Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft lip and palate charity, has announced Joe Staley will act as ambassador for Electric Run San Francisco, and LookToTheStars.org talked to the San Francisco 49ers Tackle about the event.How did it come about that you were asked to host the ‘Electric Run’ to benefit Smile Train?The organization approached me to host the event and when I found out proceeds were benefiting Smile Train I wanted to get involved. Anything that benefits children is just a great cause and I am very excited to put my name down to the charity and the event itself.Any teammates running alongside you?I am the official starter of the race and am not actually running. I try keep the stress off my knees in the off season. I don’t know of any of my teammates who are running in the race. My girlfriend and a few of her friends will be running though.Aside from hosting this event for Smile Train, are there any other causes you are involved with? Future work with this organization?I do a lot of work back home in Michigan. My mom is a librarian at an elementary school and I have helped in the schools to get kids excited about reading. I have also done some work with Play 60, but mainly I just work a lot with the students at the schools. I am also doing a few football camps this summer.If you could ask your fans to do one thing to improve this world, what would it be?I think people should smile and laugh more and they should take time to develop real relationships.Finally, if you had a theme song, what would it be?It would probably be something I would make up that’s why it would be my theme song.Smile Train will serve as the official beneficiary of Electric Run, taking place for the first time in the Golden Gate city on Saturday, April 27. Staley will join more than 10,000 participants to kick off the race lighting up Candlestick Park, the same field on which Staley plays during the season.For more information about the event, click here.Copyright ©2013Look to the Stars
From now until Friday, Oct. 31, Live Nation Entertainment will work once again with the American Cancer Society to promote awareness about cancer issues and raise much-needed funds for the fight against cancer.For every $50 that fans donate through Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com, they will receive a tm ticket cash code, redeemable for $10 off future ticket purchase for select sports, music and theater events.“Together with the American Cancer Society, we are pleased to offer our fans this token of appreciation for taking part in the fight against cancer,” said Jared Smith, president of Ticketmaster North America. “Their generous donations will enable, our partner, the American Cancer Society, to continue the critical work that it has done for more than a century, which is truly a win-win for everyone.”“Countless friends and loved ones continue to hear the words ‘you have cancer’, but with the contributions of Live Nation fans across the world we will save more lives and change the course of the disease,” said Lin Mac Master, chief revenue, marketing and communications officer for the American Cancer Society. “Partnerships like this are essential to our life-saving work and will help finish the fight against cancer.”Fans who contribute will receive a one-time voucher code, applicable for $10 off their final ticket purchase for select events on Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. Fans can donate to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org/ticketcash and receive one code per transaction. Code has set expiration date of December 31, 2014 and is redeemable online via www.ticketmaster.com/ACS.For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society has been leading the way to transform cancer from deadly to preventable. Its work spans nationally and internationally, and includes funding cancer research, providing public education, advocating local, state and federal government, and offering free service programs to cancer patients and caregivers.Ticketmaster and the American Cancer Society have collaborated together since 2012, including on two National Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaigns and on an October 2013 fundraising project with the National Football League.Additional collaborations between the two organizations will be announced in the upcoming months.Source:PR Newswire
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