With a New Year comes a new round of organizations for you to get involved with and Make An Impact in your life and the lives of others.
In the current issue of BELLA New York Magazine‘s Hollywood Issue, I highlight an amazing group of entrepreneurs who make giving back part of their company’s culture.
Damian Graybelle | EverMaya
Damian Graybelle is the Co-Founder of EverMaya handbags. These unique bags are handwoven on back-strap looms using timeless techniques passed down for generations. The brand is committed to a spirit of philanthropy, including giving back to the communities that make their project possible. EverMaya donates a portion of every sale to Education for the Children, a school in Jocotenango, Guatemala which provides education, nutrition, healthcare, counseling, and career guidance to local children from disadvantaged upbringings. EverMaya is also one of the first brands to partner with teen model with Down syndrome, Madeline Stewart who is breaking down barriers in the fashion world, proving that disabilities shouldn’t stop anyone from chasing their dreams. EFTC.Org.UK
Michelle Gannon and Maria McKeon | Mary’s Place by the Sea
Mary’s Place was born from love when in January, 2009, Michele Gannon, the organization’s founder, was recovering from an illness. Trying to balance her needs with those of three young children, husband and the demands of daily life Gannon realized how difficult it is for women who are dealing with cancer to take care of their families and homes while trying to maintain their own physical and emotional health. Gannon shared her vision with Maria McKeon, a fitness and wellness coach with over 30 years experience. The two women moved quickly to make Mary’s Place a reality, renting space in a B and B in Ocean Grove and establishing a bona fide non-profit organization. Mary’s Place by the Sea is a respite home for women who are receiving treatment for all forms of cancer. Through their integrative approach, the women who visit receive services that complement their medical treatment including oncology massage, individual counseling sessions, nutritional counseling, guided meditation, reflexology, journaling, yoga and much more free of charge. Mary’sPlaceByTheSea.org
Lana Parrilla | Face Forward
Lana Parrilla is best known for her role as Mayor Regina Mills/The Evil Queen on ABC’s hit show, “Once Upon A Time.” When not in front of the cameras, Parrilla is passionate about several causes including Face Forward. The organization was established in 2007 by David and Deborah Alessi whom have a long history of supporting charitable initiatives. Face Forward provides pro-bono physical and emotional reconstruction for battered women and children victimized by domestic violence. Parrilla launched her Long Live Hope Tee where 100% of proceeds are donated to the life changing work of Face Forward. FaceForwardLA.org
Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller | Hilarity for Charity
Hilarity for Charity is a movement led by Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller to inspire change and raise awareness of Alzheimers. The husband and wife team developed HFC U, a nationwide program that encourages and supports college groups to host their own Hilarity for Charity events to raise awareness among the millennial generation. Over the last four years, HFC’c Los Angeles Variety Show has entertained young, hip professionals through evenings filled with music and comedy while creating the next generation of Alzheimer’s advocates – not to mention raising over $4.2 million! HilarityForCharity.org