Li Bingbing, Lily Tomlin and Loree Rodkin join a powerful cast of celebrity supporters and artists amassing to save the Asian elephant during Elephant Parade: Welcome to America.After stops in London, Milan, Amsterdam and Singapore, The Resorts of Dana Point will now host the US debut of the international open-air art exhibition featuring dozens of colorfully decorated life-sized baby elephant sculptures.From international film stars and Hollywood legends, to jewelry designers and fashion icons, this grassroots movement turned global crusade has corporate and celebrity supporters focused on the future of the endangered Asian elephant.“We are thrilled to welcome Li Bingbing, Lily Tomlin and Loree Rodkin onboard for the American debut of Elephant Parade,” said Mike Spits, co-founder of Elephant Parade. “Their passion for conservation is inspiring and we look forward to unveiling their elephants in Dana Point.”Once the ten-week exhibition in Dana Point is complete, the custom artworks will be auctioned with proceeds benefitting The Asian Elephant Foundation and supporting a variety of preservation programs across Asia. International Film Star Li Bingbing is well known for role in her achievements both on and off the screen. Throughout her life, Bingbing has been involved in charitable efforts through her work as an UNEP Goodwill Ambassador and WWF Earth Hour Global Ambassador. Bingbing, who has starred in a number of high-profile English-language films including Resident Evil, The Forbidden Kingdom, and the upcoming Transformers sequel, joins Elephant Parade to raise international awareness about the plight of the Asian elephant. Lily Tomlin, an Oscar nominee and one of America’s iconic comediennes, continues to venture across an ever-widening range of media, starring in television, theater, motion pictures, animation and video. In 2013, Tomlin narrated the HBO documentary An Apology to Elephants, a film that explores the abusive and inhumane treatment of captive elephants. The film also demonstrates the elephants’ importance to ecosystems and the dangers facing wild elephants worldwide, including habitat destruction and tusk poaching. Loree Rodkin blurs the lines between modern and medieval with her visionary approach to jewelry design. Her old-world artisans have handcrafted specialty pieces for countless Hollywood stars including Cher, Lady Gaga and Madonna. Rodkin made history when she designed First Lady Michelle Obama’s inaugural jewelry, pieces set for permanent display in the Smithsonian.Previous top-tier supporters include Katy Perry, Isaac Mizrahi, Tommy Hilfiger, Goldie Hawn, Diane von Furstenberg, and Joss Stone, among many others. The exhibition is also launching two other events this summer in Trier-Luxembourg and another touring over 14 major cities across the United Kingdom.Elephant Parade was founded in 2006 by father and son team, Marc and Mike Spits. While on holiday in Thailand, Marc was introduced to a baby elephant named Mosha, who became the world’s first elephant to be fitted with a prosthetic limb after stepping on a landmine. Her inspired journey helped build the foundation for the socially-conscious business enterprise, Elephant Parade.“We’ve created a social enterprise built on a successful model of art, business and charity resulting in very tangible, timely preservation efforts,” commented Mike Spits, co-founder of Elephant Parade. “If we don’t take action now, the Asian elephant could become extinct in just a few short decades.”Proceeds from Elephant Parade full size exposition statue sales and an additional 20% of the Elephant Parade net profits are donated to The Asian Elephant Foundation, which financially supports and actively monitors projects for the welfare of the Asian elephant.To date, Elephant Parade has raised more than $6 million for Asian elephant conservation and approximately 8 million people worldwide have experienced the expositions.Source:PR Newswire
Britain`s Prince William walks away from his helicopter as he begins his new job as a co-pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance at Cambridge Airport. ReutersBritain’s Prince William will retire from the air ambulance service on Thursday, after two years in which he witnessed “appalling tragedies”, in order to turn his full attention to royal duties.The Duke of Cambridge, second in line to the British throne, will finish his brief career as an air ambulance pilot in the east of England with a night shift.The move comes as his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, take a step back from royal duties and leave the younger generation to take their place.Reflecting on his time flying medical crews from a base at Cambridge Airport, William praised the dedication of those who work for the emergency services.“As part of the team, I have been invited into people’s homes to share moments of extreme emotion, from relief that we have given someone a fighting chance, to profound grief,” he wrote in an editorial published by The Eastern Daily Press.Residential gardens, school fields and beaches have all been used as makeshift landing pads as the air ambulance crew rushed to the most serious medical emergencies.“As a team, we travel to some very daunting incidents and we have been through some incredibly tough times together, witnessing some appalling tragedies,” William said.William, elder son of British heir Prince Charles, detailed some moments which had stuck with him, such as the “incredibly tough day” when he was called out to a man who had committed suicide.William said the experience had made him all the more determined to draw attention to mental health, a cause he has championed alongside his wife Kate and brother Prince Harry.Before his final shift, William was described as “not only a fantastic pilot, but a much loved and valued member of the crew” by Patrick Peal, chief executive of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.