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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.