The Do Gooders

Since the majority of news seems to dramatize everything and promote conflict, I decided to put together a piece that highlights the “Do Gooders.” The reality is that there are acts of generosity happening all the time, you just need to know where to look. This week alone saw artists like Jack White, Feist and Kanye West use their celebrity status for positivity.

Jack White Donates $200,000 to the National Recording Preservation
Jack WhiteJack White has donated $200,000 to the National Recording Preservation Foundation, a non-profit charitable corporation established by the U.S. Congress. The group’s mission is to support libraries, archives, cultural institutions and others committed to preserving America’s radio, music and recorded sound heritage.

Jack’s donation was the first to the organization but it wasn’t his first act of generosity this year. Earlier in 2013 he rescued Detroit’s Masonic Temple from foreclosure by paying a $142,000 tax bill.

Kanye West Charity Offers Studio Time to Chicago Youths

A charity co-founded by Kanye West is working with a local Chicago church to offer a free music training program to at-risk youth on the city’s South Side. Donda’s House, named for West’s late mother, and St. Sabina Church have teamed up to host “Got Bars?,” a 10-week course that will teach students between 15 and 24 to write and record their own music. Grammy-winning rapper Rhymefest, a West collaborator who co-founded Donda’s House, will spearhead the studio sessions.

FeistFeist Raising Money for Calgary Flood Victims

On August 7 Calgary native Leslie Feist will hold a benefit concert for victims of the floods that devastated the area late last month. In addition to donating all of the proceeds from her performance she will also hold an eBay auction for a fan package that includes airfare from any of the 48 mainland states, Mexico and Canada, a hotel room in Alberta and two VIP tickets to the August 7 performance.

All proceeds raised by the performance and the eBay auction will be donated to the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre, which was devastated by the early morning floods on June 21.

Mike Peters of Big Country Teams with Robert Plant, Lollapalooza to Save Lives

Mike Peters, Big Country’s front man, is working to help save the lives of cancer patients through the Love Hope Strength foundation (LHS). Peters who himself has been fighting cancer for 18 years co-founded the organization in 2006 with fellow cancer survivor James Chippendale, executive VP of entertainment insurance company Doodson.

LHS has partnered with numerous tours and music festivals to set up on-site bone marrow registration drives where volunteers collect cheek-swab samples from concertgoers in an effort to find potential donors.

This summer, LHS’ “Get on the List” campaign can be found at U.S. tour dates for Robert Plant, Kenny Chesney, O.A.R. and the Under the Sun tour, as well as the Lollapalooza, Bumbershoot and Austin City Limits festivals. Volunteers are also on hand collecting samples during every concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo.

The “Feel Good” stories of the week
Guitarist Nile Rodgers is Cleared of Cancer

Nile Rogers was given positive news from his doctor earlier this week when he learned that he was all-clear in his fight against prostate cancer, which was diagnosed in 2010. Rogers was the guitarist for Chic from 1977 – 1999 and more recently collaborated with Daft Punk on their most recent album, Random Access Memories.

Rogers gave credit to “Get Lucky”, his recent hit with Daft Punk as a driving force behind his recovery. “I was facing life and death issues and then to get something so rewarding as a Number One record is pretty amazing.”

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