Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Atlanta CARES for Haiti

Actress Terri J. Vaughn and hip hop artist Big Boi attend a celebrity fundraiser for Haiti at Rare restaurant in Atlanta, January 18th.

“Big Boi” Helps To Raise Nearly 1 Million Dollars for CARE

On January 18, 2010, Big Boi’s Big Kidz Foundation, Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall, and other local celebrities came together to support CARE’s relief efforts in Haiti. A celebrity fundraiser was held to collect monetary donations to assist CARE in its efforts to raise $10 million dollars needed to provide food, water, and shelter to the victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti.

Outkast member Antwan “Big Boi” Patton called to service the Atlanta community to open their hearts and wallets to aid the disaster in Haiti. He challenged local celebrities, community leaders, businesses and organizations to take a stand on the King Holiday. R&B star Neyo and his Compound Foundation led the way by pledging $50,000.

Mayor Kasim Reed asked Atlantans to respond “in the Atlanta Way” and launched http://www.atlantacares.org/, a website designed to help Atlanta residents unite in their response to the Haitian crisis disaster relief efforts through its hometown international humanitarian organization. Atlanta answered the called by raising nearly 1 million dollars for CARE.

Atlanta Cares for Haiti was made possible with the support of Lorenzo Wyche Restaurants who generously donated the use of their critically acclaimed restaurant Rare for the evening. Leading radio station V-103 and Q100 signed on as promotional sponsors. In attendance at the event was Academy of Country Music Award nominee Stokes Nielson and The Lost Trailers, R & B singer Sammie, Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and actress Terri J. Vaughn.

“The Big Kidz Foundation primarily focuses on youth development in Georgia, but we felt compelled to support a country where children make up 50% of the population leaving more than 2 million children affected,” shared Jennifer Lester, Big Kidz’s Executive Director.

Source and photo: Big Kidz Foundation

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