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This morning Ian Somerhalder stopped by Fox & Friends to chat about natureispeaking.org and his brand new campaign to raise money for ISF. Watch the video interview below. You can find out more about this amazing opportunity for fans (a chance to win a set visit to The Vampire Diaries, have dinner with Ian, and shoot a scene with him) HERE.

As a lot of you are aware, Ian Somerhalder is desperately trying to raise funds through his foundation, ISF, to open an eco-friendly animal sanctuary in his home state of Louisiana.  But not just any animal sanctuary.  The aim is to provide a place for outcast, neglected, and mistreated heavenly creatures, with their two-footed human counterparts that have bullying problems learning to care for them.  It’s a win-win!  The kids will find compassion through caring for the animals—who accept love so easily and want it so badly!  The animals will get to teach the kids about love and kindness, the kids will learn how great it is to care, and maybe all their lives will be the better for it!

Time is running out.  The desired land needs to be purchased quickly or it will be back to the drawing board.  Ian figured it out for us:  If 1000 people pledge/donate $10 a month for one year to get this off the ground ISF can make the purchase!  Less than the cost of most movie nights out, your online video service, or what you spend on junk food in a month!

We’re sending out an SOS to all loyal Vampire Diaries Online readers to please help ISF save animals, stop bullying, and support ISF’s goal of building a sustainable future for them.  Added bonus, there will be great volunteer programs to spend time at the sanctuary!

Won’t you help Vampire Diaries Online, ISF, and Ian Somerhalder reach the short-term goal by visiting the ISF Animal Sanctuary Donation page and making a donation or pledge?  Thanks for answering our SOS!

~Mak and Ruthie

Photo Credit: St. Tammany Humane Society

As many of you may already know, Ian Somerhalder and his brother Bob have started a very unique business. Built of Barnwood is special that it takes vintage wood to create usable art pieces and decor items for your home.

Via Built of Barnwood’s website:

BOB is a collaborative effort between two multi talented brothers. Built of Barnwood is based in the charming coastal town of Bay St Louis Mississippi. They are focusing on reclaiming, recycling and re-purposing vintage wood and building materials. Once reclaimed they are turned into usable artwork, home furnishing and design accent pieces. Together Bob Somerhalder and Ian Somerhalder strive for a greener more sustainable economy. With this green desire in mind, they have launched a clean and sustainable business that is a hot and trendy product line for home decor and furniture.

And today, they are trying to sell 1000 Earth Day Green Crosses by midnight. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. But that’s not all, if you purchase 5 crosses, you will receive a personalized autographed photo from Ian himself! FREE Shipping is only available to those living in the 48 US states. International shipping will be billed separately. So to help this great cause and unique business, head on over to Built of Barnwood to get yours now!

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!

Thanks to @Mak75231 for the heads up, Ian Somerhalder will be honored at the Carmel Art & Film Festival October 15th. He will be receiving the very first “World of Good” award for his environmental work. Check out the deets below!

Via Press Release:

09.28.2011– The third annual Carmel Art and Film Festival will award its first ever “World of Good Award” to actor and activist Ian Somerhalder on Saturday, October 15. The award, conceived by festival founders and created by famed jewelry company Tiffany, will be awarded each year to an influential actor, filmmaker or artist who is using their notoriety to “do good work.”

The Carmel Art and Film Festival will recognize Ian Somerhalder during its Founders’ Party on Saturday evening, October 15, at the Carmel Art Association. The party, which is for Patrons of the festival and invited guests only, is part of the public five day festival showcasing independent film and contemporary art as well as music concerts, art auctions, photo exhibits, “Art in the Park” and the “Conversations and Encounters” lecture series. Festival passes are available online at www.carmelartandfilm.eventbrite.com or by calling (831) 625-3700. Individual tickets to film screenings and lectures can be purchased at Festival Headquarters in Carmel Plaza on the 3rd floor and at the door ten minutes to start time if space permits. For a complete festival schedule visit www.carmelartandfilm.com.

We know that your ultimate dream is to hang with our beloved bad boy vamp Damon Salvatore for the evening, are we right? Well here is your chance!

With all proceeds benefiting the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, Ian Somerhalder is throwing a kick-ass Halloween bash in Atlanta, GA October 29th, 2011, and you are all invited! Empoweresque, which will be a burlesque themed costume ball, is ISF’s first fundraising event. It will take place at the beautiful Opera Night Club.

Ian Somerhalder tells Zap2It:

“I want to make this fun. Yeah, there are some serious issues at hand, but what better way to celebrate the changes that our generation is going to make than to throw a party? There’s no reason to be all doom-and-gloom. Let’s dance. Let’s celebrate good will and initiative and people coming together to make change. That’s what ISF is about.”

For more information on ticket levels and purchasing your ticket head over to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation website, but first check out this awesome contest they have going on over at Crowdrise. The first 100 people to donate or raise 75$ or more will win a silver level admission ticket to the Empoweresque Event. And out of these 100 people, the person who raises the most will be upgraded to a Platinum ticket. The contest ends September 17th, so head on over to the Empoweresque Crowdrise page today!

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 @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.


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