Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dame Elizabeth Taylor - February 27, 1932 - March 23, 2011

Founding International Chairman and Secretary of American Foundation for AIDS Research, one can honestly say that helping people is what English born, Classic American Hollywood Star - Dame Elizabeth Taylor did so well by spending her time and dispelling the ignorance and raising the consciousness of so many people regarding HIV/AIDS - stating,

"Well, I kept seeing all these news reports on this new disease and kept asking myself why no one was doing anything. And then I realized I was just like them. I wasn't doing anything to help."

As the late Michael Jackson, a long time friend of Dame Elizabeth Taylor said in song, "I'm starting with the man in the mirror..." Will you do the same? Why not donate your time and resources to making AIDS a thing of the past...The following people at amfAR are setting a prime example of what we can do to make a difference in this world. I call these people Warriors for a cause - making a difference every single day of their lives - hats off to you all at amfAR!

Rowena Johnston, Ph.D. - Vice President and Director, Research

Kent Cozad - Director, Grants Administration and Compliance

Marije Klep - Grants Administrator

Jordan Kramer - Grants Administrator

Russell Ramm - Grants Administrator

Lisa Chiu - Coordinator, Prevention Science

Research Program
120 Wall St, 13th floor
New York, NY 10005
(212) 806-1600
fax (212) 806-1601

Make that change.

R.I.P. Dame Elizabeth Taylor.

We love you!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Disney & KaBOOM Makes Children In Inglewood's Playground Dreams Come True!

Just imagine, you are a child and you are asked to draw your Dream playground, and Disney and KaBOOM! makes it happen!

Disney partnered with the City of Inglewood's Park and Recreation Division, KaBOOM! and Home Depot to build a community playground - a Dream playground that took a few hours to create - yes, done in a day!

KaBOOM! , a national non-profit organization, works with communities to build playgrounds ideally within walking distance of every child's home.

Disney and the City of Inglewood had so many helpful volunteers from the Staff at Disney and the Inglewood community, working shoulder to shoulder, to create a new playground for children ages 2-12. KaBOOM! truly believes that children everywhere should play in a nice clean, fun neighborhood park.

Queen Park, is located at 652 Queen St., Inglewood, CA 90301, right off of Prairie St. The park is very inviting with multiple slides, swings, 2 hopscotch courts, plenty of running and space!

Guess what? The City of Inglewood Parks and Recreation, supports the Let's Move initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama's active road map to eating healthy, getting active and taking simple steps to succeed in making "America's Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids".
The City of Inglewood saw the need to create a garden that grows all kinds of wonderful veggies - green beans, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes and so many other yummy veggies as well - and it is lovely!

Today the children living in the Inglewood community got the surprise of their lives when they got home from school today. I have to say, working with the people in the community like Ann and her beautiful daughter, Denzel, Pat, Jenny, and the Staff at Disney that volunteer to create great playgrounds like Queen Park, - I mean really good people, like my team member Rick
(a husband and a father of 3 children under the age of 5), Caroline and Adam, were genuinely happy to make the children of Inglewood's Dream playground come true.