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George Clooney on his friends, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie:
"I couldn't be prouder to be their friend. They're really committed to bringing attention. They have a very smart theory, which is, if the cameras are going to follow them, then they are going to go where the cameras can do some good."
"I wish I could do more, but I think I'm most useful spreading awareness. Just talking to people who would enjoy a film and would otherwise not care about things in the world." - Angelina Jolie
"Theres an automatic spotlight on us and it's hard to get out of that spotlight. A few years ago it had occurred to me that there were so many people in need and so many stories that needed to be told, that maybe I could be a conduit in that way."-Brad Pitt
"The thing I'm most proud of is when I talk to the kids from our Turn 2 Foundation program who have graduated and told me how much our support meant to them. The first kids who participated in our programs have now graduated high school and moved on to college. It's rewarding for me every time I hear about those kids. I like to stay involved with Turn 2 as much as I can. I didn't want to just start a foundation and donate money. I like to stay actively involved, and so far, I've been able to do that." - Derek Jeter ( NY Yankees Baseball Player)
"When the story of our times gets written we want to say that we did all we could, and it was more than any of us could've imagined." - Bono (U2)
POP-ADVOCULTURE IN ACTION!
"Idol Gives Back," the slickest use of fame for global causes in history, raised an astounding $76 million for African and American charities last year. And in the process, the celebs have inspired us to contribute and to take action, too. - Conde Nast Traveler magazine on AMERICAN IDOL's charity special
STAR OF THE YEAR
Rita Banerji, Founder - 50 Million Missing
The primary aim of the 50 Million Missing campaign, which was launched on the website flickr in December 2006, is to raise awareness both in India and Internationally, about the millions of women that have been systematically eliminated from India’s population due to customs like female foeticide, infanticide and dowry murders. Since 1986, census data has recorded 50 million females to be missing from the population, hence the name. We at Stars Standing Up! would like to honor Rita Banerji for the extraordinary work she has done in raising awareness of this important issue.
"Now, I can’t be this blessed and not give back! Charity is so important to me. I don’t think I could be truly happy with all I have knowing there are those who have so little."-Food Network Star, Paula Deen
"The World needs this kind of communication. There are 6.5 Billion of us and wonderful people out there that have the ability to reach them. If they are conveying an important message; that can be vital to the important work on this planet."- Dr. Jeffrey Sachs ( Founder of The Earth Institute and The Millenium Promise to end Extreme Poverty bt 2025)
"I think we are growing up. I think we are recognizing that with power comes responsibility. We have been given too much. We have to reach out and help others."- Sean "P-Diddy"Combs
" I have taken a different tact and that is as a philanthropist. as someone who wants to make a difference in a community by inspiring others. I want to take a look around a neighborhood and say what can we do for each other here?" -Jon Bon Jovi
"We have this amazing power because of the spotlight on us to bring awareness, prevention and change." - Ashley Judd