Chaske Spencer, star of The Twilight Saga film series: New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn pt. 1 & 2 is to be honored on June 22nd, 2012 at the 6th Annual Shortstack™ Charity Fashion Show, an event open to the public. He is receiving the Barbara Harmon Unsung Hero Award, presented annually to an individual in honor of their contribution to the lives of others. Their selfless service often goes unrecognized, and the Unsung Hero Award is intended to bring light to the work that they do. This award was founded in the memory of Barbara Harmon, an incredible woman who never received nor wanted the credit for the countless hours of community service and for the difference she made in the lives that crossed her own. From working with babies born addicted to drugs, to supporting adolescent youth in her community, to assisting at the World Trade Center disaster, Barbara Harmon embodied the spirit of true heroism.
The 6th Annual Shortstack Charity Fashion Show will be held on Friday, June 22nd, 2012 at the Midtown Loft and Terrace on 5th Avenue in New York City, which overlooks the Empire State Building. Shortstack™ is a teen driven fashion and modeling program whose goal is to allow young girls who do not fit the "normal" model standards to be a part of charitable fashion events. “I am truly excited that Chaske is joining us at this year’s show,” states Olivia Mignone, founder of Shortstack. “We are trying to shift the fashion industry to become more inclusive of all body types, sending a more empowering message of acceptance to society, which is in complete alignment with how he empowers the lives of others.” For years, girls have been rejected from the modeling industry because they are too short. Shortstack was created by teens under the guidance of the non-profit agency Windows of Opportunity, Inc. to give these "short" girls a chance at achieving their dreams as models and empower them to love themselves for who they are.
Spencer, who is of Lakota (Sioux) Nation, Nez Perce, Cherokee, and Creek heritage decent, really appreciates the honor to receive this award at this chic event and feels deeply humbled. “I am so honored to be part of such a great event for a worthy cause,” stated Spencer.
Spencer is a co-founder of the Be the Shift Campaign and spokesperson for United Global Shift (UGS), an organization of which both Spencer and Hal Eisenberg, Executive Director of Windows of Opportunity (WOO) are affiliated. “When I met Chaske at a UGS event and learned of the work he was doing I knew immediately that he was a perfect candidate for this award,” said Eisenberg. “His vision is aligned with WOO on many levels and I see Chaske, myself, and UGS working together on a global level in the near future.” UGS is an organization dedicated to fighting poverty and creating sustainable communities. United Global Shift’s mission is to cause a shift in what is possible for humanity, focusing on the environment, employment, entrepreneurship, health and education by using media outlets to promote entertainment projects in film, television, fashion, sports, advertising, and internet. By promoting these projects the goal is to cause a shift in the way people think and live their lives.
Tickets to the 6th Annual Charity Fashion Show are on sale via Shortstack’s website http://www.wooshortstack.org, with all proceeds going to fund the innovative empowerment programs at Windows of Opportunity, Inc. Information on other sponsorship opportunities are also available on the website.
For media inquiries on Chaske Spencer please contact Mona Loring at MLC PR (323) 462-8080.
For inquiries on Be The Shift or United Global Shift, please contact Josselyne Herman-Saccio at info(at)unitedglobalshift(dot)org and visit http://www.unitedglobalshift.org.
For inquiries on Shortstack or Windows of Opportunity, please contact Hal Eisenberg at Hal(at)wooinc(dot)org and visit http://www.wooinc.org.
Press and media must obtain a press pass prior to the Shortstack Fashion Show. Please contact press(at)wooshortstack(dot)org to register your name. Press and media are to arrive at 6:00pm promptly to receive their press passes and proceed directly to the rooftop for Red Carpet photos and networking cocktail hour. Your coverage is what will put Shortstack’s important message out there … that everyone wears clothes… and everyone is beautiful.
About Chaske Spencer
Chaske Spencer plays werewolf leader “Sam Uley” in the popular Summit Entertainment The Twilight Saga film series: New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn 1&2. Prior to The Twilight Saga, Chaske was in the films: Skins, Dreamkeeper and Steven Spielberg’s Into The West. Chaske is the lead role of “Virgil First Raise” in the feature film of the book Winter in the Blood (by James Welch) which is currently in post production. Partnered with his manager Josselyne Herman and veteran producer Ted Kurdyla, his production company Urban Dream is in development on a feature-length documentary and feature film called The Block. Chaske recently signed on with the NBC drama pilot called "The Frontier" from writer/executive producer Shaun Cassidy. The story revolves around a group who follows their dreams and heads West from Missouri across the unchartered country in the 1840s.
About Windows of Opportunity
Windows of Opportunity’s intention is to provide platforms for global youth empowerment and leadership that leads to sustainable change. The mission of WOO is to provide innovative and impacting programs that cause a shift in the way we educate and empower youth; a shift from disempowerment to possibility; a shift from differences to acceptance; and a shift from indecision to opportunity.
About The Annual Shortstack Fashion Show
Shortstack’s 6th Annual Fashion Show is taking place on June 22nd, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the Midtown Loft & Terrace on 5th Avenue in New York City. Guest list includes actor and star of The Twilight Saga Chaske Spencer, host Joe Rock of WBAB radio, co-host and radio personality Carolina Cadillo, Model Claire Unabia, and many more surprises. World renown singer, violinist, and producer Queen Rose will also be on hand sharing her talents on the roof top. Her current fundraiser (http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/queenrose) is leading to the donation of $1 from every album sale to Windows of Opportunity, Inc. Up and coming artists Jason Waters, Tim Perdoch, and Montana Mero will be performing as well.
It is no doubt that founder and program director Olivia Mignone’s message is getting out there as she has rallied supporters and sponsors of her program and shows from the likes of Suzi Chin, Hot Topic, Superdry David’s Bridal, Banana Republic, Delia*s, Jasmine Sola, VH1, Verizon, Long Island’s Rock Station WBAB, popchips, Sonu Beverages, New Leaf Ice Tea, Millennium Toyota, and IDT Corporation, to name just a few. Shortstack has created many opportunities for models such as meeting America Next Top Model’s contestants Kim Stolz, Bianca Golden and Claire Unabia. Past recipients of The Barbara Harmon Unsung Hero Award include Marty Lyons, a former pro football player with the NY Jets who created his foundation to help terminally ill children receive their greatest wish, Kyle Merker, founder of the Ali Forney Center, and WBAB disc jockey, Mr. Joe Rock, who is the champion and promoter of several causes through his non-profit The Other Door.
All proceeds from this event go to Windows of Opportunity and their many innovative youth empowerment programs including H.E.L.P (HIV/AIDS Empowerment Leadership Program), T.A.D.A. (Teens against Drug Abuse) and the INNER YOU Program for Eating Disorders. At $55 a ticket ($60 at the door) and open to the public, a beautiful rooftop view of the Empire State Building, celebrities, a breathtaking fashion show, musical guests, and the idea that you are benefiting so many impactful youth programs makes it sound like the perfect Friday night out.
About United Global Shift
United Global Shift’s mission is to cause a shift in what is possible for humanity, focusing on the environment, employment, entrepreneurship, health and education. A shift from survival and scarcity to possibility, partnership and peace. UGS designs and delivers conscious full spectrum learning in action programs for individuals, non-profits and corporations. They create and support projects that foster dignity and equity for all in the entertainment, advertising, internet, music, film, television, fashion and sports industries. These projects create a shift in people's thinking and actions.
For more info on this event or to schedule an interview please contact:
Hal Eisenberg, L.M.S.W. • +1 718-916-6037 • Hal(at)wooinc(dot)org • wooinc.org