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Amber Riley, best known for her role of “Mercedes Jones” on FOX’s Golden Globe and SAG Award winning musical comedy “Glee,” recently won season 17 of ABC’s hit competition series “Dancing with the Stars” alongside her partner Derek Hough. She got her first big break when Ryan Murphy cast her in the pilot “St. Sass.” Although the pilot was not picked up to series, she was able to use that experience to land a role on the television series “Cedric the Entertainer Presents.” Amber has performed in numerous theater productions, including “Alice in Wonderland,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Into the Woods” and “Mystery on the Docks” with the Los Angeles Opera. In November 2012, she made her New York stage debut to rave reviews in New York City Center’s Duke Ellington’s Cotton Club Parade. “(Riley) offered a note-perfect take on “Stormy Weather,” – Entertainment Weekly.

Amber has received two individual NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy series for her work on “GLEE.” In 2011, she was nominated for a second Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Female Scene Stealer and in 2010 received the Most Popular Geek Award at AOL’s 1st Annual Geek Awards. Amber previously served as an Ambassador for VH-1’s Save the Music Foundation and as a member of Seventeen Magazine’s Body Peace Council.

She is currently in the studio working on her debut solo album.

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This past weekend, American Cancer Society held their 1st Annual Birthday Ball in celebration of their 100th Birthday at The Beverly Wilshire. “Glee” star and “Dancing with the Stars” winner, Amber Riley headlined the event and rocked the house performing a set featuring Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain,” her personally written song “Colorblind” and ended with the crowd pleaser that got everyone out of their seats, Destiny Child’s “Survivor.” The American Cancer Society’s Birthday Ball raised over a million dollars to help finish the fight and find a cure.

The night also played host to a number of celebrities including: Amber Riley, The Cast of ABC Family (Italia Ricci, Scott Michael Foster, Haley Ramm) and Robbie Amell.

As the official sponsor of birthdays, the American Cancer Society knows how important each and every birthday can be. One hundred years ago, they began the fight of a lifetime – the fight against cancer. And for their 100th birthday, the Society kicked off a yearlong campaign to finish the fight. At the culmination of the milestone year, the Society hosted a BIG finale event – the first annual Birthday Ball. The gala brought together national leaders of business, the entertainment industry, science and medicine to honor the work that has been done in the fight so far and to rally support and funds to help the Society’s efforts in finishing the fight within the next century.

Photo Credit: Francine McDougall

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Brooke Shields, Virginia Madsen, Camryn Manheim & Wanda Sykes celebrate “Hot Flashes” to Blow Out Cancer. The American Cancer Society is the “Official Sponsor of Birthdays” creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays by saving lives, helping people get well, stay well, finding cures and fighting back. The Society is dedicated to furthering this mission by co-hostin an intimate dinner at the Montage Hotel with the cast of “The Hot Flashes” to honor courageous cancer surviviors.


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Social Media lights up on April Fools Day to shine awareness on the dark truth of cancer. Christina Applegate, Tina Cervasio, Charlie Davies, Jeri Ryan, Marlee Matlin & Fran Drescher are just some of the celebrities who used the April Fools holiday to fuel cancer awareness last year through the #cancersnojoke Abolish Cancer campaign. The campaign created by Darah Bonham unites all charities, organizations, and people in the fight to abolish cancer.

Some of last years tweets:

Christina Applegate @1capplegate: “April fools is almost over…Join us to show #CancersNoJoke with the help of social media”

Tina Cervasio @tinacervasio: “It might be April Fool’s Day, but #CancersNoJoke I know. It hit my family too many times. @abolishcancer”

Jeri Ryan @JeriLRyan: “It’s April Fools Day, but #CancersNoJoke . Let’s help @abolishcancer”

Marlee Matlin @marleematlin: “It’s April Fool’s Day but Cancer is no joke. Help raise awareness and RT #CancersNoJoke”

Charlie Davies @charliedavies9: “Although today is April fools remember #CancersNoJoke” 

Fran Drescher @frandrescher: “Have u heard about #CancersNoJoke ?? So fab u must get involved! RT & Share all day!  @abolishcancer”

Photo Credit: Abolish Cancer campaign

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