January 4, 2012

January 4, 2012

Top 20 Celebs Gone Good for 2011

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Wednesday and Hump Day! We have almost made it through the middle of another work week. I hope you are having a safe and great week so far. It is another busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

Having lived in Los Angeles in the 90s, I know some celebrities who use they popularity for good. So which of the celebrities did so in 2011? And did any of them do it to help people with HIV/AIDS?

20. Taylor Swift

Taylorís career and donations are the same: monumental. She gave away $1 million dollars this year, including $500,000 to the Nashville rebuilding effort. Taylor also performed in several benefit concerts, and she auctioned off her homeís tap water on behalf of UNICEFís Tap Project campaign.

19. Coldplay

Coldplay recently hosted a benefit concert and comedy performance called Under 1 Roof. Over 15,000 fans attended the concert that helped raise funds for Kids Company, an organization that aids children suffering from abuse and neglect.

18. Miley Cyrus

Miley helps out with bullying and the troops, but this year she spent a lot of time with the Starkey Hearing Foundation. She traveled to Haiti with the organization to help provide hearing aids to those in need. Miley also advocated for hearing loss prevention, encouraging teens to lower their music to a safe level (85% of Mileyís facebook fans agreed to join the movement).

17. Daniel Radcliffe

In 2011, Daniel continued his longtime involvement with The Trevor Project, an organization that offers suicide-prevention support to LGBT teens. His consistent appearance in PSAs and at speaking events earned him the organizationís Hero Award.

16. Lea Michele

Lea Michele is using her powerful voice to ban horse-drawn carriages. A devoted advocate for PETA, Lea recently filmed a shocking video that shows the brutal conditions the horses are forced to endure. Lea also inspires her followers to get involved by tweeting information about animal cruelty.

15. Nick Cannon

Having twins didnít slow Nick down this year. He produced and hosted Nickelodeonís HALO Awards, a show dedicated to featuring kids that help others. Nick also provided his host talents at a 3-day event with Toys for Tots, plus he was the face of Feeding Americaís campaign Stomp Out Hunger.

14. Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert

These country sweethearts bring their talented voices to important issues. Miranda Lambert fundraises to end domestic violence through the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation. Blake Shelton helps out by hosting disaster relief concerts to benefit victims like those in the Joplin, Missouri tornado.

13. Will.i.am

Last August, the Black Eyed Peas member helped to launch The Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academies, which encourage young people to use artistic skills for social change. Heís also on the Board of Directors of the Grammy Foundation, helping to promote music and arts education.

12. Ashton Kutcher & Demi Moore

While this couple ended in 2011, their impact around human-trafficking didnít. As founders of the DNA Foundation, they both travel abroad to encourage leaders to support anti-trafficking policies. This past year was the premier of the coupleís celeb-studded PSA series entitled Real Men Donít Buy Girls, as well as Demiís documentary Nepalís Stolen Children.

11, Shakira

This artist is all about education. As Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, Shakira visited India in November to promote learning among girls in impoverished areas. Back home, Barack Obama recently appointed her as advisor to the Presidentís Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

I will blog about the top ten celebrities doing good in the blog tomorrow.

Hope you have a great Wednesday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab