Natalie Morales, TODAY show News Anchor and Third-Hour Co-Host, along with NBC’s Erica Hill and Carolyn Manno, recently hosted and ran the 2016 MORE/SHAPE Women’s Half-Marathon and kicked off one of the largest women’s-only half-marathons in the country. The race, held by Meredith’s SHAPE magazine in conjunction with the New York Road Runners (NYRR), took place in April and drew 10,000 female runners and walkers of all ages, from around the world, to New York’s Central Park.
With a 13-year tradition of empowering women of all ages and abilities, this race—one of the largest women’s half-marathons in the country—is all about solidarity. Women of all ages, nationalities, ethnicities, and abilities came from the five boroughs of NYC and around the world to join with friends, sisters, mothers, daughters, and granddaughters and celebrate fitness and camaraderie.
The Agency and Giveback Homes recently partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles for a build day in the Watts neighborhood of L.A. The Agency’s Mauricio Umansky, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and Giveback Homes Founder, Blake Andrews, worked to put finishing touches on the Lowery family’s home.
The Agency, housewives, Giveback Homes and Habitat for Humanity team spent the day revitalizing the exterior with new paint, adding a beautiful dark grey trim and lighter grey on the main panels. Prior to the build day, Lowe’s delivered drought resistant landscaping. The home, owned by Mr. Lowery, was originally built by Habitat for Humanity Los Angeles in 1993, a couple of years before the Jimmy Carter Work Project came into the neighborhood. The home inspired others in the area to apply for Habitat homes. Several volunteers helped build the Lowery’s original home, many of whom are still volunteering with Habitat LA. Today. About 20 other homes in the neighborhood were part of this revitalization project.
Held in May at the Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank, CA, the Ninth Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic benefited The George Lopez Foundation. Hosted by George Lopez, the tournament format was “Two Man Modified Best Ball” of five-somes with full handicap. Backstage Creations gifted celebrity attendees. The charity’s mission is to create positive, permanent change for underprivileged children, adults and military families confronting challenges in education and health, as well as increasing community awareness about kidney disease and organ donation.
Celebrities who supported the George Lopez Foundation include Luiz Guzman, Eva Longoria, Joe Pesci, Don Cheadle, Andy Garcia, Angie Everhart, Peter Gallagher, Constance Marie, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Tim Allen, among others.
Rico and Raini Rodriguez
You likely recognize the Rodriguez brother and sister from ABC’s successful sitcom, Modern Family, featuring Rico as Manny Delgado, and Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally, where Raini stars as Trish de La Rosa. What a lot of people might not know, however, is that the two Mexican-American siblings, though young, do their part to give back to the community.
Rico and Raini actively participate in several events for nonprofit organization, Wish Upon a Teen, specifically their Design My Room™ program. Partnering with numerous hospitals throughout the country, Wish Upon A Teen visits the patient rooms of adolescents who are undergoing treatment for serious injury or life threatening illness. Through the Design My Room™ program, Rico and Raini adorn these rooms with wall decals, new bedding, movie and sports memorabilia—all customized to each teens’ personal tastes and interests—in order to transform the space into something more like home, and thus more comforting for them.
With this positive adjustment to their surroundings, the program has done wonders for their wellbeing. For more information about Wish Upon a Teen go to wishuponateen.org.