Earlier this year, True Blood co-stars Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgård were great sports and participated in a TB fan-driven charity event called The Battle of the Fang and, as I understand it, helped raise thousands of dollars for each actor’s favorite charity. The team able to raise the most money thruout the challenge won the right to have both Stephen and Alexander wear t-shirts designed by the winning team. Here are supercute photos of Moyer and Skarsgård modeling the winning t-shirt designs and a bit of info about the contest itself:
Since True Blood has decided to amp up season 3, we’ve decided to amp up the Team Eric vs. Team Bill rivalry. Instead of wasting your breath in a heated, “My vamp is better than your vamp”, debate, put your money where your mouth is honey. Join us as we battle! It’s the Viking Lovers against Bill’s Wick’d Women, in a Looziana Grudge Match charity throw down! We have some items coming up for the fund raiser that you’ll love but that’s not the best part … Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgård have both agreed to wear a T-shirt designed by the winning actor and their team – and be photographed wearing it! Therefore, if you don’t want to see your beloved Eric Northman (Alexander) walking around in a Moyer’s Muffin T-shirt then join in the fun! Let’s put Steve in a Mrs. Skarsgård T-shirt! Both actors are good friends in real life. They demonstrate their good hearts and their sense of humor participating in this contest that is aimed to include any fan site, organization, or single fan who wants to work to benefit these two great causes.
SUPPORT ALEXANDER’S AND STEPHEN’S CHOSEN CHARITIES
Stephen Moyer is truly saddened by the devastation going on in the Gulf of Mexico due to the BP oil spill, so he would like to reach out and help Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, which have been so damaged by the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The mission of the Gulf Relief Foundation is to provide relief to the fishing community of the Gulf Coast and their families, and to address the long-term challenge of restoring and protecting America’s Coast wetlands. For more information visit www.gulfaid.org.
Alexander Skarsgård would like to see the fund raising in his honor go to SOS Children’s Villages, an organization that focuses on family-based, long-term care of children who can no longer grow up with their biological families. At SOS Children’s Villages and SOS Youth Facilities they experience reliable relationships and love once again, meaning that they can recover from what they have experienced, which has often been traumatic. They grow up in a stable family environment, and are supported individually until they become independent young adults. We will be working with the SOS Swedish branch (Alexander’s native country) to fund a Children’s Village in Bovary, Ukraine.
Not only am I impressed by the ability of a network of fan websites to organize a contest like this but I am also impressed by the willingness of these actors to play along and participate. And how much did fans raise to get these guys to model these t-shirts? Team Bill raised $35,043 while Team Eric raised $34,223. Congrats to the winners for their hard work and kudos all around for finding a very fun way to raise much needed funds for two important charities. Aren’t these photos great?
Every December 1, the world collectively works together to raise AIDS awareness by commemorating the day as World AIDS Day in an effort to raise money for AIDS treatment and research. The theme of World AIDS Day 2010 is Universal Access and Human Rights:
The theme for World AIDS Day 2010 is ‘Universal Access and Human Rights’. Global leaders have pledged to work towards universal access to HIV and AIDS treatment, prevention and care, recognising these as fundamental human rights. Valuable progress has been made in increasing access to HIV and AIDS services, yet greater commitment is needed around the world if the goal of universal access is to be achieved. Millions of people continue to be infected with HIV every year. In low- and middle-income countries, less than half of those in need of antiretroviral therapy are receiving it, and too many do not have access to adequate care services. The protection of human rights is fundamental to combating the global HIV and AIDS epidemic. Violations against human rights fuel the spread of HIV, putting marginalised groups, such as injecting drug users and sex workers, at a higher risk of HIV infection. By promoting individual human rights, new infections can be prevented and people who have HIV can live free from discrimination. World AIDS Day provides an opportunity for all of us – individuals, communities and political leaders – to take action and ensure that human rights are protected and global targets for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care are met.
If you would like to participate in the World AIDS Day campaign in an effort to commemorate the theme of Universal Access and Human Rights, you can get more information on how to do so HERE. OR, you can do something as simple as wearing a red ribbon today to show your commitment to fighting to find a cure for AIDS:
The red ribbon is an international symbol of AIDS awareness that is worn by people all year round and particularly around World AIDS Day to demonstrate care and concern about HIV and AIDS, and to remind others of the need for their support and commitment. The red ribbon started as a “grass roots” effort; as a result there is no one official AIDS ribbon manufacturer, and many people make their own. It’s easily done – just use some ordinary red ribbon and a safety pin! If you want to take your awareness raising a step further then try finding a local event to take part in. Around the world there are hundreds of activities taking place to mark World AIDS Day, including candlelight vigils, art shows, marches and religious services. If you can’t find anything in your area then why not organise an event yourself?
Wednesday, December 1 marks (RED)’s World AIDS Day, where landmarks around the world will be illuminated in red lights to highlight the cause of HIV/AIDS prevention. The organization’s goal is for the year 2015 to mark the beginning of the first AIDS-free generation. To raise awareness, social network users can help to turn a map of the world red using Twitter and Facebook or by attending a (RED) Meetup. Foursquare users can also participate by including the hashtag “#turnred” when they check in at any location, which will unlock a special (RED) badge. The checkins (if they’re posted to Twitter), tweets and Facebook profile photos will be posted to a map on the (RED) website. Countries that see the most activity across the different channels will turn a deeper shade of red. You’ll be able to filter the activities based on the social network — foursquare included — that generated it. (RED)’s primary objective is to raise awareness and funds for the Global Fund, which supports efforts to eliminate AIDS in Africa. A significant portion of their funds are raised by brands like Apple and Gap that offer special (RED) versions of their products and donate a portion of the proceeds to the Global Fund. You can follow (RED) on foursquare to find retailers near you that offer (PRODUCT) RED.
World AIDS Day is all about raising awareness, doing something very simple in unison with millions of people around the world can help make a difference. Silence = Death. I urge you to make the commitment today to be silent no longer.
A [trio] of celebrities spanning the sports, political and entertainment helped serve Thanksgiving Day meals at a Boston homeless shelter. U.S. Senator Scott Brown was joined Thursday at the Pine Street Inn by actress Eliza Dushku and former pro basketball player Rick Fox, who’s fresh off a run on TV’s Dancing with the Stars. The three are the best known of the 200 volunteers who will help serve 1,500 dinners Thursday. The Pine Street Inn planned to roast 63 turkeys, and the fixings include 460 pounds of mashed potatoes and 307 pounds of corn and peas. Deserts were also chosen from an assortment of 188 traditional pies.
I just love these two so much and I really love that they decided to give so generously of their time to help feed the needy in their beloved Boston community. Much love and thanks goes out to not only Eliza, Rick and Senator Brown but also to the 197 other Bostonians who were on hand to help serve Thanksgiving meals yesterday at The Pine Street Inn as well as the countless other volunteers who continue to work with the needy all around the world. So many of us, me included, take for granted how rich our lives are … I’m always so impressed with the folks who work to enrich the lives of others. Well done Eliza and Rick … you guys rule!
Kirk Douglas and some of his celebrity friends made their way to Skid Row here in downtown Los Angeles yesterday to serve Thanksgiving meals to the thousands of homeless and needy people in the area. Kirk and his wife Anne have been leading the feed the hungry charge each holiday season and this were were joined by actors Kate Linder (The Young and the Restless), Blair Underwood (The Event), John Schneider (Nip/Tuck, Smallville, The Dukes of Hazzard), Brandon Molale as well as local government dignitaries Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Police Chief Charlie Beck and many, many more. Here are a few photos and some deets from yesterday’s event:
Celebrities and political leaders volunteered on Wednesday in downtown L.A., where thousands of people turned out for the annual Thanksgiving meal at the Los Angeles Mission. Officials said they expected to serve 3,500 meals by the end of the day. “I think we’re all on this planet together as a community, and to whom much is given, much is expected,” said “Grey’s Anatomy” actress Sarah Drew. “I’ve been given a lot in my life, and I think it’s really important for me to give back.” Actor Kurt Douglas and his wife Anne have been volunteering at the event for years, saying it’s a way for them to give back to the community. The celebrity couple says they’ve seen an increase in the number of people on Skid Row … “We who are not homeless, we always get together on Thanksgiving with our families, but we don’t ever want to forget that those are families out there who don’t have homes, but they’re still families, and we want to see them happy and be together,” he said. With the economy in bad shape, the Los Angeles Mission is seeing a lot more families in need of help. “We continue to see more people than ever. We’re seeing a different face of homelessness, many who are maybe not on the streets, but living in someone’s basement, garage, maybe in their car,” said Herb Smith of the Los Angeles Mission. Meals were served until 3 p.m.
It is so easy to forget that there are countless people in need on a day like today when many of us are overwhelmed with family, friends and good eats. I, personally, am thankful today for the many folks who give so generously of their time and energy to help brighten up the lives of so many people in need all around the world … not just on Thanksgiving or Xmas but each and every day. Unfortunately, the people who need help far outnumber those who are willing to give back but as long as there are generous people in the world, there is hope that things can get better. No matter where you are in the world today, whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, please take some time to be thankful for all the blessings in your lives. My personal thanks goes out to the people pictured here at the LA Mission yesterday and all the unsung people around the world who are also giving back this holiday season.
This summer, the world got a sneak peek at the If I Can Dream cast’s anti-fur campaign—and now Giglianne Braga, Ben Elliott, and Justin Gaston are ready to reveal their provocative new ad, which features the three sexy housemates embracing one another au naturel next to the words, “If You Need Fur to Keep Warm, You’ve Got Problems.” As shown in a recent episode of If I Can Dream, all five castmates welcomed PETA representatives into the house to talk about the fur industry. After watching a graphic video that showed how animals who are killed for their fur are beaten to death and often skinned alive, Braga, Elliott, and Gaston all agreed to strip for PETA’s anti-fur campaign. The housemates also sat down for exclusive interviews with PETA. “When I first saw the footage, I was pretty upset about it,” said actor Ben Elliott. “Like, I didn’t know animals got treated that way, and were, like, literally skinned alive … that’s awful.” Model Giglianne Braga, who is a lifelong vegetarian, added, “I don’t understand how people can do that, really. Just torture and kill like that for the sake of fashion.” The trio enjoyed the shoot—despite the awkwardness of going completely nude around their roommates. Musician Justin Gaston explained, “This is definitely the … raciest thing I’ve ever done.” But because it was “for a good cause,” Gaston was “really, really glad” that he got to be a part of it. Braga, laughing, added, “It was fun being naked with those boys.” Braga, Elliott, and Gaston join a long list of celebrities—including Eva Mendes, Pamela Anderson, Khloe Kardashian, Dave Navarro, and Joanna Krupa—who have bared their skins to save animals’ skins. For more information and to view the ad, please visit PETA.org.
I still LOVE that Justin Gaston felt the need to get Bible verses tattooed to such interesting places on his body … but that’s beside the point. You gotta love a threesome of attractive 20-somethings who have no problem stripping down for a good cause … am I right? After the jump, check out some behind the scenes video from this shoot because, well, have I mentioned how attractive these people are? Click on … More »
Messages like this have more impact when they come directly from someone who endured the same situations in their youths. I can’t think of a better person to look to as an example of the fact that “It Gets Better” than Tim Gunn. This man tried to end his life at 17 … was thankfully unsuccessful in his attempt and found the strength to soldier on and achieve major success in his adult life. Of course the same staggering success cannot be promised to everyone but life does get better from the youthful despair that so many young people suffer. I love Tim Gunn so much … his decision to share his personal story in an attempt to help save the lives of other is just so inspiring. It does get better … and The Trevor Project is there to offer help and support 24/7.
In the wake of so many suicides by GLBT youth due to bullying in recent weeks a bunch of celebrities have banded together or filmed videos on their own to spread the message of hope to the young people who fell hopeless. Much like Dave Navarro did on his official website last week, all kinds of celebs have decided to speak out in order to spread hope. A flurry of It Gets Better videos have been popping up recently in an effort to spread the message as far and wide as possible. Here is a video which features Anne Hathaway, Kristin Cavallari, Jenny McCarthy, Shay Mitchell, Ashley Roberts, Candice Accola, Ian Somerhalder, Candis Cayne, Erika Jayne, Greg Grunberg, Rex Lee, Julie Benz, Michael Chiklis and Kat Graham:
My good friend Pauley Perrette, who stars on NCIS, decided to film and release a video of her own:
As did Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden:
This message that life gets better is so important because it is so easy for young people who feel hopeless and alone to think that no one understands what they are going thru as they figure out who they are … even worse, many believe that they are unloved, unwanted and will not be missed if they decide to take their own lives. It is my sincere hope that these messages of hope can reach the people who need to hear them the most. The Trevor Project was set up so that young people in need of support can call at any time of the day or night to find the help that they need. Information on The Trevor Project can be found on their official website HERE or they can be reached by calling 1-866-4UTREVOR (866-488-7386). It truly may seem hopeless sometimes … but things do get better.
Pink reader Sarah points us HERE to see the rest of the It Gets Better PSA videos. Check ‘em out, post ‘em on Facebook … help spread the message.