Welcome!

News Feed Item

Starlight Children's Foundation to Honor RJ Mitte, the Koz Family, Ido Leffler and CBS EcoMedia at the 2014 Starlight Awards

Global Charity Debuts Inaugural Starbright World(R) Inspiration Award

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - June 30, 2014) - Starlight Children's Foundation, a leading global charity that partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world, today announced that actor RJ Mitte ("Breaking Bad," "Switched at Birth"), long-time Starlight supporters the Koz family, Co-founder of Yes To Inc. and Yoobi Ido Leffler and award-winning advertising company CBS EcoMedia will be honored at the 2014 Starlight Awards on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at the historic Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles. The gala benefit celebrates philanthropists, innovators and leaders who play an important role supporting Starlight's mission.

"We are thrilled to celebrate RJ, Ido, CBS EcoMedia and the Koz family at the 2014 Starlight Awards," said Jacqueline Hart-Ibrahim, Starlight Global CEO. "Individually and as a group, these honorees embody the passion, innovation, leadership and philanthropy that drive the mission of Starlight every day. Thanks to their generosity we are able to support kids and families in local communities around the world."

RJ Mitte will accept the inaugural Starbright World® Inspiration Award. The award is presented to a celebrity, athlete, recognized public figure or a film cast or television program that serves as a source of inspiration to the Starbright World online community of teens with chronic illness and their siblings. Mitte is best known for playing Walter "Flynn" White Jr. in the Emmy & Golden Globe Award-Winning AMC series "Breaking Bad," In addition, RJ currently stars on ABC Family's dramatic series "Switched at Birth" and is the face of the recently launched worldwide GAP campaign. Mitte was diagnosed at the age of three with a mild case of cerebral palsy, just like his character on "Breaking Bad." Throughout the years, he has been a role model to children and teens around the world championing his disability caused by his illness and bringing awareness to children who suffer from chronic and life threatening illness.

The Koz Family, including Grammy-nominated saxophonist and radio host Dave Koz, businesswoman and philanthropist Roberta Koz Wilson (Audrey's/Cookies for a Koz), entrepreneur, composer and producer Jeff Koz and the family's late, inspirational matriarch Audrey Koz -- will be honored with the Founder Award. Presented for the first time last year to the charity's Co-founder filmmaker Peter Samuelson, the award recognizes the extraordinary achievements and contributions of individuals and corporations who give their time and talent to improve communities around the world and address society's critical needs through volunteerism, philanthropy and community service. From corporate partnerships such as Koz Wines and Cookies for a Koz to personal donations, special appearances, gift in-kind contributions, promotional support and in many other ways, Dave, Jeff, Roberta and Audrey have supported Starlight's mission for more than 20 years.

Social entrepreneur Ido Leffler will be presented with the Innovator Award, which recognizes individuals and corporations who have made significant contributions to communities with the goal of promoting positive social impact by supporting innovation and advancements for the nonprofit sector. Leffler is the Co-founder of Yes To Inc. (the makers of Yes To Carrots, Yes To Cucumbers, etc.), and the recently launched Yoobi, a new school supplies brand that uses dynamic designs and bright colors to make learning fun, while also giving back. Every time a Yoobi item is purchased, Yoobi gives an item to a classroom in need right here in the U.S., with the aim of impacting more than 30,000 classrooms by 2015. San Francisco-based Yes To Inc. is one of the leading natural beauty brands in the world with distribution in more than 25,000 stores in over 20 countries. Leffler sits on numerous corporate and advisory boards including Telecom New Zealand, The United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneur Council and The Dell Global EIR Advisory Board. He co-authored the widely acclaimed book "Get Big Fast and Do More Good," published in November 2013.

CBS EcoMedia will be the 2014 recipient of the General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Leadership Award. Presented posthumously to Gen. Schwarzkopf for the first time in 2013, the award honors individual and organizational leaders who are doing extraordinary work to advance the common good and strengthen their communities through innovative and inspirational leadership. CBS EcoMedia is propelled by the desire to create positive social change, which has been the company's mission since it was founded in 2002. In 2010, after successfully partnering with CBS on a wide range of community projects, the company became the newest addition to the CBS Corporation portfolio, exponentially scaling its reach across national television, local television, radio, interactive, publishing and outdoor media. Through its patent-pending EcoAd, WellnessAd and EducationAd programs, an innovative twist on traditional advertising, advertisers are able to support much-needed local projects, which in turn create jobs, save taxpayer money and improve the quality of life in communities nationwide. In the process, CBS EcoMedia is fundamentally altering the advertising landscape, elevating the ordinary, traditional commercial -- and media, in general -- into a catalyst for tangible, quantifiable social change. 

The Starlight Awards will be an evening of celebration including a cocktail reception, seated dinner, silent and live auctions and an entertaining awards program. It is the foundation's signature and most important fundraising event of the year garnering an array of celebrity supporters, philanthropists and business leaders who share a common goal of raising funds to support family-centered Starlight programs and services.

Starlight programs include: the Starbright World online community, the first-ever private social network started in 1995 by filmmaker and Chairman Emeritus Steven Spielberg, Peter Samuelson and Gen. Schwarzkopf. Additional programs include: Starlight Fun Center mobile entertainment units, Starlight Tablets, Starlight Wish Lists, Starlight Comfort Kits, and Starlight Sites. These programs have served more than 60 million children and their families around the world and help to empower kids to better understand and manage their illnesses, provide therapeutic distraction and visual entertainment, connect kids and families facing similar challenges and help optimize health outcomes of chronically ill children.

In 2013, the Starlight Awards honored producer, philanthropist and Starlight co-founder Peter Samuelson with the inaugural Founder Award, the late General H. Norman Schwarzkopf was posthumously honored with the Leadership Award (renamed the General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Leadership Award) and Toys"R"Us Children's Fund was presented with the Innovator Award.

For 2014 Starlight Awards sponsorship information, please contact Kendra Komar at [email protected] or 424.245.3695. Visit the Starlight Awards online at http://www.starlight.org/events/starlightawards.

About Starlight Children's Foundation 
Founded in 1982, Starlight Children's Foundation has been a leading global charity that partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world. Collaborating with innovators in pediatric healthcare, entertainment and technology, Starlight provides a unique blend of family-centered programs and services from hospital to home. Starlight partners with more than 1,750 healthcare facilities in Australia, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, serving millions of children every year. To learn more, visit www.starlight.org, or follow us on Facebook.com at StarlightChildrensFoundation and on Twitter @StarlightOnline.

The following files are available for download:

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
Identity is in everything and customers are looking to their providers to ensure the security of their identities, transactions and data. With the increased reliance on cloud-based services, service providers must build security and trust into their offerings, adding value to customers and improving the user experience. Making identity, security and privacy easy for customers provides a unique advantage over the competition.
Qosmos has announced new milestones in the detection of encrypted traffic and in protocol signature coverage. Qosmos latest software can accurately classify traffic encrypted with SSL/TLS (e.g., Google, Facebook, WhatsApp), P2P traffic (e.g., BitTorrent, MuTorrent, Vuze), and Skype, while preserving the privacy of communication content. These new classification techniques mean that traffic optimization, policy enforcement, and user experience are largely unaffected by encryption. In respect wit...
SYS-CON Events announced today that 910Telecom will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Housed in the classic Denver Gas & Electric Building, 910 15th St., 910Telecom is a carrier-neutral telecom hotel located in the heart of Denver. Adjacent to CenturyLink, AT&T, and Denver Main, 910Telecom offers connectivity to all major carriers, Internet service providers, Internet backbones and ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Pulzze Systems will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Pulzze Systems, Inc. provides infrastructure products for the Internet of Things to enable any connected device and system to carry out matched operations without programming. For more information, visit http://www.pulzzesystems.com.
There is growing need for data-driven applications and the need for digital platforms to build these apps. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Muddu Sudhakar, VP and GM of Security & IoT at Splunk, will cover different PaaS solutions and Big Data platforms that are available to build applications. In addition, AI and machine learning are creating new requirements that developers need in the building of next-gen apps. The next-generation digital platforms have some of the past platform needs a...
Data is an unusual currency; it is not restricted by the same transactional limitations as money or people. In fact, the more that you leverage your data across multiple business use cases, the more valuable it becomes to the organization. And the same can be said about the organization’s analytics. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Bill Schmarzo, CTO for the Big Data Practice at EMC, will introduce a methodology for capturing, enriching and sharing data (and analytics) across the organizati...
DevOps at Cloud Expo – being held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – announces that its Call for Papers is open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the world's largest enterprises – and delivering real results. Am...
Traditional on-premises data centers have long been the domain of modern data platforms like Apache Hadoop, meaning companies who build their business on public cloud were challenged to run Big Data processing and analytics at scale. But recent advancements in Hadoop performance, security, and most importantly cloud-native integrations, are giving organizations the ability to truly gain value from all their data. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, David Tishgart, Director of Product Marketing ...
Fact: storage performance problems have only gotten more complicated, as applications not only have become largely virtualized, but also have moved to cloud-based infrastructures. Storage performance in virtualized environments isn’t just about IOPS anymore. Instead, you need to guarantee performance for individual VMs, helping applications maintain performance as the number of VMs continues to go up in real time. In his session at Cloud Expo, Dhiraj Sehgal, Product and Marketing at Tintri, wil...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - comp...
StarNet Communications Corp has announced the addition of three Secure Remote Desktop modules to its flagship X-Win32 PC X server. The new modules enable X-Win32 to safely tunnel the remote desktops from Linux and Unix servers to the user’s PC over encrypted SSH. Traditionally, users of PC X servers deploy the XDMCP protocol to display remote desktop environments such as the Gnome and KDE desktops on Linux servers and the CDE environment on Solaris Unix machines. XDMCP is used primarily on comp...
SYS-CON Events announced today that StarNet Communications will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. StarNet Communications’ FastX is the industry first cloud-based remote X Windows emulator. Using standard Web browsers (FireFox, Chrome, Safari, etc.) users from around the world gain highly secure access to applications and data hosted on Linux-based servers in a central data center. ...
SYS-CON Events announced today Telecom Reseller has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Telecom Reseller reports on Unified Communications, UCaaS, BPaaS for enterprise and SMBs. They report extensively on both customer premises based solutions such as IP-PBX as well as cloud based and hosted platforms.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Adobe has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Adobe is changing the world though digital experiences. Adobe helps customers develop and deliver high-impact experiences that differentiate brands, build loyalty, and drive revenue across every screen, including smartphones, computers, tablets and TVs. Adobe content solutions are used daily by millions of co...
Why do your mobile transformations need to happen today? Mobile is the strategy that enterprise transformation centers on to drive customer engagement. In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Roger Woods, Director, Mobile Product & Strategy – Adobe Marketing Cloud, covered key IoT and mobile trends that are forcing mobile transformation, key components of a solid mobile strategy and explored how brands are effectively driving mobile change throughout the enterprise.