Bette & Oprah: Walk With Us

Oprah takes over NYC, Celebs join the ”˜Live Your Best Life’ Weekend
by MELISSA on APRIL 26, 2010 ·

Oprah’s Live Your Best Life Weekend is coming to New York City this Mother’s Day weekend, May 7th ”“ 9th. The “Live Your Best Life” phrase comes from the tagline of O, The Oprah Magazine, which will be celebrating it’s 10th anniversary.

The LYBL Weekend tickets are $375 (plus tax and service charge), which includes all events. However, if you can’t afford the entire weekend of events, the charity race on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 9th) is open to everyone. The LYBL Walk costs $30 and upon registration, you choose which 1 of the 10 Oprah approved charities your donation will help benefit. The event will be joined by thousands of New Yorkers and celebrity guests, some of which are listed below.

To sign up to walk and to fund-raise click here.

Live Your Best Life Weekend events include:

Friday, May 7th – The Oprah Winfrey Show will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall
The broadcast will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. ET and will air in New York at its regularly scheduled time, 4:00 p.m. ET on WABC.
A crowd of several thousand ticketed audience members is expected to join Oprah and multi-platinum, five-time Grammy®”“winning artist Christina Aguilera for the hour-long live broadcast. Aguilera will perform the single “Not Myself Tonight” from her highly anticipated forthcoming album Bionic (in stores June 8). Her interview will delve into motherhood and her singing career during an exclusive interview with Oprah. Other special guests are expected to make appearances during the broadcast.

Friday, May 7th ”“ Welcome Reception at Gotham Hall

1356 Broadway at 36th Street ”“ 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The weekend will kick off with a welcome reception at Gotham Hall. Confirmed guests of the LYBL weekend will receive registration materials at the time slot of their choosing.

Saturday, May 8th ”“ MORNING LifeShops at Jacob Javits Convention Center
Event entrance on 11th Avenue between 35th and 36th Street
Doors Open at 8am; Event begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.

Oprah will kick start the day with inspirational welcome remarks. Afterward attendees will follow their pre-selected schedule of seminars led by O, The Oprah Magazine’s, most well-known contributors.

Seminar 1: Suze Orman or Dr. Oz

Seminar 2: Nate Berkus or Donna Brazile

Seminar 3: Martha Beck or Peter Walsh

The time in between seminars will offer LYBL weekend guests the opportunity to meet and greet O editors and contributors. Guests can also watch Oprah Radio interviews with Gayle King, get a sneak peek of OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, engage in mini-makeovers, interact with sponsors and much more!

Saturday, May 8th ”“ EVENING with Oprah Winfrey at Radio City Music Hall
1260 Avenue of the Americas ”“ 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Oprah will bring her autobiography to life during her one-woman show Saturday night, May 8, at Radio City Music Hall

Sunday, May 9th (Mother’s Day) ”“ Live Your Best Life Charity Walk
Event entrance at Hudson River at 42nd Street and the West Side Highway
Arrive no later than 7 a.m.; Event begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m.
The LYBL walk takes place on the final day of the weekend-long celebration which will be lead by Oprah, along side of the top 10 fundraisers, who will also have their name featured in an upcoming issue of O, The Oprah Magazine!

The 10 charities that were selected to benefit from the LYBL walk include A Better Chance in education, Best Friends animal society for animal welfare, Kids of Service Members helping military children through Camp C.O.P.E., empowerment of women through Mary J. Blige’s FFAWN, health education and mentoring movement founded by Dr. Oz called Health Corps, greening NYC with Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Process (NYPR), campaign to save the oceans with Oceana, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, Stand with Haiti through Partners in Health (PIH), and No Kids Hungry through Share Our Strength.
The 2-mile Walk will begin on the scenic Hudson River at 42nd Street and the West Side Highway. Suggested arrival time is no later than 7 a.m. The Walk will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m. on 49th st in Times Square where there will be a celebration for all participants at the finish line to close the weekend’s festivities with speakers, music, and food. The Oprah Store will be there too.

Participants are encouraged to pick up their t-shirts in advance at one of the three Crunch Gym locations. Registration Tents are located in the Intrepid Museum Parking Lot between 45th Street and 46th Street on the East side of the West Side Highway. Those who already picked up their t-shirt should arrive at 42nd Street and the West Side Highway, where they will be directed by event staff to the Start lineup. All participants will go through a security screening, upon arrival. Therefore, we highly encourage you to leave bags and personal belongings behind.
The Walk Registration Fee is $30 + $2 tax and service fees per ticket. (This price is included if you register for the whole weekend.)

Among the celebrities that will be in attendance at the LYBL walk for their charities are Best Friend’s Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight), Lisa Edelstein (House M.D.), Maggie Q (upcoming TV series Nikita), and singer Neko Case; FFAWN’s founder/singer Mary J. Blige; Health Corp’s cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Oz; NYRP Founder Bette Midler and her daughter Sophie; OCEANA’s Sam Waterston (Law & Order); PIH’s Chief Medical Officer Joia Mukherjee, Share Our Strength’s celebrity Food Network Chef’s Aaron McCargo, Jr. (Big Daddy’s House) and Mindy Segal; singer/songwriter Tracy Chapman, country musician Emmylou Harris, and many more!

Click for further information or register here.

Contact LYBL2010 at or at their Help Line 1-888-638-8685.

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