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Hi guys. Can you believe it is already October 1st?! I can’t believe how fast the year has flown by. Heck I cannot believe how fast the last 5 (almost) years have gone since I got sick and had to leave my dreams in London. But just because I have a chronic illness and have been to hospital and the doctor more times than I can count does not mean I don’t want to shine a spotlight on the great things others are doing.

So – let’s check out what ways we can give back this month!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Tonight, The Oaks Mall and Los Robles Hospital are teaming up for PAINT THE TOWN PINK at The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks, California, from 6-8pm.

Tickets: $40 each, include one complimentary cocktail, delicious appetizers and desserts, a silent auction, and a variety of great items from our vendors.

All proceeds directly support CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY VALLEY / VENTURA / SANTA BARBARA programs and services offered at no charge to participants.

Call 805-379-4777 for more information.

Support and Empower Girls in Africa

The Joyous Living: Geanco will host Charlize Theron at their 2019 Hollywood Gala

The GEANCO Foundation will hold its annual Hollywood fundraiser on Thursday, October 10, at the SLS Hotel to rally support for vulnerable women and children in Nigeria. Philanthropist and Oscar-winner Charlize Theron (Monster, Atomic Blonde, Mad Max: Fury Road) will join Golden Globe-nominee David Oyelowo (Gringo, Selma, Queen of Katwe) for a keynote conversation about philanthropy and Africa. Taking place just one day before the global “International Day of the Girl”, this event will highlight how GEANCO supports and empowers girls in Africa’s most populous country.

Tickets are available for purchase. Guests will enjoy lively Nigerian music, a premium open bar, gourmet appetizers, and an exciting silent auction while mingling with leading celebrities and entertainment industry heavyweights. The Program kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with a traditional Nigerian dance performance and the celebrity keynote discussion.

Life Saving Medicine

Visionaries and revolutionaries in medicine, philanthropy, tech, education, art and entertainment will gather at the fourth bi-annual Rebels With A Cause gala to celebrate an intimate evening in support of the lifesaving research lead by Dr. David B. Agus, MD, Founding Director and CEO of the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC (“Ellison Institute”).

Taking place at the Institute’s new building in West Los Angeles, set to open this fall, the gala will be co-chaired by Lynne and Marc Benioff, Founder, Chairman and co-CEO of Salesforce. Tony Award winner James Corden, host of The Late Late Show, will emcee, while sixteen-time Grammy Award-Winner David Foster returns as the gala’s Musical Director and acclaimed director and producer Don Mischer is set to produce.

Date: 24 October 2019

The Joyous Living: Charlize Theron will be a special guest at Geanco's Hollywood Gala The Joyous Living: Learn How to Give Back This Month

Do you know of any other upcoming ways to give back?