Learn about the causes close to Summer’s heart.
Summer supports various charities and causes in many different ways. Listed below you will find some information on just a few projects that she has supported over the years.
The projects that we provide information for here on this page are :
Visit our gallery for photos of Summer Glau supporting the causes and charities close to her heart.
BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre Auction, Vancouver, Canada
BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre is the only facility in British Columbia devoted exclusively to the health of women, newborns, and families. With over 7,200 births every year (over 250,000 births since inception), BC Women’s is Canada’s busiest obstetrical centre. It is also the only source of tertiary maternity care in British Columbia. BC Women’s provides the highest level of care to pregnant women and newborns with services throughout the province including its Medical Genetics Program, Centre for Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment, Maternal Transport Team, and Intensive Care Nursery.
BC Women’s provides a broad range of specialized health services that address the health needs of women of all ages and backgrounds. These include world-class services in breast health, substance dependency, osteoporosis, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health.
Research is a core component of all clinical activities throughout Women’s. Through the Women’s Health Research Institute and the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, BC Women’s works to advance knowledge and care for women, newborns, and their families, across British Columbia and around the world.
Famous personalities from film and television have thrown their support behind BC Women's by autographing these cuddly little bears. Summer Glau support this cause and has signed one of the snuggly teddy bears to help raise money for the Hospital. Her autographed bear was up for auction on ebay in March 2007.
Alzheimer’s Association - The Elephant Project
The Elephant Project is an organization to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association. The elephant is the symbol of the project because there is a phrase that says, “elephants never forget,” and in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, we are striving for those afflicted with it to “never forget.”
To raise money, and awareness, they have celebrities pose for a picture with an elephant beanie baby, which are then auctioned off in an Elephant Project auction package! Each package consists of an 8×10 photo of a celebrity posing with the elephant, a signed Elephant Project card by that celebrity, and a special elephant beanie baby!
Summer Glau's signed card and picture holding a stuffed elephant was sold for $1300,37 on August 14th 2010, setting a new record for an auction, reported The Elephant Project twitter account.
Avon Walk for Breast Cancer - Project Teddy Bear (2010 and 2013)
Project Teddy Bear is run by Lisa Spodak as a way to raise money to support the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer by the Avon Foundation a public charity for breast cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, support and prevention.
The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is a national series of 39-mile weekend fundraising events launched in 2003 by the Avon Foundation.
Celebrities pose with a stuffed bear with an autographed tag attached and both are auctioned off to raise money for the Avon Foundation. The bear signed by Summer ended up raising the most money ever in a single Project Teddy Bear auction
with a whooping $2007.64 final bid on September 26, 2010 (The previous record holder was Viggo Mortensen with a $1525 bid).
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Los Angeles
spcaLA is an independent, nonprofit animal welfare organization serving Southern California since 1877. Donations run programs and services including Cruelty Investigation, Disaster Animal Response Team, Humane Education and a variety of shelter services. spcaLA believes that animals, as living creatures, have value beyond economic measurement, and are entitled to legal, moral and ethical consideration and protection.
TLA Kings hockey players and some celebrities have donated items for an auction benefiting the SPCA in Los Angeles on February 2008. Summer has contributed a lovely hand painted and signed pet bowl that was auctioned on eBay.
Dizzy Feet Foundation
Dizzy Feet Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 2009 by producer Nigel Lythgoe and director Adam Shankman, among others to benefit the dance community by supporting, improving, and increasing access to dance education in the United States. It provides scholarships and assistance to talented, underserved young people in order to help them realize their dreams of becoming professional dancers.
The foundation also aims to elevate and standardize the quality of dance instruction throughout the United States by offering accreditation and/or certification to dance schools and studios in most styles of dance, including ballroom, contemporary, ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop. The foundation’s Accreditation Program will be the gold standard for dance instruction in the United States; it will ensure that students can feel confident that they are receiving high-quality dance instruction aligned to a national standard.
The Dizzy Feet Foundation will also sponsor, fund and/or offer community-based dance programs that will expose children in low-income areas to the lifelong benefits of dance education.
In 2007, the UNICEF Tap Project was born in New York City based on a simple concept: restaurants would ask their patrons to donate $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for free, and all funds raised would support UNICEF’s efforts to bring clean and accessible water to millions of children around the world.
Through numerous fundraising and volunteer activities, the UNICEF Tap Project celebrates the clean water we enjoy on a daily basis by encouraging celebrity, restaurant, volunteer, corporate, and government supporters to give this vital resource to children in developing countries. The concept is basic and compelling: “When You Take Water, Give Water.”
Summer Glau attended and guest presented the 3rd Annual "Tap With A Beat" charity concert in Santa Monica, California on March 20th 2011.
ALS Association - Ice Bucket Challenge
Established in 1985, The ALS Association is a non-profit organization fighting Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also know as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.
The ALS's signature event is the "Ice Bucket Challenge", a campaign to raise awareness about the disease. Participants get a large bucket of ice and water poured over them, post a video of the activity on social media, and then nominate someone else to do the same within a set time frame (typically 24 hours) or make a donation to ALS.