Hugh Launches the Jackman Furness Foundation

May 17, 2014 || Written by Kristina in Articles, Charities, Gallery, General News, Press, Public Appearances || 1 Comment »

In Perth, Australia, on May 17th, Hugh Jackman helped launched his newest philanthropical effort: the Jackman Furness Foundation for the Performing Arts. At WA Academy’s Mt. Lawley campus, he celebrating the importance of (performing) arts education — and how his time at WAAPA left a great impact on his career.

Hugh announced that he and wife Deborra-Lee Furness would be donating $1 million to the foundation – which will help groom future acting talents – matching a donation by Andrew Forrest. This, on top of the $10 million fundraising goal they hope to reach within the next four years. Check out some quotes from Perth Now below:

“Nothing could make me happier [than giving back],” [Hugh Jackman] said. “I can tell you with absolute certainty: there is no way my career would be what it is or that I would be standing in this capacity on this stage if it wasn’t for this institution of WAAPA. It is unique; there is nowhere like it in the world, and everyone in our business knows about WAAPA and I want it to be treasured here, in this state, as much as it is around the world.”

Jackman said he wanted to avoid discussions concerning the lack of government funding to the arts and, instead, “focus on being part of the solution.”

“This is a marathon and we hope to be here for the long haul,” he said.

To close the launch, Hugh Jackman joined several current students of WAAPA on stage to sing Peter Allen’s “I Still Call Australia Home” — a staple among Hugh’s performances. Others in attendance included Adam Gilchrist, Colin Barnett, and Aurelio Costarella. Perth Now has the following comments from others who were at the launch (including a former teacher) on Hugh’s generosity:

Former head of acting, Chris Edmund, who directed and taught Jackman between 1992-94, said Jackman’s commitment WAAPA was “extraordinary. He didn’t have to do this.” Edmund, who retired last year after 30 years with the prestigious academy, said Jackman’s support was “guaranteeing the longevity of WAAPA.”

Stephanie Power, who was two years ahead of Jackman in WAAPA’s acting course and remains friends with the actor, said the foundation’s support was crucial. “It’s very important to WAAPA because I think basically without it we’re just going to fold,” Power said. “This will maintain WAAPA as a drama school and maintain its standing in the world [and] I think without the foundation, WAAPA has a death knell.”

Power, who runs WAAPA’s photo archives, said she remembers a “gangly,” gutsy, and fresh-faced Hugh Jackman arriving WAAPA with an unrivalled energy and enthusiasm.

“When I graduated, he found my first place that I lived in,” she said. “If you went to him and said you had a problem he would go, ‘Let me see what I can do.’

“I will tear up. He is the nicest guy; he’s a beautiful, beautiful man who has a heart of gold.”

“Change Begins Within” Benefit Gala

December 18, 2013 || Written by Kristina in Charities, Gallery, General News, Public Appearances || No Comments

On December 3rd, Hugh Jackman made his first public appearance following his skin cancer announcement and treatment. At the Change Begins Within benefit gala, he and wife Deborra-Lee Furness were honored for their lifetime of giving; family friend Wendi Murdoch presented the award. Hugh specifically talked about how meditation changed his life, and how David Lynch Foundation’s foundation was important in bringing Transcendental Meditation to those who could use the benefits. For more on the foundation, visit their official site.

2013 Angel Ball

November 5, 2013 || Written by Kristina in Charities, Gallery, General News, Public Appearances || No Comments

Hugh Jackman joined his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, and mother-in-law for the 2013 Angel Ball on October 29th, which was held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. The ball is an annual event for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, which celebrates humanitarian and philanthropic contributions for cancer research. Deb’s mother, Fay Duncan, was being honored for her work as chairman of Australia’s Fight Cancer Foundation. This year’s event – which had performances by Usher and Pharell – raised three million dollars. Check out what Hugh told Entertainment Tonight about the Ball and his mother-in-law:

“It means everything to me. It’s a fantastic ball. What [Denise Rich, the Grammy-nominated songwriter and philanthropist who started Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation] has created is amazing, and her foresight to honor this incredible woman – my mother-in-law – and I’m not just saying that to get brownie points, she really is incredible. She started the Fight Cancer Foundation in Australia with her colleagues… It’s amazing what they’ve done.”

MPTF Presents ‘Hugh Jackman… One Night Only’

October 24, 2013 || Written by Kristina in Charities, Gallery, General News, Public Appearances || No Comments

Hugh Jackman’s 45th birthday was a big one as he celebrated it onstage at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theater. For three hours, he performed for a star-studded crowd; attendees included Tom Cruise, Kristin Davis, Olivia Munn, Cybill ShepherdDarren Criss, X-Men director Richard Marx, good friend Richard Marx (who also joined Hugh on stage), and two Prisoners co-stars: Maria Bello and Terrence Howard. The evening was part of The Motion Picture & Television Fund’s annual charity event; this year, they raised $1.85 million from a live auction held after the program. You can read a detailed account (and rave review) from the evening on Deadline.

2013 Friends of the Hudson River Park Gala

October 5, 2013 || Written by Kristina in Charities, Gallery, General News, Public Appearances || No Comments

Yesterday evening (October 4th), Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness attended the 2013 Friends of the Hudson River Park Gala. The event – held at Hudson River Park’s Pier 57 in New York – was to honor the park and preview the upcoming community, retail, and cultural hub being built at the pier. Mayor Bloomberg, Brooke Shields, Martha Stewart, Joel Grey, and many others were also in attendance. Speaking of the park, here is what both Hugh and Deb had to say (quotes provided by WWD):

Deb: “This is so important to us because this is where we live. This is our city, and I think we live in the greatest city on earth and we all need to contribute to keep it beautiful.”

Hugh: “There’s not government funding at all. No public money is ever spent on the park, even though the public enjoys it. This is why New York is so great. New Yorkers always want our city to get better and better.”

New Yorkers For Children Presents 14th Annual Fall Gala

September 18, 2013 || Written by Kristina in Charities, Gallery, General News, Public Appearances || No Comments

Last night (September 17th), Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness attended the New Yorkers For Children’s 14th Annual Fall Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street. The Jackmans are co-chairs to the organization, which helps to raise awareness and funds for New York City-based youth in foster care. Please visit NYFC’s official site for more information, including how you can help their cause. I’ve added several images of Hugh and Deb from the event to the gallery, with more to come.

Hugh Donates $10,000 to Montreal Children’s Hospital

August 21, 2013 || Written by Kristina in Charities, General News || No Comments

Ever the philanthropist, Hugh Jackman – and wife, Deborra-Lee Furness – recently donated an amazing $10,000 to the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Remember: Hugh has spent much of the last few months in Montreal, filming for X-Men: Days Of Future Past. It’s wonderful seeing him give back to the community. Read more information on the generous donation below:

On Tuesday afternoon, his wife Deborra-Lee Furness called up the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation after she tried to donate to the hospital online and things went amok.

“She had tried to make the donation via her computer but the confirmation she got said that she had given $10 so she called us up,” said Kim Fraser who works for the Foundation. “She wanted to make the donation on behalf of her, her husband, and the cast and crew of X-Men.”

Sadly, the handsome Jackman did not visit the offices of the kids hospital foundation personally but his credit card payment was approved.

SOURCE: MONTREAL GAZETTE

2013 Joyful Heart Foundation Gala

May 16, 2013 || Written by Kristina in Charities, Gallery, General News, Public Appearances || No Comments

Apologies for the delays in updates. Between my birthday and a trip to New York, things have been a little hectic. But without further ado: on May 9th, Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness attended the 2013 Joyful Heart Foundation Gala. The event was to raise awareness for sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. The Joyful Heart Foundation was founded by Hugh and Deb’s friend, Mariska Hargitay (of “Law & Order: SVU”), after she received numerous letters from fans talking about issues her show tackled. A few photos from the evening have been added to the gallery.

2013 Free Comic Book Day

May 3, 2013 || Written by Kristina in Charities, General News, Videos || No Comments

In a recently released video, Hugh Jackman encourages fans to stop by their local comic book shops on May 4th. The reason? It’s the Free Comic Book Day, held annually on the first Saturday of May. Participating comic stores will offer free goodies from publishing groups such as Marvel and DC. For more information on the event, check out their website. May the Fourth be with you!

Hugh Leads Concert Fundraiser for MPTF and FIAT

March 7, 2013 || Written by Kristina in Charities, General News || No Comments

Hugh Jackman will once again team up with MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund) later this year. As part of a charity auction to raise money for FIAT’s “Into the Green” Program, he’ll lead an event entitled Hugh Jackman & Friends, where he’ll presumably sing and dance. According to a press release, the concert/auction will happen on Hugh’s birthday, October 12th. There are some details below, undoubtedly with more to come as October approaches:

MPTF is proud to announce the continuation of its partnership with the FIAT brand following the success of this year’s “Night Before” event by inviting celebrities to drive and experience the all-new, all-electric 2013 Fiat 500e as part of the new FIAT “Into the Green” Program, culminating at an auction of the celebrity-driven Fiat 500e vehicles on October 12th at the Hugh Jackman & Friends Live event to benefit MPTF, with a goal of raising $500,000 for the organization.

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