Reese Witherspoon along with other celebrity participants is scheduled to appear on the American Idol Fundraiser Special Idol Gives Back on Wednesday, April 9 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Thanks to Elizabeth for the news!
Idol Gives Back is a music celebration raising awareness and benefiting various U.S. and international charities. This year’s event will be bigger and more ambitious than ever, and will feature incredible international talent including Bono, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Miley Cyrus, Mariah Carey, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Fergie, Chris Daughtry, Carrie Underwood, Annie Lennox, John Legend and Snoop Dogg. Additional artists scheduled to appear to be announced.
The star-studded evening will echo the success of last year’s Idol Gives Back, which raised over $76 million for various U.S. charities that deliver support to underprivileged children in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country, providing them with medical care, food and grocery products, health and life skills and literacy programs, among other important initiatives. In Africa, funds were dedicated to organizations that support efforts to battle poverty through various health and education programs, including delivering medical supplies and providing clean water.
Yesterday Reese made an appearance on The Today Show, she was there to discuss her partnering with Avon and the new Women’s Empowerment Bracelet. A video download and captures have been added, as well as some snaps of her arriving outside the studio.
2008 Interviews: The Today Show – March 4, 2008
As we just mentioned in the previous update, Avon is selling Women’s Empowerment Bracelets online for $3 (£1.50) each. All 100% of the net proceeds are donated to the Avon Empowerment Fund to end violence against women. At least one in three women have been abused around the world.
To purchase it and support Reese in the cause, go to www.avon.com.
The very first Avon ‘ad’ that has been released is for in fact promotion for this bracelet, check out the stunning image in the gallery!
“As honorary chair of the Avon Foundation, I’m very excited to introduce Avon’s first global charity product designed to save and improve women’s lives worldwide.
Purchase the Women’s Empowerment Bracelet for yourself and your friends. It’s a symbol of unity that represents a future without limitations for all women. It represents everything I love about this company.
Show your support, show your solidarity, show off your bracelet.”
As announced yesterday, Reese has launched a global United Nations campaign to end violence against women. The actress kicked off the beauty company’s new partnership with the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) earlier today. Avon is selling Women’s Empowerment Bracelets online for $3 (£1.50) each to benefit UNIFEM.
“Every purchase of the bracelet will help empower women 100 per cent of the profits will go directly to the Avon Empowerment Fund to support UNIFEM in their work to end violence against women. I hope to see this bracelet on the wrists of women all around the world as a sign of solidarity and hope that one day every woman will be empowered and live a life free from violence.” – Reese Witherspoon
We’ve added the first shots of Reese at the press conference and Avon/UNIFEM Global Summit for a Better Tomorrow presentation. She looks very classy and beautiful! Read on for an additional article regarding the event, courtesy of Reuters.
– Public Events: UNIFEM Women’s Day Avon Press Conference
– Public Events: UNIFEM Women’s Day & Avon Present – Global Summit for a Better Tomorrow
Avon and UNIFEM Announce Partnership to End Violence against Women and Launch of the Women’s Empowerment Bracelet
WHAT: The Global Summit for a Better Tomorrow — the keystone in a series of Avon initiatives to raise awareness of International Women’s Day — takes place at the United Nations on Tuesday, March 4th. The Summit is held together with the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), in celebration of International Women’s Day, which will be recognized globally on March 8, 2008. It is a holiday whose history can be traced back 150 years and is celebrated in countries all over the world.
At a UN press conference prior to the Summit, Avon and UNIFEM will announce a new public-private partnership that represents the largest corporate one-year grant made to the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women.
MORE: Avon Global Ambassador Reese Witherspoon is unveiling the company’s first global fundraising product, the Women’s Empowerment Bracelet. The bracelet will sell for US$3 each and all net profits will be donated to the Avon Empowerment Fund. In 2008, the Avon Foundation will match the first US$500,000 in bracelet sales for a total donation of US$1 million to the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. These resources will bolster critical work to prevent and reduce the prevalence of violence against women. Starting March 4, consumers can purchase the bracelets by going online at http://www.avon.com.
B-ROLL: Interviews with Reese Witherspoon, Suze Orman, Andrea Jung (Avon Products, Inc. Chairman and CEO) and Joanne Sandler (UNIFEM Executive Director a.i.), Reese Witherspoon Empowerment Bracelet announcement, Andrea Jung announcement of the Empowerment Fund, and additional highlights.
Reese: “Children just equal trash!”
Ellen: “Well let’s not quote you on that!”
I have finally gotten Reese’s Feb 28 Ellen appearance added to the site. I had a lot of things that went on during the weekend so online duties went to the back burner so I apologize for the wait. Again I just love her Ellen appearances, she’s always so adorable and funny on these! I have made screencaps of all of her goofy faces too. PS – Still looking for a clip of Regis (one that I we can actually encode/cap) thanks.
Talk Shows from 2008: Ellen – February 28
2008 Interviews – Ellen – February 28
Penelope opened in the US this weekend. It came in number #8 at the box office, earning another $4 million. It’s total grosss is over $10+ million thus far including its previous overseas sales.
1. Semi-Pro, $15.3 million.
2. Vantage Point, $13 million.
3. Spiderwick Chronicles, $8.8 million.
4.The Other Boleyn Girl, $8.3 million
5. Jumper, $7.6 million.
6. Step Up 2 The Streets, $5.7 million.
7. Fool’s Gold, $4.7 million.
8. Penelope, $4 million.
9. No Country For Old Men, $4 million.
10. Juno, $3.4 million
And it seems a lot of the reviews are mixed. Some people really love the film and find it genuinely heartwarming while others did not like it at all. But I’d love to know what the Reese fans think! If you wish to share your comments you may do so in the forum or by commenting on articles.
Penelope is now in US theatres! I’m personally very excited and hope to see it this weekend, you should definitely do the same!
Q: There is a scene with you riding on the back of a Vespa with Reese Witherspoon. What was that like?
Ricci: Well it was sort of odd. She flew in the day after she won her Oscar, and then maybe two days after that we were on the back of the Vespa and I’m wearing this out-of-context, somewhat ridiculous coat and scarf and she’s got the dorky helmet on and the whole gear. We’re not really driving the Vespa, we’re just riding on the back of it, on a trailer. And we were going through London streets and people all over were just yelling, “Reese! That’s Reese Witherspoon!” and they were honking. It was hilarious. I was just saying, “This is amazing. You know, 72 hours ago you were dressed in a gown and holding a gorgeous golden Oscar, and now you’re being totally made fun of, on a Vespa in the streets of London.” It was kind of hysterical.