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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Glen Echo Brothers Run 50 Miles for Charity

Early one Sunday morning Joe Horton and his brother Andy woke up, got dressed and went outside for a nine-mile run. When that was finished, they headed over to Carderock to run another 24 miles in the Potomac River Run marathon. The day’s total was 33 miles.

Four years ago, Horton couldn’t run the length of his driveway in Atlanta, GA. Today, the Washington, D.C.- area transplant is training to complete the 50-mile Northface Endurance challenge in June. But his mission isn’t just bragging rights. The 41-year-old is attempting to raise $20,000 to establish a scholarship fund for underprivileged kids interested in playing youth sports with Koa Sports, an organization that uses former college and professional athletes to teach sports fundamentals to boys and girls.

The organization had been looking to create a scholarship program for underprivileged youth, but hadn’t found the energy or the means to do so until Horton came along, according to Koa co-founder Wayne Cohen. Horton has raised money for charity organizations through running in the past, and says he thought raising money for Koa would be a perfect opportunity to help a local organization. He chose a 50-mile race to grab people’s attention.

“We didn’t have anyone out there who was willing to step up and do what Joe is doing. We are truly grateful,” Cohen said. “Our goal was $5,000 but Joe has blown that out of the water.”

Horton says he grew up playing sports and after moving to Glen Echo three years ago, he and his wife searched for a sports outlet for their son, Jackson. When they found Koa, Horton says he quickly developed a friendship with the founders and an appreciation for the quality of the program

Sunday event for charity

Local people from various religious groups will gather Sunday evening in the city to raise money for a disaster relief charity.

Temple Sinai, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Rotterdam Junction and the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church of Saratoga Springs are hosting the second annual fundraiser dinner with Indian, Pakistani and American food from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church at 24 Circular St.

A news release for the event highlights how many people view relations between Muslims, Jews and Christians as contentious because of historical and current events, and local representatives from the three faith groups have decided to join together to “broker the divisions by building on commonalities.”

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit ShelterBox USA, an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter to people affected by disasters. Boxes from the organization supply up to 10 people with a tent and other equipment — including a water purifier, cooking utensils and blankets — to use while they are displaced or homeless.

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'New Girl' Star Max Greenfield's Charity Spin

Following a recent viral clip in which he played his New Girl character Schmidt teaching a spin class to an empty room, the 31-year-old actor and former instructor taught two classes for children's literary nonprofit Milk and Bookies at the West Hollywood SoulCycle outpost.

"It all happened really fast," he told The Hollywood Reporter, with the project initially inspired by a mock Schmidt workout DVD originally posted by Vulture. "We'd been thinking about doing something like that for a while but, with the finale coming up, it just seemed like the right time."
So two days shy of the series' season-ender, Greenfield taught back-to-back classes for a crowd that may not have been fully prepared for how real of workout they were about to get. Yes, Greenfield frequently entered the realm of Schmidt, kicking the set off with subdued Glee cover of Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know" -- candles burning all the while in the otherwise dark, mirrored room. But he also put out a legitimately tough class, with a few grueling climbs and an extra emphasis on upper-body work.
And that shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Greenfield used to teach spin at Made in LA Fitness, where he counted Cougar Town star Busy Phillips among his regular pupils. He said he had to pull back when he and his wife had their daughter two years ago.
The rest of the class careened between motivational pop confections -- Rihanna, Beyonce, David Guetta, Justin Bieber -- before the packed crowd, which included Fox employees, New Girl co-star Hannah Simone and several extremely enthused fans, hobbled out of the room, posing for sweaty photo-ops along the way.

Carey Mulligan Donates Her Met Ball Dress to Charity

Carey Mulligan knows how to work a dress, but turns out, she doesn't need to hang on to one - particularly when it comes to matters of the heart.

Carey Mulligan Will Co-Chair the 2012 Met Costume Gala (Update)
One of her most spectacular looks ever, the Prada metallic dress she wore to the Met Ball on Monday night when she co-hosted with Miuccia Prada and Anna Wintour, is going to be going to a good cause - and not her own closet.

Mulligan put the dress on eBay, and the proceeds will go to the Oxfam charity. We're speculating that dress is probably worth upwards of $4000 -- as of press time, bidding was at $1050 -- which will be a tidy sum for the charity. And the truth is, Mulligan can't wear it again. She was photographed by thousands of shutterbugs and the photos went everywhere. Prada could have asked for the dress back, but clearly, they're behind her donating it.

The condition of the garment is listed as "pre-owned" and the auction post features a photo of Carey wearing the gleaming gown. The item is located in Los Angeles and will ship world-wide. There are 8 days left in the auction so check it out. And if you're a European size 38-40 (which is a US size 8-10) this cocktail dress will fit you like a Prada glove. 

Sean Penn in Cannes charity dinner

Sean Penn has held a fundraiser at the Cannes Film Festival to raise money for survivors of the Haiti earthquake.

More than 200,000 people were killed in the 2010 disaster and millions more were displaced.

Hollywood favourites Ben Stiller, Ewan McGregor and Gerald Butler turned up for Penn’s benefit dinner. Guests were treated to performances from Haitian dancers and musicians. Among the items up for auction was a meet and greet with U2’s Bono.

Oscar winning Penn, who has spent a lot of time raising awareness about the earthquake’s devastation, has slammed world leaders for abandoning the country.

He called on US President Barack Obama to meet Haiti’s new leader to discuss further aid projects.

The charity night raised 1.3 million euros.

Biker Belles Charity Ride Attracts Hollywood Stars

Biker Belles™ charity ride will begin with activities at the Lodge at Deadwood in historic Deadwood South Dakota. Interactive displays, vendors and a symposium will be highlights before a breath taking rider through the canyons of the Black Hills. Arriving at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip participants will be greater with a reception, catered meal, entertainment, silent auction and biker fashion show. The focal point of the evening will be a concert in the famous Buffalo Chip natural amphitheater by Superstar Eric Church. Each Biker Belles™ ticket is your all includes pass for a full day and night of fun and entertainment, with 100% of rider contributions going to benefit two South Dakota Charities, Helping with Horsepower™ and Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. 
“I am so excited for another year with the Biker Belles,” say’s film and TV actress Kristy Swansen. “I really enjoy the Belles event because I get to ride with good friends, make new ones, and contribute to some great local charities along the way. Plus the Belles ride ends at the Buffalo Chip with a great party, hors d’oeuvres, activities and an awesome concert by one of my favorites, Eric Church. As my husband and I always stay at the Chip during the rally, we get to keep the fun rolling all week.”
Created to raise funds for local charities, the Biker Belles event brings women, their families and friends together to celebrate the role they play in shaping the culture, sport, art and history of motorcycling.
Toni Woodruff, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s event coordinator for the Biker Belles, states, “We are very excited to build upon the success of Biker Belles celebration and we look forward to expanding our community of women riders and enthusiasts while contributing to South Dakota charities in the process.”
Tickets for the 2012 Biker Belles celebration are available now at http://www.bikerbelles.com or by calling (605) 347-9000. Sturgis Buffalo Chip camping, concert and events information can be found on http://www.BuffaloChip.com

Sharon Stone charity work

Movie star Sharon Stone has revealed her charity work has been dangerous at times – she has received death threats for her do-good work.

The Basic Instinct star admits she won a lot of enemies when she first became one of Hollywood’s charity faces – because many people felt she was simply trying to boost her career.

She tells Life & Style magazine, “When I started doing charity work, people thought I was only doing it for press – they called me the new Zsa Zsa Gabor. The adversity was awful.

“My life was threatened; someone wanted to kill me. It was serious. I know what it’s like to be bullied, but charity work is meaningful to me, so I didn’t give up.”

Now a leading spokeswoman for the American Foundation for AIDS Research, Stone has made a name for herself by demanding cash from rich guests at swanky celebrity auctions – and she insists she’s glad she no longer receives death threats for trying to do good: “It was a hard time in my life. I had to be careful.”

Ronnie Wood joins Lauper in charity gig

Rolling Stones legend Ronnie Wood joined pop star Cyndi Lauper on stage for an impromptu duet.
Wood took to the stage with the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun singer to perform a new song and wowed crowds in Cannes.
Guests at the Belvedere (RED) party included Hollywood funnyman Chris Dowd, Bonnie Wright and Tamara and Petra Ecclestone.
Following in the footsteps of music icons Debbie Harry, Grace Jones and Duran Duran, Lauper belted out songs in a memorable performance as part of the celebrity-studded festival promoting the support of programmes that help eliminate HIV/Aids in Africa.
Grammy award-winning Lauper said: "I fully support the collaboration between Belvedere Vodka and (RED) to raise awareness about HIV/Aids in Africa in their fight to save lives.
"If I can encourage everyone to show their support and help achieve the first Aids-free generation by 2015, then I've done more than I could ever have dreamed. The fight against HIV/Aids starts with you: please buy (RED)."

B2net to host charity match

Dakota aeroplane will add a touch of retro glamour when Chesterfield FC stages a charity game later this month.

The World War Two plane is set to soar over the B2net Stadium on Sunday, May 27, when a team of Spireites Legends takes on a side packed with Celebrity Soapstars.

The match is Jamie Walker’s seventh Annual Charity match is in aid of three charities, MI Soapstars Official Charity - Once Upon A Smile, Lymphoma Association, and Chesterfield FC Community Trust.

Last year’s match was a goalfest, which was narrowly won by the Celebrity Soapstars 5-4, but more importantly the match raised £20,000 for the three nominated charities.

Jamie is the son of former Chesterfield FC striker Phil Walker who made almost 250 appearances for the Blues in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Making a return to the football field will be Spireites chief executive Chris Turner, the former Manchester United and Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper.

He has been building up his fitness by training with his pet Labrador Buddy and will appear in a midfield role rather than between the posts.

Other stars of yesteryear scheduled to appear for the Spireites Legends include Ernie Moss, Kevin Randall, Dave Caldwell, Paul Holland, Bob Newton, Jamie Hewitt, Chris Marples, Sean O’Neill and Andy Kowalski.

The Soapstars side will contain players who have appeared in Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and a host of other television programmes.

Reduced price tickets for this popular charity match are now on sale in the club superstore - adults £5, concessions £3, plus big value family tickets also available.

Kentucky Man Buys Everything at Kmart Donates All to Charity

Kentucky businessman showed a heart of gold by buying the entire inventory of a closing K-Mart and donating it to charity.

After turning aside calls from flea markets looking to buy the inventory valued at around $200,000, Rankin Paynter, the owner of a Winchester firm that buys up surplus goods, decided to donate the merchandise to a local charity.

"I told my wife, I can make $30,000 or $40,000 on this deal but let's give it to charity," Paynter told ABC News. This story first appeared on Lex18.com.

During a visit to the store, the good Samaritan was checking out the display cases and a safe for his jewelry buying business when he learned the store would sell all of the merchandise on the last day of business. One requirement: You had to be a power buyer.

Paynter, who is a power buyer, had to fill out an application with the company to purchase the goods, which had everything from winter clothes to over-the-counter medicine. According to Paynter, the day before closing the store called to offer him the whole lot. But there was one rule.

"They said you can buy it all but you must sign a contract and take everything left in the store," Paynter told ABC News.

And, he did.

On Sunday, May 6, the businessmen stood in line for six and half hours to purchase the inventory that had to be rung up at four different registers the evening the store closed. It took the 77-year-old two trucks, two vans and six workers to move all the items from the store to storage. However, Payntner had no clue then what he planned on doing with all the inventory.

Groom for dying celebrity pooch

Midtown Manhattan hotel, a very special bride-to-be named Lucky, decked out in a frilly pink dress, recently celebrated her impending nuptials with friends over champagne, sandwiches, cupcakes and tea.
Like many brides, Lucky is in a rush to walk down the aisle, but she is no ordinary spouse-in-waiting and her shower was anything but typical. Lucky, like many of her 32 guests, is a dog — the most-photographed dog in the world with celebrities.
But there's more, a lot more.
She and her "parent," Wendy Diamond, have dedicated their lives to help the plight of rescue animals, yet that will soon end. The energetic but aging Maltese was diagnosed with spleen cancer in February and given three months to a year to live.
"Lucky's entire life has been about bringing awareness to rescue," said Diamond, who has made Lucky an ambassador for shelter dogs. "We're looking for someone to take over."
Diamond has plans for an elaborate July 12 wedding at the Jumeirah Essex House hotel in Manhattan. The author and animal rescue advocate is looking to pair Lucky with a spouse that will become the new, most-photographed celebrity canine with an aim to help spring animals from shelters across America.

Homesick Percy Nationwide BMW Charity

Australian Cameron Percy blistered the Thornblade Club on Friday, firing a 9-under-par 62 to take a two-shot lead at the halfway point of the BMW Charity Pro-Am on the Nationwide Tour. Seeking his first Nationwide Tour win, the 38-year-old reeled off nine birdies between the fifth and 17th hole.  Four of them came in succession on holes 14 through 17.  His 36-hole aggregate of 130 is 13 under par.

First-round leader Darron Stiles followed up Thursday’s 64 with a 68 at Thornblade.  He was joined at 11 under by Reid Estrom, who bettered his first-round 67 by one shot at Carolina Country Club, and Aaron Watkins.  Also playing at Carolina, Watkins posted birdies on five of his last seven holes, including the final three.

The unique Nationwide Tour event features 168 professionals and celebrities in a better-ball format hosted by the Thornblade Club and Greenville Country Club/Chanticleer Course in Greenville and the Carolina Country Club in nearby Spartanburg.  Play resumes Saturday at all three clubs with the professional cut to the low 60 and ties coming after 54 holes.  The low 14 celebrity/amateur teams will also advance to play their final rounds on Sunday at Thornblade along with the professionals.

“It was about as good as I can hit it,” Percy said. “I missed a few putts early or else it could have been something crazy. It was just one of those days where I seemed to have the perfect yardage all day. Every number was perfect. That’s how you shoot 9 under.

“I like it,” Percy said when asked about the unique tournament format.  “We’ve got two good guys we’re playing with. They’re interesting to talk to.  The rounds take a little longer but it’s good.  I get a lot out of it.  I’m enjoying myself.”

First-round leader Stiles commented on the difference between course conditions Thursday, when he played the rain-soaked Carolina Country Club, and Friday.

“The ball actually bounced in the fairways, so it was a little bit of an adjustment with the greens,” he said. “Yesterday everything was sticking. Today you had to play for a little bit of a release, so it was an adjustment. I didn’t hit it quite as well. I drove it awful on the par 5s.”

Like Percy, Watkins is after his first Nationwide Tour win.  The 2004 Kansas State University graduate expressed confidence in his chances.

“Tomorrow I’ve just got to keep doing the same things I’m doing,” he said.  “I’m putting well this week. The best I have all year. So, if I can just keep giving myself looks, I think I have a pretty good shot.”

Celebrities Bones for charity

The Daily News got an exclusive sneak peek of the tarted-up skeletons, which will be unveiled Wednesday night — and on display for the public starting June 2.

Among the stars helping with Mr. Bones’ new looks are funnyman Zach Galifianakis and “Top Chef” queen Padma Lakshmi. Under its charity arm, Kiehl’s Gives, the East Village skin-care brand is donating $200,000 to causes chosen by the famous names.

Each celebrity was shipped a blank set of bones three months ago and given free reign over the design.

Some, like fashion photographer Terry Richardson and Bronx-based muralists TATS Cru, worked on the skeletons by themselves. Singer Alicia Keys and chef David Chang partnered with an artist.

Mr. Bones has now gotten tattooed, crocheted over and even set on fire: Artist Timothy White burned up his skeleton and photographed it in flames.

Keys’ Bones, painted black and covered in an intricate metallic gray print, was created by an artist known simply as “Jonah.”

“It's all hand-drawn, and hand-done, and he has a graffiti-esque style to him, and anybody who knows me knows Im from New York, so thats a part of who I am,” she says.

“I wanted him to put really powerful words on there, like love and soul and freedom, you know, things that really can empower us and ignite us, and lift us up.”

Her charity of choice, Keep a Child Alive, provides medicine to low-income children and families in Africa and India who have AIDS.

“It just seems so unfair that you wouldnt be able to have the opportunity to live because you dont have the money to afford to pay for it,” says Keys.

For Lakshmi, her support for the Endometriosis Foundation of America comes from a personal struggle.

The “Top Chef” host suffered years of debilitating pain before she was diagnosed with the disease in her 30s.

To highlight her culinary background, Lakshmi decorated her “Mrs. Bones” with food products — fashioning a crown out of empty mussel shells and stringing together dried chilies to make strands of hair. The skeleton’s olive-colored maxi dress is from Lakshmi’s own wardrobe.

Galifianakis also used personal memorabilia on his skeleton. “The Hangover” star’s Mr. Bones is covered in old stamps collected during his travels.

Troops get new USO facility, donations

Troops now have a newly renovated facility to welcome them as they fly into the Pensacola International Airport.

Trevis Dawson is a Specialist in the Army.

Friday is his last day visiting his family in Pensacola before he returns to his station in El Paso, Texas.

But Dawson and other service-members got a big surprise at the Pensacola International Airport.

A brand new renovated USO facility welcomed them as they continue protecting our freedoms.

"I didn't even know they were renovating it since the last time I was here but I'm glad they did. They're always trying to make things different for us and showing us that they care. It really makes us feel good," said Dawson.

The USO facility looked completely different in 2011. Now the facility has separate rooms, including a dining, TV and children's room.

Dozens gathered this morning to celebrate the facility's grand re-opening.

The project was part of Operation Hope, a plan by the Leadership Pensacola Class of 2012 who worked for months and raised more than $200,000 for the USO.

Sprint Driver Racing for Blood Donations

Greg Biffle’s NO. 16 Ford Fusion car will bear the names of 33 blood donors during the NASCAR® Sprint® All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway starting at 9 p.m. EDT May 19. The car's "Saluting Our All-Stars" paint scheme highlights the American Red Cross and the importance of blood donations; Biffle is a member of the Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet and a regular blood donor, according to ARC.

"I encourage everyone who is able to give blood to visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS and find a blood donation location," said Biffle. "This week, I gave blood alongside my No. 16 team. It was easy, convenient, and satisfying. I feel great knowing that I may help save a life."

ARC is celebrating the fifth year of its Red Cross Racing partnership with 3M and Roush Fenway Racing. "Thanks to the generous donation from 3M and support by Greg Biffle, the No. 16 Ford also will sport a Red Cross paint scheme during the June 30 race in Kentucky,"

Donations need for Back-to-School

Sometimes the difference between a successful student and a failing student is having the basic essentials to do homework and participate in the classroom. For this reason, CPLC hosts an annual Back-to-School Drive to help get children ready to start the school year.
This year’s drive will take place from June 1 – August 1. Donations such as backpacks, notebooks, uniforms, pencils, crayons, paper, and other essentials are needed and welcomed.
All donated items will benefit the more than 500 youth that attend CPLC’s community centers, health centers, and learning centers (CPLC Centro de Familia, CPLC De Colores Domestic Violence Shelter, Emerald Shores Learning Center, and San Marina Learning Center, to name a few) in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Taylor Swift's $4 million donation

Taylor Swift has taught a generation of kids to appreciate country music over the last five years. Now, she's donating $4 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to make sure that education continues.

The gift is the largest given to the museum by an artist and is the second largest from an individual, officials said. It will fund the Taylor Swift Education Center, an exhibit and classroom space scheduled to open in 2014.
The 22-year-old singer-songwriter is country music's top-selling artist and current ambassador to the world. She has a long history with the museum. One of her first public performances was on the building's plaza. She signed her record contract there. And she has donated her time to the museum's "All For The Hall" fundraisers.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Scott Brown won’t give up JPMorgan donations

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown yesterday refused to return $50,000 in contributions from donors with the troubled firm JPMorgan Chase where executives announced last week they lost $2 billion due to risky investments — prompting local Democrats to accuse him of resting in Wall Street’s pocket.

“Scott Brown watered down Wall Street reform just enough so that the same high rollers who gambled away our economy are right back at it,” said John Walsh, chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, who also slammed Brown for failing to list members of a “secretive” New York City finance team.

But Brown’s campaign said yesterday the New York City fundraising committee is in fact one man — entrepreneur Anthony Scaramucci — who hosted a March 12 event to collect money for the Republican senator.

Scaramucci briefly worked at Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers, two troubled firms that played a prime role in the 2008 fiscal collapse. The New York financier, who now works at the investment firm SkyBridge Capital, also donated $4,600 to President Obama in 2008 and gave Brown $4,800 in 2010.

A campaign document that lists the event as hosted by a “New York fundraising committee” was meant to drum up interest for other hosts, but didn’t do so, said Brown spokesman Colin Reed.

Warren, a well-known consumer advocate, has demanded that JPMorgan’s CEO Jamie Dimon resign from the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Brown’s campaign manager Jim Barnett said the senator believes Dimon will be held accountable by the bank’s public shareholders.

The Final Task Ends On A Cliffhanger

Celebrity Apprentice: the Final Five was whittled down to four, when Teresa Giudice project managed her team’s assignment to a loss. But the Donald was not finished yet; he brought in last season’s Celebrity Apprentice  winner John Rich, and runner up Marlee Matlin, to interview Arsenio Hall, Aubrey O’Day, Clay Aiken and Lisa Lampanelli. Based on John and Marlee’s recommendations, he fired Lisa. This week, we’ll find out the second person chopped, and have one last challenge. Next week, the winner will be chosen. Ready?

Arsenio, Aubrey and Clay wait nervously for Trump’s decision. He begins by saying that there are no losers in the room, but there is at least one, isn’t there? Because one of the three will be leaving. Each gives good reason to be kept on, but it’s Aubrey’s turn to leave, despite Trumps assertion of her “great beauty and great intelligence.”

She takes the firing graciously, blows a two handed, Marilyn Monroe-ish, goodbye kiss to Amanda the receptionist, but interviews, “There’s nothing see-through about me. I’m somebody that stands in your face and is so bright and shines so big that you’re either intimidated, you’re annoyed, or you’re in love.”

In the Board Room, Clay’s having a little déjà vu, finding himself once again a finalist against a tall black man. Arsenio’s thrilled to have the opportunity to win more money for his charity.  Trump will see them tomorrow when he assigns the final task.

As they leave, Arsenio says “I’m getting in your ass.” Clay laughs and says, “You might want to rephrase that.” Arsenio is flustered when he realizes he was misunderstood. Clay just gives him a hug.

In the Winner’s room, Clay says that this time, he’s not going to lose. He’s been known as the American Idol runner up for years. He’ll work even harder to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Arsenio’s just as determined to win the money for the Magic Johnson foundation.

At the Lincoln Centre, Trump and the Trumpettes (Don Jr. and Ivanka) meet with Clay and Arsenio to outline their biggest task of the challenge. They will have to produce, host, and sell tickets to a celebrity charity event. They’ll be responsible for all aspects of the show, including selling tickets, creating a thirty second charity awareness ad, and producing a variety show to entertain their guests. They themselves will be the entertainment at their show. So they’ll need a little help getting organized.

Time to bring back the also-rans! The Final Two will have help from some of the celebrities who’ve been eliminated over the season. Welcome back, Debbie Gibson, Aubrey, Lisa, Teresa, Penn Jillette, Dee Snider, Adam Carolla, and Paul Teutel Sr. In a very awkward schoolyard pick, Arsenio grabs Adam, Lisa, Paul and Teresa for his team, while Clay chooses Penn, Debbie and Dee. Since no one wants Aubrey, she sheepishly joins Clay’s group. Oh, someone will pay for this humiliation, I’m sure!

While the winning team will get $250,000.00 for their charity, any money they earn from their show will go to the Project Manager’s charity, so both teams are ready to give it their all.

Team Clay convene, and Clay begins by telling them about his charity, the National Inclusion Project, which he began after appearing on American Idol. It allows special needs kids to be involved in events they might normally not get a chance to experience.  

Clay assigns Aubrey to planning and decorating; Penn and Dee will handle the creative for the ad; Debbie will work on the music for the variety show. Penn proffers “let’s all play” as a slogan. Aubrey thinks that a carnival motif would work, and Clay says they could also have inclusive games, reflecting his charities concerns. Aubrey’s prepared to take on any and all jobs.

Boston is top donor city for Elizabeth Warren

US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren received more in campaign donations from Boston in the first three months of the year than from any other city in America, collecting more than $374,000 from residents of the state capital, according to a Globe analysis of campaign finance documents.

Warren, a Democrat who has been criticized by Republicans for raising most of her massive war chest from out of state, collected $1.7 million in large contributions from Massachusetts residents in the first quarter this year, the most from any state. She received $479,000 from New York residents and $426,000 from Californians, who ranked second and third in support for her campaign.

The rankings include only contributions of at least $200, for which the Federal Election Commission requires candidates to include the address and occupation of donors. Smaller contributions may be reported as one lump sum, with no details on the donors.

Warren raised $6.9 million during the first three months of the year, a massive sum that doubled the $3.4 million raised by Brown. The Warren campaign has said that about $2.5 million, or 36 percent, of its total money raised in the first quarter, including the smaller donations, came from Bay State residents.

With about $15 million in his campaign account by March 31, Brown still leads Warren in total cash. Warren reported about $10.9 million in her account on March 31.

The candidates are expected to spend “in excess of $20 million each,’’ said Stuart Rothenberg, editor of the Rothenberg Political Report, which follows political races on a nonpartisan basis. “That is the top of the top tier’’ among expensive races, he said.

The Massachusetts contest, which Rothenberg currently rates as a toss-up, combines several elements that drive up costs, including the fact that Massachusetts is a populous state with an expensive primary media market, in Boston, as well as several secondary markets, he said. Also, the race features candidates who are accomplished fund-raisers with national appeal, and the election is taking place in a year in which political control of the US Senate may come down to one race.