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Charitable Anne Hathaway

Hathaway as Fantine, Les Miserables

Hathaway as Fantine, Les Miserables

If you’re anything like me, you can’t get those dang lines “I had a dream my life would be, So different from the hell I’m living” that outstanding Anne Hathaway tears out of her heart in such a raw way, out of your head. My own life is pretty great, not so hellish, and seeing Les Miserables this holiday season will undoubtedly make it cooler–I’m just fascinated with the way the film was shot and hope it is the start of a cinematic trend.

But back to the shorn Ms. Hathaway–you know she got married this fall, to Adam Shulman, and she donated the money raised from selling exclusive images of the event to some pretty righteous causes, including Freedom to Marry(important not only because it was the images from HER marriage, and doubly resonant today, as the Supreme Court announced it would take up the cases presented to it in regards to marriage equality). Additional charities benefiting from her big day were the American Cancer SocietySt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and The Girl Effect.

Here’s hoping the newly wed Anne not only cleans up in awards season (I suspect Oscar is already forging a new golden statuette in her likeness), but also that her heart-in-the-right-place way of being informs all of us during this season of giving, and beyond.

Olympian Giving

As the Vancouver Olympic Games move toward their finish this weekend, it’s fun to look at some of the charitable support these winter athletes have given to causes near to their hearts. As new faces and names become known to a larger audience, whether draped with a medal or not, with more attention comes an opportunity for greater reach for causes, so expect even more athletes to lend their name and support to causes in the wake of the Games.

Ice Dancers Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto create charity skate shows that support organizations American Cancer Society, and The American Red Cross.

Gretchen Bleiler, the Olympic Snowboarder, works with the National Resources Defense Council.

Freestyle Skiier Emily Cook is an active supporter of Right to Play.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, silver medalists in Ice Dancing, spend huge amounts of time off-ice working with The American Cancer Society, The Humane Society, March of Dimes, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Figure skater Rachael Flatt partners with Reading is Fundamental.

Chad Hedrick, Bronze in Long Track Speed Skating, works with the Special Olympics of Texas.

Snowboarder Lyndsey Jacobellis does some truly creative work with the ASPCA, even starting her own program, Hats 4 Hounds.

When Todd Lodwick is not training for Nordic Combined, he’s tirelessly supporting Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy, his commitment strengthened by his son, Finn, who has been diagnosed with epilepsy.

Evan Lysacek spun gold in Figure Skating, and his work with  Ronald McDonald House (where he is a celebrity board member), and Make-a-Wish Foundation is equally precious.

Julia Mancuso takes the glory of her double silver medal victories in Alpine Skiing to her work with WWF Climate Change.

Steve Nyman, Alpine Skiing, helped build an orphanage in Haiti prior to the earthquake, and works with Team Darfur, and A Child’s Hope Foundation.

Bronze medal Bobsledder Erin Pac supports Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Noelle Pikus-Pace, when not on the Skeleton track, works with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Angela Ruggiero, of the US Hockey Team was the Director of the New York Islanders Project Hope, on the advisory board for  the Women’s Sports Foundation, an athlete ambassador for Right to Play, an advisor to Moms Team, and a member of

Johnny Spillane who competes in Nordic Combined, works with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Silver medal Snowboarder Hannah Teter gives proceeds from her Maple Syrup company, Hannah’s Gold, to a Kenyan village, Kirindon, she has adopted and for which she helps provide water, AIDS education and support of AIDS-afflicted mothers, and economic stability.

Figure Skater Johnny Weir is active with the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, and UNICEF.

Snowboarding sensation and double gold medalist, Shaun White, just put his autographed board up for auction with Rachael Ray and her foundation, Yum-o!

More inspiring inforation about celebrity charity giving is found every day at Look to the Stars.

Hope Lodge

design-trends-nurse-07Tomorrow, October 8, New York City’s Metropolitan Home Showtime House in TriBeCa is opening its doors for a benefit for ShowHope, raising funds for the New York Hope Lodge.

Hope Lodge is a program of the American Cancer Society that offers free, temporary housing for cancer patients undergoing treatment and their families. As their website says: “Fighting Cancer is hard. Finding help should not be.

Getting emotional and social support from other survivors can be as important as getting the proper medical care. At the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, guests share similar experiences, and are supported by caring staff and volunteers. The nurturing, comfortable environment at Hope Lodge allows patients to focus on what is most important – fighting cancer.”

The Met Home Showtime House is a quirky venue in the city where the design magazine, leading designers, and the Showtime cable network have created unique spaces in two outstanding downtown penthouses. Suites of rooms and terrace spaces are decorated as interpretations of six of Showtime’s leading shows: Weeds, The Tudors, Nurse Jackie, Californication, Dexter, and The United States of Tara. Each set of rooms will have a themed cocktail and food offering during the event. It’s a creative way to raise funds for an incredibly important program. If you’re not in New York or can’t make it to the benefit, explore the American Cancer Society website and find a way to make the road a little less rocky for someone you know, in someone’s memory, for yourself, or just because it’s the right thing to do. There are 28 Hope Lodges throughout the United States.


Breast Cancer Awareness

breastcancerbracI can’t believe that October is already here.

In addition to being sweatshirt weather, October is, of course, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

There is an array of ways you can volunteer this and every month to help with efforts to find a cure, advocate, assist, and make sure it is talked about and addressed.

Have you scheduled a mammogram this year (or made sure your loved ones have)?

When was your last self exam? (and guys, a testicular self exam needs top be in your regular repertoire as well)

Find out more. Even if you think you know it all, find out more anyway. You don’t have to wear pink, but you have to be fearless in talking about it and exploring everything you can find out. Do not, under any circumstances, allow anyone with cancer feel ashamed or alone. You will never forgive yourself.

How to perform a breast self exam: