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In their latest issue, PARADE magazine published the 3rd annual Giving Back 30, a list of top thirty celebrities who have donated the most over the past year.  There are some surprises on the list, including some athletes: http://www.parade.com/export/sites/default/news/slideshows/money/celebrities-who-give-big.html_71192263.html



The NBA recently honored Daequan Cook of the Miami Heat by aiding a 12-year old fan of his who was recently killed in a car crash:   http://www.usatoday.com/sports/basketball/nba/2009-10-22-3913181157_x.htm


Award-winning actress Charlize Theron was becoming frustrated over the lack of fundraising at a recent OneXOne event, and she upped the ante by promising an extended kiss to the winning bid, which turned out to be $140,000:  http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/dailydish/category?blogid=7&cat=147

Current Red Sox Josh Beckett and David Ortiz have been contributing to local hospitals by fundraising through different means.  Beckett recently held his 3rd annual Beckett Bowl, which raised money for Children’s Hospital in Boston, while Ortiz has partnered his foundation with Massachusetts General Hospital to help subsidize operations. Click on each link:

Beckett Bowl video

Ortiz article

Curtis Granderson

Curtis Granderson, 27-year old outfielder for the Detroit Tigers, represents Major League Baseball as an ambassador for MLB International.  He has travelled to places like China, Italy, and South Africa, representing the face of America’s pastime.  Commissioner Bud Selig wrote a letter to Granderson, thanking him for his personal convictions in his own life, and for what he has done for the sport:

“There are so many fine young men playing Major League baseball today, but I can think of no one who is better suited to represent our national pastime than you,” Selig told Granderson in his letter.

The Chicago-area native is a great leader for the Tigers’ organization on and off the field.  In addition to a career high .302 batting average in 2007, Granderson also led the league in triples that season (23) and finished 10th in AL MVP voting.  In 2008, Granderson started his own foundation, which focuses on education.

The Grand Kids Foundation, holds a variety of events, sponsorship fundraisers, and donation drives each year.  The foundation’s mission is to enforce educational initiatives to youth, and to help bring the sport of baseball back to the nation’s inner cities.  Granderson, who also served as a studio analyst for TBS when the Tigers missed the playoffs in 2007 and 2008, focused his foundation initially on the urban areas of Detroit and Flint, Michigan.  These are inner-city districts that have been troublesome for youth and education for quite some time.

If anything, the American League All-Star does too much outside of the baseball diamond.  However, his active involvement in the community doesn’t seem to have slowed his play, as he is scheduled to represent Team USA in the World Baseball Classic in March.

In actuality—Sam Abrams, the team’s manager of player relations, once said, “The more Curtis does in the community, the better he plays.”

Please click here for the article on Granderson entitled “Tigers Outfielder a Grand Ambassador,” written by John Paul Morosi, sportswriter for the Detroit Free Press:


Jerry Lewis, the 82-year old actor best known for his comedy routines alongside Dean Martin in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, is also a very influential humanitarian.  For a good part of his life, Lewis has hosted the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, an annual event that raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  Since its inception in 1960 and its first nationally televised event in 1966, the telethon has raised $1.46 billion to help fight muscular dystrophy, a group of genetic, hereditary muscle diseases that weaken the muscles of the human body.  Please click here for more information on the telethon, which occurs every year on Labor Day Weekend:


Lewis is among a select group of actors and actresses deeply committed to humanitarian efforts, including the late Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, and the late Frank Sinatra.  Here is the full list of past recipients of the award:

Past Recipients of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award:

Year First Name Last Name
1956 Y. Frank Freeman
1957 Samuel Goldwyn
1959 Bob Hope
1960 Sol  Lesser
1961 George Seaton
1962 Steve  Broidy
1965 Edmond L. DePatie
1966 George Bagnall
1967 Gregory Peck
1968 Martha Raye
1969 George Jessel
1970 Frank Sinatra
1972 Rosalind Russell
1973 Lew Wasserman
1974 Arthur B. Krim
1975 Jules C. Stein
1977 Charlton Heston
1978 Leo Jaffe
1979 Robert Benjamin
1981 Danny Kaye
1982 Walter Mirisch
1983 M.J. Frankovich
1984 David L. Wolper
1985 Charles “Buddy” Rogers
1989 Howard W. Koch
1992* Audrey   Hepburn
1992* Elizabeth Taylor
1993 Paul Newman
1994 Quincy Jones
2001 Arthur   Hiller
2005 Roger Mayer
2007 Sherry Lansing
2009 Jerry Lewis
* Two Oscars were presented
to both Audrey Hepburn and
Elizabeth Taylor in 1992  
The Man in Charge

The Man in Charge

President Barak Obama happens to be an avid sports enthusiast and an above average basketball player.  So, when it came time for last Sunday night’s NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix, Arizona, President Obama issued a message to the viewers on TNT that night.  In the president’s one minute and forty second video clip, he encouraged all citizens to help out in their communities through local programs set up on the following website, made possible by his administration:


The website’s theme is entitled “Renewing America Together,” and Obama suggests ways to pitch in during his All-Star segment, including reading to children or fixing up a local basketball court.  “Tonight, we celebrate individual excellence but we remember that throughout the game’s history, its greatest players — its champions — are those who don’t just perfect their own game, but make those around them better,” he says.

You can view the video clip of Obama on the White House blog, which can be found here:


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