Thursday, March 12, 2009

Nonprofits Collaborate to Send New York City Teenagers on African Volunteer Mission

Another worthy cause! If you can not attend please visit the link to make a donation. :-)

About the March 20 NYC Fundraiser
WHAT: Assorted Flavors Entertainment Presents "Downtime" Benefiting Project54Tour
Brings GSWS Harriet's Heart to Kenya
WHERE: Katra, 217 Bowery Street (between Prince & Rivington Streets)
WHEN: Event Time: 5 to 7 p.m./After party 7 to 11 p.m.; Cocktails: 5 to 6 p.m. 2 for 1;
VIP Red Carpet and Press Interviews: 5:00 to 6: 00 p.m.
WHO: Naomi Silie, Esq, Commissioner, The Bronx Democratic Board of Elections;
Angelo Ellerbee, CEO, Double XXposure Media Relations; Surayya Barbee, Proprietor of SVNTN Below Restaurant & Lounge and Board President GSWS, Inc. Harriet’s Heart

Nonprofits Collaborate to Send New York City Teenagers on African Volunteer Mission

NEW YORK, NY (March 12, 2009) – Two nonprofit organizations have joined forces for a March 20 New York City fundraiser to help send Harriet’s Heart on a missionary trip to Kenya. Seven, of the nineteen, young women of African-American, Latina, and Caribbean decent, known as “Harriet’s Heart,” are part of a four-year effort that selects and guides girls into womanhood -- helping young women develop leadership and life skills, and provides assistance with completing high school while helping families with the money and other resources to fund college.

Founder, Pamela Salaam Jaha, gave birth to Harriet’s Heart as a revitalization of the principal, “it takes a whole village,” challenging corporations, athletes, entertainers, professionals, civic leaders, elected officials, and ordinary people to be a part of the solution, preparing leaders of tomorrow by embracing the role of educating and investing in our children today. “I believe it is the responsibility of all of us to lead our children and our communities to social leadership, economic strength, political promise, and academic excellence! I know that ordinary people can make a change, such is when and how we become Extra-Ordinary, says Salaam, the proud surrogate mother of 19 girls.

Project54Tour, and GirlSpirit WomenSong Inc., (GSWS) have united to help support Harriet’s Heart, an extraordinary group of young women whose name pays tribute to civil rights leader Harriet Tubman. Each girl represents one of Tubman’s nineteen courageous journeys on the Underground Railroad. “We have a responsibility to help young girls become successful confident women,” said Naomi Silie, Esq., Commissioner, The Bronx Democratic Board of Elections who will provide remarks at next week’s fundraiser.
Project54Tour Founder and Executive Director, Chris Surrey added, “The upcoming missionary trip will offer a meaningful volunteer opportunity that will help engage, empower and educate the citizens of Africa by improving the socio-cultural benefits that change lives for the better.”

The fundraiser scheduled for Friday, March 20 at Katra located at 217 Bowery Street in New York City will bring together a “village” of professionals from all fields and backgrounds to help raise additional funds for the mission – keeping Salaam’s vision and promise alive. Celebrity guests and community leaders have been invited to attend the affair and provide remarks.

Each of the two nonprofit organizations involved in the March 20 event will continue to serve those in need despite the tough economy and a drastic decline in volunteers and donations. Anyone interested in making a contribution to support the cause can do so online at: (under Contact Us) or by sending a check made payable to “Project54Tour Aid Program, Inc.” at The Buzz International Group, Att.: Chris Surrey, 419 Lafayette Street, 2nd fl., New York, NY 10003. Every dollar given to Project54Tour will be to help improve the lives of developing communities and empowering the youth. All donations are tax-deductible.

Guests must RSVP to to attend; and please note that space is limited. The suggested donation is $5.00 for the nonprofit. Attire is Red Carpet Ready.

About GSWS
GSWS is a 501(c)(3) serving as the “Social Responsibility Arm” of Salaam Arts & Inspiration. GSWS is most commonly known for its annual Bring Me Your Daughters Empowerment Conference in New York City, every first Saturday of March, in tribute to Women’s History Month, with a savvy mission to enhance the mind, body and spirit of girls & women, by introducing healthy behaviors & attitudes of self-awareness, self-respect, self-determination and self-reliance, encouraging independence, responsibility and the elaboration of basic human competencies for healthy growth and development, across global hearts!

About Project54Tour
Project54Tour is a non-profit community development aid program inclusive of music artists, sports figures, member countries of the African Union, global communities and corporations dedicated to community development. It encourages a movement to help rebuild Africa’s most under developed countries and supports the United Nations’ eight (8) Millennium Development Goals.

View the video to learn more about the mission.

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