“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” -Muhammad Ali
Celebrities are people who receive public attention for their success, lifestyle, action or wealth. I had the pleasure of meeting many celebrities in my life and will share some of their stories here with you. Remember all celebrities have endured life struggles and are learning and growing every day. Because of their fame the public often holds them up on a pedestal but always remember they are just people striving for enlightenment in this world. Many celebrities give back to the world because they realize it is an important way of expressing humility, love, kindness and gratitude for all the blessings they have been given. Use their stories to inspire you to live and give The Lighthouse Wave – Denise
William Shatner Celebrates Life!
William Shatner’s career has spanned 50-plus years! He is an actor, singer, author, producer, director, spokesman, and comedian. William is known by most people as Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek and as the title character on TJ Hooker. William Shatner has overcome his share of hardships to be successful. He built himself up after having very little money, in the 1970’s he lived in a truck bed camper and he continues to suffer from tinnitus from an accident on the Star Trek set.
William Shatner has written a few books but his latest, Shatner Rules, is filled with anecdotes about celebrating his life and work. There are funny “rules” to how he lives his life as he jabs at himself, and former co-stars. Through all the humor, this book is a truly inspired message to say ‘yes’ to life, its challenges and opportunities.
William Shatner worked hard to build himself and now he is able to live The Lighthouse Wave and give back to others. Today, William Shatner lives to give. He sold a kidney stone for $75,000 to benefit Habitat For Humanity. The money was used to build houses for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Also he established the celebrity Hollywood Charity Horse Show in 1990 which benefits numerous charities and has raised more than $1.25 million.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens Star, John Boyega, Supports Many Charities!
I had a fantastic night at The San Diego Film Festival hanging out with John Boyega and friends. Check out all the red carpet fun – http://www.justjared.com. John is a British actor, known for his starring role as Finn in the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He is also known for playing Moses in his 2011 film debut Attack the Block. He was born in Peckham, London and has wanted to act since he was a child. John studied at South Thames College and trained at The Identity School of Acting.
John does many charity events as he wants to give back to others. Recently, he accepted a grant on behalf of Exceptional Minds during the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s (HFPA) annual Grants Banquet. John is involved in The Stars Wars: Force for Change initiative which solicited donations for charities in exchange for the chance to appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and other prizes. Over four million dollars was raised and donations were made to fifteen different charities. John was also spotted at the Shekinah Tribe charity film fundraiser.
The X-Files’ David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson’s Charity Work and Causes!
David Duchovny is an actor, writer, producer, director, novelist, and singer-songwriter. He is known for his role as Fox Mulder in The X-Files. David also starred in the television series Californication as writer Hank Moody. David supports numerous charities including: 600million.org, Believe in Dreams, Clothes Off Our Back, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Farm Sanctuary, First Book, Global Green, International Myeloma Foundation, Neurofibromatosis, Inc., and Water keeper Alliance.
Gillian Anderson is a film, television and theatre actress, activist and writer. She is best know for her role as Agent Dana Scully in The X-Files. In an interview with Parade Magazine, Gillian Anderson noted, “I do a lot of activism/charity work. There are a lot of issues that I feel strongly about and speak out about, like sex trafficking. I started a charity in South Africa that provides mentors for youth. There’s a disease called neurofibromatosis that I’ve been attached to as a patron for a long time, and I work for Survival International, so it’s a wide range of human and animal issues. I probably tend to more human rights.”
Jeff Goldblum Works to End Hunger!
Jeff Goldblum is an American actor and musician. He is best known for his starring roles in Jurassic Park and Independence Day, as well as their sequels, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Independence Day: Resurgence. Jeff also starred in many other films like Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Big Chill, The Fly, The Prince of Egypt, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Thor: Ragnarok. He also worked in television and starred in Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Jeff released an album in 2018 with his jazz band, Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra.
Jeff uses his celebrity to help others and make an impact on society. He is on the board of directors for End Hunger Network, an organization that helps feed America’s hungry children. Jeff is involved in The Starbright Foundation, an organization that helps seriously ill children. Jeff wrote a song for Wildlife Waystation, an organization that helps displaced wildlife. Furthermore, Jeff has narrated numerous science documentaries for PBS about the environment and is known for his dedication to recycling.
Elijah Wood is a supporter of The Art of Elysium!
Elijah Wood is an actor, film producer, and DJ. He is known for portraying Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. He is a supporter of The Art of Elysium and has been the DJ at several of their fundraising events. Elijah said, “I am constantly inspired by the work of The Art of Elysium and how they use the transportive power of art to heal and inspire children; elevating them beyond the confines of their pain and discomfort to engage them in creativity and beauty.” He has also supports the following charities:
Richard Dreyfus Seeks to Teach Future Generations About The Power of Their Citizenship!
Richard Dreyfus is an actor known for starring in a number of movies including American Graffiti, Jaws, Stand by Me, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, The Goodbye Girl, Stakeout, Always, What About Bob? and Mr. Holland’s Opus. Richard won the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Goodbye Girl.
In 2006, Richard started The Dreyfuss Civics Initiative to enhance the teaching of civics in American public education. He also is involved in numerous charities including: an advisor to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation, National Parks Conservation Association, and Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Jason Priestley Understands the Importance of Giving Back!
Jason Priestly is a Canadian-American actor and director. He is best known for starring on the television series Beverly Hills 90210 and Call Me Fitz. His acting roles include parts in Private Eyes, Away from Everywhere, Raising Expectations, Zoom, Love and Death on Long Island, Eye of the Beholder, Die, Mommie, Die!, Medium, and My Name is Earl. Jason’s directing and producing credits include: Beverly Hills 90210, Barenaked in America, Rookie Blue, Saving Hope, and Haven.
Jason understands the importance of giving back to others. He volunteers for multiple charities. For example, Jason teamed up with P&G and Walmart Canada to support the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Fund. Jason was the ambassador at an annual suit drive in Canada. He noted, “I’ve led a very blessed life and have afforded a lot of opportunities, which is why I think it’s incredibly important to give back” (Trembly, 2019).
The Outlander’s Diana Gabaldon, Graham McTavish and Lotte Verbeek Give Back!
Diana Gabaldon is an author from Arizona who is known for the Outlander series of novels. She gives back to others by supporting. multiple charities. In 2017, Diana supported hospice with a book department launch. According to The Outlander website, Diana’s charity of choice is NPH USA. She has been noted saying “If you donate to a charity and save a few kids, 20 years down the line, there will be more people who exist because of you. In other words, you should consider your actions fully.”
Graham McTavish is a film, television and voice actor. Graham is best known as Dwalin in The Hobbit film trilogy and Dougal Mackenzie in Outlander. He also starred with Sylvester Stallone in Rambo and Creed. Graham supports a number of charities, including sick kids hospitals, Action for Children, and the Breast Cancer Association.
Lotte Verbeek is an actress, dancer and model. She is best known as Geillis Duncan in the television series The Outlander. Lotte is also known for her role as Giulia Farnese in The Borgias television series. Lotte noted that her charity of choice is…. Children of The Night!!
Blake Panther’s Winston Duke Supports The American Diabetes Association!
Winston Duke is an actor best known for his role of M’Baku in Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War. He will reprise the role in Avengers: Endgame. Winston has joined with The American Diabetes Association to help ignite a national dialogue about diabetes awareness and prevention. Also, Winston recently launched a clothing line with a portion of proceeds going to charity.
Lou Diamond Phillip Lives to Give!
Lou Diamond Phillip is best known for playing Ritchie Valens in La Bamba. He now stars as Henry Standing Bear in Longmire. Lou also starred in Stand and Deliver, both Young Guns films, and the series Stargate Universe.
Lou lives to give and volunteers his time and talent to support numerous organizations. In May 2011, Lou received the GI Spirit Award from Brandon Millet and Laura Law-Millet, who are founders of the the GI Film Festival. The award is presented to actors embodying “the spirit of an American GI in their creative and philanthropic work.” Furthermore, Lou has also supported the following charities:
Walking Dead’s Tom Payne Gives Back
Tom Payne is known for appearing on The Walking Dead as Paul “Jesus” Rovia and Malcolm Bright on the 2019 American television series Prodigal Son. In 2007, he first starred in Waterloo Road for the BBC, playing sixth former Brett Aspinall. Tom had joined the cast of Luck in 2010 a new pilot for HBO directed by Michael Mann, written by David Milch, starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte. He plays the role of a Cajun jockey.
Tom gives back to others regularly and in 2019 donated his famously long locks to charity. Also, Tom recently supported Cancer Gets Lost Charity Auction to benefit PanCan.
Cincinnati Red’s Trevor Bauer Started a Charitable Campaign!
Trevor Bauer is a professional baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball. He has previously pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Cleveland Indians. Trevor played college baseball for the UCLA Bruins.
In March 2018, Trevor announced that he started a charitable campaign called “69 Days of Giving” during which he’ll make 68 donations of $420.69 to various charities and one contribution of $69,420.69. In 2019, Trevor decided he would donate $10 for every strikeout he recorded to organizations that support after-school activities for kids. Over a 23-week period that began in early April of 2019, Trevor donated nearly $100,000 to different charities in the initial year of the campaign.
Cloris Leachman Helps Animals!
Cloris Leachman is an amazing actress and passionate activist for animal rights. I really enjoyed visiting with her recently as she is smart, witty and a ton of fun! She is an Academy Award winner and has won nine Emmy Awards. She is best known from her television roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Phyllis and Raising Hope. Also, she starred on season 7 of Dancing With the Stars. Her film career includes The Last Picture Show and she has appeared in three classic Mel Brooks films.
“I’ve always loved animals,” says the actress and she proves it by using her celebrity to promote animal rights. She is a Best Friends Acclaimed Ambassador and a poster girl for PETA doing public service announcements for spaying and neutering your animals. Cloris Leachman fights for citizens’ right to document cruelty to animals because she believes that people must help local, state and federal officials enforce anti-cruelty laws. Recently she sent letters to almost 300 retirement communities that have caged animals on display to urge them to partner with PETA and move the animals to more humane settings.
The Property Brothers Help the World’s Poorest
I have been flipping houses for the last ten years so I was very excited to meet The Property Brothers. Drew and Jonathan Scott are The Property Brothers and they are intelligent, kind and charming men . On their reality television show, they help home buyers purchase and renovate homes that need a little fixing. Drew and Jonathan also have several other shows: Brother vs Brother, Buying and Selling, and Property Brothers at Home. Drew is a real estate expert who helps the clients find homes for a decent price. Jonathan, is a contractor who then renovates the homes.
The brothers do tons of charity work and are currently the Celebrity Ambassadors for World Vision. Drew said, “I strongly believe that we are put on earth to help others. Success just gives us a bigger platform and voice to help those in need.” While Jonathan noted, “I believe that above all else in life, the most important thing is making the world a better place. World Vision has given us a global platform to make that a reality. They are so good at what they do that it makes our stepping into that role much easier than attempting this sort of work on our own.”
Marianne Williamson Mentors Others!
In the summer of 2019, I met Marianne while she was running for President of the United States. Marianne Williamson is an author, spiritual leader, politician, and activist. She has written 13 books, including four New York Times number one bestsellers.
I discussed mentoring with Marianne Williamson who noted she had many mentors and has mentored others. Marianne shared:
Mentoring isn’t just something nice you do, or even necessarily a conscious choice. It’s a pattern you magnetize to yourself as part of the natural order. As you yourself grow more mature, those behind you in time—ones who would be most served by your teaching—automatically appear in your life. And by teaching, I mean not only what you know but also what you demonstrate. I can’t imagine where I’d be today had there not been those who arrived on my path to show me what I needed to see at just the moment when I needed to see it. Now it’s my turn, to try to put together some piece of life’s puzzle for those who look to me as one who’s done it herself. How we behave, how we do or do not seek to bring harmony to the world around us, are holographic teachings we’re beaming to those around us all the time. A younger friend, who is like a little sister to me, has said to me more than once, “You think I’m ignoring you, but I am listening to every word.” (Williamson, 2010)
Academy Award Winner Adrien Brody has a Kind Heart!
I chatted with Adrien Brody recently on the red carpet at The San Diego Film Festival. Adrien is an actor known for his Academy Award winning role in The Pianist. Winning the award when he was just 29, he is the youngest actor to win in that category. He has appear in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Thin Red Line, The Pianist, Midnight in Paris and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Adrien has also starred on many television shows including Saturday Night Live and the miniseries Houdini.
Adrien has supported the following charities and causes: Artists for Peace and Justice,Barbara Davis Center for Childhood diabetes, Hollywood Arts, NYCLASS, Racing For Kids, The Art of Elyseum, UNICEF, AIDS & HIV, Animals, At-Risk/Disadvantaged Youths, Cancer, Disaster Relief, Health, Human Rights, Poverty, Senior Citizen Support and Slavery & Human Trafficking. He did an ad for PETA and told Adweek in a statement, “The bottom line is that we no longer can excuse the exploitation that exists in this world. Great apes are no exception. They are extremely sensitive, intelligent and emotional beings. It’s sad that they’re still commonly used in television and film, especially when we know how much they suffer behind the scenes. Acting should be left to actors—and that means human beings who have a choice in the matter.”
Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols Volunteered for NASA!
Nichelle Nichols is an actress, singer and voice artist. She sang with Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton before beginning a career in acting. She is best known as communications officer Lieutenant Uhura aboard the USS Enterprise in Star Trek television series.
After Star Trek was cancelled, Nichelle volunteered for a special project with NASA. She recruited minority and female personnel for various positions including the hiring of the first American female astronaut, Sally Ride, as well as some other important figures in NASA history.
Temple Grandin Supports Autism
Mary Temple Grandin, Ph.D. is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, and a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. However, she is best known as an autism spokesperson because she is one of the first people on the autism spectrum to publicly share her individual experience of autism. Furthermore, Temple heads an autism charity.
Also, Temple has written over 60 scientific papers on animal behavior, is an advocate for the humane treatment of livestock for slaughter, and invented a machine used to calm those on the autism spectrum called the “Hug Box” (T. Grandin, personal communication, July 11, 2019). In 2010, she was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. She has appeared in numerous documentaries and television shows, including 60 Minutes…Two of her books have been on the New York Times bestseller list. Her life story was the subject of the 2010 Emmy Award-winning biographical film “Temple Grandin,” which starred Claire Danes. (“Temple Grandin to Visit UW-RF,” 2011)
Bill Engvall Raises Money for Children
Bill Engvall is a comedian and actor, best known as a member of the Blue Collar Comedy group. His is also a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist. In the 1990’s he was named Best Male Standup at the American Comedy Awards. In 2013, Engvall was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars paired with professional dancer Emma Slater.
Bill has a heart of gold and loves to give back to others by raising money for children’s charities. He sponsors an annual charity concert and golf tournament which raises money for Midland Children. He participates in a Heroes2u video chat with fans around the world to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Orange Is The New Black’s Lori Petty Gives Back
I spent some time chatting with Lori Petty and she insisted on taking a selfie together. Lori’s enthusiasm for life is both contagious and refreshing! Lori is an actress, film director, and screenwriter who is best known for playing Tyler Endicott in movie Point Break. Lori is also known for her role as Kit Keller in A League of Their Own, the starring role in Tank Girl and recently as Lolly Whitehill in Orange Is the New Black. Lori is intelligent, charming and funny – she kept me laughing while telling stories from the Orange Is the New Black set. Also she shared experiences from her Point Break filming – Lucky Lori kissed both Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze!
Lori Petty volunteers for numerous charities and believes it is important to give back to the community. She has raised money for the domestic violence programs within metro-Detroit area, including HAVEN, First Step, My Sister’s Place/Women’s Justice Center and Turning Point. She volunteered with Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall to serve food at A Place Called Home, which provides at-risk youth an annual Thanksgiving dinner. Also Lori raised money for The Target A Time for Heroes Celebrity Carnival Benefitting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Lori give back to her community and her efforts are truly appreciated.
NCIS’s Joe Spano is Involved With Children’s Charities
Joe Spano is a kind man who lives to give. Joe is an actor who is best known for his role as Lt. Henry Goldblume on Hill Street Blues. Joe is now known for his work on NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans as Tobias C. Fornell.
Joe lives to give and is involved with numerous children’s charities including Families with Children from China and Half the Sky Foundation and has two adopted Chinese children.
Olympic Figure Skater Bradie Tennell Teaches Children!
Bradie Tennell is an American competitive figure skater. Bradie noted that she is a 2018 Olympic team event bronze medalist, and “just became the 2019 Skate America Ladies/Seniors silver medalist” (B. Tennell, personal communication, October 19, 2019). Bradie also has a number of successful skating awards including, the 2020 Four Continents bronze medalist, the 2018 CS Autumn Classic champion, the 2018 CS Golden Spin of Zagreb champion, and the 2018 U.S. national champion.
Also, Bradie shared that she was not a mentor to others yet (B. Tennell, personal communication, October 19, 2019); however, her mother said that Bradie is a role model to numerous people and many young skaters think of her as a mentor (T. Tennell, personal communication, October 19, 2019). Bradie has taught ice skating to students ranging from ages eight to fourteen (Rosen, 2018). Bradie noted in a recent interview: “I love being able to take the knowledge and experience I’ve gained and share it with the younger kids…That’s something special. Not everybody gets to have that opportunity, so I really love being able to have that opportunity and be able to use it.” (Hendricks, 2019)
Wil Myers Was The Ambassador For MLB All-Star Week
I visited with San Diego Padres first baseman Wil Myers when he was serving as ambassador for the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Week events in San Diego. I was very excited when Wil offered to sign my program – he is a kind and caring man who takes time to give back to his community. He spent many hours during the All-Star week meeting with fans, especially children. Also he takes time during games to throw baseballs to the kids in the stands.
Wil Myers is an American professional baseball outfielder and first baseman. He won the American League Rookie of the Year award in 2013 with the Tampa Bay Rays while leading AL rookies in RBI (53), doubles (23), extra-base hits (36), on-base percentage (.354) and slugging percentage (.478) in only 88 games. Will is currently in his second season with the San Diego Padres and is doing great.
Wil was born in Thomasville, North Carolina and runs a yearly wiffle ball tournament for charity that benefits the youth league near his hometown. The innaugural Wil Myers’ Wiffle Ball Challenge was held on November 1, at Wesleylan Christian Academy with all proceeds benefiting the Miracle League of High Point.
The Cast of Major Crimes Supports The Sunshine Kids Foundation – Tony Denison, Robert Gossett, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and Ransford Doherty Live to Give!
At a recent charity event, I had the pleasure of meeting the cast of Major Crimes. Tony Denison, Robert Gossett, Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Ransford Doherty are caring and compassionate men who live to give. In 2014, the cast of Major Crimes assembled a cookbook for charity. It was a labor of love that featured favorite recipes of the cast and crew! All revenue generated from the sales of the Major Crimes cookbook benefited G.W. Bailey’s The Sunshine Kids Foundation – a children’s cancer charity.
Tony Denison is known for his role as Detective Andrew Flynn in The Closer and Major Crimes. He is also recognized for his role as Ray Luca on Crime Story. Further, Tony starred in several crime movies and television programs, such as Wiseguy, The Great Escape II: The Untold Story, City of Hope, The Amy Fisher Story, Getting Gotti, Criminal Passion, and Playmakers.
Tony lives to give and donates his time and talents to many charities including The Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation. Also he supports Midnight Mission, The Sunshine Kids Foundation and Tower Cancer Research Foundation.
Robert Gossett is known for his role of Russell Taylor in The Closer and Major Crimes. Robert also was on many television shows such as Crossing Jordan, NYPD Blue, and Black Angel. He also has acted in the movies Arlington Road and The Net.
Robert is the celebrity ambassador for “Wells Bring Hope,” which raises money to build safe water wells in the drought-stricken West African nation of Niger. “Girls in this nation, as in other nations throughout Africa and other drought-stricken regions around the planet are taxed with going back and forth, walking 4 to 6 miles a day, to get water and that water is often contaminated,” Robert said. “One in seven children die before the age of 5 from illnesses causes by contaminated water. At Wells Bring Hope we drill safe water wells for the people of Niger.”
Malcolm-Jamal Warner is an actor, musician, director, producer, writer and consultant. He is recognized for his roles as Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show and as Malcolm McGee on Malcolm & Eddie. He also starred in the television shows Reed Between the Lines and Major Crimes. Malcolm-Jamal supports numerous charities including Artist for a New South Africa, Be-Do-Have Foundation, Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation.
Ransford Doherty has guest-starred in several hit shows like Major Crimes and has also appeared in several national commercials and advertisements. When he has time, Ransford is a substitute teacher at local elementary schools throughout the Los Angeles area and raises money for local youth sports programs. Also Hansford has raised money for The Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation.
I Dream of Jeannie’s Barbara Eden Works Actively on Behalf of Numerous Charities!
Barbara Eden is a film, stage, and television actress. She is best known for her starring role of Jeannie in the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. Barbara has starred in more than 20 feature/television films.
Barbara works hard on behalf of numerous charities including The Trail of Painted Ponies Breast Cancer Research, American Cancer Society, the Wellness Community, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the March of Dimes, the American Heart Association, Save the Children and Childhelp USA.
Star Trek’s Denise Crosby Mentors Others!
Denise is an actress and model, best known for portraying Security Chief Tasha Yar in Star Trek: The Next Generation as well as Yar’s daughter, the half-Romulan Commander Sela, in subsequent seasons. She is also known for her numerous film and television roles, and for starring in and producing the film Trekkies.
Recently, Denise starred in the series Ray Donovan and appeared in three episodes of The Walking Dead as Mary, a member of a group of cannibals. She also played the role of widow Margie Curtis in the TV series Bones. Denise has mentored many others during her career. Also, Denise was the Celebrity Marshal in Boston’s Pride Parade in June.
Danny Woodbury is an Activist for The Disability Rights Movement!
Danny Woodbury is an American actor, comedian, and activist for the disability rights movement. He is recognizable by his dwarfism. Danny is best know for playing Mickey Abbott on the television show Seinfeld. He has more than 130 television and 28 film appearances to date.
Danny works hard for the disability rights movement and supported a study by the Ruderman Family Foundation. He noted that the study was, “our attempt to bring perspective to inclusion, to reinforce access and an understanding of authenticity as an expression of what true diversity means and to finally let the least represented group in this medium be heard.”
Genie Francis Gives Proceeds from Holiday Album to Mexican Mission!
Genie Francis is an actress best known for portraying Laura Spencer in the soap opera General Hospital. She also starred in Young and the Restless, All My Children, Loving, and Days of our Lives. Genie owned a furniture store called The Cherished Home and recorded an album called It’s Christmas Time Again.
All of Genie’s proceeds from the album, Its Christmas Time Again, will go to The Sisters of St. Francis Children’s Mission in Cuernevaca, Mexico. Genie’s involvement with the charity stems from her mother’s first cousin, Sister Margaret Slowick, who formed the ministry which focuses on children’s education as the best way to break the cycle of extreme poverty in that region.“Sister Margaret wrote me a deeply moving letter asking if there was anything I could do to help. I carried the letter with me all the time. It’s very important that people know when they buy “It’s Christmas Time Again,” their money is going towards giving children clothing, a place to sleep for the night, a hot meal, or books for school.”
MacGyver’s Richard Dean Anderson Supports Challengers Boys and Girls Club!
Richard Dean Anderson is an actor best know for his role as MacGyver. His television career began in 1976, when he starred in General Hospital. He then began working in films such as Through the Eyes of a Killer, Pandora’s Clock, and Firehouse. In 1997, he returned to television and starred in the series Stargate SG-1.
Rick has supported many charities including Waterkeeper Alliance, an organization trying to end water pollution. He is a member of Board of Advisors of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and has worked with the members of the Earth Rivers Expeditions to Produce River Project. Also, he is a member of the Board of Trustees for Challengers Boys and Girls Club. Rick received the 1995 Celebrity Award from the Make-a-Wish Foundation because of his commitment to the foundation. He is also a supporter for various Sclerosis Society non-profit organizations and is a supporter of the Special Olympics.
Busey’s Family Foundation Supports Kawasaki Disease
Gary Busey is an interesting man who is well known as an actor in films and television. Gary is known for his movies Thunderbolt and Lightfoot,The Gumball Rally, The Buddy Holly Story, Big Wednesday, Silver Bullet, Eye of the Tiger, Lethal Weapon, Predator 2, Point Break, Under Siege, The Firm, Rookie of the Year, Surviving the Game, Drop Zone, Black Sheep, Lost Highway, Soldier, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Also, he has been on numerous television shows such as Gunsmoke, Walker, Texas Ranger, Law & Order, Scrubs, Entourage, Celebrity Apprentice and Dancing With the Stars. Gary was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in The Buddy Holly Story.
Gary started The Busey Family Foundation to raise funds for the awareness, education and research for Kawasaki Disease. This project is very personal to Gary because his son Luke Busey was diagnosed with KD at the age of 15 months. Gary also raises money for The Brain Injury Center.
Alfonso Ribeiro Volunteers for Children’s Causes
Alfonso Ribeiro is an actor, television director, dancer, and game show host. Alfonso is known for his roles on the television shows Silver Spoons, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He currently is the host of America`s Funniest Home Videos. Also, Alfonso hosted the game show Catch 21 and Spell-Mageddona. Alfonso won season nineteen of Dancing with the Stars.
Alfonso says that he loves to do charity work for children’s causes and wants to help as many kids as he can.. “My children are fortunate not to grow up underprivileged, but millions of other kids don’t know what that’s like,” he said. Alfonso was the emcee for the Back to School Blast of A Gift for Teaching which is an organization that distributes school supplies to underprivileged children. Alfonso does numerous celebrity invitational charity events. He recently joined Justin Timberlake at the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe to win the $125,000 first prize for a charity of his choice.
Gillian Island’s Dawn Wells Designed Clothing for Physically Challenged People!
Dawn Wells is an American actress who is best known for her role as Mary Ann Summers on the Gilligan’s Island. After Gilligan’s Island ended, Dawn enjoyed a theater career, appearing in nearly one hundred theatrical productions as of July 2009. In 1998, she opened the Dawn Wells Film Actors Boot Camp in Idaho. She also designed a line of clothing for physically challenged people, “Wishing Wells Collections” and launched a beauty line, “Classic Beauty.”
Eric Roberts Shines Bright
Eric Roberts is a great actor who began his career with a Golden Globe Award nomination for King of the Gypsies. In 1985, he had both a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination for his supporting role in Runaway Train. His TV work includes three seasons with the sitcom Less than Perfect, a role on Heroes, and a long role on the NBC daytime soap opera Another World . He is credited with over 100 film and television roles. His sisters Julia Roberts and Lisa Roberts Gillan and daughter Emma Roberts are respected actresses.
Eric is a vegan animal activist and environmentalist. He and his wife, Eliza, have been animal lovers all their lives, and have rescued many companion animals from dogs and cats to horses. Eric and Eliza work with Precious Paws, Best Friends, Animal Alliance and Cat Connection. They also do rescue work with children through www.naturalchild.org.
Animal Activist Ian Somerholder
Many people know Ian Somerholder from his work on Vampire Diaries, Lost and Smallville but he is a great activist for animals. My son and I met him recently and he is a kind and compassionate man. On his birthday in 2010, he launched The Ian Somerholder Foundation to support pet adoption and support no kill animal shelters. On Twitter, Somerhalder announced, he was setting up Ian Somerhalder Foundation and “Instead of gifts this year, my birthday wish is that we come together and raise funds to support projects that protect our habitat and nurture our furry friends.”
Furthermore, Somerhalder helped with the cleanup after the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling disaster in 2010. He cleaned oil off wildlife and taped public service announcements. Also, he supports the St. Tammany Humane Society, an organization for animal shelter and welfare. Somerhalder and his Vampire Diaries co-stars Candice Accola and Michael Trevino volunteer with the It Gets Better Project which helps prevent suicide among LGBT youth.
Academy Award Winner Louis Gossett Jr. Founded The Eracism Foundation
Louis Gossett Jr. is an actor best known for his Academy Award-winning role in the movie An Officer and a Gentleman. He is also known for his Emmy Award-winning role in the tv miniseries Roots. Louis has acted in television and film for over five decades. He starred in A Raisin In The Sun, Skin Game, Travels with My Aunt, The Laughing Policeman, The Deep, Jaws 3-D, the Iron Eagles series, Toy Soldiers and The Punisher.
Louis started The Eracism Foundation-www.eracismfoundation.org. The website notes, “the projects, philosophy and leadership championed by the Eracism Foundation, Mr. Gossett intends to provide training for youth and adults alike that enrich their lives by assisting them in setting the example for living a racially diverse and culturally inclusive life. The Eracism Foundation’s ultimate mission is to contribute to the creation of a society where racism does not exist.” Also Louis is an adoptive father and works hard supporting many inner city children.
Rocky Horror Picture Show Stars – Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, Patricia Quinn and Nell Campbell – Time Warp for Charity!
Most of the stars of The Rocky Horror Picture Show were on hand in Los Angeles to raise money for charity. Tim Curry is an actor, and singer known for his work in theatre, film and television. Tim starred in The Rocky Horror Picture Show as Dr Frank-N-Furter. He is also known for his role as Rooster Hannigan in the movie Annie, as Darkness in the film Legend, and as Wadsworth in the movie Clue. In 2013, Tim suffered a major stroke but despite this setback Tim continues to work and give back to the community.
Barry Bostwick attends many charity events. Barry is best known as Brad Majors in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He is also recognized for his roles in the television shows What I Like About You, Spin City and Scandal. Barry won a Golden Globe for his performance as Lieutenant “Lady” Aster in “War and Remembrance.” Also, Barry had a successful career in musical theatre and even won a Tony Award!
Furthermore, Patricia Quinn and Nell Campbell were all smiles during The Rocky Horror Picture Show reunion. Patrica starred as Magenta and Nell was Columbia. Patrica is known for her other roles in films Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, England, My England, and The Lords of Salem. While Nell acted in numerous movies including The Killing Fields and Great Expectations.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show stars have raised money for numerous charities including The Painted Turtle, a California camp for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.
The Cast of Hill Street Blues Gives Back
Michael Warren is best known for his Emmy-nominated role as police officer Bobby Hill in crime series Hill Street Blues. Michael was an All-American basketball star at UCLA. Also, Michael starred in “In the House,” Living Single and the sitcom Girlfriend. He also acted in Soul Food and the series Lincoln Heights.
George Wyner has appeared in over 100 television series and co-starred in nine. George is best known for his role as ADA Bernstein on Hill Street Blues. He is also noted for memorable roles in films such as Spaceballs, American Pie 2 and Fletch.
The cast of Hill Street Blues has raised money for numerous charities over the years including The Helping Hand of Los Angeles, Families with Children from China and Half the Sky Foundation.
Boston Red Sox’s Craig Kimbrel Raises Money for Kids With Cancer
Craig Kimbrel is a professional baseball relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. Craig is a four-time All-Star and wonderful person who lives to give. In 2007, he was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 33rd round, but decided to stay in college. The following year, he was drafted by the Braves in the 3rd round and began his professional career.
Kimbrel works with numerous charities but his favorite charity is called Curing Kids Cancer. “It’s a family who lost their own child who started the charity. It really intrigued me that a family that went through a loss like that would still want to help people. I donate money for every strikeout and save I get. I do a lot of appearances for them. I try to raise awareness and research to see if we can fight off all of the cancer cells off,” Craig said in an interview with ESPN. Also Kimbrel brings pediatric cancer patients and their families to baseball games.
Twilights’ Booboo Stewart Supports Animal Rights!
Booboo Stewart is known for his portrayal of wolfpack member Seth Clearwater in The Twilight Saga. He also co-starred in 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past and 2015’s Disney Channel’s Descendants. He had a record deal with Walt Disney and the age of 12 and continues to work in the music industry.
Also, Booboo works to be strong and healthy and is an accomplished martial artist. He has won two World Championships and was inducted into the Junior Blackbelt Hall of Fame. Booboo Stewart gives of his time unselfishly. He was spotted in a PETA campaign, encouraging people to adopt animals rather than to buy them from pet stores. “If you guys are interested in getting any kind of animal, definitely go and adopt,” Booboo has said. In 2010, he was named a Celebrity Ambassador by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In his role, Stewart is helping raise awareness in the fight against muscle diseases and also travelled to Perth, Australia to raise money for the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children.
Summer Glau Supports The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Summer Glau is a beautiful young actress who is best known as River Tam in both Firefly and Serenity, Cameron in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Tess Doerner in The 4400, and Isabel Rochev in Arrow. She starred in movies and TV shows including Inside the Box, Deadly Honeymoon, Angel, Chuck, Cold Case and The Cape. Summer was classically trained as a ballet dancer but a broken toe ended her career in dance.
Summer does tons of charity work and has been involved in a number of charities, such as Equality Now, B.C. Women’s Hospital & Health Center, and Music 4 More. She is an animal lover and hand-painted a decorative pet bowl to raise money for The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Summer lives to give!
Academy Award Winner Martin Landau
I chatted with the charming Martin Landau shortly before he passed. Martin was a great film and television actor. He won an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe Award for his role as Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood. Martin started acting in the 1950s, with a notable supporting role in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest. He played regular roles in the television series Mission: Impossible and Space: 1999. He had his first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for his role in Tucker: The Man and His Dream and his second Oscar nomination for his appearance in Crimes and Misdemeanors.
Martin raised money for multiple charities including the Community Chest, namely APSN Centre for Adults, SCS Clementi Centre, Care Corner Family Service Centre and SWAMI Dementia Day Care Centre. He supported and attended multiple charity events that raised money for many organizations like UNICEF and the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Spark of Love toy drive.
NFL Star and Actor, Fred Dryer, Volunteers for Charity
Fred Dryer is a caring man who played 13 years in the NFL for The New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams. After Fred retired from football, he had a career as an actor in television and film. He is the best known for the television show Hunter. Furthermore, he starred in the movie Death Before Dishonor and as Mike Land in the television show Land’s End. Fred was in the television show Crisis in 2014.
During his career, Fred has volunteered at numerous charity events. He was seen in San Diego hosting events for The Junior Seau Foundation and The Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. He has raised money for The Police Activity League by participating in a celebrity golf tournament. Fred even donated a luncheon with him to raise money for DARE!
Kathy Griffin Lives to Give!
Kathy Griffin is a loving and giving woman who always makes me laugh when I am around her. Kathy is an actress, comedian, writer, producer, and television host. Early in her career, she achieved recognition in a supporting role on the sitcom Suddenly Susan. Her reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List was a hit and earned her two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Reality Program. Kathy has released six comedy albums and every one has received Grammy Award nominations. Recently Kathy wrote the book Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index. The book pictured was a special gift from Kathy to my daughter.
Kathy lives to give and is an LGBT activist involved in causes such as same-sex marriage and the repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” Furthermore, she has also participated in two USO tours and has supported the following charities:
Yonder Alonso Supports Boys and Girls Clubs!
Yonder Alonso is a professional baseball player for The Oakland Athletics. I met him on a beautiful July afternoon in San Diego and he was a kind, caring man who loved spending time with his fans. Yonder was born in Cuba and grew up in Miami. “The Boys Club in Miami was a very important part of my development as a child,” Yonder noted.
Yonder has a sincere passion for supporting and raising money for the Boys and Girls Club. He recently host The Yonder Alonso Celebrity BaseBOWL Tournament benefitting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego. Also, he hosted a celebrity golf tournament at the Barona Creek Golf Course. That event raised about $25,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego. “I know what The Boys and Girls Clubs can do, what they mean to young people who need a hand and a safe place. It’s where I went to play and study when I was a kid. There were people there who helped me in a number of ways.”
Comedian Gilbert Gottfried Gives Back!
Gilbert Gottfried is a stand-up comedian, voice artist and actor. He has had many roles in film and television, include the parrot’s voice in Disney’s Aladdin and Digit in the cartoon Cyberchase. He was also the voice of the Aflac Duck and was on Celebrity Apprentice.
Whether or not you like Gilbert’s form of humor, he must be recognized for all the charitable work he does. He chose Autism Speaks as his benefiting charity on Celebrity Apprentice after reading an article in the New York Times about a man who was able to communicate with his Autistic son with an Aladdin Parrot puppet. He volunteers for numerous organizations including Make-A-Wish, Laugh for Sight, Nevada Cancer Institute and Keep Memory Alive Foundation. Gilbert Lives to Give – The Lighthouse Wave!
Sons Of Anarchy Star Rusty Coones Builds Motorcycles for Charity!
Rusty Coones is a 6 foot 6 inch intimidating man but I was surprised to meet him and find out he is a warm-hearted guy with a very gentle nature. Rusty is best known for his Sons Of Anarchy character, Rane Quinn. However, Rusty is also a legend in the motorcycle community nationwide. Also Rusty is the lead guitar player, song writer and creator of the band ATTIKA7. He performed on the RockStar Energy Mayhem Festival Tour and the RockStar Energy Uproar Tour.
Rusty has a wild past but insists that he went straight after his prison stay. Once he was released from prison, he opened First Step Treatment Centers of California, a rehabilitation facility for recovering drug addicts and alcoholics. He started this facility because his younger brother was a heroin addict. Rusty is involved in tons of other charity work. He is known for the SOA charity chopper that he built for The Wounded Warrior Foundation. He recently did a charity race to support A Walk on Water. Rusty made mistakes but now spends his time making up for his mistakes and giving back to others!
Edward Asner is a Defender of Wildlife!
Edward Asner is an actor known for his Emmy-winning role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off series Lou Grant. He earned 7 Emmys and 3 Golden Globe Awards. In 2009, he was the voice of Carl Fredricksen in the film Up. Ed Asner exclaims, “[Actors] have a glorious profession. Learning the root of becoming a good actor will prepare you for any other non scientific approach to life or career. It will help you with sales. It will help you with teaching. It helps you in a number of great many places. Learn how to be a good actor or director and use it in the world with whatever cause or course you take. ”
Edward Asner has spent a lifetime in service to others using his acting skills to work on many causes. He is a board member for the wildlife conservation organization Defenders of Wildlife and works to protect the nation’s wildlife. Also Edward Asner is a member of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, an advisor to the Rosenberg Fund for Children, and on the advisory board for Exceptional Minds.
General Hospital Stars Live to Give
I recently attended a charity event featuring some of the past and present stars of General Hospital. Many of the General Hospital actors and actresses have special causes and charities that they support. Some are very vocal about their endorsement of their favorite cause, while others are more discreet. The Lighthouse Wave feels it is important to honor the loving spirits of a few of the General Hospital celebrities who give so generously to these worthy causes:
Finola Hughes is an actress, entrepreneur, author, and dancer, known for her role as Anna Devane on General Hospital and All My Children. She won a daytime Emmy for this playing Anna. Also she is known as Laura in the 1983 film Staying Alive, the sequel to Saturday Night Fever. Finola donates her time to charity and supports The ChildHelp Foundation which helps children who have been severely abused and mistreated. ChildHelp’s aim is to both prevent this abuse as well as treat those who have been affected.
Ian Buchanan is a Scottish actor who has appeared on many soap operas including General Hospital, Port Charles, The Bold and the Beautiful, All My Children, and Days of Our Lives. He is best known for his part of Duke Lavery/Cesar Faison on General Hospital. Ian also donates his time to raise money for charities including ChildHelp, CARE International and I Love NY Children’s Scholarship Fund.
Tristan Rogers is an Australian actor best known for playing Robert Scorpio on General Hospital. He is also known for voicing Jake in The Rescuers Down Under. Tristan is currently starring as Colin Atkinson on the The Young and the Restless. He lives to give and supports multiple charities. Recently, he invited fans to participate in an online auction that will benefit the American Cancer Society. Tristan also supports Project Cuddle which has now saved over 600 of babies across the United States and into Canada from the fate of being abandoned, or worse. It strives to remove the stigma from an unwanted pregnancy and giving young mothers the option of placing their baby in a loving home – even if the decision doesn’t come until she starts labor or after.
Jackie Zeman is the actress who portrayed Bobbie Spencer for many years. She supports The Gabriel Project has traveled to Africa with the founder, Mark Melamed, on many occasions to help bring a child to America for heart surgery.
The Monkees’ Michael Nesmith is President of Gihon Foundation
In my childhood, I was a huge fan of the Monkees and was excited to meet Michael Nesmith. He is best known as the woolly hat wearing lead guitarist of the band the Monkees. He is also a songwriter, actor, producer, novelist, businessman, and philanthropist. He won a Grammy Award for Video of the Year for his hour-long television show, Elephant Parts.
Michael owns a media company called the Pacific Arts Corporation. The company’s studio records local bands and upload the music to the web. Michael is also president of the Gihon Foundation which is a charity set up by his mother in 1978. The website says, “The Gihon Program for the Performing Arts (GPPA) is an operating program of the Gihon Foundation that curates and produces live performances of emerging and established artists which it delivers free and open to the public.”
The Walking Dead’s Scott Wilson Supports The American Cancer Society!
Scott Wilson is best known for his Walking Dead character Hershel Greene. However, he has more than fifty film credits, including In the Heat of the Night, In Cold Blood, The Great Gatsby, Dead Man Walking, Pearl Harbor, and Junebug. Scott is also known for his role on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Sam Braun. Scott is both amazed and touched by his recent fame. He says, “If you had told me five years ago I would be doing these shows, I wouldn’t have believed it.”
Scott likes to give back to others and has done volunteer work for The American Cancer Society via The Walking Hope. He also volunteered for Pathway To The Cures For Breast Cancer fundraiser benefiting Susan G. Komen.
Drea de Matteo Works to End Cosmetic Testing on Animals!
Drea de Matteo is best known as Wendy Case in the series Sons of Anarchy. She is also known for her roles as Angie Bolen on ABC’s Desperate Housewives, Joey Tribbiani’s sister Gina on the sitcom Joey, and as Adriana La Cerva on the series The Sopranos.
Drea gives back to her community often. On World Day for Animals in Laboratories, Drea joined up with Cruelty Free International to stop cosmetic testing on animals. Drea said: “Animals shouldn’t suffer for the sake of beauty. I’m proud to join Cruelty Free International in calling on the United States to end cosmetics testing on animals.”
Furthermore, Drea volunteered at a Locks of Love 40th anniversary party for Head & Shoulders shampoo in New York’s Time Square. She showed her support for pet adoption by attending the Mayor’s Alliance Adoption event in New York City’s Central Park. Also she supported The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) with a public service announcement campaign urging New Yorkers to adopt their next pet from the organization’s 92nd Street shelter. The campaign featured Drea and her dogs promoting pet adoption. Drea lives to give!
San Diego Padres’ Yangervis Solarte Gives Back
Yangervis Solarte is a Venezuelan professional baseball player for the San Diego Padres. He made his major league debut for the New York Yankees in 2014. Yangervis is normally a third baseman, but can be seen playing many other positions.
Yangervis gives back to others by supporting The Padres Foundation. The purpose of this foundation is to support youth, military and First Responders in the San Diego and Baja regions. Yangervis also donates his time and talents to The Boys and Girls Clubs.
Dukes of Hazzard’s John Schneider Co-founded Children’s Miracle Network!
John Schneider is best known for his lovable character Bo Duke in the television series The Dukes of Hazzard. He also starred as Jonathan Kent in the series Smallville and James “Jim” Cryer in The Haves and the Have Nots. Also, John is a country music singer. He released nine albums and eighteen singles. The following songs have reached the top of the Billboard chart: “I’ve Been Around Enough to Know”, “Country Girls”, “What’s a Memory Like You”, and “You’re the Last Thing I Needed Tonight.”
John is a born-again Christian and in 1982, he co-founded the Children’s Miracle Network to help suffering children. Children’s Miracle Network raised $5 billion for children’s hospitals. They give away health care to parents who can’t afford to pay for treatments. Furthermore, he founded FaithWorks Productions which produces family-oriented videos and recordings.
Edward James Olmos’ Organizations
Edward James Olmos is known for his roles as William Adama in Battlestar Galactica, Lt. Martin Castillo in Miami Vice, teacher Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver, Abraham Quintanilla in the film Selena, and Detective Gaff in Blade Runner. In 1988, he was nominated for an Academy Award and is the only Hispanic-American to be nominated for Best Actor.
Edward James Olmos lives to give. He co-founded Latino Literacy Now and is the co-producer of Latino Book & Family Festival. In 1998, he founded Latino Public Broadcasting and currently serves as its chairman. Furthermore, he makes many appearances at juvenile halls and detention centers to speak to at-risk teenagers. Also he has also been an international ambassador for UNICEF.
Penny & Garry Marshall – Writing Books to Inspire
Penny Marshall is a great actress and director! She has made some fantastic movies like Big, Awakenings and A League of Their Own, been on the popular television show Laverne and Shirley, and now has a very funny book, My Mother Was Nuts. Penny writes about growing up in the Bronx, getting pregnant and married at a young age while living in New Mexico, marrying Rob Reiner and dating Art Garfunkel. She also shares some very serious life subjects like abortion and drugs. Penny has been through some difficult stuff but she manages to turn all of that into to humor. She lived by simple rules: “try hard, help your friends, don’t get too crazy, and have fun.”
In 2009 she was simultaneous diagnosed with a brain tumor and lung cancer which she battled and motivated her to write the memoir in order to share the truth about her life and dispel any incorrect gossip. Fortunately, she’s recovered and spends much of her time devoted to charitable efforts including working with BIANYS, the Brain Injury Association of New York State. She supports a number of charities including The Felix Foundation. She also supports the charitable work of The Lakers Youth Foundation. “To stay alive, you gotta keep functioning….whatever it is you want to do,” Penny said.
Siblings Penny and Garry Marshall share a complementary and loving relationship. At a recent event, Garry began the evening by introducing his sister, “Two of my most exciting words in show business – Penny Marshall.” Garry Marshall is known for his television hits like The Odd Couple, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and Mork & Mindy, and movies like The Flamingo Kid, Beaches, Pretty Woman, and The Princess Diaries. He has been a writer, director, and producer for more than five decades.
In his book, My Happy Days in Hollywood, Garry tells of his early life in the Bronx to his exciting times in Hollywood. He worked with many greats like Henry Winkler’s Fonz, Julia Roberts, Robin Williams, Anne Hathaway, and many others. This hilarious memoir is even more touching when you realize Garry’s personal philosophy has always been that life is more important than show business. Garry Marshall worked hard as a director and producer while doing charity work in his spare time before he passed away in 2016.
Cindy Williams Believes in the Importance of Charity!
I met Cindy Williams in Las Vegas when she was starring in Menopause the Musical. Cindy is best known as Shirley Feeney from the hit ‘70s and ‘80s TV show Laverne and Shirley. She is also recognized from the classic movie American Graffiti and from her recent appearance in the 2013 series Sam and Cat. Furthermore, Cindy wrote the book Shirley, I Jest! in which she shares her life story.
Cindy is very spiritual and talks about the importance of charity. She notes that charitable giving, and giving of one’s time through voluntering, can improve your well-being. “And charity is anyone who crosses my path. And that’s what I try to teach my children — anyone who crosses your path and asks you for your charity. You give it to them; they’re yours,” she explained. Cindy loves to support any animal charity or rescue or anything for children. She loves to give back to others and has a kind and compassionate soul!
Los Angeles Dodgers’ Pitcher Scott Kazmir Shines!
Scott Kazmir is a professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers’. He was drafted in the first round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Mets, who later sent him to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in a highly publicized and criticized trade.
Kazmir made his major league debut with the Devil Rays on August 23, 2004. In 2008, Kazmir had nagging injuries which lead to inconsistency in his pitching motion, pitch velocity and overall effectiveness. So the Rays traded him to the Los Angeles Angels. He had his ups and downs with the Angels so they sent him to the minor leagues to regain confidence but he was so bad the Angels gave him $14.5 million to go away! “It was probably the worst time of my life,” Kazmir said.
But he took time to reflect, rebuild and ultimately resurrect his career.After months of individual work to rebuild his foundation, he signed a minor league deal, in 2013, with the Cleveland Indians. After a great spring training, he earned a spot in the Indians’ starting rotation, and had a great season. In December 2013, he signed a two-year contract with the Oakland Athletics. During the 2014 season, he saw a career-high 15 games. In 2015, he was traded to the Houston Astros then he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Scott Kazmir has worked hard to build his lighthouse and he also shines brightly for others. He has raised money for The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, The Torii Hunter Project, The Heart of a Champion Foundation, Teleos Preparatory Academy in Phoenix, Middle School on the Gila River Indian Reservation and many more.
Joan Collins Lives To Give!
The beautiful and ageless Joan Collins is widely known for her role in Dynasty as Alexis Carrington but she had a long career in acting and writing. Collins has many bestselling novels including Prime Time, Love & Desire & Hate, Infamous, Star Quality, and Misfortune’s Daughters. Also she wrote Secrets, My Friends’ Secrets, Joan’s Way: The Art of Living Well and “The Joan Collins Cook Book” and memoirs Past Imperfect, Katy: A Fight for Life and Second Act.
In a documentary called “Brave New World” Joan discusses being raped at 17 years old. She describes being drugged and raped when she was still a virgin by the older Irish actor Maxwell Reed. Joan noted that Reed showed her pornographic magazines and then gave her a spiked drink. “The next thing I knew, I was out flat on the sofa in that living room and he was raping me,” she says. “And what he had given me was a drug. He had drugged my drink. It wasn’t my fault but I didn’t know, I went out with him.” She went out with him numerous times and eventually married him because, “Well I better marry him because you know, he took my virginity,’ she says. She notes that, “I really hated him, but I was so filled with guilt, that he had done this thing to me.” She now says that it took a very long time to be able to really trust any man and went on to marry four more times.
Joan has supported numerous charities for many years. In 1982, she spoke before Congress about increasing funding for neurological research. In 1983, she was named a patron of the International Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities. The Joan Collins Wing of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan was opened in 1988. Joan was appointed an honorary founding member of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. She was awarded the lifetime achievement award from the Association of Breast Cancer Studies in Great Britain and became a patron of Fight for Sight. Joan supports several foster children in India for over 25 years.
Hugs from Mod Squad’s Michael Cole!
Michael Cole is best known for his role as Pete Cochrane on the television crime drama The Mod Squad. Michael also appeared on Gunsmoke, Wonder Woman, The Love Boat, CHiPs and ER. He appeared in Stephen King’s movie It. Also Michael acted in ABC’s General Hospital in the role of Harlan Barrette. He was recently in the thriller Mr. Brooks as the attorney for Demi Moore’s character of Atwood.
Michael struggled with substance abuse but after a stint in the Betty Ford Center he rekindled his love for acting and giving back to others. Michael has done volunteer work for The March of Dimes, Outdoors Without Limits and many other organizations. He did a public service announcement urging pregnant mother’s on drugs to get help! Michael has overcome many obstacles in his life and now lives to give The Lighthouse Wave!
Wayne’s World Tia Carrere Gives to Charities!
Tia Carrere is best known as Cassandra Wong in Wayne’s World and Wayne’s World 2, Nani in Lilo & Stitch, Queen Tyr’ahnee in Duck Dodgers, and Sydney Fox in the series Relic Hunter. She was as a contestant in Dancing with the Stars and The Celebrity Apprentice.
Tia does charity work for numerous organizations including Global Green, After-School All-Stars, and Lupus LA. She picked After School All Stars as her charity on Celebrity Apprentice because they just recently opened an after school program in her neighborhood in Hawaii.
Kansas City Royals’ Pitcher Ian Kennedy Supports Military Families
While a San Diego Padre, Ian donated his time to help military families. Ian and his wife, brought deployed servicemen and women and their families to Petco Park on game day. Ian volunteered when the Padres hosted a Care Package Stuffing Party in partnership with Mercury Insurance. He helped assemble 1,000 backpacks which were sent to Marines and Sailors from a local military base deployed in Afghanistan.
Loni Anderson is a Spokesperson for COPD Together
Loni Anderson is a beautiful and bubbly 71 year old woman who began acting when she was ten years old. Loni is best known as Jennifer Marlowe from the television show WKRP in Cincinnati. She starred with Burt Reynolds in the film Stroker Ace and with Steve Martin in the movie The Lonely Guy. Also Loni was the voice of Flo in the film All Dogs Go to Heaven.
Loni recently said, “At this point in my life, I feel it’s more important than ever to give back.” She volunteers for multiple organizations. Loni is a spokesperson for COPD Together, an organization for those caring for someone with COPD – a lung disease which her father had. Seven years ago, Loni’s daughter was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and Loni and her family work with the Nancy Davis foundation, The Race to Erase MS. Also Loni helps raise money for Alzheimer’s research by touring in a play called Surviving Grace.
Dyan Cannon is a Humanitarian!
Dyan Cannon is an actress, author and humanitarian. Her book “Dear Cary, My life with Cary Grant” is an interesting best seller about her life while she was married to Cary Grant. Dyan has starred in many great movies including, ‘Heaven Can Wait“, “Revenge of the Pink Panther“, “Deathtrap” and “Caddyshack II“. She starred in television as Whipper Cone on the Emmy Award winning series “Ally McBeal.” Also she was seen as Honey Bernstein-Flynn on the comedy series “Three Sisters.”
Dyan is the first woman to be nominated for Oscars both in front of and behind the camera. Her first Academy Award nomination was for her role as Alice in “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. ” She has an Academy Award nomination and won a Golden Globe for her role as Julia Farnsworth in “Heaven Can Wait.”
Dyan uses her celebrity to benefit charitable organizations that include animal rights, children’s charities, Special Olympics and protecting young women. She is a national spokesman for the Hemangioma Treatment Foundation, which raises money for children’s plastic surgery operations. Also she volunteers for several other charitable organizations such as California’s Special Olympics, for physically and mentally challenged athletes. Furthermore, Dyan is the executive spokesperson of Operation Outlook which is a group that tries to find runaways and missing children.
Patrick Duffy Golfs for Charity
Patrick Duffy is an actor known for his role as Bobby Ewing in the television show Dallas. Patrick is also known for his role on Step By Step and for his role on the soap opera The Bold and Beautiful. Recently, Patrick was also on the sitcom Welcome to Sweden.
Patrick Duffy donates his time and talents to raise money for multiple charities. He raised money for The March of Dimes hosting Signature Chefs Auction. Patrick plays golf at celebrity events to raise money for numerous charities. He has raised money for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, All Stars Helping Kids, Bulldog Boxing and Rogue Valley school athletics to name a few.
Lakers Star Jamaal Wilkes Supports Many Charities
Jamaal Wilkes is a four-time NBA Champion with the Los Angeles Lakers. Jamaal’s list of achievements are impressive. He was the NBA Rookie of the Year, a three-time NBA All-Star, and a two-time NCAA champion.
Jamaal supports many charities. He volunteered for the 2nd Annual Cooking With Gabby Celebrity Golf Challenge in Los Angeles to support the fight against childhood obesity and associated health disparities. This fundraiser benefits at-risk youth in low income communities and programs including the Cooking With Gabby’s Culinary Arts & Fitness Programs; Healthy Not Hungry Kids and Healthy Kids Community Initiatives and the GoodLife With Gabby E.A.T. Program Initiative. Jamaal volunteered for a charity hoops game and raised money for Autism Speaks, the OC Neurodevelopmental Center (part of the UCI Healthcare System), and Reachback LA – Inner-City Health Program and the Tyler Foundation for Disabilities. Also he attends many charity events including An Evening for Autism which raised money for ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today), Autism Society of America (ASA), Easter Seals Southern California and Talk About Curing Autism (TACA). In addition, proceeds from the event will benefit Newport Mesa School District’s Autism Programs.
Alan Thicke Supports Juvenile Diabetes Research!
Alan Thicke is an actor, songwriter, and game show host. He is best known as the dad, Jason Seaver, on the television show “Growing Pains.” Alan recently toured in the musical, “Toy Shoppe.” Also Alan made appearances on “Scream Queens,” “Grandfathered” and “Celebrity Family Feud.”
In 2014 and 2015 Alan hosted a traveling dance show called Dancing Pros Live. Furthermore, he wrote two books: How Men Have Babies: The Pregnant Father’s Survival Guide and How To Raise Kids Who Won’t Hate You.
Alan’s philanthropic work is wide-ranging. Recently on Celebrity Family Feud, Alan and his family raised money for The Alan Thicke Centre for Juvenile Diabetes Research. Alan is a board member for Love Our Children USA. He contributed to Stand Up To Cancer and has played tennis for Chris Evert Charities and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Also he played hockey for Right To Play and golf for charities including Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Butch Kerzner Summit Foundation, the The James R. Jordan Foundation and Jason David’s Corner Foundation. He has raised money for multiple charities including the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the United Service Organization, the Wounded Warrior Project and the Muhammad Ali Center, and the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes. Alan is a wonderful man who lives to give back to his community!
Richard Grieco Paints for Charities
Early in his career, Richard Grieco was as a model for Armani, Calvin Klein and Chanel. But he is best known as Detective Dennis Booker on the television show 21 Jump Street and its spinoff Booker. He is also known for his role as Rick Gardner on One Life to Live. Richard’s first film was in If Looks Could Kill and he has appeared in numerous films such as Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, Mobsters, and A Night at the Roxbury.
Currently, Richard is an artist and donates many of his paintings to charities. Richard has raised funds for The Wolf Connection, Cops4Causes and Fueled by the Fallen. The Children’s Tumor Foundation honored Richard with a Spirit of Life Award. He also supported AIDS Project Los Angeles. Richard spends a great amount of time giving back to his community.
Boxer Ray Mercer Gives to Kids!
Ray Mercer is known as a professional boxer but most people do not realize that he was the United States Amateur Champion at Heavyweight while in the US Army! Also he won a gold metal in the 1988 Olympics. He boxed for 19 years and competed in several kickboxing and MMA bouts.
Ray now spends his time giving back to others. He said, “I am now representing an organization called ‘Find a dream’ and it’s there to help kids. It’s about giving something back and we all need to do that. Rod Ricciardi is putting it together. We are having training camps set up where boxing champions come to train and the kids can spend time with them and get inspired. It’s something I really believe in and you can get more information at
The Middle’s Brock Ciarlelli Fights Bullying!
Brock Ciarlelli plays Brad Bottig on the ABC series The Middle. He also won “Best Performance in a TV Series” from the Young Artist Association in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Brock is a student at Chapman University majoring in mathematics. “Math — always in unexpected ways — has really helped me become a better actor,” said Ciarlelli.
Brock gives back to the community often and joined together with many other celebrities to speak to students nationwide via Google Hangout about anti-bullying. Brock has said that he was bullied in high school and bullyng is especially bad now because of social media. He feels strongly that no one should be bullied and he works hard to help others in understanding that we must protect victims of bullying. Brock also volunteers for Denim and Diamonds for Autism and The Tustin Key Club Autism Benefit.
Vanessa Marcil Inspires Battered Women
I met Vanessa Marcil a couple of times and she is a kind, beautiful soul who gives back to others daily. Many years ago, I became a fan of Vanessa when she starred as Brenda Barrett on General Hospital. She won an Emmy for this role. She also portrayed Gina Kincaid on Beverly Hills, 90210 and Sam Marquez on Las Vegas. Vanessa was in the movie, The Rock, which starred Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery and Ed Harris.
Vanessa volunteers for numerous charity events including Sojourn Services for Battered Women. She hopes the money she raises will help to increase awareness of domestic violence and inspire battered women to take control of their lives. Vanessa loves motorcycles and rode in the Grand Prix last year to raise funds for the Miller Children’s Hospital. Furthermore, Vanessa worked with AIDS orphans in South Africa. Vanessa lives to give!
Loretta Swit Supports Animal Rights and POWs
Loretta Swit is an actress best known for her role as Major Margaret Houlihan on the television show M*A*S*H. She won two Emmy Awards for her portrayal of “Hot Lips Houlihan.” Loretta was also on the following television shows: The Love Boat, Win, Lose or Draw, Gunsmoke, Match Game, Pyramid, The Muppet Show, and Hollywood Squares. Furthermore, she hosted the 26-part Discovery Channel’s television series Those Incredible Animals. Also, Loretta has written a book on needlepoint called A Needlepoint Scrapbook.
Loretta is a life-long animal-rights activist! Both the Animal Protection Institute and the International Fund for Animal Welfare named Loretta Woman of the Year. She has been involved with The Humane Society and Farm Sanctuary. Also Loretta is a board member of the new Ayla’s Acres No-Kill Animal Rescue.
Loretta spends time on projects that recognize and honor prisoners of war in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. She even narrated the film Never the Same. Loretta Swit lives to give!
Michael Gross is the Spokesperson for Operation Lifesaver!
Michael Gross is one of the nicest celebrities I have had the pleasure to meet. He made me laugh with his love for taking selfies and his excitement about his new Tremors film. Michael is best known as Steven Keaton from the sitcom Family Ties, and the graboid hunter from the Tremors films. Check him out in Tremors 5! He also starred on The Young and the Restless as River Baldwin and had recurring roles on The Drew Carey Show and ER.
Michael has an extensive collection of railroad items and is an amateur railroad historian, photographer, modeler, and part-owner in a working railroad – the Santa Fe Southern Railway. Michael is a spokesperson for Operation Lifesaver, a campaign promoting safety at railroad crossings. Also he is the spokesperson for the B&O Railroad Museum and does charity work for many organizations including Parkinson’s Association of Los Angele, World Vision, animal welfare, anti-drug programs, responsible gun ownership and AIDS research! Michael gives back to others and lives The Lighthouse Wave!
William Katt is a Great American Hero
William is an actor best known for his role as Ralph Hinkley on The Greatest American Hero. He is also well known for the movie role of Tommy Ross in the horror film Carrie. William starred in films such as First Love, Big Wednesday and Butch and Sundance: The Early Days.
William is a Great American Hero as he volunteers at numerous events to raise money for charities. He appeared at a Legendary Bingo event in Los Angeles to raise money for Elephants in Crisis. This charity works to protect elephants in the wild who are threatened by disappearing habitat and illegal poaching. Elephants in Crisis uses its funds for education, conservation, public awareness and direct action. William appeared at The Surfer Poll Awards and helped raise over $20,000 for Surfing America to support the USA Surf Team and Surfzone Relief Operations (SRO) to help tsunami victims in Southeast Asia.
Jack Coleman Give Back to the Community
Recently I was excited to meet Jack Coleman because I am a huge fan of Scandal. Jack Coleman is best known for playing the role of Steven Carrington in the Dynasty, Noah Bennet in Heroes, Bill Forbes in Vampire Diaries, Andrew Strong in Burn Notice and Daniel Douglas Langston in Scandal. He was born in Easton, Pennsylvania and it is interesting to note that he is a sixth-generation descendant of Benjamin Franklin. Coleman attended Solebury School, Duke University, and the National Theater Institute. He married actress Beth Toussaint in 1996 and has one daughter.
Jack Coleman is a kind, caring man and volunteers often for numerous charity events. He can be seen attending the ‘Heroes For Autism’ charity auction and concert benefitting Austism Speaks, supporting The Elevate Hope Foundation in an advertising campaign with his daughter and going to AEG’s Season of Giving events. Jack makes giving back to his community an important part of his life!
Linda Blair’s WorldHeart Foundation Fights Animal Cruelty!
Linda Blair is best known for her role as Regan in the film The Exorcist. She was nominated for an Academy Award and won a Golden Globe for this role. She says,“The film was such a hit and caused such a stir among religious sectors that they tried to ban it. People would accuse me of being the devil and I was constantly being asked adult questions about good and evil.”
In the 1970s, she was charged with drug possession and conspiracy to sell drugs. Linda worked hard to build herself and now is an animal rights activist, working with PETA, Feed The Children and the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation. She is a kind, caring and compassionate woman. Since childhood Linda has always wanted a career helping animals. “In the 80s I became involved with animal welfare. I’m very proud of my non-profit organization, the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation which finds homes for rescue dogs.” She notes that Simon Cowell donates $50,000 a year to help her foundation.
Linda wants to increase the level of awareness on issues such as pet overpopulation and dog fighting. If you are interested in supporting Linda Blair’s Worldheart Foundation you can give a tax-deductible cash donation, buy something her CafePress store or bid on one of Linda’s eBay auction items. Also click her for volunteering at her facility or becoming a foster family for their rescues.
Seattle Mariners’ Joaquin Benoit Gives Back to Dominican Communities
Joaquin is from the Dominican and gives back to the communities that have long provided American baseball with talented players. Joaquin has visited the Dominican with other players and reached out into the community. Currently, the following programs are in place:
– There is Power in Learning
– The Bank of Hope
– Hope and Life
– Reading and Writing
– Spaces to Grow
Sons of Anarchy’s Christopher D. Reed Rides for Charity
Although we are both from San Diego, CA, I met Christopher on a cool afternoon in New Jersey. He is a interesting man who is known for his four seasons on Sons of Anarchy where he played Filthy Phil. He was also on the following television shows: The Big Bang Theory, East Bound and Down, and Enlightened. Christopher made his movie debut in the film Road Hard and can also be seen in The Ivy League Farmer.
Christopher does a great deal of charity work. He rode in The Boot Ride and Rally which is an annual charity ride with the cast of Sons of Anarchy. The Boot Campaign is a charity organization that raises money for numerous military programs. The following are other rides Christopher has done for charity:
- Tulip Ride 2015
- Love Ride 2013
- Ride For Autisum 2013
- Boot Ride 2012
- Semper Fi Ride For Heroes
Power Ranger, Jason David Frank, Cares For Kids
Jason David Frank is an actor known for his role as Tommy Oliver in Power Rangers. He has been a number of different rangers including green ranger, white ranger, red ranger, and black ranger in various Power Rangers series.
Jason is also a professional mixed martial artist. When he was 18 he bought his own karate school. He is the founder of the martial art “Toso Kune Do.” Jason currently participates in Mixed Martial Arts and is the creator of MMA merchandise “Jesus Didn’t Tap.”
Jason David Frank volunteers often for charity events. He raised money for Crosby Care International which supports underprivileged families in the Houston area. He sponsored a dinner to raise money for Nieves Garcia and his family to help deal with the growing expenses of treating his Leukemia. He often does charity events where he teaches karate to kids. Jason lives to give!
Corbin Bernsen Supports Multiple Charities
Corbin Bernsen is an actor and director best known for his role as attorney Arnold Becker on the series L.A. Law. He is also recognized as Dr. Alan Feinstone in The Dentist, and as police detective Henry Spencer on the series Psych. My sons loved Corbin as Roger Dorn in the films Major League, Major League II, and Major League: Back to the Minors.
In the last few years, Corbin has been making Christian-themed films. His first film in 2010 was RUST which was followed by 3 Day Test , Beyond the Heaven, and Christian Mingle.
Corbin loves to give back to the community and he has helped raised tons of money for various charities. Some of the organizations he has raised money for include the Torrance Memorial Hospital Burn Ward, the Little Company of Mary Hospital Pediatrics Wing and the El Camino College Athletic Department. Corbin has been involved in numerous Celebrity Golf Tournament raise money to support multiple charities, including Rockers Against Drugs (RAD). Corbin and his family were on Celebrity Family Feud to raise money for The Rape Treatment Center at the Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center.
Saved By The Bell Stars Lighthouse Waves!
Dennis Haskins is known for his role as principal Richard Belding in the television show Saved by the Bell. He then went on to star in Saved by the Bell: The New Class and also portrayed the role of Richard Belding in Good Morning, Miss Bliss.
Dennis is involved in multiple charity events, especially celebrity golf and poker tournaments and has said, “All these causes are important to the people that are doing them. It’s amazing how much each disease needs these people who put on these events. Golf is a game that brings out the best in people. They are there for the right reason and the causes that are near and dear to their hearts.” Dennis appeared at the Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada where he was a guest speaker for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s Team Challenge Pasta Dinner the night before the Las Vegas Rock ‘n Roll Marathon. This event had over 1,000 people attending, and the program has raised almost $50 million.
Lark Voorhies also starred on Saved by the Bell as student Lisa Turtle. She was nominated for the Young Artist Award four times, winning in 1990 and 1993. She also portrayed Lisa Turtle on Good Morning, Miss Bliss. She was on the soap operas Days of our Lives and The Bold and the Beautiful. Lark has written three books – Reciprocity, Trek of the Cheshire, and True Light: A, superior, take, unto, the, premier, haloing, of, tenuation. Also she was in music videos and bands. Lark keeps a low profile recently but has attended a number of charity events during her career.
James Marsters Gave his Hair for Charity
James Marsters is an actor and musician who is known for his character, Spike, in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off series, Angel. He can also be see playing science fiction roles like the the alien supervillain Brainiac on the series Smallville, the omnisexual time traveller Captain John Hart in Torchwood, and terrorist Barnabas Greeley in Caprica. Marsters also appeared in the movie P.S. I Love You. He narrates audio books and also has a musical career.
James worked hard in school and attended Juilliard, the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, and the American Conservatory Theatre. He spent ten years doing stage work the moved to L.A. to pursue a career in film and television. James gives back to his community all the time. He once raised $25,000 for the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatrics AIDS Foundation by shaving off his hair!
The Happy Days of Anson Williams and Don Most!
I had the pleasure of meeting Anson William and Don Most on a recent trip to the east coast. Both men were charming and fun! Anson Williams is best known for his role as Potsie, one of Richie Cunningham’s best friends, on the sitcom Happy Days. The show also starred Don Most as Ralph Malph. Both men have enjoyed many happy days since the end of the sitcom that made them famous.
Anson Williams switched from acting to directing shortly after Happy Days ended. He has directed the following television shows: Diagnosis Murder, Xena: Warrior Princess, Melrose Place, Beverly Hills, 90210, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, 7th Heaven, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Charmed, and Lizzie McGuire. Furthermore, Anson is also an entrepreneur and has two companies: StarMaker Products and Physicians Prefer. He believes it is important to use his fame for philanthropic purpose. One of his companies helps people who get hot flashes from chemotherapy or menopause. Also he sponsors a golf tournament where proceeds benefit the Alumni Angel Trust Burbank High & John Burroughs High School.
Don Most is an actor and singer who is still known as Ralph Malph from Happy Days. His movie credits include EDtv, Planting Melvin and The Great Buck Howard. Don was also on many TV shows, including Emergency!, CHiPs, The Love Boat, Star Trek: Voyager, Diagnosis: Murder and Glee. Don can be found around the country pursuing his first love, singing. Don’s live stage show “Donny Most Sings and ings” often donates the proceeds to charity. In April, Anson Williams and Don Most attended the Celebration Exotic Car Festival which raised money for several children’s charities.
Saw’s Costas Mandylor Supports Children’s Charities
Costas Mandylor is an Australian actor and a professional soccer player. He is best known for his role as Kenny in Picket Fences, and for portraying Detective Mark Hoffman in the Saw series. He can be seen in numerous movies and television shows including NCIS, Major Crimes, Twisted Metal and The Doors.
Costas is a kind and generous man who supports multiple charities. He volunteers with the Theodore Atlas Foundation which helps people in need, especially children. He has been involved with projects raising money to benefit The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Also he helped raise money for Common Ground Relief, a charity focused on rebuilding post-Katrina New Orleans and surrounding areas.
Oakland Athletics’ Rollie Fingers Supports Numerous Charities
Rollie Fingers is a retired baseball player who is known for his great pitching and handlebar moustache. From 1968 to 1976, Rollie pitched for the Oakland Athletics. Then from 1977 to 1980, I had the pleasure of watching him pitch for The San Diego Padres. Rollie is a three-time World Series champion, a seven-time Major League Baseball All-Star.
Rollie lives to give and donates his time and talent to numerous charities. He is regularly involved in KinderVision “Celebrity Experience” in Palm Coast and Daytona Beach. KinderVision is a national child-safety education program. Rallie also volunteered for the Cannon USA charity benefit which raised money for the national center for missing and exploited children. He has also raised money for The Wounded Warriors, Society for American Baseball Research, The Greatest Save and Make-A-Wish Foundation to name a few.
Angie Dickinson Writes About Her Daughter’s Asperger’s Syndrome
I met Angie Dickinson as a child and had the pleasure of visiting with her again recently. She is an actress who has appeared in more than 50 films and starred on television as Sergeant Leann “Pepper” Anderson in the series Police Woman. She was married to Burt Bacharach for 15 years and had one daughter named Nikki. Their daughter was born three months prematurely and suffered from chronic health problems, including visual impairment and Asperger’s Syndrome.
Angie Dickinson’s story was a feature article in Los Angeles Magazine and teaches us the joys and difficulties of life with an autistic child. Angie’s story is interesting, humorous, and pensive as she tells of Nikki’s struggle with Asperger’s. Angie has also been involved with hundreds of charity events and even spoke before congressional subcommittees to urge legislators to increase funding for Alzheimer’s victims.
Richard Herd is an Ambassador for The March of Dimes
Richard Herd is a kind and caring man known for his stage, film and television acting. He said, “the theatre gave me an identity. It taught me social skills and taught me to listen, and made me more of a maverick.” He is recognized for his roles as Admiral Noyce on SeaQuest 2032, as George Costanza’s boss at the Yankees in the television show Seinfeld, as Captain Dennis Sheridan on T. J. Hooker and as Admiral Owen Paris in Star Trek: Voyager. Also he is known for his role in the miniseries V.
Richard moved to Hollywood in the 1970s for a role in All the President’s Men. He was in many other movies after his move to California – The China Syndrome, and The Onion Field are the best known. Richard appeared on numerous television shows like Kojak, The Rockford Files, The Streets of San Francisco, Eight Is Enough and Starsky & Hutch, as well as many television movies. Richard also directs, produces and writes.
Richard supports multiple organizations including the League for Crippled Children in Los Angeles. Also, he is an ambassador with the March of Dimes. He makes appearances to raise money for charities including The Tenth Annual Lightspeed Fine Art Celebrity Benefit which raised money for the American Cancer Society.
Jason Mewes Shines For Others
I met Jason Mewes on a freezing cold day in the midwest but he was a very warm and interesting person. Jason is a television and film actor, film producer and internet radio show host. He has played likable “Jay” in the hit Clerks. Jason can also be seen in Jay and Silent Bob, Mallrats,Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Scream.
Jason has struggled with substance abuse issues but is now working hard to stay clean and give back to the community. He has volunteered at numerous charity events. He supports Blue Note which helps remind us to conserve and protect our valuable water resources. Blue Note benefits the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit working to protect our oceans, waves, and beaches.
Richard Karn Raised a Million Dollars for Cancer Research!
Richard Karn is a caring, gentle soul who makes it a point to get to know everyone he meets. He is best known for his co-starring role as Al Borland in the sitcom Home Improvement. He is also recognized as the host of Family Feud. In 2008, Karn became the host of Game Show Network’s Bingo America. Furthermore, he was the host on GSN Radio.
Richard is the host of the annual Richard Karn Celebrity Golf Classic which has raised a million dollars for cancer research! Richard attends many celebrity charity golf tournaments. He has helped raise funds for Lupus LA, National Association for Missing and Exploited Children, Screen Actors Guild Foundation and United Service Organization. In 2014, Karn teamed up with Tim Allen to sponsor the 5th Annual Los Angeles Golf Classic benefiting its Catastrophic Health Fund and Emergency Assistance programs for SAG–AFTRA performers and their families!
Ghost Buster’s Ernie Hudson Gives Back!
Ernie Hudson is an actor known for his roles as Winston Zeddemore in the Ghostbusters film series, Sergeant Albrecht in The Crow, and Warden Leo Glynn in Oz. Hudson was also on the final season of Law & Order. He has over 100 film and television credits on his resume.
Hudson was born in poverty and raised in the housing projects of Benton Harbor, Michigan. He is now a well respected and socially conscious man who volunteers in his community often. He did a fundraising video for Union Rescue Mission Alliance to help the homeless and volunteers for veterans events. He does tons of speaking events and recently was in Fresno talking to 1000 students for Black History Month.
Jesus Christ Superstar’s Ted Neeley Gives from the Heart!
Ted Neeley is one of the most compassionate, caring people I have met. He listens to others with his heart and shares love with all those around him. He is an actor, singer, drummer, composer, and record producer. He is known worldwide for his performance as Jesus Christ in the movie Jesus Christ Superstar. As an actor he is also known for his performances in Django Unchained, and Summer Camp Nightmare. He was a singer, songwriter, vocal arranger, and producer to albums for: Tina Turner, Robin Williams, Ray Charles, The Kinks, Keith Carradine, and Meat Loaf to name a few. He continues to tour today!
Ted Neeley lives to give and donates his time and talents to charities regularly. He performed at the California Youth Theatre in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Santa Barbara County Bowl benefiting Youtheatre America, and the Ricardo Montalban Foundation. Look for a touring performance near you as Ted’s voice is still fantastic!
Cheers to George Wendt
From 1974 to 1980, George Wendt worked with the Chicago’s Second City comedy troupe. However, he is best known for playing Norm Peterson on the television show Cheers. It is interesting to note that George played Norm Peterson on seven different shows: Cheers, St. Elsewhere, The Tortillinis, The Simpsons, Wings, Frasiers, and Family Guy. George appears in the TBS sitcom Clipped, which premiered June 16, 2015.
George volunteers for many charities. He rode in the Green Ribbon Motorcycle Ride and Rally in Yorkville. The ride benefited the Walter Payton Liver Center at UIC Medical Center to fund research for hepatitis, colon cancer, diabetes and other diseases, and also helps fund organ transplants. George lives to give!
Erik Estrada is an Ambassador for Smile Train!
To this day, Erik Estrada is known for his role on the police drama CHiPs. But he has acted in a number of other roles over the years. Erik was on the daytime drama, The Bold and the Beautiful. He played a game-show host on the series Lizzie McGuire and did voiceovers on Sealab 2021. Erik Estrada starred in Spanish-language telenovelas, and can be seen on reality shows and infomercials.
Erik Estrada works constantly giving back to the community. He was a spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol’s “car seat inspection and installation” program. Erik is involved in DARE, United Way, the American Heart Association, and the CHP’s 11-99 Foundation. Erik is an ambassador for Smile Train and has done numerous appearances and fundraisers for the organization .
The Love Boat’s Gavin McLeod is an Ambassador for Christ
Gavin McLeod is as charming in person as he was on The Love Boat. He is best know for his role as Captain Merrill Stubing on The Love Boat, his role as Joseph “Happy” Haines on McHale’s Navy, and Murray Slaughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. He is also a writer with a new book, “This Is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith & Life.”
Gavin writes about his 50 year career and his religious journey including being a Roman Catholic, being involved in the New Age movement in the 1970s, and being currently involved in the Pentecostal faith. His life touched by depression, alcohol and divorce, but he believes God has helped him through.“God had a plan from the beginning, like he has for everyone, and he got me started with the first job I ever had on television, ‘Lamp Unto My Feet,’’’ said Gavin.
Gavin supports many Christian charities. Also once he realized that returning military needed help, he began to support Wounded Warrior Project. This charity has programs and services to meet the needs of service members who have been injured. Gavin lives to give!
June Lockhart is a Hero for Hope!
June Lockhart is a loving woman who really cares about people. She is an actress best known for her roles as Maureen Robinson in Lost in Space and as Timmy’s mother on Lassie. Also she portrayed Dr. Janet Craig on Petticoat Junction. June is a two-time Emmy nominee and a Tony winner.
June has given back to others during her entire life. She volunteers for The Heroes for Hope program which brings assistance to families who are fighting illnesses and disabilities. She has been an ambassador of the California State Parks system. Also, she spends a lot of time down at NASA making appearances at dinners and conventions with astronauts and their wives. June lives to give!
San Diego Padres’ Alexi Amarista Raises Money For Youth Programs
I love The San Diego Padres and Alexi Amarista is one of my favorite players. Alexi is known as the little ninja because he may not be as tall as most players but he gives his heart and soul to each and every game. He plays shortstop and center fielder for the Padres but he also played every position except catcher and first base – not bad for the smallest guy on the team. Alexi also played for The Los Angeles Angels.
Alexi attends many charity events to raise money for multiple organizations. During spring training, he will raise tons of money for community youth programs in Arizona. He is kind to fans and helps the people of San Diego whenever the opportunity arises.
World Wrestling Champion, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Gives Back
I visited with Jake Roberts on cool spring evening and was warmed by his friendly personality. My youngest son loved wrestling and watched Jake on WWF whenever he could. Jake is a semi-retired professional wrestler who is best known by his ring name of Jake “The Snake” Roberts because he brought snakes into the ring during his matches. In addition to wrestling professionally, Jake appeared on the television show Boy Meets World and has done numerous video games.
Jake had a difficult childhood and says, “I did drugs because they numbed me. I didn’t have to be me. When you hate yourself as much as I hated myself, you didn’t want to be conscious at all.” After a stint in rehab, Jake is now sober and spends his time helping others overcome addiction.
Michael Learned Supports We Promise Foundation
Michael Learned is an actress known for her role as Olivia Walton in television show The Waltons. Michael has won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress – three for The Waltons, and one for Nurse. She starred in numerous television shows and soap operas during her career.
Michael likes to give back to her community. She has been involved with We Promise which helps children who are battling life-threatening and degenerative diseases. They provide grants for such organizations as Make-A-Wish, Toby’s Dream Foundation, and the Roc Solid Foundation.
Jan-Michael Vincent Raised Money for March of Dimes
Jan-Michael Vincent is an actor best known for his role as helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke on the television show Airwolf. Also. as a San Diego girl who used to surf, I loved watching him in the surfing epic Big Wednesday.
Jan-Michael Vincent has battled many issues in his life. He was an alcohol and drug user for most of his life. Furthermore, he was involved in two serious automobile collisions. In 2012, his right leg was amputated just below the knee after he contracted a leg infection.
During his glory days, Jan-Michael Vincent attended many charity events to help raise money for numerous organizations. He was once even a cook at a Gourmet Gala to raise money for The March of Dimes!
Michael Parks Raises Money For Students
Michael Parks is best known for films such as Kill Bill, Argo, From Dusk Till Dawn, Tusk and Django Unchained. He is also known for the television show called Then Came Bronson. Michael is considered to be one of the great independent film actors today. It has been reported that he is Quentin Tarantino’s favorite actor.
Michael is also a musician. He sang the theme song for the television show, Long Lonesome Highway and recorded numerous records.
Michael Parks has recently raised money for the Norco Educational Support Team, a group of teachers based at Norco High School. He used his celebrity to help raise money for this organization which helps students with things such as advanced placement tests and uniforms.
Basketball Star John Salley Supports Operation Smile!
John Salley is a retired American professional basketball player, actor and talk show host. He was the first player in NBA history to play on three different championship-winning franchises. Salley played both forward and center for the Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls, Panathinaikos BC and Los Angeles Lakers. He was the host of Fox Sports Net show The Best Damn Sports Show Period.
John Salley is vegan and started “John Salley Foods.” He works with PETA and has done PSA for them. Also he has partnered with Watertree Health, a leading provider of free prescription discount cards, to promote and distribute their card to folks who needs help paying for their medicines.
Furthermore, Salley is a huge supporter of Operation Smile. He traveled to Brazil for a medical mission and said,“One of the highlights of my life was when I was fortunate enough to go on a mission to Fortaleza. Volunteers from all over the world come together to donate their time and love – and they truly do make a difference. It was amazing to see how, in such a short time, these children’s lives are forever changed. It makes me smile every time I think about it.”
Disclaimer: Denise Hart’s articles should not be considered advice as they are simply personal experiences and opinions. She is a licensed counselor but encourages all her readers to seek competent advice from a licensed, registered, or certified professional in their location should such advice or service be required. Denise only writes about people she has met and includes pictures as a way of hard evidence of this truth.