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  Sixth Annual Mothers Who Make A Difference List 2011

NEW YORK, April 13, 2011 – As Mother’s Day nears on Sunday, May 8, and at a time when violence against children affects over 3 million children in our country, and when bullying and bullying suicides are at an all time high, Love Our Children USA recognizes mothers throughout the world who truly do make a difference.

Love Our Children USA announced today the recipients of the Sixth Annual Mothers Who Make A Difference Awards, which recognize and support mothers in the celebrity and entertainment industries for balancing motherhood, work and causes around the world. Among this year’s winners are celebrity moms Christie Brinkley, Jenna Elfman, Amy Poehler and Gwen Stefani.

These celebrity moms take on vital issues around the globe, giving of themselves to better the lives of complete strangers and yet still find time to balance their work and the most difficult job of all – parenting!

Ross Ellis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Love Our Children USA said “For the sixth consecutive year we are delighted to honor and celebrate these selfless and caring women who contribute so much to their children, families, society and to various causes.”

Ellis also stated “At a time when our country’s youth are plagued by bullying, cyberbullying, Internet dangers, school violence and suicide …not to mention those parents in need of more positive parenting solutions, these mothers serve as role models for others, as their children are their first priority.”

The 2011 Mothers Who Make A Difference include:

Christie Brinkley
has been a familiar face in American popular culture for over thirty years. She has graced over 500 magazine covers worldwide and been a spokesperson for a number of advertising campaigns. The mother of two daughters and a son, her civic involvement has certainly become a substantial part of her legacy.

Christie Brinkley is an active and dedicated supporter of many organizations and worthwhile causes including UNICEF's Art and Entertainment Support Committee, Handgun Control, Ovarian Cancer, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Greenpeace, the Cousteau Society, Southern Poverty Law, the Wilderness Society, STAR, New York Coalition for Healthy School Food and The Ross School. She also entertained USO troops. Most recently, Christie spoke at a panel hosted by the Parliamentary Network for Nuclear Disarmament and the Global Security Institute at the United Nations regarding the need to abolish nuclear weapons and is on the Board of Directors of the Global Security Institute. She has been featured in PSAs for March Of Dimes, and was honored for her efforts for Make-A-Wish Foundation. She has also appeared on behalf of SANE, now part of Peace Action.

Jenna Elfman
is best known for her starring role on Dharma and Greg. Elfman guest starred in two episodes of Two and a Half Men in 2004 and one episode of Brothers and Sisters in 2007. She made a guest appearance in the sixth episode of season four of My Name Is Earl as a cheer team leader. She also starred in the CBS comedy Accidentally on Purpose and most recently completed shooting on a new feature film, Friends With Benefits, starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis.

A mother of two young sons, Jenna still found time to participate in this year’s National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America by reading to school children in California in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday. In 2006, 2007 and 2008, Elfman donated an hour of her time to be auctioned off to the highest bidder on eBay as part of the “Lunch With A Leader” fundraiser, the proceeds of which benefit the work of Communities In Schools. She donated her lip print for a limited edition U.S. postage stamp created by Zazzle to celebrate Valentine’s Day in both 2007 and 2008 and most recently appeared in a PSA for The Humane Society of the United States. In 2007 she was presented with the Goodwill Ambassador Award for her work in human rights and criminal rehabilitation at the Women Ambassadors Foundation 12th Annual Conference. In 2008, Elfman joined the Charity Water “September Campaign,” asking for donations in lieu of birthday gifts in order to raise money to build freshwater wells in Ethiopia.

Amy Poehler is a comedian and actress. A former cast member on the NBC television entertainment show Saturday Night Live, she starred in the film Mean Girls with Tina Fey, with whom she worked again in Baby Mama in 2008. She is currently the lead of NBC's comedy Parks and Recreation. She has been nominated twice for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance on Saturday Night Live, and once for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance in Parks & Recreation. Amy hasappeared in many movies and in 2009, and earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Series.
Amy is married to comedian and actor Will Arnett and two has two young sons. She supports the following charities: Artists for Peace and Justice, Autism Speaks, Rosie’s Place, and the Worldwide Orphans Foundation.

Gwen Stafani is an American singer-songwriter and fashion designer. Stefani is the lead vocalist for the rock band No Doubt. She recorded her first solo album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. in 2004. Stefani has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and won the World's Best-Selling New Female Artist at the World Music Awards 2005. Billboard magazine named Stefani thirty-seventh Hot 100 artist of the decade. She was ranked the 54th best artist of the 2000–10 decade by Billboard.

In 2003, she debuted her clothing line L.A.M.B. and expanded her collection with the 2005 Harajuku Lovers line. Stefani married British musician Gavin Rossdale in 2002 and they have two sons: Kingston James McGregor Rossdale. Gwen supports the following charities: 21st Century Leaders, Artists for Peace and Justice, Children's Hospital of Orange County, EB Medical Research Foundation, Feeding America, Keep-a-Breast Music Rising, Orangewood Children's Foundation, Save the Children, UNICEF, Whatever It Takes and Japan Earthquake Relief

Beautiful crystal awards designed specifically for Love Our Children USA by the illustrious crystal designers, will be sent to each 2011 winner.

See Mothers Who Made the List in 2010

See Mothers Who Made The List in 2009

See Mothers Who Made The List in 2008

See Mothers Who Made The List In 2006 And 2007

About Love Our Children USA
Love Our Children USA is the leading national nonprofit and ‘Go-To’ prevention organization fighting all forms of violence and neglect against children in the U.S. Since 1999, Love Our Children USA has broken ground in preventing violence against children and eliminating behaviors that keep them from reaching their full potential. Love Our Children USA teaches effective parenting solutions and fosters kid success by creating valuable programs that empower positive changes in parenting and family attitudes, bullying and cyberbullying prevention, Internet safety and school violence prevention through public education. The goal of Love Our Children USA is keeping children safe and strengthening families.

In 2005, Love Our Children USA created its signature program STOMP Out Bullying™, a national program focusing on reducing and preventing bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educating against homophobia, racism and hatred, decreasing school absenteeism, and deterring violence in schools, playgrounds, online and in communities across the country. 

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