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: James Lesure at Habitat for Humanity LA on-site build (teaser)


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



CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

This afternoon, I had the opportunity to be in the audience for the live show, CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute. It was hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper and its goal goes hand in hand with our mission here at Celebrity Optimist. While our goal includes shifting the focus to the positive things celebrities do with their platforms, we also regularly feature the everyday people who are giving back to their communities, their nations and the planet. Today’s show was just that – a celebration of the everyday people who are changing our world, and deserve recognition, as well as support.

It is so hard to narrow down heroes like these ones, for there are countless selfless people out there making changes every minute of every day, but who both are not recognized for it and are not seeking the recognition. Kudos to CNN for recognizing the 10 Heroes they selected for 2011, and opening the world’s eyes to this idea of supporting those who are giving of themselves for others….as Ice Cube said, these are the real celebrities.

Here they are, as featured on Celebrity Optimist’s twitter feed (@CelebOptimist)

  1. If you love football, and love a good hero story, follow @gridironheroes and Eddie Canales’ story. www.gridironheroes.org
  2. Taryn Davis exudes strength. Support @AmericanWP and RT to give her cause even more awareness! www.americanwidowproject.org
  3. Sal Dimiceli is helping lift America up, one impoverished family at a time. www.timeisnowtohelp.org
  4. @GlobalSoap is saving lives with the simplest tool – soap! Thank you Derreck Kayongo, you’re our hero! www.globalsoap.org
  5. Not a dry eye for Diane Latiker and her light that shines in a place of darkness.www.kobchicago.org
  6. @BumiSehat takes care of mothers & babies, providing them with a safe haven.Cheers to Robin Lim!www.bumisehatbali.org
  7. Merci Patrice Millet pour ces efforts avec des enfants d’Haiti! (Thank you Patrice Millet for his efforts with the kids in Haiti!)  www.fondaps.com
  8. Kudos to the chef! Chef Bruno Serato that is! Feeding kids daily & from the heart! www.thecaterinasclub.com
  9. @WorldAccessP is making mobility an option for those in need! Richard St. Denis is a change agent! www.worldaccessproject.org
  10. @infinitefamily‘s Amy Stokes is a connector.Linking South African kids to the world,via technology. www.infinitefamily.org

Click on each website address to find out more information on the organizations these Heroes represent, to support them, or to be inspired yourself, to start a new movement!

To learn more, you can use these CNN resources:



Twitter: @CNNHeroes



Holly Robinson Peete: HollyRod Foundation

CBS’ The Talk Co-Host Holly Robinson Peete is inspiring others to become more aware of both Autism and Parkinson’s Disease. Both have touched her life in that she lost her father, Matthew Robinson, widely known as Gordon on the early years of Sesame Street, to Parkinson’s and her son, with husband Rodney Peete, Rodney Jr., was diagnosed with Autism at a young age. In 1997 Holly and Rodney Sr. founded the HollyRod Foundation, which is “dedicated to providing compassionate care to those living with Autism and Parkinson’s disease. Efforts of the HollyRod Foundation are providing a better quality of life for individuals and their families.”

(Source: http://www.hollyrod.org/about/)

This weekend in Beverly Hills, California, the Peete family will be holding its annual fundraising event for the Foundation. On Saturday, July 23rd, 2011, Holly and Rodney will welcome guests to a private estate where the event, DesignCare, is being held. It will be the 13th year the event has taken place.

Here’s a Public Service Announcement about autism Holly did over last year’s holiday season:

(Source: HollyRod Foundation’s YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/HollyRodFoundation#p/a/u/1/ywGPC7C-nPQ)

There is so much to learn about Autism and Parkinson’s Disease. Holly’s website is a great portal of information, and a great place to begin, especially if you are unfamiliar with the disorder and disease: http://www.hollyrod.org