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Vault Exclusive: Joe Manganiello Spends ‘A Day At the Beach’ for Claire’s Place Foundation

Vault Exclusive: Joe Manganiello Spends ‘A Day At the Beach’ for Claire’s Place Foundation

Yesterday, February 11, 2011, I attended an event supported by True Blood’s Joe Manganiello “A Day At The Beach” with Claire’s Place Foundation, Inc. in lovely Santa Monica, California.

Joe is friends with Claire, a 13 year old girl who has been living with cystic fibrosis her entire life. Joe was asked by Claire to support her fundraising event and he quickly said, “Yes.”  Here’s more from the Foundation’s Facebook page about Claire:

She is inspired, passionate, and very excited about making a difference for other children and teens by sharing her experience, strength and hope with them. Claire has recently suffered many setbacks but maintains a positive attitude and believes this is the key to living a fulfilling life – despite being burdened with such a deadly disease.

In honor of Claire’s experience and enthusiasm for life, The Claire’s Place Foundation, Inc. was created, a charity committed to providing heartfelt help to families affected by Cystic Fibrosis. Our mission is to heighten public awareness about Cystic Fibrosis, and improve the quality of life for the families it affects by providing education, life skills, inspiration, and positive support.

Their mission  is to heighten public awareness about Cystic Fibrosis, and improve the quality of life for the families it affects by providing education, life skills, inspiration, and positive support.

I arrived early to the event and immediately went to the registration table and received my free t-shirt and pink bracelet to wear in support of the charity.  Joe Manganiello, actor Chad Lowe and Franchot Tone’s band were scheduled to appear.  Also included were fitness experts, Lionheart Fitness Kids, and Jeff Blair Fitness who held exercise sessions with both the children and adults. There was also a silent auction of many items and food sponsored by Whole Foods to help support the charity.

The poster below details much of what the day was about.

 

Joe Manganiello arrived right on time and stayed for most of the two hour event, which began with Claire introducing actor, Chad Lowe, who also attended, Joe and the Franchot Tone band. Joe chimed in thanking Claire for all her hard work and then Claire mentioned how much her mother had done to see that the event went well.

You too, can help this worthy charity by donating; just go to their donation page by clicking here.

 

Obviously, my main purpose for being there, in addition to wanting to raise awareness for the charity, was to see True Blood’s hunky werewolf, Joe Manganiello. Below is a video with Joe and others, including Claire herself. In the video we see Joe living up to the reputation fostered by all the other True Blood cast members I’ve met before him by being genuinely friendly and kind as he talks to the fans, and plays with the children. There are some particularly sweet moments in the video when we see Joe with Claire and also as he plays being a werewolf with the children. When I spoke to Joe I tried to get some True Blood secrets out of him, but he was pretty tight lipped, although he did mention some the word “transform,” which I don’t really know what to make of.  Oh, and yes, Joe is unbelievably tall!

 

 

Joe posed for a photo with me, and below is a gallery of more photos I took at the event.

Photos of me with Joe were taken by Barbara Henderson
 

Lynnpd
Lynnpd has an avid interest in the entertainment industry from classic movies to all things True Blood. With a background in art, she enjoys creating in Photoshop, running web sites and finds the internet an exciting place to be. Lynn lives in the LA area and attends as many Hollywood related events as she can. She has covered events for the both websites in the LA area; read all about it at http://lynnpdexclusives.com.
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Written by Lynnpd

Lynnpd has an avid interest in the entertainment industry from classic movies to all things True Blood. With a background in art, she enjoys creating in Photoshop, running web sites and finds the internet an exciting place to be. Lynn lives in the LA area and attends as many Hollywood related events as she can. She has covered events for the both websites in the LA area; read all about it at http://lynnpdexclusives.com.

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    February 12, 2012

    Thanks for this, Lynn. Such a nice video. Claire is a remarkable young woman. Kudos to her and her mom for organizing the event. So glad you could attend and capture it for us with pictures, your commentary and a video. It was good to see Joe there obviously having a wonderful time. I especially appreciated the diminutive werewolves. The children were darling, and he was so attentive to them.

    I remember the 30’s movie star Franchot Tone. I’m delighted to see that his grandson is carrying on the family entertainment tradition.

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    February 12, 2012

    sigh…i would hold on to Joe and never let him go…love him!

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    February 12, 2012

    Thanks so much for posting this. Since most of us couldn’t attend it’s wonderful to see. I think we all know Joe is a great guy. This just confirms it, plus reminds us he is a real human being. I can’t get over how sweet and intelligent Claire is. I wish for continued success for Claire’s Place Foundation.

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    February 13, 2012

    Great pics and video, Lynn! Looks like it was quite a fun event. Kudos to Joe for participating. He is soo good with the kids! I loved seeing that.

    I hope that Claire’s Place continues on it’s path of success, raising money and awareness.

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    February 13, 2012

    What a terrific afternoon. Kudos to Claire and her mom for organizing the event. Joe has taken a vow of silence on what is happening on the TB set. If I am not mistaken those cute twin wolf pups are on a soap.
    Good job Lynn.

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      February 13, 2012

      Yes, they are on a soap, maybe you know which one. We spoke to their parents for a bit and they told us they were on one, but since I don’t watch the daily soap operas, I can’t remember the one they are on. They were two lovely and energetic boys with lovely parents.

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    February 14, 2012

    This was such a lovely video. Thank you for posting. Great to see Joe M. He was great with the kids. So fun that they all knew he was a werewolf and wanted to be werewolves too. Loved it when Joe howled with them. (The men of TB sure have learned to make some of the hottest sounds on TV.) Claire was just darling. All the best to her, her family, and the foundation.

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