The Do Something Awards will air on VH1 on August 18th at 9PM! Jane Lynch of Glee, Party Down, and The 40-Year Old Virgin will host the show. Voting can be done at the source 🙂 You have to sign up put you could link it to your Facebook which is so much easier! This kind of awards is amazing and don’t forget to watch their promotional videos! They’re pretty cool!
David Beckham (Soccer)
Beckham has donated his money and time to causes including UNICEF’s Unite for Children Unite Against Aids, Malaria No More, which aims to eradicate African Malaria deaths, and England for Sports Relief, which helps disadvantaged people around the world.
Ryan Sheckler (Skateboarding)
Sheckler organized a Skate For A Cause event to benefit Make-a-wish, and created the Sheckler Foundation that funds medical research that focuses on curing childhood disease, spinal chord injuries and enrichment programs for kids in underprivileged communities.
Rafael Nadal (Tennis)
Nadal has played in charitable tournaments to raise money for Disaster Relief for Japan, Flood Victims in Australia, and Earthquake relief in Haiti, and has created a tennis academy to benefit the people of one of India’s poorest regions.
Jeff Gordon (NASCAR)
The Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation supports children battling cancer and funds researches fighting for a cure. Most recently the foundation pledged $1.5 million to Riley Children’s Hospital, which established the Jeff Gordan Children’s Foundation Pediatric Cancer Research Fund.
Bethany Hamilton (Surfing)
Bethany has donated proceeds from her autobiography and a series of faith based books and her own jewelry line, fragrances and cosmetics to a Christian relief organization that aids children living in poverty.
“#SINGItForJapan” – My Chemical Romance
After the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, My Chemical Romance put together special version of their hit “SING” with the proceeds benefitting Red Cross Japan.
“Born This Way” – Lady Gaga
Not only do a portion of the proceeds from Gaga’s single “Born This Way” support the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), which strives to eliminate sexual orientation or gender identity/expression bias in school communities, but a “Born this Way” remix was released on the “Songs for Japan” artist compilation album, which benefits relief efforts in Japan in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
“Thank You” – Cee Lo Green
Crediting volunteer firefighters for saving his mother, Cee Lo Green recorded “Thank You”, another rewrite of the song “Forget You” which helps a campaign to donate 20 million batteries to volunteer fire departments.
Lopez hosts the annual “George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic” a golf tournament to benefit The Lopez Foundation, which he founded to increase awareness of kidney disease and to promote organ donation for underprivileged children and adults and military families.
Ferrell is a huge supporter for the organization Cancer for College, which gives college scholarships to young cancer survivors; one way he contributes is by hosting “The Will Powered Golf Classic” tournament to benefit the cause.
Brand made a generous donation to the Hillsborough Family Support Group, which helps the families of the 96 Liverpool soccer fans who were killed in a horrific crush during a 1989 semi-final soccer game.
Elton John and David Furnish
David is the Chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which Elton started in 1992 and has raised over 150 million to support HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, mental health services and treatment access.
Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert
Jimmy and Stephen recently announced they they’ve become Best Friends Forever (For Six Months) and are donating time and money to DonorsChoose.org and most recently performed Rebecca Black’s “Friday” together on Fallon’s show to raise money.
Prince William and Duchess Catherine
Rather than take presents for their royal wedding, the Prince and his new wife asked guests and well-wishers to donate to their own special charitable fund, which raised $1.6 million for the 26 charities it supports which range from helping the elderly to conservation.
The Tillman Story
Chronicles the death of a former NFL star that abandoned his lucrative career to defend his country, only to have his death used in a veritable propaganda campaign by the government.
As a board of director for the organization Artists for Peace and Justice, Olivia has traveled to Haiti to help the organization with its mission of removing barriers that prevent children from going to school. Olivia is also a supporter of Power Up Gambia, which outfits hospitals and clinics in Gambia, Africa that have no electricity with solar panels.
Scarlett is an ambassador for Oxfam, having traveled to Sri Lanka and India to visit sustainable living programs, women’s support groups and Oxfam-supported schools in rural and metropolitan communities and recently visited Rwandan HIV/AIDS clinics and continues to support USA Harvest by raising money to feed America’s hungry.
After floods hit his hometown Minot, North Dakota Josh urged his fans and other celebrities to donate to the Minot Red Cross; he was also named honorary chairman of a fund set up by the city’s flood recovery. Josh also organized the “Youth Run for Japan” in Santa Monica, California to benefit the Red Cross’s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Fund.
Bloom is an ambassador for UNICEF, which fights for the rights of children worldwide, and has participated in COMEDY FIGHTS MALARIA, a group who creates entertaining videos and PSAs to engage a new audience for the cause.
Band member Mike Shinoda designed two T-shirts for the band’s charity, Music for Relief, with proceeds going to relief work in Japan, while their song “Issho Ni” is available for download to benefit the victims of the tsunami.
Justin dedicated a music video to the many children battling illnesses worldwide, raising $150,000 for a Buffalo, New York children’s hospital and works with Pencils of Promise to help build schools and increase education opportunities in the developing world by donating $1 from every ticket sold to the organization.
Throwing huge support towards the Trevor Project Adam donated all the proceeds from “Aftermath Remix” as well as joining the “It Gets Better” campaign. From the beginning of his career, Adam has supported DonorsChoose by helping raise $322,260 for the organization. Instead of birthday gifts for his 29th birthday, Adam asked that friends and family donate to his Charity:Water birthday campaign. In doing so, the fans exceeded his wish of raising $290,000 and raised over $320,000.
Lady Gaga called for the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, walking the VMAs red carpet with service members and speaking at a rally, as well as hosting the Hands up for Marriage Equality event supporting same-sex marriage, as well as being the face of the MAC Viva Glam campaign, with 100% of proceeds going to prevent HIV/AIDS.
Nick founded the Change for the Children Foundation with his two brothers, Joe and Kevin and is also a leading diabetes advocate and this year became the National Chair for JDRF’s “Walk to Cure Diabetes.”
The Black Eyed Peas
Black Eyed Peas members will.i.am, Fergie, Taboo, and apl.de.ap created the Peapod Foundation to encourage social change by uniting people, especially children, through the universal language of music and recently dedicated their video “Just Can’t Get Enough” to victims of the Japanese Tsunami and added a link to the Red Cross at the end of the video urging people to donate to the relief efforts.
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As a huge supporter of Girl Up, Nigel joined the “Unite For Girls Tour”, which travels to cities across the U.S. to active and engage teens from coast to coast. He also spends time as an advocate for animals most recently making a PSA on shark protection.
Tyra donated a dress to Charitybuzz’s “One Flickin Day” campaign to raise money for electricity in Rwanda and Haiti and she is also the founder of the Tzone Foundation, which empowers girls and young women to live their dreams.
The Fergie Charity Shoe Sale, a three-hour broadcast, offered more than 100,000 pairs of shoes donated by top designers, with net proceeds benefiting breast cancer research and education institutions.
Gisele joined forces with AOL to launch an animated web series called Gisele and the Green Team, designed to encourage young people to do what they can to protect the planet and also gave $1 million to the earthquake fund created by the Japanese Red Cross Society, as well as $250,000 to the Pacific Tsunami Fund and Save the Children and another $250,000 to a Japanese Red Cross earthquake fund.
As the Ambassador to U.S. Programs for Save the Children, Randy promotes the program Stock A Library in the U.S. which provides brand-new books for libraries ensuring kids will have access to educational material.
Eva holds many causes close to her heart which include Rally for Kids with Cancer, which she serves as the honorary chair; and her own foundation Eva’s Heroes, an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of those with special need.
Founder of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF), Ian is making it his mission to protect the planet and its creatures; currently ISF is protecting 300 acres of trees and has launched a petition to protect sled dogs.
AnnaLynne is making it her mission to help those in need by helping those in Africa gain access to clean water and recently traveled to Cambodia where she brought needed supplies to sex trafficking survivors.
Last but not least (of the post)… here are the nominees for the Do Something Award itself!
Taryn Guerrero Davis, 25
When she was just 21, Taryn received devastating news: Her husband, Corporal Michael Davis, had been killed in Iraq. While her family provided emotional support, she still felt lost and alone. When her Google search for “widow” turned up the result: “Do you mean window?” she knew she had to take action. Taryn created The American Widow Project to provide resources to the 3,000+ other women around the country whose husbands have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. This national movement has served and united over 700 widows so far, using peer-to-peer retreats, counseling, and virtual tools.
Adam Lowy, 25
Adam’s great-grandfather started a moving company over 90 years ago, and in working with his family, Adam has seen firsthand the amount of food that people throw away when they move. He recognized the potential of this wasted food and founded Move for Hunger, which works with moving companies to strengthen our nation’s food banks. Move for Hunger currently works with 130 moving companies across 32 states and has collected 150,000 pounds of food for food banks.
David Scwartz, 25
David grew up in a low-income neighborhood where the school food was so bad that he and his friends would often go all day without eating and spend whatever little money they had on fast food after the last bell rang. When his family later moved to a nearby affluent suburb, he was shocked by the disparities between his two communities—how access to healthy foods in the inner city was so devastatingly low, and the diabetes rates so high. David created The Real Food Challenge to shift $1 billion of college food purchases toward local, sustainable, humane and fair trade sources by 2020.
Sarah Cronk, 18
Sarah watched her older brother Charlie struggle to fit in during high school because of his disabilities. He was depressed and anxious, until the captain of the swim team invited him to join. Suddenly, the cool kids welcomed him, and he found a new group of friends. Inspired by Charlie, Sarah co-founded the first high school-based inclusive cheerleading squad in the nation. Today, The Sparkle Effect has generated 26 squads in 15 states and South Africa, encouraging a culture of acceptance in every community.
Mark Kabban, 23
Mark is familiar with the linguistic, financial, and educational struggles that immigrants face because of his own family’s experience coming to the United States from war-torn Lebanon. He realized the power of sports and education after earning a college athletic scholarship, and established YALLA to empower immigrant families and their children, using soccer and art to help them develop the knowledge and confidence to pursue their goals. In 2010 YALLA provided over 150 refugee children with soccer scholarships, in addition to offering tutoring programs and community service opportunities.