Lucy Hale Joins Abercrombie & Fitch in Anti-Bullying Campaign

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. ANF, -4.27% announced today its 2014 anti-bullying initiatives in recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month, which begins October 1. The company has teamed up with Lucy Hale, singer and star of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, to help increase anti-bullying awareness.

Under the guidance of renowned anti-bullying expert Dr. Joel Haber, Abercrombie & Fitch will launch the Are You An Ally? program, a continuation of the efforts the company launched during National Bullying Prevention Month in 2013. Starting today, an educational video and peer-to-peer curriculum will be distributed to more than 10,000 middle and high schools throughout the United States and will also be viewable on YouTube (http://www.YouTube.com/Abercrombie). The video and curriculum will provide a safe and supportive way for students to share their experiences through peer-to-peer discussions and find ways to take a stand against bullying. The program is designed to empower students to recognize, address, and reflect on occurrences of bullying and cyberbullying among their peers, both inside and outside the school setting.

“I’m excited to partner with A&F and support such an important cause,” said Lucy Hale. “A child is bullied every seven minutes in school and this can have a detrimental effect on teens as they grow up, so I want to be a leader and an ally, and inspire students around the world to do the same.”

In partnership with No Bully, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that brings innovative, sustainable solutions to bullying, harassment and violence in schools (http://www.nobully.org), Abercrombie & Fitch is introducing a line of graphic tees to raise anti-bullying awareness. The tees will be sold in all Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids locations in the US, and online at Abercrombie.com and abercrombiekids.com. In addition, the company will launch a ‘Round Up’ program in US stores, allowing customers to round their purchase price up to the nearest dollar to benefit bully-prevention efforts. The first $150,000 of proceeds from the tees and the Round-Up program will be donated to No Bully. All other proceeds will be donated to other charitable organizations that support bullying prevention.

The company will also continue its college scholarship program, honoring outstanding students around the world who have persevered academically while experiencing bullying, as well as those who have led the fight against bullying in their schools and communities. With the help of its longstanding partner, the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) Foundation, A&F will grant ten renewable college scholarships to students starting college in fall 2015. The amount of the scholarships will be increased to $2,500 for 2015, with prior year scholarship recipients also being eligible for the higher awards in 2015. Interested applicants can find out more information at nshssfoundation.org.

“We are proud to champion this cause for the second year in a row, and look forward to seeing the Are you An Ally? program make a difference in schools and communities,” said Mike Jeffries, Chief Executive Officer of Abercrombie & Fitch. “It is estimated that 160,000 students miss school every day due to fear of bullying, so we hope this program can help to bring awareness and to address this significant problem.”

Abercrombie & Fitch and its partners encourage students to increase awareness for bullying prevention. Follow @abercrombie on Twitter and Instagram to stay updated on the campaign.

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Lucy Hale to Be Part of Country Christmas TV special

Halloween is still a month away, but it’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas at the Country Music Association.

The organization announced plans for its annual “CMA Country Christmas” ABC television special Wednesday morning and revealed some chart-topping names had already signed up to perform.

Jennifer Nettles will be back for the fifth year as host of the event, and performers include Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Lucy Hale, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Idina Menzel, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith and Carrie Underwood.

“After being the host of ‘CMA Country Christmas,’ for five years now, it is hard to pick one thing I love about it,” Nettles said in a statement. “There are so many fun moments. Whether it is the performances or duets, getting to perform Christmas songs with such great artists is really fun for me. It’s really a fun show all around.”

“CMA Country Christmas” will tape in front of a live audience at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Bridgestone Arena. For the third year, the CMA is encouraging audience members to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the taping for its toy drive. The Nashville-based nonprofit group Generosity will collect the toys beginning at 5 p.m. on Nov. 7. The toys will be given to children in need in Nashville.

Tickets to “CMA Country Christmas” are $25-$50 and are on sale now through Ticketmaster at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800- 745-3000.

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Pretty Little Liars Halloween Special Promo

Lucy Hale at the MTV Video Music Awards

I have added images of Lucy at the MTV Video Music Awards this evening to the gallery. Thanks to Archie for a few of the images!

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Video: Lucy Hale Takes on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Lucy Hale to Host the MTV Video Music Awards

“Pretty Little Liars” star and country singer Lucy Hale will host the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards red carpet live show alongside network personalities Sway and Christina Garibaldi starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Sunday, Aug. 24. Becky G and YouTuber Ingrid Nilsen will be fashion correspondents, and VMA nominees Fifth Harmony and Charli XCX will perform live ahead of the VMA telecast. MTV will air a new episode of “Teen Wolf” immediately before the red carpet show, at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

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Photos: 2014 Teen Choice Awards

I have high quality images of Lucy at the Teen Choice Awards this past weekend, thanks to Claudia for some of them!

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Photos: Lucy Hale Launches Her Collection At Hollister

I’ve just added 70 high quality images of Lucy at the launch of her clothing line with Hollister to the gallery.

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Lucy Hale Makes Big Social 50 Chart Gain

ABC’s Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale continues to forge ahead in her music career with the release of her new music video for “Lie A Little Better” on June 30. It spurs a 25-12 rise for her on the Social 50 chart. “Lie A Little Better” is the second single from her debut album Road Between.

The Social 50 incorporates the following metrics: weekly additions of fans across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram; reactions and conversations across Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook; and views to an artist’s Wikipedia page, according to music analytics provider Next Big Sound.

The release of the video, which has received more than 475,000 global views to date, sparked a 27 percent rise in weekly fan acquisition as she adds 65,000 fans on Facebook and 16,000 on Twitter. But where Hale really shines is on Instagram, where the countdown-style promotion of the new video helped her garner more than 6.8 million post-likes for the week, a 58 percent increase over the previous week.

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Sets Fan Appreciation Special for October

The one-hour program will feature the cast discussing the ABC Family show’s highlights and answering viewer questions.

ABC Family and “Pretty Little Liars” will be thanking the show’s loyal viewers with a fan appreciation special airing in October as part of ABC Family’s “13 Nights of Halloween.”

In honor of making the show television’s most social series, the cast will convene to discuss the show’s biggest highlights and answer fans questions.

To submit questions, fans must visit the “PLL” Facebook page or tweet their questions with the hashtag #PLLHalloween on Twitter.

Currently in its fifth season, “Pretty Little Liars” has finally brought Alison (Sasha Pieterse) back in Rosewood with the girls and “A’s” return from the dead.

Alongside Pieterse, “PLL” stars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Tyler Blackburn, Lucy Hale, Ian Harding, Laura Leighton, Shay Mitchell and Janel Parrish.

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