Other celebrity support
In addition to our dedicated Celebrity Ambassadors, many other public figures are involved in Oxfam’s work to overcome hunger, poverty, and social injustice. From the Esquire House fundraisers to special auctions and other projects, check out how the stars show their support.
Ubah Hassan and Maji Umbrellas
Model, activist, social entrepreneur, and Oxfam Sisters on the Planet Ambassador Ubah Hassan founded Maji Umbrellas, which raises funds and awareness about the food and water crisis in the Horn of Africa. Maji donates a portion of each umbrella purchase to Oxfam’s relief work in East Africa, enough to provide a day’s supply of clean water to 20 people. Hassan's work with Oxfam via Maji Umbrellas was documented in Canadian fashion magazine Flare and awarded a “Genius Award” by Elle magazine. In June 2012, Hassan, who was born in Somalia and spent time in refugee camps in Kenya as a child, traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, to learn more about Oxfam's work and meet with local partners and Somali refugees. Her visit is chronicled in the September 2012 120th anniversary issue of Vogue magazine.
In 2012 actress and model Blake Lively teamed up with Sprinkles Cupcakes to create a S'more cupcake for Oxfam America. Lively and Sprinkles founder Candace Nelson developed the S'more cupcake using Lively’s favorite ingredients. Sprinkles is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the S'more cupcake to Oxfam. The S’more cupcakes for Oxfam America are available online and in stores from January 6 – February 2, 2012.
Actress Anna Torv (“Fringe”) and Adventurehat.com have collaborated on the design of a newsboy cap made by Cov-ver hats. Adventurehat.com is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the caps to Oxfam. "Anna's hat for Oxfam" is available online.
Oxfam has teamed up with eBay on multiple charity auction series featuring Oxfam Celebrity Ambassadors. Ambassadors have donated "meet and greets," premiere tickets, private set tours, and beauty and styling packages. The auctions have raised over $280,000 for Oxfam programs around the world.
Colin Firth donated auction tickets and a meet and greet for the world premiere of the film “A Christmas Carol,”. Giada De Laurentiis donated a visit to the taping and a set visit of Food Network’s highest rated show "Giada at Home," as well as lunch for four and autographed headshots and cookbooks.
These were exciting opportunities for Oxfam as eBay boasts over 12 million users per day. In addition, regarding eBay, there were exclusive stories on the front and home pages of People.com, CNN, AOL, OK! Magazine and a number of other major entertainment online outlets.
Since 2005, Oxfam America and Esquire Magazine have hosted “The Oxfam Party” at the Esquire House LA. In 2010, the party featured the exhibit “From Congo with Love” by acclaimed photographer Rankin. The party was hosted last year by Oxfam Ambassadors and supporters Kristin Davis, Joy Bryant, Minnie Driver, Mark Ruffalo, Colin Firth, Aziz Ansari and Anna Torv.
Internationally known handbag and accessories designer, Monica Botkier created a limited collection of five bags, which will be named after a designated celebrity co-designer, with 50 percent of the proceeds going to Oxfam. The collection will be launched at in-store events in Los Angeles and New York. So far, Oxfam’s ambassadors and supporters Minnie Driver, Joy Bryant, Michelle Trachtenberg and Lake Bell have already designed bags for this beautiful line.
In 2009, Botkier first teamed up with Trachtenberg and Driver after attending a ladies only Oxfam gathering in NYC. Trachtenberg promoted her bag and Oxfam on NBC's Today Show, and in Marie Claire magazine, a publication with 15 million readers internationally, which first announced the launch of Trachtenberg’s satchel in their October 2009 issue. Trachtenberg raised over $10,000 through the summer of 2009 for Oxfam.
Botkier’s third exclusive design for Oxfam was co-designed by actress and Oxfam’s Sisters on the Planet Ambassador, Joy Bryant. The May 2010 issue of Lucky Magazine, one of Condé Nast's biggest successes with an audience of over 2.5 million, featured “The Joy Satchel.”
Botkier continued this collaboration on behalf of Oxfam with actress Lake Bell in 2010. The Lake Satchel is exclusively available on shopbop.com. Before the official launch of the Lake Satchel at the hotspot, The Lion in NYC, numerous fashion and news publications, including the New York Times and NPR, highlighted this collaboration.