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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Bette Midler is radiant in red at the Golden Heart Awards Last Night – Video And Photos

Daily Mail
Golden Heart Awards: Bette Midler is radiant in red
By DAILYMAIL.COM REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 22:26 EDT, 16 October 2018 | UPDATED: 01:20 EDT, 17 October 2018

 

Mister D: And this my friends is how to handle a fucked up, too sensitive, and over-judgemental society. Especially when your intent was good, but nobody cared, It’s fun to attack people because you think that it puts you on the morally superior high ground. But the really intelligent people understand that you’ve more than likely been misjudged yourself at some point. What lesson are you going to bring to the table?

The Hocus Pocus actress matched her hair to the garment, sporting red bangs for the evening.

Bette Midler is radiant in red at the Golden Heart Awards… after her ‘women are the N-word of the world’ controversy. Read More

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Elton John AIDS Foundation Announces 2018 New York Fall Gala – Bette Midler Is An Event Chair

Look To The Stars
Elton John AIDS Foundation Announces 2018 New York Fall Gala – Bette Midler Is An Event Chair
Oct 12, 2018

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Elton John AIDS Foundation

On Monday, November 5, 2018, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will host its annual New York Fall Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

At this year’s gala, EJAF Founder Sir Elton John and Chairman David Furnish will honor Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, philanthropist Patricia Hearst, and long-time advocate Joe McMillan, CEO and Chairman of DDG, with EJAF’s Enduring Vision Award. Nine-time Grammy Award Winning Singer, Songwriter Sheryl Crow will be the special musical guest, and Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, will be the featured speaker. CBS This Morning co-anchor and journalist Gayle King will host the event. Read More

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Global Impact of Bette Midler’s Philanthropy

BORGEN Magazine
The Global Impact of Bette Midler’s Philanthropy
BY OLIVIA HODGES ON
JULY 26, 2018

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SEATTLE — In addition to being a Grammy and Tony-winning singer and actress, Bette Midler has dedicated herself to many philanthropic causes, supporting several humanitarian and human service organizations. Bette Midler’s philanthropy includes providing monetary support for several organizations that work to assist those living in extreme poverty.

Some of the many nonprofits that Bette Midler has funded include Doctors Without Borders, Human Rights First and The Mirembe Project. Both of these programs focus on supporting human rights and empowerment in developing countries and stress the importance of individuals making a difference and getting results by conducting several campaigns to raise awareness.

Bette Midler’s philanthropy extends beyond providing donations, as she is more heavily involved in these three organizations:

Smile Train a Benefactor of Bette Midler’s Philanthropy

Smile Train focuses on training local doctors to perform cleft repair surgery. In countries facing extreme poverty, it can be difficult to find doctors who are properly trained to care for affected children. Smile Train believes that through the doctors it trains and the doctors who learn from these trainees, the proper care can be provided. Often, these children need more dental care and Smile Train provides it when available.

The impact of this organization is huge, with more than one million surgeries being performed since 1999. Every five minutes, a child’s life is impacted by Smile Train. Midler commented in a statement for the Smile Train website, “It’s incredible the number of children’s lives transformed by Smile Train every day.”

Worldwide Orphans Foundation Works to Support Children in Need

Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO) provides education, medical care and psychosocial support for communities in need. It focuses on helping children become thriving adults who can positively impact their communities. Element of Play (EOP) is a program developed by WWO to address childhood trauma in a positive manner. EOP has a special curriculum to encourage children to participate in creative play. This program has a positive impact on children’s social, physical and emotional wellbeing and helps heal trauma.

The results show a drastic decrease in abuse and neglect within the communities affected. To date, WWO has served more than 108,000 children in developing countries. Bette Midler has supported WWO by auctioning off tickets to the New York Restoration Project’s Annual Halloween Gala.

Midler Gets Involved with Committees for Hope North

Hope North was started with the belief that every child deserves the chance to have a childhood. Thousands of Ugandan children have been forced to become child soldiers for the Lord’s Resistance Army; the war has also made millions of children orphans and refugees. Hope North is a school that provides education, an arts center, vocational training and a working farm. It describes itself as “a school, a home and a promise.” Bette Midler has supported this organization by being on the host committee for the Hope North Gala, which was attended by many celebrities with the goal of raising funds for Hope North’s operating expenses.

Bette Midler has used her platform as a legendary actress and singer to assist organizations of all kinds. She supports those who are in need of help across the world and is an outspoken advocate for those who do not have a voice.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Highly-Rated Celebrity Charities: Volume 2

Charity Navigator Blog
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 

Last July, we shared a list of five highly-rated charities founded by some of your favorite celebrities. We’re back with another list of great organizations started by a few familiar faces!

Keep reading to learn more about what George Clooney, Dolly Parton, Michael J. Fox, Bette Midler, and Jay-Z are passionate about and how they’re turning that into action.


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Bringing global attention to forgotten international crises

Not On Our Watch is committed to robust advocacy and research in support of global human rights. Drawing upon figures with powerful voices, we develop projects and campaigns that bring global attention to forgotten international crises. We target mass media and global policy-makers. We encourage governing bodies to take meaningful, immediate action to protect the vulnerable and create consequences for the perpetrators of war crimes and thir accomplices. Drawing on our history of providing humanitarian assistance, we now focus on addressing root causes to help bring an end to complex conflicts in the regions of the world not typically prioritized by the international community.

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Fostering a love of reading among preschool children

Dolly Parton founded the Imagination Library in 1995 to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee with the goal of fostering a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income. Beginning in 2000, the program is available for replication to any community that was willing to partner with her to support it locally.

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Dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease within the decade through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today. For The Michael J. Fox Foundation, there is one clear measure of success: delivering patients better treatments and, ultimately, a cure for Parkinson’s disease. We’ve developed a targeted approach to research funding that helps us identify and prioritize the patient-relevant science that will allow us to reach our goal. Since we began in 2000, the Foundation has funded over $800 million in Parkinson’s research, either directly or through partnerships.

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Promoting a cleaner, more beautiful New York Read More

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Only Way to Score Seats to See Bette Midler in HELLO, DOLLY! Place Your Bid Today with Charitybuzz

Broadway World
The Only Way to Score Seats to See Bette Midler in HELLO, DOLLY! Place Your Bid Today with Charitybuzz
by BWW News Desk Jun. 6, 2017

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Charitybuzz recently announced the first ever curated Broadway Auction, part of the successful Charitybuzz Curates program, featuring bidding opportunities to meet Broadway’s biggest names, exclusive backstage access at the Great White Way‘s hottest shows, VIP seats to standing-room-only engagements, and more-all to benefit charity. The Charitybuzz Broadway Auction runs through June 13 at Charitybuzz.com.

Want a chance to meet Bette Midler-and Donna Murphy-after a performance of the Tony Award-nominated Hello, Dolly!? This is your chance!

Click here to place you bid on a Hello, Dolly! experience, plus the dozens of other Broadway packages.

The specially curated and one-of-a-kind experiences included in the Broadway Auction are helping to put charity center stage and raise important funds for a wide range of organizations including Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Rosie’s Theater Kids, American Theatre Wing, The Acting Company, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, Teen Line, The Toby Project, The Kristen Ann Carr Fund, MCC Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Transport Group Theatre Company, Broadway Sings For Pride, New York Theatre Workshop and The Performing Arts Project, among others.

Additional Broadway experiences will be added throughout the auction.
BroadwayWorld serves as the official media partner of the Charitybuzz Broadway Auction.

The Broadway Auction is the third in a new series of specially curated auctions hosted on Charitybuzz.com to help charities raise even more money for worthy causes all year long. The remaining 2017 schedule includes Charitybuzz Curates: Fashion – August 8-24, Charitybuzz Curates: Hollywood – October 3-19, and Charitybuzz Curates: Entrepreneurs – November 1-16.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Tom Hanks, Bette Midler Step Out for ‘Twelfth Night’ Reading

Hollywood Reporter
Tom Hanks, Bette Midler Step Out for ‘Twelfth Night’ Reading
by Matthew Cole Weiss
12/9/2015 4:28pm PST

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Bette Midler, Martin Short, Eric Idle, Jason Alexander, Christina Applegate, Anthony Mackie and William Shatner were among the stars who joined Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica on Tuesday.

The A-listers showed up for a reading of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night to benefit The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, an organization which Hanks and Wilson have been supporters of for 25 years.

“A world-class city deserves a world-class Shakespeare company,” Hanks told The Hollywood Reporter about the center, which provides free performances of the Bard’s work around town. “The challenge is getting people in the seats. L.A. is a big, spread-out place, but all I have to do is get 20 people into the theater each performance who have never been to the theater before, and they’ll be locked in to come back again and again.”

The show, titled Simply Shakespeare, included a soundtrack from the divine diva herself, Bette Midler, who opened the show with “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas,” was joined by Mackie for a duet of “Silent Night” and also sang her legendary hits “The Rose” and “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Short had the audience laughing with his antics and several changes of costume, including a Santa Claus outfit and a jester’s hat, as well as hysterical impromptu ad-libs from the cast, who took turns hamming it up for the audience.

“It’s sort of like color war at camp,” said Alexander of the event, which was chaired by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Ron Meyer. “It’s not well-rehearsed and the campers love it!” Added “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” star Glenn Howerton, who played Sebastian in the performance: “It’s like trying to wrangle pre-school kids.”

Now that the show is over, Hanks is ready to turn his attention to another stage, namely, the Oscars. “It’s the playoffs,” said the actor, who starred in awards contender Bridge of Spies this year. “All I know is that all the marketing teams and publicists are already gearing up to throw those elbow around, seeing what’s going to happen. It’s out of my hands now.”

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

It’s Bette’s Birthday…and it’s a big one!

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It’s Bette’s Birthday…and it’s a big one!

December 1st is my birthday and it also happens to be #Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. If you’re stumped about what fabulous gift to get me, I have the perfect suggestion: a generous donation to Stages for Success, my project that’s been giving public school auditoriums much needed makeovers. I am so proud of this work that I will be making a Two for One match on every dollar raised! Read More

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Bette Midler: “What can I say? These are the caftan years.”

Wall Street Journal
Michael Kors and Bette Midler Celebrate a Night That Really Delivered
By KRISTIN TICE STUDEMAN
Oct. 19, 2015 1:19 p.m. ET

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YOU RARELY RECEIVE a serious invitation to peel carrots at a black-tie gala populated by A-list actors and willowy models. But as Bette Midler spoke to the well-heeled crowd last Thursday at the annual God’s Love We Deliver gala in downtown Manhattan, she extended just such an offer. The charitable organization’s volunteers cook and deliver meals to New Yorkers who are too sick to feed themselves. Cracked Ms. Midler, “And don’t worry, there will be a volunteer present to show you how to use a peeler.”

The evening celebrated the charity’s 30th anniversary and honored two supporters: ad man and chair of the board of trustees Michael Sennott and actor Neil Patrick Harris.
While presenting the Michael Kors Award for Outstanding Community Service to Mr. Harris, designer Michael Kors—himself a longtime supporter—praised the actor’s breakneck speed in the volunteer kitchen: “He and his husband David [Burtka] prepped 2,500 pieces of salmon in an hour.” He paused, then deadpanned in the direction of Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who is also devoted to the charity, “Anna, he beat us.”

The presence of Mr. Kors and Ms. Wintour all but guaranteed a sky-high fashion quotient, and this crowd didn’t disappoint. Among those deploying Mr. Kors’s dresses were actresses Diane Kruger, Kate Hudson and Emily Blunt—all with far-from-shabby red-carpet cred.

Perhaps it was in response to the newly crisp fall weather but most attendees favored distinctly post-summer black-and-white looks, save for a sleek, icy metallic ensemble here and there.

Ms. Midler, however, juiced things up with a chartreuse-hued wrap over a long and drapey chocolate-brown gown, presenting a contrast to all the bare-armed and -legged ingénues. “What can I say?” the divine Miss M. joked. “These are the caftan years.”

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Bid On Bette at Charity Buzz!

Bid On ME at Charity Buzz!

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Hello From the Road!

We’re out performing for wonderful crowds with the Divine Intervention show, and I wanted to check in and let you know that you can bid here for a pair of tickets and a chance to meet me at CharityBuzz. All proceeds go to the Jeckyl Foundation, my non-profit organization that provides resources and financial support to cultural, educational and environmental organizations working to improve communities in need around the world.

I do get giddy on the road, so I’m also prepared to pick 2 random bidders to receive a goody bag of tour merchandise! Really, what more can one ask? Donate to a good cause, have a chance to own some lovely tour merchandise and, of course, a crack at meeting moi.

Bid early, bid often! Can’t wait to see you!

Bette

xoxo

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Hey Omaha! Give Blood! Be Eligible For Bette Midler Concert Tickets Friday Night!

The Heartland
Rock ‘N Roll Up Your Sleeve Blood Drive
Updated: Mon 4:01 PM, Jun 01, 2015

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it’s a party with a purpose!

Let the good times roll and be a lifesaver this summer by giving blood at the 22nd Annual Rock ‘N Roll Up Your Sleeve Blood Drive with The Red Cross.

One pint of blood can save up to three lives, so together, we can make a difference for more than a thousand patients in just one day. The Red Cross has set the goal for this year at 350 pints.

Blood donations can become very low in the summer and all blood types are needed.You can make an appointment by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or by visiting redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Donate blood and receive a limited edition t-shirt and special refreshments while supplies last. KGOR will also be giving away tickets to Bette Midler‘s Friday night concert. All donors who come out to the drive before 1 pm are eligible for the concert ticket drawing.

The blood drive is Friday, June 5th at the Mid-America Center and the Red Cross Heartland Chapter from 6:30am to 6:30pm.

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