The one I'm most looking forward to this year is the debut of the remake of "We Are The World" for the 25th anniversary of the original, which was used to benefit famine relief charities. This time, all proceeds will benefit the Haiti earthquake relief fund. Among the artists involved are Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Kanye West, Celine Dion, Fergie, Mary J. Blige, Rob Thomas, Carlos Santana, Sugarland, Zac Brown, Tony Bennett, Josh Groban, Pink, Snoop Dogg, Akon, Jordin Sparks and dozens more.
You can find out more about the song, the artists, and the charity on the official website.
I'm always moved when people of means, people with more money than they need, step up to do something for the betterment of those without means. It makes me feel like they've earned their fame and fortune if they're going to use it for the greater good, if they're going to pay their advantage forward. To enter today's contest, I want you to answer this question: What celebrity do you applaud for publicly supporting a worthy cause?
For my part, I applaud actress Susan Sarandon for her support of Heifer International, one of my favorite charitable organizations. Heifer is working to end hunger and poverty through self-sufficiency and education. By teaching individuals and families and villages how to support themselves.
Like I said before, every day of the COOP you'll have a chance to win at least one more book in addition to mine. So what's today's bonus prize?
Since details about the Opening Ceremonies are kept so top secret until the night of the performance, then what better book to pair with the hush-hush party than a signed copy of Ally Carter's latest, HEIST SOCIETY? Here's the blurb:
When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.
Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat's father isn't just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.
For Kat, there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it's a spectacularly impossible job? She's got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family's history--and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.
Gah, I am so dying to read this book! (And kicking myself for not writing it!) If you want a chance to win Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp and HEIST SOCIETY just enter the contest in comments below.
OPENING CEREMONIES CONTEST
Answer this question: What celebrity do you applaud for publicly supporting a worthy cause?
(1) copy of Oh. My. Gods.
(1) copy of Goddess Boot Camp
(1) copy of HEIST SOCIETY by Ally Carter
Enter below and check back tomorrow (and the day after that and the day after that) for a new contest. Winners of all contests will be posted after February 28th. And don't forget to enter the Gold Medal Contest.