Positive Paparazzi: Carrie Underwood To The Million Dollar Rescue!

Celebrities Do Good

Headlining this week's good-celeb round up, is Carrie Underwood, who donated $1 MILLION to the victims of the Oklahoma tornado. As the highest paid American Idol winner, she's clearly using her ranking for good.

Also joining in to provide OK tornado relief is Blake Shelton. The cuddly country crooner from The Voice, hosted "Healing the Heartland," a benefit concert that served as a telethon, with proceeds going to the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund.

The list doesn't end there. Joe Jonas took his perfectly styled hair on a trip to OK to volunteer with Convoy of Hope, an organization that specializes in disaster relief and one that Joe and his brothers have been working with since 2009.

Brett Michaels increased the value of this shiny Harley Davidson motorcycle by signing it before it was auctioned off at a benefit concert for  the Pittsburg Children's Hospital. Underneath his John Hancock, he wrote, "Life Rocks."

Olivia Munn, who I believe can do no wrong, starred in this adorable PSA to stop teens from texting while driving:

Fashion's top stars made their way to the red carpet to attend the 35th Annual Image Awards, the proceeds of which benefitted the Wounded Warrior Project. Among the VIPs were Debi Mazar, Peter Cincotti, Robyn Lawley, Alyssa Miller, and Rachel Roy among others. 

At another event benefitting war veterans, Jake Gyllenhaal dished out some serious dough and some serious poetry when he read "Dulce et Decorum Est" to the audience of the Headstrong Project's Words of War event in NYC. During the auction he started the bidding at $5,000.

A gajillion celebrities had screen time in AMC's PSA about joining the fight against AIDS that ran from Memorial Day to May 30. From June 1-10, 40 cents of each movie ticket will go to The Global Fund. The amount raised is estimated to reach $100,000.

The Trump National Golf Club held the 2nd Annual Hank Baskett Classic, where an impressive list of celebrity golfers played (Kendra Wilson, Blake Leeper, and Bryan Russel to name a few), and former NFL wide receiver, Hank Baskett presented Dr. Ross Camige with this year's Spirit Award for having successfully treated Baskett's father for lung cancer.

In case you missed it on the Hoopla Blog, check out some seriously terrific things Patrick Stewart and Samuel L. Jackson did this week as well.

When trouble falls, the stars will shine. Here's to the celebs who helped people heal, helped prevent them from getting hurt, and restored our faith in humanity ever so nicely. Cheers to THAT. Have a good weekend everyone.

Dan's Coffee Runs Bring Warmth To Chemo Patients and Staff

Coffee and a smile are sometimes the best medicine. When Dan Dewey's father was being treated for cancer, Dan found himself following a routine in a situation which needed a little perking up.

Thus began what has become known as "Dan's Coffee Run". Every Thursday morning, Dan does a special coffee run for the staff and patients at the Michigan Cancer Institute in Bloomfield Hills, bringing Starbucks Coffee and a lot of smiles to the patients and providers at the cancer treatment center.

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This Organization Feeds Their Entire Community

If you are a kid and your bed is a lumpy, old couch or a cold, hard floor and you leave home for school without a regular breakfast, you will not excel in your classes. This daily struggle is shockingly common in many areas of the country and it sets many children on a downward spiral at an early age that is difficult to recover from. This is where Meals By Grace is making a difference.

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Anonymous Authors of Love Letters Uplift The Lonely

While it is exciting to see the bold type of a newly arrived email from an old friend or the pulsing dots of a long awaited text, there is still something special about the arrival of a hand written, stamped envelope in your home mailbox.

For those who are facing personal difficulties, adjusting to new circumstances, or just feeling isolated, the physical experience of handling a letter, opening the sealed side of the envelope, and sliding out a beautiful card brings the thrill and anticipation of contact with another person, something they may been missing for long time. Fulfilling this need is at the heart of an inspiring organization called "The World Needs More Love letters".

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A Father, A Son, And A Hockey Fan’s Dream Come True!

Coca-Cola, Shaw's Supermarkets, and the Boston Bruins have teamed up to make one lucky Bruins fan's dream come true. After purchasing a Coke from Shaw's in the New England area, contestants were encouraged to enter for a chance to win a "Player for a Day Experience" with the Boston Bruins.

The lucky winner's name is Mark Karolkiewicz. Mark has been a Bruins fan his whole life and even though he had the opportunity to be a Bruins Player for a Day, he selflessly gave the prize to his son Eric Karolkiewicz, also a die-hard Bruins fan!

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Dancing Away From Illness And Onto The Stage

The hall lights dim…..a hush comes over the audience … the command "places everyone" is given… there is a palpable stillness in the air as the first notes of the opening piece float out of the speakers and hover above the stage…. the curtain rises with a whir … the lights come up… its time …

These are the moments a performer lives for. The hours of solitary sweat and toil practicing their craft in sparse, small rooms, are the dues required for the joy of putting their skill and craft out there for an audience hungering for something special and moving.

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Singer, Poet, Activist, Lupus Survivor - Shanelle Gabriel

"Rock out...live your life....live your art!" This was Brooklyn, New York native Shanelle Gabriel's response to her diagnosis of Lupus, an autoimmune disease where your body's immune system, that usually fights infections, attacks healthy tissue instead.

Shanelle first noticed something was off when her fingers turned blue and hurt in the cold and she could not seem to shake the feeling of fatigue no matter how well she slept. After being diagnosed in 2004, Shanelle decided that her health would not be something that would limit her success.

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NFL Player Mentors Kid Dealing with Mom's Cancer

For families with a member who is battling cancer, life can seem lonely. The trials and tribulations of such a scary disease can be very intense—how could anyone who hasn't gone through them understand?

Walk With Sally is an organization founded to provide loving support to children whose parents or siblings are fighting cancer, and they helped make a very special match between two people who could understand one another's experience personally. Will Svitek, a former NFL professional, lost his father to cancer when he was just 31. He joined Walk With Sally for the express purpose of mentoring youngsters who were struggling in similar situations. That's how he met Rocco.

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These Fearless Freefalling Females Will Amaze You

Did you know that today is Women Rock! Day? To celebrate and inspire, we found a special group of women who are doing what they love as they defy gravity and perform breathtaking aerial acrobatics thousands of feat in the air!

This group is known as the Joy Riders and they aren't afraid of much. The all female, international skydiving and base jumping team fall through the sky for fun. They represent joy, passion, inspiration, and work to motivate their audience to go after what they want most in life.

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