CELEBS GIVE BACK: 50 Cent & Kanye West
May 21 | by Natasha
Because we like to pass on the charitable P.R. stuff we're sent:
50 Cent has teamed up for the second time with actress Bette Midler for a philanthropic event. They hit up the eighth annual spring picnic for Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project at New York’s New Leaf restaurant. And six months ago, 50 & Bette opened a community garden together in Queens for another NYRP event.
The Kanye West Foundation, founded in 2007 by the late Dr. Donda West, was established to help combat the severe dropout problem plaguing America’s communities. Now, Kanye and the Foundation are putting on the 2nd “Stay in School” Benefit Concert, taking place at the historic Chicago Theatre on Thursday, June 11th, was born. This is the first major event for the Kanye West Foundation since the 2007 passing of its founder Dr. Donda West, the mother of Kanye West. It is also the first concert Kanye has performed in the city of Chicago in over a year. The concert will be taped by Fuse, the national music network, and will air later this summer. Benefit concert tickets go on sale Thursday, May 21st. According to the press release: “I have always had the desire to help people and make the world a better place. I believe that youth are the music for creating a world filled with harmony. To create such a world, however, we must all do our part,” says Mr. West who waived his fees for the events on June 11th. Joseph Collins, CEO of the Kanye West Foundation states, “This cause is directly in line with the mission of the KWF. We see this event as a launching pad and long-term effort to help students in school.” He continues, “Immediately upon learning about David Abrams and S.H.O.W, we knew this was a good match. The fact that a young person chose to lead this effort and challenge his peers to do better in school is amazing and exactly what Dr. West envisioned when she and Kanye created this foundation. I believe these efforts directly support the vision Dr. West had for the organization and for America’s children. I see this concert as the seed that will allow us to ‘fulfill a mother’s dream.’” Nice.
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