The Avril Lavigne Foundation - NewsThe latest news from The Avril Lavigne Foundationhttp://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/newsAvril Lavigne Gives 50 Kids An Unforgettable Summer<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/avril/media/12/03/images/assets/medium.gntE_k2ujMig2ohUgEDZ8Lv1LsR67dyvwTsLY58cIMI.jpg" /><br /><p itemprop="articleBody" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 19.6000003814697px; margin: 0px 0px 10px; word-wrap: break-word; color: rgb(64, 64, 64); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span class="xn-location" itemprop="contentLocation" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Place" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">CHICAGO</span>,<span class="xn-chron" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">Aug. 10, 2015</span>/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Avril Lavigne Foundation and<span class="xn-person" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">Easter Seals</span>announced that CAMP S.T.A.R.S., a scholarship program that gives low-income children with disabilities the chance to attend summer camp, will continue for a third consecutive year. Launched in 2012, CAMP S.T.A.R.S. -<b style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">S</b>ummer<b style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">T</b>ime<b style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">A</b>vril<b style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">R</b>ock<b style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">S</b>tars - was inspired by<span class="xn-person" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">Avril Lavignetime visiting and supporting<span class="xn-person" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">Easter Seals Summer Camp</span>programs throughout the U.S. and<span class="xn-location" itemprop="contentLocation" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Place" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">Canada</span>, as well as her personal experiences growing up.</p> <p itemprop="articleBody" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 19.6000003814697px; margin: 0px 0px 10px; word-wrap: break-word; color: rgb(64, 64, 64); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">"Since starting this program, weve helped more than 100 children and young adults to attend summer camp to make lifelong friends, have fun and learn new skills," said<span class="xn-person" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">Avril Lavigne</span>. "I created the Avril Lavigne Foundation to help people find joy and acceptance no matter what their circumstances, so Im proud to support this program with<span class="xn-person" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">Easter Seals</span>again this year."</p> <p itemprop="articleBody" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 19.6000003814697px; margin: 0px 0px 10px; word-wrap: break-word; color: rgb(64, 64, 64); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">CAMP S.T.A.R.S. will continue at five<span class="xn-person" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">Easter Seals</span>camps this summer across the U.S. and<span class="xn-location" itemprop="contentLocation" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Place" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">Canada</span>, including Easter Seals Southern California,<span class="xn-person" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">Easter Seals Washington</span>,<span class="xn-person" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">Easter Seals North Carolina</span><span class="xn-location" itemprop="contentLocation" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Place" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">Virginia</span>, Easter Seals Greater Houston, and<span class="xn-person" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">Easter Seals Alberta</span>, Canada. The Avril Lavigne Foundation will fund camp scholarships for 50 children during the summer of 2015, most of whom live at or below the poverty level and would otherwise not be able to attend camp.</p> <p itemprop="articleBody" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 19.6000003814697px; margin: 0px 0px 10px; word-wrap: break-word; color: rgb(64, 64, 64); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">"I have attended camp 5 years now, and I learn a new activity every year," said<span class="xn-location" itemprop="contentLocation" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Place" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">Jordan</span>, age 16, who attends Camp Horizon in<span class="xn-location" itemprop="contentLocation" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Place" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">Alberta, Canada</span>. "I might be smiling in every single picture of me at camp, because that is how I feel!"</p> <p itemprop="articleBody" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 19.6000003814697px; margin: 0px 0px 10px; word-wrap: break-word; color: rgb(64, 64, 64); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">"Were thrilled that Avril is continuing her support of our summer camp programs," said<span class="xn-person" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">Randy Rutta</span>, president and chief executive officer of<span class="xn-person" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">Easter Seals</span>. "Attending summer camp is a rite of passage for kids. Avrils personal commitment to ensuring that all children have every opportunity to attend and enjoy all the fun and memories that come along with camping is quite admirable. She knows how important inclusion is and Camp S.T.A.R.S allows children with disabilities to do just that!"</p> <p itemprop="articleBody" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 19.6000003814697px; margin: 0px 0px 10px; word-wrap: break-word; color: rgb(64, 64, 64); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><b style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">About The Avril Lavigne Foundation</b><br style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;" /> Award-winning singer, songwriter and philanthropist<span class="xn-person" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">Avril Lavigne</span>created The Avril Lavigne Foundation in early 2010. The Avril Lavigne Foundation R.O.C.K.S.: providing<b style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;"><u style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">R</u></b>espect,<b style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;"><u style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">O</u></b>pportunity,<b style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;"><u style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">C</u></b>hoices,<b style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;"><u style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">K</u></b>nowledge, and<b style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;"><u style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">S</u></b>trength in support of children and youth living with serious illnesses or disabilities. The Foundation partners with leading charitable organizations to design and deliver programs, raise awareness and mobilize support for children and youth living with a serious illness or a disability. For information please visit The Avril Lavigne Foundation online at<a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/" rel="nofollow" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px; color: rgb(61, 152, 198); text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a>,<span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;"></span><a href="http://www.facebook.com/theavrillavignefoundation" rel="nofollow" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px; color: rgb(61, 152, 198); text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/theavrillavignefoundation</a>or<a href="http://www.twitter.com/avrilfoundation" rel="nofollow" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px; color: rgb(61, 152, 198); text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">www.twitter.com/avrilfoundation</a>.</p> <p itemprop="articleBody" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 19.6000003814697px; margin: 0px 0px 10px; word-wrap: break-word; color: rgb(64, 64, 64); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><b style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">About<span class="xn-person" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;"><span itemprop="name" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">Easter Seals</span></span></b><br style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;" /> <span class="xn-person" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">Easter Seals</span>is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs. For nearly 100 years, we have been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services,<span class="xn-person" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/Person" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px;">Easter Seals</span>creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play. Support children and adults with disabilities at<a href="http://www.easterseals.com/" rel="nofollow" style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.4; margin: 0px; color: rgb(61, 152, 198); text-decoration: none;" target="_blank">www.easterseals.com</a>.</p> <p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:21:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/256193Our Special Olympics Athletes!<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/avril/media/10/11/images/assets/medium.Z0DWYOoDHecs0k5ADHNVyBRJGsn3-qZCw3qbvq8-_vo.png" /><br /><p>The Avril Lavigne Foundation is excited to share updates about the amazing partnership with Special Olympics. Last year, Avril and the Foundation set a goal of sponsoring 30 athletes at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games for Avrils 30th Birthday. Thank you to everyone who contributed to Avrils Birthday campaign we made it happen!</p> <p>The Opening Ceremony for the 2015 games is <strong>July 25<sup>th</sup></strong> in Los Angeles and Avril will be there to perform her single, Fly, and to cheer on all of the athletes (be sure to tune in!). Special Olympic athletes inspire us all to be courageous, uninhibited and to always putting our best foot forward.These diverse athletes are from all over the world, representing Canada, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Philippines, Japan, China and South Korea. Competing in Special Olympics lets our athletes make new friends, relieve stress and enjoy life!</p> <p>Our athletes include:</p> <ol> <li>Catherine P. from Canada (Track & Field)</li> <li>Robert P. from Canada(Track & Field)</li> <li>Tess T. from Canada (Golf)</li> <li>Katie S. from Canada(Track & Field)</li> <li>Emily B. from Canada (Gymnastics)</li> <li>Emanuelle D. from Brazil(Futsal, Football)</li> <li>Deborah C. from Brazil (Swimming)</li> <li>Vanissa G. from Brazil (Gymnastics)</li> <li>Caroline G. from Brazil (Gymnastics)</li> <li>Danielle Blakeney from USA (Gymnastics)</li> <li>Shakila K. from USA(Track & Field)</li> <li>Alica G. from USA (Cycling)</li> <li>Kevin M. from USA (Volleyball)</li> <li>Enrique C. from Mexico(Track & Field)</li> <li>Gaby F. from Mexico(Track & Field)</li> <li>Graciela H.from Mexico (Artistic Gymnastics)</li> <li>Kibo S. from Korea (Golf)</li> <li>Miyeon L. from Korea (Golf)</li> <li>Jihong L. from Korea (Roller Skating)</li> <li>Chohyeon P. from Japan (Track & Field)</li> <li>Akihiko S. from Japan (Track & Field)</li> <li>Rena T. from Japan (Basketball)</li> <li>Katsuya O. from Japan (Basketball)</li> <li>Emi T. from Japan (Tennis)</li> <li>Sheila T. from the Philippines (Rhythmic Gymnastic)</li> <li>Merasol C.from the Philippines (Track & Field)</li> <li>Mark M. from the Philippines (Footabll)</li> <li>Wang Y. from China (Gymnastics)</li> <li>Wu C. from China (Gymnastics)</li> <li>Jin Y. (Gymnastics)</li> </ol> <p></p> <p></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Tue, 14 Jul 2015 14:55:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/254213AVRIL LAVIGNE RELEASES NEW SINGLE “FLY” AND MUSIC VIDEO TO BENEFIT SPECIAL OLYMPICS<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/avril/media/14/12/images/assets/medium.aoVyn2L9P18lSXPFHj0dmPxqq1wgMab6jGuuiSl2tQQ.jpg" /><br /><p>SONG AVAILABLE NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON ITUNES AND VIDEO TO DEBUT ON ABCs GOOD MORNING AMERICA<br /> <br /> PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT SPECIAL OLYMPICS<br /> <br /> <strong>April 16, 2015 International, award-winning musician and philanthropist Avril Lavigne debuted her song to benefit Special Olympics today.The song is exclusively available today,April 16, on iTunes (<a href="http://smarturl.it/avrilflysingle">http://smarturl.it/avrilflysingle</a>) 100 days before the start of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, which will be the worlds largest sporting event in 2015, and willtake place July 25-August 2 in Los Angeles. The inspiring music video for , debuted today on ABCs Good Morning America, featuring Avril Lavigne andSpecial Olympics athletes from around the world.<br /> <br /> This song means a lot to me personally, says Lavigne. It is inspired by the many young people Ive met throughout my work with my Foundation. They pursuetheir dreams no matter what obstacles they face. The Avril Lavigne Foundation provides support to children and youth living with serious illnesses ordisabilities. Special Olympics mission is to unleash the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, so theyre a natural fit for this song.<br /> <br /> In September 2014, as part of the Avril Lavigne Foundations support for Special Olympics, Avril launched a campaign for her 30thbirthday, which raised funds tosupport 30 Special Olympics athletes competing in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. During her 2014 World Tour, Avril visited a local Special OlympicsProgram in Shanghai to learn more about their work, and met with and invited more than 200 Special Olympics athletes to her shows in 14 countries.<br /> <br /> Lavigne co-wrote with her husband Chad Kroeger and David Hodges. The track was produced by Avril Lavigne and Chris Baseford, mixed by Chris Lord-Algeat Mix LA with assistance from Keith Armstrong and Nik Karpen, with additional engineering from Andrew Schubert and Adam Chagnon, engineered by ChrisBaseford, and mastered by Ted Jensen. Special thanks to Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. The track also features violin by Slovakiansensation Filip Jančk, who is known for melding rock and pop with classical violin.<br /> <br /> The music video for was directed by Avril Lavigne and Robb Dipple (who also provided photography direction), produced by Lisa Lax & Nancy Stern, editedby Ray Conley and associate produced by Brittany Futterknecht.<br /> <br /> will also be featured during Special Olympics first-ever Unified Relay Across America presented by Bank of America event, where over the course of 46days, over 20,000 participants nationwide will carry the Flame of Hope to Los Angeles for the Special Olympics World Games.The relay will kick off May 26thAugusta, Maine; Miami, Florida; and Washington, D.C. and end on July 10th. Along each route, nightly celebrations will take place with musical performances,celebrity guests and Unified Sports Experiences (where people with and without intellectual disabilities play on the same team together). Every night, duringeach community celebration, Avrils song will be played when the torch arrives into the city. For more information on the relay, visit<a href="http://www.unifiedrelay.org/">www.unifiedrelay.org</a>. Andfor more information about the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, visit<a href="http://www.la2015.org/">www.LA2015.org</a>.<br /> <br /> ###<br /> <br /> <strong>About Avril Lavigne</strong><br /> Avril Lavigne has made an indelible mark on the music community, selling more than 35 million albums worldwide, 8 Grammy nominations and the winner of 7Canadian Juno Awards. She burst onto the music scene in 2002 with the critically acclaimedLet Gofeaturing the smash singles Sk8r Boi and Her 2004 release,Under My Skin, debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts, as did her third album,The Best Damn Thing, which produced the irrepressible #1 single logging more than 198 million views on YouTube! Lavigne also wrote the song for Tim Burtons critically acclaimed Disney Film Alice in Lavignes fourth studio album,Goodbye Lullaby, featured the smash-hit singles What The Hell, and released in 2011 to critical acclaim.Outside the recording studio, Lavigne is continuously adding pieces to her lifestyle apparel brand, Abbey Dawn; has released three fragrances, Forbidden Rose,Black Star, and Wild Rose; and, in early 2010, Lavigne created The Avril Lavigne Foundation. Avril Lavignes eponymously titled fifth studio album released inNovember 2013 debuting at #1 in more than a dozen countries.Avril Lavignefeatures the top 20 hit single s To Never Growing Up, which debuted at #1in 22 countries and was a top 10 single in 44 countries, and the smash hit duet with husband Chad Kroeger, Let Me Go. For more information, please visit:<a href="http://www.avrillavigne.com/">www.avrillavigne.com</a>,<a href="http://www.twitter.com/avrillavigne">www.twitter.com/avrillavigne</a>, or<a href="http://www.facebook.com/avrillavigne">www.facebook.com/avrillavigne</a>.<br /> <br /> <strong>About The Avril Lavigne Foundation</strong><br /> The Avril Lavigne Foundation was founded by multi-platinum singer-songwriter and philanthropist Avril Lavigne in early 2010. The Avril Lavigne FoundationR.O.C.K.S.: Respect, Opportunity, Choices, Knowledge, and Strength in support of children and youth living with serious illnesses or disabilities. The Foundationpartners with leading charitable organizations to design and deliver programs, raise awareness and mobilize support for children and youth living with a seriousillness or a disability. For information, please visit<a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a>,<a href="http://www.twitter.com/avrilfoundation">www.twitter.com/avrilfoundation</a>, or<a href="http://www.facebook.com/theavrillavignefoundation">www.facebook.com/theavrillavignefoundation</a>.<br /> <br /> <strong>About Special Olympics</strong><br /> Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. Weempower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusivesociety for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance.Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries. With the support ofmore than 1.3 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 81,000 games and competitions throughout theyear. Special Olympics is supported by individuals, foundations and partners, including the Christmas Records Trust, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for SpecialOlympics, The Coca-Cola Company, The Walt Disney Company and ESPN, Lions Clubs International, Microsoft, ToysUs, Mattel, P&G, Bank of America, Essilor VisionFoundation, the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation, Finish Line, The Safeway Foundation, and Safilo Group. Visit Special Olympics at<a href="http://www.specialolympics.org/">www.specialolympics.org</a>.Engage with us on: Twitter<a href="http://fb.com/specialolympics">fb.com/specialolympics</a>;<a href="http://youtube.com/specialolympicshq">youtube.com/specialolympicshq</a>,<a href="http://instagram.com/specialolympics">instagram.com/specialolympics</a>and twitter.com/specialolympics.</p> <p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:36:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/246133Statement from the Avril Lavigne Foundation and Special Olympics<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/avril/media/12/11/images/assets/medium.Cboo_eiLWLmbqgJ8m3xuf4Vu0OWLJYIybqZQdvBVZL4.jpg" /><br /><p>Avril Lavigne has announced that she has written a song called for The Avril Lavigne Foundation to support Special Olympics. The song will be released in advance of the<a data-link="external" href="http://www.la2015.org/" style="color: rgb(30, 130, 180); text-decoration: none;" title="Special Olympics World Summer Games">Special Olympics World Summer Games</a>, which will take place July 25-August 2, 2015. More details about the song will be available soon.<br /> <br /> In September 2014, as part of the Avril Lavigne Foundations support for Special Olympics, Avril launched a campaign for her 30th birthday, which raised funds to support 30 Special Olympics Athletes competing in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.<br /> <br /> The athletes supported by the campaign will come from five different countries and will be announced in February. During her 2014 World Tour, Avril visited a local Special Olympics program in Shanghai to learn more about their programs, and met with and invited more than 200 Special Olympics athletes to her shows in 14 countries.</p> <h1 class="article_title" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 25px; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; color: rgb(245, 0, 33); font-family: ubunturegular, Arial, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">About The Avril Lavigne Foundation</h1> <p>The Avril Lavigne Foundation was founded by Multi-platinum Singer-songwriter and philanthropist Avril Lavigne in early 2010. The Avril Lavigne Foundation R.O.C.K.S.: Respect, Opportunity, Choices, Knowledge, and Strength in support of children and youth living with serious illnesses or disabilities. The Foundation partners with leading charitable organizations to design and deliver programs, raise awareness and mobilize support for children and youth living with a serious illness or a disability. For information, please visit<a data-link="external" href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/" style="color: rgb(30, 130, 180); text-decoration: none;" title="www.theavrillavignefoundation.org">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a>,<a data-link="external" href="http://www.twitter.com/avrilfoundation" style="color: rgb(30, 130, 180); text-decoration: none;" target="_blank" title="www.twitter.com/avrilfoundation">www.twitter.com/avrilfoundation</a>, or<a data-link="external" href="http://www.facebook.com/theavrillavignefoundation" style="color: rgb(30, 130, 180); text-decoration: none;" title="www.facebook.com/theavrillavignefoundation">www.facebook.com/theavrillavignefoundation</a>.</p> <h1 class="article_title" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 25px; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; color: rgb(245, 0, 33); font-family: ubunturegular, Arial, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">About Special Olympics</h1> <p>Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries. With the support of more than 1.3 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 81,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Special Olympics is supported by individuals, foundations and partners, including the Christmas Records Trust, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, The Coca-Cola Company, The Walt Disney Company and ESPN, Lions Clubs International, Microsoft, Mattel, P&G, Bank of America, Essilor Vision Foundation, the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation, Finish Line, The Safeway Foundation, and Safilo Group. Visit Special Olympics at<a href="http://www.specialolympics.org/" style="color: rgb(30, 130, 180); text-decoration: none;" title="www.specialolympics.org">www.specialolympics.org</a>. Engage with us on: Twitter<a data-link="external" href="https://twitter.com/SpecialOlympics" style="color: rgb(30, 130, 180); text-decoration: none;" title="@specialolympics">@specialolympics</a>;<a data-link="external" href="https://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympics" style="color: rgb(30, 130, 180); text-decoration: none;" title="fb.com/specialolympics">fb.com/specialolympics</a>;<a data-link="external" href="https://www.youtube.com/user/SpecialOlympicsHQ" style="color: rgb(30, 130, 180); text-decoration: none;" title="youtube.com/specialolympicshq">youtube.com/specialolympicshq</a>,<a data-link="external" href="http://instagram.com/specialolympics" style="color: rgb(30, 130, 180); text-decoration: none;" title="instagram.com/specialolympics">instagram.com/specialolympics</a>and<a data-link="external" href="https://specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com/" style="color: rgb(30, 130, 180); text-decoration: none;" title="specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com">specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com</a>.</p> <p></p> <p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:58:00 -0800http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/237723Avril Lavigne Kicks Off Fundraising Campaign to Support Special Olympics<p><em><span style="color: rgb(153, 153, 153); font-family: ubunturegular, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 17px; line-height: 26px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Fan teams will help celebrate her 30th birthday by supporting 30 Special Olympics athletes with the top team winning a dinner with Avril Lavigne.</span></em></p> <div class="article_subsection" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(85, 80, 75); font-family: ubunturegular, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <div class="content_subsection" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 25px;"> <h1 class="article_title" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 25px; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; color: rgb(245, 0, 33);">Press Release</h1> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 25px; padding: 0px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="font-size: 1em;">Los Angeles</strong>- Multi-platinum recording artist, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and philanthropist Avril Lavigne, has teamed up with<a data-link="external" href="http://www.crowdrise.org/" style="color: rgb(30, 130, 180); text-decoration: none;">CrowdRise,</a>an online fundraising platform, to support Special Olympics. Proceeds from the "Team Rockstar" campaign, which launches today, will sponsor athletes competing in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. </p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 25px; padding: 0px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">The "Team Rockstar"<a data-link="external" href="https://www.crowdrise.com/avril" style="color: rgb(30, 130, 180); text-decoration: none;">fundraising campaign</a>will begin today and end on Avrils birthday, September 27, 2014. September 27 is also global Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day, a day where Special Olympics Programs around the world celebrate the founder of Special Olympics and how one person can make a difference. The team raising the most amount of money during the competition will win dinner for them and a friend with Avril Lavigne. The top fundraising teams will have the opportunity to win a range of prizes, including signed Converse shoes worn by Avril, Google hangouts and calls with Avril, exclusive signed items, and other prizes.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 25px; padding: 0px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">"My fans always come out in a BIG way to support my Foundations annual birthday campaign, and thats something Im really proud of," said Lavigne. "This year, to get in the spirit for my new partnership with Special Olympics, Im excited to challenge my fans to rally, create rockstar fundraising teams and compete to help make a difference. We have some fun surprises planned along the way so Im looking forward to seeing the results!"</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 25px; padding: 0px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Patrick McClenahan, president and CEO of Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, commented: "We are thrilled that The Avril Lavigne Foundation has chosen Special Olympics as its charitable partner for Avrils birthday celebration. It takes $2,500 to fund one athletes participation in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. The fact that she is pledging to activate her deep and loyal fan base to help support 30 athletes from around the globe is a testament to Avril and her foundations commitment to helping."</p> <p style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Fans join by creating a fundraising team. The campaign lets fans compete by recruiting their friends and family to be sponsors by contributing any amount of money, large or small. To learn more, visit Avrils CrowdRise page at<a data-link="external" href="http://www.crowdrise.com/avril" style="color: rgb(30, 130, 180); text-decoration: none;">www.CrowdRise.com/avril</a>.</p> </div> </div> <h1 class="article_title" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 25px; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; color: rgb(245, 0, 33); font-family: ubunturegular, Arial, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">AboutThe Avril Lavigne Foundation</h1> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 25px; padding: 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: ubunturegular, Arial, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Award-winning singer/songwriter and philanthropist Avril Lavigne created The Avril Lavigne Foundation in early 2010. The Avril Lavigne Foundation R.O.C.K.S.: Respect, Opportunity, Choices, Knowledge, and Strength in support of children and youth living with serious illnesses or disabilities. The Foundation partners with leading charitable organizations to design and deliver programs, raise awareness and mobilize support for children and youth living with a serious illness or a disability.</p> <h1 class="article_title" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 25px; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; color: rgb(245, 0, 33); font-family: ubunturegular, Arial, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">About CrowdRise</h1> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 25px; padding: 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: ubunturegular, Arial, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><a data-link="external" href="http://www.crowdrise.com/" style="color: rgb(30, 130, 180); text-decoration: none;">CrowdRise</a>platform millions of people use to donate to charitable causes, create their own fundraisers and show the world their charitable lives. Launched in 2010 by Edward Norton, Shauna Robertson, and Moosejaw founders Robert and Jeffrey Wolfe,the fastest growing online fundraising website for charitable causes and doing good.The CrowdRise community has raised over $130 million for charity to dateand is on track to raise another $130 million in 2014 alone.If Facebook is the place that defines you by your friends and Twitter is what you use to say what youre doing right now thenis the site for you to show how you give back. The power of the crowd is real, lots of small donations really do add up to create monumental impact.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 25px; padding: 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: ubunturegular, Arial, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">CrowdRiseis committed to innovation in fundraising, making raising money for your personal cause or charity fun and effective. It is the friend-to-friend fundraising home of The NYC Marathon, the Boston Marathon, The American Red Cross, Unicef, as well as celebrities like Sean Penn, Seth Rogan, Ian Sommerhalder, Sophia Bush, Paul Rudd, Olivia Wilde and Will Ferrell.community was named a "Top 25 Best Global Philanthropist" by Barrons. And Mashablesomething like "the best place to raise money online for your favorite causes."</p> <h1 class="article_title" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 25px; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; color: rgb(245, 0, 33); font-family: ubunturegular, Arial, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">About Special Olympics</h1> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 25px; padding: 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: ubunturegular, Arial, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. They empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 4.4 million athletes in 170 countries. With the support of more than 1.3 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 81,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Special Olympics is supported by individuals, foundations and partners, including the Christmas Records Trust, the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, The Coca-Cola Company, The Walt Disney Company and ESPN, Lions Clubs International, Mattel, P&G, Bank of America, Essilor Vision Foundation, the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation, Finish Line, The Safeway Foundation, and Safilo Group. Visit Special Olympics at<a href="http://www.specialolympics.org/" style="color: rgb(30, 130, 180); text-decoration: none;" title="www.specialolympics.org">www.specialolympics.org</a>. Engage with us on:<a data-link="external" href="https://twitter.com/SpecialOlympics" style="color: rgb(30, 130, 180); text-decoration: none;" title="twitter@specialolympics">twitter@specialolympics</a>,<a data-link="external" href="https://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympics" style="color: rgb(30, 130, 180); text-decoration: none;" title=" fb.com/specialolympics">fb.com/specialolympics</a>,<a data-link="external" href="https://www.youtube.com/user/SpecialOlympicsHQ" style="color: rgb(30, 130, 180); text-decoration: none;" title="youtube.com/specialolympicshq">youtube.com/specialolympicshq</a>,<a data-link="external" href="http://instagram.com/specialolympics" style="color: rgb(30, 130, 180); text-decoration: none;" title="instagram.com/specialolympics">instagram.com/specialolympics</a>and<a data-link="external" href="http://specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com/" style="color: rgb(30, 130, 180); text-decoration: none;" title="specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com">specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com</a>.</p> <h1 class="article_title" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 25px; font-size: 18px; font-weight: normal; color: rgb(245, 0, 33); font-family: ubunturegular, Arial, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">About Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015</h1> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 25px; padding: 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: ubunturegular, Arial, sans-serif; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games - being staged in Los Angeles July 25 -August 2, 2015 - will be the largest sports-and-humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games, with the unparalleled spirit, enthusiasm, teamwork, joy and displays of courage and skill that are hallmarks of all Special Olympics events, will feature 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region. The Opening Ceremony, to be held July 25, 2015 in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, is expected to attract 80,000 spectators. On April 30, 2014, LA2015 and ESPN announced a global programming deal that will see ESPN bring coverage of World Games to millions of fans around the world. Honorary Chairs of the Games are President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Jerry Brown serving as Honorary Hosts. Current Founding Champions and sponsors include The Coca-Cola Company, Mattel, Deloitte, Toyota, Bank of America, Kaiser Permanente, Davis Elen Advertising, AEG, David Geffen, Steven Spielberg and his wife Kate Capshaw, The Walt Disney Company, and Knights of Columbus. LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee, is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit<a data-link="external" href="http://www.la2015.org/" style="color: rgb(30, 130, 180); text-decoration: none;" title="Link: http://www.LA2015.org">www.LA2015.org</a>or on social with #TheWorldisComing on<a data-link="external" href="https://www.facebook.com/LA2015" style="color: rgb(30, 130, 180); text-decoration: none;" title="fb.com/LA2015">fb.com/LA2015</a>,<a data-link="external" href="https://twitter.com/LosAngeles2015" style="color: rgb(30, 130, 180); text-decoration: none;" title="Twitter @losangeles2015">Twitter @losangeles2015</a><a data-link="external" href="http://instagram.com/specialolympics" style="color: rgb(30, 130, 180); text-decoration: none;" title="Instagram.com/LA2015WorldGames">Instagram.com/LA2015WorldGames</a>.</p> <p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Fri, 05 Sep 2014 14:59:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/237093Avril Lavigne Announces Second Annual Camp S.T.A.R.S. Summer Camp Scholarship Program for Kids with Disabilities<p>The Avril Lavigne Foundation and Easter Seals announced that the CAMP S.T.A.R.S. program, designed to give children with disabilities the chance to attend summer camp, will continue for a second year. The program is part of the Avril Lavigne Foundations Rockstar Club at Easter Seals, designed to support recreational programming for kids and youth with disabilities to explore their talents, make friends, have fun and learn new skills.</p> <p>Launched in 2012, the CAMP S.T.A.R.S. program was inspired by Avril Lavignes experiences visiting and supporting Easter Seals Summer Camp programs throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as her personal experiences growing up. m so thrilled to continue this program this summer. We heard so many great stories from the program last year I cant wait to hear more! said Avril. The Avril Lavigne Foundation is focused on helping kids with serious illnesses or disabilities to have fun, make new friends and build skills, and summer camp is one of the best places for that to happen.</p> <p>Avril Lavigne is encouraging fans and supporters worldwide to share their summer memories via the hashtag #SummerSTARS to join in the fun and raise awareness for the Avril Lavigne Foundation and Easter Seals.</p> <p>The CAMP S.T.A.R.S. program, which stands for Summer Time Avril Rock Stars, will continue at five Easter Seals camps this summer across the U.S. and Canada, including Easter Seals Southern California, Easter Seals Washington, Easter Seals North Carolina & Virginia, Easter Seals Greater Houston, and Easter Seals Alberta, Canada. The Avril Lavigne Foundation will fund camp scholarships for 50 children during the summer of 2014, most of whom live at or below the poverty level and would otherwise not be able to attend camp.</p> <p>re so lucky to have such an incredible partner in Avril and The Avril Lavigne Foundation. She cares deeply about making sure kids and young people with disabilities have every opportunity to live life to the fullest, pursue their dreams, and find happiness, says James E. Williams, Jr., president and chief executive officer, Easter Seals. s also passionate about sharing a message of inclusion, that kids and young people with disabilities want to laugh, have fun with their friends, and just fit in like all of us.</p> <p><strong>About Avril Lavigne</strong><br /> Avril Lavigne is a multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated singer/ songwriter and philanthropist. Her experience working with and meeting children who are seriously ill or who have disabilities inspired her to form The Avril Lavigne Foundation in 2010. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis and has publicly supported a number of charitable organizations over the years, including Amnesty International, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, War Child, and Special Olympics.</p> <p><strong>About The Avril Lavigne Foundation</strong><br /> Award-winning singer/songwriter and philanthropist Avril Lavigne created The Avril Lavigne Foundation in early 2010. The Avril Lavigne Foundation R.O.C.K.S.: providing Respect, Opportunity, Choices, Knowledge, and Strength in support of children and youth living with serious illnesses or disabilities. The Foundation partners with leading charitable organizations to design and deliver programs, raise awareness and mobilize support for children and youth living with a serious illness or a disability.</p> <p><strong>About Easter Seals</strong><br /> Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs. For nearly 100 years, we have been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play. Support children and adults with disabilities at www.easterseals.com.</p> <p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:21:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/237143Update from our Rockstar Clubs!<p><em>Hawaii: </em></p> <p>We just got an awesome update from our Rockstar Club in Hawaii, where kids and teens with disabilities got together for a good time at a camp-wide dance. The event gave participants a way to get involved in an age-appropriate event that many of them might normally miss out on. One of the campers was so excited he said: I cant believe this is happening! Im really doing it! Look Im slow dancing, with a girl! Our Rockstar Club teens have also been attending other fun outings this summer like a weekend day camp at Sea Life Park, separate boys and girls slumber parties, a trip to the zoo and a fun bowling trip with their families and friends. A photo from their bowling trip is below.</p> <p><img alt="" height="316" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/avril/media/14/03/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.y5foc3avfloriurq5bnxzh2rintq1dd1clzxc1xvg_q.jpg?1372782138" width="477" /></p> <p><em>Alberta:</em></p> <p>Our Rockstar Club in Alberta has started using their new adaptive bikes made for anyone to be able to ride both kids with and without disabilities! Below is a photo of one proud camper from Alberta riding one of the adaptive bikes for the first time ever. A counselor said she truly felt like a Rockstar riding through camp and was offering to sign autographs all day long!</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/groundctrl/clients/avril/media/13/04/ckeditor/pictures/data/content.g0jrshllxu0zeggyiezpsiuwu-d_82pye4fuxvordtk.jpg?1372782359" style="width: 470px; height: 352px;" /></p> <p>Stay tuned for more fun updates throughout the summer!</p> <p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Tue, 02 Jul 2013 09:20:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/160773Rockstar Club Update from Ohio!<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">We just got a great update from the Avril Lavigne Rockstar Club in Ohio, where kids & teens with disabilities are going out into the local community with their peers to engage in fun everyday teen activities. Below are some of their first-hand stories and photos sounds like fun!!!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/avril/media/03/09/large.07295lmp2bba.jpg" border="0" alt="Fun at the movies!" width="380" height="284" /></span></p> <p><strong>Movie Trip: </strong>The teens really had fun and appreciated a night out with their peers. We had lots of movie junk food and then went back and had a pizza party and social hour. I hope that you relay back to Avril and her fans that these teens are so appreciative that they were able to go to the movies and just have fun!!!</p> <p><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/avril/media/05/11/large.1f7xc768bv5s.jpg" border="0" alt="Mall Trip" width="456" height="608" /></p> <p><strong>Mall Trip: </strong>Oh what a time we hadI just cannot put in words! We laughed so much that day. We had the opportunity to let the teens express themselves and explore their own styles and taste.</p> <p><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/avril/media/12/15/large.z107yo3flys5.jpg" border="0" alt="Zoo trip!" width="541" height="405" /></p> <p><strong>Zoo Trip:</strong> We had lots of volunteers to make sure the day went smoothly and paired them up perfectly! Our volunteers were wonderful and I think they really made the day extra special for the teens. Of course we had great stories to tell on the way home of little comical incidents that happen with each group and of course the animals too!</p> <p><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/avril/media/15/06/large.yav0u4j9ur8q.jpg" border="0" width="498" height="373" /></p> <p><strong>Makeovers:</strong> The girls went to a local salon for a day of beauty and pampering. The salon is only charging us a nominal amount for each teen, which includes hair style, make-up, mini facial, pedicure and manicure. Then off to lunch where they were transported to Piccadilly Parlor, a Victorian Tea Room with an array of assorted fun & fancy dress-up clothes. They learned proper table etiquette and social skills as though they were dinning with the Queen. Each teen also received a goody bag with the clothing donated by Avril, lip gloss and nail polish.</p> <p><strong>Football:</strong> The boys in the Rockstar club will go to the Youngstown State University to hang out with the football team and take a tour of the Athletic Department.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><br /></span></p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Tue, 03 Jul 2012 09:25:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/86211Mattel Children's Hospital<p>Check out our update photo galleries from our visits to Mattel Children's Hospital in April & June this year!</p> <p><a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/media/photos">Click here to view more photos!</a></p> <p><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/avril/media/07/01/large.c9g9207gx331.jpg" border="0" width="800" height="600" /></p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Tue, 19 Jun 2012 17:55:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/84441Rockstar Club Update & Letter from a Mom<p class="MsoNormal">Last month Avril visited the Avril Lavigne Rockstar Club at Easter Seals in Southern California. She made chimes, danced, and sang karaoke with the kids who participate in the Rockstar Club. <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/media/photos/14861">Click here</a> to view photos from our visit.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">We also spoke with one of the moms whose son participates in the Rockstar Club. She wrote Avril the below letter, which we wanted to share with our supporters. Your donations to the Avril Lavigne Foundation help make a difference!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Dear Avril,</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I just want to thank you for your commitment to helping children with disabilities and your work with Easter Seals. The Easter Seals program has been vital for my son to have after-care once school is over. He goes to Easter Seals with peers with disabilities and they have activities that are meaningful to them; singing, computers, videos and <span style="text-decoration: underline;">most importantly</span> music.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">There is just something universal about the importance and understanding of music to the brain that these children, with cognitive disabilities, understand. My son, Timmy is nonverbal and has autism. Since 6 mos old he has always responded to music. He can read and is absolutely mesmerized and motivated by the karaoke machine. Thank you again for improving the quality of my sons and all of the childrens experience at Easter Seals.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Sincerely,</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Corky</p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Tue, 10 Apr 2012 18:50:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/71241Safeway’s Support for People with Disabilities Campaign Goes Behind the Scenes with Avril Lavigne<h3>Offers Exclusive Videos from the Singer/Songwriter as Thank You to Customers who Support its Annual April Campaign for Easter Seals and Special Olympics</h3> <p class="releaseDateline">PLESANTON, Calif. (PRWEB) April 04, 2012</p> <p>Safeway Inc. today launched its annual Support for People with Disabilities fundraising campaign to benefit <a href="http://www.easterseals.com/">Easter Seals</a>, Special Olympics and an array of organizations that help people with disabilities live fuller, more independent lives.</p> <p><img src="http://ww1.prweb.com/prfiles/2012/04/04/9371568/gI_123084_Avril%20Safeway%20Tear%20Sheet.jpg" border="0" width="250" height="102" /></p> <p>This year, as a way to thank the thousands of customers and employees who generously support the campaign, Safeway is partnering with award-winning singer/songwriter and philanthropist Avril Lavigne and The Avril Lavigne Foundation to bring a new, exclusive video element and enhanced fundraising to the April effort.</p> <p>We are honored to be working with The Avril Lavigne Foundation to build even more excitement for our disabilities campaign and give our customers something unique as a thank you for their support exclusive access to go behind the scenes with Avril, said Larree Renda, Safeway Executive Vice President and Chair of the Safeway Foundation.</p> <p>When customers enter any Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Dominicks or Carrs store through April 30, they should look for the Behind the Scenes with Avril Lavigne signs near each stores entrance, grab a tear-card from the sign and bring it to the register to make a $5 donation at checkout to support services for children and adults living with disabilities. Those customers will be given a coupon and code to view <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Hoel9OZgas&feature=share">exclusive videos of Avril Lavigne on tour</a>, behind the scenes, performing from her dressing room and visiting Easter Seals programs for kids with disabilities. Theres also an exclusive acoustic version of one of the singers most popular songs.</p> <p>Each year Safeway dedicates April to raising funds and bringing awareness to helping people with disabilities. While the hallmark of the campaign is a $1 donation at checkout, the company also uses in-store broadcasts and video messages to customers and employees to share information about breakthroughs in research and new programs that help millions of people with disabilities in North America and around the world. To date, Safeway has raised and donated more than $130 million to support organizations such as Easter Seals, Special Olympics and a range of other organizations that assist people with special needs.</p> <p>s annual fundraiser is helping to open a whole new world of possibilities and participation for countless people with disabilities, said Special Olympics President and Chief Operating Officer Brady Lum. As a company that proudly employs thousands of people with disabilities, Safeway knows the importance of allowing people to live, work, and compete on their own terms.</p> <p>"The need for services and outreach to people with disabilities is greater than ever, said James E. Williams, Jr., president and chief executive officer, Easter Seals. We are appreciative and honored that Safeway and its thousands of employees are committed to helping Easter Seals make a significant difference. Avril Lavignes passion for supporting youth with disabilities is a natural fit and exciting extension to Safeway and Easter Seals longstanding partnership. We know shell add so much to the April fundraiser and give donors to the campaign something special in return.</p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Thu, 05 Apr 2012 11:05:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/69981The Avril Lavigne Foundation Facebook Cover Photo Contest!<p>Facebook Timeline is coming to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/theavrillavignefoundation">the Avril Lavigne Foundation Facebook Page</a> and we need a new cover photo! Thats why were asking our fans & supporters to help us come up with a new design.</p> <p>The ideal cover photo will embody the Avril Lavigne Foundations R.O.C.K.S. mission providing Respect, Opportunity, Choices, Knowledge and Strength in support of children with serious illnesses or disabilities.</p> <div style="padding: 0in 0in 1pt;"> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; border: medium none; padding: 0in;"><strong><span>Term:</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; border: medium none; padding: 0in;"><span>Submit your designs for our cover photo by March 28, 2012 at 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time to <a href="mailto:contact@theavrillavignefoundation.org?subject=Facebook%20Cover%20Photo%20Contest">contact@theavrillavignefoundation.org</a> with the subject Facebook Cover Photo Contest in the header. By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to rules of the contest outlined below.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; border: medium none; padding: 0in;"><span>The winner will be contacted via email within two weeks of the contest submission deadline, and the winning design will be posted to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/theavrillavignefoundation">https://www.facebook.com/theavrillavignefoundation</a> for a minimum of one week during the month of April 2012.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; border: medium none; padding: 0in;"><strong><span>Judging:</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; border: medium none; padding: 0in;"><span>Avril Lavigne and The Avril Lavigne Foundation team will choose the winning design.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; border: medium none; padding: 0in;"><strong><span>Prize:</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; border: medium none; padding: 0in;"><span>The winner will receive a personalized autograph and Avril Lavigne merchandise grab bag.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; border: medium none; padding: 0in;"><strong><span>Additional Details:</span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; border: medium none; padding: 0in;"><span>All submissions must be original works. The use of the Avril Lavigne Foundation Logo is encouraged and permitted.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; border: medium none; padding: 0in;"><span>By submitting an entry, entrants (including the parents or legal guardians of entrants who are minors) acknowledge and agree that The Avril Lavigne Foundation shall be the sole owner of any and all rights in and to the design included with the entry, including any and all rights with respect to the copyright of such design and any derivative use thereof.<span> </span>Entrants (including the parents or legal guardians of entrants who are minors) expressly acknowledge and agree that all copyrights or other rights connected with the designs shall be the sole and exclusive property of The Avril Lavigne Foundation, and entrants (including the parents or legal guardians of entrants who are minors) agree that they will not use such designs without the express written permission of The Avril Lavigne Foundation.<span> </span>The Avril Lavigne Foundation will not be required to pay any consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal; border: medium none; padding: 0in;"><span>The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. The Avril Lavigne Foundation reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion. Decisions of the Avril Lavigne Foundation will be final.</span></p> </div> <div style="padding: 0in 0in 1pt;"></div><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Wed, 21 Mar 2012 12:30:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/67321Making music with the Avril Lavigne Rockstar Club at Easter Seals So Cal!<p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: ">Another great update from Easter Seals! This time its from <a href="http://southerncal.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=CALA_homepage">Easter Seals Southern California</a>, where the Avril Lavigne Rockstar Club supports after school music lessons where kids make and play their own musical instruments. The program was also able to purchase new music equipment including an electronic drum set, keyboard and karaoke machine. Everyone is so excited and happy about the new Rock Star Club at College View, says Easter Seals Program Director Rene Guevara. It has been impressive to see a large group of children paying attention and learning basic concepts about music and instruments. Parents who showed up to pick up their children during class joined in, too. Sounds like fun! </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: "><img src="http://avril.s3.amazonaws.com/media/09/08/large.j323t8h3hdmd.jpg" border="0" width="484" height="272" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: "><img src="http://avril.s3.amazonaws.com/media/14/14/large.0tne4kc6e96z.jpg" border="0" width="482" height="498" /><br /></span></p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Mon, 05 Mar 2012 09:35:00 -0800http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/64991Rockstar Club Update from Massachusetts!<p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif"; color: black;"><a href="http://ma.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=MADR_homepage">Easter Seals Massachusetts</a> hosted their Explorer Camp reunion and celebration last month. 300 campers attended the event and made music-themed arts & crafts, played dress-up, gave performances and engaged in other recreational activities. There were also workshops for the youth leadership group and autism explorers to help campers get ready for the Avril Lavigne Rockstar Club at Easter Seals, which will include a program for kids to learn about how to put on their own rock star concert or talent show. Check out some of the great photos they sent </span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";">looks like fun!</span><br /> <br /><img src="http://avril.s3.amazonaws.com/media/00/02/large.d3x1jfl8rr67.jpg" border="0" width="404" height="269" /></p> <p><img src="http://avril.s3.amazonaws.com/media/07/04/large.5747f4f383o2.jpg" border="0" width="442" height="374" /></p> <p><img src="http://avril.s3.amazonaws.com/media/12/14/large.367xij1410fe.jpg" border="0" width="444" height="505" /></p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Mon, 27 Feb 2012 18:05:00 -0800http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/64221Proceeds from R.O.C.K.S. T-Shirt on Avril Lavigne’s Black Star Tour in Japan will support Mercy Corps Japan!<p>The Avril Lavigne Foundation will donate all net proceeds from the <a href="http://avrillavigne.shop.livenation.com/Product.aspx?cp=41972_42031&pc=FXCTALA53157" target="_blank">R.O.C.K.S. T-Shirt</a> sold during the Black Star Tour in Japan this month to Mercy Corps Comfort for Kids program. Comfort for Kids trains caregivers to help children through the trauma of disaster. You can also support Japan by purchasing the Abbey Dawn Love Japan T-Shirt, which is <a href="http://shop.abbeydawn.com/AD-Love-Japan-Oversize-PID11268-ADLSFT0016.aspx" target="_blank">available now on AbbeyDawn.com.</a></p> <p><img src="https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/310324_10150344577604300_5413509299_8081388_1385316186_n.jpg" border="0" width="574" height="380" /></p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Mon, 06 Feb 2012 08:50:00 -0800http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/59661Thank you!<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: ">The response to Avrils video was so overwhelming that we have decided to double the number of personalized photos and thank yous from 50 to 100.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: ">We will contact the first 100 donors in early January 2012. The giveaway has concluded for 2011, but keep checking back for more fun ways to support our work!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: ">We are incredibly grateful for your continued support. To donate, visit <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/support" target="_blank"><span style="color: windowtext;">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/support</span></a> to contribute.</span></p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Sun, 01 Jan 2012 18:15:00 -0800http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/56131Happy Holidays from Avril and the Avril Lavigne Foundation!<p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: ">We hope youll consider making a donation this year to help us design more great programs for children living with a serious illness or disability.<span> </span>Watch Avrils personal message below The first 50 individuals who donate before December 31st will receive a personalized photo and thank you from Avril! </span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: "><a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/support"><span>Click here to donate.</span></a></span></p> <p></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: "><span><br /></span></span></p> <p> <object width="560" height="315"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/cPQX3_D86hE?version=3&hl=en_US" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/cPQX3_D86hE?version=3&hl=en_US" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed> </object> </p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Sat, 24 Dec 2011 10:00:00 -0800http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/55741Statement from The Avril Lavigne Foundation<p>Avril Lavigne and The Avril Lavigne Foundation have donated over 7,000 tickets throughout the Canadian leg of The Black Star Tour to the Canadian Forces, Easter Seals and Hospitals in Canada that are part of the Childrens Miracle Network. <br /> <br /> We would like to express our gratitude to the staff members of all of these organizations who have helped us to distribute these tickets across 16 cities on this tour. We apologize to those families of the Canadian Forces who were not able to attend the London concert- there appears to have been a miscommunication at the box office and an allotment of tickets went unused. <br /> <br /> The Avril Lavigne Foundation will continue to find new ways to provide opportunities for children, their families, and communities in Canada.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Sun, 23 Oct 2011 13:55:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/50011Bid to support the Avril Lavigne Foundation!<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";">You can bid online now to support the Avril Lavigne Foundation!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";"><a href="http://bit.ly/avrilauction">Click here</a> to bid on two tickets and the opportunity to rock out on stage with Avril during the Black Star Tour in Paris and London! Net proceeds will benefit the Avril Lavigne Foundation to support programs, raise awareness and mobilize support for children and youth living with a serious illness or a disability.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";">This is a special, limited-time auction for Avrils shows in Paris on September 17th and London on September 22nd. The auction for Paris closes September 9th and London closes September 15th.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif";"><a href="http://bit.ly/avrilauction">Click here</a> to learn more and bid now!</span></p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Fri, 02 Sep 2011 14:45:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/45641Avril talks about her support for Japan on Mezamashi TV!<p>Avril talks about her projects to support Japan, including the Abbey Dawn T-Shirt to benefit Mercy Corps' Comfort for Kids Program with local partner Peace Winds, and her new collaboration with Samantha Thavasa and the Embassy of Canada to support a scholarship program for young people affected by the triple disaster. Forward to minute 5:10 to view!</p> <p> <object width="560" height="349"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/gNo1LtbF3wg?version=3&hl=en_US" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/gNo1LtbF3wg?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" height="349" width="560"></embed> </object> </p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Sat, 13 Aug 2011 10:35:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/43421The Avril Lavigne Foundation, Easter Seals Announce Avril Lavigne Rockstar Club<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/avril/media/08/14/medium.954298hwra6v.jpg" /><br /><p>Giving Kids & Youth with Disabilities the Opportunity to Express Their <span class="IL_AD" id="IL_AD11">Individuality</span> & Have Fun</p> <p>The Avril Lavigne Foundation announced today the creation of the Avril Lavigne Rockstar Club at Easter Seals, an initiative to support recreational programming for children and youth with disabilities, their families, and communities. The first four Easter Seals affiliates selected to receive an Avril Lavigne Rockstar Club at Easter Seals <span class="IL_AD" id="IL_AD5">grant</span> are Easter Seals Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana in Ohio; Easter Seals Capper Foundation in Kansas; Easter Seals Massachusetts; and Easter Seals Southern California.</p> <p>Earlier this year, Easter Seals affiliates from across the U.S. and Canada were invited to apply for an Avril Lavigne Rockstar Club at Easter Seals grant. The grants initiative evolved from the collaboration between Easter Seals and The Avril Lavigne Foundation originally announced in September 2010 to identify and support recreational programs for kids with disabilities and their families and communities. Thirty affiliates applied for a grant. Following a review of the top 12 applicants, award-winning singer/songwriter and philanthropist Avril Lavigne and The Avril Lavigne Foundation selected four Easter Seals grant recipients.</p> <p>It was really tough to pick just four, said Lavigne. I was inspired by the creativity of everyone who applied and the exciting range of opportunities the Easter Seals affiliates presented. Recreational programs allow children and young <span class="IL_AD" id="IL_AD12">people with disabilities</span> to develop critical social and emotional skills and also just have fun. As great as these programs are, a lot of times when budgets are tight these will be the first programs cut. My goal is to help bring more resources to these great programs.</p> <p>The four initial grant recipients were chosen based on their overall impact and embodiment of the Avril Lavigne Foundations R.O.C.K.S. mission: R espect, O pportunity, C hoices, K nowledge, and S trength.</p> <p>The unique programs supported by the grant will include a program to <span class="IL_AD" id="IL_AD9">connect</span> teens with disabilities with other kids in their community at Easter Seals Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana in Ohio; an art camp at Easter Seals Capper Foundation; an overnight camp at Easter Seals Massachusetts; and an afterschool <span class="IL_AD" id="IL_AD8">music program</span> at Easter Seals Southern California. To learn more about these exciting programs, please visit The Avril Lavigne Foundation website at <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org./" target="_blank">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org.</a></p> <p>re so lucky to have such an incredible partner in Avril and The Avril Lavigne Foundation. She cares deeply about making sure kids and young people with disabilities have every opportunity to live life to the fullest, pursue their dreams, and find happiness. Shes also passionate about sharing a message of inclusion, that kids and young people with disabilities want to laugh, have fun with their friends, and just fit in like all of us, says James E. Williams, Jr., president and chief executive officer, Easter Seals. We also know when it comes to Easter Seals, Avril was most inspired by our recreational programming services where kids and teens with disabilities can just be kids through social events, music, theater, sports, arts, leisure time, hobbies, getting out in the community and camp. Thats what The Avril Lavigne Rockstar Club at Easter Seals is all about.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Mon, 01 Aug 2011 09:40:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/41661Avril talks about her work with the Avril Lavigne Foundation on AOL Music.<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/avril/media/00/04/medium.i396560q0p6j.jpg" /><br /><p>by Steve Baltin</p> <p><img src="http://www.blogcdn.com/blog.music.aol.com/media/2011/07/avril-lavigne-639-072811-1311886708.jpg" width="540" height="337" /></p> <p>Excerpt:</p> <p>"<strong>We had a chance to talk last year at Nancy Davis' Race to Erase MS about your clothing line and all the different things you do. How do all the different entities merge for you? How do your side projects influence your music?</strong></p> <p>I've had an incredible opportunity to have a clothing line and that's called Abbey Dawn. I have two fragrances, Black Star and Forbidden Rose, and the newest thing, which is very important to me, is starting the Avril Lavigne Foundation, and a little bit of acting and, of course, music. To be able to grow and expand and touch on other areas is part of who I am tremendously. I am very involved. It is a reflection of me, it all goes hand-in-hand because it is mine and I'm designing or creating fragrances and it all ties in with my music.<br /> <br /> <strong>How is the Avril Lavigne Foundation going?</strong></p> <p>It's very exciting for me because through my career I've had the opportunity to work with really great foundations like Make-A-Wish and contributing to different compilation albums. For me, it felt really good and it was part of my responsibility to give back if you can in any way. I started the Avril Lavigne Foundation and my focus is on sick and disabled children and youth. I'm developing that now and getting it on its feet and I'm very excited. I'm very excited to announce that shortly."</p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Fri, 29 Jul 2011 18:25:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/41601Avril Lavigne - Avril Lavigne Gives Grants To Youth Programmes<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/avril/media/02/01/medium.4ycto75x85m1.jpg" /><br /><p><span id="intelliTxt"> </span></p> <p>Singer Avril Lavigne has taken it upon herself to help support those living with disabilities by providing special grants through her new charity.</p> <p>The Complicated hitmaker, who created The Avril Lavigne Foundation last year (10), has partnered with officials at Easter Seals, a non-profit organisation which provides fun activities to those with special needs.</p> <p>And as part of her goodwill mission, Lavigne has given away four additional bursaries to help various Easter Seals centres across America stay afloat while faced with economic hardship.</p> <p>She says, "Recreational programmes allow children and young people with disabilities to develop critical social and emotional skills and also just have fun. As great as these programmes are, a lot of times when budgets are tight these will be the first programmes cut. My goal is to help bring more resources to these great programmes."</p> <p>A number of the grant recipients plan to expand their programming to include after-school music lessons and art camps.</p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Fri, 29 Jul 2011 09:25:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/41641Avril Lavigne Teams Up With Easter Seals To Help Disabled Children<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/avril/media/12/14/medium.5l323h64clm3.jpg" /><br /><p></p> <p>Singer <strong>Avril Lavigne</strong> has taken it upon herself to help support those living with disabilities by providing special grants through her new charity. <br /> <br /> The <em>Complicated</em> hit-maker, who created The Avril Lavigne Foundation last year, has partnered with officials at Easter Seals, a non-profit organization which provides fun activities to those with special needs. <br /> <br /> And as part of her goodwill mission, Lavigne has given away four additional bursaries to help various Easter Seals centers across America stay afloat while faced with economic hardship. <br /> <br /> She says, "Recreational programs allow children and young people with disabilities to develop critical social and emotional skills and also just have fun. <a style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 100%; text-decoration: underline; border-bottom: 0.075em solid darkgreen; padding-bottom: 1px; color: darkgreen; background-color: transparent;" class="itxtrst itxtrsta itxthook" id="itxthook0" href="http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2011/07/29/avril_lavigne_teams_up_with_easter_sea#" rel="nofollow"><span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent; font-size: inherit; font-weight: inherit; color: darkgreen;" class="itxtrst itxtrstspan itxthookspan" id="itxthook0w0"></span><span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent; font-size: inherit; font-weight: inherit; color: darkgreen;" class="itxtrst itxtrstspan itxthookspan" id="itxthook0w1"></span><span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent; font-size: inherit; font-weight: inherit; color: darkgreen;" class="itxtrst itxtrstspan itxthookspan" id="itxthook0w2"></span></a>As great as these programs are, a lot of times when budgets are tight these will be the first programs cut. My goal is to help bring more resources to these great programs."</p> <p>A number of the grant recipients plan to expand their programming<span style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 100%; border-bottom: 0.075em solid darkgreen; padding-bottom: 1px; color: darkgreen; background-color: transparent; text-decoration: underline;"><span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent; font-size: inherit; font-weight: inherit; color: darkgreen;" class="itxtrst itxtrstspan itxthookspan" id="itxthook1w0"></span></span> to include after-school music lessons and art camps.</p> <p><a href="http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2011/07/29/avril_lavigne_teams_up_with_easter_sea">Click here to read the original article on Starpulse.com.</a></p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Fri, 29 Jul 2011 09:20:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/41631Capper Foundation Receives Avril Lavigne Grant<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/avril/media/00/04/medium.445w2w7ys6o5.jpg" /><br /><p></p> <p><span class="headlines" id="storyText"> </span></p> <p>TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A popular singer will help some local children with disabilities truly rock.</p> <p>Topeka's Easter Seals Capper Foundation learned Friday it's one of the first four grant recipients from the newly created Avril Lavigne Rockstar Club. It's a collaboration with the national Easter Seals organization to support recreational programs for children with disabilities.</p> <p>Capper will use its grant for an art therapy camp. The first are planned for this fall. They'll take place for three hours on a Saturday and be staffed by Emporia State Univerity art therapy students and a licensed art therapist. Children will explore their individual creative skills and develop social skills.</p> <p>Some children with disabilities require round-the-clock supervision; this camp will provide a fun morning of learning and creating for these young Rock Stars, it will also provide a brief respite for their parents as well," Easter Seals Capper Foundation CEO Jim Leiker said. "We are excited to be one of four national affiliates selected to partner with Avril Lavigne, her foundation and Easter Seals it speaks highly of our organization, Topeka, and the northeast Kansas community. Avril Lavigne, a young, talented artist, actively demonstrates her passion about sharing a message of inclusion - that kids and young people with disabilities want to laugh, have fun with their friends, and just fit in like all of us!</p> <p>Other grant recipients are in Youngstown, Ohio; Boston, M<a style="text-decoration: none; border-bottom: 1px dotted #95181c; border-top: medium none; color: #95181c; background-color: transparent;" class="itxtrst itxtrsta itxthook" id="itxthook0" href="http://www.wibw.com/localnews/headlines/Capper_Foundation_Receives_Avril_Lavigne_Grant_126436383.html#" rel="nofollow"><span style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent; font-size: inherit; font-weight: inherit;" class="itxtrst itxtrstspan itxthookspan" id="itxthook0w0"> and Glendale, California.</p> <p><em>For more information about the ARTSTAR camp at Easter Seals Capper Foundation, call 785-272-4060 or visit www.capper.easterseals.com or www.theavrillavignefoundation.org.</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.wibw.com/localnews/headlines/Capper_Foundation_Receives_Avril_Lavigne_Grant_126436383.html">Click here to read the full article on WIBW.com.</a></p> <p></p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Fri, 29 Jul 2011 09:15:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/41651Avril Lavigne's Working for the Kids!<p><img src="http://images.bettyconfidential.com/img/icons/logo_v3.gif" width="175" height="66" /></p> <div class="subhead" style="line-height: 18px;"><em>Show your love for Japan, buy a tee and help the Comfort for Kids program.</em></div> <p>By Kenneth Thapoung</p> <p><img src="http://images.bettyconfidential.com/img/a12/avril_tee.jpg" width="283" height="425" /></p> <p>Spread the love. <strong> Avril Lavigne</strong> is raising support for the recovery of Japans children after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami by selling Abbey Dawn Japan T-shirts from her Abbey Dawn line of clothing.</p> <p>The T-shirts sell for $25, with 100 percent of the net proceeds going to <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/" target="_blank">The Avril Lavigne Foundation</a>. It raises awareness and support for youth living with serious illnesses and disabilities and supports <a href="http://www.mercycorps.org/countries/japan" target="_blank">Mercy Corps Comfort for Kids program in Japan. Mercy Corps is also in partnership with <a href="http://www.peace-winds.org/en/" target="_blank">Peace Winds</a>.</p> <p>Comfort for Kids trains caregivers to help children through the trauma of disaster, Avril said in a message. The goal is to bring help and hope to the children and youth of Japan who have been affected by this disaster.</p> <p>Its never too late to help. To purchase your own T-shirt and support the relief efforts in Japan, visit the <a href="http://abbeydawn.com/" target="_blank">Abbey Dawn site</a>.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Fri, 22 Jul 2011 09:15:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/40801Avril Lavigne’s Charitable Tees by Abbey Dawn<p><img src="http://www.thehautegossip.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Image1.jpg" width="216" height="48" /></p> <p>Rally around Avril and The Avril Lavigne Foundationto support recovery for the earthquake and tsunami with Mercy Corps Comfort for Kids program in Japan Abbey Dawn Japan T-shirt now available!</p> <p><img src="http://www.thehautegossip.com/wp-content/themes/LondonLive/thumb.php?src=http://www.thehautegossip.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/al3.jpg&w=340&h=192&zc=1&q=100" width="340" height="192" /></p> <p>The t-shirt is $25, with 100% of the net proceeds going to The Avril Lavigne Foundation to support Mercy Corps Comfort for Kids program, in partnership with local partner Peace Winds. Comfort for Kids trains caregivers to help children through the trauma of disaster. The goal is to bring help and hope to the children and youth of Japan who have been affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.</p> <p>The Avril Lavigne Foundation R.O.C.K.S. Respect, Opportunity, Choices, Knowledge, and Strength in support of children and youth living with serious illnesses and disabilities. The foundation partners with leading charitable organizations to design and deliver programs, raise awareness and mobilize support for children and youth living with a serious illness or a disability. To learn more about the Avril Lavigne Foundation, please visit <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/" target="_blank">theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p> <p>By: Courtney Sybesma</p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Wed, 20 Jul 2011 11:25:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/40641Avril Lavigne: Abbey Dawn Japan Tee!<p><img src="http://justjared.buzznet.com/wp-content/themes/default/images/jjlogo4.gif" width="230" height="39" /></p> <p>Avril Lavigne drops by The Grove on Tuesday (July 12) to chat with Mario Lopez on Extra in Los Angeles.<br /> <br /> The 26-year-old Canadian rocker wore an Abbey Dawn tee that she designed to support Japan. 100% of the proceeds will go toward the Avril Lavigne Foundation to support Mercy Corps Comfort for Kids program, providing post trauma assistance to kids after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.</p> <p><img src="http://cdn.buzznet.com/media-cdn/jj1/headlines/2011/07/avril-lavigne-extra-grove.jpg" /></p> <p><br />You can pick up your own tee like Avrils over at <a href="http://www.abbeydawn.com/japan" target="_blank">AbbeyDawn.com.</a></p> <p><a href="http://justjared.buzznet.com/2011/07/15/avril-lavigne-abbey-dawn-japan-tee/" target="_blank">Click here to view the post on JustJared.com</a></p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Fri, 15 Jul 2011 16:45:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/40341Support Japan with Avril Lavigne!<p>Kiss & Wear - June 30, 2011</p> <p><img src="http://avril.s3.amazonaws.com/kiss.jpg" width="177" height="81" /></p> <p>Although the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan a few months ago, we still need to continue to support Japan as well as aid them in their recovery efforts. It is for this reason that I recently bought this Abbey Dawn Japan T-shirt by Avril Lavigne, priced at just $25. Not only is the tee cute but I know that my purchase is going towards a good cause.</p> <p><br /> 100% of the net proceeds are going to The Avril Lavigne Foundation to support Mercy Corps Comfort for Kids program, in partnership with local partner Peace Winds. Comfort for Kids trains caregivers to help children through the trauma of disaster. The goal is to bring help and hope to the children and youth of Japan who have been affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. <br /> <br /> <strong><a href="http://shop.abbeydawn.com/AD-Love-Japan-Oversize-PID11268-ADLSFT0016.aspx">Click Here To buy the AD Japan Oversize Tee</a></strong><br /> <a href="http://kissandwear.tumblr.com/post/7096889642/support-japan-with-avril-lavigne">Click here to read the full article.</a></p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Thu, 30 Jun 2011 17:10:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/39311Avril Lavigne & Abbey Dawn Heart Japan<p>Coco Perez - June 29, 2011</p> <p><img src="http://avril.s3.amazonaws.com/coco.jpg" width="263" height="51" /></p> <p>Add Avril Lavigne to the list of celebrities who are making relief efforts fashionable. <br /> <br /> The Canadian singer has designed a $25 t-shirt under her Abbey Dawn clothing label to raise money for kids in Japan. <br /> <br /> 100% of the net proceeds of this product will go to The Avril Lavigne Foundation to support Mercy Corps "Comfort for Kids" program in Japan to provide post-trauma assistance to children following the Japan earthquake and pacific tsunami. <br /> <br /> <strong><a href="http://bitly.com/k0yi7Z">Click here to get yours</a></strong> <br /> <a href="http://cocoperez.com/2011-06-30-avril-lavigne-abbey-dawn-japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-relief-tshirt">Click here to read the full article.</a></p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Wed, 29 Jun 2011 17:15:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/39321Avril Talks About the Hard Work that Goes into her Foundation in Rolling Stone<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/avril/media/00/08/medium.t2qw156ubsy6.png" /><br /><p>When Avril Lavigne decided to launch a foundation aiding children with disabilities last year, she quickly learned that doing the right thing was going to be harder than she thought. "It's such a major deal," says Lavigne. "You have to have everything in place and have to have a really good team. It's very serious. Music comes naturally. I have to push myself when I get up and talk about this in a room."</p> <p><br /> Lavigne is one of a growing group of musicians including Madonna, John Legend, Bono, Shakira and Wyclef Jean who have set up charities and foundations to tackle issues from world hunger to inner-city education. "The relationship between a musician and their audience is far more powerful than the one between an actor and their audience," says Trevor Neilson, co-founder of the Global Philanthropy Group, which assists artists (including Lavigne, Legend and Shakira) with their charitable efforts. "A musician with a large fan base has an opportunity to mobilize people that might be more powerful than their opportunity to write checks."</p> <p><a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/the-dark-side-of-celebrity-charities-20110628">Click here to read the full article.</a></p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Tue, 28 Jun 2011 16:50:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/39301Avril Lavigne Designs and Sells "Abbey Dawn Hearts Japan" Charity T-Shirts<br /><img src="http://groundctrl.s3.amazonaws.com/clients/avril/media/14/00/medium.nc79ww2pqqyq.jpg" /><br /><p></p> <p>By Karen Bliss</p> <p>Avril Lavigne has designed a T-shirt with heart. The Canadian pop singer, who has her own clothing line called Abbey Dawn, created the shirt to help raise money for those affected by the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of Japan in March.</p> <p>The T-shirts are black with a big red heart along with her brand name situated at the top and the word "Japan" at the bottom; together, it reads "Abbey DawnJapan."</p> <p>Lavigne who recently launched her own Foundation, eponymously named <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">The Avril Lavigne Foundation</a>, will filter 100 percent of the net proceeds from the sale of the shirts through her foundation to Mercy Corps, a worldwide organization that has the Comfort For Kids program in Japan and works alongside local partner Peace Winds.</p> <p>Comfort for Kids trains caregivers to help children through the trauma of disaster. The goal is to bring help and hope to the children and youth of Japan who have been affected by theMarch 2011 earthquake and tsunami, it says in the press release issued by Sony Music on behalf of The Avril Lavigne Foundation.</p> <p>The Abbey DawnJapan T-shirt sells internationally on<a href="http://www.abbeydawn.com/">www.abbeydawn.com</a>for $24.99 (U.S.). It comes in two styles, <a href="http://shop.abbeydawn.com//AD-Love-Japan-Oversize-PID11268-ADLSFT0016.aspx%20%20">oversized</a> as well as a <a href="http://shop.abbeydawn.com//AD-Love-Japan-Crop-PID11276-ADLSFT0017.aspx">crop jersey tee</a>. All are available in five sizes, from extra small to extra large. Anyone who purchases it will get 50 percent off their next Abbey Dawn order.</p> <p><span class="inline inline-right"><img class="image image-preview " src="http://samaritanmag.com/sites/default/files/images/image001_0.preview.jpg" width="300" height="402" /></span></p> <p>According to her web site, the mission of The Avril Lavigne Foundation is R.O.C.K.S. Respect, Opportunity, Choices, Knowledge, and Strength in support of children and youth living with serious illnesses and disabilities.</p> <p>It is [its] mission to:</p> <ul> <li><span style="text-decoration: underline;">R</span>espect the needs of all children and youth, no matter their circumstances, and encourage others to do the same;</li> <li>Create the <span style="text-decoration: underline;">O</span>pportunity for children and youth with serious illnesses or disabilities to follow their dreams;</li> <li>Offer<strong> </strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">C</span>hoices so children and youth see they have many options in life and not just a single path defined by their circumstances;</li> <li>Provide <span style="text-decoration: underline;">K</span>nowledge about what is possible to children, youth and their families through new program ideas that The Avril Lavigne Foundation will support and help expand;</li> <li>Give kids and their families the <span style="text-decoration: underline;">S</span>trength to face their daily challenges.</li> </ul> <p>The foundation partners with leading charitable organizations to design and deliver programs, raise awareness and mobilize support for children and youth living with a serious illness or a disability.</p> <p><a href="http://samaritanmag.com/770/avril-lavigne-designs-and-sells-abbey-dawn-hearts-japan-charity-t-shirts" target="_blank">Click here to read the original article on SamaritanMag.com</a></p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Tue, 28 Jun 2011 09:40:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/39751T-shirt to Support Japan<p>Hi Everyone,</p> <p>The t-shirt I designed to support Japan is now available on <a href="http://AbbeyDawn.com/" target="_blank">AbbeyDawn.com</a>.</p> <p>Each t-shirt is $25, with 100% of the net proceeds going to The Avril Lavigne Foundation to support Mercy Corps Comfort for Kids program, in partnership with local partner Peace Winds. Comfort for Kids trains caregivers to help children through the trauma of disaster. The goal is to bring help and hope to the children and youth of Japan who have been affected by this disaster.</p> <p>Lets continue to support Japan. <a href="http://shop.abbeydawn.com/AD-Love-Japan-Oversize-PID11268-ADLSFT0016.aspx" target="_blank">Click here to view or purchase the t-shirt</a>.</p> <p>Love,<br />Avril<br />xo</p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Fri, 17 Jun 2011 16:20:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/37001Interview with CNN’s Talk Asia<p>Avril discusses her work with the Avril Lavigne Foundation with Anjali Rao on CNNs Talk Asia, including why she chose to work with children and youth with serious illnesses and disabilities.<br /><br /> <object id="ep" width="416" height="374"> <param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <param name="movie" value="http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/.element/apps/cvp/3.0/swf/cnn_416x234_embed.swf?context=embed_edition&videoId=international/2011/04/22/talk.asia.lavigne.charity.cnn" /> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /><embed src="http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/.element/apps/cvp/3.0/swf/cnn_416x234_embed.swf?context=embed_edition&videoId=international/2011/04/22/talk.asia.lavigne.charity.cnn" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" bgcolor="#000000" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" wmode="transparent" height="374" width="416"></embed> </object> </p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Tue, 03 May 2011 10:35:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/33311Interview with the Sunrise Morning Show<p>Avril talks with the Sunrise morning show in Australia about how meeting children with disabilities and serious illnesses has inspired her to give back through the Avril Lavigne Foundation. Check it out!<br /><br /> <a href="http://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/entertainment/-/24724681"><img src="http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/8113/sunrisestill.png" /></a></p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Mon, 04 Apr 2011 09:15:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/29441Lia Lazzarotto Make a Wish Update<p>In April 2006 Avril met cancer patient Lia Lazzarotto through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Today Lia is doing awesome at school, in sports and as a candy striper at the local hospital. Lias mom Liz sent the following message to Avril: Thanks for your work with Make a Wish...sure helped in Lia's healing...sure helps all the kids and parents too!</p> <p><a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/media/photos/6561/142251" target="_blank"><img style="vertical-align: middle;" src="http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/3380/lialazzarottoimage1.png" width="500" height="370" /></a></p> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Template>Normal.dotm</o:Template> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>10</o:Words> <o:Characters>61</o:Characters> <o:Company>Ticketmaster</o:Company> <o:Lines>1</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>1</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>74</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>12.0</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG /> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting /> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:DontGrowAutofit /> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables /> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx /> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <mce:style><! /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} --> <!--[endif]--> <!--StartFragment--><em><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Calibri;">Lia Lazzarotto, <span></span>pictured here in April 2006 her wish was to meet Avril</span></em></p> <p><a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/media/photos/6561/142241" target="_blank"><em><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Calibri;"><img style="vertical-align: middle;" src="http://img863.imageshack.us/img863/7351/lialazzarottoimage2.png" width="500" height="369" /></span></em></a></p> <p><em><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Calibri;">Lia with her sisters Katrina (left) and Sarah (right).</span></em><em><span style="font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Calibri;"><br /></span></em></p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Tue, 15 Mar 2011 14:10:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/27451The Clinton Global Initiative<p>Hey Everyone, <br /> <br /> I wanted to update you guys on the Clinton Global Event that i attended in NYC a couple of weeks ago. I had never heard of this event before I started working on creating The Avril Lavigne Foundation. I just thought it would be a good chance for me to learn so I was really excited to be invited to go. You can also check out some of the videos they have online <a href="http://bit.ly/cgilive" target="_blank">HERE</a>.<br /> <br /> I saw a session about how important it is to help girls because in many parts of the world girls are not treated as well as boys. There was a girl from India who spoke about how she decided to help the really poor girls in her country find good jobs because she was just lucky to have parents who were not poor. She was the youngest person at the conference. <br /> <br /> Jim Carrey talked about a way to grow more rice using less water and less land- helping small farmers grow enough food to feed their families. <br /> <br /> It was interesting to hear how texting, cell phones and stuff like Twitter, Facebook and the internet can really help the millions of people in the world living with disabilities do the same kinds of jobs as people without disabilities. This was great to hear since The Avril Lavigne Foundation is working with Easter Seals to help children and youth with disabilities. <br /> <br /> Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush did a really good job talking about why education is so important.<br /> <br /> The President of Haiti talked about what's happening in Haiti since the earthquake. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done to help the people who are still living in tents and the children who can't go to school. <br /> <br /> President Obama introduced his wife Michelle. She talked about how important it is to support military families with jobs when they come out of the military. <br /> <br /> I had such a good time at the event. Learned a lot and still have so much more to learn. I really hope to do more things like the Clinton Global Initiative, and meet more young people who want to get involved in some way in The Avril Lavigne Foundation.<br /> <br /> Love, <br /> Avril</p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Fri, 08 Oct 2010 12:25:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/12729AVRIL VISITS ABILITY FIRST<p>Hi Everyone,<br /> <br /> I recently had the chance to visit several inspirational programs working with children here in Los Angeles. These visits really helped me develop the mission of The Avril Lavigne Foundation, and also introduced me to a lot of amazing young people and the organizations and people supporting them. One of the organizations I visited was called <a href="http://www.abilityfirst.org/" target="_blank">AbilityFirst</a>. AbilityFirst offers many types of support programs for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities <a href="http://www.abilityfirst.org/" target="_blank">www.abilityfirst.org</a>.<br /> <br /> Check out my recent visit to their <a href="http://theavrillavignefoundation.org/media/videos/3061/2784" target="_self">Childrens After-School Enrichment Program at their East Los Angeles program center</a>. <br /> <br /> Avril<br /> xo</p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Wed, 06 Oct 2010 10:45:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/12704Avril Lavigne Launches Foundation to Support Children and Youth with Disabilities and Serious Illnesses<p><strong><em>The Avril Lavigne Foundation will partner with Easter Seals to fund programs for kids with disabilities and their families</em></strong><br /><br />Los Angeles, CA Avril Lavigne, award-winning singer/songwriter and philanthropist, announced today the creation of The Avril Lavigne Foundation. The Avril Lavigne Foundation will partner with leading charitable organizations to design and deliver programs, raise awareness and mobilize support for children and youth with disabilities and serious illnesses. <br /><br />I have spent the last six months figuring out how to really focus my philanthropic interests so I can do more and have greater impact, said Lavigne. I am always inspired by the personal experiences of people living with a disability or a serious illness and how they work so hard to not be defined by their circumstances. They want what we all want: the chance to pursue their dreams, and to believe that anything in life is possible. I hope The Avril Lavigne Foundation is able to provide support.<br /><br />The Avril Lavigne Foundation will partner with Easter Seals, the leading non-profit provider of services for children, youth, and adults with disabilities and other special needs, to identify and fund recreational programs for children and youth, and other programs designed to support families with children with disabilities. <br /><br />Recreational programs opportunities for kids with disabilities to just have fun, make friends and really be a kid are often the most challenging programs to fund and the first programs cut when resources are limited, noted James E. Williams, Jr., president and chief executive officer, Easter Seals. We are really excited to partner with Avril to make available to more children with disabilities the kinds of programs that, in our experience, truly provide transformational opportunities.<br /><br />I visited with several organizations when I was developing my Foundation and I was impressed with the range of services Easter Seals provides and how they really work to meet the specific needs of the communities they work with, said Lavigne. m excited to work with Easter Seals to give children and young people with disabilities the chance to have experiences they might not otherwise have.<br /><br />The Avril Lavigne Foundation and Easter Seals will work to define the details of the joint collaboration in the coming months.<br /><br />The Avril Lavigne Foundation will also continue to support children and youth with serious illnesses through its work with Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis.<br /><br />About Avril Lavigne<br />Avril Lavigne is a multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated singer/ songwriter. Though most of her philanthropic efforts have been private and anonymous, Avril has publicly supported a number of charitable organizations over the years, including Amnesty International, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, War Child, and YouthAIDS. Avril currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis. Avrils work with children who are seriously ill or who have disabilities inspired her to form The Avril Lavigne Foundation in 2010. <br /><br />About The Avril Lavigne Foundation<br />Created by Avril Lavigne, The Avril Lavigne Foundation R.O.C.K.S. Respect, Opportunity, Choices, Knowledge, and Strength in support of children and youth with disabilities and illnesses. The Avril Lavigne Foundation partners with leading charitable organizations to design and deliver programs, raise awareness and mobilize support for children and youth who are sick or have disabilities. More information can be found at <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a>.<br /><br />About Easter Seals<br />Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs. For more than 90 years, we have been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play. Support children and adults with disabilities at <a href="http://www.easterseals.com/site/PageServer">www.easterseals.com</a>. <br /><br />Contacts:<br />Ann Kelly, The Avril Lavigne Foundation<br /><a href="mailto:ann@globalphilanthropy.com" target="_blank">ann@globalphilanthropy.com</a><br /><a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org " target="_self">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org </a><br /><br />Kristen Barnfield, Easter Seals<br /><a href="mailto:kbarnfield@easterseals.com" target="_blank">kbarnfield@easterseals.com</a><br /><a href="http://www.easterseals.com/media " target="_blank">www.easterseals.com/media</p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Fri, 17 Sep 2010 11:25:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/12504MY CAUSE<p>Hey Everyone, <br /><br />We just launched The Avril Lavigne Foundation and I am so excited to share with all of you why I am so passionate about supporting children and youth living with disabilities and serious illnesses. <br /><br />Im very fortunate to have had some incredible experiences through my music career and been able to meet so many cool people. Im inspired every day by the people I meet and the amazing stories they share.<br /><br />Over the years, what has inspired me is hearing about the personal experiences of my fans living with a serious illness or a disability. I am always amazed to see how these young people work so hard to not let their circumstances define them. They want what we all want: the chance to pursue their dreams, and to believe that anything in life is possible.<br /><br />When I learned that more than 9 million kids in the United States have a special health care need, I decided that I wanted to do whatever I could to bring some fun and joy and inspiration into their lives, and of course support their health care needs in some way. It means a lot to me to be able to give back to the people who have inspired me so much.<br /><br />I have been working with Make a Wish for many years to help seriously sick kids, and I am really excited to partner with Easter Seals in support of children and youth with disabilities. I will be sharing with you all a lot more in the coming year about what The Avril Lavigne Foundation is doing and how you can get involved if you want to support our efforts.<br /><br />We each have the opportunity to make an impact on the world we live in and I try to remember that even doing one small thing each day to help others really can make a huge difference! <br /><br />Thanks so much for visiting this site. It means a lot to me that you are here, learning about The Avril Lavigne Foundation and the kids we work with. I hope you will get involved please sign up to receive updates. <br /><br />Love,<br />Avril <br />XO</p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Wed, 15 Sep 2010 10:40:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/12427EASTER SEALS SITE VISIT<p>Hi Everyone <br /><br /><a href="http://theavrillavignefoundation.org/media/videos/3061/2675" target="_self">Check out this video</a> of a recent visit with the kids at the after school program in Glendale, CA run by Easter Seals. Easter Seals is The Avril Lavigne Foundations partner in the work we are doing to support children and youth with disabilities. I got to tour the state-of-the-art facilities and see the incredible support Easter Seals is able to provide these children. Im looking forward to continuing my work with such a great organization. <a href="http://www.easterseals.com/site/PageServer" target="_blank">Click here</a> for more information on Easter Seals. <br /><br />Avril <br />Xo</p><p>From <a href="http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/">www.theavrillavignefoundation.org</a></p>Wed, 15 Sep 2010 09:50:00 -0700http://www.theavrillavignefoundation.org/news/12428