Ian Somerhalder: The Ian Somerhalder Foundation

While some people are trying to figure out what happened between Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev, his foundation is focusing on the important things. Several causes are close to his heart and his foundation, the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, supports efforts to take care of the environment, animals, education, the youth and more.

To learn more about his efforts, you can go to his website.

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The Ian Somerhalder Foundation website

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Jenny McCarthy: Generation Rescue

If you were watching the ball drop in Times Square this past New Year’s Eve/Day, you may have tuned in to see if Jenny McCarthy was going to make it her second year to kiss a stranger at midnight. Well, she did, but there was something grander overshadowing the countdown and kiss, and that was the start of another year in the fight to help parents around the world in their mission to help their children who have been diagnosed with autism.

Much like Holly Robinson Peete and Tisha Campbell-Martin, Jenny McCarthy has been deeply involved and in the trenches, looking to listen, learn, educate, inspire and take action against autism and its effects, not only on the children, but on the family members and friends who are taking care of them.

As President of Generation Rescue, Jenny is able to travel in order to reach out to hundreds of thousands of people in order to initiate the dialogue. I encourage you to acquire more knowledge on the topic and to add their website to your research.

Jenny’s story is a remarkable one, and as she was able to figure out what worked best for her son’s recovery, she was, as a result, able to proclaim that her son eventually was free of the disorder.

See Jenny’s message HERE.

- Kendra Kabasele

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Ryan Seacrest: Ryan Seacrest Foundation (The Voice)

Ryan Seacrest is arguably the busiest man in showbiz. (I honestly am not sure when he gets to sleep!) Along with that unequivocal work ethic comes a heart of gold.  One of his latest projects includes the support of his family – and not from the sidelines. Along with his parents and sister, Ryan was able to launch his leading initiative with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, with a series of broadcast media centers, called The Voice. His foundation, which is “dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for seriously ill and injured children through unique programs that utilize multimedia and interactive platforms to enlighten, entertain and educate,” will place these media centers in pediatric hospitals with the intention that it will contribute to boosting the esprit de corps among patients and caretakers alike.

This past spring, the foundation’s website, http://www.ryanseacrestfoundation.org, posted a video about The Voice:

(Source: http://ryanseacrestfoundation.org/2011/04/05/see-our-new-video-about-the-ryan-seacrest-foundation/)

With so much on his plate, Ryan is no stranger to sharing his figurative meal with others. This initiative offers a new niche of opportunity for these children to feel loved and inspired while they recover, transition, and sometimes handle heavy responsibilities; all while being children. Now, thanks in part to Ryan’s foundation, they will also have a “voice”.

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