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Rock for Ruben

Rock for Ruben

Cancer Fund

Ruben Velasco is a 39-year old professional touring guitar technician who has worked with Rick Springfield, John5 of the Rob Zombie band and many others. In his battle against his stage four cancer, some of the biggest names in music have stepped forward with one-of-a-kind artifacts to auction off on his behalf including Weezer, Sammy Hagar, Maroon 5, KISS, and the Goo Goo Dolls. “Rock for Ruben” culminates with a special benefit concert at the House Of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles on August 20th.

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Rock for Ruben

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20th Music Festival for Brain Health

20th Music Festival for Brain Health

IfOnly has teamed up with the Music Festival for Brain Health. Our teams have curated an incredible collection of truly one of a kind experiences. Auction proceeds will benefit IMHRO, One Mind and The Tug McGraw Foundation – partnering to cure brain disorders. Bid on amazing packages featuring Tim McGraw, Glenn Close, Jewel and more. Along with the online auction, the two-day concert event will take place in the stunning Napa valley. To learn more about the event and the non-profit organizations involved, visit www.music-festival.org.

20th Music Festival for Brain Health Support

IMHRO, One Mind and The Tug McGraw Foundation

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Joe De Sena

Joe De Sena

Spartan Race CEO

Joe De Sena is the CEO and co-founder of Spartan Race obstacle courses. A lifelong entrepreneur, Joe has done everything from starting a t-shirt business to creating a Wall Street trading firm. In 2000, Joe moved to Vermont in an attempt to get back to the primal basics, immersing himself in the local landscape and throwing himself into adventure racing. His belief in endurance as a form of personal transformation led him to create Spartan Races, a series of obstacle courses designed to push your limits, test your strength, and challenge your endurance. Passionate about solving the childhood obesity crisis, Joe is on a mission to “rip one million people off the couch and into a healthy lifestyle.”

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The 431 Project

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Kesha

Kesha

Singer, Songwriter

Kesha’s taken the world by storm since the release of her debut album Animal in 2010.  That year she was declared Billboard's Hot 100 Artist and her smash debut single "TiK ToK" was named Billboard's #1 Hot 100 Song and was the most played song. Kesha’s had eight consecutive Top 10 hits. Kesha’s latest “Timber” was #1 on Top 40 & #1 on iTunes in over 66 countries. She has over 33 million Facebook likes, 3.6 million Twitter followers and close to a billion views on YouTube. In 2012 Kesha released a photo journal entitled My Crazy Beautiful Life, a precursor to her wildly successful MTV Show “Kesha: My Crazy Beautiful Life.” Currently, she is an expert on ABC’s singing competition show “Rising Star.”

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Humane Society International

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The Offspring

The Offspring

Rock Band

Dexter Holland (vocals, guitar), Noodles (guitar), Greg K (bass) and Pete Parada (drums) are The Offspring, one of rock's most exciting and enduring bands.  The Offspring have performed over 1100 shows across the globe and sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.  Their 1994 release Smash remains the highest-selling album of all-time on an independent label.  Among the band's best-known hits are the rock anthems "Self Esteem," "Come Out And Play (Keep 'Em Separated)," "The Kids Aren't Alright" and "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid."

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Music For Relief

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Shalini Vadhera

Shalini Vadhera

Beauty Expert and Entrepreneur

Shalini Vadhera’s rise from jewelry and fashion entrepreneur, to celebrity make-up artist, to best-selling author, to a favorite guest of Dr. Oz, The Today Show, and The View to the founder of a $21-million dollar global cosmetics company is nothing short of remarkable. From writing the best-selling book Passport to Beauty, to winning Oprah's coveted Beauty O~ward in 2009, Vadhera's sterling reputation and vast knowledge on exotic ingredients and cultures around the world placed her in demand as a spokesperson and consultant for many Fortune 500 Companies. Currently working on her next book, Vadhera continues to coach and empower women entrepreneurs all over the world.

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Girl2B

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Mountain Winery Concert Series

Mountain Winery Concert Series

Concert Series

Nestled in the foothills of Northern California, the Mountain Winery is one of the most beautiful music venues on the west coast. In 1958 a concert bowl was added to the property, and since then the Mountain Winery has provided concertgoers with an unmatched setting. Ivy-covered stone walls and cathedral-like entrances lend performances a uniquely rustic, Old World feel. This year the Mountain Winery welcomes world-class acts like The Beach Boys, Lynyrd Skynyrd, B.B. King, and more, including the annual “Under the Sun” concert with alternative rock stars Sugar Ray, Blues Traveler, and Smash Mouth.

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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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Switchfoot

Switchfoot

Rock Band

Taking their name from a popular surf term, Switchfoot formed under the sunny skies of San Diego in 1996. Consisting of members John Foreman, Tim Foreman, Chad Butler, Jerome Fontamillas, and Drew Shirley, they burst onto the scene a few years later when four of their songs were included in the hit movie A Walk To Remember. Later that year they released the album that made them a mainstream hit, The Beautiful Letdown, which went on to sell over 2 million copies worldwide. The band has also achieved critical acclaim, winning the Best Rock Album Grammy in 2011 for their seventh studio album, Hello Hurricane.

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Switchfoot Bro-Am Foundation

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Ray LaMontagne

Ray LaMontagne

Musician

American singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne has been turning heads since the release of his 2004 debut album "Trouble." Rumor has it that after hearing the song “Treetop Flyer” while working at a shoe factory in Maine, Ray decided to quit his job and become a musician. His raspy voice and heartfelt lyrics struck a chord, and he quickly became a favorite for fans of folk, roots, and classic rock music. Describing his music as melody-driven, the soulful artist has won three Boston Music Awards, an XM Nation Music Award, and a Grammy Award. Perhaps best known for his bluesy folk songs and unique vocal style, Ray has just released his fifth studio album, “Supernova.”

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Sweet Relief

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Anthony Carruesco

Anthony Carruesco

Fly fishing guide Anthony Carruesco grew up fishing for trout and steelhead along the streams and rivers of Northern California. While getting his degree in Environmental Science, Anthony held an internship with the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network and conducted two years of research on Pacific salmon and steelhead population declines. Since Guide School, Anthony has spent summers guiding in Alaska at Wilderness Place Lodge and currently at Kulik Lodge. Anthony’s passion for fly fishing and the outdoors is infectious, and his easy going personality and exceptional technical skills are appreciated by all. 

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The Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club

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LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy

Professional Football Player

With devastating quickness and unparalleled agility, LeSean McCoy has made a name for himself as one of the most dynamic players in the NFL. A former All-American at Pittsburgh, the Philadelphia Eagles running back holds numerous franchise records (including most yards in a game, most yards in a season, and most touchdowns in a season), and finished 2013 as football's rushing leader and the NFC's offensive player of the year. But LeSean's career is just hitting its peak – with only five seasons under his belt, the two-time Pro Bowler looks to lead the Eagles to a championship and solidify his position as arguably the best running back in football.

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Shades of Greatness

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Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent

Musician

Ted Nugent has carved a permanent place in rock and roll history as the guitar-shredding showman, selling more than 40 million albums, performing more than 6,400 high-octane concerts, and setting attendance records at venues around the globe. Ted’s no-holds barred career spans five decades, and has been featured on A&E’s Biography and on VH1’s Behind the Music. Named Detroit’s greatest guitar player of all time by readers of MLive!, Nugent performed for 55,000 marines, sailors and families at Camp Pendleton’s Rockin’ the Corps, was honored to join fellow musician Toby Keith on a USO Tour of the Persian Gulf, and has donated in excess of 6,000 concerts and backstage passes to individual troops stateside.

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Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids

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Rita Hazan

Rita Hazan

Colorist

Rita Hazan is the most sought after colorists in the world. Known for setting beauty trends and reinventing celebrities, Rita has created signature looks for stars such as Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry and Beyonce. Additionally, she is responsible for the transformational color work on Oprah’s popular makeover episodes and her noteworthy hue work with Céline Dion in Las Vegas. The loyalty of Rita’s celebrity and personal clientele is attributed to her innate understanding of what looks best on women from a woman’s perspective and her keen eye for detail. In 2003, Rita opened a luxurious, full-service beauty salon on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

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Dress for Success

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Martin Brock

Martin Brock

Chef

As a chef with New York City’s hot spot Blue Ribbon Brasserie, Martin Brock brings his modern-European cuisine, which is rooted in classic French techniques, to the restaurant’s gourmet American fare. Chef Brock honed his skills with a culinary education in his native Germany, followed by stints in the kitchens of several Michelin-starred restaurants throughout Europe. In the United States, he has delighted diners at famed restaurants such as Gary Danko in San Francisco, and New York City’s Atria and Grayz. Those who haven’t had an opportunity to taste his culinary artistry first-hand might have witnessed it on the Food Network’s Chopped, where he was the winner of a February 2010 episode.

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Citymeals-on-Wheels

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Pati Dubroff

Pati Dubroff

Makeup Artist

Pati Dubroff is one of the most talented makeup artists in Hollywood. Top fashion photographers such as Annie Leibovitz, Tom Munro, and Patrick Demarchelier regularly collaborate with her on photo shoots for VogueVanity FairInStyleGlamourWHarper’s Bazaar, AllureELLE, and more. Pati creates classic yet distinguished looks that are immediately recognizable on the red carpet. She has gained a loyal following of Hollywood’s most beautiful stars and fashion models, including Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Bosworth, Naomi Watts, Jessica Biel, Eva Mendes, Gisele Bündchen, and more.

Pati Supports

Every Mother Counts

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Monika Blunder

Monika Blunder

Makeup Artist

Austrian makeup artist Monika Blunder quickly made a name for herself upon arriving in Los Angeles. After training extensively in Germany, she worked as an assistant to legendary makeup artists Kevyn Aucoin and Paul Starr. It wasn’t long before her talent and kind spirit allowed her to secure her own list of A-list clients, including Jennifer Lawrence, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jessica Alba, Amanda Seyfried, and Taylor Schilling. Monika continues to hone her craft by working in partnership with many of the industry’s top photographers, including Patrick Demarchelier, Sante D’Orazio, Mark Abrahams, Wayne Maser, and Norman Jean Roy.

Monika Supports

Make-A-Wish Foundation

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Lori Goldstein

Lori Goldstein

Fashion Stylist, Entrepreneur, and Designer

Iconic stylist Lori Goldstein’s credo, “everything goes with anything,” has come to define her signature aesthetic as well as the scope and depth of her storied career. Her work covers a vast range, from collaborations with photographers Annie Leibovitz at Vanity Fair and Steven Meisel at Vogue Italia, to styling for designers Donatella Versace and Vera Wang, to her most recent—and perhaps proudest—accomplishment: LOGO by Lori Goldstein, an exclusive collection for QVC. Her robust career also includes styling for Allure, BCBG, H&M, and Gap.

Lori Supports

Dress for Success Columbus

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Leslie Fremar

Leslie Fremar

Stylist

Leslie Fremar is one of the industry’s most coveted celebrity stylists. Known for her sophisticated and impeccable eye, Leslie began her fashion career at Vogue prior to becoming the in-house Director of Celebrity Relations at Prada. Her superior sense of style and innate understanding of celebrity dressing has produced some of fashion’s most iconic red carpet moments. Leslie’s clients include Charlize Theron, Julianne Moore, Jennifer Connelly, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Reese Witherspoon, and Scarlett Johansson. In addition, she has worked with a broad range of influential photographers including Alec Soth, Annie Leibovitz, David Bailey, Mario Testino, Mary Ellen Mark, and Matthew Rolston.

Leslie Supports

Children's Cancer Research Fund

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Katey Denno

Katey Denno

Makeup Artist

Makeup artist Katey Denno is one of the industry's most exciting stars. Her intrinsic talent combined with her holistic respect for the earth and her commitment to supporting local, sustainable, and organic products has made her a favorite for celebrities like Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Christy Turlington, and Susan Sarandon. Katey's dedication to the green beauty industry has led her to create the holistic beauty blog, The Beauty of it Is, where she promotes natural mind and body wellness by testing and sharing her finds of the best in the world in green beauty. Her work has been featured in top magazines including Vogue, Glamour, Elle, and InStyle

Katey Supports

Planned Parenthood

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Kate Young

Kate Young

Stylist

Stylist Kate Young has one of the most varied and respected resumes in fashion. She is sought after by Hollywood celebrities for Oscar night, top publications for cover shoots, and mega brands for advertising campaigns. Kate has designed vegan shoes with Natalie Portman and luxury lingerie for Triumph Japan. Most recently, she launched NAME TK, her line of fine wool knitwear for women and children. Kate began her career at Vogue assisting Anna Wintour and Tonne Goodman and today she is one of the most sought after red carpet stylists in Los Angeles. Her clients include A-listers Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz, Emilia Clarke, and Michelle Williams.

Kate Supports

The Edible Schoolyard Project

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Jen Atkin

Jen Atkin

Hair Stylist

As a hairstylist to glamorous Hollywood stars Jennifer Lopez, Sofia Vergara, Katy Perry, and Cindy Crawford, Jen Atkin is renowned for her ability to meld traditional beauty with the latest trends. She’s been behind the scenes at shows for Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, and Christian Dior, and her work is often in the pages of Vogue, InStyle, ELLE,and Esquire, shot by preeminent photographers like Annie Leibovitz, Walter Chin, and Patrick Demarchelier. In addition, Jen is frequently called on by household names like Kim and Khloe Kardashian and Chrissy Teigen to create their chic looks.  

Jen Supports

Baby2Baby

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Danilo

Danilo

Hair Stylist

Danilo is the creative force behind many of popular culture’s most iconic hairstyles. His looks have appeared in award-winning movies, major television shows, music videos, advertising campaigns, and on fashion runways. Glamorous stars Gwen Stefani, Cate Blanchette, Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson, Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, Scarlett Johansson, and Lady Gaga regularly call on him to create their distinctive styles. Danilo has received innumerable awards celebrating his talent and is involved in a multitude of charities, including the Life Ball (for twenty-one years), amfAR, DIFFA, PETA, and the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Danilo Supports

Doctors Without Borders

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Andy Lecompte

Andy Lecompte

Hair Stylist

Andy Lecompte is one of the most sought after editorial and celebrity hair stylists in the industry today. He began his career at the famed Los Angeles salon Privé, where he immediately caught the interest of Hollywood’s elite. The Andy Lecompte Salon, his eponymous salon, has been touted by Vogue as “one of LA’s most appointment-worthy—and celeb-heavy—beauty spots.” Andy’s A-list clientele includes Madonna, Penelope Cruz, Salma Hayek, Nicole Richie, Fergie, Megan Fox, and more. His groundbreaking work has been photographed for covers of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, GQ, and W.

Andy Supports

Raising Malawi

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Backstreet Boys

Backstreet Boys

Boy Band

The Backstreet Boys may have grown up, but the pop quintet continues to find new fans with the smooth harmonies and romantic ballads that made them the best selling boy band of all time. Formed amid the teen idol craze of the mid-90s, BSB quickly rose above the rest with a string of top ten hits like "As Long As You Love Me," "Larger Than Life," and "I Want It That Way." 1999's Millenium, the classic R&B album that defined sing-along pop for a generation, is certified 13x Platinum, making it one of the best selling albums of all time. Now, 20 years and 130 million album sales later, Backstreet's back for their "In A World Like This Tour." Catch them live when they roll through your city this summer.

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The American Red Cross - Get Prepared California!

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Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen

TV Host, Author

Andy Cohen is building an empire out of exciting television. The Emmy Award-winning host made his mark as an executive producer on hit shows like Project RunwayMillionaire Matchmaker, and the Real Housewives franchise. Since 2009 he has hosted Bravo's Watch What Happens: Live, which features some of Hollywood's biggest celebrities and is the only late night show to air live. He has twice hosted the Miss Universe competition and is the author of the best-selling book Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture. In 2010, he was listed as one of TV Guide's "25 Most Influential People in Television."

Andy Supports

The American Red Cross - Get Prepared California!

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Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov

A legend in the international sports arena for his 20-year reign as the world’s #1 chess player, Kasparov was also a pioneer thanks to his famous matches against the IBM super computer Deep Blue. In 2005 Kasparov retired from professional chess to lead the pro-democracy opposition against the dictatorial regime of Vladimir Putin, including a run for the presidency of Russia in 2008. Kasparov is a popular speaker to business groups around the world on topics of strategy, innovation and leadership. His 2007 book on decision-making How Life Imitates Chess has been published in over a dozen languages. He has been a contributing editor to the Wall Street Journal since 1991.

Frank Gore

Frank Gore

Professional Football Player

San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore has spent his nine-year NFL career breaking records, and he is a highly respected player among his peers, coaches, and fans. Frank, renowned for his almost miraculous ability to read the field and squeeze through the smallest of gaps, is one of the best running backs in the NFL and has been selected to play in five Pro Bowls. As the heart of the team’s offense, Frank was a central figure in the 49ers turnaround that began in 2011 when they won the NFC West division and reached the NFC championship game. In 2012, Frank helped lead the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII, and continues to hold the record as the team’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns.

Frank Supports

National Kidney Foundation

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Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield

Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Author

Whether he's playing a heartthrob doctor on “General Hospital or singing one of the biggest radio hits of the '80s, Rick Springfield has made a career out of capturing both eyes and ears. Since 1972 he has released 17 studio albums and 34 singles, including the worldwide number one hit "Jessie's Girl," which earned him a Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance in 1981. Rick is also an accomplished actor and author. He has written two New York Times best sellers and played Dr. Noah Drake on the daytime drama General Hospital. His autobiography Late, Late at Night was on Rolling Stone's list of "The 25 Great Rock Memoirs of All Time" and his new novel Magnificent Vibration came out to critical acclaim in May.

Rick Supports

Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation

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Shafer Vineyards

Shafer Vineyards

Winery

Shafer Vineyards is celebrated for producing wines that remind us that richness, depth, and elegance never go out of style. The 210-acre estate is located in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District, one of the best regions in the world for Cabernet production. Shafer’s debut Cabernet became a benchmark, winning the acclaimed San Francisco Vintners Club taste-off, and later taking first place in an international blind tasting held in Germany. Called “one of the world’s greatest wineries” by preeminent critic Robert M. Parker, Jr., Shafer consistently impresses wine connoisseurs worldwide with the style of quality, consistency, and elegance that Shafer is renowned for.

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VOICES

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Gavin Rossdale

Gavin Rossdale

Bush

As lead singer of BUSH, Gavin Rossdale has been an iconic figure of modern rock for years. Following the success of their mega-platinum debut album, Sixteen Stone – followed by Razorblade Suitcase, The Science of Things, and Golden State – Gavin continued to evolve musically, forming the band Institute and releasing a solo record, Wanderlust. He has acted in hit films such as Constantine and The Bling Ring, as well as TV staples Criminal Minds and Burn Notice. In 2011, BUSH reunited with the release of their first album in nearly a decade, The Sea Of Memories, which featured the #1 hit “The Sound of Winter.” Gavin was honored with the 2013 Ivor Novello award for International Achievement In Songwriting.

Gavin Supports

North Shore Animal League

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Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe

Fashion Designer and Stylist

An unparalleled fixture in the fashion world, Rachel Zoe is a distinguished designer, stylist, and editor that is renowned for her effortless take on glamour. Heralded as one of the most influential forces working in fashion today, Rachel continually creates fashion trends by styling some of the top celebrities in Hollywood and designing pieces for her Rachel Zoe clothing line. Whether dressing A-listers for the red carpet, styling editorial spreads, lending her vast expertise to brands, mentoring young designers, or designing her ready-to-wear collection, there is no doubt that Rachel is an inspiring and unstoppable figure in the world of fashion.

Rachel Supports

Save The Children

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Biz Stone

Biz Stone

Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Twitter

Biz Stone is an American entrepreneur and co-founder of Twitter. Today, Biz is Co-Founder and CEO of the startup, Jelly. A progenitor of social media, Biz has been developing large scale systems that facilitate the open exchange of information for more than fifteen years. Having started out as an artist, Biz stresses creativity, learning from mistakes, and celebrating the triumph of humanity with a little help from technology. Inc. magazine named him Entrepreneur of the Decade, TIME listed him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, and GQ named him Nerd of the Year.

Biz Supports

Donors Choose

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Jamie Bissonnette

Jamie Bissonnette

Chef, Restaurateur

James Beard Award-winner Jamie Bissonnette has been generating quite a buzz in the culinary world. The Boston-based chef and restaurateur heads up two of the city’s most popular restaurants, Toro and Coppa. In the fall of 2013, he followed on that success with the opening of a second Toro location in Manhattan. A culinary champion in nose-to-tail cuisine, Chef Bissonnette is renowned for his exceptional charcuterie and passionate dedication to supporting local and sustainable purveyors. Chef Bissonnette has garnered critical acclaim from The Wall Street Journal, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and The New York Times, and was named “Best Chef: Northeast” by the James Beard Award Foundation.

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The James Beard Foundation

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Winner

Best Chef: Northeast
Roc Nation Summer Classic

Roc Nation Summer Classic

Charity Basketball Event

Robinson Cano and CC Sabathia will host the Summer Classic Charity Basketball Game at Barclays Center on Thursday, August 21. Sabathia and Cano will serve as captains to two celebrity basketball teams headlined by additional honorary captains, Carmelo Anthony and  Kevin Durant. The game will also feature Ne-Yo, DJ Clue, Rudy Gay, DJ Khaled, Felix Hernandez, Olympian Jazmine Fenlator, Charlie Villanueva, Victor Oladipo and more! This event will also include a slam dunk performance judged by NBA Hall of Famer Nate “Tiny” Archibald; 3-point competition; half court shooting contest; live auction and much more with a special master of ceremonies - Radio and TV Host Angie Martinez. 

Summer Classic Supports

PitCCh In Foundation and RC22 Foundation

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Dr. Jeff Meldrum

Dr. Jeff Meldrum

Professor

Dr. Jeff Meldrum is a professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University, where he teaches human anatomy in the health-professions programs as well as classes in evolution and primatology. He has published extensively on the evolutionary history of Neotropical primates and has described several new extinct species. His attention also turns to the emergence of modern human walking. His interests in cryptozoology, in particular the legendary sasquatch, came into focus when he literally crossed paths with an enigmatic set of footprints in the mountains of Washington state. 

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The Falcon Project

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Clayton Anderson

Clayton Anderson

NASA Astronaut, Engineer

Anderson joined the JSC in 1983 in the Mission Planning and Analysis Division, performing rendezvous and proximity operations trajectory designs for early space shuttle and International Space Station missions. In November 2002, Anderson completed training in the Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Skills program. He served as backup Flight Engineer for International Space Station Expeditions 12, 13 and 14. Anderson has logged 167 days in space and more than 38 hours of EVA in six spacewalks. He completed five months aboard the space station in 2007, and served aboard the STS-131 crew in 2010. Anderson is also a STEM Ambassador, Social Media Advocate, NASA Supporter, and Motivational Speaker.

Astro Clay Supports

Git-R-Done Foundation

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Rob Thomas

Rob Thomas

Lead Singer of Matchbox Twenty

After three Grammys and over 80 million albums sold, it's safe to say Rob Thomas is one of the most successful songwriters of the last decade. As the singer of Matchbox Twenty, whose seminal 1996 album Yourself or Someone Like You has become a classic of alternative rock, Rob fronted one of the biggest rock acts of the '90s. He has also led an accomplished solo career. "Smooth," a collaboration with guitarist Santana, won the 1999 Grammy for Song of the Year and ranks #1 on Billboard's Top Hot 100 Rock Songs of all time. In 2004 Rob was presented the first ever "Starlight Award" from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, given to young songwriters who have already made a significant contribution to music.

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Sidewalk Angels Foundation

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Dixie Chicks

Dixie Chicks

Band

Their music is a rootsy blend of bluegrass, country, and pop that’s made its way into the modern American songbook. A crossover sensation that can’t be classified, Dixie Chicks is comprised of sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robinson, as well as lead singer Natalie Maines. Since 1997, this super-talented trio – each member is proficient on numerous instruments – has won a whopping 13 Grammys, including Album of the Year for 2007’s Taking the Long Way and Song of the Year for “Not Ready to Make Nice”. By May 2013, with 30.5 million certified albums sold and sales of 27.2 million albums in the U.S., Dixie Chicks had become the top selling all-female band and biggest selling country group in the U.S.

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AIDS Project Los Angeles

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Chris Dewhirst

Chris Dewhirst

Senior Pilot

In November 1991 Chris Dewhirst piloted the first hot air balloon over Mount Everest. National Geographic’s film of the expedition, "Ballooning Over Everest," screened prime time in the US, Europe, and Australia. Chris’s awards include the prestigious Montgolfier Diploma from the Federation Aeronautique Internationale, the Oswald Watt Gold Medal, Australia’s highest civil aviation honor, the UK’s Salaman Trophy and the Order of Australia - a Federal Government award for his contribution to Adventure Tourism. Chris holds two world records, is the chief pilot for Picture This Ballooning, and an authorised test officer for the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority. He lives in Byron Bay, Australia. 

Chris Supports

UNICEF

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Lynn Marriott

Lynn Marriott

Top 50 Golf Instructor

World renowned instructor Lynn Marriott and her coaching partner Pia Nilsson are leaders of VISION 54, a new kind of golf instruction. Helping golfers develop a wide range of skills, Lynn and Pia's unique belief is that the technical side of the game is just one of six essential elements that must be integrated for peak performance. In 2012, Lynn was ranked as the #25 instructor in America by Golf Digest and as the #2 femaie instructor. The dynamic duo has coached players to more than 100 tour victories on the PGA, LPGA, European, and Ladies European Tours and have also co-authored the best sellers Every Shot Must Have a Purpose, The Game Before The Game, and Play Your Best Golf Now.

Lynn Supports

Khan Academy

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Pia Nilsson

Pia Nilsson

Top 50 Golf Instructor

Ranked among the top golf teachers in the world, Pia Nilsson and her coaching partner Lynn Mariott are leaders of VISION 54, a new kind of golf instruction. Helping golfers develop a range of skills, Lynn and Pia's unique belief is that technical skills are just one of six essential elements that must be integrated to allow for peak performance. In 2012, Pia was ranked as the #17 instructor in America by Golf Digest and as the #1 femaie instructor. Pia and Lynn have coached players to more than 100 tour victories on the PGA, LPGA, European, and Ladies European Tours and have co-authored the best sellers Every Shot Must Have a Purpose, The Game Before The Game, and Play Your Best Golf Now.

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Khan Academy

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Jan Reynolds

Jan Reynolds

Author, Photographer, Athlete

Jan Reynolds holds several climbing and skiing records and she was the only woman on all her record-breaking expeditions. Her most recent book, High Altitude Woman, chronicles these adventures, but also examines differences in the way men and women think, speak, and behave - a subject Jan has researched for years. Jan's other book for adults is Mother And Child which concerns how children are raised in indigenous societies around the world. Her award-winning series of children's books, Vanishing Cultures, chronicles her experiences living with an indigenous tribe on every continent. Jan has freelanced for many magazines and newspapers including Outside, National Geographic, and The New York Times

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Dana Estates

Dana Estates

Winery

Founded in 2005, Dana Estates is one of the world’s leading cabernet houses. Classic winemaking techniques are blended with the winery’s cutting edge technology, and the praised winemaking team of Philippe Melka and Cameron Vawter has created an unrivaled operation in the famed Rutherford Appellation. Comprised of three distinct vineyards – Hershey Vineyard atop Howell Mountain, Lotus Vineyard in the St. Helena foothills, and Helms Vineyard in Rutherford – the winery produces three wines, all made with tremendous precision to ensure the character of each site shines through. The limited quantity of wine produced sells primarily to the winery’s mailing list and selected restaurants.

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Clinic Ole

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Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

Fashion Designer

Oscar de la Renta is one of the most inspiring and sought after designers in the world. After apprenticing with the likes of Balenciaga in Spain and Antonio Castillo at Lanvin in Paris, the Dominican designer went off on his own in 1965. Oscar's penchant for refined, ladylike looks struck a chord with women of means and garnered Oscar numerous awards, including a CFDA Lifetime Achievement in 1990, Designer of the Year in 2000 and 2007, and an induction into the Coty Hall of Fame. From 1973-1976 and from 1986-1988 Oscar served as President of the CFDA. Oscar is also a lifelong philanthropist, involved in charities that benefit children in need as well as Cancer research.

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New Yorkers For Children

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Hamish Bowles

Hamish Bowles

Editor

As the International Editor at Large for Vogue, Hamish Bowles is recognized as one of the most respected authorities on the worlds of fashion and interior design. After beginning as Vogue’s Style Editor in 1992, Mr. Bowles was promoted to European Editor at Large in 1995 and to International Editor at Large in 2011. His current role includes overseeing all interior design features, writing profile stories, and covering fashion and contemporary culture, as well as the history of fashion and style for the magazine. He also contributes to Vogue.com through his rubric “The Hamishsphere.”

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Tipping Point

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Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts

Band

No band has sculpted modern American country music more than Rascal Flatts. With signature vocal harmonies, grand orchestral arrangements, and heartfelt ballads about love, loss, and life, the Nashville rockers turn out pop country hits almost faster than the charts can handle them. Since forming in 1999 the band has released seven albums, all of them certified platinum or higher, winning countless country music awards and becoming one of the most commercially successful bands of the last decade. In January, Rascal Flatts released the title track off their upcoming eighth album, Rewind. The band is set to hit the road with Sheryl Crow this summer for their highly-anticipated Rewind Tour.

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The American Red Cross - Get Prepared California!

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Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg

Fashion Designer

Diane von Furstenberg entered the fashion world in 1972 with a suitcase full of jersey dresses. In 1974 she created the wrap dress, which came to symbolize power and independence for an entire generation of women. By 1976, over a million had sold. After a hiatus, Diane re-launched the dress in 1997, reestablishing her company as a global luxury lifestyle brand. DVF is now sold in over 55 countries. In 2005, Diane received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and was elected CFDA president the next year. In 2012, Diane was named the most powerful woman in fashion by Forbes Magazine. Diane’s memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be, will be released in November.

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Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg

COO of Facebook

Sheryl Sandberg is COO at Facebook, overseeing the firm's business operations. Prior to Facebook, Sheryl was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Clinton, a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and an economist with the World Bank. Sheryl is the author of the number-one bestseller Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead and founder of LeanIn.Org, a global community supporting women who lean in to their ambitions. Sheryl serves on the boards of Facebook, the Walt Disney Company, Women for Women International, ONE, V-Day, and the Center for Global Development.

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Tipping Point

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Teen Choice Awards

Teen Choice Awards

Award show

There aren't many award shows that can corral so many young stars in one place like the Teen Choice Awards. Handing out custom-made surfboards to winners, the show honors the most popular celebrities and the very best in sports, movies, TV, and music from the past year. It's an annual star-studded show for the best up-and-coming talent in entertainment, with awards for everything from Best Action Movie, to Best Hissy Fit and Best Break-Up Song. Last year's show featured performances by One Direction, Demi Lovato, and Paramore, with presenters like Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, and Liam Hemsworth gracing the stage. This year's show promises to be even bigger when the 2014 Teen Choice Awards airs on Fox in August.

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Anani Lawson

Anani Lawson

Sommelier

The only sommelier in the United States to have worked for Michelin three-star restaurants on both the west and east coast, Anani Lawson is a major tastemaker in the wine industry. As an alumnus of renowned restaurants The French Laundry and Per Se, Anani has selected wines for some of the most distinguished oenophiles in the world. While at The French Laundry, his talents were awarded the prestigious Grand Award from The Wine Spectator. An entrepreneur at heart, Anani shares his passion with others by customizing and filling private wine cellars, ranging from the novice wine drinker to the multi-million dollar wine collector.

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Opening Act Foundation

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Brian Mogg

Brian Mogg

Top 50 Golf Instructor

With over 20 years teaching experience, Brian is widely recognized as one of the game's top instructors. He has become a stalwart on Golf Digest's 50 Greatest Teachers list as well as Golf Magazine's Top 100 instructors list. After a 10-year professional playing career Brian began working with his coach, legendary instructor David Leadbetter at the Leadbetter academy. Now, Brian regularly appears on television shows such as The Golf Channel’s “Academy Live” and he oversees six academies of his own located all over the world where professionals and amateurs alike come to seek his personalized instruction.

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Alzheimer's Association

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Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung

Fashion Designer

Prabal Gurung launched his eponymous collection in February 2009 with a philosophy encompassing modern luxury, indelible style, and an astute sense of glamour. Prabal was born in Singapore and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. Upon graduating from Parsons in New York, Prabal worked with designers Cynthia Rowley and Bill Blass until launching his own collection, PRABAL GURUNG. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Ecco Domani Fashion Fund Award. In 2011, Prabal was honored with the CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear. Most recently Prabal Gurung announced his product collaboration with MAC Cosmetics for a luxe capsule collection to be launched in Fall 2014.

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Shikshya Foundation Nepal

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The Congressional Medal of Honor Society

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society

Through acts of uncommon valor, courage, and sacrifice, America's Medal of Honor Recipients represent the spirit and ideals the United States was founded upon. The Medal of Honor Society aims to honor these Recipients and to cherish the incredible contribution each individual has made. Since it was chartered by President Eisenhower in 1958, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society has maintained the memory and respect for Medal of Honor Recipients, provided assistance to them and their families, and continues to "promote and perpetuate the principles upon which our nation is founded."

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Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation

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Alon Shaya

Alon Shaya

Chef

As a little boy in Philadelphia, Alon Shaya spent most of his time in the kitchen with his mother and grandmother, which instilled in him a passion for cooking. This same passion is seen at his family-oriented, authentic Italian New Orlean's restaurant Domenica in the historic Roosevelt Hotel. His expertise in rustic Italian cuisine and his respect for quality ingredients awarded Alon a James Beard Award nomination for Best Chef: South as well as "Chef of the Year" by Eater New Orleans.

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The John Besh Foundation

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Nominee

Best Chef: South
Phil Hellmuth

Phil Hellmuth

Professional Poker Player

Phil Hellmuth is one of the greatest players to ever play the game, winning an unprecedented 13 World Series of Poker (WSOP) championship bracelets. His latest win came in October 2012, when he took the coveted WSOP Europe title in Cannes, France. In 1989, at age 24, Phil became the youngest player to win the WSOP Main Event by defeating two-time defending champion, Johnny Chan. Phil's live tournament winnings exceed $17,400,000, and he was elected into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2007. While known as the "Poker Brat" for his colorful and competitive personality, Phil is also recognized for his generous philanthropy, having chaired and emceed poker charity events that have raised over $20 million.

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The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation

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Antonio Esfandiari

Antonio Esfandiari

Professional Poker Player

No one has won more money in professional poker than Antonio Esfandiari. A magician whose sleight-of-hand is almost as impressive as his poker play, Esfandiari has won two World Poker Tour championships and three World Series of Poker bracelets. In 2012 he won the Big One for One Drop, earning an unprecedented $18.3 million, the biggest cash prize in poker history. Esfandiari has turned his success at the tables into success on screen, appearing in HBO's Entourage and playing an undercover cop in the Robert De Niro film Freelancers. He is currently the face of World Poker Tour's Poker-Made Millionaire and is the host of Strip Magic, a web series featuring live magic on the Las Vegas Strip.

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Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu

Professional Poker Player

Daniel Negreanu is either psychic or simply one of the greatest poker minds of his generation. The Canadian-born ace has an uncanny ability to read opponent's hands, call out cards, and take down huge tournaments like no one else in professional poker. Considered one of the best in the game, Daniel has won six World Series of Poker bracelets, two World Poker Tour championship titles, and is the first person to be named WSOP Player of the Year twice, once in 2004 and again in 2013. He has written three books on poker strategy and is the founder of The Big Swing event, a charity golf tournament that provides assistance to children with special needs.

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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

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Jamie Gold

Jamie Gold

Professional Poker Player

You might say poker pro Jamie Gold has cards in his DNA. His mother was a keen poker player, and his grandfather was a gin rummy champion. He began his career as a talent agent for stars like Jimmy Fallon and Lucy Lui, but his recreational game turned serious under his mentor, Johnny Chan of World Series of Poker fame. Using his trademark aggressive betting style, Jamie got his big – no, make that huge – break in 2006, when he won a jaw-dropping $12 million prize and the 2006 World Series of Poker championship. Jamie, known as the “Poker Philanthropist,” now focuses most of his poker energy helping charities raise money through tournaments. To date, he has helped raise over $300 million for causes worldwide.

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Global Creative Forum

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Phil Laak

Phil Laak

Professional Poker Player

Nicknamed "The Unabomber" due to the hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses that he frequently wears at the table, Phil Laak has nine World Poker Tour cashes and fourteen World Series of Poker cashes. Phil’s combination of table antics, razor intellect, and success at the felt has made him one of the most recognizable poker pros in the world. His biggest win came at the 2010 World Series of Poker Europe tournament, where he won his first championship bracelet in a cast just months after an ATV accident that left him in the hospital. 

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Liv Boeree

Liv Boeree

Professional Poker Player

Liv Boeree is one of the top female poker players ever with over $2,000,000 in tournament earnings. Liv is equally versatile as she is talented, finding fame as a model and TV host in addition to poker, and she even boasts a degree in astrophysics. Liv’s first major cash prize came when she won the European Ladies Championship in 2008 for $42,000, followed by a string of impressive finishes around the world. In a nail-biting tournament that changed her life forever, Liv earned the top spot and $1,698,300 at the 2010 European Poker Tour (EPT) Season 6 Sanremo event. It was one of the best EPT performances ever and confirmed Liv’s status as one of the finest players the UK has ever produced.

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Greenpeace

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Jeff Ma

Jeff Ma

Blackjack Player, Entrepreneur, Author, and Speaker

Jeff Ma was a member of the MIT Blackjack Team in the mid-1990s. He was the basis for the main character of the book Bringing Down the House (where he was renamed Kevin Lewis) and the film 21 (where he was renamed Ben Campbell). His first book, The House Advantage: Playing the Odds to Win Big In Business, was published in July 2010. Jeff is a regular speaker at corporate events and conferences where he talks about how to use data and analytics to make better business decisions. He is currently the CEO and Founder of tenXer, a San Francisco based startup, with the vision to "make work better and your work better."

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Strike 3 Foundation

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Channel 93.3 Summer Kickoff Concert

Channel 93.3 Summer Kickoff Concert

“San Diego’s #1 Hit Music Station” knows how to start the summer off with style. The annual Channel 933 Summer Kickoff Concert brings together some of the hottest names in music at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in San Diego and pop music enthusiasts flock to the show. That’s no wonder since the lineup consistently features radio’s top rated artists. Past performers have included Maroon 5, Flo-Rida, Nelly, Lupe Fiasce, Ne-Yo, Demi Lovato and The Wanted, just to name a few. As with previous years, the 2014 concert promises to be a reflection of the most popular hits on 93.3 today, with a lineup that includes Tiesto, R5, Fall Out Boy and Chris Brown, among other current megastars.

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Neon Trees

Neon Trees

Band

In 2008, alternative rock band Neon Trees started turning heads after opening several concerts for The Killers. Since then, the band has come into its own with several hot singles and high-profile appearances. The lead single from their 2010 album release “Habits” hit No. 13 on the Billboard Top 100 and made it all the way to No. 1 on the Alternative Rock chart. With rising mass popularity, they hit the late-night talk show circuit, including performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. This year, the band continues its upward momentum with its third studio album Pop Psychology” and a supporting tour in the spring/summer of 2014.

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Ken Frank

Ken Frank

Chef

Ken Frank brings a distinctive and personal touch to his contemporary French cuisine at the Michelin-starred La Toque restaurant in the heart of Napa Valley. Earning a three-star review by the San Francisco Chronicle and named one of “America’s Best Top 100 Wine Restaurants of 2012” by Wine Enthusiast magazine, Ken has established La Toque as a Napa Valley dining destination.

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Planned Parenthood

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Chris Kajioka

Chris Kajioka

Chef

Chris Kajioka developed a passion for fresh and seasonal ingredients while working under an impressive roster of lauded chefs including Thomas Keller, Ron Siegel, and Mourad Lahlou. As the executive chef at Vintage Cave in Honolulu, Chris has mastered the fusion of local ingredients alongside some of the finest imported products in the world transforming the restaurant into a premier destination. His talents have earned him recognition from the James Beard Foundation and Food & Wine magazine.

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The James Beard Foundation

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Semi-finalist

Rising Star Chef of the Year
Brent Burns

Brent Burns

Professional Hockey Player

Still a year shy of his 30th birthday, Brent Burns has already had himself an impressive hockey career. After being drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the 2003 NHL Draft, Brent was converted from a right wing to a defenseman by his coach Jacques Lemaire. In 2011 Brent was traded to the San Jose Sharks where he has since returned to the offense as a forward. Brent has also had a successful international career for his native Canada, winning a silver medal at the 2008 World Championships while also being named best defenseman.

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Jonathon Sawyer

Jonathon Sawyer

Chef, Restaurateur

Jonathon began his culinary career at The Biltmore Hotel in Miami before working in New York City alongside Charlie Palmer at Kitchen 22. Since then, Jonathon has opened two restaurants in Cleveland, The Greenhouse Tavern - a French and seasonally inspired gastropub, and Noodlecat - a mash-up noodlehouse focusing on local ingredients and sustainability. His flagship, The Greenhouse Tavern, has earned many accolades including "Best New Restaurant" by Bon Appétit magazine. Jonathon was also honored as a recipient of Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chef” award in 2010 and is a James Beard Finalist for “Best Chef: Great Lakes.”

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Alex's Lemonade Stand

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Nominee

Best Chef: Great Lakes
Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski

Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski

Chefs, Proprietors

Hailing from the renowned Tapawingo in Ellsworth, Michigan, Stuart and Nicole introduced their unique approach to dining in 2011 with the opening of Michelin-starred State Bird Provisions in San Francisco. Their culinary style has attracted a national following and earned them recognition from Food & Wine magazine as “Best Chef All-Stars” and “Best New Restaurant” from The James Beard Foundation in 2013.

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Share Our Strength Cooking Matters

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Best Chef: West
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Best New Restaurant
Jonathan Stevens and Cheryl Maffei

Jonathan Stevens and Cheryl Maffei

Bakers

Opening Hungry Ghost Bread in 2004, Jonathan and Cheryl introduced Northampton, MA, to the tradition of crafting old-world artisan bread. With a focus on organically grown grains and local wheat, Hungry Ghost received national recognition from The James Beard Foundation, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and most recently, in Modern Farmer Magazine for their pivotal role in the re-invention of the local grain economy.

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Global Exchange

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Outstanding Pastry Chef

Cecilia Chiang

Cecilia Chiang

Cecilia Chiang has quietly revolutionized how Americans perceive Chinese cuisine. In May 2013, Madame Chiang was awarded the nation's most prestigious honor - the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award - for her life's work.

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The Edible Schoolyard Project

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PAST WINNER

Celia Chiang

Lifetime Achievement Award

Simon Stilwell

Simon Stilwell

Beverage Director

Praised as one of Washington D.C.’s rising sommeliers, Simon opened Rasika West End in 2012 searching for unique wines to pair with modern Indian cuisine. Simon focuses his wine list with vintages that add complementary flavors and aromas to the award-winning fare. Currently at the acclaimed Rasika in Penn Quarter, he continues to perfect his pairings by developing a collection that embodies similar ingredients and cooking methods while introducing new wines from around the world.

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Feeding America

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Claiborne Swanson Frank

Claiborne Swanson Frank

Photographer

Portrait photographer and stylist, Claiborne Swanson Frank, spent her early career working in the fashion industry including a stint at Vogue under Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour. Claiborne left the magazine in 2009 and has since pursued a career in photography. Her debut book, American Beauty (2012) was well received and its cover image was even displayed at the de Young museum in San Francisco. Claiborne moved to Los Angeles to develop her second book of portraits, Young Hollywood, and has spent recent years collaborating with various top fashion brands and contributing to editorial publications. She currently resides in LA with her husband, James, their son Hunter, and dog Blue.

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Tipping Point

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Michael Franti & Spearhead

Michael Franti & Spearhead

Band

Few artists are able to successfully combine as many musical genres as Michael Franti & Spearhead. Hip hop, reggae, soul, funk, rock - the band pulls exotic rhythms from world music and synthesizes them into something local and familiar. Since their first album, Home, Franti & Spearhead have embedded powerful, politically charged lyrics into their music. They are advocates for human rights, environmentalism, and global peace, and have earned high praise for keeping the message as important as the melody. Recently the band has fine-tuned a pop-folk sound for the wildly successful album The Sound of Sunshine and are regularly playing to packed houses in support of their eighth album release, All People.

 

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Do It For The Love Foundation

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Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb

Ski Resort

Whistler Blackcomb is a massive ski resort in British Columbia, Canada. It sports many world-class features, including the largest skiable area in North America and the world’s highest and longest unsupported cable car span connecting the two peaks. Whistler offers world-renowned vistas and is generally considered the top destination for heli-skiing enthusiasts. One of its runs spans an incredible 11 kilometers, and the total ski area sprawls over 8,000 skiable acres. Over two million skiers visit the resort each year making it the most popular ski destination in the world. 

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UNICEF

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Ovid Vineyards

Ovid Vineyards

Winery

Named after the Roman poet, Ovid Vineyards embodies the same themes of transformation and change celebrated in Ovid’s Metamorphisis. Since the vineyard was planted in 2000, proprietors Mark Nelson, Dana Johnson, and Janet Pagano have taken meticulous care in every step of the winemaking process using classical and modern methods with small batches of estate-grown fruit. Ovid Vineyards produces one Bordeaux style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot every year. Each acclaimed vintage truly conveys this enchanting vineyard.

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Nimbus Arts

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Elite Golf Instructors

Elite Golf Instructors

Our carefully curated team of golf instructors come from all over the country and are widely regarded as some of the top teaching professionals the sport has to offer. They are highly sought after by amateur and pros alike and many have been selected to Golf.com's Top 100 Teachers as well as Golf Digest's America's 50 Best Teachers lists. 

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Golf Instructors Charities

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Russell James

Russell James

Photographer

A native of Australia, Russell James worked his way up in the world of photography via his unique focus and unconventional take on beauty. Now he is the lead photographer at Victoria's Secret and his works have appeared in revered publications such as VogueWAmerican and French PhotoSports Illustrated, and in ten fine art anthologies. In August 2007, Russell was awarded the prestigious Hasselblad Masters Award in recognition of his contribution to the art of photography. A recently appointed member of the Clinton Global Initiative, James also utilizes his photography for social good through his critically acclaimed Nomad Two Worlds fine art project-turned-socially responsible business.

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Nomad Two Worlds Foundation

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Anna Weinberg & Jennifer Puccio

Anna Weinberg & Jennifer Puccio

Chef & Restaurateur

Co-founder of the popular San Francisco restaurants Park Tavern, The Cavalier, and Marlowe, Anna Weinberg is a food industry veteran. A New Zealand native, she was recently named “Restaurateur of the Year” by San Francisco Magazine. Joining forces with acclaimed chef and culinary dynamo Jennifer Puccio, they have created the simple yet delicious cuisine that has earned both Marlowe and Park Tavern a three-star rating from San Francisco Chronicle esteemed Critic and Food Editor Michael Bauer.

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American Idol

American Idol

American Idol set out to discover young musical talent and in the process discovered America’s deep well of love for reality singing competitions. The show’s success has spawned dozens of spin-offs and imitators, but the original still consistently wins in the ratings and holds a special place in American television history. In 2014 the show will celebrate its 13th season with the return of Season 12 judge and country music sensation Keith Urban, plus newcomer and jazz-musician-turned-actor Harry Connick Jr., and actress/pop-star Jennifer Lopez who returns to the judge’s table after her previous stint in Season 11. And of course no season of American Idol would be complete without host Ryan Seacrest’s electric smile.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California

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The People's Choice Awards

The People's Choice Awards

The People’s Choice Awards honors the year’s accomplishments in popular culture in a spectacular televised special featuring hilarious hosts and show-stopping musical performances. The awards were founded 40 years ago to reflect true fan favorites in the world of entertainment, and since the advent of the internet all awards are allocated according to online voting earning the People’s Choice Awards the distinction as the award season’s most democratic show.

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Shriners Hospitals for Children

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One Direction

One Direction

Pop Band

One Direction is the world’s reigning pop sensation having sold over 19 millions singles and 10 million albums in just two years together. The British band was formed via the UK’s most-watched TV show, The X-Factor, and exploded when their debut album Up All Night shot to number one in 15 countries. One Direction boasts one of the biggest fan bases in music as indicated by their 16 million Twitter followers and over 1 billion combined views on YouTube.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California

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Derrick Brooks

Derrick Brooks

Derrick Brooks is one of the most dominant linebackers to ever play the game. During his fourteen seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Derrick was named to eleven Pro Bowls and helped lead his team to victory in Super Bowl XXXVII. In 2002, Derrick became only the sixth player in history to make the Pro Bowl, be named Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press, and win the NFL championship. Since his retirement in 2010, Derrick has excelled as a football analyst for ESPN, been named to the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Florida State University, and become part owner and president of the Arena Football team the Tampa Bay Storm. 

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Derrick Brooks Charities

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AT&T Park

AT&T Park

Baseball Stadium

AT&T Park is widely regarded as one of baseball's most magnificent stadiums. Located on the waterfront with sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay and the beautiful Bay Bridge, the stadium opened its doors in April of 2000 and has been the home of the San Francisco Giants ever since. In 2008, after a mere 8 years of operation, AT&T Park was honored as the recipient of the 2008 Sports Facility of the Year by Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily. Game after game the stadium sells out nearly all of its 42,000 seats, meaning well over 3 million spectators fill the ballpark each year to soak in the sights and sounds of AT&T Park.

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The Giants Community Fund

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Laird Hamilton

Laird Hamilton

Big Wave Surfer, Health and Wellness Expert

Laird Hamilton is a pioneer in the world of surfing. He is known for doing incredible stunts while riding the world's biggest waves and invented the now common tow-in surfing technique. In 2000, he famously rode an enormous wave at Tahiti's famed Teahupoʻo break that was named "Feat of the Year" at the 2001 ESPN Action Sports and Music awards. Laird is also an author and health and wellness expert. In his 2008 book "Force of Nature", Laird chronicles the life philosophy and physical conditioning which have helped him achieve not only professional success but also personal peace and well-being.

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RainCatcher

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Davis Love III

Davis Love III

Professional Golfer, Golf Course Designer

Davis Love III, captain of the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup Team, has won 20 PGA tournaments during his illustrious career, highlighted by his major victory at the 1997 PGA Championship at Winged Foot. Davis won The Players Championship at Sawgrass twice and is one of only six players to win the "Fifth Major" multiple times. The Sea Island touring pro also set a modern PGA record with his 476-yard drive at the 2004 Mercedes Championships.

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Davis Love Foundation

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Justin Tuck

Justin Tuck

Professional Football Player

Justin Tuck's ferocious play led the New York Giants to Super Bowl wins in 2007 and 2011. The defensive end recorded two sacks in each victory, including a safety in Super Bowl XLVI. After setting the record for most career sacks at the University of Notre Dame, Justin has recorded 49.5 sacks and made two Pro Bowls since being drafted in 2005. In the 2014 offseason Justin signed with Oakland to join Raider Nation.

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Rush for Literacy

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LaMarr Woodley

LaMarr Woodley

Professional Football Player

LaMarr Woodley is one of the biggest stars in the NFL with a big personality to match. In college he led the defensive line at Michigan, winning the 2006 Lombardi Award before being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2007. During his second pro season, he became the first NFL player to record at least three consecutive multi-sack playoff games, including Pittsburgh's Super Bowl XLIII win. He has racked up 57 fierce sacks in seven seasons and had 10 or more sacks in each season from 2008 to 2010. In the 2014 offseason LaMarr signed with Oakland to join Raider Nation.

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Lamarr Woodley Foundation

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Summer Sanders

Summer Sanders

Olympic Swimmer, TV Personality

At the 1992 Olympic Games, the 19 year-old swimmer Summer Sanders brought home 2 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze. The moment she hung up her Speedo, she embarked on her TV career hosting shows for MTV, the NBA , Nickelodeon, and Fox. She has been a contestant on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” and the Food Network’s “Guy vs. Rachael Celebrity Cook-Off.” She is also a fitness and health realist. With her show “Find Your Fitness” on MSN, she challenges herself to try new fitness trends often for the amusement of the audience.

Summer Supports

Right to Play

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Dan Jansen

Dan Jansen

Olympic Speed Skater

Dan Jansen’s inspirational journey towards a gold medal began at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, where he finished fourth in the 500-meter race as an 18-year-old. After years of close calls, Dan was down to his final event at the 1994 Winter Olympics and skated the race of his life, winning gold in the 1,000-meter race and setting a world record in the process. Due to his efforts, Dan was awarded that year’s James E. Sullivan Award as the best amateur athlete in the United States.

Dan Supports

The Dan Jansen Foundation

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Bonnie Blair

Bonnie Blair

Olympic Speed Skater

Speed skater Bonnie Blair became the first American athlete to win the same event over three consecutive Olympics after setting a world record in the 500-meter race at the 1994 Winter Olympics. Her victory in the 1,000-meter race made her the first American female athlete to win five career gold medals, leading to her being named Sports Illustrated’s Sportswoman of the Year in 1994. Bonnie was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004.

Bonnie Supports

Bonnie Blair Charitable Fund

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Elite Tennis Instructors

Elite Tennis Instructors

IfOnly’s group of elite tennis instructors have trained some of the finest players in the world. These skilled teachers led their students to victory at the highest levels, including numerous wins in international competition on both the WTA and ATP tennis circuits. In addition to working with professionals, some of our instructors have opened camps and training academies for younger players ensuring the future of tennis remains bright.

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Tennis Instructors Charities

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Suzanne Goin

Suzanne Goin

Chef, Restaurateur, Author

Born to food-obsessed parents in Los Angeles, it’s not surprising that award-winning chef Suzanne Goin began establishing her culinary voice when she was still in high school. After having worked at some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the world, Suzanne opened Lucques in West Hollywood. Lucques was quickly recognized as one of the top restaurants in the country, and she followed on this success with a.o.c. in 2002 and Tavern in 2009. Nominated six times for Outstanding Chef of the Year by the James Beard Foundation, there is no doubt that Suzanne is one of the most talented chefs around.

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Larchmont Charter School

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Nominee

Outstanding Chef

PAST WINNER
Best Chef: Pacific
Train

Train

Rock Band

With the release of their eponymous debut album in 1998, Train started their ascent towards superstardom. "Drops of Jupiter" became a worldwide hit single and won two Grammy awards, including Best Rock Song in 2001. Almost a decade later, Train recorded the most successful song of their career, as "Hey, Soul Sister" sold over six million copies in 2010 and became the top-selling song on the iTunes Store that same year.

Train Support

Family House

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Brian Boitano

Brian Boitano

Olympic Figure Skater

At the 1982 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Brian Boitano became the first American figure skater to land a triple axel in a competition. He began a remarkable run of success with four consecutive U.S. championships from 1985 to 1988, adding World titles in 1986 and 1988. His crowning achievement came at the 1988 Winter Olympics when he captured the gold medal. The skates he wore at those Olympics now reside at The Smithsonian Institute.

Brian Supports

Brian Boitano's Youth Skate

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2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival

2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival

Music Festival

From the most iconic music legends to the hottest pop stars, the fourth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival is set to bring the biggest and brightest names in music all under one roof for the concert event of the year in Las Vegas. It's the ultimate Sin City celebration when Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Nicki Minaj, Paramore, One Direction, Usher, Weezer, Ariana Grande, and many more perform at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on September 19th and 20th. Ryan Seacrest hosts the party, which includes an extra set of performances from Iggy Azalea, Neon Trees, and 5 Seconds of Summer at the iHeartRadio Village, all for an incredible weekend that Ryan is calling "an unprecedented music experience for millions of fans nationwide."

iHeartRadio Supports

Ryan Seacrest Foundation

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Joey Campanaro

Joey Campanaro

Chef, Restaurateur

Chef Joey Campanaro was raised in an Italian-American household where food from his childhood inspired him to make cooking his vocation. Prior to opening his critically acclaimed restaurant The Little Owl in New York City, Joey worked alongside esteemed chefs like Neil Murphy, Joachim Splichal and Jonathan Waxman. His culinary approach is firmly rooted in his Italian grandmother’s kitchen and he brings a lifelong passion for Mediterranean cuisine to every dish he creates.

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Alex's Lemonade Stand

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Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi

Professional Tennis Player

Andre Agassi is a former ATP #1 ranked tennis player and was one of the tour's most dominant members from the early 1990s to the mid-2000s. Considered one of the greatest tennis players ever, Andre's talents as a service returner are unparalleled. An 8-time Grand Slam champion and a 1996 Olympic gold medalist, Andre is one of four male singles players to achieve the Career Grand Slam. In 2011, Andre was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Andre Supports

The Andre Agassi Foundation for Education

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Jeremy Roenick

Jeremy Roenick

Professional Hockey Player, Analyst

Jeremy Roenick is one of the greatest hockey players of all time. In his 18 seasons, the NHL Hall of Famer scored 513 goals, becoming one of only four American-born players to reach the 500 goal milestone. After an illustrious career that made him a hockey icon, Jeremy now works as one of the lead hockey analysts for NBC Sports.

Jeremy Supports

The Aubri Brown Club

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Marshall Faulk

Marshall Faulk

Professional Football Player, Analyst

Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk is the only player in NFL history to have more than 12,000 rushing yards and more than 6,000 receiving yards in his career. Marshall's emergence with the St. Louis Rams in 1999 led to him being the heart and soul of the vaunted "Greatest Show on Turf" offense, culminating in a victory at Super Bowl XXXIV and the NFL's Most Valuable Player award in 2000.

Marshall Faulk Supports

The Marshall Faulk Foundation

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Marcus Allen

Marcus Allen

Professional Football Player

Marcus Allen first rose to prominence at USC in 1981, where he won the Heisman Trophy after becoming the first 2,000-yard rusher in NCAA history. Marcus then began his Hall of Fame career starring for the Oakland Raiders, leading the team to a victory in Super Bowl XVII and becoming only the fourth player ever to win both a Heisman Trophy and a Super Bowl MVP. Marcus finished his illustrious career with 123 rushing touchdowns, the third-most in NFL history.

Marcus Supports

All Stars Helping Kids

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Tim Brown

Tim Brown

Professional Football Player

After becoming the first wide receiver to ever win the Heisman Trophy in 1987, Tim Brown moved on to become one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history. Tim spent all but one of his 17 seasons starring for the Oakland Raiders, setting franchise records for receiving yards, all-purpose yards and games played. The Notre Dame alumnus is one of only eight players in NFL history to score 100 career receiving touchdowns, cementing his status as one of the NFL's all-time greats.

Tim Supports

911 For Kids

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DeeDee Jonrowe

DeeDee Jonrowe

Dog Musher, Iditarod Racer

DeeDee Jonrowe is one the foremost female dog mushers competing today. She has sixteen top ten finishes in her career. DeeDee ran her first Iditarod in 1980 and soon undertook the building of her own sled, a comprehensive breeding and training program for her dogs, and a rigorous physical fitness program for herself. DeeDee has also won numerous awards for the care of her dogs throughout her career, including the best-cared for team, the best dog care award, and the dog's best friend award. In 2002, she publicaly battled breast cancer. In 2003 she became a honorary chairperson for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, assisting the organization is its fundraising efforts. 

Deedee Supports

Stand Up 2 Cancer

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Marco Pelletier

Marco Pelletier

Chief Sommelier

After obtaining a degree in Engineering, Marco discovered his passion for French wine and mastered the discipline of sommeliership. Quickly rising to notoriety, Hôtel Le Bristol offered him the new challenge of Chief Sommelier at only 34 years of age, where he helped elevate the restaurant to its first three Michelin star rating. Whether satisfying the tastebuds of the individual guest or enriching the hotel’s wine list, Marco adds his personal touch while staying faithful to the hotel.

Marco Supports

Paris Tout P’tits

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Shakira

Shakira

Singer-Songwriter, Producer

One of the most successful musicians in the world, Shakira has sold over 70 million albums, becoming the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time. Over the course of a career that has spanned nearly two decades, she has won numerous awards, including two Grammys and eight Latin Grammys. In November of 2011, Shakira earned entertainment's ultimate achievement with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Shakira Supports

The Barefoot Foundation

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Gary Player

Gary Player

Professional Golfer, Golf Course Designer, Entrepreneur

Gary Player is one of golf's living legends. Regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, Gary has won 165 professional tournaments, including nine Major Championships on the PGA Tour and a matching nine Major Championships on the Senior Tour. While still at the top of his game in 1974, Gary was an original inductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Nicknamed the "International Ambassador of Golf," Gary has built a legacy that will last for generations to come.

Gary Supports

The Player Foundation

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Stefanie Graf

Stefanie Graf

Professional Tennis Player

Stefanie Graf was the #1 ranked women's tennis player for a record 377 weeks, including 186 consecutive weeks between 1987 and 1991. She won 22 Grand Slam singles titles, the second most all-time, and was the only player to ever win each Grand Slam at least four times. With Olympic gold medals in 1984 and 1988, Stefanie completed the rare "Golden Slam." After 107 total victories on tour, Stefanie was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2004.

Stefanie Supports

Children for Tomorrow

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Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum

Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum

International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum

Established in 1954, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, inspiring and encouraging junior tennis development, providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide, and enshrining tennis heroes and heroines with the highest honor in the sport of tennis. The Hall of Fame is located in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, on a six-acre property that features an extensive Museum chronicling the history of the sport and honoring the 224 Hall of Famers; 13 grass tennis courts and an indoor tennis facility that are open to the public and to a club membership; a rare Court Tennis facility; and an historic 297-seat theatre.

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The International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum

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Screaming Eagle

Screaming Eagle

Winery and Vineyard

Screaming Eagle Winery produces some of the rarest, most highly-rated wines anywhere in the world. Their first vintage, released in 1996, was launched with much acclaim, receiving 99 points by Robert Parker. Subsequent vintages have consistently scored highly and sold immediately.

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The Land Trust of Napa County

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Sine Qua Non

Sine Qua Non

Winery

Sine Qua Non was founded in 1994 by Elaine and Manfred Krankl in Ventura, California. This cult winery is known for its Rhõne style blends, unique bottle shapes and individuality. Each of their wines exhibits a new name and label with original art work by Manfred Krankl and are known by unconventional names like “Queen of Spades” and “Just for the Love of it.” Sine Qua Non has a very limited production that is highly sought after and even more difficult to obtain.

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Cedars-Sinai’s Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute

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BOND

BOND

Winery

Beginning its production in 1997, BOND Estates represents H. William Harlan's vision for creating a portfolio of Grand Crus. BOND's Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines come from five select hillside estates situated amongst the finest terroirs. With wines that vividly represent Napa Valley's natural bounties, BOND is a cult favorite of oenophiles all over the world.

BOND Supports

The Foundation for Excellence in Education

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Colgin Cellars

Colgin Cellars

Winery

Founded by Ann Colgin in 1992, Colgin Cellars specializes in small production, ultra-premium red wines. Unlike most other wineries that distribute to retailers, they sell only to select restaurants and individual clients who are fortunate enough to be on their mailing list. Their wines have developed a cult-like status among wine enthusiasts and collectors alike.

Colgin Cellars Support

St. Helena Hospital

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Bobby Stuckey

Bobby Stuckey

Master Sommelier

Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey joined world-renowned chef Thomas Keller at The French Laundry in 2000 and quickly established his prodigious talents. Within his first year, Bobby received The James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Wine Service award, an honor he recently received again in 2013. Bobby received his Master Sommelier Diploma in 2004, the highest honor from the Court of Master Sommeliers, and opened his Boulder hotspot, Frasca Food and Wine.

Bobby Supports

Alex's Lemonade Stand

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PAST WINNER

Outstanding Wine Program
Outstanding Wine Service

Araujo Estate Wines

Araujo Estate Wines

Winery

Araujo Estate Wines is a California winegrowing estate owned by Bart and Daphne Araujo. Located in northeast Napa Valley, the property is best known for the Eisele Vineyard, one of the region's most respected growing sites for Cabernet Sauvignon, equivalent to a Premier Cru Bordeaux. A true cult winery, Araujo produces prized wines year after year.

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The Land Trust of Napa County

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Martina Hingis

Martina Hingis

Professional Tennis Player, Commentator

Martina Hingis spent a staggering 209 weeks as the world's #1 women's tennis player. During her career, she set a series of "youngest-ever" records, won five Grand Slam singles titles and nine Grand Slam women's doubles titles. Named to TIME magazine's "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future," Martina is truly one of the sport's all-time greats. In 2013, Martina received the tremendous honor of being inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

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Right to Play

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Conchita Martinez

Conchita Martinez

Professional Tennis Player, Coach, Commentator

Conchita Martínez is one of the greatest Spanish tennis players to ever play the game, achieving a world ranking as high as number two in the 1990s. Conchita played in three Grand Slam Finals, including her 1994 Wimbledon victory when she became the only Spanish woman to have won the singles title at Wimbledon. Conchita is also an Olympian, medaling three times on the world stage.

Conchita Supports

Right to Play

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Brad Gilbert

Brad Gilbert

Professional Tennis Player, Coach, Author

Brad played professional tennis from 1982-95, winning 20 titles and reaching the finals of 20 other events. From 1985-91, he finished in the Top 20 six of seven years and won the bronze medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. After his playing career ended, Brad coached such stars as Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray and he is currently an on-air analyst for ESPN.

Brad Supports

The Oxbow School

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Alice Waters

Alice Waters

Chef, Author, Proprietor

Easily recognized as one of the most important culinary voices in history, Alice Waters is a leading pioneer in using the freshest organic seasonal ingredients from local sustainable farmers. Her restaurant Chez Panisse has consistently been named one of the 50 best in the world, and Alice has received nearly every honor that can possibly be bestowed upon a chef.

Alice Supports

The Edible Schoolyard Project

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PAST WINNER

Lifetime Achievement Award
Humanitarian Award
Fruits & Vegetables
Outstanding Chef
Outstanding Restaurant
Who's Who of Food & Beverage

Michael Mina

Michael Mina

Chef, Proprietor

Michael Mina’s 18 acclaimed restaurants stretch from coast to coast, and include the Michelin-starred hot spots in San Francisco and Las Vegas that bear his name. Since bringing San Francisco’s Aqua to fame in the 1990s, Mina has cooked for three U.S. presidents, garnered countless awards and influenced a generation of young chefs.

Michael Supports

All Stars Helping Kids

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PAST WINNER

Who’s Who of Food & Beverage
Photography
Best Chef: Pacific Rising Star Chef
Gary Danko

Gary Danko

Chef, Principal

One of America's most talented and respected chefs, Gary Danko creates dishes of both elegance and depth that evoke the simple pleasures and warmth of home cooking. Winner of the James Beard Foundation Best Chef - California award, Gary infuses precise technique, creative flair, and adventuresome spirit at his critically-acclaimed namesake restaurant.

Gary Supports

San Francisco–Marin Food Bank

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Semi-finalist

Outstanding Chef

PAST WINNER

Outstanding Service
Best New Restaurant
Best Chef: California

Thomas McNaughton

Thomas McNaughton

Chef

Prior to opening his acclaimed restaurants flour + water, Central Kitchen and Salumeria, Thomas McNaughton gained experience at the premier Bay Area standouts La Folie, Gary Danko and Quince, as well as Michelin-rated restaurants in France, Germany and Italy. His deepest connection comes from the hands of farmers, artisanal producers and small productions within the Bay Area.

Thomas Supports

San Francisco–Marin Food Bank

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April Bloomfield

April Bloomfield

Executive Chef, Co-Owner

April Bloomfield has spent most of her adult life in the kitchen and has worked with some of the most revolutionary chefs in America. She teamed up with celebrated restaurateur Ken Friedman to open the wildly popular and critically acclaimed The Spotted Pig. The two followed this success with the launch of The Breslin Bar and Dining Room. Both have earned coveted Michelin stars and their third restaurant, John Dory Oyster Bar, was awarded two stars by The New York Times.

April Supports

Alex's Lemonade Stand

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Semi-finalist

Best New Restaurant

Winner

Best Chef: NYC
Mourad Lahlou

Mourad Lahlou

Chef, Cookbook Author

Mourad Lahlou is the celebrated chef and owner of Aziza restaurant in San Francisco, as well as an acclaimed cookbook author. Born and raised in the ancient medina of Marrakesh, his modern reinventions of traditional Moroccan dishes earned Aziza the first-ever Michelin Star for a Moroccan restaurant.

Mourad Supports

Family House

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Semi-finalist

Best Chef: West

Jonathan Waxman

Jonathan Waxman

Chef

Nicknamed “Chef Obi-Wan Kenobi” by his fellow colleagues on "Top Chef Masters," Jonathan Waxman is one of the pioneers of California cuisine. In his storied career, Chef Waxman has graced such prestigious kitchens as Chez Panisse and Michael’s in Santa Monica, California, as well as the highly influential Jams in New York City. Today, this legendary chef and author is the chef/owner of Barbuto in Manhattan.

Jonathan Supports

Alex's Lemonade Stand

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Nominee 

Best Chef: NYC

PAST WINNER

Who’s Who of Food & Beverage

Tyler Florence

Tyler Florence

Chef, TV Host, Vintner, Author

Regarded as one of America’s most important culinary voices, Chef Tyler Florence delights in sharing his unique culinary vision. From his early days as one of New York City’s finest young stars, to his 12-plus years as a Food Network star, to his namesake retail shop and Wayfare Tavern and El Paseo, Tyler’s passion for great food continues to grow.

Tyler Supports

San Francisco–Marin Food Bank

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Semi-finalist

Best Chef: West

Matthew Accarrino

Matthew Accarrino

Chef, Author

Matthew’s technique-driven approach was crafted through years of tutelage under legends Charlie Palmer, Thomas Keller and Tom Colicchio. Visits with his extended family and stints spent cooking in Italy at an early time in his career instilled a deep appreciation for quality, seasonal, handmade products and ingredients. Today, he brings his mastery to SPQR, which received a coveted Michelin Star in 2012.

Matthew Supports

Alex's Lemonade Stand

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Semi-finalist

Best Chef: West

Michael Tusk

Michael Tusk

Chef

Michael Tusk is the chef and owner of two of San Francisco’s most critically acclaimed restaurants, Quince and Cotogna. Tusk attended the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York, and after graduation, Tusk departed for Europe to pursue a desire to explore Italian and French cuisine more deeply, ultimately working in several Michelin-starred restaurants.

Michael Supports

The Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Semi-finalist


Outstanding Chef

PAST WINNER

Best Chef: Pacific

Greg Norman

Greg Norman

Professional Golfer, Golf Course Designer, Entrepreneur

Greg Norman is quite simply one of the greatest golfers to ever play the game. During his storied career, Greg spent 331 weeks ranked #1. Winner of over 85 international tournaments, including two majors, The Shark’s aggressive style reminds many of the silent killers circling the shores of his native Australia.

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The First Tee

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Sir Nick Faldo

Sir Nick Faldo

Professional Golfer, Golf Course Designer, Commentator

Regarded as one of the most successful golfers in history, Sir Nick Faldo has won six Major championships and over 40 tour victories. In fact, he spent a total of 98 weeks as the world’s #1 golfer. Sir Nick has also found his niche as a television commentator and designer of award-winning golf courses.

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The First Tee

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Levi Mezick

Levi Mezick

Executive Chef

From his days as a 17-year-old prep cook to his most recent, highly acclaimed Monterey hotspot, Restaurant 1833, Levi Mezick has enjoyed a lifelong passion for great food. Chef Mezick’s ability to creatively riff on classic cuisines comes from years of working in Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe and the U.S. under such masters as Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller.

Levi Supports

Voices for Children

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Tom Lehman

Tom Lehman

Professional Golfer, Golf Course Designer

The only golfer in history to be awarded Player of the Year honors on all three PGA Tours, Tom Lehman has been a leading American golfer for decades. This former #1 ranked golfer has captained the American Ryder Cup Team, won the Open Championship and the Senior PGA Championship as recently as 2010.

Tom Supports

Elevate Phoenix

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Sea Island

Sea Island

Luxury Golf Resort, Georgia

Sea Island is the recipient of four Forbes Five-Star awards and won Travel + Leisure's World’s Best awards for having the #1 and #2 resorts in the Continental U.S. It features three championship golf courses: Seaside is the site of the PGA Tour’s McGladrey Classic; Plantation Course winds through marsh and forest; and Retreat Course offers a dramatic Davis Love III design. Its Golf Learning Center is the only such facility in the U.S. to employ three of the country’s top 50 instructors.

Sea Island Support

Davis Love Foundation

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Spencer Levin

Spencer Levin

Professional Golfer

Spencer Levin is a professional golfer on the PGA tour. He burst onto the scene with a remarkable run as an amateur at the 2004 US Open, tying for 13th at the historic Shinnecock Hills Golf Club and attaining the title of Low Amateur at the tournament. Now, having earned his PGA Tour card, Spencer has three professional wins under his belt and is one of the Tour's promising young talents.

Spencer Supports

The First Tee

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Scott Simpson

Scott Simpson

Professional Golfer

Scott Simpson played college golf at the University of Southern California, where he was a two-time medalist at the NCAA Championship in 1976 and 1977. The highlight of his professional career was the 1987 US Open; he birdied the 14th, 15th and 16th holes of the final round to claim the championship.

Scott Supports

The First Tee

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Restaurant Apicius & Chef Vigato

Restaurant Apicius & Chef Vigato

Located on the ground floor of an exquisite 19th century château in the heart of Paris, Restaurant Apicius is the model of fine dining. At the two Michelin starred restaurant, Grand Chef Jean-Pierre Vigato concocts dishes that pair the complex with the simple, all the while delighting the tastebuds. From the elegant decor of the château to the beauty of the stunning garden, this hôtel particulier is truly a sight to behold.

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Paris Tout P’tits

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Larry Mize

Larry Mize

Professional Golfer

Larry Mize is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and who currently plays on the Champions Tour. He is well known for one legendary, career-defining shot—a nearly impossible chip from off the green at the 11th hole at Augusta to win the 1987 Masters.

Larry Supports

The First Tee

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Michael Allen

Michael Allen

Professional Golfer

Michael Allen is an American professional golfer, currently on the Champions Tour. After turning pro in 1984, Allen played on the PGA Tour in the 1990s and 2000s, and has found success on the Senior Tour. In 2012, at age 53, Mike qualified for the US Open at his childhood course, the Olympic Club.

Michael Supports

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

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Christopher Kostow

Christopher Kostow

Chef

Chef Christopher Kostow’s masterful blending of contemporary French cuisine with farm-to-table tradition shows a thoughtfulness that belies his age. In fact, at his Restaurant at Meadowood in Napa, Christopher became the second American-born chef and third youngest chef ever to receive three Michelin stars—perhaps the most coveted honor a restaurant can receive.

Christopher Supports

San Francisco–Marin Food Bank

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PAST WINNER

Best Chef: West

John Maginnes

John Maginnes

Professional Golfer, Radio Personality

John Maginnes is a former PGA Tour player who spent more than a decade and a half playing professional golf. After getting injured in 2004, he was given a chance to work for the USA Network, where his affable nature shined through and created an opportunity to pursue a broadcast career. John's radio program Maginnes On Tap is now a stalwart on SiriusXM radio, where he covers anything and everything in the world of golf.

John Supports

Golfers Against Cancer

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Corey Lee

Corey Lee

Chef

Corey Lee is a James Beard Award-winning chef and owner of the celebrated San Francisco restaurant Benu. Prior to opening Benu, Chef Lee was the chef de cuisine at The French Laundry. Corey has worked at some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the world, including seven 3-star Michelin restaurants in England, France and the U.S.

Corey Supports

The Asian Women's Shelter

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Nominee 


Best Chef: West

PAST WINNER

Rising Star Chef

Michael Bauer

Michael Bauer

Food & Wine Editor, Restaurant Critic

Michael Bauer is the executive food and wine editor and restaurant critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, the largest food and wine staff of any newspaper in the United States. He served as past president of the Association of Food Journalists, a current member of the James Beard Foundation Restaurant Awards Committee, and a 2004 inductee in the Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America.

Michael Supports

The Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund

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PAST WINNER

Who’s Who of Food & Beverage

Nominee

Food Coverage in a General-Interest Publication 

Stephan Jenkins

Stephan Jenkins

Third Eye Blind

Stephan Jenkins is best known for his work as the lead vocalist and guitar player for Third Eye Blind, one of the most successful alternative bands of all-time. The band has sold over 10 million albums and in 1997, they won the Billboard Music Award for Modern Rock Track of the Year with their hit single "Semi-Charmed Life." Stephan is now in the studio with Third Eye Blind currently recording their fifth studio album.

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Tipping Point

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Michael Chiarello

Michael Chiarello

Chef, TV Host, Vintner

Chef, vintner, sustainable farmer and Emmy®-winning TV host Michael Chiarello is a culinary icon. From his pioneering days at Tra Vigne to his current critically-acclaimed Napa Valley restaurant Bottega, and now his latest San Francisco hot spot, Coqueta, Michael has combined his passion for seasonal, global flavors, and sustainable living with his Southern Italian roots to create dishes that have inspired thousands.

Michael Supports

Meals On Wheels of San Francisco

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Semi-finalist

Best Chef: West

Nominee

Best New Restaurant

Rajat Parr

Rajat Parr

Wine Director

One of the most respected wine professionals in America, Rajat began his career as an apprentice to acclaimed Master Sommelier Larry Stone. Over time, Rajat has developed a particular affection for the wines of Burgundy. Currently the Wine Director for the Mina Group, Rajat strives to find perfect pairings across a vast range of cuisines. In 2010, he released Secrets of the Sommeliers and followed up by becoming a winemaker with his new label, Sandhi Wines.

Rajat Supports

Meals On Wheels of San Francisco

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PAST WINNER

Beverage

Shelley Lindgren

Shelley Lindgren

Owner, Wine Director

After a trip to Italy, Shelley Lindgren felt San Francisco was lacking a good destination for pizza and wine. Inspired, Shelley laid the foundation for what was to become A16, following that with Michelin-starred SPQR. Shelley talents earned her the title of Best New Sommelier by Wine and Spirits magazine. She also received a nod from San Francisco magazine as Best Wine Director, and was nominated by Wine Enthusiast as Wine Star Sommelier of the Year in 2012.

Shelley Supports

Alex's Lemonade Stand

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Nominee

Outstanding Wine Program
David Lynch

David Lynch

Sommelier, Author, Restaurateur

David Lynch is a sommelier, author and the owner of St. Vincent, San Francisco's acclaimed Mission District tavern. David draws inspiration from all over the world in making his wine selections, but Italy remains a first love. He was most recently the Wine Director of San Francisco's Michelin-starred Quince and its sibling, Cotogna, and was named 2011 Wine Director of the Year by San Francisco magazine.

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La Cocina

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Debbie Zachareas

Debbie Zachareas

Owner, Partner

Debbie Zachareas has developed some of the most extensive and innovative wine programs to shape the wine culture of San Francisco. Debbie is currently the Managing Partner and Wine Buyer at the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant in the San Francisco Ferry Building and at the Oxbow Wine & Cheese Merchant in Napa. She brings her passion for teaching and enthusiasm for wine to her own business as well as the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.

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Family House

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Mark Philippoussis

Mark Philippoussis

Professional Tennis Player, Model, Business Owner

Former Top 10 Australian tennis player Mark Philippousis has had quite the stellar tennis career, reaching two Grand Slam singles finals, winning 11 career singles titles and 2 Davis Cup titles. Like so many other Aussies, one of Mark's other great passions in life is surfing. In January 2013, Mark launched a lifestyle apparel collection, Phl!p Apparel.

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Oceana

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Todd Martin

Todd Martin

Professional Tennis Player

Todd Martin is one of the most respected players ever to compete on the ATP Tour. From 1994 to 2003, he competed on every United States Davis Cup team, represented the United States in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and achieved a career-high #4 ranking in 1999. Not only did he have a stellar career on the court, he also served for eight years as President of the ATP Player Council and was recognized by his peers twice with the ATP Sportsmanship Award.

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The Todd Martin Development Fund

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Jacques Bezuidenhout

Jacques Bezuidenhout

Master Mixologist, Tequila Ambassador

Voted Best Bartender in San Francisco and appointed a judge in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Jacques Bezuidenhout is by any measure a master of fine spirits. The native South African became enraptured with the art of crafting the perfect cocktail during his time in London. Currently Master Mixologist for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Jacques oversees more than 60 restaurants and bars in addition to his role as the National Ambassador for Partida Tequila.

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The Museum of the American Cocktail

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David Wondrich

David Wondrich

Author, Consultant, Speaker

David Wondrich is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the history of the cocktail and one of the founders of the modern craft cocktail movement. David is the longtime Drinks Correspondent for Esquire magazine. He is the author of countless articles and has written five books, including the hugely influential Imbibe!, which was the first cocktail book to win a James Beard Award, as well as the widely acclaimed Punch.

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The Museum of the American Cocktail

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Wine & Spirits

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Dale DeGroff

Dale DeGroff

Master Mixologist, Author

Dale DeGroff, author of the award-winning The Craft of The Cocktail and The Essential Cocktail, developed his extraordinary techniques tending bar at great establishments, most notably New York's famous Rainbow Room. Dale was awarded the James Beard Wine & Spirits Professional Award in 2009. He has been credited with reinventing the bartending profession and setting off a cocktail revival that continues to flourish.

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The Museum of the American Cocktail

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PAST WINNER

Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional

Jim Meehan

Jim Meehan

Mixology Master, Editor

Jim Meehan's passion for fine spirits has made him one of the industry's most celebrated figures. Jim earned a Rising Star Award from Cheers magazine, the Spirited Award for American Bartender of the Year at Tales of the Cocktail and the first ever Outstanding Bar Program Award from the James Beard Foundation in 2012. Jim is also deputy editor of Food & Wine magazine's annual cocktail book and contributing editor of Sommelier Journal.

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The Museum of the American Cocktail

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PAST WINNER

Outstanding Bar Program

Dushan Zaric

Dushan Zaric

Cocktail Mastermind, Author

Dushan Zaric is the cocktail mastermind behind world-famous New York bars Employees Only and Macao Trading Co. He is widely recognized as an industry leader and a pioneer in craft bartending. His innovative work behind the bar has revolutionized the art of the cocktail. Dushan specializes in creating cocktails with a classic inspiration and then updating them with modern twists and extraordinary ingredients.

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The Museum of the American Cocktail

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Cecilia Chiang & Margrit Mondavi

Cecilia Chiang & Margrit Mondavi

Cecilia Chiang has quietly revolutionized how Americans perceive Chinese cuisine. In May 2013, Madame Chiang will be awarded the nation's most prestigious honor - the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award - for her life's work. Margrit Mondavi, along with her late husband Robert, have often been credited with developing the Napa Valley into the international wine region it has become. Together they seamlessly blended the rich and abundant cultures of wine and art.

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The Edible Schoolyard Project

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Epicure & Chef Frechon

Epicure & Chef Frechon

Epicure, Le Bristol's three Michelin star restaurant, is one of most celebrated restaurants in Paris. Chef Eric Frechon has transformed the restaurant into a national treasure and has been named "Chef of the Year" by Le Chef magazine. Located next to a magnificent French-style garden, the restaurant's large bay windows accentuate the light-filled dining room, leading to a lovely dining experience that will not soon be forgotten.

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Paris Tout P’tits

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Laurent Manrique

Laurent Manrique

Chef, Restaurateur

Laurent Manrique’s success as both a chef and a restaurateur stems from his mastery of French cuisine, dedicated patronage, and his uncanny business savvy. After earning two Michelin stars as the executive chef at Aqua in San Francisco, Laurent opened Café de la Presse along with wine bars Blanc et Rouge and Rouge et Blanc to resounding critical praise. In 2011, Laurent opened Millesime at the Carlton Hotel in New York City, which was named one of Esquire’s "Best New Restaurants." Inspired by the cuisine and wines of his native Gascony, Laurent returned to San Francisco and opened Aquitaine Wine Bistro in the fall of 2013.

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Tibetan Aid Project

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Jason Franey

Jason Franey

Chef

After six years of working with renowned Chef Daniel Humm as executive sous chef at Eleven Madison Park, Jason left to become the executive chef of Seattle’s landmark Canlis Restaurant. Having helped transform Eleven Madison Park, placing it on the forefront of Manhattan’s dining scene, Jason set a new course to make 60 year-old Canlis the city’s preeminent food destination. Jason has received recognition from The James Beard Foundation, Relais and Chateâux, and Food & Wine magazine as a “Best New Chef” and “The People’s Best New Chef Northwest.”

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FareStart

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Nominee

Best Chef: Northwest

Justin Cogley

Justin Cogley

Chef

Hailing from Chicago, where he was chef de cuisine at Charlie Trotter's critically acclaimed restaurant for four years, Justin Cogley enjoys presenting a diverse palate of flavors on his menus and creates each plate with a purpose. Currently the executive chef at Aubergine in Carmel, Justin draws much of his culinary inspiration from foraging along the rocky shores of Monterey County's coastline. Named "Best New Chef" by Food & Wine magazine in 2013, he was recently inducted as a Relais & Chateaux "Grand Chef."

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The James Beard Foundation

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Semi-finalist 

Best Chef: West 

Dana Cree

Dana Cree

Pastry Chef

Dana Cree began her culinary journey in 2000, studying at The Art Institute of Seattle. Known for her flavor-focused and detail oriented style, Dana draws on her broad range of experiences both at home and abroad as the Pastry Chef at Blackbird and avec. Her thoughtful, nuanced, and resoundingly delicious desserts perfectly represent the divergent dining experiences of both restaurants.

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Meals on Wheels Chicago

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Nominee 

Outstanding Pastry Chef

David Kinch

David Kinch

Chef, Proprietor, Author

David Kinch’s food is driven by the terroir of the California Coast, and the cuisine of ingredient-driven cooking and modern technique he studied in France, Spain, Germany, Japan, and the United States. As chef and proprietor of the acclaimed Manresa restaurant in Los Gatos, CA, David Kinch's singular cooking techniques have been rewarded with two Michelin stars for six consecutive years. In 2010, David was named the Best Chef in America for the Pacific region by the James Beard Foundation and most recently received a nomination for Outstanding Chef from the James Beard Foundation in 2014. 

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Alex's Lemonade Stand

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Outstanding Chef

PAST WINNER

Best Chef: Pacific

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Singer, Songwriter

Few artists have influenced music and popular culture more than Bob Dylan. Over the course of fifty years, Dylan has released more than thirty albums, many of them now considered landmarks of modern folk rock. The iconic singer-songwriter captured the zeitgeist of a post-war generation hungry for change with lyrics that were both plain-spoken and poetic, making him a figurehead for the social rights movement AND one of the best selling artists of all time. After over five decades crafting some of the most important music in American history, Dylan has remained a rolling stone. A new album, “The New Basement Tapes,” is set to be released this year along with the revealing new memoir “Another Side of Dylan,” compiled by his son Jacob.

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Feeding America

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Joe Montana

Joe Montana

Professional Football Player

The gold standard for NFL quarterbacks, the legendary Joe Montana won all four Super Bowls that he played in and helped lead some of the most famous game-winning drives in NFL history. Over 30 years later, "The Catch" from the 1982 NFC Championship Game still resonates as perhaps the NFL's greatest play ever, and was the catalyst for San Francisco's dominant run throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s.

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Four Rings Montana Family Foundation

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Miguel Cabrera

Miguel Cabrera

Professional Baseball Player

Miguel Cabrera is arguably the purest active hitter in baseball. His career has been defined by consistent excellence, from his days growing up in Venezuela just yards from his hometown’s baseball stadium, to his current career batting average of .320, which includes nine different seasons with at least 30 home runs. Miguel’s most consistent year was also his best; in 2012 he posted a .330 batting average, 44 home runs, and 139 RBIs which led the American League and earned him the first Triple Crown since 1967. He helped win the World Series for the Florida Marlins in 2003 and has been named the AL MVP twice since joining the Detroit Tigers in 2008.

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Miguel Cabrera Foundation

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Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch

Professional Football Player

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has been one of the NFL's most successful players since being drafted in 2007. The All-Pro has four 1,000-yard rushing seasons to his credit, including a career-high 1,590 rushing yards in 2012. His incredible 67-yard touchdown run during the 2011 playoffs put an exclamation mark on Seattle's upset win over the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, earning him the nickname "Beast Mode."

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Family First Foundation

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Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Professional Basketball Player

One of the greatest basketball players ever, Kobe Bryant is as fierce and competitive as they come. He has won five NBA championships, an NBA Most Valuable Player award and two Olympic gold medals. His 15 All-Star berths rank second all-time behind fellow Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. His 81-point performance against Toronto in 2006 is the second highest single game total in NBA history, and he continues to perform at a Hall of Fame level.

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The Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation

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Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson

Professional Boxer

The legend of "Iron" Mike Tyson began in 1986 as he became boxing's youngest heavyweight champion ever at the age of 20. "The Baddest Man on the Planet" won 50 fights in his career, including 44 by knockout. After he retired, Mike's status as a cultural icon endured with the acclaimed documentary Tyson and his famous cameo in The Hangover. Recently, he starred in Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, a one-man Broadway show directed by Spike Lee.

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Mike Tyson Cares Foundation

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Tony Hawk

Tony Hawk

Professional Skateboarder, Philanthropist

Tony Hawk has been inspiring skateboarders since he was a kid. He turned pro at the ripe old age of 14, and, by the late ‘80s, he was the best skateboarder in the world. The 1999 X Games cemented his all-time status when he successfully landed the first 900. He retired from competition after that, though he still puts out video parts and skate exhibitions worldwide. His landmark video game, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, made it’s debut in 1999 and, 14 games later, his video game franchise has done over a billion dollars in sales. His Hawk Clothing and Shoes line is sold exclusively at Kohl’s and his Tony Hawk Foundation has awarded over $5 million in grants to help build over 500 skateparks in underprivileged communities.

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Tony Hawk Foundation

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Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis

Professional Football Player

Few players instilled fear on a football field more than Ray Lewis. Over the course of his 17 year career, Ray led the Baltimore Ravens to two Super Bowl championships and was named to the Pro Bowl a record 13 times. The most dominant linebacker of his era, Ray is a lock for a bronze bust in Canton, Ohio at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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The Ray Lewis Family Foundation

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Jerry Rice

Jerry Rice

Professional Football Player

Without a doubt the greatest wide receiver of all time, Hall of Famer Jerry Rice was given an incredible honor by NFL Films in 2010 as he was named The Greatest Player in NFL History. Over his 20 seasons, he won three Super Bowls, a Super Bowl MVP and was named to the Pro Bowl an astounding 13 times. While he holds nearly every receiving record the NFL has, Jerry is also the NFL's all-time leader in total touchdowns and points scored.

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The Jerry Rice 127 Foundation

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Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

Professional Football Player

After a standout college career with the Arizona Wildcats, Rob Gronkowski, nicknamed “Gronk”, faced high expectations when he joined the New England Patriots as a rookie tight end. Scoring 10 touchdowns in his first year – a record for the most touchdown catches by a rookie tight end in Patriots history – he didn’t disappoint. In 2011 he went on to score 18 touchdowns, setting the record for the most single-season TDs by a tight end in the history of the NFL. In his four-year professional career, Rob has amassed a staggering 42 receiving touchdowns, and his record-setting performances led him to Pro Bowl honors in 2011 and 2012. As one of the top young tight ends in the game, “Gronk” is already a star.

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Gronk Nation Youth Foundation

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Sugar Ray Leonard

Sugar Ray Leonard

Sugar Ray Leonard captured the attention of the boxing world when he won a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. He turned pro the following year, beginning an extraordinary career that saw him win seven major world titles in five weight classes. His battles with "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler, Tommy "Hit Man" Hearns and Roberto Duran became the highlights of a legendary career that culminated with his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1997.

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Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation

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Barry Sanders

Barry Sanders

Professional Football Player

Barry Sanders is widely regarded as one of the greatest football players in history. Barry's Heisman Trophy-winning season in 1988 saw him break an incredible 34 NCAA records. Barry went on to a Hall of Fame NFL career with the Detroit Lions, making the Pro Bowl in each of his 10 seasons. In his MVP-winning season of 1997, Barry became one of only seven NFL players to ever rush for 2,000 yards. Barry's 15,269 career rushing yards ranks third most all-time in NFL history.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas

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Ronnie Lott

Ronnie Lott

Professional Football Player

Ronnie Lott is a four-time Super Bowl champion and is widely considered the best defensive back in NFL history. Ronnie played college football for the University of Southern California, where he helped the team to a share of the 1978 national championship and competed in two consecutive Rose Bowls. In 1980, Ronnie was honored as a consensus All-American. He has been inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame as well as the USC Athletic Hall of Fame.

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All Stars Helping Kids

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5 Seconds of Summer

5 Seconds of Summer

Band

The group 5 Seconds of Summer is not your average boy band. The Aussie pop-rock quartet write their own songs and play their own instruments, crafting catchy, punk-inspired hits. And yet they've still managed to gain a mega-following almost as big as their tour mates, One Direction. The band released their self-titled debut album this year to critical and commercial success, becoming the highest selling first week record by a debut album in almost a decade. This summer the band is embarking on an international tour, rocking stadiums and concert halls throughout North America.

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Farm Aid

Farm Aid

Benefit Concert

Farm Aid's mission is to build a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. Farm Aid artists and board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews host an annual concert to raise funds to support Farm Aid's work with family farmers and to inspire people to choose family farm food. Since 1985, Farm Aid, with the support of the artists who contribute their performances each year, has raised more than $45 million to support programs that help farmers thrive, expand the reach of the Good Food Movement, take action to change the dominant system of industrial agriculture and promote food from family farms.

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Farm Aid

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Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac

Rock Band

After nearly 50 years recording some of the most memorable classic rock music in history, it's no stretch to say that Fleetwood Mac has gone their own way. The British/American band has undergone as many line-up changes as stylistic ones, with only drummer Mick Fleetwood remaining as an original member. This constant change has contributed to an astoundingly diverse range in sound, from the boozy blues of guitarist Peter Green in the '60s, to Stevie Nicks' singer-songwriter ballads, and the tambourine-banging road hits of “Rumours.” After selling over 100 million albums and being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the band is reuniting once again for their highly anticipated On With The Show tour this summer.

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Floating Doctors and Dear Jack Foundation

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Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

Musician

Ed Sheeran might be the most dynamic red-head in popular music. The talented young singer-songwriter combines acoustic guitar with everything from hip hop, folk, and beat boxing, to form a sound that is redefining pop music. Ed's first album, +, included top ten hits "Lego House" and "The A Team," one of the best selling singles of 2011. After touring with Taylor Swift (and being nominated for Best New Artist at this year's Grammy Awards), Ed will release his highly anticipated second album, x, this summer. 

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Usher

Usher

Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Businessman

Usher ranks among music’s most successful performers, but his prowess as a businessman and producer has secured his perennial spot in the peak echelons of his field. He rose to prominence in the late ‘90s with his six-time platinum album My Way and to date he has sold over 65 million albums making him one of the best-selling American artists in history. Usher has also found great success in other industries including numerous turns as an actor in major films, and business ventures ranging from restaurants to a stake in the Cleveland Cavaliers team. After living most of his young life in the spotlight, Usher has remained one of music’s most beloved performers, most respected entrepreneurs, and a beacon of style. 

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Usher's New Look

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Linkin Park

Linkin Park

Band

Linkin Park has been rocking their fans – over 62 million of them on Facebook alone – for over a decade with music that’s a unique mash-up of metal, hip-hop, alt rock, and electronica. As a band, Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington, Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Dave 'Phoenix' Farrell, and Joe Hahn have won two Grammys, five American Music Awards and dozens of other accolades and “bests.” After five groundbreaking albums, Linkin Park is back at it with the recently released The Hunting Party. Not content to rest on their laurels, the members of Linkin Park are among the most charitable musicians on the planet and have been recognized by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for their global philanthropy.

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Music For Relief

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Cher

Cher

Musician, actress

The big-haired, big-voiced, show-stopping "Pop Goddess" is a famed singer, actress, dancer and fashion designer with an illustrious career spanning nearly 50 years. She first reigned supreme as half of a folk rock duo with the late Sonny Bono, with whom she also co-hosted a comedy variety show, before venturing out on her own to become one of the best selling pop music artists of all time. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1988 for her role in Moonstruck, a Grammy Award in 2000, an Emmy Award in 2003, three Golden Globe Awards, and is the only artist to have a number one single in each of the past six decades. Cher is currently touring with Cyndi Lauper and Pat Benatar for her 2014 Dressed to Kill Tour.

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Partners in Health

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Maroon 5

Maroon 5

Band

Maroon 5 has reached a stratosphere of success that few other bands ever have. The Los Angeles-based Grammy Award-winning superstar band consists of frontman Adam Levine of The Voice fame, guitarist James Valentine, bassist Mickey Madden, drummer/percussionist Matt Flynn, and keyboardist PJ Morton They've sold more than 10 million albums in the United States alone and over 31 million digital singles worldwide, over 14 million of which came from their mega-hit single "Moves Like Jagger." Maroon 5's fifth studio album, V, builds on the momentum of the most successful period in M5’s history, re-teaming the band with previous collaborators and featuring some unexpected new friends.

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Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell

Soundgarden

Chris Cornell has been the frontman for two of the most acclaimed bands ever: Soundgarden and Audioslave. Chris has been nominated for 14 Grammys throughout his illustrious career, winning two with Soundgarden in 1995. His work as lead singer for Audioslave garnered two platinum albums. Chris also became the first American male to record a song for a James Bond movie when he wrote the Grammy-nominated "You Know My Name" for the 2006 film Casino Royale.

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The Chris & Vicky Cornell Foundation

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Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney

The Beatles, Wings

When the Beatles first burst onto the scene in 1960, the quartet of Liverpool mop-tops had one among them who would go on to outperform nearly every other rock musician of his generation. Critics called him "the cute one", but little did they know he would soon become one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Sir Paul McCartney has sold over 100 million albums, written 32 number one hits, including some of the most recognizable songs in modern music, and influenced countless other musicians and artists across nearly every artistic medium. Not only was he a founding member of the most famous band in the history of pop music, but he has continued to excel as a solo artist for well over five decades.

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The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

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Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Singer-songwriter

International superstar Lady Gaga has had a tremendously successful career that has already solidified her place in pop culture history. In 2008, her debut album The Fame featured two international chart toppers, “Just Dance” and “Poker Face.” Her 2009 follow up The Fame Monster kept the Gaga fire stoked with two hit singles. The accompanying Monster Ball Tour became one of the highest grossing concert tours ever. Part recording artist, part performance artist, her eccentricities draw our attention. That attention paired with world-class talent has launched her to the top of the pop world. 

 

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Born This Way Foundation

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Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars

Singer-Songwriter, Producer

While Bruno Mars has only been a solo artist since 2009, his musical roots reach deep into his days growing up in Hawaii, where he became famous for his impersonation of Elvis Presley. His 2010 debut album, Doo-Wops and Hooligans, earned Bruno six Grammy Award nominations and a win for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. His latest record, Unorthodox Jukebox, has reached the #1 spot in both the U.S. and U.K., solidifying him as one of music's brightest young stars. 

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Ryan Seacrest Foundation

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Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato

Singer, Actress

Beginning with 2008's Don't Forget, each of Demi Lovato's four albums have debuted in the Top 5 of the Billboard 200. The pop star earned her first platinum single with 2011's "Skyscraper" and followed up with double-platinum hits in "Give Your Heart a Break" and "Heart Attack." Demi has crossed over to be a success on television, as well. She began her second season as a judge on The X Factor in 2013 and appeared as a guest star on the Emmy award-winning show Glee.

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The American Red Cross - Get Prepared California!

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Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale

Singer, Actress

Lucy Hale is a force of nature. A multi-talented performer, she began her acting career by scoring roles in hit shows like “How I Met Your Mother,” “The O.C.,” and “Drake & Josh,” before becoming a four-time Teen Choice award winner as one of the stars of “Pretty Little Liars.” Having conquered the small screen, Lucy has trained her focus on her first love – music – and she is attracting new fans with her powerful voice and gutsy singing style. Lucy’s debut country track “You Sound Good to Me” met with critical acclaim upon its release in January 2014 and was named a Critic’s Pick by country music news website Taste of Country. Her debut album, Road Between, was released this June. 

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The American Red Cross - Get Prepared California!

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