Tag Archives: Paris Hilton

Follow Interface on Twitter

20 May

With social media being all the rage you can now follow our work at www.twitter.com/scottlazerson & www.twitter.com/interfaceorg.  From dinner with 14 of the First Ladies of Africa to talking global philanthropy with Paris Hilton at her house to trekking up mountains in Guatemala to deliver meals & toothbrushes into school lunch feeding programs you can now know exactly what we are doing by adding us on your Twitter!

Actor Simon Rex teaching chilldren in Guatemala how to brush their teeth

Actor Simon Rex teaching children in Guatemala how to brush their teeth

A Night To Make A Difference

24 Feb

Last night the world watched Hollywood as they honored their finest and I had the chance to join Leeza Gibbon’s 2009 Oscar Night “party with a purpose”.  This was a first-of-its-kind event that brought together stars from film, TV, music, sports and fashion to celebrate the worlds of celebrity and charity.

There was a live telecast direct from the iconic Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills with celebrity contributors serving as “Ambassadors of Change” — they included Larry King, Jessica Beil, Tony Hawk, Slash & Perla Hudson to name a few.  These stars lead by example and use their “celebrity” for the greater good.

 The Interface Foundation joined Leeza Gibbons & her Leeza Gibbon’s Memory foundation to take the global stage of Oscar Night & used it to put the focus on advocacy, philanthropy and volunteerism with the first ever A Night to Make a Difference.

Thanks to Brooke Burns, Cheryl Burke, Chevy Chase, Academy Award® Nominee Danny Boyle, David Foster, Academy Award® Winner Forest Whitaker,  Hilary Duff, Jessica Beil, Mel B, Paris Hilton, Olivia Newton John, Slash & Perla Hudson, J Ambrozic, Teri Hatcher, Thelma Huston, Tony Hawk for using your voice for the good of humanity!!!



Philanthropy at Paris Hilton's Birthday Party

16 Feb

Eradicating hunger is a global priority and the Interface Foundation partner organization Stop Hunger Now is leading the way.

This past week my dear friend Paris Hilton called & invited me to her birthday party.  I found this to be the perfect opportunity to share with her close friends the mission of the Interface Foundation–to leverage the power of business & celebrity for the benefit of high impact public charities achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

At her party, I carried around a bag of food that I had the opportunity to package with others at the Stop Hunger Now Million Meal Event at UNC Chapel Hill.  With a house  full of beautiful & famous people like Hayden Panettiere, Nicky Hilton, Kevin Connolly, Simon Rex, Russell Simmons, the guys from Three 6 Mafia, Joy Enriquez, the new pop duo group Main Street, music producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, J Ambrozic, businessman Robert Earl who owns Planet Hollywood, publicist Elliot Mintz, Laura Harring, comedian Andy Milonakis to name a few it couldn’t be more fun or a better opportunity to talk about our philanthropic work.    Everyone was interested to the point that email addresses & mobile phone numbers were given because they all want to help the process.  Kevin Connolly of Entourage volunteered, as Simon Rex talked up Interface, to go on a trip to Guatemala or Africa.  Who said global philanthropic work cannot be fun???

We at Interface continute to support relief organizations such as Stop Hunger Now which have the means to deliver meals into school feeding programs that sustain lifelong change.. 

In the midst of  cotton candy, sliders, sweet potato fries, and a huge birthday cake,  we hit a home run in sharing the vision of Interface.   

Happy Birthday Paris & thanks for letting your party be a chance to share our philanthropic vision of ending hunger in our lifetime with all your friends.  The cake was amazing…

The Interface Foundation — My Life's Work

8 Oct

As a child I always saw myself helping countless people.  Serving is truly the essence of who I am & for most of my life this has been a double-edged sword.  The words of Henry Van Dyke in his short story The Mansion resonate in my soul daily, ” What could I have done better?  What is it that counts?  ‘Only that which is truly given,” answered the voice.  Only that good which is done for the love of doing it.  Only those plans in which the welfare of others is the master thought.  Only those labors in which the sacrifice is greater than the reward.  Only those gifts in which the giver forgets himself.”  So this double-edged sword of my souls ultimate desire to serve has finally become my ultimate blessing & my life’s work.  For years I would bang my head against the wall as I was not born with a trust fund, I was not educated at an Ivy league school, I was not blessed with “fame” however these supposed “hurdles” in my life are my actual blessings.  My unquenchable desire to be a force for good is a flame that will never be extinguished because I don’t have a trust fund, I didn’t go to an Ivy League school & because I can’t carry a tune & didn’t win American Idol & end up touring the world.  It is that simple!  What I do have is the ultimate desire to serve humanity and after 12 years of working professionally in the non-profit world the Interface Foundation was born.

As most of you know last year Interface came to life.  The Interface Foundation is a 501(c)3 private foundation whose mission is to leverage the power of business and celebrity to bring attention to high impact organizations working to accomplish one of the eight Millennium Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2000.

There is no greater peace than knowing your life’s mission!  With Interface I work 24/7 in doing all in my power to get humanity to help humanity!  Each and everyone of us can contribute in some way & I am here to guide the philanthropic ship of Interface to the ultimate destinations where high impact philanthropic initiatives will change countless lives.  Eradicating extreme poverty & hunger (850 million people suffer fromt the tragedy of hunger).  Allowing every child in the world to receive primary education (presently 125 million children don’t go to primary school).  Promoting gender equality & empowering women.  Reducing child mortality.  Improving maternal health.  Combatting HIV/AIDS, malaria & other diseases.  Ensuring environmental sustainability.

In a very short time we have seen hundreds, thousands of people come together to learn about Interface partner organizations, we have seen donations of time, money & products, and equally as big we have seen people spread the Interface mission!  It is a testament to the power of Interface.  Choose your goal & we will help you support it!!!

I have to give huge thanks to the business community and it’s true philanthropic leaders like Steve Luczo from Seagate, Brent Bishop, Josh James of Omniture, the famed music video director Hype Williams, Randy Blosil of Xango, Alex Hoffmann of Nu Skin, Brandon Fugal of Coldwell Utah, Bernadette Turner of QVC, Darren Dixon, Charlie Walk President of Epic Records, Brent Bolthouse of SBE, Bryan Ferre of Cultivate Ideas, Andrea Donsky, Jim Evans of Xactware,  Jason Deere, Maggie Biggar of Fortis Films, Lisa Spackman, Joel Sybrowski, Jeron Paul of V Spring, Bernadette Hill, Lisette Sand-Freedman of Shadow PR, Jessica Weitz, Dee Murthy of Five Four Clothing, famed music producer Harvey Mason JR, Lisa Nelson of ICAP, Joe “3H” Weinberger, Cynthia Garrett, Kirk Lee of Intuit. 

And I have to set the record straight here after being asked a million times if celebrities are truly engaged in causes because of their own heart or is it a PR move?  Well after being involved with some of the biggest names in the world, I have to say regardless of the celebrity’s initial reason for getting involved I have text message, emails, voice messages, & hand-written thank you notes that show they can’t wait for the next opportunity to serve humanity.  With that I want to thank a few now by giving them a “shout out” — Jeremy Piven of Entourage, Vanessa Williams, Eric Mabius of Ugly Betty, Jesse Metcalfe, Lance Bass,  Sheila E,  Sandra Bullock, Shannon Elizabeth, Tom Higginson of the Plain White T’s, Terri Seymour of Extra, Edison Chen, Paul Wall, Paris Hilton, Marla Maples, Patrick Muldoon, Blake Lewis from American Idol, Michael Moloney from Extreme Makeover:Home Edition, Laura Harring, artist Paul Rusconi, Miss USA Rachel Smith, and Billy Bush from Access Hollywood to name a few.

Paris Hilton Using Her Voice For Philanthropic Good

Paris Hilton Using Her Voice For Philanthropic Good

Let’s continue to come together to change the world.  The goals are simple.  The mission is pure.  Remember what the poet June Jordan taught us: We are the ones we have been waiting for.