The We Are Family Foundation® (WAFF), a not-for-profit organization founded by legendary songwriter and producer, Nile Rodgers, will honor Adam Lambert with the Unity Award at its annual Celebration Gala, on Thursday, January 31, 2013, at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The evening will be hosted by actress Rosie Perez and Touré, co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” and will include a concert featuring Adam Lambert, Nile Rodgers & CHIC and special guests, Taylor Dayne, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Kathy Sledge, Sam Sparro and Russell Peters.
The event, which was rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy, will celebrate extraordinary global citizens like Adam Lambert and fellow honorees, Jeni Stepanek, Ph.D. and Reservoir Capital Group founder Daniel H. Stern.
Adam Lambert will receive the Unity Award. After appearing on the eighth season of “American Idol,” Lambert skyrocketed to fame, earning a Grammy nomination for his hit single, “Whataya Want From Me,” and becoming the first openly gay mainstream pop artist to debut at Number One on the Billboard chart with his most recent album, Trespassing. Lambert has channeled his fame into raising awareness about issues close to his heart, advocating on behalf of LGBT causes The Trevor Project, Equality California, and GLAAD, as well as for charity organizations MusiCares, charity:water and DonorsChoose.org.
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. Previous recipients of this award include Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Quincy Jones, Paul Simon and Archbishop Desmond and Leah Tutu.
Daniel H. Stern, founder of Reservoir Capital Group, will be honored with the Visionary Award for his extraordinary local and global philanthropic contributions. Previous recipients of the Visionary Award include Tommy Hilfiger; Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO of Gibson Guitar and Susan and David Rockefeller Jr.
“The We Are Family Foundation was born as a result of 9/11, after which I asked the question, ‘Can we organize for peace half as effectively as others do for hate?’” says Nile Rodgers, Founder & Chairman of the We Are Family Foundation. “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 because 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.
To purchase tickets, or to make a contribution to the We Are Family Foundation, please visit wearefamilyfoundation.org. Contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Arrivals and reception begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2013 followed at 7:30 p.m. by an awards ceremony, dinner and concert at the Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom located at 311 West 34th Street in New York City. Concert Only ticket holders arrival time is 8:15 p.m.
About We Are Family Foundation
The We Are Family Foundation® (WAFF) is a New York City based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the vision of a global family by creating and supporting programs that inspire and educate the next generation about respect, understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity – while striving to solve some of our biggest global problems at the same time. Since its inception in 2002, WAFF, founded by legendary songwriter/musician/producer Nile Rodgers, has created Three Dot Dash, a Global Teen Leader initiative that has empowered exceptional teens from 36 countries on six continents working together to alleviate issues related to basic human needs; created worldwide curricula that is currently used on six continents; produced TEDxTeen, an annual conference that gives extraordinary teens an educational platform to share their work, tell their stories and inspire others; built a global coalition of more than 75 organizations; created and distributed the award-winning PSA and early childhood educational DVD program, “We Are Family: A Musical Message for All,” to more than 60,000 schools and youth programs internationally; built 17 new schools, providing an education to more than 3,500 boys and girls in Mali and Malawi, Africa, Nepal and Nicaragua. To date, WAFF has made a positive impact on 15 million+ people worldwide.