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Finally, a True portrait in print of the incandescent Chelsea Clinton…

November 6, 2013

by Genevieve Roth
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Chelsea Clinton, 33, is having a Fear Factor moment. We are at a primary school on the outskirts of Kigali, Rwanda. She is standing on the school’s field, wearing a trim white blazer and jeans and surrounded by a group of students in vibrant yellow and blue uniforms. The kids crowd around, mouths open and eyes wide with anticipation. On a table in front of Chelsea and her father, President Bill Clinton, sits a bucket of water so thick with grime you could lose the sun in it. In a few minutes, Chelsea is going to drink this water.

Chelsea dumps a small packet of powder into the bucket and begins to stir. While she and her father take turns with the spoon, representatives from the Clinton Foundation and some of its partners explain that the mix will trigger a chemical process that has brought more than 6 billion liters of drinkable water to the developing world. President Clinton gets a little lazy with his stirring. Chelsea gives him a nudge. “C’mon, Dad,” she teases, “like you mean it.”

Soon, the water in the bucket is astonishingly clear. Chelsea and her father lift their glasses in a toast and knock them back. The crowd erupts in applause. A grin stretches across Chelsea’s face—a grin you’re not used to seeing on the serious, measured woman once known as America’s Most Private First Daughter. It’s the grin of a woman who straight-up loves her job.

The job in question is as vice chair of the new Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation (previously known as the William J. Clinton Foundation; it was renamed this spring to reflect the increased presence of Chelsea and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton). After years of avoiding the family business, Chelsea’s now fully committed, helping to shape the foundation and even putting her name on the door.

She looks happy—but what Chelsea should be is exhausted.

Kigali was day six of a whirlwind tour through sub-Saharan Africa. We’ve been in four countries, visiting more than 20 different foundation facilities. By the end of this day, Chelsea and her father will have helped fit children with hearing aids, met young medical trainees who are learning lifesaving technologies, and rubbed elbows with dignitaries at a state dinner. Chelsea will also squeeze in some gym time, leave her husband a rambling good-night voice mail, respond to every email she’s received in the past 24 hours, and catch up with a friend over a late-night glass of wine. It’s a day that would bring most of us to our knees, but for Chelsea it’s Monday as usual, and she’s savoring every minute.

The new gig is a major change for Chelsea, who for years took pains to keep her work separate from that of her parents. “I was proud of my parents and grateful for the work that they did, but I was living my own life,” she says. After earning degrees at Stanford and Oxford universities, she took jobs not in politics but at McKinsey & Company and later Avenue Capital Group. “I loved working on Wall Street,” she says. “I loved the meritocracy of it and the camaraderie of the trading floor. There was one metric for success: Did you make or lose money? I think we need to care about the metrics of success in life, and I’m a pretty competitive person. But whether I made the company $2 or $2 million just didn’t matter to me. I didn’t fundamentally care about making money.”

She started to think about public health—an issue that had interested her since her dad’s White House years. She went to Columbia University, quietly earning a master’s degree while keeping her day job at Avenue Capital. “I was working full-time and going to school at night and on the weekends. It was just crazy,” she says. “At one point a month had gone by, and Marc—my then boyfriend, now husband—and I hadn’t gone out on a date. I was like, I don’t want to be this person. I want to be a person who cares where she’s investing her time and energy. And I want to be a good wife, daughter, and friend.”

Chelsea took this conundrum to her grandmother and oracle, Dorothy, Hillary’s mother. “She had strong ideas about what I should do with the opportunities I had been given. I realized that as much as I tried not to care about the things my parents cared about, I did care about them,” she says. “Which was frustrating, in some ways. My grandmother, in her wizened way, just said, ‘Yes, I’ve been waiting for you to come to this realization.'”

Chelsea tried to leave her job, “but my bosses asked me to stay and I just said, ‘Oh, I’ll—totally. I’ll stay.’ I think a lot of women struggle with this. Marc came home and was like, ‘So, did you quit?’ I said, ‘Well, I agreed to work part-time.’ And he just said, ‘What’s wrong with you? If you were a man, you would have quit.’ And that’s probably true.” But in November 2011, Dorothy died—and the loss cast a veil of grief over every aspect of Chelsea’s life. “It was such a fundamentally unmooring event for me,” recalls Chelsea. “I’ve never been so lost as I was when she passed.” Chelsea and Marc had been married a little more than a year; the loss pushed them to examine what they wanted their lives to be about. “We sat down and said, ‘Here’s what we want to do.’ The first thing on the list was simple: We want, God willing, to start a family. So we decided we were going to make 2014 the Year of the Baby. And please,” Chelsea pleads, “call my mother and tell her that. She asks us about it every single day.” Next on the list?

“Work really, really hard, and in a way that makes an impact,” says Chelsea. “I was ready to answer that calling and be the person my grandmother had always known I was.”

By then the foundation had more than 1,400 employees and volunteers in 40 countries. Chelsea had held a board position since 2011 and routinely offered advice (“often unsolicited,” she admits), but she took her time signing on the dotted line, first taking a gig as a special correspondent at NBC. She also considered other nonprofits: “I looked for a place where I could be more effective, but there wasn’t one,” she says. Then her mother’s tenure as secretary of state came to an end, and Hillary made a home at the foundation as well. Just like that it was a family affair. (When I mentioned to Chelsea that the foundation would make a great launching pad for a 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential bid, she politely replied, “I’ll support my mother in whatever she does. Always.”)

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A few comments from the original article:

Comments

Oct 6, 2013

There has already been a few times when I thought I knew Chelsea Clinton and she really surprised and impressed me. She’s amazing and has my deep respect!
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Oct 4, 2013

insightful. for me i’ve always wanted to know more about chelsea clinton. she has been so private yet classy in the public [eye]for decades.

Oct 4, 2013

I absolutely love Chelsea Clinton and love reading about her and her endeavors!

Oct 4, 2013

I’m actually very happy for her.

Oct 3, 2013

I have always admired her. This just deepens my admiration.

Oct 3, 2013

What a great profile of a fascinating woman. Thanks for this!

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You can read the rest here:

http://www.glamour.com/inspired/2013/10/chelsea-clinton-clinton-foundation-glamour-november-2013?currentPage=2

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From the editor: (thats me)

I for one would love to see the Clintons do a Nat’l Geo Special; the next time Bill and Chelsea undertake another Third World trip for the Clinton Foundation!

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A HAPPY THANKSGIVING AND HAPPY HANUKKAH TO ALL

Chelsea and Bill Clinton Back in New York after a great trip to Africa !

August 13, 2013

Africa 2013

From July 31 to August 8, President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton visited Clinton Foundation projects in Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, and South Africa. Follow their journey here on Facebook.

 

From Chelsea Clinton:

April 11, 2013

My father’s a dreamer and a realist – a dynamic and inspiring combination (and, yes, I am biased). He knows that without the generosity and support of friends like you, our work at the Clinton Foundation to help build a stronger, more equitable world would simply not be possible.
My father’s passion for the work of the Foundation is matched only by the passion of our Foundation team and the enthusiasm of supporters like you, who open up your hearts to turn big ideas into tangible solutions for those in need.

There’s one common thread in all of the work of the Clinton Foundation – whether it’s reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity in U.S. schools, increasing access to lifesaving medicines to fight HIV/AIDS and the scourge of childhood diarrhea, helping create market-based solutions and real employment for targeted communities in Latin America and Africa, or increasing the energy efficiency of buildings around the world. None of it would be possible if it weren’t for the drive of real people deciding that they can make a difference and acting on that impulse – people just like you and my dad.

That’s the reason my father loves talking about the Foundation’s work with those who make it happen, Amy. When you meet him, you’ll see – he’s always thinking of the next big thing that can create positive, lasting change. And he welcomes everyone to the table who is interested in putting ideas into action.

http://www.clintonfoundation.org/?utm_campaign=2013SpendDay&utm_medium=email&utm_source=040913SpendDayND

AND:

A BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO CHELSEA…

A dialogue with President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton in support of the Life-changing Work of the Clinton Foundation

February 13, 2013

Monday, March 4, 2013

Brooklyn Academy of Music

Howard Gilman Opera House

30 Lafayette Avenue | Brooklyn, NY
Doors Open at 7:00 pm

with President Bill Clinton

and Chelsea Clinton

and moderated by Edward Norton

For tickets and more information click on The Clinton Foundation

BILL AND CHELSEA CLINTON ON HILLARY’S HEALTH &THE 2016 ELECTION ~

January 27, 2013

Chelsea Clinton to Headline Inaugural ‘Day of Service’ Event

January 15, 2013

Chelsea Clinton will be in Washington on Saturday to serve as the honorary chairwoman of President Obama‘s National Day of Service, a call to volunteerism that will start the president’s inaugural weekend, officials will announce this morning.

Ms. Clinton, daughter of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, once guarded her privacy but has taken an increasingly public profile of late.

The National Day of Service will include community service events in all 50 states and Washington D.C., where Ms. Clinton will headline a “Service Summit” on the National Mall. The summit meeting is to honor the legacy of the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.; the federal holiday commemorating Dr. King’s birthday falls on Monday, when Mr. Obama will take his public oath of office on a bible that belonged to Dr. King.

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/15/chelsea-clinton-to-headline-inaugural-day-of-service-event/

MERRY CHRISTMAS – HAPPY HOLIDAYS 2012

December 24, 2012

Chelsea writes: Giving Back to Our Communities…

November 28, 2012

Photo: On Sunday, November 18, the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) partnered with CGI member Team Rubicon, NYC Service, and New York Cares to bring more than 1,000 volunteers to the Rockaways in Queens to participate in a Day of Action for New York, an effort to bring relief to one of the areas hardest-hit by Hurricane Sandy.

Over the past holiday week, we have celebrated many traditions, including a day of thanks, days of deals, and a day of supporting our local restaurants and shops.  And today, we are recognizing a new tradition – one that gives back to our community – #GivingTuesday.

At their core, both the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) are organizations that work to give to others – to provide the opportunity, tools, and resources that people need to build a better world and a stronger future. But we also, perhaps even more importantly, try to provide a platform where anyone can give back and get involved, and to inspire more people to do whatever they can to make a difference.

There are many ways you can be a global citizen and give back to your community, or support a local issue that you care about. We all have something to give – money, time, skills, ideas, resources – and every little gesture adds up to make a big impact.

One local issue we care about here in New York City, where the Clinton Foundation and CGI both have offices, is helping the thousands of people who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. On Sunday November 18, the Clinton Foundation and CGI organized a Day of Action for New York to support The Rockaways in Queens – an area of New York City that had been devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Together, we mobilized more than 1,000 volunteers to help with relief efforts. While there is still much work to be done for this community to recovery from Hurricane Sandy, we were able to make a small but meaningful difference for those in The Rockaways. We plan to organize another Day of Action in the coming weeks to help others who are still working through what is left behind from Hurricane Sandy.

This #GivingTuesday, I encourage you to take action to make a difference in a community – whether it’s your own community or one halfway around the world. Visit the Clinton Foundation website to find other volunteer opportunities in your community, or for other ways to show your support on #GivingTuesday.

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And This Just In:

Chelsea Clinton Collecting Thank-You Notes for ‘My Dad’— ( done with a little selective editing…per my edit )

In a “Dear Friend” message sent Thursday to people on Democratic lists, Chelsea says she’s gathering  “thank-you” notes for “my dad,” Bill Clinton. Chelsea says her father “deserves a big ‘thank you’ for everything he’s done in the past year — especially the inspiring work that doesn’t make the headlines, like personally checking on the progress of a soy factory in Rwanda this summer and helping give more American kids access to healthy meals throughout the school year.

“I’m helping the Clinton Foundation collect thousands of personal messages of thanks from people like you to share with my dad,” Chelsea continues. “Will you write him a quick thank you note today?”

Dear President Clinton,

Thank you for working to provide people, families, and communities around the world with more opportunity and the chance to live their dreams; for bringing people together across sectors and continents to help others; and for believing that together, we can build a better world.

Chelsea promises that people who do send the thank you message to Bill Clinton  will “become part of a group of hundreds of thousands of people who believe there’s nothing wrong with today’s world that can’t be fixed by empowering people to dream big and figure out how to enact those dreams into real actions in their lives, their communities, our world.”

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A HAPPY and Blessed THANKSGIVING To ALL…

November 23, 2012

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Chelsea Reporting Children of Uganda Receiving the Gift of Hearing…

October 15, 2012

Providing hope and hearing aids: Sister Rosemary’s mission to help the children of Uganda

By Chelsea Clinton, NBC News Special Correspondent

KAMPALA, Uganda – For more than 30 years, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe and the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus have worked to help victims of the long Sudanese Civil War and Ugandans seeking refuge from the Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony and his notorious Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

Kony’s LRA has conscripted tens of thousands of boys and girls as soldiers and sex slaves and murdered tens of thousands of people.  Sister Rosemary is arguably the person who has done the most to help Kony’s victims recover and rebuild their lives.

Rosemary, NBC News Special Correspondent Chelsea Clinton, Starkey Hearing Technologies founder Bill Austin (second from left), Tani Austin (front left) and Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald (right) in Kampala, Uganda

In 2002, Sister Rosemary founded the St. Monica’s School and Tailoring Centre in Gulu, Uganda, her hometown, to teach literacy and vocational skills, such as tailoring.  Since opening, St. Monica’s has trained more than 2,000 girls who have escaped from the LRA and Kony. She said a major goal of the school is to give the girls and young women back the “dignity” and “self-respect” that Kony and the LRA took away.

Now Sister Rosemary has turned her attention to another goal: helping people in Northern Uganda and Southern Sudan hear with the help of Starkey Hearing Foundation.

Hearing loss challenges more than 60 million children around the world, according to the Starkey Foundation, most of whom do not have access to the hearing devices and care that can help them lead healthy, productive lives. The Starkey Hearing Foundation fits and gives more than 100,000 hearing aids annually.

Austin explained how his company gave root to his foundation, “I did the business side so we could provide hearing aids to the people who could afford it — so that we would have the leverage and the ability to give hearing to the people who couldn’t.”

The foundation’s work goes beyond handing out hearing aid devices to treating ear diseases. “I couldn’t stand to send these kids away with sick ears. So, we started giving medicine to all these kids, showing them how to use it, talking to their families and their school about it,” Austin explained. He added that they’ve also started sending more speech therapists out into the field all over the world.

Power of a smile

It was remarkable to watch Starkey give the gift of hearing for the first time to young children, as well as men and women of all ages. It was equally remarkable watching Sister Rosemary talk to everyone she brought with her with such calm reassurance, in at least six different languages during that one day in Kampala, and to listen to her talk about her work with such joy and conviction.

A smile “is a great weapon,” she said as she laughed. She said that she can, “never imagine being done” with her work because there will always be more to help. She added that Kony and others are still “trying to keep people – especially – girls, down and afraid.”

For Austin’s part, he explained the rewards of their work.

“It’s like giving someone a birthright when you give them hearing. It’s like connecting them to life itself when you see the smile come across their face when they hear sound,” said Austin. “To hear their mother’s voice, to hear someone say I love you, just to hear words. A lot of the children have no vocabulary because they haven’t heard, they have to develop speech. This is what helps them be all they can be.”

The smiles I saw in Kampala were a clear testament to Austin’s mission and to Sister Rosemary’s determination. And, as Sister Rosemary said, a smile is a good weapon against the LRA and others who want a different, bleaker future for Uganda.

Chelsea Clinton is an NBC News Special Correspondent. She recently traveled with her father, former President Bill Clinton, to Uganda as part of their work with the Starkey Hearing Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative. As a member of CGI, the Starkey Hearing Foundation has pledged to give 1 million hearing aids to people and children in need in the developing world by 2020.

Chelsea Clinton in depth interview reveals politics, kids, are a possibility…

August 15, 2012

‘In a couple of years… God willing’: Chelsea Clinton admits to wanting children with her husband as she finally breaks silence on her personal life:

Chelsea Clinton has spoken publicly for for the first time about her marriage – giving her mother the ‘grandchildren she has always wanted’, and following her parents into politics.

Famously protective of her private life, the 32-year-old daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton has long stayed silent on her relationship with husband Marc Mezvinsky, but in a new interview, the pair candidly discuss their future.

In the new September issue of  Vogue,  Mr Mezvinsky calls Ms Clinton ‘the yin to [his] yang’, while she admits to wanting children ‘in a couple of years,  hopefully…God willing’.

Last year there were reports that the couple’s marriage was in trouble, based on the fact that Mr Mezvinsky, an investment banker, had rented a house in the West ‘to play the ski bum’ after he left his job at 3G Capital.

The paparazzi camped outside their building, and for the past two years, people have continued to ask if the couple were getting divorced.

Her chief of staff, Bari Lurie said: ‘None of it was true.

‘But what put a strain on them was that the stories were being written because none of us were paying attention to it. It was an eye-opening lesson. Chelsea realized, “Maybe I need to get out there and demystify myself a little bit”‘, she said.

The pair met in 1992 at a retreat the Clintons regularly attended during their White House years, when Ms Clinton was just 12, and he was 15.

While they remained friendly from afar, it was after Ms Clinton attended Stanford University, where her future husband was a sophomore, that their friendship turned into something else.

‘Chelsea really used Marc as a shoulder to lean on, and it just kind of happened. She says that it’s like one of those bad after-school specials’

Apparently, their relationship only remained platonic until Ms Clinton broke up with her longtime boyfriend from Oxford, Ian Klaus.

Ms Lurie explained: ‘Chelsea really used Marc as a shoulder to lean on, and it just kind of happened. She always says that it’s like one of those bad after-school specials.’

 During the interview, Ms Clinton also reveals how impatient her mother is for grandchildren.

She admits: ‘It’s certainly something that Marc and I talk a lot about. I always knew I was the center of my parents’ lives when I was growing up. And I am determined that our children feel the same way.

‘Marc and I are both working really hard right now, but I think in a couple of years, hopefully . . . literally, God willing. And I hope my mom can wait that long.’

Hillary was 32, the age her daughter is now, when she gave birth in February 1980, after becoming the first lady of Arkansas, and the first woman to be made full partner in the Rose Law Firm, where she was earning more money than her husband.

Perhaps needing to make a bigger mark on the world before she becomes a mother, Ms Clinton also discusses the possibility of following her parents into politics.

She says: ‘Before my mom’s campaign I would have said no. And now I don’t know…

‘If there were to be a point where it was something I felt called to do and I didn’t think there was someone who was sufficiently committed to building a healthier, more just, more equitable, more productive world?

‘Then that would be a question I’d have to ask and answer.’

Ms Clinton also alludes to the Monica Lewinsky scandal that rocked her family, however she refuses to dwell on the downside.

‘There were constant reminders of how blessed I really was, and the blessings always far outweighed the burdens,’ she says of the Clinton’s roller-coaster scandal during their time at the White House.

Ms Clinton, who sparked a media storm when she married Mr Mezvinsky in 2010, in a lavish ceremony believed to have cost $3million, admits it was only afterwards she decided fame was either ‘something I could continue to ignore or it was something I could try to use to highlight causes that I really cared about.’

‘Historically I deliberately tried to lead a private life in the public eye,’ she said. ‘And now I am trying to lead a purposefully public life.’

She added that the suggestion of her running for office has been a question she has fielded her whole life.

‘Even during my father’s 1984 gubernatorial campaign, it was, “Do you want to grow up and be governor one day?” No. I am four,’ she recalled.

She says she believes ‘there are many ways for each of us to play our part…

‘For a very long time that’s what my mom did. And then she went into elected public life. Her life is a testament to the principle that there are many ways to serve.’

Read more:

Vogue Interview

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August 19, 2012

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. PRESIDENT

 

Chelsea Clinton
A very happy early birthday to my Dad! Marc and I are off after work today to meet my parents to celebrate this weekend – and my parents are starting their vacation. I’m thrilled they’ll both (particularly my Mom!) get some rest! (Photo: Barbara Kinney/ Clinton Foundation)

A Very Happy Birthday, President Clinton and OUR BEST WISHES for a well deserved and enjoyable vacation with your family… {{hugs}} to ALL-

Tellurian~

Bill and Chelsea Clinton, Jesse Williams and Ben Harper at Millennium Network: Chicago

June 19, 2012

President Clinton at Millennium Network: Chicago

Clinton Foundation’s Millennium Network Event with Ben Harper. Hosed by President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton at the House Of Blues in Chicago, on Thursday, June 7, 2012.

My favorite people- At last. It’s been a long dry spell  waiting to have a pic of the happiest faces I’ve seen in a  very long time…

(h/t Amy Dugan

A Wonderful Blessed Easter..

April 7, 2012

CHELSEA AND MARK

PASSOVER BEST WISHES and HAPPY EASTER

Easter Greetings to All and any of our readers here-

Chelsea Clinton to be Honored at the New-York Historical Society’s Annual Strawberry Festival

March 21, 2012

Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2012 – 6:38 am

NEW YORK, March 13, 2012 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The New-York Historical Society will present Chelsea Clinton with the History Makers Medal on Tuesday, May 8, as it holds its annual Strawberry Festival benefit luncheon. The event, celebrating women in philanthropy, will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street.

Lesley Stahl, 60 Minutes News Correspondent, will make special introductory remarks and Dolley Madison biographer Catherine Allgor will make keynote remarks in commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

Ms. Clinton joins a list of outstanding women who have been honored at the Strawberry Festival. Past recipients of the distinguished service award include Hillary Clinton, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michelle Obama, Anna Quindlen, Lesley Stahl, Christine Quinn and Wendy Wasserstein.

Chelsea Clinton has worked at McKinsey & Company and Avenue Capital and studied at Stanford, Oxford and Columbia universities. She is currently pursuing a doctorate at Oxford, working at New York University and working with the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative. Her recent professional and academic work, including her publications, has focused on questions of how to improve access around the world to relatively low-cost, high-quality health care services for both acute and chronic needs, and on more holistic questions of empowerment and equal rights (in areas including health and the arts), particularly with concern to children. Chelsea Clinton currently serves on the boards of the Clinton Foundation, the School of American Ballet, Common Sense Media and the Weill Cornell Medical College. She and her husband Marc live in New York City.

The first recorded gathering of the New-York Historical Society’s Strawberry Festival was on June 15, 1856, in Washington Square Park, where guests enjoyed a stimulating lecture and a strawberry feast. Proceeds from the Strawberry Festival support the major exhibitions and education programs of the New-York Historical Society. Strawberry Festival tickets range from $500 for a Friend ticket to $25,000 for luncheon Co-Chairs, which includes seating for ten guests at the “History Maker” table. For tickets or more information, please call Barbi Zakin at 212-744-0799 or e-mail barbiz@aol.com. Media RSVP is required.

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New-York Historical Society Ruder Finn Arts & Communications Counselors
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212-873-3400 x263 212-583-2743
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SOURCE New-York Historical Society

Read more here: Sacramento Bee

Bill Clinton and his daughter participate in an evening of Muslim-Jewish understanding

March 21, 2012

While the former U.S. president’s daughter advocates interfaith cooperation inside the JCC, protesters gather outside demanding an apology for the creation of programs that bring together members of mosques and synagogues.

(Left to right) Imam Shamsi Ali, Rabbi Marc Schneier, Chelsea Clinton and Bill Clinton at Muslim-Jewish dialogue moderated by the former U.S. president’s daughter on March 14, 2012.

Referring to several dozen anti-Muslim protestors who turned up outside the JCC with signs denouncing the dialogue and demanding that Schneier “apologize to the Jewish community” for creating programs that bring together members of mosques and synagogues in the U.S. and around the world through the agency he founded, The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, Chelsea Clinton said, “We are being protested, which shows we are having an important conversation.”

Referring to series of rhetorical attacks on Muslims here over the past several years in the media and by prominent politicians including the outcry in 2010 against plans to build a mosque several blocks from the World Trade Center, Chelsea Clinton added, “We are very concerned about the anti-Muslim stereotyping. We need to hold our politicians and those of us in the media to a certain level of discourse.”

Schneier, an Orthodox rabbi who is the spiritual leader of a large synagogue in the Hamptons and vice president of the World Jewish Congress, told the audience, “I believe that as a Jew and a rabbi I have a responsibility to speak out against anti-Muslim bigotry and discrimination, just as I expect my Muslim brothers and sisters to speak out against anti-Semitism.”

Noting that prominent American Muslim leaders have repeatedly denounced Holocaust denial and had issued an appeal to Hamas to free the then-captured Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit two months before his liberation, Schneier said, “I am proud that we have moved beyond dialogue to actually fighting for the rights of the other.”

Imam Shamsi Ali, the former spiritual leader of the Islamic Cultural Center of New York, who was chosen by New York Magazine as one of the seven most influential religious leaders in New York, said both Muslims and Jews need to look beyond negative stereotypes of each other to strengthen people-to-people ties. Noting that the term “jihad” is often misconstrued in the media to mean exclusively violence against non-Muslims, Imam Ali said, “In fact we are now engaged in a jihad for peace and for cooperation between people of all backgrounds.”

Responding to recent revelations that the New York Police Department has spied extensively on worshippers in mosques and on Muslim student groups, Imam Ali expressed disagreement with widespread calls for the resignation of NYPD chief Ray Kelly; stating, “People in the Muslim community are deeply concerned about this, but instead of demanding (Kelly’s) resignation, we need to engage the NYPD to put procedures into place so that it consults with Muslim leaders on an ongoing basis.”

http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/bill-clinton-and-his-daughter-participate-in-an-evening-of-muslim-jewish-understanding-1.418941

Chelsea Clinton Attends Guns N’ Roses Show To Celebrate The End Of Fashion Week

February 17, 2012

She’s no stranger to civic fashion events, but this time, Chelsea Clinton left politics behind when she attended the Guns N’ Roses’ Fashion Week finale show last night.

Chelsea, along with her husband Marc Mezvinsky, joined the likes of Matt Damon, Sienna Miller and a very scruffy, beanie-hat-wearing Justin Timberlake at the HIRO Ballroom to bid adieu to New York’s Fashion Week.

Perhaps Chelsea could have needed a little pick me up after another report on “Rock Center With Brian Williams” on Wednesday night.

Regardless, Clinton looked gracefully casual, donning a grey t-shirt and black cardigan as the famed rock band played well into the night.

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PS. I did watch the follow-up interview with Chelsea and Brain Williams. I thought you did a marvelous job, Chelsea.. Your information was straight forward, interesting and sounded accurate… Your tone of voice was perfect.. and your smile lit up the screen… You GO GIRL!.. Don’t let the NEWS Readers intimidate you… thinking about the ramifications of what they’re saying, is above their pay grade…

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of ex US President, promotes philanthropy, civic activism in Ukraine

January 24, 2012

Chelsea Clinton, right, daughter of former President Bill Clinton, looks at a three-week old baby in the neonatal center at the National Children's Hospital in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. Chelsea Clinton visited the neonatal centre supported by the 'Cradles of Hope' project set up with philanthropic donations from Ukrainian steel billionaire and philanthropist Victor Pinchuk.

KIEV, Ukraine — Chelsea Clinton is urging young Ukrainians to engage in philanthropy and civic activism.

The daughter of former U.S. President Bill Clinton and current Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told a group of Ukrainian university students in Kiev Tuesday that being engaged in the world is “part of being a good person.”

The 31-year-old Clinton said there is always a gap between what the government and the private sector can provide, and that gap must be filled by the work of charity and non-governmental organizations.

Clinton is pursuing a doctorate at Oxford and does philanthropic work for the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative. She recently took up a job as a correspondent for the U.S. television network NBC.

ABC NEWS

Chelsea Clinton: Schools key to fighting obesity

January 20, 2012

Chelsea Clinton moderates a panel discussion focused on schools on Tuesday at the Health Matters conference. The daughter of former President Bill Clinton touted local school systems as “precious valuable resources” in the fight to curb diabetes and childhood obesity. Crystal Chatham/The Desert Sun

Indian Wells —Championing her father’s cause, Chelsea Clinton on Tuesday touted local school systems as “precious valuable resources” in the fight to curb diabetes and childhood obesity.

Clinton pointed out that the average student will spend 12,000 to 15,000 hours in school before graduating from high school, yet only a fraction get regular physical education and recess like she did when she attended public schools in Arkansas in the 1980s.

“We now know unequivocally that diabetes — more than socioeconomic status, more than race, more than gender — is a larger hindrance on whether or not a kid will graduate from high school on time,” Clinton said.

“This now is becoming not only a real public health threat but an existential question for who we are as a country and what we value.”

Clinton, 31, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, moderated a nearly hour-long panel discussion on healthy schools as part of the Health Matters conference.

The event was held at the Renaissance Esmeralda resort.

Unlike her gregarious father, the notoriously guarded Clinton shared no personal stories during the event.

Instead, she directed the questions that came in through Twitter and Facebook to the five other panelists.

Clinton didn’t even chime in when someone asked about how children could motivate their parents to make healthier choices, even though the president has credited his daughter for inspiring his newfound vegan diet.

The panelists also addressed low-cost ideas that could easily be implemented into the school day, including having students celebrate birthdays with 15 minutes of extra recess instead of cupcakes.

“This generation of American children may just be the first ones to live sicker and die younger than the generations previous to them,” said Dwayne Proctor, senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a Princeton, N.J.- based philanthropic organization.

“By making this noise, we’re starting to see that a lot of folks are standing up and paying attention to this issue.”

Clinton said she recently toured a Brooklyn school where students who do well on essays and spelling tests now get red apple stickers instead of gold stars.

“I’ve thought a lot about that,” she told the crowd.

“It’s something that seems rather banal, but actually conveys a really profound message: That your academic health relates to your physical health and mental health … and also that this is something that we value.”

In addition to her work with the William J. Clinton Foundation, Clinton is pursuing a doctorate at Oxford University and is serving as a special correspondent for NBC News.

She debuted on TV in December to mixed reviews. According to several reports, Clinton has not decided whether to stay with the network beyond her 90-day contract.

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FWIW- Jerry Sinefeld’s wife, Jessica has a wonderful cookbook out for enticing children to eat their veggies.. Recipes include making Brownies mixed with Broccli (and the kids aren’t even aware the Broccoli has been added). Carrot Cookies and a variety of treats made with assorted veggies.

Her book has it all-

http://www.amazon.com/Deceptively-Delicious-Simple-Secrets-Eating/dp/006176793X

President Clinton marks second anniversary of Haiti’s devastating earthquake….

January 13, 2012

UN special envoy to Haiti and former President Bill Clinton, right, shakes hands with Mariano Fernandez of Chile, the new head of the U.N. mission in Haiti, during a memorial service for people who died in the 2010 earthquake at the UN base in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday Jan. 12, 2012. Haiti marks the second anniversary of the devastating 2010 earthquake which according to government officials killed 316,000 people and displaced 1.5 million. More than 500,000 are still in temporary settlement camps. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

Haiti has done remarkably well considering victims of Hurricane Katrina are still digging out and rebuilding 8 yrs after a devastating hurricane left thousands of gulf coast residents homeless.

President Clinton has always held a special place in his heart for Haiti, as he and Mrs. Clinton visited there as newly weds when a wedding gift included a trip to Haiti in 1975.

For the full story of Haiti’s historical significance to the Clintons read here:

“When Bill Clinton married Hillary Rodham in 1975, a friend gave them a trip to Haiti. Since that honeymoon vacation, the Caribbean island nation has held a life-long allure for the couple, a place they found at once desperate and enchanting, pulling at their emotions throughout his presidency and in her maiden year as secretary of state.

With the world’s attention now trained on the devastated Haitian capital, rebuilding the country will be a central part of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s lives going forward. And for the 42nd president, the catastrophe offers the opportunity to fulfill whatever unrealized ambitions he has for the long-suffering nation.

“This is a personal thing for us,” Bill Clinton said in a interview Thursday. He said he and his wife have “always felt a special responsibility” for Haiti and its 9 million people. “She has the same memories I do. She has the same concerns I do. We love the place.”

On that first trip in December 1975, Clinton said he and his wife watched as a wreath was placed at the national monument to celebrate Haitian Independence Day. They toured the old hotel where the writer Ernest Hemingway once stayed and visited a voodoo high priest dressed in all white. They sat in a lonely pew of the Port-au-Prince National Cathedral, which lies in ruin following Tuesday’s earthquake.

“We just became fascinated with the country,” Bill Clinton said by telephone from his charitable foundation’s office in New York. “We followed all its ups and downs.”

The Clintons’ enthrallment has lasted for more than 30 years. They decorated their homes with Haitian art. They flew back again and again. Hillary Clinton once said that theirs was a “Haiti-obsessed family.” At a dinner in Rwanda with African leaders in 2008, Bill Clinton talked more about Haiti than Rwanda.

When the Clintons learned that sites in Port-au-Prince they had visited as tourists were destroyed in the earthquake and locals they had come to know were injured or unaccounted for, Bill Clinton said he was “personally emotionally affected.” His wife, he said, became “physically sick.”

The Clintons are at the center of the global relief effort. Bill Clinton is the U.N. special envoy to Haiti and, together with former president George W. Bush, is leading America’s humanitarian and long-term recovery efforts in Haiti. Hillary Clinton is among the top officials responsible for the nation’s work aiding Haiti and its paralyzed government, and plans to fly there Saturday. “The two agencies in the world that can run these things are the United States and the United Nations, and the Clintons sit atop this package,” said former senator Tim Wirth, president of the U.N. Foundation.

Three months into her term last spring, Hillary Clinton addressed the Haiti Donors Conference in Washington, where she spoke of her family’s “deep commitment to Haiti and the people of Haiti.” She told of visiting the Haitian town of Pignon as first lady, meeting a country doctor who ran a health, women’s literacy and micro-credit center to help his countrymen gain a foothold in the global economy.

“For some of us, Haiti is a neighbor and, for others of us, it is a place of historic and cultural ties,” Clinton said. “But for all of us, it is now a test of resolve and commitment.”

MERRY CHRISTMAS- HAPPY HOLIDAYS 2011

December 24, 2011

Chelsea Clinton…on “Making a Difference”…

December 12, 2011


Chelsea Clinton exits shadows with US television job

By Brigitte Dusseau (AFP) –

NEW YORK — Chelsea Clinton, the only child of America’s most famous political couple, on Monday will abandon her once-cherished privacy, making a debut with a high-profile role on national television.

At 31, Clinton has largely avoided the glare of public scrutiny that her parents, former president Bill Clinton and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, not only endure, but court.

That will change when she pops up on NBC as a special correspondent on the show “Rock Center with Brian Williams” and on the channel’s nightly news.

But for her first foray into the polarized world of the US media, viewers should not expect to see Chelsea Clinton delving deep into sensitive political issues.

On “Rock Center,” she will “highlight stories within the ‘Making a Difference’ franchise,” NBC said in a statement.

The first contribution in this series, which focuses on inspirational people, will cover Annette Dove, who runs a charity in Arkansas — Bill Clinton’s home state — for neglected and often severely poor children.

“In my work at NBC specifically, I hope to highlight stories of people who are both making a positive difference in their communities and our world,” Clinton told The New York Times.

For many viewers, though, the chief interest could be seeing and hearing someone who until now had taken great pains to stay out of the limelight, even as her parents became one of the most famous couples in the world.

A high-flying student at Stanford, Oxford and Columbia universities, the young Clinton has avoided the gossip pages, barring a media frenzy over her marriage in July 2010 to a little known hedge fund employee, Mark Mezvinsky.

But now she appears ready to embrace stardom. On Wednesday she will also host PBS’s live broadcast of “The Nutcracker” ballet being staged at the Lincoln Center in New York.

Last month Chelsea accompanied her father at the New York Historical Society for a public conversation about his latest book. She also helped organize a 65th birthday event for the ex-president, raising money for his foundation.

Chelsea’s Facebook page went up in September listing her causes as women, children, health, education, the Clinton Foundation, as well as her late grandmother Dorothy Rodham, who had urged her to take part in public life.

Friends have spoken of Chelsea Clinton as a smart and warm person, much like her father. However, not everyone is happy with her new persona.

Journalists who got to know her when she accompanied her mother during her failed 2008 bid to become Democratic nominee for the presidency have written on Twitter about her aloofness and apparent dislike for the media machine she is now joining.

Other reporters have griped that she was able to secure the NBC job thanks to the Clinton name, much as former president George W. Bush’s daughter Jenna Bush Hager landed work at the NBC’s Today show, and Meghan McCain, daughter of 2008 presidential candidate John McCain, works with MSNBC.

Steve Capus, president of NBC News, however, said Clinton “is a remarkable woman…. Given her vast experiences, it’s as though Chelsea has been preparing for this opportunity her entire life.”

The question likely to grow now is whether Clinton really wants a media career or whether this will be a stepping stone into politics once her parents leave the stage.

CONGRATULATIONS, Marc, Bennett and Mark on your new company-

December 1, 2011

EAGLEVALE PARTNERS GP LLC
Attn Bennett Grau 900 Third Avenue Suite 201-2
New York, NY 10022

Marc Mezvinsky

Nov. 29 (Bloomberg) — Ex-Goldman Sachs Group Inc. proprietary traders Bennett Grau and Mark Mallon are teaming up with former colleague Marc Mezvinsky to start a hedge fund, according to a person with knowledge of their plans.

The three are raising money for their new firm, Eaglevale Partners LP, which plans to start trading in the first half of 2012, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. The fund will employ a global macro strategy, seeking to profit from economic trends by trading securities from bonds to commodities.

Mezvinsky, 33, who last year married Chelsea Clinton, 31, used to work with Grau and Mallon at Goldman Sachs’s global macro proprietary-trading group before he left in 2008 for investment firm 3G Capital Inc. The three join Morgan Sze and Pierre-Henri Flamand, former heads of Goldman Sachs’s global principal strategies proprietary group, who each started their own hedge funds in Hong Kong and London in the past year.

“Those from high-profile prop desks seem to have an edge over their competition in attracting assets,” said Don Steinbrugge, managing partner of Agecroft Partners LLC, a Richmond, Virginia-based firm that advises hedge funds and investors.

Jonathan Gasthalter, a spokesman for Eaglevale based in New York, declined to comment.

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Congratulations to you too, Chelsea.  Best of Luck in your new venture…

I know Marc’s company will be successful-

Bill Clinton Receives ‘Champion Of Peace’ Award For Work Supporting Women

November 20, 2011

Former President Bill Clinton joked as he accepted an award Thursday night, thanking supporters of women’s causes for trying to offset the mistakes of men.

Joking aside, Clinton accepted the Champion of Peace award at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Women For Women International, an organization that helps women survivors of war to rebuild their lives, presented him with the honor at its annual gala.

Clinton received the award for supporting women and girls through the Clinton Global Initiative. The initiative and its partners have created financial independence for women and girls in third world countries, worked to reduce maternal mortality and helped create sustainable careers, among other efforts.

“[Clinton’s] personal passion and commitment on the issue has touched many hearts and led to much action and his dedication to bringing real change has led to solid impact on women’s wellbeing through corporations and NGOs action,” Women for Women states on its site.

The former president called for both the continued empowerment of women as well as “the liberation of men” from their role as aggressors throughout history, urging a new cultural understanding of what power — and empowerment — looks like.

“What [we’re] trying to do here is change the behavior of history,” Clinton said. “If we do it together, we’ll still make some mistakes, but we’ll still be stumbling in the right direction.”

Clinton, who was accompanied by his daughter, Chelsea, spoke of the strong women in his own life. He applauded the organizers and the attendants for the work that has been done, but pushed for progress in global health and education. He cited high HIV rates in women, maternal safety, and access to education as just some of the many inequalities still facing women.

Zainab Salbi, the founder of Women For Women International, presented the award to the former president during the annual gala dinner. She was honored by Clinton during his administration for her work in Bosnia.

Salbi, an Iraqi refugee, founded the initiative in 1993 while working with women in wartorn Bosnia and Herzegovina. In its 18 years, the organization has distributed more than $103 million in direct aid, micro credit loans, and has impacted more than 1.7 million family members around the world.

The Champion of Peace Award is given annually by the organization. Past recipients have included musician Mary J. Blige and Jennifer and Peter Buffett.

article and graphics.. Huffington Post

Honorary Chair, Chelsea Clinton invites you to:

November 11, 2011

Chelsea Clinton, Honorary Chair

Please join Honorary Chair Chelsea Clinton, President Bill Clinton, and Honorary Ambassador Paul Rudd on December 8, 2011, at Terminal 5 in New York City for a night out with the Clinton Foundation Millennium Network.

From Los Angeles to London, the Millennium Network has
been hosting exciting and inspiring events that bring
together the next generation of leaders and philanthropists to learn about some of the most pressing issues of our

Paul Rudd, Honorary Ambassador

interconnected world and to support the Clinton Foundation’s work improving global health, strengthening economies, promoting healthier childhoods, and protecting the environment.

Join us for an evening of music, networking, and supporting President Clinton in ensuring that the life-changing work of the Clinton Foundation continues.

Over the past 10 years, as a result of the Clinton Foundation’s work:

* More than 4 million people in 70 countries are benefitting from lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatments at reduced costs through agreements negotiated with drug manufacturers;

* 26,000 entrepreneurs, small business owners, and smallholder farmers are improving their families’ livelihoods and creating jobs in their communities;

* 30 million children in the U.S. and Latin America are receiving more nutritious meals in schools; and

* Over 120,000 metric tons of carbon-dioxide emissions are prevented from being released into the atmosphere annually.

You can purchase your tickets today at http://www.clintonfoundation.org/MNNY.

Help us expand the Millennium Network by forwarding this e-mail to your friends, family, and colleagues.

If you are interested in supporting the event and would like to join the Host Committee, please e-mail ewurgaft@clintonfoundation.org for more information.

Thank you for your continuing support and friendship and we hope to see you on December 8!

Emily Wurgaft

Millennium Network Director
William J. Clinton Foundation

Rememberance Honoring Dorothy Howell Rodham:

November 3, 2011

Rest in Peace- June 4, 1919 - November 1, 2011

Clinton Foundation Statement official press release:

“Dorothy Howell Rodham was born in Chicago on June 4, 1919 and died shortly after midnight on November 1, 2011 in Washington, D.C., surrounded by her family. Her story was a quintessentially American one, largely because she wrote it herself. She overcame abandonment and hardship as a young girl to become the remarkable woman she was — a warm, generous and strong woman; an intellectual; a woman who told a great joke and always got the joke; an extraordinary friend and, most of all, a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

“Dorothy is and always will be lovingly remembered by her daughter and son-in-law, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bill Clinton; her sons and daughters-in-law, Hugh Rodham and Maria Rodham and Tony Rodham and Megan Rodham; her grandchildren, Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinsky, Zachary Rodham, Fiona Rodham and Simon Rodham. She leaves behind many friends from all stages and places in her life, friends from California she met in high school, friends from Little Rock and Washington with whom she explored the world, the people who were first her doctors and then became her friends at George Washington Hospital, to the people she met through her children and grandchildren who became as much her friend as theirs.

“To honor Dorothy, her family will hold a private celebration of her life for family and friends. In lieu of flowers and in line with what Dorothy would have wanted, the family have asked that any one who would want to do so would make a donation in Dorothy’s memory to George Washington Hospital, where she received excellent care and made terrific friends over many years; to the Heifer Project, her Christmas gift of choice in 2010 and an organization dear to her heart; or to a local organization meaningful to the giver that helps neglected and mistreated children, a blight Dorothy was determined to remedy until her last day because she knew too well the pain too many children suffer. Her family is and will be forever grateful for the gift of Dorothy’s life and for the memories they will treasure forever.”

Chelsea Clinton visited the George Washington University to kick off a new campaign to collect 20,000 phones as part of a CGI commitment.

October 20, 2011

October 19, 2011

 

 

GWU will host the 2012 CGI University, an event aimed at engaging the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.

Apply to CGIU:

http://www.cgiu.org/apply

Chelsea Clinton requests that you send your thoughts about where the Clinton Foundation should go in the future.

October 15, 2011

Please share your thoughts on what problems you think the Clinton Foundation should tackle in the next 10 years to come — and let President Clinton know that you will stand with him in this work.

I am very proud of the incredible work my father’s foundation does — every day, all year long, in every corner of the globe — to change the course of people’s lives for the better.

He inspires so many of us; he inspires me every day. So, let’s give a little inspiration back as he embarks on his next 10 years of service to our global community.

Please send your thoughts about where the Clinton Foundation should go in the future — and please let my father know that we’ll stand with him as he continues his work around the world:

Chelsea Clinton

CGI Link

A Special Invitation to all from Chelsea-

October 5, 2011

A special invitation from Chelsea Clinton for a memorable night. I hope that you will be able to join my father and me in Los Angeles, California, October 14 and 15, for a weekend celebration of “A Decade of Difference” that you have helped make possible.

On Friday, October 14, we will be honoring my father and his incredible work with his 65th Birthday Gala at the Hollywood Palladium. The evening will bring together some of our closest friends and Foundation supporters for a gala dinner with an opening reception, live auction, and a performance by the legendary Stevie Nicks. I hope you will join us for what I am sure is to be a memorable evening with my family.

On Saturday night, October 15, we will be holding a once-in-a-lifetime concert at the Hollywood Bowl featuring some of the most influential and socially responsible artists of our time, including Lady Gaga, Usher, The Edge & Bono, and more. Thousands will come together to celebrate through performances and film the Clinton Foundation’s efforts to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote healthier childhoods, and protect the environment.

Tickets and VIP packages for the 65th Birthday Gala and “A Decade of Difference” concert are available at http://www.clintonfoundation.org/LA.

Thank you again for your continued support of the Clinton Foundation, and I hope to see you in Los Angeles!

Thank you,

Chelsea Clinton

(ht/ to Amy Dugan for sharing this special invitation from her WJC blog…

http://aduganbillclintonblog.blogspot.com/
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Yahoo donates to the Clinton Foundation and you may get freebies

For those who aren’t attending “A Decade of Difference” concert, it will be shown live only on Yahoo! at http://yhoo.it/Live

ClintonConcert on Oct. 15th. Yahoo! will also donate up to $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation for every entry to their sweepstakes for a VIP package for 2, including flights and accommodations, to the concert.      http://yhoo.it/ClintonSweeps

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Chelsea Clinton talks to students at Suydam Public School 123 in Brooklyn.

Sept. 23, 2011
By Hadas Goshen

When Chelsea Clinton paid a birthday visit to Public School 123 Suydam in Brooklyn on Friday morning, Ms. Clinton said she was pleased “not to be having birthday cake with all of you. But I look forward to having healthy smoothies, and watching yoga.”

P.S. 123 celebrated 110 years of schooling today, but the smoothie snack-time Ms. Clinton admires is part of a newer initiative.

Ms. Clinton, who sits on the board of the William J. Clinton Foundation, which created the Alliance for a Healthier Generation in conjunction with the American Heart Association in 2005, came to recognize the school’s work in a campaign to fight obesity in children. The foundation was started by her father, the former president.

The Brooklyn school was one out of 275 nationwide to receive the honor, as determined by a formula that looked at school meals, employee wellness and physical education practices, officials with the foundation said.

After a short student assembly, Ms. Clinton, who is herself a vegetarian and known for her healthy lifestyle, toured the halls with the principal, Veronica Green. She stopped to admire the fruitful artwork and a teacher’s spin on traditional grading practices. “Oh I see, instead of stars you award apples,” said Ms. Clinton.

Stepping into one classroom, Ms. Clinton, 31, watched and smiled at the first-graders sitting cross-legged on their mats, palms up, listening as their teacher intoned, “Relax, relax,” before drawing up to a mountain pose, to “stretch up just like a mountain.”

As Ms. Clinton observed the students stretching, she remarked “After my dad’s surgery, I knew I needed to do something to encourage healthier lifestyles.”

The former president, who was overweight as a teenager and spent much of his adult life struggling with his weight, helped create the anti-obesity program after he underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery in 2004.

Students aren’t the only ones affected by the move toward healthier habits. According to Stefanie Britton, a music teacher, some teachers are starting a Weight Watchers group, and Ms. Britton is trying to rally together some teachers to do a 5K. Ms. Green also said that parents are encouraged to join their children in their afternoon yoga class, and often come to school to dance Zumba on the weekends.

But can some kids’ tastes really change?

Rayquan Curry, a third-grader, was picking lettuce from the school garden when he said that his tastes have definitely changed.

“Now, since my last birthday, my favorite food is salad,” Rayquan said. “Just the green stuff. Delicious, magnificent. Maybe some tomatoes thrown in there, a little steak, try to mix it up, you know what I mean? A glass of O.J., and I’m probably going to have a good day.”

Hadas Goshen is a graduate student in journalism at New York University and a SchoolBook intern.

NYT Link

IAC Interactive Names Chelsea Clinton To The Board

October 4, 2011

Chelsea Clinton-

IAC/Interactive, Barry Diller’s conglomerate of Internet businesses, disclosed in an SEC filing this afternoon that the company has named Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former president Bill Clinton and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to the company’s board of directors.

The company noted that Clinton, 31, is pursuing a doctorate at Oxford, while working at New York University, the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative. She previously worked at McKinsey and Avenue Capital. She currently sits on the boards of the Clinton Foundation, the School of American Ballet, Common Sense Media and the Weill Cornell Medical College.

Also added to the board is Sonali De Rycker, 38, a partner with Accel Partners in London, and a former investment bank with Goldman Sachs.

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Chelsea Clinton Introduction: 20th anniversary of Governor Clinton’s announcement to run for office

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Chelsea Clinton: Spirit of the time – Panel with Chelsea Clinton at Zeitgeist Americas 2011

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See Who attended the Clinton Global Initiative… over 150 photos of Good People Helping make the World a Better Place…

Clinton Global Initiative photos

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Clinton Family photos of his 2oth Anniversary Celebration.

President Clinton crossing the Clinton Presidential Bridge with Hillary and Chelsea.

President Clinton was in Little Rock Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, for the dedication of the Presidential Park Bridge and Bill Clark Wetlands, and the 20th Anniversary of his announcement to run for president.

President Clinton at the dedication of the Presidential Park Bridge and Bill Clark Wetlands. (Look at the sign he's holding) Virginia Kelley Dr.