Tommy Tune resides in New York City but is originally from Houston and recently, he was welcomed home with a party being thrown by Tony Petrello and Cynthia Petrello at their home in Shadyside estate. Tommy Tune attended Lamar High after which he trained with Houston’s very own Patsy Swayze in the area of dance and footwork. After learning his fancy footwork, he set out or New York, and he has made a name for himself especially for the Broadway show. He was in Houston to perform at the Miller Outdoor Theatre where about 5,000 fans from his hometown enjoyed a “Tommy Tune Tonight” performance. Guests at the homecoming event enjoyed a variety of treats ranging from dessert, cocktails and some music from the Divisi Strings Amp’d. Tommy Tune launched the Tommy Tune Awards in the year 2002 to honor and give awards to those that excel in teaching and performing arts in the high schools in Houston.
Tony Petrello has been an active participant in the efforts to make the Houston community a better place regarding education, health, and social cooperation through arts. Cynthia Petrello is a model and an actress who also shares the same passion with Tony Petrello, philanthropy. Anthony Petrello came from a humble background, and despite his hardships in life, he has achieved enormous success and feels complete when he shares his success with others through philanthropy. Tony and Cynthia Petrello have had a keen interest in donating funds to aid studies that would broaden the knowledge on neurological disorders in children. The Petrellos have a special connection to the research about neurological diseases in children mainly because their daughter that was born at 24 weeks was diagnosed with periventricular leukomalacia. Anthony and Cynthia Petrello was touched by the act that there was not so much research in the field of neurological diseases that affect children. The couple donated $7 million and oversaw the fundraising of $500 million that was handed over the children’s hospital in Texas to facilitate the research. The Petrellos find comfort in the fact that more research would now be available and parents that have children with medical conditions same as their daughter can be able to access better options. Tony is an alumnus of Yale and has been involved actively making contributions to the endowment fund that was established in the commemoration of his mentor, trainer, and friend Serge Lang.
Jason Hope is a top entrepreneur and philanthropist out of the Scottsdale, AZ area. The community is in admiration to the facts of Mr. Hope’s duties of preparing grants for high school and college students in order to help get their tech ideas off of the ground. For those who are unaware, Jason Hope runs an extremely successful business of technology developments of apps, desktop software, gaming and more. He is greatly known for his generous donation of $500,000 to SENS for its current fight to find cures for diseases that causes patients to age faster than normal, such as those of Alzheimer’s, lung disease and heart disease. Jason Hope graduated the University of Arizona State with a degree in finance. He would also obtain his MBA degree from W.P. Carey School of Business. Philanthropy is very important to Mr. Hope. He persistently exerts his philanthropist efforts in helping many initiatives throughout his community and is extremely motivated in the process of doing so.
As a result of his philanthropist efforts, he has been responsible for many scientific research developments, biotechnology solutions and disease cures.His $500,000 will be accepted by SENS to help find a cure for Arteriosclerosis. This disease hardens the arteries in the elderly by way of fat, cholesterol and other substances buildups within and on the outer portions of artery walls. This in turn restricts blood flow and increases blood pressure. This disease has an aging effect on the eyes and the skin of patients.What Jason Hope’s donation will allow for is discoveries for breaking unwanted molecular bonds and restoring elasticity in arteries.
Jason Hope is 100% all in when it comes to his support for SENS. The foundation’s passion for improving the quality of life for patients is admired by the entrepreneur, as finding cures and ways for aging diseases to not even happen versus treating them is an eye opener for Mr. Hope. As the organization isn’t the least bit afraid to step out on a ledge and challenge modern day reveals, Jason Hope is confident that SENS will one day find a way for us all to live forever.Jason Hope has much opportunity to provide to the world and you can witness many of his efforts online through his website. From his latest works for profit to his charitable efforts, you are more than welcome to get a more detailed look into the pursuits of Jason Hope.
Previously, the only thing I had heard of Dick DeVos was his position as the President of the Windquest Group, a group he launched himself, and their ambitious venture in 2010 that aimed to convert the heat from their manufacturing process into usable electricity. Now, however, I am aware that he was also President of Amway from 1993 to 2002, and that he was also the former President and CEO of Orlando Magic in the NBA from 1991-1994. Along with his notable career, he is also a philanthropist, and he often gives trusting the organization to best know how to use the donation but he also has been known to take an active role in his philanthropy to cause specific and positive changes.
The largest percentage of DeVos’ philanthropy is on education and groups that encourage education reform. It is of great importance to him that quality education is provided to every student and not have it be reliant on the zip code. In his quest to make this ideal world a reality, he launched the West Michigan Aviation Academy in the fall of 2010. The curriculum focuses heavily on aviation specific engineering and assorted robotics to provide students with usable skills. The academy buses students from 7 different counties and touts a graduation rate of an impressive 86%. DeVos garners pride from the positive influence it is having on the students’ lives and the opinion of the parents instead of from its impressive test scores. He is more concerned with the people than the numbers.
To the University of Maryland, 22 million was given by DeVos and his wife Betsy to create the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. DeVos aspires to grow and encourage the business side of the arts, recognizing that it is critical to the existence of the arts community to have an adequate arts management foundation and not allow it to be neglected. Dick and his family also make regular contributions to the Willow Creek Church in order to support and encourage leadership development programs with the main focus being its notable leadership summit.
DeVos actively makes the contribution process a family affair in order to teach his four children how they can make a difference in areas they care about. He allows them to have a hand in where donations are made, how much, and encourages them to find new causes and groups in which to send donations. To him, this is something he wants to be a family tradition that continues to be associated with the DeVos name.
The Human Rights Foundation is a non-profit organization that was created in order to not only spread information around the world about the many human rights violations around the world, but was also created for the purpose of doing something about it in even the most militaristic and oppressive regimes in the world. With a specific focus on societies that are closed off to the world, The Human Rights Foundation has an expert team that has traveled all over the world to countries such as Angola, North Korea, and many other notable countries that are known for their oppressive government. The goal of this organization is to promote liberal democracy and to make sure that universal freedom is also promoted. Of the many dedicated employees at the Human Rights Foundation, one individual stands out due to his dedication and his hard work. This individual is Thor Halvorssen, the current President of this foundation.11)
As the President of this foundation, Thor Halvorssen has been able to spread his initiative around the world. With family members that are also human rights activists, Thor Halvorssen has been exposed to this career path even at a young age. With parents and grandparents that were also human rights activist, Thor Halvorssen has always been taught to fight for the freedom of others. With this in mind, Thor Halvorssen has not only taken many beatings, been thrown into many prisons, but Thor Halvorssen has also had his life threatened on numerous occasions due to his outspoken tendencies.
Thor Halvorssen is on a mission to make sure that every voice around the world can be heard. Though Thor Halvorssen is fighting for human rights in closed off societies, Thor Halvorssen is also on the mission to expose corruption in even the most progressive society. For example, Thor Halvorssen has recently exposed Nicki Minaj for accepting payment from Angola in exchange for a performance that she gave to the militaristic family that currently rules the country. As a preserver of human rights, Thor Halvorssen was appalled by this action and hopes that her actions will come full circle.
In recent days, the media has been covering a story regarding the upcoming development of the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. The center is scheduled to be completed and ready for use by the year 2018. The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts developing committee had previously created a fundraising platform with the goal of obtaining 125 million dollars by the end of the year 2013. The developing committee has reached an amazing goal of 175 million dollars, a whopping 50 million dollars over the expected revenue of the fundraiser. This news has impressed other fundraising entities around the world and has led to major press coverage regarding the fundraiser. News outlets questioned the Kennedy Center’s developmental committee regarding the specific sources of the larger donations that the center received. It was no surprise that one of the major donors to the Kennedy Center’s fundraising program was the philanthropic couple, Dick and Betsy Devos. The couple has had a long history of donating large amounts of money to campaigns, fundraisers, and platforms which they believe will serve to better the community and serve their fellow citizens.
James O’Keefe, a minor celebrity footnote who was previously convicted of trespassing on federal property under false pretenses, has once again been up to his deceptive practices. This time, instead of trying, and failing, to commit criminal acts in order to slander a United State Senator, he believed he would make an easy mark of George Soros’s Open Society Foundations by way of a prank call. O’Keefe was so caught up in the brilliance of his scheme to infiltrate Soros’s group that after leaving a voicemail at the group’s headquarters George Soros engaged his co-conspirators by filling them in on how they would gain entry in Soros’s inner circle and wreak havoc.
The recipient of the voicemail at Open Society Foundations, Dana Geraghty, explains that she got much more than O’Keefe had intended: after he left the voicemail, misrepresenting himself as a Hungarian-American named Victor Kesh who wanted to help the organization, he failed to disconnect the line before announcing the full scope of his plans to his companions-in-fraud, capturing the entire plan in the candid voicemail to his intended victims. In the raw story.com piece linked above, the Open Society Foundations president Chris Stone states: “The Watergate burglars look good compared to these guys…these guys can’t even figure out how to use an Internet browser, let alone conduct an undercover operation.” Stone clarifies that he doesn’t intend to downplay the malicious nature of O’Keefe’s deception.
George Soros, best known as an investor and philanthropist who champions humanitarian causes, was recently in the spotlight as a result of his proposal for how the EU could more effectively handle the influx of Syrian refugees in a way that would improve the lives of both the refugees and the residents having to accept them. Soros’s plan, which can be read in full here: http://www.georgesoros.com/philanthropy/, comes from a humanitarian perspective. The 85 year-old philanthropist is no stranger to hatred from conservatives such as O’Keefe who espouse an over simplified “up from the bootstraps” philosophy of existence which centers on total freedom for the rich to operate without restraint or any kinds of checks and balances, while letting the disadvantaged and the poor fall into greater destitution and ultimately die as soon as possible. This philosophy runs counter to Soros’s in every way.
The Open Society Foundation was launched in 1979 by Soros, and has worked to improve societies around the world. George Soros says that Open Society was formed because he realized how fortunate he was as a businessman and human being and felt that he had a duty to take a stand on issues he felt were of vital importance. In addition to providing scholarships and creating opportunities, the Open Society Foundation does a great deal.