Book Connection for CASA of Orange CountySometimes, it takes just one person to change a child's life forever. CASA volunteers give abused and neglected children a voice — and a second chance. Jessica, a high school senior from Orange County, California, started the Book Connection for CASA of Orange County four years ago, which provides foster children supported by CASA with high interest books to encourage reading for pleasure. Jessica founded this project on the principle of the importance of book ownership. The DPF made a contribution to CASA of Orange County to enable her to purchase additional books.
For more information, visit: http://www.casaoc.org/about.php.
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans: Padua Pediatrics
As one of 40 vital programs and two affiliated ministries of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, Padua Pediatrics provides care for medically fragile and developmentally handicapped children. A reduction in state funding would greatly compromise the programs ability to care for children. To ensure that services would continue to be offered, The DPF provided funding to allow the organization to continue to provide compassionate care to children.
For more information about this organization, click here.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana
The Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana is leading the fight against hunger in south Louisiana, through food distribution, advocacy, education and disaster response. They distribute more than 75 million pounds of food anually to 23 parishes in southern Louisiana, from the Mississippi state line to the Texas border. The Dr. Phil Foundation awarded the organization two different grants.
Hurricane Isaac struck the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2012, causing severe flooding and devastation in coastal towns outside the newly fortified levee system protecting New Orleans. In response to this disaster, the DPF provided funding to Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans to purchase uregently needed supplies, including nonperishable food, water, ice and cleaning supplies.
For more information about the Second Harvest Food Bank, please visit: http://no-hunger.org/
Foundation supports Medal of Honor Recipients
To perpetuate the Medal of Honor's legacy of courage, sacrifice, and patriotism, the DPF has provided support to assist in maintaining public outreach activities in schools and to reinforce the spirit of freedom that so many Americans have fought and died for. More than 60% of those who have been awarded this prestigious medal since the beginning of WW II have received posthumously. There are presently 85 living recipients of the Medal of Honor.
For more information about this organization, click here.
DPF Recognizes 10th Anniversary of 9/11
To mark the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Dr. Phil Foundation continued its support of the Ride to the Flags event, which took place on September 11, 2011. The ride honors all those who lost their lives 9/11 and their surviving families. One hundred percent of the rider's donations go to charity. This year's beneficiaries include the Semper Fi Fund and Operation Gratitude.
Sponsored by the Gary Sinise Charitable Foundation, the Ride to the Flags celebrates freedom, and honors heroes in uniform, policemen and women, firemen and members of the armed forces. More than 700 motorcycle riders – including Dr. Phil’s own Scott Madsen and Rich De Michele -- traveled a route through the Santa Monica Mountains ending in solemn respect at 2,977 American flags standing high atop 10-foot poles facing the Pacific Ocean – each one honoring an innocent life taken on 9/11. With support from the Dr. Phil Foundation and other organizations, more than $30,000 was raised to benefit the Snowball Express, Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and the Stephen Stiller FDNY Children’s Foundation.
For more information about these organizations, click here.
Metropolitan Center for Women and Children
Children who have experienced sexual assault and/or witnessed domestic violence in their homes are in need of special place where they can begin the process of healing. Metropolitan Center for Women and Children has a clear mission and goals focused on providing services to survivors of trauma. With funds provided by The Foundation, the organization has successfully converted an existing counseling center into a place where children are able to receive art, music and play therapy to assist them in their healing.
To learn more about the Center, visit: http://www.mcwcgno.org.
ReNew Charter Schools
ReNew Charter is one of 66 charter schools that opened in New Orleans in the wake of Katrina. Their mission is to turn low-performing public schools into high-performing public schools where all children are on or above appropriate academic grade levels. An important component of the school's commitment to academic excellence is the inclusion of a marching band and concert program. While the school had successfully obtained the necessary instruments, they still needed support to acquire uniforms. They had raised $18,000 toward the required $40,000. Support from The Dr. Phil Foundation enabled the agency to successfully raise the balance of the funds needed to purchase the uniforms.
To find out more, visit: http://www.renewschools.org.
Heath Evans Foundation
With the goal of fostering hope and healing to victims of sexual abuse, The Foundation awarded funds to the Heath Evans Foundation to provide free counseling to victims of childhood sexual abuse and their families in New Orleans and surrounding parishes.
To learn more, visit: http://heathevans.org.
St. Bernard Project
Established in 2006, the St. Bernard Project’s mission is to remove physical, mental and emotional barriers for vulnerable families, senior citizens and the disabled who are still recovering from the devastation of Katrina and the BP oil spill. To address the needs of the estimated 500 families who own homes but are unable to afford to rebuild them, The Dr. Phil Foundation provided funding to rebuild one client's home in the St. Bernard Parish.
To learn more, visit: http://www.stbernardproject.org.
A's & Aces
A’s & Aces mission is to provide academic assistance, life skills and tennis instruction to New Orleans public school children in a safe and secure environment. With support from the Dr. Phil Foundation, the organization implemented a USTA Team Tennis program serving New Orleans public school children ages 5-18 with the opportunity to enhance their commitment to excellence in the classroom and on the tennis courts. Participants will have access to Tennis Link, which is the USTA's on-line player registration link that will allow them to not only keep track of their own records, but to also scout potential competition. Twenty-five children benefitted from involvement in this program, which marks the first time that public school children have been able to participate as teams at the official USTA level.
For more information about A’s and Aces, visit: http://asandaces.org.
Roots of Music
To help preserve and promote the great musical heritage of New Orleans, funding was awarded to Roots of Music, which offers free music education and academic tutoring to at-risk youth ages 9-14, five days a week, year-around. This unique program provides hands-on music curriculum, including history, theory, instruction and ensemble performance instruction. The Roots of Music band has successfully performed in six Carnival parades, hosting more than 1,000,000 spectators.
For more information, visit: http://therootsofmusic.com.
The Dr. Phil Foundation Supports Expanded Educational Opportunities
With a goal of reducing the drop-out rate of young African-American youth, the Youth Empowerment Project offers the Literacy to all Youth (NOPLAY) that provides GED and basic literacy training to out-of-school youth and young adults. Youth 16-24 who have dropped out of school face many obstacles in their quest to complete their education. One of these is the lack of access to reliable and affordable transportation, without which, many students are more likely to drop out of school. To give these students every opportunity to remain in school, The Dr. Phil Foundation awarded support to purchase tokens to be used on the New Orleans public transportation system by students attending YEP's GED and Literacy programs. Support from The Foundation for this vital program has made it possible for hundreds of students to remain in school and have a brighter future.
For more information, visit: http://youthempowermentproject.org.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Dr. Phil Foundation, eight youth from limited means were given scholarships to attend Super Stars Musical Theater Camp, sponsored by Lyric Stage, Inc of Irving, TX. The participants will receive daily instruction from professional theater artists in vocal performance, musical theater dance, acting and technical theater. After completing the program, all 40 of the youth will perform in a production of “Oliver” at the Carpenter Performance Hall.
Bill Wood, a member of the Board of Directors of the Dr. Phil Foundation and president of Bank of the West, is shown presenting the Dr. Phil Foundation's contribution to Dr. Steven Jones, founding producer and guest instructor.
The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition (DVSAC) in Grass Valley, California had been forced to completely eliminate shelter services due to budget cuts, which affected a 900-square-mile radius. As a result of our viewer's generosity, in the Dr. Phil episode, End the Silence on Domestic Violence: Abusive Exes, the Dr. Phil Foundation was able to provide sufficient funds needed to re-open the Grass Valley Shelter and keep it operating for four months.
For more information about Dr. Phil's campaign to End the Silence on Domestic Violence and how you can become a Silence Breaker, click here.
Glendale Humane Society
Because of his concern for the well-being of animals, Dr. Phil selected the Glendale Humane Society to receive a grant to help construct a new play area to be called Maggie’s Bark Yard. The play yard’s name comes from the name of Dr. Phil and Robin’s beloved dog, Maggie.
The new grounds, which opened in June, feature a granite surface as well as a dog-sized pool, a shade area and murals adorning the walls.
For more information on the Glendale Humane Society, and to learn how you can get involved, click here.
In the Dr. Phil episode, Dr. Phil Confronts Animal Abusers, The Dr. Phil Foundation awarded a grant to Rescue Ink to raise awareness for animal brutality and mistreatment. These motorcycle-riding tough guys, working within the boundaries of the law, are dedicated to battling animal abuse and neglect, as well as educating and informing families and children about the mistreatment of animals.
For more information about Rescue Ink, please visit: http://www.rescueink.org/.
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (spcaLA)
To support their extensive efforts to protect and educate people about animals, the Dr. Phil Foundation awarded a grant to spcaLA. Among their programs is an at-risk youth violence prevention workshop that strives to instill empathy, love and compassion in kids by training local shelter dogs. Other initiatives include an animal safety intervention program for domestic violence, which works with domestic violence shelters to get pets out of the home and into the custody of the shelter along with the victim.
Little Kids Rock
The Dr. Phil Foundation partnered with Little Kids Rock to launch Little Kids Rock Across America. To kick off the program, the Foundation donated $500,000 to restore, revitalize and enhance music programs in schools in 10 cities across the country. The program brings music education to schoolchildren from grades K through 12 in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Tampa, Minneapolis and New Orleans.
For more information about Little Kids Rock, please visit: http://littlekidsrock.org/.
Music Empowers Foundation
The Music Empowers Foundation provides funding to nonprofit organizations that offer engaging and innovative music lessons to children in communities where music education is underdeveloped or does not exist. They support a variety of quality initiatives, giving many children the opportunity to learn, play, create and perform music.
The Music Empowers Foundation granted The Dr. Phil Foundation $100,000 to be used toward the Little Kids Rock Across America initiative.
For more information about the Music Empowers Foundation, please visit: http://musicempowersfoundation.org.
Dr. Phil and Robin are the official spokespersons for CASA, the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association. It is CASA's mission to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes. It is their goal to provide a CASA volunteer for every child who needs one.
The Dr. Phil Foundation was one of three beneficiaries that received $100,000 from Sean and Beth Payton's Payton's Play it Forward Foundation. The Foundation, in turn, made a grant to CASA New Orleans.New Orleans continues making great strides in its efforts to re-build. However, many critical services continue to be impacted in the aftermath of Katrina. In support of their continuing efforts to serve children who remain displaced as a result of Katrina, The Dr. Phil Foundation renewed its support to CASA of New Orleans to encourage both retention and recruitment of volunteer advocates.
For more information about CASA New Orleans, please visit: http://www.casaneworleans.org/.
Founded in 1892, Children's Bureau of New Orleans is a private, nonprofit United Way partner agency that offers a variety of services to children and families. The Dr. Phil Foundation awarded the Children’s Bureau with a grant that will support Children’s Bureau’s Project LAST, a program that provides community-based, counseling services to grieving and traumatized children and youth.
For more information about the Children’s Bureau, please visit: http://www.childrens-bureau.com.
NOBA believes that the power of the arts makes a difference in lives. They teach children the technical skills of dance, and in doing so, they believe it also teaches discipline, focus and work ethic.
NOBA was the beneficiary of a grant from The Dr. Phil Foundation, made possible by Coach Sean Payton and his wife, Beth, creators of Payton’s Play it Forward Foundation.
For more information about NOBA, please visit: http://www.nobadance.com/.
The Hope House is a safe place for frightened children to feel protected and respected. The organization welcomes, guides and supports children who have been sexually or physically abused and helps them recover from their trauma as justice is sought against their abusers.
The Dr. Phil Foundation was one of three beneficiaries that received $100,000 from Sean and Beth Payton's Payton's Play it Forward Foundation. The Foundation, in turn, made a grant to the Hope House.
For more information about the Hope House, please visit: http://www.cachopehouse.org/.
Awesome Girls Mentoring Program
The Awesome Girls Mentoring Program offers afterschool programming for at-risk girls. It provides them a place of safety and shelter, as well as a nurturing environment where they have the freedom to be children again.
The Dr. Phil Foundation was one of three beneficiaries that received $100,000 from Sean and Beth Payton's Payton's Play it Forward Foundation. The Foundation, in turn, made a grant to the Awesome Girls Mentoring Program.
Because state budget cuts have continued to limit the amount of available mental health services, particularly to African-American women ages 9-19, The Dr. Phil Foundation renewed its funding for an additional 12 months. Since receiving these additional funds, the agency has provided 106 hours of counseling to young women and their families.
For more about the Awesome Girls Mentoring Program, please visit: http://www.opusa.org/projects/new-orleans-the-awesome-girls-mentoring-program/.
KID smART is an organization that links the arts with academics. Their programs are designed to benefit underprivileged public school children in the
KID smART was the was the beneficiary of a grant from The Dr. Phil Foundation, made possible by Coach Sean Payton and his wife, Beth, creators of Payton’s Play it Forward Foundation.
For more information on KID smART, please visit: http://www.kidsmart.org/.
Youth Service Bureau
The Youth Service Bureau serves as an advocate for at-risk youth and their families by providing counseling, education and intervention. As a full service agency, they serve adolescents struggling with substance abuse issues, and abused and neglected children needing safe, permanent homes.
The Youth Service Bureau is the recipient of a grant from The Dr. Phil Foundation.
For more information on the Youth Service Bureau or to get involved, please visit: http://www.ysbworks.com/.
Young Aspirations/Young Artists (YA/YA)
The mission of Young Aspirations/Young Artists is to empower creative young people to become successful adults. The organization accomplishes this by providing educational experiences in the arts and entrepreneurship to New Orleans-area youth and by fostering and supporting their ambitions.
The Dr. Phil Foundation was one of three beneficiaries that received $100,000 from Sean and Beth Payton's Payton's Play it Forward Foundation. The Foundation, in turn, made a grant to YA/YA.
For more information about YA/YA, please visit their Website at: http://www.yayainc.com/.
S.A.Y. Detroit was the recipient of a grant from The Dr. Phil Foundation. Founded in 2006 by author and columnist Mitch Albom, its mission is to raise and distribute money to shelters in Detroit, MI to help improve the lives of those in need. "It is the spirit of the people who live in Detroit who are trying to keep Detroit alive that really moves me," Dr. Phil said. The funds from the Dr. Phil Foundation will provide critically needed support to a recently opened 24-hour, seven-day-a-week health clinic operated by the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries. The clinic will provide basic medical and pediatric care to children and their mothers as well as OB/GYN services, all at no cost to the patient.
For more information about S.A.Y. Detroit, please visit: http://www.saydetroit.org/.
Child Enrichment Fund Receives Grant
Lutheran Family Services of Colorado has been awarded a grant to establish the Child Enrichment Fund. The funds will be used to provide children in foster care the opportunity to participate in music lessons, dance classes, athletic endeavors as well as other positive, character-building activities.
For more information about Lutheran Family Services, please visit: http://www.lfsco.org/.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is to find, create and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and families. Their cornerstone program, the Ronald McDonald House (RMH), provides a “home-away-from-home" that offers comfort and care to families of children being treated at local hospitals and medical facilities.
Following an appearance on Dr. Phil, The Foundation made a grant to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida to benefit families and their ill children.
For more information about the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida, please visit: http://www.rmhorlando.com/.
Dignity U Wear
The Dignity U Wear Foundation strives to positively impact the lives of children and their families in need by providing them with brand-new clothing, a change that restores broken spirits and hope, dignity and self-esteem. The organization collects clothing items and gives them to schools and nonprofit agencies serving those in need. The centers provide their list of needs and Dignity U Wear provides the clothing. They specialize in soliciting, warehousing and distributing brand-new clothing nationally, at no cost to recipients. The Dr. Phil Foundation provided a grant to Dignity U Wear.
For more information about Dignity U Wear, please visit: http://www.dignityuwear.org/
Mary is a military mom whose son, Adam, died while serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Inspired by a phone call from Adam days before he was killed, the grieving mom founded Operation Bedding, which sends items of comfort, such as bedding, pillows and socks, to military personnel.
Dr. Phil met Mary during a visit to Philadelphia, and The Foundation provided Operation Bedding with a grant.
For more information about Operation Bedding, please visit: http://www.adamconboymemorialfund.org/operationbedding/index.html
Payton’s Play it Forward Foundation
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and his wife, Beth, created Payton’s Play it Forward Foundation, with the mission of improving the lives of families and children in health, education and social welfare. The Dr. Phil Foundation was one of three beneficiaries that received $100,000 from this organization.
The Dr. Phil Foundation donated the money to various charities in the New Orleans area.
For more information on Payton’s Play it Forward Foundation, please visit: http://paytonsplayitforwardfoundation.com/.
Angels in Waiting
Angels in Waiting is a nonprofit organization that was established to meet the needs of the most vulnerable population of America’s foster children: the forgotten, medically-fragile preemies, infants and children. Their mission is to move these infants and young children into private residences under the care of registered and licensed vocational nurses as their foster parents. AIW also helps ensure a childhood by ending the child’s time in the Foster Care System, finding permanent homes and paving the way to better lives with continued resources.
As a result of support from Dr. Phil viewers, The Dr. Phil Foundation donated money to provide trained nurses to give medical care to critically ill children in foster care.
For more information about Angels in Waiting, please visit: http://www.angelsinwaitingus.com/index2.html.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America Let the Music Play
The Dr. Phil Foundation awarded a grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America toward implementing the Music Makers National Music Education Program in 11 clubs across the country. This program features high-participation and age-appropriate activities to deliver the benefits of music education to youth 6-18.
For more information about Boys & Girls Clubs of America, please visit: http://www.bgca.org/.
Youth Empowerment Project
Youth Empowerment Project provides intensive case management, mentoring and educational services to at-risk New Orleans youth. They strive to strengthen each young person’s capacity to connect with his or her family and community, and lay the foundation for a smooth transition into adulthood.
The Dr. Phil Foundation was one of three beneficiaries that received $100,000 from Sean and Beth Payton's Payton's Play it Forward organization. The Foundation, in turn, made a grant to YEP.
For more information on the Youth Empowerment Project, please visit: http://www.youthempowermentproject.org/
The JCPenny Jam, hosted by Dr. Phil and Robin, was held on June 14, 2006 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The event was held to raise awareness and funds to benefit the JCPenney Afterschool Fund, which has become a champion shaper of the after-school movement. Backstage before the Jam, Robin and Dr. Phil rub elbows with many of the biggest names in music including Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Andrea Bocelli, American Idol's Katharine McPhee and others. In recognition of Dr. Phil and Robin’s commitment to the well being of children and families, JCPenney donated $500,000 to the Dr. Phil Foundation.
Watch a clip from the special.
For more information about JCPenney, please visit: http://www.jcpenney.com.
Founded in 1991 by nationally syndicated morning show personality Kidd Kraddick, Kidd's Kids gathers families experiencing the enormous struggles of having a child with special needs and treats them to a fantasy-filled vacation. On behalf of The Dr. Phil Foundation, Jay McGraw presented a donation that will bring laughter and magic into the lives of children and their families for five fun-filled days at Disney World in Florida.
For more information about Kidd's Kids, please visit: http://www.kiddskids.com/.
Camp To Belong
Camp To Belong has been actively reuniting brothers and sisters placed in separate foster, adoptive or kinship homes to create lifetime memories at summer camp programs and year-round events.
Zakiya was abandoned by her mother, separated from her siblings and placed in foster care when she was 6. She and her siblings attended Camp To Belong as children.
When Zakiya appeared on Dr. Phil, camp founder, Lynn Price, offered her a job working at the camp. The Dr. Phil Foundation made a grant to Camp To Belong to go toward covering Zakiya's salary for an entire year as well as her cost of housing.
For more information about Camp To Belong, please visit: http://www.camptobelong.org/.
Vintage Hollywood Foundation
The Vintage Hollywood Foundation was formed to raise funds to support charitable organizations, both large and small, that work to promote the health and well-being of Southern California's diverse community. The Dr. Phil Foundation donated money to support Save the Children and United Friends of California. Save the Children provides early childhood development, literacy and emergency relief to children living in poverty in America, and United Friends of California provides support to youth in foster care, by helping them complete high school, find housing and enroll in college.
For more information about Vintage Hollywood Foundation, please visit: http://vintagehollywood.org/
Camp Electric Youth
In collaboration with award-winning singer/ songwriter Deborah Gibson, The Dr. Phil Foundation awarded a grant to Camp Electric Youth. This grant will enable the organization to fund scholarships to four deserving and talented youth, which provides them the opportunity to receive instruction in vocal techniques, songwriting and acting.
For more information about Deborah Gibson's Electric Youth, please visit: http://www.deborahgibsonselectricyouth.com/.
Coalition of Services and Charity
The Coalition of Services and Charity is a group of 14 social service agencies that support the homeless nationwide. They sell the newspaper The Homeless Voice as a way to raise funds for their services. They also run a news wire for homeless newspapers.
"There are about 50 newspapers in the North American continent that homeless people actually sell for jobs. It gives them a way of either paying for their room and board wherever they stay, or to eat, where they don’t have to panhandle and don’t feel good about what they’re doing," explained the charity's founder, Sean, when he appeared on Dr. Phil.
On behalf of The Dr. Phil Foundation, Dr. Phil presented Sean with a check. The Foundation also made a grant to the United Way of the Central Coast to go toward helping the homeless.
For more information on the National Coalition for the Homeless, please visit: http://www.nationalhomeless.org/.
For more information about the United Way of the Central Coast, please visit: http://www.uwcentralcoast.org/.
University of California at San Francisco
Nicole von Ruden worked as a segment director for Dr. Phil for four years, writing scripts for the videotape segments that are seen during the show. In January 2000, Nicole was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Although her mobility became compromised, Nicole continued to work with the help of a motorized scooter.
"Most people, when you’re diagnosed with a brain tumor and/or cancer, your idea is not to want to get up, and come to work every day, and work long hours and work hard, but I have to say that getting up and working keeps the brain alive, keeps me intellectually going, and the people here give you a reason to wake up,” she said on the episode “Ask Dr. Phil and Robin.”
Sadly, Nicole lost her battle with cancer on August 7, 2008. So much remains to be learned about brain tumors, and an endowment fund was set up at the UCSF Brain Tumor Research Center in Nicole's name. The Dr. Phil Foundation made a donation in memory of Nicole.
For more information on the Brain Tumor Research Center, please visit: http://neurosurgery.ucsf.edu/index.php/research_BTRC.html.
First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood (Health Ministries)
The First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood helps people discover faith, be nurtured in faith, grow in faith, live in faith and share faith. Their health ministries provides health care, education, information and referrals through the parish nurse.
Following an accident of a bus transporting passengers to a taping of the Dr. Phil show, the staff of the church’s health clinic responded immediately to help evacuate passengers, provide medical attention and to bring calm to a chaotic situation. In appreciation, The Foundation awarded the church a grant to support their health clinic serving homeless families with children.
For more information about First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, please visit: http://www.fpch.org/index.htm.
American Heart Association
The mission of the American Heart Association is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
The Dr. Phil Foundation made a grant to the association to support heart disease educational programs for women.
For more information about the American Heart Association, please visit: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/.
Boys & Girls Clubs of South Valley Utah
The Boys & Girls Clubs of South Valley promotes the social, educational, health, leadership and character development of boys and girls during critical periods in their development. Their mission is to inspire and empower youth, families and communities to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens, which guides their work and gives them a vision for the future.
The Dr. Phil Foundation gave the Clubs a grant to provide the kids with access to high quality, after-school programming.
For more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Valley Utah, please visit: http://www.bgcsv.org/
Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation
When Dr. Phil and Robin attended the Stellar Night Gala, they pledged to contribute $500 for every seat in the Dr. Phil studio audience occupied by a Starlight Starbright supporter. In response, 150 guests attended a live taping of Dr. Phil, resulting in an $85,000 gift from The Dr. Phil Foundation.
The funds will be used to support Starlight Starbright's efforts to help seriously ill children and their families cope with pain, fear and isolation through entertainment education and family activities.
For more information about Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation, please visit: http://www.starlight.org.
Dr. Phil Foundation Shares Movie Magic with Children's Medical CenterChildren's Medical Center got a taste of Hollywood in the spring of 2007 with a visit from Dr. Phil to launch a new in-house movie network for patients. Donated by The Dr. Phil Foundation, the kids' entertainment system offers the latest box office hits, family favorites and classic movies from various studios including Paramount, Warner Brothers, Disney, Sony and others, which children can watch in the privacy of their own rooms. Movies are also available for viewing in designated public areas of the hospital.
Partnering with The Dr. Phil Foundation to make this project possible was Master Video Systems, Inc., located in Dallas, which donated equipment and services.
Children's Medical Center, Dallas is private, not for profit, and one of the largest pediatric health care providers in the nation. Dedicated exclusively to the comprehensive care of children from birth to age 18, Children's provides patient care ranging from simple eye exams to specialized treatment in heart disease, hematology, oncology and cystic fibrosis.
For more information about Children's Medical Center, please visit: http://www.childrens.com/.
On the Dr. Phil episode “Ask Dr. Phil and Robin," Dr. Phil and Robin celebrated a very special woman who lives her life with passion and purpose. Lesia Cartelli has devoted her life to helping young burn victims because she knows their pain firsthand. Her organization, Angel Faces, is an innovative healing retreat for teenage girls with facial or body differences due to burn injury, cancer, accident, abuse or birth abnormalities. Angel Faces is the only program in the United States that focuses on the specific concerns of adolescent girls with disfigurements, and enhancing their self-esteem and social skills while addressing their emotional and psychological healing.
In conjunction with Leisa being selected to receive the Heart of a Woman Award from Dr. Phil and Robin, Angel Faces received $50,000 from a corporate sponsor to support the retreat.
For more information about Angel Faces, please visit: http://www.angelfacesretreat.org/af/.
Dr. Phil Foundation Brings Music Back to a Mississippi School
St. Martin's Middle School, which is located in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, was completely devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
In addition to the loss of their buildings, they also suffered the loss of all of its musical instruments. As a result, over more than half of the school's enrolled students were left without access to quality music programs.
The Dr. Phil Foundation, in collaboration with Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, made a donation in September 2006 to enable the school to fully restore the music program. "What we did here was more than replace instruments," said Dr. Phil. "We helped restore the hopes and dreams of children, letting them and their families know there is someone out there who still cares."
The contribution from The Dr. Phil Foundation was used to purchase a variety of musical instruments and address the need to give young people increased access to the arts.
Dr. Phil and Robin Pay a Surprise Visit to Help Raise Funds for CASA in Chicago
The stars were shining bright the evening of November 5, 2006 when Dr. Phil and Robin made a surprise visit to help raise funds to benefit CASA of Lake County, which provides services to abused and neglected children.
Addressing the 400 attendees, Dr. Phil voiced his unconditional support of efforts to advocate for the health, safety and best interests of abused and neglected children.
Dr. Phil auctioned off two gift packages consisting of VIP tickets, signed books from him and Robin, airfare, hotel accommodations and a tour of the world-famous Paramount Pictures Studio, which The Dr. Phil Foundation then matched!
For more information about CASA, please visit: http://www.casaforchildren.org.
Photo: Dr. Phil, Susan Ahern and Joe Ahern, President/General Manager WBBM-TV Chicago.
Dr. Phil Foundation Makes Music in Detroit
In September 2006, The Dr. Phil Foundation made a contribution to YouthVille Detroit, a specially-designed center serving kids, ages 11-19.
The center, located in the central city area of Detroit, provides young people a variety of developmental activities in technology, music, dance and the arts. Among the music program offerings are the opportunity to sing in choral ensembles, compose and record electronic music and perform existing and original works. However, to elevate their music program to an optimal level, the center badly needed musical instruments.
The contribution from The Dr. Phil Foundation was used to purchase a variety of musical instruments and address the need to give young people increased access to the arts.
For more information about YouthVille Detroit, please visit: http://www.youthvilledetroit.org/.
Photo: Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press
Children's Defense Fund Beat the Odds Program
With the goal of supporting young people who are "beating the odds" and continuing to work hard, demonstrating academic excellence and giving back to their community, The Foundation made a contribution to the Children's Defense Fund. The donation was presented to Marian Wright Edelman at the CDF's 2006 Scholarship Luncheon, which more than 500 community leaders in Houston attended on March 8th.
For more information about the Children's Defense Fund, please visit: http://www.childrensdefense.org/.
Photo: Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and CEO of the Children's Defense Fund, accepts a contribution.
Noah's Wish is an animal welfare organization dedicated to rescuing and sheltering animals throughout the United States and Canada. Their main focus is to save animals during disasters with their rescue and recovery services and to mitigate the impact of disasters on animals through educational outreach programs.
The Dr. Phil Foundation made a grant to the organization to support pet rescue in New Orleans. For more information, please visit: http://www.noahswish.org/.
Dr. Phil Foundation Helping Kids
April 14th was a milestone day for The Dr. Phil Foundation, which contributed to three organizations: Camp to Belong for the benefit of Zakiya Kidd, TYME (Teach Youth Motivate and Empower) and the Urban Entertainment Institute. The recipients provide services to disadvantaged children and to youth in foster care as well as those who have been emancipated. The Urban Entertainment Institute (UEI), based in Los Angeles, is an inner-city music program offering classes in dance, music, theater and the arts to at-risk and economically disadvantaged youth.
In addition to the cash contributions, $90,000 of in-kind contributions including toys, games and musical instruments went to these organizations.
Photo: Robin presents a check to the founder of Urban Entertainment Institute, Fred Martin.