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On December 10th, Kat Graham and Ian Somerhalder hosted the event The Ripple Effect, a charity dinner to benefit The Water Project. Several cast members and crew from The Vampire Diaries were also in attendance to show their support for the cause. Michael Trevino, Nina Dobrev, Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson. As well as former guest stars Bianca Lawson and Arielle Kebble. Here are a few photos from the event (view more over at Katerina Graham Source), and a couple of video interviews with Nina and Ian from Mingle Media TV. You can view more celebrity interviews from the event on their YouTube channel.

Video Interviews with Ian And Nina by Mingle Media Network

The CW has just recently launched a new feature on their website, Causes to Care About. The page includes several CW actors and information about each cause they support. Vampire Diaries cast members Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Kat Graham and Joseph Morgan are listed.

Via Press Release:

December 7, 2011 (Burbank, CA) – The CW has launched Causes to Care About, an online destination where viewers can learn more about the charities embraced by the stars of their favorite CW shows, and donate to their favorite causes this holiday season.
Fans can go to causes.cwtv.com to find videos from stars of many of The CW’s primetime shows, in which each actor talks about why their chosen charity is one close to their heart. The site will also link to each actor’s chosen charity, so fans can easily donate directly to them.

Here are the causes each one supports:

Nina Dobrev – Free the Children

Ian Somerhalder – Ian Somerhalder Foundation

Paul Wesley – Global Roots

Kat Graham – Ian Somerhalder Foundation/The Ripple Effect

Joseph Morgan – Positive Women

Click the links above to view each actor’s personal page, information on how to support and/or watch their personal message.

Also, today is Ian Somerhalder’s 33rd birthday! And what better way to celebrate than donating to his cause The Ian Somerhalder Foundation. View his birthday project message below! And we at Vampire Diaries Online would like to wish Ian a very Happy Birthday, and wish him many more to come!

One of our TVD Family members, Michael, is in need due to having surgery and taking an unpaid medical leave. He has decided to auction off this photo signed by 12 members of the cast of The Vampire Diaries. And will be adding more items from his experience of being an extra on the show. If you are not interested in bidding on the photo, please consider sending him a donation via the Paypal donation button below to help him and his family during this stressful time.





Want to win a seat next to Paul Wesley at a charity benefit for Global Roots in December? Check this out!

On a recent vacation to Italy, Paul Wesley and his wife, Torrey Devitto met Global Roots founder Rick Montgomery. Global Roots is a philanthropic organization that focuses on the “protection and nurturing of children in areas of famine and social unrest,” by donating food and supplies to children in need around the world, according to its official website.

Both Paul and Torrey have chosen to work with Global Roots, and head on over to their page on the Global Roots site to see how you can get involved, and possibly win a seat next to Paul and Torrey at a dinner that will be held in December!

My good friend and resident recapper, Mak will be attending this year’s Unleashed Bash on the Bayou hosted by Ian Somerhalder as one of the lucky club members, and she has 4 tickets, with preferred seating to give away! Here are the deets!

BIG FABULOUS DRAWING! Four lucky winners will attend St. Tammany Humane Society’s Event:  UNLEASHED-“Bash on the Bayou” on Saturday, November 12th, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the Castine Center in Mandeville, Louisiana.  Oh, and did I mention MEET IAN SOMERHALDER!

Cost to enter the drawing: any donation $5 or above (higher donations appreciated)!  Missed out on Vampire Diaries conventions because of the cost?  What a great bargain! Just $5 enters you in the drawing (or those generous souls can open your heart and your wallet and donate more!), four winners to be announced on October 25!  That’s SOON!  Hit the DONATE button NOW and enter your information!

These tickets are PREFERRED SEATING! You will be sitting closer to Ian’s table than you would with a regular general admission ticket! Closer to Ian–photo ops!  Cuddle ops (hey, take a look at my pic–this could be YOU)!

Check the Event Poster above. Three great bands!  Dancing!  Silent Auction!  Open bar!  Catering by some of New Orleans most famous restaurants!  Make new friends and meet old friends, both human and furry!  Face value of each ticket is $75 in advance, $100 at the door (if there are any left), so this is a great bargain and a great way to contribute to this worthy cause.

***ALL PROCEEDS OF THIS DRAWING WILL GO TO ST. TAMMANY HUMANE SOCIETY!!***

Not only do you get to have a great time at Unleashed with Ian; but you will also be helping homeless animals!

St. Tammany Humane Society is the only non-profit animal sheltering and welfare organization serving St. Tammany Parish, and they rely primarily on the assistance of the community they serve to care for the more than 1,000 orphaned pets that enter their shelter each year.  They offer a variety of services and have developed several programs to give these companion animals a second chance and a new leash on life!!

Don’t miss this fun night of  great music, food, drinks and IAN! :)

Head on over to Mak’s blog and click the donate button on her sidebar to enter!

Yesterday Nina Dobrev made an appearance to for Project Pink Day in NYC at the Puma Store in Union Square. It was announced back in July that she would be the face of Puma’s Project Pink supporting Breast Cancer Awareness. Fans flocked to watch Nina arrive on the pink carpet, and got the chance to meet her up close and personal, shake her hand and get an autograph. Here are a few shots from Nina’s arrival, during the autograph signing and leaving the store. You can view many more over at Nina Dobrev Network! Thanks to Twitter  peeps, @Jsim0ne @Miriam522 and @gleekmelora for tweeting throughout the day and posting pics!

The Ian Somerhalder Foundation has announced their very first fundraiser event, “Empoweresque“. Tickets are on sale now and the event will be held October 29th, 2011 at The Opera (1150B Peachtree St.) in Atlanta, GA.

The fundraiser will feature events for kids, teens and adults.

Via the official announcement:

United Empowerment!

  • Raise funds that will contribute to the expansion of ISF programs that empower youth to create the change.
  • To empower existing ISF GLOBAL Groups to co-create with each other, and encourage new groups to become a part of ISF.
  • Reach 1 million followers with Ian Somerhalder’s twitter to expand the potential ISF family population.
  • Ultimately, empower generations to support each other with intense focus on supporting youth to become active, innovative, successful leaders.

For more information about the event and to purchase your tickets, visit the ISF event page for more details!

Thanks to Nina Dobrev Network for the heads up on this video spot from Puma featuring Nina Dobrev. As we posted earlier, Nina Dobrev is the face of Puma’s Project Pink campaign.

Project Pink is PUMA’s more-than-just-October initiative that puts the fight against breast cancer in your hands. Check out actress and Project Pink supporter Nina Dobrev kicking it in pink and scoring against breast cancer with the help of PUMA pro soccer athletes Leslie Osborne and Natasha Kai and a group of young soccer stars! Find out how to make Project Pink your project (and how to tweet better with #projectpink by @puma) at www.puma.com/projectpink and www.puma.com/womenssoccer.

Thanks to @ash_486 for the heads up! Ian Somerhalder has been nominated in the TV Star category for VH1’s Do Something Awards for his work with the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. Head on over to VH1 and vote now! The show will air on VH1 Thursday, August 18th, 2011 at 9/8c.

Via VH1:

Founder of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF), Ian is making it his mission to protect the planet and its creatures; currently ISF is protecting 300 acres of trees and has launched a petition to protect sled dogs.

Photo Credit: Teen Vogue’s Eva Chen Bannister

Thanks to Vampire-Diaries.net for the head up on this news! Nina Dobrev has been officially announced as the face of Puma’s Project Pink 2011 for breast cancer research. Here is some info about what Nina will be doing:

PUMA is excited to announce that actress Nina Dobrev is lending her support, alongside some of the best women’s soccer athletes in the world, to Project Pink 2011. As one of Project Pink’s supporters, the Vampire Diaries star will appear in the program’s Public Service Announcement, act as a media spokesperson, make appearances in support of the initiative, and engage with fans throughout the season via her Twitter handle, @ninadobrev.

“I’m truly excited for the opportunity to work on this season’s Project Pink initiative,” said Dobrev. “I love that it truly empowers young women to get involved and make a difference. Plus, I’ve always been an athlete, so I jumped on the chance to stand alongside and in support of some of these amazing female soccer players.” Dobrev, a former gymnast, is a natural fit for the PUMA brand, which celebrates the active lifestyle and supports the health and well-being of women worldwide.

Also, Puma has launched their Tweet Better, Do-Gooder campaign, here are the details:

Tweet Better, Do-Gooder

And finally, with an eye to spreading the word even further and offering up yet another easy way for fans to contribute – no purchase, cheering section, or soccer skills required – PUMA is bringing back its popular Twitter hash tag, #projectpink.

Tweet #projectpink between July 6 and October 31, and, counting one tweet per user per day, PUMA will donate an additional $1, up to $25,000, to the ultimate beneficiary.

Read the rest of the story.

Wetpaint had a chance to chat with Kim Klingler, Executive Director of The Ian Somerhalder Foundation for an exclusive interview. She talks about how the Ian Somerhalder Foundation came about, what the foundation’s main focus is now and also reveals plans for their very first ISF event, which will take place October 22nd and most likely will be held in Chicago, IL.

What are you working on currently?

A few things are evolving. One of them is a strong partnership with Conservation International. We’re looking at bringing in more of our ISF youth groups to learn more about deforestation. The other aspect that’s developing is we’re really, really intensely focusing on developing a tangible youth program to get that out for distribution. And it will be done through a variety of different channels who are partners, like Conservation.org. It will be a program that will enable children of any age to learn how to create change-making projects and go out and do them with ISF behind them.

The other exciting element is that we’re going to be hosting our first huge ISF event. It’s going to be a fundraiser and we’ve been teasing the fan base with little snippets about what it will be like. There will be two events — one that will meet the needs of, let’s say, 8- to 21-year-olds, and then an evening event that will definitely meet the needs of 21 and up. It will most likely be held in Chicago, and it will be held October 22. Once we release what the theme is, I think Chicago makes perfect sense. It’s going to be a celebration, not a standard fundraising gala. This event will be all fun. All fun.

Read the rest of the interview over at Wetpaint.

Want a chance to participate in an interview with Ian Somerhalder? Well Vampire Support is giving you that chance! They will be interviewing Ian Somerhalder at Eyecon on March 27th, and are asking that you send in questions about his foundation. This is an amazing opportunity and we at VDO would love to offer our congrats to the Vampire Support Team and for also sharing it with the fans! So…you have those questions ready?

Head on over to Vampire Support  for more details!

Check out this great interview with Sara Canning from Liol Magazine. She talks all things Jenna, The Vampire Diaries, DoSomething.org and answers fans questions from Twitter!

Check out this auction for an autographed photo of The Vampire Diaries Cast! Jessica over at Mystic Falls Tours, is auctioning off one of her prized possessions. A beautiful framed autographed photo of the entire cast of The Vampire Diaries.

50% of the proceeds will go to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation and 50% will go to benefit funeral costs that Jessica and her family incurred last month when her mother passed away. So get to bidding! An amazing Vampire Diaries collectors item and for a VERY good cause!

A trio of amazing young women, Alex, Erika and Laura, emailed me today about a really cool idea they came up with. They will be attending the BloodyNightCon Vampire Diaries convention in Barcelona, Spain, and decided to create an initiative to raise money for the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. They are planning to present Ian with the donation at the convention, and have gotten the permission from BloodyNightCon and the Ian Somerhalder Foundation to make their idea a reality. So with that said, if you are going to BloodyNightCon (you don’t have to be going, anyone can donate) and would like to participate in this really cool initiative, please head on over to their donation site and make a donation. They will be including all the names of the donors in a letter to be given to Ian during the presentation. Click the banner below to be a part of their efforts! The site is available in English or Español.




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