Dozens of Actors To Raise Funds in August Triathlon

Dozens of Actors To Raise Funds in August Triathlon

Robert Parks-Valletta may just be Hollywood's most unassuming philanthropist. During the actor's strike of 2008, Valletta took his time away from the bright lights and silver screen to formulate a non-profit outfit that puts A-list celebrities on basketball courts and race tracks with everyday citizens—all to raise money for global organizations in dire need of assistance. On August 22nd, Valletta's venture, called "Tag The World", comes to the shores of O'ahu for what he hopes will be the first of an annual fund raiser.

Valletta's "Tag The World: Celebrity Triathlon" weekend begins on August 22nd with a luau, where the public is invited to attend (tickets must be purchased), and funds will be raised for the local foster child organization, "It Takes An Ohana". The following day, Hollywood celebrities, local participants (the triathlon is also open to the public) and the foster kids will pair off to complete the triathlon. A 700 meter swim, 5 kilometer run and 10 kilometer bike ride will test the endurance of actors and locals alike, including big wave phenom Laird Hamilton; triathlete-pro surfer-model-actor Hannah Cornett; the Bachelor's Andy Baldwin; 1980s MTV regular Pauly Shore; soccer star Mia Hamm; Lost actor Rebecca Mader and supermodel-actor Amber Valletta, to name a few.

Local partners who are helping promote the event include the Halekulani and Waikiki Parc hotels, Xterra and the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Tag The World, which was founded by Valletta, aims to bring the attention and influence of Hollywood actors to five major causes worldwide. They include: Children, animals, the environment, green initiatives and Africa. People interested in supporting any of the five efforts (there are various charities within each group), and whom donate more than $80, will receive a sterling silver necklace, custom designed by renowned artist Michael Barin.

"You pick something that you have a connection with, something that tells your story," said Valletta. "We then inscribe a few words that depict that story on to your necklace, which you then pass down to your children. The idea is to have a wearable piece of art that is unique, and connects your family. Everyone down the line will know that you supported a cause that is a part of your story."

Valletta is a working actor who has had roles on "The Young and the Restless", "CSI: New York" and "Ugly Betty".

You can find out more information, as well as sign up to compete in the triathlon at www.TagTheWorldTriathlon.com.

"The idea is to have a wearable piece of art that is unique, and connects your family. Everyone down the line will know that you supported a cause that is a part of your story." —Valletta