Tag Archives: good work

Celebrity Chef Offers $50 Gift Cards As Vax Incentive

The DCist reports: Local celebrity chef and humanitarian José Andrés is getting into the vaccine rewards game, and he’s offering more than a free donut or a free beer. On Friday, Andrés tweeted that he would give $50 gift cards to his D.C.-area ThinkFoodGroup restaurants to anyone who shows proof of vaccination, starting Saturday. The giveaway will run “until we …

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Lucky Motorists Stranded With Vaccine Team Get Shots

From Oregon’s Josephine County: When Josephine County Public Health staff and volunteers concluded their mass vaccination event at the Illinois Valley High School this afternoon, they never guessed they might be setting up an impromptu clinic on the way back to Grants Pass. But that’s exactly what happened when a snowstorm stranded about 20 personnel on Highway 199 near Hayes …

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Sanders Raises $1.8M With Mittens Meme Merch

ABC News reports: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced Wednesday that he raised $1.8 million for charitable organizations in his state in a matter of days thanks to sales of his currently sold-out merchandise featuring the viral image of him bundled in a jacket with mittens on Inauguration Day. Sanders began selling the merchandise, dubbed “Chairman Sanders,” through his campaign store …

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Publix Buys Excess Produce For Food Bank Donations

Via press release: Publix announced today a new initiative to purchase fresh produce and milk to assist farmers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Publix will donate these products directly to Feeding America member food banks in its operating area. The initiative will support Florida produce farmers, southeastern dairy farmers and the growing number of families looking to Feeding America for …

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Jimmy Carter, 95, Suffers Black Eye, Gets 14 Stitches, Still Shows Up For Habitat For Humanity Event [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: Former President Jimmy Carter didn’t let a black eye and 14 stitches stop him from rallying volunteers for a Habitat for Humanity project in Nashville on Sunday. Carter, who turned 95 last Tuesday, fell earlier Sunday at his home in Plains, Georgia, but still made it to the stage at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville …

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Lego Foundation And Sesame Street Announce Joint $100M Project To Aid Refugee Children With Trauma

The New York Times reports: Can play help refugee children heal from trauma? That’s the belief behind a new partnership formed by the Lego Foundation, Sesame Workshop and organizations working with Syrian and Rohingya refugees. In its first major humanitarian project, announced on Wednesday, the foundation will provide $100 million over five years to the makers of “Sesame Street” to …

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Google Launches “Good News Only” Feature [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Google is rolling out a feature that allows users to hear positive news stories on command, a feature developed in conjunction with a journalism group focusing on combating negative news fatigue. The feature, announced this week in a blog post, will exist on Google Assistant devices and will play a randomly selected positive news story focusing on …

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Gay Couple Sets Up Scholarship Fund In Name Of Late Lesbian Daughter Of Man Who Protested Roy Moore

You may recall the lone Alabama man protesting at a Roy Moore rally with a sign lamenting the suicide death of his lesbian daughter. The man’s sad vigil led to an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show and now, thanks to a wealthy gay couple, a scholarship fund in his daughter’s name. The Birmingham Herald reports: This week, Elliott Mitchell …

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Olympian Adam Rippon Fundraises For GLAAD [VIDEO]

Billboard Magazine reports: The true star of the 2018 Winter Olympics was Team USA’s first openly gay figure skater, Adam Rippon. While the games might be over, Rippon is using his platform to talk about the issues that matter… and his love life. Rippon appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today in his first interview since returning to the U.S. …

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CANADA: Jimmy Carter Hospitalized For Dehydration After Collapsing While Building For Habitat For Humanity

The Washington Post reports: Former president Jimmy Carter was taken to a hospital Thursday for dehydration while in Winnipeg, according to a news report. The 92-year-old was in Canada helping build a Habitat for Humanity home when he “collapsed,” a volunteer told CBC News, triggering a rush of paramedics and firefighters to assist him. An ambulance took Carter to a …

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Wayne Besen’s Truth Wins Out Closes Shop After 11 Years Of Shutting Down Ex-Gay Torture Organizations

Via press release: Dear Truth Wins Out Supporters: On our 11th anniversary, it is with a mixture of great sadness and overwhelming pride that I reluctantly announce that Truth Wins Out is closing down. All good things must come to an end – and it is time to say goodbye. Truth Wins Out is closing because we accomplished our major …

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Highlights From Broadway Bares 2017 [VIDEO]

The clips may not be work-friendly. Playbill reports: Broadway Bares: Strip U, the 27th edition of the annual burlesque-style fundraiser in New York, earned $1,568,114, a jump from last year’s $1,482,724 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, but slightly down from 2015’s record-breaking total of $1,598,501. Attendees watched 181 of the hottest male and female dancers in New York City—joined by …

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Pro-Gay Philanthropist Chuck Feeney Donates $600M To Fight White Nationalism Because Donald Trump

Irish Central reports: Irish American former billionaire Chuck Feeney and his Atlantic Philanthropies group have announced their final gift, a record $600 million to combat health issues, racism and inequality in South Africa, Australia and the United States. The last round of gifts brings Feeney’s total of philanthropic giving to $8 billion spread out over 35 years, in 23 countries …

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NEW YORK CITY: Gay “Mike Hot-Pence” Lookalike Raises Money For Charities In Times Square [VIDEO]

People Magazine reports: In a sobering post-election period, Glen Pannell has figured out a way to make us smile — one pants-less donation at a time. The graphic designer and actor bears more than a passing resemblance to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, and now he is using that genetic stroke of luck to help others as a part of a …

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Gay-Owned PR Firm Cancels Massive Holiday Bash Because Trump, Donates Party Dough To Charities

The New York Post reports: Donald Trump is the grinch who is ruining the holidays for some fashionistas. Manhattan fashion p.r. company LaForce — which reps Target, Banana Republic and Williams-Sonoma, to name a few — has canceled its holiday party because of Trump’s victory. James LaForce and his husband, Stephen Henderson, had booked Irving Plaza for a thousand guests …

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TOMORROW: Ali Forney Center Celebrates Benefactor And Gay Icon Bea Arthur At Their New York City Gala

The Ali Forney Center, NYC’s beloved and overburdened homeless shelter for LGBT youth, holds their annual gala tomorrow night at Capitale in lower Manhattan with Sandra Bernhard hosting. This year’s honorees include NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Rosie Mendez, and actor Matthew Saks, who will deliver a tribute to one of AFC’s most famous benefactors, his mother, gay …

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TRAILER: Broadway Bares 2016: On Demand

Cubicle warning: Much nearly nekkid beefcake ahead. Via press release: “Must see TV” never looked like this. Watch what happens when the immensely popular Broadway Bares tackles the boob tube in an unrivaled evening of sexy striptease production numbers, produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Come on down Sunday, June 19, for Broadway Bares: On Demand (#BroadwayBares) where …

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NORTH CAROLINA: 30 Craft Breweries Team Up To Fight Anti-LGBT Hate Law With Special Beer

You’ll like this. From Durham’s ABC affiliate: A group of North Carolina craft breweries is teaming up to make a special beer that will be sold to raise money to fight the state’s new House Bill 2 law. The News and Observer reports more than 30 breweries are taking part. They’re calling the project the Don’t Be Mean to People: …

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Guest Post: Ali Forney Center Head Carl Siciliano

From Joe: Beloved readers, on this Thanksgiving Day, as on every other day of the year, uncountable LGBT kids are living on the streets, turned out by the very people who are supposed to love them. As we do every Thanksgiving, today we turn JMG over to Ali Forney Center founder Carl Siciliano. Please click and read his message below….. …

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NEW YORK CITY: Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund Unveils Line-Up For Holiday Fundraiser

A fabulous event that I attend every year. Via press release: Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund today announced the lineup for its 5th annual “Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays” benefit concert on Saturday, December 5th at New York City’s historic Beacon Theatre to raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth homelessness. 100 percent of …

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