These days most successful celebrities are expected to give back in some way. But certain stars get more involved with their favorite charities than others.
Actress Angie Harmon was originally best known in her long-running role as no-nonsense A.D.A. Abbie Charmichael on Law & Order. Though now she’s become known for a whole new batch of TV drama success. Her hit TNT show Rizzoli & Isles starring opposite Sasha Alexander (NCIS) broke records for the highest number of viewers during its series premier. As ratings continued to soar, TNT renewed the show for a second season, much to the delight of fans.
Angie Harmon and husband Jason Sehorn (former NFL player and now sports commentator) have three young daughters, Finley Faith, Avery Grace and Emery Hope. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Harmon naturally gravitates toward charities that help children in need. Several years ago Angie learned about The Alliance for Children’s Rights and wasted no time getting involved.
The Alliance works to protect the rights of abused and impoverished children and is the only organization of its kind in Los Angeles, providing legal services free of charge to kids in desperate need of help as they outgrow the foster care system. Thousands of foster children age out of the system every year without ever being adopted and end up on the streets with nowhere to go. Harmon told Rachael Ray, “It’s basically for the kids who have graduated out. They don’t get adopted so now they’re 18, they’re sent out into the world, they don’t know how to fill out job applications, they don’t know how to cook, they don’t know how to do anything. It’s all these things that parents teach you.”
Harmon was saddened to learn that many of these young people have no Thanksgiving dinner. Quickly moved to take action, Angie told People Magazine, “They told me that these kids don’t have any [sort of] Thanksgiving.” The actress says she thought, “That’s unacceptable. We’ve got to do something for them.”
Harmon headed up a project to provide a complete, traditional Thanksgiving dinner for the kids. With help from The Kitchen Academy, a culinary school in Los Angeles, Angie Harmon and Rachael Ray teamed up with The Alliance, taught the kids how to cook and provided them with a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner. Angie explains to People, “I just wanted these kids to know that they’re not alone. At some point in their lives, will have their own family, and will have their own traditions. That’s a completely attainable goal for all of these kids.” Angie continues her work with The Alliance. The actress returns to help throw a big holiday meal every year and is always looking for new fundraising ideas and ways to bring attention to the cause.
Several other former Law & Order stars have gotten involved with the organization as well. In February, 2010 at a gala for The Alliance, the Law & Order franchise was presented with the National Champion for Children Award. It’s always great to see Hollywood giving back. But what’s even more inspiring is seeing someone like Angie Harmon roll up her sleeves and get involved in a deeply personal way.
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