Poignant Car Crash Story Touts Ronald McDonald House

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DDB Chicago and Thornberg & Forester created a touching video for the Ronald McDonald House that tells the story of a mother (Erin Maley), a tragic car accident and how the Ronald McDonald House came to her assistance.

The work is part of a campaign that aims to raise $1 million for the charity by December 31.

Of the work, Thronberg & Forester Co-Founder Scott Matz said, "Our friends at DDB Chicago conceived a very thoughtful campaign to elegantly connect images and textures that manifest in sync with the audio story. The ribbon ultimately wraps a special gift, initiating a call-to-action to support Ronald McDonald House Charities by inviting donations... and to get there, we follow Erin Maley's powerful testimonial."

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by Steve Hall    Nov-29-12    
Topic: Cause



'Smoke Baby' Sends Powerful Anti-Smoking Message

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Burlington, Vermont-based Kelliher Samets Volk has developed a simple and powerful anti-smoking message for the Vermont Department of Public Health. Called Smoke Baby, the work is just that; an image of a baby in utero created from smoke.

The copy reads, "When you smoke, your baby smokes. Smoking while pregnant causes birth defects, brain damage and regret. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit vtquitnetwork.org."

In addition to appearing on posters, in brochures and in banner ads, the work was selected to appear in the Communication Art 2012 Advertising Annual.

by Steve Hall    Nov-26-12    
Topic: Cause



Girl With Brain Tumor Has Wish Granted

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Working with Crush, Toronto-based KBS+P tells the story of Emily, a little girl who was diagnosed with a brain tumor and how her wish was granted by Canada's Children's Wish Foundation. The animated tale is just the kind of heartwarming tale we need during the holiday season. Give it a watch.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-26-12    
Topic: Cause



Morgan Freeman Voices Marriage Equality Ad

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Familiar baritone Morgan Freeman has lent his voice to a Human Rights Campaign marriage equality spot which debuted November 25. In the spot, entitled Dawn of a New Day for Marriage Equality, Freeman intones, "America stands at the dawn of a new day. Freedom, justice and human dignity have always guided our journey towards a more perfect union. Now, across our country, we are standing together for the right of gay and lesbian Americans to marry the person they love. With historic victories for marriage, we've delivered a mandate for full equality. The wind is at our back but our journey has just begun."

Just recently, Maine, Maryland and Washington joined Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and District of Columbia as states that allow same-sex marriage.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-26-12    
Topic: Cause, Celebrity



William Shatner's Deep-Fried Turkey PSA Gets Auto-Tuned

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Now this is funny. Remember last year when William Shatner did a PSA for State Farm which shared safety tips for those planning to deep-fry their turkeys? Well, Shatner's back and this time his PSA has been auto-tuned by John Boswell and the results are quite amusing. Give it a watch.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-21-12    
Topic: Cause, Celebrity



Boy's Choir Sings Mad World For Universal Children's Day

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Here's a moving PSA from the International Children's Fund featuring the boys choir, Wuppertaler Kurrende, performing the ever erie Tears For Fears song Mad World. The performance aims to call attention to the fact every three seconds the world loses a child due to hunger, malnutrition, lack of proper medical care, ingesting unclean water and a host of other life-threatening issues.

The work, created by Grey Dusseldorf, is is celebration of Universal Children's day November 20.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-20-12    
Topic: Cause



Impoverished Africans Help Freezing Norwegians With Radi-Aid

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Hahaha. Yet another We Are the World Spoof. Africa comes to the aid of Norway with...radiators because, well, it's freezing in Norway and frostbite kills too!

Oddly, Africans really have nothing at all to do with this bit of aid. It's the work of the Norwegian Student's and Academics' International Assistance Fund along with Operation Day's Work and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. Oh and the Norwegian Children and Youth Council. Hmm. That's a lot of Norway in a supposedly African-based aid program.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-19-12    
Topic: Cause



Israel Fights Violence With Bloody PSA

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It would seem asking a person to stop making noise, to move a car or to put out a cigarette is cause for violence in Israel. Otherwise, why would there be a non-violence campaign addressing these scenarios? Of course, there's violence all over the world and for much smaller offenses. Hell, you can get your head cracked open just for looking at a person the wrong way.

It's sad we need campaigns like this in the first place. It's even sadder we have to risk violence just for asking a person to do what they should be doing in the first place.

Created by Y&R Israel, the campaign is for the ministry of public security.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-14-12    
Topic: Cause



Parents Make Many Sacrifices for Their Families

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Here's a heart warming, pro-family PSA entitled Invisible family that asks us to focus on the importance of parenthood, the choices they make, the choices that are made for them and the sacrifices they make to love their children. Enough said. Just watch.

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by Steve Hall    Nov-13-12    
Topic: Cause



PETA Puts the Muff Back Into the Dive

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For its latest zany effort to call attention to its causes, PETA is out with an anti-fur ad featuring a rather bushy Joanna Krupa and the headline, "Fir Trim: Unattractive. Don't Ruin Your Look With Fur Trim" Oh yes, people. We're gonna get some trim tonight but no bush because, well, bush is bad. No, that's not a political statement. It's just the latest bit of sensationalism from a brand who has so fully bought into the sex sells approach to marketing, they have no problem blatantly acknowledging it.

Of the campaign, PETA Associate DIrector of Campaigns Lindsay Rajit said, "Years ago, it was disgraceful for women to show their knees and we all laugh at that today. And I think that some day, nudity will stop being interesting...and when that happens, we will stop using that tactic. But right now, it's a really fun way to grab attention, and get people on the site. And that's why we do it."

PETA. Brining the Muff back to the Dive.

by Steve Hall    Nov- 9-12    
Topic: Cause, Racy








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