Friday, October 12, 2012

We Are Family Foundation to Host 2012 Celebration Gala

Hosted By Rosie Perez and Touré

NEW YORK – The We Are Family Foundation® (WAFF), a not-for-profit organization founded by legendary songwriter and producer, Nile Rodgers, will host its annual Celebration Gala, on Monday, October 29, 2012, at Manhattan Center's Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.  Hosted by actress Rosie Perez and Touré, co-host of MSNBC's "The Cycle," the evening will include a concert featuring Sting, Nile Rodgers & CHIC and other special guests, to celebrate extraordinary global citizens who are dedicated to making the world a better place and who have helped WAFF make a positive impact on more than 15 million people worldwide.  Arrivals and reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony, dinner and a concert at 7:30 p.m.

Artist and activists Sting and Trudie Styler will receive the Humanitarian Award, which honors those in the public eye who have made tremendous efforts and inroads into improving the human condition throughout the world.

Daniel Stern, founder of Reservoir Capital Group, will be honored with the Visionary Award for his local and global philanthropic contributions.  Jeni Stepanek, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation, will receive the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award, named in honor of her late son, 13-year-old poet and peacemaker, Mattie J.T. Stepanek, for her significant contribution toward promoting a peaceful society.

The We Are Family Foundation was founded by Nile Rodgers as a result of 9/11. He shares, "My song, ‘We Are Family,’ was the inspiration to bring people together, celebrate our differences and share ideas across borders in order to solve some of the bigger problems facing our world.  We are inspired by each of our honorees this year, as their dedication and passion to making the world a better place are their lifelong missions."

The funds raised at this year's Celebration Gala will support WAFF's mission and existing programs including Three Dot Dash – WAFF's signature program, which identifies, supports and mentors Global Teen Leaders actively working on programs that address basic human needs and promoting a more peaceful world; and TEDxTeen, a global educational platform for extraordinary teens to share their stories and inspire millions.

Tables of 10 can be purchased in advance by contacting Michelle Posadas via phone at 212.397.4333 or email at contact[at]wearefamilyfoundation[dot]org. To purchase individual tickets, please visit

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