Friday, December 07, 2007

Check in with your favorite celebs!

Check in with your favorite celebs! Thought I'd check in with some celebs -- sports, music, TV and more and see what they are up to!

Miley Cyrus, Ellen DeGeneres, Liv Tyler, and Jessica Simpson are among the celebrities that are helping fight pediatric cancer during the holidays—and you can see the results on BiddingForGood offers about 10,000 gifts for charity, and all the money goes to good causes--from St. Jude's (children's pediatric cancer), to feeding the hungry, to saving the earth. In the case of these celebs, they've taken time to custom-design UGG Boots, and UGG Australia is in turn auctioning them off through BiddingForGood. The leading bid for Cindy Crawford's boots right now is $1,500. The leading bid for Liv Tyler's boots is currently $3,600. You can find the auction by going to and searching for UGG.

Kevin Costner is trying to save Sherwood Forest; Check this out.
Then visit and VOTE!

Melinda Doolittle, a finalist on American Idol, is supporting Malaria No More, an organization that is dedicated to eradicating malaria around the world. The organization's site is

Dr. Laura
was the special guest at this past weekend's fund raiser at the Santa Barbara Harley-Davidson store to benefit Operation Family Fund. As a part of the Fund Raiser raffle, a winner got to try and dunk Dr. Laura in the tank. When the winner did not hit the bullseye, Dr. Laura jumped into the tank! 100% of the money will go to benefit the families of our troops who have been injured or killed in action. For more information on Operation Family Fund and to donate please visit

Andrew Shue, best known as “Billy” on Melrose Place, and Damien Fahey, host of MTV's TRL, are active board members for Do Something. Shue launched the organization in 1993. Check out the organization (PLEASE TYPE WWW.DOSOMETHING.ORG into your browser, I can't get it to link here. It is a grassroots initiative that uses the power of the internet to help young people change the world! The core belief of Do Something is that young people have the power to make a difference. The organization inspires, supports and celebrates a generation of do-ers: people who see the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done, and then take action.

New York Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas
donates his time to Computers for Youth (CFY), a nonprofit organization that partners with public middle schools in low-income communities to provide families with a free computer, educational software and free Internet access. ( and has become very involved in the nonprofit and raising awareness of its efforts.
On the computer note, Masi Oka works with One Laptop Per Child -

Jane Seymour works with ChildHelp USA ( an organization to help prevent child abuse and CityHearts, Kids Say 'Yes' To The Arts is committed to intervene in a loving, supportive and nurturing way to break the cycle of poverty, neglect, abuse, homelessness, delinquency and violence that destroys the lives of our children.

And I’m so excited to report this about director Penny Marshall (Laverne & Shirley). Penny Marshall is one of my favorite actresses, from The Odd Couple to Laverne & Shirley (I’m sneaking in a mini-commercial here – Laverne & Shirley is on DVD whooooo! – yes, I have ALL of them so far, great stocking stuffers! – and, no, I’m NOT paid to say that – LOL) and in November, Marshall co-chaired an event that benefited the Brain Injury Association of New York State and raised $40,000. When a head injury caused by an explosion at the World Trade Center sent their cousin into a coma earlier this summer, diSalvo Interiors’ mother/daughter design team decided to hold a benefit to raise money for Brain Trauma Research. The auction was hosted and co-chaired by Lorraine Bracco, silent auction items from Rosie O’Donnell, Mark Wahlberg, James Woods and NFL players Peyton Manning, Jerry Rice and Brett Favre (Go Packers! I’m a cheesehead!) and more. Silent auction items included a signed Laverne and Shirley script (If I had ONLY known!)!

Retired NY Giants great George Martin is on his Journey for 9/11, a cross-country walk from NYC to SF to raise money and awareness of the healthcare problems of 9/11 first responders. For his efforts, George was named ABC News “Person of the Week” and will receive a special humanitarian award this weekend. As George continues through Tennessee, he will mark the 1,000th mile of his trek. You can follow George’s progress and location at any given moment by clicking on “Where is George?” on A co-captain of the NY Giants Super Bowl-winning team in 1986, George Martin is crossing the continent in an effort to raise money and awareness of health issues of 9/11 rescue workers. The New Jersey resident always was awestruck by the sight of the twin towers of the World Trade Center. On Sept. 11, 2001, he learned that two young men in his town had perished in the terror attack. In honor of them and the thousands of firefighters, police officers, EMTs, and construction workers who helped dig through the rubble, he is raising $ millions to care for research and rescue workers who developed illnesses related to 9/11 and its aftermath. (He has already pulled in $1.5 million.) Way to go George!

Shawne Merriman of the San Diego Chargers hosted a San Diego community supported bowling event to benefit victims of the Diego fires as well as Volunteer San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions, and the Alpha Project for the Homeless. The event raised $80K at a minimum, at least $30K more than last year!

Chris Harrison, host of The Bachelor series and Designers Challenge on HGTV, is doing the voiceover and a short on-camera piece for a new DVD from the Scleroderma Foundation (his mother-in-law died from the autoimmune disease). He also served as a guest auctioneer for the Los Angeles chapter gala recently.

Beth Shaw, Clive Pearse HGTV, Marianna Toscana - Actress, Cliff Simon - SCI FI Channel StarGate, actress Linda Blair and CNN’s Jane Velez Mitchell are all involved in the AB1634 The Spay Neuter Bill coming back across the assembly floor in January. Beth Shaw has always been a well known leader in community service, but she has recently been devoting 50% of her time and effort to animal rights and causes for humanity, among them the AB1634 Spay / Neuter Bill up for review in the California State Assembly. Beth is writing, producing and funding the air time for commercial spots starring CNN Reporter Jane Velez- Mitchell, HGTV's Clive Pearse, Animal Activist and Starr Linda Blair and a host of other celebrities. Beth is committed to reducing the number of animals killed in the stare of California ( 500,000 annually) due to over population, over breeding and owner irresponsibility. For more information on this groundbreaking bill - go Beth is also helping renowned actress Linda Blair’s World Heart Foundation. Beth recently won the “Mikey Award” for her animal rescue efforts from Karma Rescue, and Beth just been appointed the National Leadership Council of The Humane Society of the United States. Check out

Television, film and stage star, Joe Piscopo returns to Red Bank, this time to perform at the historic Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, on Wednesday evening December 12th at 8:00pm. He will be accompanied by the 18-piece Red Bank Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Joe Muccioli. The Orchestra is the professional flagship ensemble of Jazz Arts Project, producer of the event. After a surprise appearance that quickly sold out this past summer during the Project's popular “Summer Jazz Cafe' Series”, the former Saturday Night Live star will once again showcase his vocal and musical talents in memory of his friend and idol, Frank Sinatra who was born on December 12th, 1915 in Hoboken, NJ.

Plenty to get involved in! I’ll be checking in with more celebs soon!

Until Next Time,


Anonymous said...

A friend forwarded your blog to me...wonderful concept and thank you for the mention! Dr. Laura Schlessinger

Chus said...

This is what I think: Penny Marshall