the USA.  As you can see, these are vital programs needed in the fight against HIV and AIDS. We are thrilled to work with LuxAnthropy and Ambassadors Zac Posen and Paris Jackson on this special initiative.”

“We are honored to partner with Zac and the ETAF,” says Jennifer Hillman, co-founder of LuxAnthropy.com. “The person who purchases this amazing piece will not only have one of the most unique items we have ever sold on LuxAnthropy, they can also feel good knowing they are supporting the fight against this terrible disease.”

LuxAnthropy.com was created with the mission of changing the way consumers shop resale. With unparalleled exclusive access into the closets of celebrities, stylists, influencers, Hollywood insiders, and fashion houses, savvy consumers can purchase new and almost-new designer fashion, accessories, and gifts, all while generating funds for philanthropic causes.  LuxAnthropy’s experts carefully select, authenticate, style, and sell each item at prices up to 70% off retail. Funds for charity partners are raised in two ways: sellers donate a percentage of their commission to a charity partner; and LuxAnthropy contributes 5% of its proceeds to the same charity. Categories currently sold on LuxAnthropy.com include designer apparel, shoes, handbags, accessories and gifts.

ABOUT LUXANTHROPY

LuxAnthropy® is a high fashion resale website dedicated to giving back to charitable partners across multiple categories. Sellers make money and give money, and with each sale, LuxAnthropy donates 5% of its proceeds to the same charity.  LuxAnthropy was created with the belief that environmental awareness and conscious consumerism, along with small but thoughtful acts of generosity, breed global change. #resaleforareason For more, go to LuxAnthropy.com

ABOUT ETAF

The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation provides direct care and support to people affected by HIV and AIDS. Inspired by Elizabeth’s personal passion for the cause, ETAF also engages with advocacy and education initiatives to advance its goal of an AIDS-free world. For more, go to etaf.org

EAT (RED) SAVE LIVES

There is something everyone can do to support the fight to end AIDS this June, simply by taking part in EAT (RED) SAVE LIVES.

Companies and culinary collaborators including Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, Dana’s Bakery, Alessi, Amazon, PopSockets, and AirAsia, as well as (RED)’s chef ambassadors are coming together to help raise money and awareness for the fight, because AIDS is still a crisis and a preventable, treatable disease that killed more than 1 million people last year. Doubling impact, every dollar raised during June will be matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, up to $150,000.

Throughout the month of June and in the lead-up to the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment in October, food fans can get involved the following ways:

Blaze fires-up the fight!

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza will offer its’ signature Red Vine pizza as the ‘(RED) Vine’ in each of the company’s 330 restaurants throughout North America, donating $1 each time a guest enjoys a signature (RED) Vine pizza and a cold drink, contributing up to $50,000 to (RED)’s fight against AIDS. In addition to generating funds for (RED), guests will earn double flames on each order of a (RED) Vine and drink when they scan their Blaze Pizza app.

Crafted with dough made from scratch in-restaurant daily, Blaze Pizza’s (RED) Vine features fresh ovalini mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, Parmesan, basil, red sauce and is topped with an olive oil drizzle. Blaze offers a selection of cold drinks, such as its signature Blood Orange Lemonade, seasonal aguas frescas, and a variety of fountain drinks.

EAT (RED) SAVE LIVES takes to the skies

AirAsia has partnered with (RED) Chef Ambassador, Hong Thaimee, to bring a brand new delicious (RED) Burger to the Santan inflight menu this summer. With a sauce and patty inspired by Hong’s Chiang Mai roots served on a fluffy, beetroot bun, a portion of each burger sold will go towards the Global Fund.

(RED) chef ambassador, Hong Thaimee, said; “I recently traveled with (RED) to see Global Fund programs at work in Zambia – and the impact is really remarkable. When you meet mothers, whose children have been born HIV-free thanks to the life-saving pills funded by (RED), the importance of supporting this fight becomes clearer than ever. So, I’m really excited to be teaming up with (RED) and their partner, AirAsia, with my very special burger that will raise money to help save more lives.”

What is black and white and (RED) all over?                                                           

For the second year, Dana’s Bakery is turning (RED) to support the fight to end AIDS. Turning their delicious black and white cookies ‘(RED)’ for the month of June, for every box of six black and white cookies purchased, Dana’s Bakery will donate $2 to the Global Fund, and $5 for every box of 12. Available now online at https://www.danasbakery.com/

Tasty T-shirts that help save lives

A new range of food-inspired (RED) t-shirts are available exclusively at Amazon.com/RED. Featuring motifs including ‘Lettuce beet this’, the t-shirts cost $30 and generate enough to provide 36 days of life-saving  HIV medication.

PopSockets

Foodies can now purchase colorful, bold (EGG)RED, (AVOCADO)RED and (DONUT)RED grips from PopSockets, priced at $15, with 50% of the sale price being donated to fight AIDS. Available online at https://www.popsockets.com/these PopGrips are perfect for helping capture all those Instagram-friendly culinary moments.

Alessi 
For those looking to spruce their kitchen style and accessories this summer, fans of Alessi’s stylish culinary products can support the fight by shopping the (ALESSI)RED collection on Amazon.com/RED and Alessi.com. Their collection includes special editions of two of the most popular icons, the Anna G. and Alessandro M. corkscrews, as well as a special edition of their Mediterraneo fruit basket, Diabolix bottle opener, and more!

iPhone 8 (PRODUCT)RED

Introducing iPhone 8 (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition, in a stunning red glass finish. Each purchase contributes directly to the Global Fund to support HIV/AIDS programs. And brings us one step closer to an AIDS-free generation. Buy it online or visit an Apple store today.

BUY

Learn about iPhone 8

Learn about (RED)

Features:

Portrait Mode with Portrait Lighting

Dual 12MP cameras on iPhone 8 Plus let you take studio-quality portraits right on your phone

Water Resistant

Both iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are precision-engineered to resist water and dust

Wireless Charging

An all-glass back lets you simply set iPhone 8 down on any Qi-certified wireless charging mat to power up- no cables necessary

Project Angel Food’s 27th Annual Angel Awards 

Project Angel Food’s 27th Annual Angel Awards Provide an Unforgettable Evening Under the Stars

Gala Event Raises $600K and Honored the Late George Michael, Nordstrom, Jason Ball and Gayle Anderson of KTLA


Project Angel Food hosted its 27th annual Angel Awards Gala at on Saturday, August 19, 2017, honoring the late George Michael, at the organization’s Hollywood headquarters, turning the parking lot and adjacent street into a world class wonderland for the 470 supporters, celebrities and media members in attendance. Charitable attendees, including presenting sponsor Chaz Dean, combined to raise $600,000 for Project Angel Food, during an evening that included an auction, celebrity presentations and was highlighted by a once-in-a-lifetime performance by Queen front man Adam Lambert. Lambert sang George Michael’s hits “Faith” and “One More Try” before finishing with Queen’s “Somebody to Love,” which George Michael had also covered.

Auction items included two sets of Will & Grace tickets that included a set visit, taping and a meet and greet with the cast, which sold for $10,000 each. A McLaren driving experience with a 2018 McLaren and a professional race car driver was auctioned for $12,000 and attendees also combined smaller individual donations to raise $20,000 to send 100 children of clients and their parents to “Cinderella” at the Hollywood Pantages Theater. This included a donation by actress and Angel Awards presenter Sharon Lawrence. The Angel Awards also had an anonymous donor donate $10,000 for a one-on-one reading with “Hollywood Medium” Tyler Henry.

As food is at the center of Project Angel Food’s mission, guests were treated to delicacies created by some of Los Angeles’ most famous Chefs. This included Rory Herrmann, Chef/Owner Barrel & Ashes as the evening’s Culinary Director, Jason Neroni, Chef/Owner Rose Café on starters, Neal Fraser, Chef/Owner Redbird/Vibiana for the main courses and Private Chef Stuart O’Keeffe on dessert.

This year’s event held a special significance, as it posthumously honored the legendary performer George Michael, a dedicated friend, volunteer and supporter of the organization and to date, its largest individual donor. George Michael received Project Angel Food’s Elizabeth Taylor Leadership Award, named for the iconic star, who was both a generous and loyal benefactor. One of Project Angel Food’s clients and beneficiaries of the medically tailored meals they deliver every week accepted the award on his behalf.

“George Michael was responsible for keeping our doors open and keeping critically ill members of the Los Angeles community fed when we were in dire need of help,” said Project Angel Food Executive Director Richard Ayoub. “His generosity and kindness will never be forgotten, and through the Goss/Michael Foundation’s support, every meal we provide still has some of his spirit.” Ayoub also added that, “Project Angel Food has entered a new era. It was announced Saturday night that for the first time the organization is receiving funding from the state of California for a pilot program to prove that medically tailored meals can bring down health care costs. As we have long known, food is medicine.”

George Michael’s longtime partner, Kenny Goss, spoke at the event, recalling George’s dedication to the organization and what it meant to both of them.

“When George volunteered here in 1998, I was here with him. And I’ve got to tell you he was so impressed with the staff and volunteers, the quality of the food and the compassion embedded in the meals,” said Kenny Goss. He continued, “I’m so happy that George is finally getting the recognition he deserves with Project Angel Food’s Elizabeth Taylor Leadership Award. There’s been a lot said about George since he died, but I’d love for his legacy to be his music and his generosity.”

George Michael was a special guardian presence for Project Angel Food, when the organization was going through its most trying times. In 1993 Project Angel Food persevered to feed the influx of AIDS patients who turned to them during the height of the epidemic. Struggling to make payroll while sacrificing internally for the good of the community, Project Angel Food received an unsolicited donation, placed on the organization’s doorstep. Contained in an envelope was a check and note from George Michael, for the amount of $25,000. He would donate that same amount every year until his tragic passing in 2016.

Nordstrom was also honored, as a longtime corporate partner and active participant in the Project Angel Food mission.
“Nordstrom is committed to giving back to the communities we serve, and for more than 15 years we’ve supported the outstanding work of Project Angel Food,” said Leslie Martin, Nordstrom Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for Southern California. “We’re humbled to play a part in helping Project Angel Food deliver more and more nutritious meals each year, along with encouragement and hope, to thousands of individuals in need right here in our own backyard.”

KTLA- 5’s Jason Ball, Vice President News and Gayle Anderson, KTLA 5 Morning News Reporter were also recognized for their outstanding commitment to Project Angel Food and its ongoing support of individuals and families in need.

Project Angel Food, since its inception has provided more than 10.5 million meals, free of charge and continues to prepare more than 11,000 meals a week. These lifesaving deliveries bring love and sustenance to people living with critical illness. Project Angel Food has expanded the initial mission of serving people living with HIV/AIDS to include medically tailored meals, prepared by the staff and volunteers, for men and women combatting cancer, kidney failure, congestive heart disease and diabetes. The mission has always remained intact, to feed and nourish the sick, by delivering healthy meals throughout Los Angeles County. More than 98% of the clients are living well below the poverty level, and Project Angel Food is their lifeline, filling a vital need in all communities. The client demographics are testimony to this, 40% Latino, 30% African-American, 21% Caucasian, 5% Asian and 4% other.