Monday, January 25, 2010

Rep. Alan Williams Announces a `Hope for Haiti Now' Viewing Party

“Hope for Haiti Now" will be a widely viewed international telethon aimed at raising needed funds for disaster relief in Haiti. The program will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Friday via numerous media outlets, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1, and CMT.

To encourage local participation in the telethon, State Representative Alan Williams (D-Tallahassee) joins Tallahassee City Commissioners Andrew Gullium and Leon County Commissioner John Dailey in hosting a viewing party for Hope For Haiti Now. The event begins at 7 p.m. Friday at the Hotel Duval, 415 North Monroe Street, in Tallahassee.
The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and United Nations World Food Program, Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF, and Yeli Haiti Foundation relief organizations will benefit from "Hope for Haiti Now.” Proceeds from "Hope for Haiti Now" will be split evenly among each organization's individual funds for Haiti earthquake relief.

The global telethon will feature performances by Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, and Sting in New York City; Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift and a group performance by Keith Urban, Kid Rock, and Sheryl Crow in Los Angeles; and Coldplay, and a group performance by Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z, and Rihanna in a newly added London location. All musical performances will be available for purchase for $.99 per song through the Apple® iTunes® Store beginning Saturday, January 23, with all proceeds benefiting Haiti relief funds managed by "Hope for Haiti Now" charities.

The Tallahassee community and the world have felt a deep sense of responsibility and urgency to donate money, time and talent in the wake of the Haiti tragedy.
“My heart goes out to the Haitian people as they deal with the terrible aftermath of this devastating earthquake,” said Representative Williams. “The people of Haiti need our help. Please join us for this important viewing party.”

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