The 13th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards Gala took place at the Beverly Wilshire during the weekend.These awards honor filmmakers who create compelling stories catered toward the 50-plus audience. The gala benefited the AARP Foundation and their efforts in raising awareness of hunger among seniors in the U.S.13th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards GalaCredit/Copyright: Rachel BujalskiGriffin’s spunky and sassy personality kept everyone in a jovial and uplifted mood. She called AARP “the new mafia, the new Sopranos.” Griffin struck a more personal note when she asked her 93-year-old mother – who was in attendance – to stand and be recognized.Kathy Griffin At 13th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards GalaCredit/Copyright: Rachel BujalskiFilm legends Bruce Dern and Susan Sarandon graced the stage to accept their awards. Bruce Dern won Best Actor for “Nebraska” and Susan Sarandon – who has appeared in 70 feature films throughout her career – won the Lifetime Achievement Award.Steve McQueen At 13th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards GalaCredit/Copyright: Rachel BujalskiLook to the Stars caught up with Jane Seymour, Ted Danson and Steve McQueen regarding their charitable work. Seymour spoke about the Open Hearts Foundation. “We support a number of different charities. What we do is every year, we honor people who have taken a challenge in life and turned it into an opportunity to help others. Last year, Glenn Campbell was one of the recipients and the Alzheimer’s Association received our support.”When Ted Danson isn’t acting, the two main charities that he supports are Oceana – an international ocean conservation organization – and Angels at Risk, a Los Angeles non-profit that helps prevent teenagers and families from succumbing to drug and alcohol-related challenges.Steve McQueen, director of “12 Years a Slave,” spoke passionately about his support of Anti-Slavery International, the oldest abolitionist charity in the world that began in 1839.“There are still 21 million people in slavery today,” he said. “I want to be involved with liberating people.”When asked what advice he would give to an eight-year-old who wanted to change the world, McQueen emphatically responded, “Don’t compromise. Believe in what you want to do and don’t accept no for an answer.”Copyright ©2014Look to the Stars
Danielle RochetteAPTN National NewsOfficials with the friendship centre in Val d’Or told the Quebec inquiry that the province is really late in the game when it comes to gathering information it needs to help Indigenous peoples.An inquiry is currently underway in Val d’Or, 525 km northwest of Montreal that is examining the relationship between certain public services and First Nation, Metis and Inuit firstname.lastname@example.org
What started as a day of fun in the water soon turned into a nightmare for one Alabama family.Ricky Rutherford and his family enjoyed a day of kayaking on the Tennessee River in Waterloo last Saturday, but the carefree outing left Rutherford in the hospital after he contracted a flesh-eating bacteria. He was infected despite having no open cuts or sores, which is usually how a waterborne bacteria is contracted.Rutherford’s wife Cassey noticed that he was running a fever the night after returning from the river.“He came home with a 103 temperature,” Cassey Rutherford said. “There were not signs of anything else just the fever.”By Tuesday, Rutherford could hardly walk and there was a concerning spot on his leg. Rutherford was taken to the hospital, where he had surgery to remove the infected area. The doctors confirmed that it was Necrotizing Fasciitis, a rare flesh-eating bacteria.“I don’t want anyone else to go through this,” Cassey said. “Saturday I was having to think about burying the love of my life.”Doctors say Ricky has made it through the most dangerous part of the ordeal and will be back home by the end of the week.