Amanda Gives Back
Giving, a lesson I learned at home. My story is either tragic or beautiful it depends on the eyes you choose to see it from. My birth Mother was sixteen years old when I was born. She had no means to care for me so she selfishly gave me up for adoption. When I was six days old two angels appeared to take me home, I call them Mom and Dad. There was not a week that went by that I did not see my parents do more for others than did for themselves.
AMLA was born after the tragic loss of my fiancé’ to suicide in the summer of 2014. I had two choices to become a victim or survivor. My goal to start a company not just to make money but also to encourage other women, that they too had a way out and a path to happiness. A company for women by women that from our profits would provide philanthropic funds to bring hope to others in need. Not the easiest choice for a tiny start up but a needed one. A goal that serves as a reminder too not only remembers where we came but direction of where we choose to go.
AMLA GIVES BACK MISSION STATEMENT
We at Amanda Mills Los Angeles support community and global focused charities that serve the overlooked needs of women and children at risk and living on the margins. We provide funds for children with disabilities and diseases as well as support activities outside of hospital walls. We support charities that help injured veterans as they assimilate back to civilian life and provide aid and resources for their metal health needs. We work to bring attention to the challenges facing the LGBT community and equality for all people.
ELTON JOHN – 25th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS VIEWING PARTY
The 25th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish raised a record-breaking $7 million for the global effort to end AIDS. The gala, which took place on Sunday, February 26, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles.
CLINT EASTWOOD FOUNDATION
Eastwood Ranch Foundation is a non-profit Southern California based Animal Welfare and Rescue Organization. We rescue domestic animals from high kill shelters around our community along with supporting other vetted local rescues and providing care until a forever home is found.
Besides local animal rescue, ERF works on behalf of any and all animal welfare causes by helping raise awareness, educating and campaigning/petitioning for Animals throughout the United States and beyond. Our goal is to support abused, neglected and unwanted animals throughout the world.
EJAF’S – 15TH ANNUAL ENDURING VISION BENEFIT
On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will host its 15th annual An Enduring Vision gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. This year’s honorees are United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and philanthropists Frank Giustra and Steve Tisch. Emmy award-winning producer and popular talk show host Andy Cohen will serve as the host for the event.
STEVE MARTIN – 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award
The AFI Life Achievement Award honors an individual whose career in motion pictures or television has greatly contributed to the enrichment of American culture.
The selection criteria states that “the recipient should be one whose talent has in a fundamental way advanced the film art; whose accomplishment has been acknowledged by scholars, critics, professional peers and the general public; and whose work has stood the test of time.” In 1993, the AFI Board of Trustees extended the criteria to encompass individuals with active careers and work of significance yet to be accomplished.
ELTON JOHN – Aids Foundation Benefits Committee
On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, EJAF will host its 15th annual An Enduring Vision gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. This year’s honorees are United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and philanthropists Frank Giustra and Steve Tisch. Emmy award-winning producer and popular talk show host Andy Cohen will serve as emcee for the event.
BLONDES VS BRUNETTES – Alzheimer Association
Blondes vs. Brunettes Alzheimer’s Association is a volunteer-driven event that engages young professionals in friendly but fierce flag football games around the country. As part of the competition, teams are organized around age-old rivalries — East vs. West, Blondes vs. Brunettes, City vs. Suburbs — that inspire fundraising, awareness and action in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
H.E.A.R.T – Violence Intervention Program
H.E.A.R.T. is a membership group that works to raise funds for and offer support to the child victims of abuse receiving services at the Violence Intervention Program (VIP). Comprised of Advocates, professionals and philanthropists, our members have created a community dedicated to making a thoughtful impact on the lives of abused children and the caregivers who strive to keep them safe.
The Violence Intervention Program is the largest child abuse clinic in the country, serving over 18,000 children every year, and the “gold standard” for the care and treatment of victims of abuse and neglect – H.E.A.R.T. is the magic that makes it all possible. Children and families who have been victimized, often have needs that exceed traditional medical or mental health care. Through annual memberships and donations, H.E.A.R.T. members raise funds to cover.
WINE, WOMEN & SHOES – Benefiting Shining Stars Foundation
Wine Women & Shoes has exploded across North America in the last decade, producing more than 300 fabulous fashion events that have helped net an impressive $40 million for our nonprofit partners.
WW&S events are fun, festive, and full of feminine soul—community celebrations that bring women together around fine wine, great style, and causes that matter!
Ubushobozi is a non-profit, vocational skills training organization founded by Jeanne Siporin, Alan Siporin and Laura Boyea in September 2008 in Ruhengeri, Rwanda. Through education and skills training (sewing, weaving, crocheting and more) Ubushobozi seeks to end the cycle of poverty our girls have experienced throughout their young lives. As a population grossly neglected and vulnerable to the continued devastating effects of poverty, the girls of Ubushobozi Project have the opportunity to flourish and sustain themselves in our structured, nurturing and supportive environment.
THE CAROUSEL OF HOPE
The Carousel of Hope is held every two years in Los Angeles, CA at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. From its inception in 1978, this event has raised over $75 million dollars towards finding a cure for diabetes. With Chairman Barbara Davis and her committee, this star-studded event raises funds through sponsorships, a live and silent auction, underwriting and contributions. Proceeds of the event benefit the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes (BDC). Since 1978, the Children’s Diabetes Foundation has contributed $100 million dollars to the Barbara Davis Center.
ROAD DOGS & RESCUE
Road Dogs & Rescue was founded by bulldog-loving Brit, Nikki Carvey. She started volunteering for an organization called Ace of Hearts over 10 years ago. They rescue a lot of American Bulldogs and she had a Pit Bull and an American Bulldog at the time. When her Pit Bull, Vinny died, she rescued English Bulldog, Huxley aka Bukowski aka Grumplestiltskin! She wasn’t planning on keeping him but he made her laugh so much she foster failed. Huxley cemented her commitment to rescuing bulldogs.
UNDER THE HARVEST SUN – Summerland Winery
The night’s event helped raise funds for the wonderful local nonprofit organization Just Imagine It, as well as for the Summerland School. Just Imagine It is a charity bringing joy to children who are admitted for long-term care at Santa Barbara’s Cottage Children’s Medical Center. The organization decorates each child’s room to make it feel more like their dream room at home, and less like a hospital room. The Summerland School, which serves 67 students from K-5 in the Carpinteria Unified School District and relies on private donations, also benefitted from the evening’s event.
After a spirited grape stomp, actor Billy Baldwin helped facilitate an energetic live auction, while guests enjoyed delicious open-air Mediterranean dinner and Cirque Du Soleil -inspired performances by local dance troupes Elevated Dreams and music by local musician Zephan and the Tribe. The night concluded with dancing to a live DJ set. It was a great time to be had with friends and family to raise funds for such worthwhile causes.
THE GORILLA DOCTOR RESCUE
Gorilla Doctors is dedicated to saving the mountain and eastern lowland (Grauer’s) gorilla species one gorilla patient at a time. Our international veterinary team provides hands-on medical care to ill and injured mountain and Grauer’s gorillas living in the national parks of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). With only 880 mountain gorillas, and an ever decreasing number of Grauer’s gorillas left in the world today, the health and well being of every individual gorilla is vital to the species’ survival. Our veterinary team regularly monitors the health of mountain and Grauer’s gorillas and intervenes to treat individuals with life-threatening illness or injury whenever possible. The Gorilla Doctors also help rescue and treat mountain and Grauer’s gorillas orphaned by poachers.
THE SHINING STAR FOUNDATION
The Shining Stars Foundation provides sport, recreational, and outreach programs for children with cancer and life threatening diseases at no cost to the child or their families throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. The two largest events for kids are the Aspen Winter Games and Aspen Summer Adventure. The Foundation also operates a year-round program, “Kids Helping Kids”, which teaches local students about philanthropy and volunteering, as well as promotes understanding of children with cancer and life threatening diseases.
THE DAVID SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust embraces all measures that compliment the conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife. These include anti-poaching, safe guarding the natural environment, enhancing community awareness, addressing animal welfare issues, providing veterinary assistance to animals in need, rescuing and hand rearing elephant and rhino orphans, along with other species that can ultimately enjoy a quality of life in wild terms when grown.
THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT
November 11, a day in America where we honor our Veterans. Also today in Asia its Singles’ Day or Guanggun Jie. We love, support and honor those that fought hard for our country. At AMLA we want to combine this celebratory day by honoring the men and women that served in our military and those around the world that choose to be single with a flash sale to raise funds for
Veterans by donating a portion of our profits to The Wounded Warriors Project .