Jesse Tyler Ferguson and husband, Justin Mikita, have once again created an exclusive special edition bow tie by “Tie The Knot for The Tie Bar” for the 2014 Tony Awards.This year’s design feature a pattern of stars against a midnight background, representing the Tony Awards “Where the Stars Align” campaign.Tie The Knot was founded to raise awareness and advocate on behalf of marriage equality. All proceeds benefit United States organizations fighting on behalf of LGBT Civil Rights. This exclusive, limited edition Tony bow tie is available for purchase at www.TheTieBar.com for $25.“When designing the Tie The Knot collection with The Tie Bar, we tried to incorporate the essence of the night yet keep it completely refined for a black tie event,” says Ferguson.“Exactly,” Mikita continues, “a patterned black bow tie with small stars is a statement accessory that will complete the outfit and give it some personality that would otherwise go unnoticed.”The Tony Awards, hosted by Hugh Jackman, will be broadcast in a live three-‐hour ceremony from Radio City Music Hall, on the CBS television network on Sunday, June 8, 2014. For more information on the Tony Awards, please visit www.TonyAwards.com.“The incorporation of our ‘Where the Stars Align’ campaign into the bow tie’s design creates a wonderfully stylish memento of this year’s Tony Awards that Broadway fans can wear for years to come while supporting a wonderful cause. We are honored to partner with Jesse and Justin again this year,” said Charlotte St Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League and Heather Hitchens, Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing.TonyAwards.com, developed, produced, and hosted by IBM, is centerpiece of the Tony Awards digital platform that includes an interactive Second Screen (TonyAwards.com/secondscreen) to complement the CBS telecast on June 8; a Spotlight Series on potential nominees; Google+ hangouts; a live webcast of the Nominations Announcement; multimedia coverage before, during, and after the Tony ceremony; and much more.Tie The Knot was founded to combine humor, style, individuality, fashion, art, and equality. Founded by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita, the goal of Tie The Knot is clear: to advocate for the civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans throughout the United States and to look damn good while doing it. For more information on the fight for equal marriage rights, Tie The Knot will keep an active blog with up-to-‐date news and developments throughout the country on their website.
The Mercy For Animals 15th Anniversary Gala will take place on Friday, September 12th at The London, West Hollywood.The MFA gala, hosted by Hal Sparks and Jane Velez-Mitchell will honor Pamela Anderson (The Sam Simon Award), Moby (Compassionate Leadership Award), Yves Potvin (The Innovative Business Award) and Cody Carlson (The Hidden Hero Award).MFA works to create a society where all animals are treated with the compassion and respect they so rightfully deserve. They serve as a voice for animals through proactive consumer education initiatives, cruelty investigations, corporate outreach, and legal advocacy.Additional celebrities attending include: Sam Simon, Natalie Maines, Emily Deschanel, Tony Kanal, Alexandra Paul, Fiona Gubelmann, Drew Carey, Jennifer Tilly, Simone Reyes, Seba Johnson and Kathy Freston.When: Friday, September 12th, 2014Where: The London Hotel1020 N San Vicente Blvd.West Hollywood, CA 90069Find out more here.
Project Green 501c3 Founders Kim Kreiss and Patryjca Siewert-Towns were grateful to Festival Producer Jay Freedman for choosing Project Green 501c3 to be one of the charity partners for his Huntington Beach Art, Food & Music Festival last weekend.Project Green 501c3 Founders Kim Kreiss & Patryjca Siewert-TownsHighlights of the amazing festival included music producer David Pack who led a super group band that backed up legends Al Stewart, Gary Wright, Bill Champlin (Chicago), Mike Reno (Loverboy), Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger), John Elefante (Kansas), Dave Jenkins (Pablo Cruise), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Jim Peterik (Survivor) among others. This was the largest known collective performance of legendary 70’s and 80’s stars on one stage, ever!The Huntington Beach Food, Art & Music Festival featured other chart-topping artists including: Mark McGrath, Jefferson Starship and Michelle Branch. There were national award-winning BBQ rib teams straight from The BBQ Championships in Reno, Nevada, representing more than 10 states and Canada, showcasing their finest culinary selections to taste. Foodies experienced some of the best food trucks that Southern California had to offer, as well as many other delicious local treats.One hundred juried artists selected through an extensive process showcased a wide variety of talents and mediums including jewelry, painting, woodworking and photography.Sponsors included: Rolaids, Coca-Cola, Sara Lee Snacks, Club Cornbread Cracker Bites, Coors Light, Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce and Huntington Beach Art Center, with media support from K-Earth 101, OC Weekly and 94.7 The Wave.Project Green 501c3 Founders Patrycja Siewert-Towns and Kim Kreiss have perfected the ultimate entertainment lounge when it comes to raising awareness in the green community in conjunction with their charity! Project Green 501c3 is fully funded by donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations. Any and all donations are accepted and welcomed! Project Green continuously does outreach to help generate recognition as well as drive donations. Project Green is a registered 501c3 non-profit based in Atlanta, Georgia whose mission is to preserve green space for future generations by building eco-friendly summer camps for the underserved and fostercare system kids. “Help Us Help The Kids”.Copyright ©2014Look to the Stars
GLSEN, the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students, honored George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth, Ilene Chaiken, Optimedia, Amber Schweitzer and the Academy for Young Writers Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) at the 13th Annual GLSEN Respect Awards – New York on Monday, May 23 at Cipriani 42nd Street.Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos arrive at the GLSEN Respect AwardsCredit/Copyright: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for GLSEN Respect AwardsThe 2016 GLSEN Respect Awards – New York continues through June 2 with an online auction via Charitybuzz that features items such as tickets to a Rangers game in the Fox Networks’ Madison Level Suite in Madison Square Garden; tickets to Kinky Boots on Broadway, plus a backstage tour and gift bag; and VIP tickets to the Good Morning America 2016 Summer Concert Series in Central Park.Stephanopoulos and Wentworth were recognized for their dedication to improving the lives of young people and creating opportunities for marginalized communities. Accepting the award, Stephanopoulos said, “The great privilege we have to work at an organization like ABC News is that we have the chance to shine a light on issues where others might not go, to help bring people out of the shadows, to tell stories of people who are living their lives with courage and grace and grit in the face of incomprehension, in the face of hostility, in the face of a world which either doesn’t know how or doesn’t want to understand.”Ilene Chaiken, who was honored for providing LGBT young people with role models and increasing visibility through positive media representations of LGBT people in her work, said, “It’s disheartening that, even as we’ve made huge strides forward in the struggle for equality, our young people continue to face homophobic harassment, bullying and discrimination – not only at the hands of other students, but from teachers and parents and administrators. It’s enraging that we are again battling back ignorant efforts to enshrine new laws designed to deprive us of our human dignity. It’s disgusting – just disgusting – that our national politics is so rife with racist, misogynist, xenophobic, homophobic, reactionary and violent rhetoric. Our children deserve better. We all deserve better. That’s why we’re here tonight, standing with GLSEN.”The program also featured GLSEN National Student Council members from Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas, who shared their own stories of why GLSEN’s work is important and how it has helped each of them in creating more positive school climates in their own communities.Other speakers included GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard; Empire star Jussie Smollett; Dave Ehlers, President of Optimedia; Tim Jones, CEO – Publicis Media, The Americas; Educator of the Year and Colorado teacher Amber Schweitzer; model Andreja Pejić; Michelle Eisenberg, Spencer Washington, Daniel Collado, Dio Ayala and Dasia Flemming from the Academy for Young Writers GSA – the GSA of the Year; television anchors Brooke Baldwin, Robin Roberts and Thomas Roberts; Catherine Lhamon, Assistant Secretary, Office of Civil Rights, the U.S. Department of Education; Jordan Krantz, Abbie Faxon and Allie Faxon from Franklin County High School GSA; Del Ray Zimmerman, co-chair of GLSEN Middle Tennessee; Chief Control Officer of First Data Cindy Armine-Klein; and NYC Department of Education LGBTQ Liaison Jared Fox.The GLSEN Respect Awards, introduced in 2004 and held annually in Los Angeles and New York, showcase the work of students, educators, individuals and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.The 2016 GLSEN Respect Awards – New York was co-chaired by Cindy Armine-Klein, Chely Blitzer-Wright, Barbara Frankel, Michel Mercure and Ryan Pedlow. Sponsors included Presenting Sponsors Optimedia, Target, The Walt Disney Company and Wells Fargo, as well as Senior Sponsors First Data and JPMorgan Chase & Co.GLSEN has led the way on LGBT issues in K-12 education since 1990. Through ground-breaking original research, innovative program development, student leadership and educator training, community organizing, and targeted state and federal advocacy, GLSEN has seen the impact of its work through the development of educational resources, direct engagement of youth and educators, and national programs like GLSEN’s Day of Silence, GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week, GLSEN’s Ally Week.