Bill Cosby To Perform At StarStudded Stand Up For Heroes Event

first_imgThe Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) and New York Comedy Festival (NYCF) just added Bill Cosby and Jim Gaffigan to the star-studded line-up for the annual Stand Up for Heroes, an evening of comedy and music benefiting injured service members, veterans and their families on Wednesday, November 6th at 8pm.The event will also feature performances by Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart and Roger Waters. Roger Waters will take the stage and perform with a band comprised of nearly two-dozen wounded veterans and active servicemen (and women) many of whom are current patients at Walter Reed Hospital and participants in the BWF funded MusiCorps.Stand Up for Heroes now at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, brings together leaders from military, business, entertainment, government and philanthropy to raise funds to help post-9/11 injured service members and their families thrive long after they return to the home front.Tickets for Stand Up for Heroes can be purchased at bobwoodrufffoundation.org or www.nycomedyfestival.com. Corporate sponsor packages and VIP benefit packages can be purchased by emailing SUFH@bobwoodrufffoundation.org.Stand Up for Heroes, brought to you by Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS), a consortium of financial firms, and supported by founding sponsor GFI Group, Inc. is one of the centerpiece events of the 10th annual New York Comedy Festival, running Nov. 6-10, 2013, at venues throughout New York City.This year’s sponsors for Stand Up for Heroes include: VOWS, GFI Group, Inc., The Paul E. Singer Foundation, Google, Inc., Havas PR & Havas Health, Jack Daniels, JetBlue, JWT, Purdue Pharma L.P.The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) is the nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring injured service members and their families are thriving long after they return home. A national organization with grassroots reach, the Bob Woodruff Foundation complements the work of the federal government —diligently navigating the maze of more than 40,000 nonprofits providing services to veterans—finds, funds and shapes innovative programs, and holds them accountable for results. To date, BWF has invested more than $15 million in public education and solutions, reaching more than a million service members, support personnel, veterans and their families. The Bob Woodruff Foundation was co-founded in 2006 by award-winning anchor Bob Woodruff and his family, whose own experiences inspired them to help make sure the nation’s heroes have access to the high level of support and resources they deserve, for as long as they need it.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Z100 Jingle Ball 2013 To Benefit Ryan Seacrest Foundation

first_imgZ100, New York’s Hit Music Station, has unveiled the star-studded lineup for its annual holiday concert, Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013, presented by Aéropostale, taking place on Friday, December 13, at 8 p.m. EST at Madison Square Garden.Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013 is part of the national iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2013 Tour, the season’s biggest annual music event that captures the holiday spirit of the iHeartRadio app, in Dallas, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Boston, Washington D.C., Tampa and Miami. To commemorate the pop culture phenomenon, Mayor Bloomberg has issued a special proclamation officially declaring December 13, 2013 Z100’s Jingle Ball Day in New York City. Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013 will mark Z100’s 18th year of bringing cheer to New York City with the holiday season’s biggest annual music event.Last week, singer, songwriter Austin Mahone, joined Z100’s on-air personality, JJ, at Aéropostale’s Times Square store to officially announce the all-star lineup for Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013 which will include Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Fall Out Boy, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Selena Gomez, Fifth Harmony, Ariana Grande, Jason Derulo and Austin Mahone with more to be announced. Special guest hosts will include Elvis Duran of the “Elvis Duran and The Z100 Morning Show” alongside the entire Z100 family, with more to be announced. Aéropostale, specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories, returns as the presenting sponsor for Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013.Tickets will be sold exclusively to ZVIP members via Ticketmaster outlets starting Tuesday, October 15, at 5 p.m. EST until Wednesday, October 16, at 4:59 p.m. EST. Fans can register for free to become a ZVIP member by logging on to Z100.com, keyword: ZVIP. Following, JPMorgan Chase & Co. debit and credit cardholders can take advantage of the Chase early on-sale using their Chase card through Ticketmaster from Wednesday, October 16, at 5 p.m. EST until Friday, October 18, at 5 p.m. EST by visiting iHeartRadio.com/chase. Any remaining tickets following the Chase early on-sale will be available for public purchase starting Saturday, October 19, at 12 p.m. EST via ticketmaster.com.“Z100’s Jingle Ball is synonymous with New York City’s holiday season and an event that our listeners look forward to all year long,” said Sharon Dastur, Z100’s Program Director. “We are excited to celebrate 18 years of bringing the hottest music stars together in one place for the biggest night of the year.”“Z100’s Jingle Ball is THE iconic must see concert of the season,” said Duran. “I look forward to seeing the amazing stars rock Madison Square Garden and give Z100 listeners a night to remember.”Popular teen retailer Aeropostale returns as the presenting sponsor for Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013. “Music is a huge part of our customers’ lifestyle,” said Scott Birnbaum, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Ecommerce, Aeropostale. “We are excited to partner with Z100 for the third year in a row, as they continue to bring the biggest artists and most memorable performances to all.”Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013 will kick-off with the action-packed Z100 & Coca Cola’s All Access Lounge, the official pre-event celebration. The event, which is free to the public, will include performances by Austin Mahone, Fifth Harmony and Travie McCoy followed by meet-and-greets with fan favorites. Z100 & Coca Cola’s All Access Lounge will feature music as well as interactive displays from some of today’s hottest brands and products. The event will take place from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. EST at Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W. 34th St., New York, NY and will welcome fans of all ages.For the fourth year in a row, Z100’s Jingle Ball will host a nationwide search for the next big musical act through Z100’s Hometown Hero presented by State Farm and powered by Eventful. Z100 has teamed up with Eventful and is using their Demand it! service to give fans the power to decide Z100’s Hometown Hero 2013. Music artists and bands alike can sign up and compete on Eventful’s unique “Demand it!” social media platform, which empowers hopefuls to Demand the winning spot. The winner will perform amongst the amazing talent at this year’s Z100 and Coca-Cola All Access Lounge at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan on December 13, 2013 and have the opportunity to walk the red carpet at the main event, Z100’s Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden that evening. For more information and to register for Z100’s Hometown Hero contest log on to www.Z100.com keyword: Hometown Hero.Each year Z100’s Jingle Ball gives back to the community to celebrate the holiday season. This year’s official charity for Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013 is the Ryan Seacrest Foundation – $1.00 of each ticket sold will be donated to the non-profit organization, which is dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education focused initiatives.“The Ryan Seacrest Foundation is excited to collaborate with Z100 on this year’s Jingle Ball to help us raise funds for our work with pediatric hospitals across the country,” said Meredith Seacrest, Executive Director & COO of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. “We’re looking forward to being a part of the concert and are grateful for Z100’s support.”Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013 will air exclusively as a two hour special on The CW Network, on Wednesday, December 18, at 8 p.m. EST, giving music fans across the country the opportunity to experience the highly anticipated annual event on television.For up-to-minute information on Z100’s Jingle Ball 2013 log on to www.Z100.com keyword: Jingle Ball or listen to Elvis Duran on-air or online via the station’s website, as well as on iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s all-in-one digital radio service. iHeartRadio delivers everything listeners want in one free, fully-integrated service: instant access to more than 1,500 of the nation’s most popular live broadcast and digital-only radio stations from 150 cities, plus user-created custom stations inspired by favorite artists and songs. iHeartRadio also offers listeners a “Perfect For” feature which allows users to choose from thousands of curated stations based on a range of moods and activities. New – iHeartRadio Talk feature (now in beta) offers on-demand listener-created talk content alongside popular news, celebrity and entertainment “audiosodes.” iHeartRadio Talk also features “Daily Pulse,” a customizable Talk channel featuring the most up-to-date news and culture highlights, to which users can add or remove content that is most important to them.Source:BusinessWire.comlast_img read more

Canadian Opera Company Announces 201718 Free Concert Series Lineup

first_imgArtists of the COC Orchestra in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, 2012. Photo: Chris Hutcheson Advertisement The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre takes place in one of Toronto’s most breathtaking and intimate spaces. The diverse city that inspires and unites us is the ever-changing backdrop seen from the beautiful Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, where artists from around the world share their talent and passion in six series: vocal, piano, jazz, dance, chamber and world music.From late September to June, you can discover exciting artists, both established and emerging, and experience the joy of live performance in an incredible variety of genres – and it’s all free!Concerts take place most Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon, and some Wednesdays at noon or 5:30 p.m. Advertisement CONCERT TIPSSound carries very well in the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Please turn off all cell phones, pagers and other electronic devices that may make noise. Any sound, including whispering, is distracting for both the audience and performers. Patrons who disrupt the performance by talking, making noise or talking on cell phones may be asked to leave.Although the programming is not geared toward young children, people of all ages are welcome to attend the concerts as long as they are able to sit quietly throughout the performance.Please unwrap and enjoy your candies in advance. If at all possible, eat your lunch before the performance begins. If you need to eat during the performance, please do so quietly.You are encouraged to stay in your seats until the end of the performance. There is no re-entry once the performance has begun.In consideration of patrons with allergies, please avoid wearing strongly perfumed beauty products and fragrances.Arrive early! Doors open half an hour prior to the performance start time and admittance will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis, of up to 230 patrons. Latecomers may not be admitted.The Free Concert Series is made possible in part by the J.P. Bickell Foundation. The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre is supported by the Free Concert Series Endowment Fund established in honour of Richard Bradshaw by an anonymous donor.  LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis and seating is limited. Please join the line-up early to avoid disappointment. Latecomers will not be admitted.Click here to request a school or community bookingClick here for the Free Concert Series Facebook pageClick here to download the Free Concert Series brochure Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Papua New Guinea female police chief urges women to rise up

first_imgIn a nation where sexual violence is endemic, women are still targeted and attacked for witchcraft, and female representation in parliament is non-existent, police chief Julie Palakai is blazing a trail for change. Photo: AFPIn a nation where sexual violence is endemic, women are still targeted and attacked for witchcraft, and female representation in parliament is non-existent, police chief Julie Palakai is blazing a trail for change.The 43-year-old inspector, a domestic abuse survivor and 18-year veteran of the force, is one of the most senior female police officers in Papua New Guinea — and is calling on the nation’s women to take a stand against sexism with her.”Women must strive and rise up against any discrimination, abuse and sexual harassment in the workplace,” she tells AFP.”For young girls who are still struggling: Do not give up but strive for the best to achieve your goals and to find a better and happy life. Nothing is impossible,” she insists.Human Rights Watch named Papua New Guinea “one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman” in a report which estimated 70 per cent of women would be raped or assaulted in their lifetime.The NGO added that sorcery-related violence remains an issue, adding that women and girls are the “primary targets”, though men too have been attacked in witch-hunts.None of the country’s 111 parliamentarians are women and there are few women in the police force.Palakai is the only female commissioned officer — an umbrella term for senior management from inspector grade upwards — in all of Papua New Guinea’s northeastern Islands Region.She has worked hard to get to her position battling institutional discrimination, abuse, and rigid cultural expectations.Palakai now heads the Public Safety Unit at Kokopo Police Station: It’s a role that’s highly visible — she leads the prestigious Guard of Honour parade.Dressed in crisp police blues and wielding a large silver sword, she proudly marches judges, superior officers and other dignitaries — almost always male — up and down Guard of Honour lines.It’s a rare sight in the male-dominated nation, and a role that requires total respect from subordinates.”When inviting and escorting an important officer or VIP on parade, we are actually inspecting each individual on parade,” she says.Palakai came from a broken family and while she finished secondary school, any plans for further education were disrupted when her home town of Rabaul, was devastated by twin volcanic eruptions in 1994.Instead, she took a job as a sales rep for a stationary firm in the area but soon became restless. By chance, she saw an advert from the police in the local paper and decided to respond to their search for new recruits.She was shocked to be selected, Palakai conceded, but happily took the six-month training course near capital Port Moresby before being posted to Lihir, an island best known for gold-mining.”I was just a young policewoman officer posted out there to lead, manage and command officers older than me, very experienced and long-serving policemen and women,” she said of the role as station commander.”You have to learn to think fast during states of emergency or in everyday situations whilst on normal police duties, and make prompt and wise decisions,” she added.Palakai was ambitious, but like many women in Papua New Guinea, she found her partner was not receptive to her career aspirations.”I had to leave him as I could not see any better future with him given…the disrespectful behaviour that I could not stand any longer,” she told AFP.”He often argued telling me that I was just a woman and policemen and women will not listen to my instructions and orders and that women had no power to lead,” she recalled.In May 2013 she became a commissioned officer, graduating along with four other female officers placed around the country, and 20 male colleagues at a ceremony overseen by prime minister Peter O’Neill.Since then she has championed the push to encourage women to actively invest in their future.She explains: “Education does not stop when you are young or old. Where there is opportunity, go for it, as education is your future.”last_img read more