Bill Rancic: Starkey Hearing Foundation

If you watched Giuliana & Bill tonight, or even if you heard about this story prior, you know that Bill Rancic took time out of his busy schedule to head out to Haïti on a mission to help the victims of the tragic earthquake of 2010. This was his second trip. He also helped two weeks after the earthquake. Along with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, Bill outfitted hundreds of children and adults with hearing aids, so that he could help offer sound to those living in silence. In a touching display of selflessness and a heart of gold, not only did he help offer a solution to the medical needs of the people, but he also took the time to make other emotional connections with the families and natives of the land.

The Starkey Hearing Foundation is a non-profit organization that has helped hundreds of thousands hear better both domestically and internationally.

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Olivia Wilde: Artists for Peace and Justice

I couldn’t get to the computer quickly enough to tell you all about this celebrity optimist! On tonight’s Access Hollywood, while Olivia Wilde was being interviewed about her two latest projects, “Cowboys & Aliens” and “The Change-Up”, she was also asked about her recent alleged jab at the Kardashians in a Marie Claire Magazine print interview (August 2011 issue). While the star explains that the remark was not an insult to the Kardashians, whom she says she doesn’t even know personally, she explains that it’s the obsession with celebrity that has her worried. Olivia’s direct quote from the Marie Claire interview:

“I’d like to refocus everyone’s attention away from the Kardashians and onto Doctors Without Borders or aid workers. Let’s redefine scandal. Scandal is not who so-and-so is dating; scandal is the fact that 1.2 million people are still living in tents in Haiti, and cholera is rampant because Nepalese U.N. soldiers dumped [excrement] from their Porta-Potties into the river. That’s a [freaking] scandal. If the average 15-year-old was hearing about that instead of so-and-so’s plastic surgery or cheating in Hollywood, I’d feel better about our future.” (Source: Marie Claire Magazine, August 2011)

It’s nice to see she’s on the same page as we at Celebrity Optimist! Olivia’s website (http://www.wildethings.org) even has the cause she supports, Artists for Peace and Justice, on her landing page.

Artists for Peace and Justice (http://www.artistsforpeaceandjustice.org) is a non-profit organization that supports the sometimes forgotten communities in Haïti, that were devastated by the January 12, 2010, 7.0 magnitude earthquake.


While the organization was founded in 2009, before the earthquake occurred, their mission continues to be “to build schools to serve the poorest areas of Haïti, providing an education, hot meals, clean drinking water and regular medical treatments to the children living in the slums.” Their intentions continue to be maintaining the country’s people as a priority, to insure that they are given the resources they need to rebuild and flourish.

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