Patrick Dempsey created and initially funded the Center for Hope and Healing in 2008 after his mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The center provides free services, support and education to cancer patients and their families. Currently, the primary fundraiser for the center is The Dempsey Challenge, an annual run/walk/cycle event that was founded in 2009. In 2011, The Dempsey Challenge raised over 1 million dollars for the center and had over 4,000 participants.
Tie The Knot is an organization founded by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his fiance, Justin Mikita, in 2012, that advocates for the civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans. Seasonally, Tie The Knot releases a line of bowties, individually designed by the organization. All proceeds from their sales go to organizations fighting for the civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans. Tie The Knot has raised nearly $175,000 from the sales of their bowties which they have donated to various LGBT organizations.
The Julian D. King Gift Foundation was founded by Jennifer Hudson and her sister Julia Hudson in honor of Jennifer's late nephew to be a catalyst for change in children's health, education and welfare. The foundation exists to provide stability, support and positive experiences for children of all backgrounds so that they will become productive, confident and happy adults. Hatch Day is an event, created in 2011 by the Foundation which takes place every August 14, Julian's birthday. On Hatch Day, Jennifer and her sister give away school supplies to underprivileged children in Chicago. Last year, the event was able to donate school supplies to 5,000 inner city kids. The Foundation also holds an annual Christmas Toy Drive in Chicago, founded in 2009, on Christmas Eve. Jennifer and Julia host the event and give away toys to underprivileged children in Chicago. Last Christmas, the Toy Drive gave away 50,000 toys. Jennifer and Julia look forward to expanding the Foundation's endeavors to other cities across the country with children in need.
Jump & Ball is an annual basketball tournament and summer athletic camp that LL COOL J founded with New York State Senate President Malcolm A. Smith. The camp is five weeks long and takes place in Queens, New York. The tournament, sponsored by local companies, is designed to foster community cohesiveness and will offer a place for youth to showcase and cultivate their athletic talent. LL has also supported Chrysalis, an organization that helps the homeless gain employment, even donating his own clothing to the charity, and was honored by them in 2012.
In June 2012, Jack, Kelly Osbourne's younger brother announced that he had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 26. Since his diagnosis, the Osbourne family has worked to use their fame to bring awareness to the disease in hopes of finding a cure. At this year's annual "Race To Erase M.S." gala fundraiser, Kelly presented the charity's Medal of Hope to her brother and mother for their work and courage in the campaign to find a cure for M.S.