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Children Mending Hearts to honor The Vampire Diaries cast, Holly Robinson Peete

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Children Mending Hearts (CMH), a non-profit aimed to empower youth and build empathy and global citizenry in future generations, announced Tuesday that it will honor the cast of “The Vampire Diaries,” actress Holly Robinson Peete,professional surfer Rob Machado, and CEO of Relativity Ryan Kavanaugh at their sixth annual fundraising benefit, ‘Empathy Rocks: A Spring Into Summer Bash’ on Saturday, June 14 in Beverly Hills, CA.

Kat Graham, Michael Trevino and Kayla Ewell will be attending and accepting the award on behalf of “The Vampire Diaries”. The charity is recognizing the honorees for their philanthropic contributions and their passion for social change and commitment to help improve the lives of others in their community and around the world.

“Giving kids a global education and encouraging them to find their voices through creativity are essential tools for children to grow up with a sense of compassion and empathy for others,” says Children Mending Hearts Founder and Executive Director Lysa Heslov. “It is today’s children who will be tomorrow’s leaders — and honoring individuals who further our initiatives are vital in helping us achieve our mission.”

The Humanitarian of the Year award will be presented to Holly Robinson Peete for her work with the HollyRod Foundation, an organization she created offering help and hope through compassionate care to families living with Autism and Parkinson’s Disease. Rob Machado, who is deeply committed to improving environmental conditions and awareness around the world, will receive the Heal the World Award for his work with his own charity, The Rob Machado Foundation. The cast of “The Vampire Diaries” will be honored with the Cast of Heroes Award for their collective leadership and dedication to social causes. And Ryan Kavanaugh will be recognized with the Hero for Change Award for his generous philanthropic support for various causes that make a difference in the lives of others.

And that is exactly what Children Mending Hearts does: it works to empower disadvantaged children in the United States by giving them access to a global education and connecting them internationally to children in need. Heslov's hope is that there will come a day when all at-risk youth are proud and confident global citizens who realize the ability they have to not only create change in their lives, but also of those in their own communities and around the world.

The Children Mending Hearts event will be emceed by Sal Masekela (Action sports personality and host of Red Bull Signature Series on NBC) with performances by children’s rock group, The Negotiators, and Ava Cardoso Smith. It will also feature a live painting exhibition by renowned artist and tokidoki co-founder, Simone Legno.

For more information on CMH, visit www.childenmendinghearts.org

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