Shriver Honored by amFAR

Santa Monica City Councilman Bobby Shriver, co-founder of the (Product) RED Campaign that has raised $57 million to combat AIDS in Africa, is one of three people who will be honored tomorrow night in New York City by the Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR).

Shriver, artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel, and Carine Roitfeld, editor- in-chief of French Vogue, will each receive amFAR’s Award of Courage for their “vital and distinctive contributions” to the global struggle against AIDS, as well their “outstanding leadership and distinguished service in furthering amfAR’s mission and for playing vital roles in increasing AIDS awareness and accelerating the pace of HIV/AIDS research.”

The evening will open with a keynote speech by amfAR board chair Kenneth Cole, and will include the première of a short film about amfAR’s history and accomplishments, introduced by Tony Award-winning actress Natasha Richardson, a member of amfAR’s board of trustees.

Marc Jacobs and Lou Reed are among the award presenters.

amfAR is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested $260 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide.

Obama and California – A Perfect Match

According to the Associated Press, “Barack Obama routed Hillary Rodham Clinton” in the South Carolina primary Saturday.

Following his impressive victory, Obama told a crowd of excited supporters, “The choice in this election is not about regions or religions or genders, It’s not about rich versus poor, young versus old and it’s not about black versus white. It’s about the past versus the future.”

We were as jubilant as the people in the crowd, as we had waited for years to hear a presidential candidate who wanted to do more than win.

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Dell, Microsoft Go (RED)

DELL and Microsoft joined the (RED) roster this week, adding new products whose sales raise funds to fight AIDS in Africa.

According to a report issued by the Global Fund this week, total revenue generated by the sales of (RED) partners has reached $57 million.

The announcement was made by Bono, RED co-founder, Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Michael Dell this week at the World Economic Forum at Davos.

The unique (PRODUCT) RED branded Microsoft and Dell PC and printer powered by Windows Vista Ultimate (PRODUCT) RED. Dell is the exclusive partner for PCs and peripherals of (PRODUCT) RED.

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Whither the Weather 1/25 – 2/1

By Ava Tramer

Beaches
Rainy and cool
Highs: 55-60; Lows: 41-51

Inland
Cool with weekend rain
Highs: 56-62; Lows: 34-46

Deserts
Partly cloudy with a chance of rain
Highs: 58-64; Lows: 40-47

And Santa Monica…
It’s a rare occurrence in Santa Monica, but this Sunday, there is a 100 percent chance of rain. In our city by the sea that gets so few days of rain each year, this is a special day. Rather than moan about your wet misfortune, embrace the rain as a miracle of sorts, a unique present from the clouds that will douse our city and give the weather-deprived children something to splash around in. Buy your kids rain boots, take them outside, and teach them how to splash in puddles. It’s something every child should know how to do, and in Santa Monica, that is so rarely the case.

Bananas!

Don’t get thinking it’s a real country because you can get a lot of high school kids into gym suits and have them spell out “bananas” for the newsreels.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald