Actors Rowan Blanchard and Wilmer Valderrama will be recognized by CHildren Mending Hearts for their Philantropic work at the 9th Annual Empathy Rocks Awards in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Both actors shot to fame on television. Valderamma is best known for his role as Fez in That 70’s Show and Blanchard’s breakout role was on the Disney channel’s Girl Meets World.
Blanchard has been very vocal about her views on her social media pages. She is a feminist and supports refugees by raising money to help keep the last hospital in Syria up and running. She has also thus far managed to keep out of entertainment tabloids. Instead of posting selfies in bikinis on her Instagram page, she posts photos of her idols, Hollywood and art icons such as Audrey Hepburn and Frida Khalo, and regularly uses Twitter to speak her mind.
Perhaps her passion for equality and social causes came from a lifetime of yoga. The young actress shared in an interview with HuffPost that both her parents are yoga teachers. Her father was the director of the now closed Mark Blanchard’s Power Yoga Center and her mother, Elizabeth Gayle Folk, teaches yoga as well.
“Yoga is knowing that you can try again and again. Yoga is so universal — the feeling that it gives you. I didn’t really realize until I was much older that I could have a mind, body, spirit connection. I feel like I was definitely much more in tune with my body and in tune with not always succeeding partly because of them,” she said about growing up ith both her parents teaching yoga, not only as a physical practive, but as an outlook in life as well.
Blanchard will join Wilmer Valderrama on June 11 at the 9th Annual Empathy Rocks fundraiser to be honoured for their commitment to empowering communities and changing lives.
Rowan Blanchard and Wilmer Valderrama to Recieve Philanthropic Honors At Empathy Rocks (Press Release)
LOS ANGELES (May 25, 2017) — “Girl Meets World” star Rowan Blanchardand actor Wilmer Valderrama will be honored for their commitment to empowering communities and changing lives at Children Mending Hearts’ (CMH) 9th Annual Empathy Rocks fundraiser on June 11 in Bel Air, Calif. Additional attendees include Holland Roden, Misha Collins, Pamela Adlon, Perry Reeves, Rosanna Arquette, Victoria Smurfit, Maria Bello, and Steven Weber. Founded by filmmakers Lysa and Grant Heslov, CMH provides educational art programs to children facing economic hardship to inspire empathy and global-mindedness.
“Children Mending Hearts is recognizing Rowan and Wilmer for using their voices and talent to create and guide an important conversation on empathy, inclusion and equality,” said CMH Founder Lysa Heslov. “Rowan will receive the Youth Humanitarian Award for empowering young people to be catalysts for change, and Wilmer will receive the Heal the World Award for his longstanding efforts to unify communities and inspire action. They are role models to young people everywhere and an inspiration to our organization and the thousands of at-risk children that we serve.”
Blanchard’s award recognizes young humanitarians who believe in empathy and equality, pursue causes of social justice, and inspire young people to become change-makers within their own communities to help change the world. Blanchard has long been a tenacious advocate for intersectional feminism and support for the LGBTQIA community, using her social platforms as a source of information for her peers, and using her voice and time to spread awareness for these issues.
Valderrama’s award honors individuals who help to shine a light on important issues surrounding equality and justice. Recipients are well-known for their passionate advocacy and for their tireless efforts to bridge divides and to encourage unity within the global community. Valderrama has directed PSA’s for organizations like Voto Latino, which aims to engage, educate and empower Latinos to be agents of change, and co-founded HARNESS, an organization providing education and engagement opportunities to amplify the work of progressive organizations and individuals.
With more than 20% of students reporting being bullied, CMH’s work continues at a crucial time to teach students about respect, empathy and doing the right thing. Fifty-seven percent of all bullying situations stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied. Additionally, a 2003 study of over 15,000 students in 35 middle and high schools nationally found that in schools where students reported having more empathy, students reported fewer instances of bullying and were more likely to try to stop bullying.
Proceeds from the event will benefit CMH’s educational arts program which provides creative opportunities to economically disadvantaged children to help inspire empathy, compassion and social change. The benefit is generously sponsored by Vintage Grocers, Modern Luxury Angeleno, Michael Stars, Mini Maven, Kuji Chahal, Tokidoki, KicKee Pants, Bella Marisse, PwC.
To learn more about CMH and Empathy Rocks, visit www.childrenmendinghearts.org.