Posts tagged with "Hurricane Harvey"

Kimora Lee Simmons Joins The Unmentionables to Aid Refugees in Greece

Athens, Greece, June 20th, 2018: In an impassioned show of support for today’s World Refugee Day, fashion designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist Kimora Lee Simmons and her family are on the ground in Greece with international nonprofit The Unmentionables working with refugees, listening to their stories and learning what can be done to help this vulnerable population. In April of this year, Simmons was named Global Ambassador to The Unmentionables, and together with her family she is helping protect refugees from exploitation and trafficking. Coupled with her business acumen and passion for empowering others, she has emerged as a powerful voice for human rights via her desire to bring awareness to the annual World Refugee Day on Wednesday, June 20th.

Simmons and her family are taking a hands-on approach to giving, dedicating time this summer to migrant and refugee families on behalf of The Unmentionables, who provide training, supplies and education to the refugee community in Greece. Through funds raised on 2017’s Giving Tuesday and a generous personal donation from Simmons, a new resource center for refugees in Athens, Greece was opened earlier this year. Simmons and her family will work from the center and along the migrant path, providing safe and consistent access to basic, important intimate health products as well as sexual health and reproductive education and care to refugees.

According to the International Rescue Committee, Greece, a popular European entry point to migrants escaping perilous conditions in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa, currently hosts approximately 50,000 refugees. Earlier this year, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), expressed grave concerns for the safety of women and children in what are known as “hotspots” on Greece’s islands — specifically focusing on overcrowding and lack of hygiene and sanitation. Five camps on Greek islands close to the Turkish coast have surpassed double their capacity as reported by Public Radio International in May 2018. UNICEF warned that in 2017, over 1,800 unaccompanied children were without proper shelter and care in Greece alone. The number of children arriving separated from their families is unprecedented, and currently more than 75% of migrant and refugee children trying to reach Europe via the Central Mediterranean route face appalling levels of sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking. EU border agency, Frontex, has reported that human trafficking has been on the rise over the past few years (April 2018, ANSA). Human trafficking is prevalent for refugees, especially on the Central Mediterranean route according to an IOM report— 76% of male and 67% of female respondents answered “yes” to at least one of four human trafficking indicators. The indicators include experience of physical violence, work without payment and imprisonment. 80% of males and 66% of females experienced physical violence of any sort during their journey, while 64% of male and 56% of female were held against their will (2017, IOM).

Trafficking and sexual exploitation is not just limited to girls. Although adolescent boys comprise a substantial majority of the population of unaccompanied and separated children, they are rarely the focus of policy discussions and are consistently left out of gender-based violence prevention and response efforts (2018, PLoS Med). The majority of unaccompanied minors in Greece particularly are boys between ages 14-17, stranded and awaiting decisions on asylum and processing, without adequate shelter or ways to generate income. As a result of increasingly dire circumstances, sexual exploitation of minors is rapidly increasing everywhere from encampments to public spaces, where young boys desperate to survive are exploited by older men for payment.

“It’s incredibly important to me to expose this global crisis and bring attention to the level of deep, humanitarian need that exists to support persecuted people around the world,” comments Simmons. “I am deeply grateful to support World Refugee Day and that I can expose my own children to opportunities to make true, hands-on impact for the greater good. There are so many strife-torn families and separated children that need our collective protection as fellow humans to ensure their safety – how can we turn a blind eye? These kids look a lot like mine – they are young, hopeful, beautiful souls.” World Refugee Day, founded by the UN and held annually every June 20th, was designed to spotlight the plight of migrant refugees fleeing for their lives. A staggering 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from home, and among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. Nearly 20 people are forcibly displaced every minute as a result of conflict or persecution across our world (UNHCR).

Simmons’ partnership with The Unmentionables initially began in 2017, and her role in the organization has steadily grown. She will further her philanthropic commitment to this cause throughout the year, dedicating fundraising efforts to further the impact of the humanitarian global aid The Unmentionables provides to those most in need. Along with her unwavering commitment, Simmons will continue to advocate for refugees at risk of sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

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About The Unmentionables

The Unmentionables is a non-profit organization committed to providing forcibly displaced individuals and communities around the world with safe and consistent access to sexual and reproductive health education, services, protection and empowerment programs, providing them the knowledge, tools, and skills to make well-informed decisions for their futures. Since 2016, The Unmentionables has supplied more than 147,581 intimate health products. The Unmentionables is legally based in the USA and is a tax-exempt charity designated as a 501(c)(3) organization.

Find more information about The Unmentionables on the organization’s website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or by emailing info@theunmentionablesglobal.org.

About Kimora Lee Simmons

Kimora Lee Simmons has had a successful career as a fashion model, creative director, fashion and lifestyle entrepreneur and philanthropist. She is currently founder and CEO of KLS Holdings LLC and the KIMORA LEE SIMMONS designer brand. A native of St. Louis, Mo., Simmons began her career as a fashion model at the early age of 13, when she was personally chosen by well-known fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld as his muse for the house of Chanel in Paris. Her success as a runway model gave her an innate sense of style that propels her as a fashion designer. As a venture capitalist, Kimora manages KLS Holdings and its dynamic portfolio which encompasses fashion, beauty, technology, nutrition and fitness.

Simmons has also made her mark in Hollywood. Her upbeat, fun, and charismatic personality keeps her in demand as a media personality and lifestyle authority. She has hosted E!’s Fashion Police and went on to produce and star in Style Network’s highest rated series, Life in the Fab Lane. An enthusiastic philanthropist and patron of the arts, Simmons lends her time and support to numerous charitable organizations, especially those institutions that target disadvantaged youth. She established the Kimora Lee Simmons Scholarship Fund with New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology and FIDM in Los Angeles for students who aspire to pursue careers in all areas of the fashion industry. She also lends her time and resources to the Hetrick-Martin Institute, Dress for Success and Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, where she is on the board of directors.

As part of her collaboration with The Unmentionables, Simmons and her family traveled to Texas last summer to help with organization’s relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey. She also has helped to fund the distribution of reusable menstrual products through the organization’s partners in Kenya and matched donations on Giving Tuesday, raising a record breaking fundraising amount for The Unmentionables with the help of her large and enthusiastic social network.

TIDAL X: Brooklyn presented by Bacardí

Check out DNA’s post about the TIDAL X concert HERE

Last night, music platform TIDAL held its 3rd annual “TIDAL X: Brooklyn” charity concert presented by Bacardí. The event was hosted by Angie Martinez and featured an epic lineup of artists including: JAY-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Stevie Wonder, DJ Khaled, Kaskade, Chris Brown, Cardi B, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Daddy Yankee, Yo Gotti, A$AP Ferg, Vic Mensa, Belly, Iggy Azalea, Jessie Reyez, Mack Wilds, Machel Montano, Mr. Eazi, Charly Black, Princess Nokia, Rapsody, Cipha Sounds, Victory, and more, and special appearances from Rosie Perez and Lin Manuel-Miranda.

The performers came together to support relief efforts to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, and the earthquakes that took place in Mexico.Bacardí has firmly committed to supporting the recovery efforts, rebuilding of lives and the communities it serves – many of which are home to the brand’s family and company.  The brand donated over $4.3 million to relief agencies and the regions affected by these terrible disasters, including Puerto Rico, Florida and the Caribbean.

To support the cause, click HERE to donate as little as $1. All proceeds go to natural disaster relief and recovery.

TIDAL X BROOKLYN

JAY-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Stevie Wonder, DJ Khaled and More To Raise Funds for Hurricane and Earthquake Victims

A stellar lineup of music legends, including JAY-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Stevie Wonder and DJ Khaled, will raise funds for victims of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria and the Mexico earthquakes with their performance at the annual TIDAL X: Brooklyn concert event.

The annual TIDAL X Brooklyn event brings together incredible performers in an effort to raise awareness and funds for organisations that support relief and recovery for those affected by the unprecedented natural disasters. This year’s concert is hosted by Angie Martinez and includes JAY-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Stevie Wonder, DJ Khaled, Chris Brown, Kaskade, Iggy Azalea, Cardi B, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Daddy Yankee and more with special appearances by Rosie Perez and Lin-Manuel Miranda. 100% of all ticket sales will benefit organisations helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, and the earthquakes that have affected Mexico over the last few weeks.

The event is proudly sponsored by BACARDĺ, who is committed to supporting communities impacted including Puerto Rico, Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico and The Bahamas – all areas which are considered home to the brand and to its operations, offices and employees. In response to the damage caused by the hurricanes and earthquakes, the brand has firmly committed over $4.3 million in donations to relief agencies supporting the communities impacted.

MI GENTE × BEYONCÉ

J Balvin, Willy William 
“Mi Gente featuring Beyoncé

Available now

http://www.beyonce.com/migente

Beyoncé is donating her proceeds from “Mi Gente featuring Beyoncé” to hurricane and earthquake relief charities including CEMA, UNICEF and Somos Una Voz for Puerto Rico, Mexico and other affected Caribbean islands. To help go to beyonce.com/reliefefforts

 
J Balvin, Willy William 

“Mi Gente featuring Beyoncé” 

Disponible ya

http://www.beyonce.com/migente 
Beyoncé donará sus ingresos de “Mi Gente featuring Beyoncé” a organizaciones caritativas incluyendo CEMA, UNICEF y Somos Una Voz en apoyo a Puerto Rico, México y el resto de las islas del Caribe afectadas por los recientes huracanes y terremoto. Para ayudar visita http://beyonce.com/reliefefforts 

BOWLMOR AMF

BOWLMOR AMF announces fundraiser to support American Red Cross’ Disaster Relief efforts

All Proceeds Raised From the National Fundraiser to Support

Victims of the Recent Hurricanes, With Bowlmor AMF Matching Up to $50,000

 

Beginning September 8th, Bowlmor AMF, the world leader in bowling entertainment, will raise funds at the more than 300 centers nationwide, with proceeds benefitting the American Red Cross’ disaster relief services. Additionally, Bowlmor AMF will match donations up to $50,000.

To support the fundraiser, Bowlmor AMF is asking guests who visit one of Bowlmor AMF’s 300+ centers in the United States and Canada to make a donation to help the victims of this year’s devastating hurricane season.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families that have been affected by the recent hurricanes,” said Colie Edison, Chief Customer Officer of Bowlmor AMF. “We are committed to doing anything we can to help with American Red Cross and their disaster relief program.”

As the largest bowling entertainment company in the world, Bowlmor AMF puts an innovative spin on the typical bowling experience with centers that feature modern, stylish décor, upscale amenities, and deliciously inventive menus. Bowlmor AMF’s bowling centers provide the perfect setting for every occasion, from first-class family nights and birthday celebrations to unforgettable holiday parties and corporate events.

 

For more information on Bowlmor AMF’s fundraising efforts and to find one of the more than 300 centers, please visit Bowlero.com.

 

About Bowlmor AMF

Bowlmor AMF is the largest operator of bowling centers in the world, with more than 300 domestic locations, 8 locations in Mexico, and 3 locations in Canada that specialize in corporate and special events, as well as league and walk-in retail bowling. The company was created in 2013 following the merger of Bowlmor, an upscale bowling and entertainment company, and AMF Bowling Worldwide. Bowlmor AMF acquired Brunswick’s bowling center business in 2014 and has been named to the INC 500 list of America’s fastest growing private companies for the past three years. The company’s portfolio of bowling retail brands includes AMF, Bowlmor Lanes, Bowlero, Brunswick Bowling, Brunswick Zone, and Brunswick Zone XL.

 

For more information, please visit bowlmor.com, amf.com, bowlero.com, and bowlbrunswick.com.

Switchfoot × Lifehouse 

Switchfoot Teams Up With LifehouseTo Release Brand New Song

Shine Like Gold

 

 

Available For Give-

What-You-Want Download


With All Proceeds 

To Benefit Houston 

Recovery

September 5th Houston, TX House of Blues Show Is On As Planned!

After the devastating storm that struck Texas, SWITCHFOOT and LIFEHOUSE wanted to do something together to give back and wrote a brand new song titled, “Shine Like Gold,” which exclusively premiered on People.com. All proceeds from “Shine Like Gold” will be donated to aid Houston’s recovery in partnership with Food for the Hungry. SWITCHFOOT and LIFEHOUSE are currently touring with each other for the first time ever on the “Looking For Summer” Tour. The bands will collectively be performing the song together at the September 5th House of Blues show in Houston, Texas.

 

On the new song and upcoming Houston show, Jon Foreman shares: “Jason and I had always talked about writing a song together. When it finally happened, ‘Shine Like Gold’ became a song about everyday heroes fighting their way through the darkness toward the light. On the day we recorded the song, Hurricane Harvey began wreaking havoc in Texas. Sometimes you don’t know what a song is for until after its written. In this case it became crystal clear. As we watched our friends and family in Texas struggle through the aftermath of the hurricane, we knew exactly what we had to do. We LOVE Houston. Houston is resilient and will rebuild. We’re honored to be in Houston next Tuesday to bring hope and healing the best way we know how.”

On “Shine Like Gold” and the upcoming Houston show, LIFEHOUSE’s Jason Wade said: “We can’t imagine what everyone is going through right now in Houston, but they’ve all been in our thoughts and prayers. We look forward to playing this show, standing alongside this amazing city and doing everything in our power to help. Jon and I started writing “Shine Like Gold” at the beginning of this tour, but it wasn’t until we recorded it in Nashville that we really knew what it was about. Seeing all of these amazing individuals who’ve sacrifice for their neighbors, and stepped up in the face of extreme hardship has been so inspiring. This song is for them. All of the proceeds from this song are going to Houston for the unsung heroes that do the right thing when no one is watching. All the love.”

 

Formed in San Diego in 1996, SWITCHFOOT is Jon Foreman (vocals, guitar), Tim Foreman (bass), Jerome Fontamillas (keyboard, guitar), Drew Shirley (guitar), and Chad Butler (drums). Since their start, the band has sold over 5.7 million copies worldwide of their first nine studio albums (including their 2003 double-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown and 2009’s Grammy Award-winning Hello Hurricane), racked up a string of Alternative radio hit singles, and performed sold-out world tours with over 4 million concert tickets worldwide.

 

SWITCHFOOT released their latest album, Where The Light Shines Through, on July 8th, 2016 via Vanguard Records. Where The Light Shines Through is the band’s tenth album and the first since 2014’s highly acclaimed Fading West. The album was self-produced in collaboration with John Fields, who helmed the multi-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown.

 

Beyond their career achievements, SWITCHFOOT has also been active in a variety of philanthropic efforts, raising over a million dollars to aid kids in their community through the band’s own Bro-Am Foundation, a long-running annual benefit surf contest and concert that’s held every summer in Encinitas, CA. $1 of every ticket sale will be donated to SWITCHFOOT’s BRO-AM Foundation providing services to underprivileged and disadvantaged youth. They’ve also maintained a deep commitment to a variety of humanitarian causes, lending their support to such worthy organizations as CURE International, DATA, the ONE Campaign, Habitat for Humanity, Invisible Children, and To Write Love on Her Arms.

Multi-platinum award-winning rock band LIFEHOUSE recently released their first hits compilation, LIFEHOUSE: Greatest Hits, on CD and all digital retailers. The 18-track selection will include a multitude of their chart-topping hits, including “You and Me,” “First Time”, “Halfway Gone,” “Hurricane” and “Hanging by a Moment,” which was the most played radio track of 2001. To mark the release, LIFEHOUSE, which includes Jason Wade (lead vocals, guitar), Bryce Soderberg (bass, vocals) and Ricky Woolstenhulme Jr. (drums, percussion), are co-headlining a U.S. tour with SWITCHFOOT, which will wrap September 10 at the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco after a show on September 9 at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles (tour dates below). LIFEHOUSE was formed in Los Angeles by singer/songwriter/guitarist Jason Wade, bassist Bryce Soderberg and drummer Rick Woolstenhulme Jr. as Blyss in 1999, attracting the attention of producer Jude Cole. LIFEHOUSE’s music has always been radio-friendly, but the band’s success is as much for lead singer/guitarist Jason Wade’s “sonorous” vocals and spiritual songwriting as it is for the band’s well-honed cohesion as performers. Since 2000, LIFEHOUSE have released seven albums that have cumulatively sold 15 million around the world.

 
For More Information, Please Visit:

Website: http://www.switchfoot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/switchfoot

Twitter: https://twitter.com/switchfoot

Instagram: https://instagram.com/switchfoot

Upcoming Tour Dates:

9/1 – DuQuoin, IL @ DuQuoin State Fair

9/3 – Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theater

9/4 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory 

9/5 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues – Houston

9/7 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren

9/8 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Beach

9/9 – Los Angeles, CA @Greek Theatre

9/10 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic

 

Press Contact:

Dayna Ghiraldi | Big Picture Media

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212.675.3103 | 

Dayna@BigPictureMediaOnline.com

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Becky Kovach | Big Picture Media

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Rebecca@BigPictureMediaOnline.com

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LIFEHOUSE Press Contact:

Scott Adkins | Webster PR

PO Box 23015 | Nashville, TN 37202

615.777.6995 | scott@websterpr.com

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Del Frisco’s Grille × Hurricane Harvey

All Southern California Del Frisco’s Grille Locations Will Donate 20% of Sales from Thursday, August 31 to September 4 to Houston Area Food Banks 

Texas-based Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group Hopes to Exceed $1,000,000 Goal to Support Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

 
Texas-based Del Frisco’s Grille, and their sister restaurants across the country (Double Eagle Steak House and Sullivan’s Steakhouse – 53 restaurants in total) will be donating 20% of their sales from Thursday, August 31 through Monday, September 4 with a goal to exceed a $1,000,000 donation, to Houston area food banks to assist those that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. 
The restaurants are coming together to FEED Houston and help their residents, patrons and employees by encouraging the community to come to the Grille Labor Day weekend and eat up and drink up to help raise money for those affected by the floods. 

Dates:

Thursday, August 31 through Monday, September 4 

Locations: 

Del Frisco’s Grille Santa Monica

1551 Ocean Ave., Ste 105

Santa Monica, CA 90401

Del Frisco’s Grille Pasadena

55 S Lake Ave Ste 150

Pasadena, CA 91101

Del Frisco’s Grille Irvine

772 Spectrum Center Dr

Irvine, CA 92618
 

ABOUT DEL FRISCO’S GRILLE SANTA MONICA

Del Frisco’s Grille is an exciting eatery located across from the Santa Monica Pier that combines the atmosphere of an American bar & grill with upscale entrees, an extensive wine list & handcrafted cocktails. Del Frisco’s Grille Santa Monica is the first of three locations in Southern California, including Pasadena and Irvine. Taking the classic bar and grill to new heights, Del Frisco’s Grille draws inspiration from bold flavors and market-fresh ingredients. The energetic bar, a destination in itself, creates a buzz throughout the restaurant and sets the stage for an amazing night out.    

Located at 1551 Ocean Avenue, on the corner of Ocean Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, Del Frisco’s Grille is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., which brunch on Saturday and Sunday. For more information visit http://delfriscosgrille.com/santa-monica/.


ABOUT DEL FRISCO’S RESTAURANT GROUP

Del Frisco’s Grille is owned by Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group (NASDAQ: DFRG). Based in Southlake, Texas, near Dallas, Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group is a collection of more than 50 restaurants located across the country, including Del Frisco’s Grille, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House and Sullivan’s Steakhouse. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House serves up flawless cuisine that’s bold and delicious, an extensive award-winning wine list and a level of service that reminds guests that they’re the boss. Sullivan’s Steakhouse is a great place for a big night out on the town – with outstanding food, hand-shaken martinis, an award-winning wine list and live entertainment all under one roof. All of the restaurants create a seamless dining experience for savvy business and leisure travelers who regularly dine or entertain away from home. For more information, visit http://dfrg.com.