Avon Walk for Breast Cancer (Project Teddy Bear)
This project raises money to support the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer by the Avon Foundation a public charity for breast cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, support and prevention.
The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is a national series of 39-mile weekend fundraising events launched in 2003 by the Avon Foundation.
Celebs pose with a teddy bear which has a Tag signed by the celeb. Photo and bear will be auctioned off to raise money for the Avon Foundation.
The auction package comes with a stuffed breast cancer bear with a tag attached, signed by Summer and a picture of Summer with the bear.
Summer’s bear was sold on September 26th, 2010 for an incredible $2,007.64.
This was the highest auction ever (The last record holder was Viggo Mortensen whose bear went for $1525).
Alzheimer’s Association (The Elephant Project)
The Elephant Project is an organization to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. The elephant is the symbol of the project because there is a phrase that says, “elephants never forget,” and in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, we are striving for those afflicted with it to “never forget.”
To raise money, and awareness, we have celebrities pose for a picture with an elephant beanie baby, which are then auctioned off in an Elephant Project auction package! Each package consists of an 8×10 photo of a celebrity posing with the elephant, a signed Elephant Project card by that celebrity, and a special elephant beanie baby!
Summer’s signed card & picture was sold for a whooping $1300,37 on August 14th, 2010. This is according to the official Elephant Project twitter account: their highest auction ever!
VISIT WEBSITE: http://www.elephantproject.org
BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre in Vancouver, Canada
BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre is the only facility in BC devoted exclusively to the health of women, newborns, and families. With over 7,200 births every year (over 250,000 births since inception), BC Women’s is Canada’s busiest obstetrical centre. It is also the only source of tertiary maternity care in British Columbia. BC Women’s provides the highest level of care to pregnant women and newborns with services throughout the province including its Medical Genetics Program, Centre for Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment, Maternal Transport Team, and Intensive Care Nursery.
BC Women’s provides a broad range of specialized health services that address the health needs of women of all ages and backgrounds. These include world-class services in breast health, substance dependency, osteoporosis, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health.
Research is a core component of all clinical activities throughout Women’s. Through the Women’s Health Research Institute and the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, BC Women’s works to advance knowledge and care for women, newborns, and their families, across British Columbia and around the world.
Famous personalities from film and television have thrown their support behind BC Women’s by autographing cuddly little bears.Summer Glau was extremely generous in autographing one of the cute teddy bears to help raise money for the Hospital. Her autographed bear was up for auction on ebay in March 2007.
VISIT WEBSITE: http://www.bcwomensfoundation.org/
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Los Angeles
spca LA is an independent, nonprofit animal welfare organization serving Southern California since 1877. Donations run programs and services including Cruelty Investigation, Disaster Animal Response Team, Humane Education and a variety of shelter services.
spcaLA believes that animals, as living creatures, have value beyond economic measurement, and are entitled to legal, moral and ethical consideration and protection.
Every year, spcaLA, the Los Angeles Kings and some celebrities work together to bring you exciting games, and opportunities to help the animals in Southern California. Summer participated by hand-painting a pet bowl that was auctionned on eBay in February 2008.
Visit website: http://spcala.com/
Dizzy Feet Foundation
Dizzy Feet Foundation was founded in 2009 by Nigel Lythgoe, Adam Shankman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Katie Holmes to support, improve, and increase access to dance education in the United States. Guided by a board consisting of some of the most illustrious names in the American dance community, the foundation’s mission is threefold: (1) to provide scholarships to talented students studying at accredited dance schools, studios, or institutions; (2) to establish national standards for dance education and an accreditation program for dance schools in all of the major styles of dance; and (3) to develop, provide, and/or support dance education programs for disadvantaged children through and with local community organizations.
DFF offers scholarships to dance students through its Scholarship Program. Scholarships of up to $10,000 will be granted annually. The Scholarship Program guidelines and application process will be posted on the DFF website in the near future. DFF also aims to increase and standardize the quality of dance instruction throughout the United States by offering accreditation and/or certification to dance schools and studios in most styles of dance, including ballroom, contemporary, ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop. DFF’s Accreditation Program will be known as the American gold standard of dance instruction and will ensure that students know that they are receiving high-quality dance instruction based on a national standard. In addition, DFF also sponsors, funds, and/or offers community-based dance programs which will expose children in low-income areas to the lifelong benefits of dance education.
In order to further its mission, DFF accepts tax-deductible contributions from corporations, patrons, supporters, and dance fans and raises additional funds through direct solicitations, fundraisers, and other events. DFF is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization (Federal Tax Identification No: 26-4501295).
Visit website: http://www.dizzyfeetfoundation.org/
In 2007, the UNICEF Tap Project was born in New York City based on a simple concept: restaurants would ask their patrons to donate $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for free, and all funds raised would support UNICEF’s efforts to bring clean and accessible water to millions of children around the world.
Since its inception in 2007, the UNICEF Tap Project has raised almost $2.5 million in the U.S. and has helped provide clean water for millions of children globally. Now in its fifth year, the award-winning UNICEF Tap Project, a nationwide campaign sponsored by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, will return during World Water Week, March 20–26. The first program of its kind, the UNICEF Tap Project has become a dynamic movement that affords everyone the opportunity to help provide the world’s children with safe, clean water.
Through numerous fundraising and volunteer activities, the UNICEF Tap Project celebrates the clean water we enjoy on a daily basis by encouraging celebrity, restaurant, volunteer, corporate, and government supporters to give this vital resource to children in developing countries. The concept is basic and compelling: “When You Take Water, Give Water.”
Visit website http://www.tapproject.org//
The Gabriella Axelrad Education Foundation
The Gabriella Foundation was founded in 1999 in memory of Gabriella Axelrad, a thirteen year old who loved to dance. The Foundation’s initial program, everybody dance!, began by providing free or low-cost dance classes to Los Angeles children in a low-income housing project just west of downtown. Thanks to an instructionally rigorous approach supported by an acclaimed faculty, the dance program grew rapidly and now provides over 200 weekly classes to nearly 2,000 children at six inner-city sites.
Inspired by repeated parental requests for an academic program with similar high expectations, the Foundation opened Gabriella Charter School (GCS) in 2005.
Visit website: http://www.gabri.org/
The ALS Association symbolizes the hopes of people everywhere that Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis will one day be a disease of the past – relegated to historical status, studied in medical textbooks, conquered by the dedication of thousands who have worked ceaselessly to understand and eradicate this perplexing killer.
Until that day comes, The ALS Association relentlessly pursues its mission to help people living with ALS and to leave no stone unturned in search for the cure of the progressive neurodegenerative disease that took the life and name of Baseball Legend Lou Gehrig.
The ALS Association’s mission is to lead the fight to cure and treat ALS through global, cutting-edge research and to empower people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.
Visit website: http://www.als-ny.org