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    Samuel L. Jackson Will Host the Fifth Annual Shooting Stars Gala to Benefit the Alzheimer’s Association

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    by Deona Hooper, MSW

    Former social worker and Django Unchained actor, Samuel L. Jackson, has announced that he will be hosting for five years running the Fifth Annual Shooting Stars Gala 2013 with this year’s donations benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association. Mr. Jackson’s decision to continue hosting the event each year in its five year existence shows his commitment to lending his celebrity to promoting worthy causes. The Samuel L. Jackson Foundation is responsible for organizing the event in order to raise donations for various worthy causes.

    This year’s event is especially important to Mr. Jackson due to the tragic loss of his mother in 2012 after a long battle with the disease. The goal of the Samuel L. Jackson Foundation is to raise money that will be put towards research for Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Mr. Jackson makes a passionate plea to help him raise donations and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. There are only 12 days left to make a donation before the event, and Mr. Jackson is asking for donations of $3.00 or more. Let’s show this fellow social worker turned celebrity that we got his back on this, and you can make a donation using this link.  I guess that I should mention that a $3 dollar donation will also enter you to win tickets and a plane trip to the UK to attend the event. For more information on the shooting stars event, you can visit http://www.shootingstarsbenefit.com

    Affinity Real Estate was chosen to be the event’s primary sponsor, and it will be held on June 14th and 15th at the The Grove luxury resort in London, United Kingdom. The Shooting Star’s event is a charity golf tournament packed with other compassionate celebrities willing to lend their personas to help raise awareness for important causes. Here is an excerpt from the Alzheimer’s Association website to help you become familiar with the good work they do in fighting this incurable disease:

    The Association is the leading voice for Alzheimer’s disease advocacy, fighting for critical Alzheimer’s research, prevention and care initiatives at the state and federal level.  We diligently work to make Alzheimer’s a national priority.  Join our effort.

    • We develop policy resources, including Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures and Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer’s Disease, to educate decision makers on the economic and emotional toll that Alzheimer’s takes on families and the nation.
    • Our advocates engage elected officials at all levels of government and participate in our annual Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum, a march on Capitol Hill to meet with elected representatives.
    • With our chapters, we work to pass legislation at the federal, state and local level.  Learn More

    View Mr. Jackson’s video explain why this is a cause near and dear to his heart:


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    Deona Hooper, MSW is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Social Work Helper, and she has experience in nonprofit communications, tech development and social media consulting. Deona has a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Management and Community Practice as well as a Certificate in Nonprofit Management both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    19 Comments

    19 Comments

    1. Kasey

      May 29, 2013 at 1:14 am

      I love hearing stories like this – celebrities “doing good” … makes me happy ^_^

    2. Social Work Helper

      May 28, 2013 at 11:47 pm

      I agree! Just because you are a celebrity….caring for others is not apart of the job requirement. So, I am that much more of fan when I see them using their celebrity to promote awareness and great causes.

    3. Nicole Gillespie

      May 28, 2013 at 11:42 pm

      I love it when you see people using their profiles as a force for good in this world. Great piece, thankyou for sharing:)

    4. Yvette @ Little Bento Blog

      May 28, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      thats fantastic – my nanna hald alzheimers.. close to my heart this disease.. I love Samuel L Jackson!

    5. jenn

      May 28, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      I can picture him cussing out Alzheimers Disease. My mind goes to strange places.

    6. Steve Smiley

      May 28, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      One of my favorite actors for sure…

    7. Robert Manea

      May 28, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      very sad when we see people with Alzheimer’s. We had someone on our deck once who didn’t know how they got there

    8. SWhelper

      May 28, 2013 at 11:36 am

      I am sorry to hear that Mark……and, I agree. Hopefully bringing awareness and education will help increase resources for more research. During these times of austerity its tough.

    9. Zee We

      May 28, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Social activists toil hard but the criminals are more in number , that is the world see today.

    10. Mark Nelson

      May 28, 2013 at 6:30 am

      I love Samuel Jackson. My mother die of this disease. We do need to find a way to combat it.

    11. steve

      May 28, 2013 at 6:22 am

      great post

    12. Obasi Miracle

      May 28, 2013 at 4:36 am

      Such an Amazing person He ‘s been

    13. Veronica Solomon

      May 28, 2013 at 2:06 am

      Love Sam Jackson! Quite a character!

    14. Nick Ritchie

      May 28, 2013 at 1:10 am

      Alheimers is the 3rd biggest killer in Australia, yearly… got to prevent this stuff!

    15. Social Work Helper

      May 28, 2013 at 1:06 am

      It’s amazing how many causes and how much money his foundation has raised. Truly amazing.

    16. Alli Sylvestre

      May 28, 2013 at 12:57 am

      I love this guy. He is amazing.

    17. A.Taylor

      May 24, 2013 at 10:55 am

      RT @swhelpercom: Samuel L. Jackson Will Host the Fifth Annual Shooting Stars Gala to Benefit the Alzheimer’s Association

    18. Social Work Helper

      May 24, 2013 at 10:48 am

      Samuel L. Jackson Will Host the Fifth Annual Shooting Stars Gala to Benefit the Alzheimer’s Association

    19. Social Work Helper

      May 24, 2013 at 1:15 am

      Samuel L. Jackson Will Host the Fifth Annual Shooting Stars Gala to Benefit the Alzheimer’s Association

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