Celebrity Optimist/TV has a new look!

It’s a new year and along with the “new day”, we are introducing our new look! Fresh and new, please stay tuned for new posts, platforms and, of course, optimism!

If you have any ideas and would like to contribute as a guest blogger, please feel free to contact us:

Thanks for visiting!

Kendra K.


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.


The Ian Somerhalder Foundation website


Celebrity Optimist TV EXCLUSIVE: James Lesure is a “man at work” at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Are you loving the new TBS sitcom Men At Work? James Lesure, who plays Gibbs, joins Celebrity Optimist TV for an exclusive interview on-site at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles! Find out more about his role on the show and his optimistic outlook!

The extended version is coming soon, including interviews with the Director, families, and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity LA.


Celebrity Optimist TV on set with Closets for Causes!

Celebrity Optimist’s Founder Kendra Kabasele stops by Closets for Causes’ wardrobe photo shoot for charity to chat with their Founder, Talia Bella! Model Jeanene Beauregard plays up the wardrobe actress Sophia Bush wore in character, as Brooke Davis, on The CW’s “One Tree Hill”. She brings them to life for the catalog being put together for the online auction. Proceeds from the auction go to the charity of the wardrobe owner’s choosing.

(Source: Celebrity Optimist TV YouTube Channel)

To learn more about Closets for Causes, visit www.closetsforcauses.com and follow them on Twitter @Closets4Causes!

Produced, Written & Edited by Kendra Kabasele


Special Post: The Giving Back Fund announces Top 30 Celeb donations for last year

The Giving Back Fund is a nonprofit organization that provides philanthropic management and consulting to the sports and entertainment industries. The organization is in the news with the release of their yearly list of celebrities who made the largest donations to charity in the previous year. It is the 5th year they have come up with the list.

Giving Back Fund Top 30

 The list is on The Giving Back Fund website and the leading celebs include Actress Jami Gertz, Musician Herb Alpert, Actor Mel Gibson, Producer George Lucas, and Writer Nora Roberts. Some of the celebrities included in the tally are  actors, writers, producers, musicians, comedians, and athletes, among others.

The goals for this Top 30?

  • To honor the most charitable of individuals in the sports and entertainment communities
  • To encourage increased giving within the sports and entertainment communities
  • To encourage increased transparency in sports and entertainment philanthropy

For the complete list, and for lists past, please visit their website.




Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker Kodjoe: Sophie’s Voice Foundation

Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe are another beautiful Hollywood power couple. Their beauty is not only skin deep. Their hearts are filled with love, compassion and charity. In 2008 they founded Sophie’s Voice Foundation. The foundation is named after their daughter, who was diagnosed with Spina Bifida when she was born. Their website for the organization can be found here: http://www.sophiesvoicefoundation.org  It contains all of the pertinent statistics, projections and advances involved with the birth defect. It also focuses on what is sometimes unintentionally overlooked, as is the case with numerous illnesses – prevention.

According to Mayo Clinic, “Spina bifida, [meaning “open spine”], is part of a group of birth defects called neural tube defects. The neural tube is the embryonic structure that eventually develops into the baby’s brain and spinal cord and the tissues that enclose them.”

Sophie’s Voice Foundation was put in place, according to the website, in order to “[support] family outreach programs, prenatal education and surgical studies for children and adults with Spina Bifida.” As one of the pioneering efforts to bring awareness and resolution to the problems associated with Spina Bifida, Sophie’s Voice Foundation also intends to create a Center for Spina Bifida for Research and Prevention.

Here’s a spotlight on the foundation, in their own words:

(Source: Sophie’s Voice YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/SophiesVoice)

 “Sophie’s Voice Foundation is dedicated to saving the lives of children, even before they begin.” – Nicole Ari Parker Kodjoe


Featured Celebrity Samaritan – Kourtney Kardashian: Joshua and Robin Berry Children’s Trust

Kourtney Kardashian’s thoughtful and touching website post about a family who was in a tragic car accident on their way home from a family vacation is the first Featured Celebrity Samaritan on Celebrity Optimist. Kourtney used her platform to relay the story and to help the family raise money for their surviving children, by referring readers of her blog to the children’s trust site. It’s beautiful gestures such as this one, that touch the human spirit and inspire people, including complete strangers, to give back and help others in need. When you take away the what we are and listen to the who we are, the common denominator is the human experience.

To learn more about the Berry family and to donate to their children’s trust, news sources are directing people to the website, www.theberrychildren.org and letting them know they can also donate directly to: Joshua and Robin Berry Children’s Trust, send to the trust in care of the Bank of Texas, 510 Bering Drive, 5th floor; Houston 77057.

Thank you to Kourtney.


Bright Idea: Donating your car to charity

In 2008, it was time for me to finally say goodbye to my car and get a new one. It was time to move on from my little point A to point B, cherry red, two door 1985 BMW 325. It was a sturdy vehicle and served me well, but once I was ready to get a new car, I almost immediately knew that I wanted to pass it on to charity.

When I first heard about the possibility, I did some research, and while there are plenty of sites and organizations to choose from, I ended up using http://www.donatecarusa.com. They have an easy to search list of charities to choose from. The charity site actually takes the car to a public auction, uses that money gained from the auction sale and donates that money to the organization you choose. It’s a great way to discard of your old car, with little to no fuss, and more importantly, a great way to help others who are in need.

My old car being hauled off to ultimately help someone in need...

The charity I chose was the African Aid Organization, formerly the African Child Care Association. It is “a non-profit organization devoted to providing first-class assistance, support, and education to the Most Vulnerable children in Sub-Saharan Africa. We help these children who are affected by HIV/AIDS or who deal with the hardships of poverty by investing in them and in their future.”

They can be found at http://www.afaid.org/.


Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony: The Maribel Foundation

Do you know Maribel? Well, you surely know her brother. Maribel was the name of Marc Anthony’s sister, who had a brain tumor and passed away when they were children. Jennifer Lopez and her sister, Lynda, founded The Maribel Foundation and named it after her. The foundation is “dedicated to improving the health and well-being of women and children. [Their] organization advocates and invests in policies and programs that make a positive, measurable impact on communities.”

One of the main goals of the foundation is to insure the availability of healthcare to underserved women and children, no matter their location or circumstance. One way they intend to tackle this issue is to use Telemedicine.

“Telemedicine is a remarkable new healthcare delivery system that uses telecommunications technology to conduct medical diagnoses, consultations, treatments, transfers of data, education of physicians, and dissemination of public health alerts and/or emergency updates.

Simply stated, this technology allows patients located all over the world to receive access to care by the physicians at one of America’s top pediatric hospitals, the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Patients living in under-served and under-privileged areas, two groups that are especially vulnerable to inadequate healthcare, can greatly benefit from telemedicine.

Some of the potential benefits of telemedicine are as follows:

Access: Telemedicine can allow children with serious childhood diseases in other areas of the world to be examined, diagnosed, and/or treated by the top pediatric oncologists, hematologists, and pediatricians at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Doctors can virtually give patient care to children in different parts of the world.
Quality: Telemedicine permits consultations to take place among the referring physician, the consulting physician, the patient, and the patient’s family through interactive video and medical equipment and instruments, with the added benefit of having critical patient information available on-line. Additionally, the physicians or other personnel at remote or under-served locations can be educated before or during the consultations with specialty physicians and other experts, increasing their ability to treat other similar cases in the future.
Cost: The travel cost of the patients for specialty care, the travel cost of the health care professionals for continuing education or consultation, the personnel / equipment cost for not having to keep specialty care facility in rural or under-served hospitals, and other costs can be either eliminated or reduced. ”

(Source: http://jenniferlopez-foundation.org/goals_telemedicine.aspx)

This PSA gives an idea of what their initiatives and visions are for the organization:

(Source: original video source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f92FI7QOz7o)