Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Red Cross' "Youth Run 4 Haiti" Raises Relief Funds In Santa Monica

On  January 23, actor Josh Duhamel and the Santa Monica Red Cross joined forces to sponsor a two mile run to raise money and awareness for the American Red Cross' relief effort in Haiti.  Duhamel, best known for his roles in The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Transformers series, and of course, for marrying Fergie, hosted the event with enormous style and elegance.  The actor took time with every fan who approached, him signed every autograph and spoke eloquently about the plight of the people of Haiti and how young people in America can make a difference.

Numerous movie, TV and sports figures came out to support the effort, including Wizard's of Waverly Place and Miley Cyrus beau, Gregg Sulkin, The Bachelor's Matt Grant, Dodger outfielder Matt Kemp, Glee's Agron, pop star Jordan Johnson, Twilight's Charlie Bewley, Model and Actress Molly Sims, The Spy Next Door's Madeline Carroll and Will Shadley, Disney's Christmas Carol's Sammi Hantatty, pop star Drew Seeley, E!'s Amy Paffrath and High School Musical's Olesya Rullin.  My Teen Topix's contributing writer, Oliver Peake also ran in support of the Red Cross.

Duhamel estimated attendance at about 3,000 people, with each runner contributing at least $10 to participate.  Although the run was focused on youth, many adults also came out to run or to just support the kids with their donations.  The peakPRgroup's  Christine Peake and Ben Decker helped organize this very successful event.
photos by Allan Peach ©2010 Click To Enlarge

Thousands of runners of all ages took part in the event

My Teen Topix's Oliver Peake was one of the first runners to cross the finish line

A triumphant runner finishes the two mile run in the sun

Olivia Smith Running to help the Red Cross

Runners came from schools and communities throughout Southern California

The Dodger's Matt Kemp and friends lent their support

The spirit of the event

Dodger outfielder Matt Kemp takes time with the fans

E!'s Amy Paffrath

Twilight Saga's Charlie Bewley (Demetri)

Volturi Vampires Support the Red Cross and not just the Blood Drive

peakPRgroup's Christine Peake helps to coordinate activities

Don Brooks of Don-A-Matrix training, who helped come up with the idea for the event

Matt Kemp scores with fans

Disney stars Drew Seeley, and Jordan Johnson ran for Haiti relief

Matt Grant "The Bachelor"

Hollywood came out in force to support the American Red Cross

Team Bewley

Matt Kemp's winning smile

Ben Decker, Gregg Sulkin, Millicent Sheridan, Josh Duhamal, and Christine Peake

Greg Sulkin, Josh Duhamel, and Jordan Johnson

Josh Duhamel with American Red Cross Santa Monica Chapter leaders Marcia Caldrola and Rob Amonic, M.D.

Heroes L.A. County Fire Fighter Malibu Air Attack Division

Diligently Collecting Donations

Pro Race Car Driver Danny Bopp with Jake Kloberdanz

Josh Duhamel and American Red Cross of Santa Monica Board Chair Dr. Rob Amonic accept a check from St. Martin of Tours School for $1000

Man of the hour Josh Duhamal with a young fan after a phenomenal fundraiser in Santa Monica


Anonymous said...

Great article, Masha. It looks like people had a great time. Linda Peach Warner

Anonymous said...

GREAT EVENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
With class and grace, founder and CEO of the Peak PR Group, Christine Peake once again produced another amazing event! A pleasure to be a part of this charity event for RED CROSS-HAITI. All the Stars were more than amazing to all their fans and runners! WOW...Hollywood, once again, coming to the "Rescue" with so much love. Amazing to witness first hand!

Millicent Sheridan ;-)

Anonymous said...

Millicent, you should get some credit, too. Great job and great work at Engel and Volkers, last night, as well. I know the Red Cross and the people of Haiti are blessed by your work for the cause. -- Allan Peach

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