Carolina Panther's Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation Charity Golf Event!

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Thomas Davis of the NFL Carolina Panther's franchise held his First Annual Celebrity Golf event to raise money and awareness for the Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation (TDDDF).  Celebrity Athletes from all over the country came out to support Thomas Davis's First Annual Golf event.  The TDDDF does a lot of programs throughout the year to help children.

This three day event began with the Thomas Davis and some of his fellow friends and teammates visiting the Levine's Children's Hospital to visit children suffering from various medical conditions.  After their hospital visit, the big-hearted football players made a surprise visit to various schools around the Mecklenburg County School System to visit students to encourage them to stay in school and excel in school and life. 

On day three, the Celebrity Golf Tournament commenced on a wonderful course where players and guest played an exciting game of golf.  Prizes were given to the players at the end of the event.  

The Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation's Car & Bike Show is Coming up in Charlotte, North Carolina on July 9, 2016.  See you there!

Posted on May 29, 2016 .

Josh Norman Starz24 Charity Gala

He has the world at his fingertips and he wants to share his world with others. That speaks volumes about the character and personality of Josh Norman, a cornerback for the NFL's Carolina Panthers.  Norman has been using his STAR POWER to win on and off the field.

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Norman and his Starz24 team hosted a successful charity gala event to raise money and support for the various programs that his Starz24 non-profit organization does for children.  Norman, the sibling of 4 brothers wants to make sure that he is doing his part to give back to the community and to give children an opportunity to have positive outlets where they can be active children, stay out of trouble and develop teamwork and discipline.  Norman's Starz24 has hosted celebrity basketball events, Fun Day activities for high school students and has been a guest speaker to talk to students about the value of hard work an dedication.  

At the Starz24 Gala, Norman and WCCB TV's Kelli Bartik presented two students with Scholarships! Both were excellent students as well as leaders in their perspective sports of baseball and volleyball. Performance1 Group's Greg Morin served as the Guest speaker for the evening.  For more information about Starz24 log onto www.starz24.org or contact Field of Dreams Sports and Entertainment  Agent, Devin Scott at myfodse@gmail.com

Posted on June 6, 2015 .

Steven T. Benedict uses his Star Power to Help Children!

Celebrity Athlete Steven T Benedict uses his Star Power to Help raise awareness for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Source:  Deborah Griffin

Celebrity athlete Steven T. Benedict joined forces with other celebrities to raise awareness for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. 

Steven T. Benedict is a professional track and field athlete, fitness personality, and motivational speaker from Southern California. While track is his main athletic focus, he is also accomplished in many other areas of sport, from martial arts, to football, to soccer. Despite his laser focus on the track, he still takes time to give back. 

Benedict joined celebrities in TV, film, music and sports to raise awareness for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) "Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are" event on May 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. The event was hosted by Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) and Co-Founder Marie Osmond. Actress, musician, American Idol judge and long time supporter of Children's Hospitals, Jennifer Lopez surprised the patients with a special appearance.

The star studded and magical celebration was well attended by celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez (actress/singer), Marie Osmond (singer/actress), Dan Bucatinsky (drama series Scandal), Fran Drescher (TV Land "Happily Divorced"), Kenny Lattimore (singer), Brian McNight (singer), Jen Lilley (ABC soap General Hospital), Katrina Law (Starz TV "Spartacus"), Steven Benedict (Athlete) and many others.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) patients and their families enjoyed the sea of gifts presented by sponsored brands such as AQUAhydrate, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Children's Hospital Orange County, At Paul Mitchell the School Pasadena, Pound Puppy, Tag Along Teddy, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, TONKA, to name a few.  See event images at:  http://www.wireimage.com/search/#events?q=marie%20osmond/[554151429]&ep=1/60/1&s=3

Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation Charity Event "The Great Gatsby"

The Carolina Panthers and NFL's "Walter Payton Man of The Year Award" recipient and the Founder of The Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation, Mr. Thomas Davis, really goes all out for what he believes in.

Thomas Davis and his Wife Kelly, hosted a charity fundraiser for their 501 C3 Non-profit organization.  The event entitled, "The Great Gatsby," raised funds and awareness to assist the foundation in providing positive programs for children.  The TDDDF strives to help and encourage students to develop the life and social skills that will help them develop into productive and responsible citizens of tomorrow.  

There were many NFL Teammates and supporters in attendance at the TDDDF "The Great Gatsby" event.  Carolina Panther's teammate Josh Norman was decked out in a Top Hat, Black and White wing-tipped shoes and a gentleman's cane and looked so good he would put the board game Mr. Monopoly Man on to shame!  

Captain Munnerlyn from the NFL's Minnesota Vikings was present to show support for the TDDDF cause and looked very distinguished.  Luke Kueckly, Thomas Davis's teammate was also dressed impeccable and had a winner smile to top off his "Great Gatsby look.  Many of the women captured the fundraisers theme for the evening by wearing pearl necklaces, shimmy dresses, sequins and feathers to help match and set the scene!   Felicia and Herb Gray were present to show their support as well as numerous other patrons.

During his interview Coach Ron Rivera stated that he was extremely proud of Thomas Davis and all that he has done off the field for the community.  

The event was held at the Harvey Gantt Center and event tables and black jack tables were available for people to play games on every level!  It was a great night of adult fun and it was a great event to bring awareness and funds to a very worthy cause!  For more information on The Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation, log onto www.defendingdreams.org. 


Posted on May 23, 2015 .

Stuart Scott, The Legendary Sportscaster Dies from Cancer

Although he never played for any professional  sports team, he could have easily been an Athletic Angel and to many he was.  Many professional sports players and coaches as well as his family, friends, associates and coworkers were saddened to find out that the charismatic, funny and professional sportscaster died from cancer.  He fought cancer as tough as any team fights against its opponent.  Even as he fought this terrible disease, he did so with so much class, dignity and integrity that many did not even know he was in such a battle for his life.  

Life.  That is one of the things that Scott Stuart had.  He had life in his eyes and in his heart. He lived almost everyday of life to the fullest.  

I remember when I first met Scott.  It was at a charity event for inner city children.  The Behailu Academy children's center in Charlotte, North Carolina was opening and Scott was there to make sure he gave support to the children and to his friend Dee-Dee Mills. 

During our Celebrity Charity Magazine interview, Scott talked about how he would not have missed this chance to be at his friend's grand opening because programs like Dee-Dee's were needed in the inner city.  He mentioned how his parents were able to put him in various after school programs, but other children are not so lucky and he wanted to use his presence or what I like to call "Star Power" to bring awareness to this program for the children of the The Behailu Academy.

That night his charisma and positive energy was so evident and uncontainable.  He spoke to all the guest, took photos and gave one hell of a speech about his love for children because he too was a father....a proud father.  

He is no longer here on this Earth in the physical form....but believe me, through all the lives this wonderful man touched, he will go on to live multiple lives because of the way he lived his life.  He set so many examples of what it is to be a professional, a friend, a father, a co-worker, and a caring human being.  Cancer took his physical body, but not his spiritual body.  

He beat cancer.  Do you know how?  Well, his words can tell you best, "When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer.  You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live." Enough said.  

Posted on January 8, 2015 .

Chris Canty-NFL Star's Foundation Supports Literacy For Children

Celebrity Charity Magazine was honored to be invited to come out and cover the great work that is being done by The Chris Canty Foundation regarding support for child literacy.  

The Chris Canty Foundation hosted a Women for Literacy Book Fair event at Barnes and Nobles in Charlotte, North Carolina to bring awareness to the importance of supporting children and literacy programs.  Book Author Yesenia Hernandez was present to show her support for the foundation and for the foundations founders, brothers Chris and Joseph Canty.

Supporters were able to purchase a book and part of the proceeds from the books purchased were donated to the Chris Canty Foundation.  

The National Association of Professional Women, Chili's, Chic-Fil-A and Massage Envy were some of the events great sponsors.  It was a great and successful event.  

It is important to the foundation to enhance the total development of youth and the educational component touches an important part of the Foundations mission.To learn more about the Chris Canty Foundation, log onto www.chriscantyfoundation.org.

Posted on December 7, 2014 .

Justin Tuck-Star NFL Defensive End Defends Education

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Justin Tuck is an NFL Star who makes it his business to help the future stars of tomorrow by helping provide books and financial means for them to get an education.  

Tuck, who made A's and B's while playing sports, respects the value of a good education.  Tuck and his wife Lauran founded Tuck's RUSH ( Read, Understand, Succeed, Hope) for literacy to help underserved schools with grant money and books to help encourage children to dream and reach for the stars.

We all know it takes money to get an education.  The Tucks took their concern and generosity and partnered with 1:1 Fund and the Children's Aid Society and provided $150,000 of their personal finances to open college savings accounts for young students in New York City.  

The endowment the Tucks have established will allow the students to have $100 each into their student account and then match the contribution from their family's up to $100 a year until the child completes high school.  

It is easy to see why Tuck and his family are a success on and off the field!

Posted on December 7, 2014 .

The Chris Canty Foundation Gives Direction to Children!

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Another Athletic Angel, NFL player, Chris Canty, has a remarkable charity that really gives help and direction to youth in North Carolina, New York City and Bermuda.  The organization, “works to enhance the total development of all youth,” According to sources.  “When we work together, we can move communities forward and empower those in need,” states the organization’s website.  The non-profit also provides current information on ways to provide assistance and opportunities for children.  

The Chris Canty Foundation is about giving back to youth and nurturing them to become positive and productive citizens.  Sports play a big part as a platform to help children achieve goals, develop talents, self-confidence and necessary life skills. 

The Chris Canty Foundation works hard to provide the necessary tools to help develop children into successful adults.  In Charlotte, North Carolina the Chris Canty Foundation held a charity event to raise funds for the non-profit organization and people from all industries and backgrounds were in attendance to support this diligent organization.

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Joseph Canty, the President and CEO of the Chris Canty Foundation hosted the evening at an upscale facility called “Blue” to ensure that all supporters had a wonderful evening and were shown appreciation for their support of the Chris Canty Foundation.  The fundraising evening included a silent auction of sports memorabilia, paintings and travel opportunities for the bidders.  The Dessert Specialist Sadruddin Abdullah also prepared exquisite chocolate confections for the event and donated a wine and chocolate pairings for 6 for charity supporters to bid on.    


Jeffrey Parker, a charity supporter, bid on the weekend Las Vegas trip, Tickets to NFL football game as well as the Book by Obama.  He stated, “I think it is wonderful that he has this charity in Charlotte.  His work in the charity and this charity event has not only met my expectations, but exceeds my expectations.”  This charity event is like his charity, “A 1 Class.”

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Raphael Sabastian a co-organizer of the charity event as well as an Advisory Board Member of The Chris Canty Foundation stated, “We wanted to corral 200 to 300 hundred of our charity friends to mix and mingle and bring the charity to the city.  We want people to see the A Class charity they support.  I came aboard the Chris Canty Foundation years ago.  When I worked for CoCa-Cola, I supported the charity as a sponsor. The people that I inherited the job from mainly wrote checks.  But I wanted to “inspect what I expected.”  I went out to see what they did and I was absolutely amazed.  Chris Canty had paid out of his own pocket to have 35 professional, name brand athletes to direct over 300 children during the Chris Canty Camp.  The kids weren’t charged a dime.  Chris has an amazing heart.  I saw the value year after year of working with him. We began to talk collectively about institutionalizing his work, and the Chris Canty Foundation was established.  Every since we have been building the brand and have been blessed to have the community rally around this charity. 

I am happy to say that the Chris Canty Foundation has been able to expand its body of good works into New York and Bermuda.  I want to see the focus on the things we do expand beyond athletics.  We want to develop champions beyond athletics.  We want to develop the entire child.” 

A gentleman at the charity event called, “Cool Charlie” says that he is proud of the Chris Canty Foundation because they have built this charity around some of the same characteristics taught to them by their parents.  “Chris and Joe’s parents are some of the greatest people I have ever known and the values they gave Chris and Joe are evident in the Chris Canty Foundation.”  He encourages Joe and Chris to, “Continue on with this foundation and look for more quality people to help them and they will be able to help children all the time.”

John Luke, Owner of VizPress Marketing Design and Printing and his wife Dr. Mo Daniels were also in attendance to support the Chris Canty Foundation.  “We have been making the trophies to give to the children for years.  We started giving support to Chris when it was just the Chris Canty Football Camps.”  Said Mark, But we support the work they do for these kids and get joy from seeing how these kids are transformed by the efforts of the Chris Canty Foundation.”  Dr. Daniels stated, “Joe and Chris help to develop these children on a physical, mental and spiritual level.  It is great when children can get help from strong, compassionate and Godly men.” 

Tya Young, a marketing associate for Bank of America stated, “Joe and Chris are great humanitarians.  Chris is a humanitarian first and an athlete second.  They both get these great values from their mom and dad. Their parents should bottle up whatever it is they are teaching and put it on a shelf and sell it!  I just encourage them both to stay humble and focused and keep doing what you are doing.”

Lisa Jimenez, a volunteer of the foundation, says that the Chris Canty Foundation is amazing and has a great purpose and as a person of Spanish decent she appreciates that they are supportive and include all communities in their work.”

Shirley L. Canty, (The long version of the name MOM).  Chris and Joseph Canty’s mother, Shirley L. Canty, is proud of the work that her sons have done since the charity’s launch on June 17, 2011.  “I think that Joe has done an excellent job as CEO and Chris has done an excellent job as Founder.  The Chris Canty Foundation is young and growing and has upward mobility.  Joe and Chris are true to the mission of the charity to plant seeds in good soil to really help young children and youth to dream about their future and to know that there is a positive person within each one of them.  Chris is excited about what he has dreamt since given this platform of being in the NFL and he has refused to take no as an answer when it comes to being true to his mission which is to really promote the well-being of children and youth.   I am really proud of the Chris Canty Foundation. 

I told Mrs. Canty that I saw a video that talked about how Chris and Joe stated that they wanted to do something that would make their parents proud of them.  When I asked Mrs. Canty, “Was she proud?” she stated, “Yes, I am really proud of them and the Chris Canty Foundation.” 

She also stated, “They have always been entrepreneurs and community driven.  “Chris and Joe would sit at the dinner table when they were 6 and 9 years old and talk about being entrepreneurs and giving something back to the community.  They would say, “We will get a barber shop and an ABC store.”  Well, everyone can see that they have gone well beyond obtaining a barbershop and an ABC store. 

When I asked Shirley, what is the one thing you would like to say to your sons to tell them to encourage them to keep moving forward, she stated this, which I suppose will have dual meaning for all her sons Seku Chris and Joseph.  “Do not forget your Foundation.” 

Posted on October 13, 2014 .

Muhsin Muhammad- Former NFL Carolina Panther

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Muhsin Muhammad, former NFL Wide Receiver for the Carolina Panthers was known for making important and decisive moves on the football field.  Little did his fans know that it was the adoption of his youngest son and daughter from Ethiopia that had him making room for one of his greatest plays, the decision to adopt not one, but two children from Ethiopia. 

Muhammad retired in 2009 and since then he has been instrumental in helping to establish a chapter of a very important charitable organization in Charlotte, North Carolina.   The organization is called The Gift of Adoption (GOA). Muhammad says, “I was approached by Jason Cipriani and I had no idea what he was going to ask me, but he asked me to be a board member for Gift of Adoption (GOA). 

GOA is something that is near and dear to my heart because I’ve had adoption directly affect me and my family and we are advocates for adoption.  Anytime I can help provide families an opportunity to adopt and provide children an opportunity to be united with their future families, I want to be a part of that.”

 Muhammad and his wife Christa Muhammad admit that it was a decision they pondered and discussed quite often together, but when the final decision was made to adopt, they were both in 100%. 

Muhammad said for him, the best thing about adopting their son and daughter is, “They have opened my eyes to how beautiful adoption is.  I think the biggest thing for me is how much I have learned and how much I have grown and how they have affected me by showing me how beautiful adoption is.”

Consequently, GOA board member Jason Cipriani also spoke of how it can cost upwards of $25,000-$40,000 to privately adopt a child.  “Sometimes there are even travel expenses to consider because the adoptee parents have to stay in the local area of the child for weeks or months until the paperwork from local authorities clears.”

According to board member Cipriani, “The Gift of Adoption (GOA) was established to help potential adoptive parents to handle the expenses of adoption.  GOA is one of the most unique adoption organizations in this country because every dollar that is raised across the US goes to fund grants.  All of the organizations overhead expenses, home office structure, administration expenses and infrastructure are already paid for.  Unlike many other charities, 100% of the money GOA raises helps families in need.” 

According to Muhammad, typically the GOA Carolina Chapters gets about 50 or so requests for funds and assistance.  The fund grants average anywhere from about $3,000 to $7,000.  He states, “The more money we raise the more families we can help.  Of the 50 families that apply for grants, only about half of those families are supplied with a grant.  So by launching this chapter we will be able to raise more funds and be able to supply more and give more families the opportunity to adopt.”

Christa wants people to know that adoption is not a short or easy process and it will be a challenge but do not give up. “It is requires tons and tons of paperwork, but for me it was definitely worth the wait.

When asked why they chose to adopt their children, Madden and Journey from Ethiopia, Christa stated, “Just having a love for Africa and the research we did for the country made us want to adopt from Ethiopia.  We have been able to help children in America, but we decided to go home to Africa and reach out.  We love the family structure in Ethiopia, a lot of religions get along in Ethiopia and Moose and I loved that.   There is a lot of rich culture there and because of that Moose and I said, “This is the place,” and now Ethiopia is my second home.

When asked, how does it feel to have your brother and sister around in your life?   Jordan Muhammad, biological daughter of Muhsin Muhammad and older sister to Journey and Madden stated, “Sometimes I forget they are even adopted because it feels like they have been here all along.  I’ll ask them about events that happened before they even came to America and they won’t know what I’m talking about and it gets confusing because I forget that they weren’t even there.  It is like they are biological too.   I don’t even think of them as my adopted brother and sister.  I have them included as just like one family.  When I point out my brother and sister, I don’t say that they are adopted.  I just say they are my brother and sister.

For more information about adoption and nationally chapters of GOA, log onto www.giftofadoption.org

Posted on October 13, 2014 .