Monday, May 4, 2009

Ne-Yo’s Compound Foundation Hosts 2nd Annual Celebration of Mothers

Def Jam Music’s Grammy Award Winning Artist, Chrisette Michele, Honors Over 60 Mom’s For Mother’s Day

ATLANTA – (April 25, 2009) – Grammy Award winner, Ne-Yo and The Compound Foundation announced plans to host the 2nd Annual Mother’s Day brunch and serenade themed “Sunday Brunch at the Opera,” to honor metro-Atlanta foster mothers. The event is being held to encourage, celebrate and reward these mothers for all that they do each and every day. This special invite only brunch will be held on Sunday, May 10th, 2009 at the Opera Events Facility from 2pm-4pm in Atlanta. The event will highlight wellness and self-care through the partnership of Zen Massage, a local spa franchise in Atlanta.

Joining in on the mission to help children in foster care is Ne-Yo’s Def Jam label mate Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter, Chrisette Michele. With her new album scheduled for release on May 5, 2009, Chrisette will perform tracks from her upcoming album, Epiphany. Chrisette’s mother Linette Payne was a foster mom for many years prior to taking on the role of Chrisette’s manager. “We asked Chrisette, not only because of her beautiful voice, but because she is someone who personally understands issues facing children in foster care and continues to give back every chance she gets,” said Loraine Smith, Chair of the Compound Foundation and Ne-Yo’s mom.

With Ne-Yo as the founder and spokesperson, the Compound Foundation is raising money to support Compound Cares. The new project focuses on utilizing the best care practices for children growing up in state custody and providing grants to independent licensed care providers with 6 or more children under their care. “They [foster moms] wake up each morning and go about the day’s activities selflessly; sometimes forsaking their own needs,” said Ne-Yo, who’s real name is Shaffer Chimere Smith. With plans for expansion, this past year the Compound Foundation reached thousands of kids in state care through programs in major urban cities such as Nevada, Maryland, New York, Florida, Georgia and D.C.

This is an invitation only event for foster mothers who have been identified by DHR Division of Family and Children Services to have a positive record of service to children in Georgia, and guests of the Compound Foundation. “Our hope is that we can give the moms a great time and make them feel the appreciation we all have for all that they do,” said Reynell Hay, co-Founder of the Compound Foundation.

About the Compound FoundationLaunched in early 2007, the Compound Foundation is a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization established to increase awareness about the status of children in the child welfare system in America and to support and partner with residential care facilities through programs aimed at teaching entrepreneurship and life skills that will empower them to become productive, successful, independent adults.

Source: Serendipity Media Group

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