Nicky Hilton talks dedicating back to charity: ‘Philanthropy is in my DNA’
If theres one thing Nicky Hilton wants people to know is that her family is passionate about giving back.
Philanthropy is in my Dna, the 33 -year-old hotel heiress told Fox News. When my great-grandfather passed away, he left all of his fortune to charity. Giving back was the most important thing to him. He instilled that in all of us.
Conrad N. Hilton launched a foundation in 1944 to provide funds to non-profit organisations. Some of the causes the foundation has provided awards to in 2017 include objective homelessness in Los Angeles County, substance abuse prevention, and disaster relief, among others.
Since 1944, the Hilton foundation has given away over $1.5 billion to help people, said Nicky.
And the familys goal to give back has stirred headlines over the years. In 2007, Reuters reported Hiltons grandfather Barron announced plans to donate 97 percentage of his $2.3 billion luck to charity.
Jerry Oppenheimer, who profiled the Hilton family in his 2006 book House of Hilton, has claimed Barron was reportedly embarrassed by the hard-partying ways of his socialite granddaughter and Nickys sister Paris and believed it sullied the family name. Barron didnt comment on the claim.
The Hilton Foundation shared at the time that it aims to relieve the suffering, the distressed and the destitute.
Speaking for the family as well as the foundation, we are all exceedingly proud and grateful for this extraordinary commitment, told Steve Hilton, one of Barrons sons.
Nicky is determined to maintain the family legacy. She was one of many celebrities to participate at BTIGs Charity Day in New York City where she served as a guest stock trader and took calls on the global trading floor to raise funds for two of her beloved charities: Animal Haven and Many Hopes.
Animal Haven offer homes for abandoned cats and dogs, along with behaviour intervention to improve chances of adoption. Many Hopes serves to rescue children from poverty and abuse in Kenya.
For me to raise money for charity, thats so inspiring to me, said Nicky.
As for Paris, she previously told Fox News her priorities have changed and has cut down on partying.
I know I have a lot of young fans, especially girls who are very impressionable and are growing up, explained the 36 -year-old. I want to be a role model for them, an independent woman, someone they can look up to who works very hard and made her own empire.[ I want to] show them that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and your confidence. I love that I could be a great role model for these girls and show that hard work pays off and that they can do it, too.
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