January 5, 2012

January 5, 2012

Top 20 Celebs Gone Good for 2011

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Thursday and I hope you are having a safe and great week so far. It is another busy day for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

Yesterday, I started a blog titled Top 20 Celebs Gone Good for 2011 that I would like to finish today.

10. Demi Levato

Instead of shying away from her personal struggles during 2011, Demi teamed up with the Jed Foundation to get people talking about bullying and body image. “Love is Louder Than the Pressure to Be Perfect” was a campaign to get girls to take action on these issues, and Demi lead the way by acting as spokesperson and guest editor for Seventeen Magazine.

9. Dwight Howard

In addition to starting his self-named foundation, the NBA star is President of the Orlando-based D12 foundation. As part of his presidential duties, he’s added a teen recreation room at a local hospital, met with special olympic athletes, and collected food for the hunger organization Blessings in a Backpack.

8. Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie

Through their Jolie-Pitt foundation, this star couple donated $340,000 to the Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid in Somalia to help put an end to human suffering. And while Brad has been rebuilding New Orleans homes with his organization Make It Right, Angie continues to meet with politicians to discuss issues like active land mines.

7. Ellen Degeneres

This hilarious comedienne helped against HIV/AIDS this year. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named her a special envoy for Global AIDS awareness, and through her television show and celebrity platform, Ellen will help spread awareness about the cause.

6. Matt Damon

This year the co-founder of water.org helped discourage bottled water use with his PSA character Damon Clause. This Santa-type alter ego wants everyone to purchase the year’s hottest new toy—the reusable water bottle. Matt also spoke at the Save our Schools March, a protest against education policies based on standardized tests.

5. Leonardo DeCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio takes on many environmental and animal rights roles, including global ambassador for IFAW’s Animal Action education program. This past year Leo helped the organization launch their global petition against ivory trade to help save elephants.

4. Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith

This A-list couple wants to see straight A’s from kids; the Will & Jada Pinkett Smith foundation funds educational projects nationwide. For instance, after hearing that a Philadelphia high school was robbed of computers last spring, they donated over two dozen Apple computers to the campus within 24 hours.

3. George Clooney

George isn’t just gorgeous and talented. He’s a primary celeb advocate for human rights in Sudan. The actor wrote a Washington Post editorial calling for sanctions against the country’s political regime. According to Kerry Kennedy, the President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, “Not only is George an important contributor to the Center, but he’s an inspiration to us all.”

2. Justin Beiber

Bieber’s contributions have raised him from last year's #10 spot to second place. He launched the Believe Charity Drive, which benefits multiple causes like music education and children’s cancer. Additionally, Justin encouraged his fans to participate in the Pencils of Promise campaign Schools 4 All, which raises funds for new schools worldwide.

and now for the celebrity who made the most of their popularity and following:

1. Lady Gaga

Gaga campaigned all year for anti-bullying legislation, and she has announced the start of her own organization: the Born This Way Foundation. The charity has yet to launch, but she’s already got Barney’s New York donating 25 percent of the proceeds from her Gaga’s Workshop to the foundation. The lady also continued her advocacy for AIDS/HIV this year by joining MAC cosmetics to help create a new lipstick where 100 percent of sales benefit MAC AIDS fund.

Now what are you going to do to make a difference? Anyone can do it. You do not have to be a celebrity to change the world one person at a time.

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

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab