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'Supernatural' Fans & Star Misha Collins Bring ''Hope To Haiti'' Through Voluntary Trip

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 16th 2011 10:30AM
There has always been a stigma attached to the word "fan." Thanks to Hollywood, it conjures up images of pale, socially awkward young men who occupy their parents' basements and spend their time playing Dungeons and Dragons or debating the minutiae of 'Star Trek' episodes on the internet (both of which are totally valid lifestyle choices, by the way).

In reality, everyone is a fan of something. Even if you don't frequent online message boards to dissect the shocking twist at the end of last week's 'Vampire Diaries,' or dress up like a warrior princess for a weekend in the woods with your buddies, find me a person who doesn't obsess over sports or fashion or cars or another vice of choice.

The Random Acts team in Haiti

Being a "fan" is a badge of honor you should wear with pride, something that binds you to a much wider community of equally passionate, equally inspiring people. The abstract concept of "fandom" illustrates that, even in an age where some argue we're more disconnected than ever -- conducting our friendships through the sphere of social networking and the magic of electronic devices -- we're still part of something larger than ourselves.

Occasionally, that community of like-minded geniuses can band together to change the world, or at least change a life or two, as was the case with Random Acts' "Hope to Haiti" trip.

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Tick Tock! Bid on 'Lost,' 'Terriers,' 'Mad Men' Charity Auction Items Before They're Gone

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 14th 2010 12:15PM
Time's running out in the Swag for Charity auction. So if you want to pick up some cool TV-related items (and receive them before Christmas), get over to eBay and enter your bids. The bidding on a number of these items ends in a few hours, so don't delay.

Here are just a few of the items being sold in the eBay auction, which benefits the medical charity Partners in Health:

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Swag for Charity: Buy Cool TV Stuff, Help Those in Need

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 3rd 2010 3:40PM
Last spring, after a major earthquake hit Haiti, I tried to think of a way to help the people of that devastated country.

I ended up putting dozens of TV-related promotional items, pieces of memorabilia, DVDs and books up for auction on eBay, and TV fans bowled me over with their support for the cause. Over the course of a month or so, between the eBay auctions and some other efforts, we raised more than $12,000 for Partners in Health, a respected medical charity with clinics and doctors all over Haiti.

Given how well that went (and I give a ton of the credit to the readers who bought things and to a dedicated crew of 'Chuck' fans who helped a lot with the whole enterprise), I thought I'd try another eBay charity auction during this holiday season. This time, there are items from 'True Blood,' 'House,' 'Fringe,' 'Community,' 'Supernatural,' Conan O'Brien's show, 'Doctor Who' and several other shows for sale. One hundred percent of the purchase price of every eBay auction item will go to Partners in Health.

Read on for more info on what's being offered right now and what kind of items will be up for auction soon.

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High Heel-a-Thon Returns to 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (VIDEO)

by Kelly Woo, posted Sep 12th 2010 11:00AM
Regis and KellyLadies, put on those Manolos and take your marks. 'Live With Regis and Kelly' is bringing back its "High Heel-a-thon" next week. On Wed., Sept. 22, Kelly Ripa will join women across country to run in high heels for charity, cash and other prizes.

Anyone who wants to participate can register at highheelathon.com by donating $20 to The Heart Truth® Campaign. And guys -- don't feel left out. There's a separate 50-yard dash for gentlemen.

Check out a preview clip featuring a group of women from New Jersey who are ready to run:

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'One Tree Hill' Star Sophia Bush Talks Twitter and the Continuing Crisis in the Gulf

by Laura Prudom, posted Sep 8th 2010 3:20PM
Sophia BushLast week, we threw the spotlight on a number of CW actors who are dedicated to making a difference to our world through charitable contributions and random acts of kindness. One such star was Sophia Bush, the vivacious actress who has portrayed Brooke Davis through seven seasons of 'One Tree Hill'.

Previously wary of social media and its lack of privacy, Bush has recently joined the Twitter revolution and started her own blog in order to communicate with fans and share her inspiring passion for environmentalism and humanitarian aid.

TV Squad recently caught up with Bush to learn more about the charitable foundation she holds close to her heart, and to discover the ways in which we can all contribute to making the world a greener, cleaner place.

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EXCLUSIVE! CW Stars Sophia Bush and Misha Collins Give Back

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 31st 2010 10:45AM
Sophia BushEveryone loves an underdog -- and in terms of ratings, few can deny that The CW often seems like a scrappy featherweight trapped in the primetime ring with four heavy-hitters.

But when it comes to making a difference in the lives of fans and the public at large, (even those who are too impoverished to own a television), it seems as though the CW network might just be the undisputed heavyweight champion. (We're done with the boxing metaphors now, we promise.)

Whether it's raising money for the clean-up in the Gulf following BP's catastrophic oil spill, finding homes for abandoned dogs, aiding in the rebuilding of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina or helping orphans in Haiti, the passion and dedication of the CW's stars is tireless and undeniably inspiring.

Over the weekend, TV Squad caught up with Sophia Bush of 'One Tree Hill' and 'Supernatural' star Misha Collins to discuss their latest charitable projects and give advice to anyone who wants to help change the world, one random act of kindness at a time.

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'Glee' Premiere to Be Screened for Charity

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 30th 2010 1:50PM
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Is the marketing and promotion for 'Glee' stoking the flames of enthusiasm among the fans or do they risk overdoing it by jumping at every opportunity to hype the show? Can't say for sure, but as long as the Gleeks are screaming in joy, they must be doing something right. And the latest idea is not only good for the show, it's good for charity, too.

Fox is arranging a sneak preview of the spring premiere in movie theaters around the country. Fans will be able to see the show a week before the program airs on Fox, Tuesday, April 13 (at the special time of 9:28 PM), and on the big screen as well.

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'Mad Men' Star Christina Hendricks Sells Red Carpet Dress for Charity

by Robin Milling, posted Jan 17th 2010 9:00AM

'Mad Men' star Christina Hendricks will strut the 16th Annual SAG Awards red carpet dressed to the nines for a cause: After the show she'll auction the dress to benefit the 'Clothes Off Our Back' charity.

"It's really a great organization because it's different celebrities donating their clothes," she said. "We always go to these amazing events and wear these beautiful clothes and only get to wear them once. This is an opportunity for someone else to enjoy it and wear it and at the same time you're donating (money) to these wonderful children's charities. It's really a great, great thing."

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What You Missed Last Night: Andy Richter controls the universe

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 18th 2009 2:30PM
This season, Jeopardy is doing a Million Dollar Celebrity Tournament. One episode a month will have three celebrities battling to see who gets to play for one million dollars for their charity later in the season. A lot of fans don't like the celebrity editions. It breaks up the flow of the regular champion coming back, the questions are easier than the regular game, etc. But last night's episode was fun.

The three celebrities who played the first game of this season's tournament were Wolf Blitzer, Dana Delany, and Andy Richer...and Richter won! Actually, it's not even fair to say he "won," he crushed Blizter and Delany. The game was over way before they even got to the Final Jeopardy round. Blitzer didn't even make it to that round (I cringed when he added an "S" to Julia Child's last name because I knew the money would be taken away), but they let him play anyway.

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The Office's Gervais will design Manbag for charity

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jun 20th 2009 9:03AM
Ricky Gervais will design a Manbag to fight prostate cancer.Ricky Gervais of The Office and Extras fame is going to design a man purse -- but it's for a good cause.

The U.K.'s Prostrate Cancer Charity (part of the Charity Aids Foundation) asked television stars and other celebrities to design a man's handbag for The Manbag Company. Each unique design will be auctioned off to fight prostate cancer.

Of course, Gervais is a funny man and a cool, self-effacing celeb. But, it'll be interesting to see if even he can make something as inherently uncool as a man purse into swag a guy will want to spend money on -- cancer be damned.

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Charity doesn't make for better TV

by Michael Pascua, posted Jun 8th 2009 2:04PM
The contestants of I'm A Celebrity quickly get out of the tank.I can't watch I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! The show is basically Big Brother but with an unwillingness to compete. Why do celebrities sign up for physically and mentally demanding reality shows when they don't want to compete? I'm looking at you, Dustin Diamond. To attempt to get some viewer sympathy, the celebrities are playing for charity. I feel bad for the charities that Heidi and Spencer have because I wouldn't want their douchebag antics associated with the charity's image.

Celebrity reality shows can succeed without having to play the charity card. It's all about maintaining the quality level.

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Would you like some Hamm with your lunch?

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 9th 2009 1:04PM
Jon HammHave you ever had a fantasy in which you had lunch with your favorite television celebrity? Well, if you have the cash on hand, now's your chance. Celebrity lunches up for auction include Jon Hamm, Nathan Fillion and Kevin Smith, among others (Patrick Duffy? He's still around?). All proceeds benefit the Adrienne Shelly Foundation for female filmmakers.

Honestly, if you did participate in the auction and win one of the lunches, what would you say to the person? I've been tongue-tied in front of celebrities before, when I was much younger. Would you simply ask how they're doing? Would you try to promote that script you've been working on for year? Would you have to buy the lunch, or would the celebrity pay?

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Tony Soprano's bloody costume auctioned for charity

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 26th 2008 11:02AM
Tony's garbYesterday at Christie's in New York, Tony Soprano's costumes went up for auction. You not going to believe how much money a bloody wifebeater goes for these days. One fan of the show paid $43,750 for the outfit pictured to the right: a bloody tank, a stained button down shirt, and pants. The outfit was the one the Jersey mob boss wore when Uncle Junior mistakenly shot him.

Also up for bid was a four-piece set containing boxers, a robe, a sleeveless undershirt, and a pair of slippers (a costume Gandolfini donned many times on the show). It took home $21,250. Another robe (the tan one with an "S" monogram that Gandolfini wore in the pilot) went for $13.750. Overall, the iconic mafia boss's clothes brought in over $185,000.

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Who gets when Idol gives back?

by Jon Peter Lewis, posted Apr 25th 2007 12:40PM

Jon Peter LewisDisguise it however you want. Call it "giving back" and dress Simon up in a white shirt -- it's still a telethon. But, there's no shame in telethons.

I lived abroad for a couple of years and had the opportunity to get to know extremely needy people from many different countries. I remember one from Nigeria who was one of two survivors in a party of 20 that hiked across the Sahara desert and crossed the Straight of Gibraltar to live a better life in Spain. That meant picking melons in the field and living on dirt floors in a house with a bunch of other families -- and he was the lucky one.

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CBS specials to raise money for children

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 15th 2007 8:03AM

CBSThis July, CBS will broadcast two specials geared toward raising money for disadvantaged children around the world.

The first special, Why Listen, will follow six different celebrities to different countries where they'll meet children and learn about organizations designed to help them.

The second special, Listen Live, as the title indicates, will be broadcast live and will feature the usual celebrities and music acts synonymous with these kind of television events. Viewers, of course, can also call in and donate. There is no official word yet on who will appear on the two specials.

The specials are both tied to the Listen Charity, an organization that doles out funds to over two-hundred different charitable organizations for disadvantaged children.

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