As politicos, Hollywood celebrities and media personalities converge on DC this weekend, many show up for a cause. The Creative Coalition has had a long tradition of showing up with a force and enlisting some of DC’s biggest names. The Washington Post’s Sally Quinn and the Honorable Bob Dole will join America Ferrera, Michelle Tratchtenberg, Jeremy Piven, David Arquette, Cheryl Hines, Alyssa Milano, and the Coalition’s President, Tim Daly in an event Friday night at The Washington Club to start an important initiative. This year, along with WWE (R), they will launch the “be a STAR” anti-bullying campaign. STAR stands for “Show Tolerance And Respect” and “aims to ensure a positive and equitable social environment for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation. “be a STAR” also will employ the resources of the arts to promote anti-bullying messages,” according to their press release.
The “be a STAR” Alliance includes GLAAD, Ad Council, Island Def Jam Music Group, Close Up Foundation and others leaders in the education and community service arenas.
For its first initiative, the Alliance will unveil an anti-bullying curriculum created by the National Education Association Health Information Network and distributed free-of-charge to the nation’s schools. The centerpiece of the curriculum is the recently released film, That’s What I Am (WWE Studios and Samuel Goldwyn Films).