Jazz for Peace benefit for AIDSfreeAFRICA – be there or be square!

This is from Erika Power. Even if you can’t go yourself, you can always send a check or click the Jazz for Peace picture and donate in support. Please remember to promote this event to others whom you know, encouraging them to promote it to others whom they know, etc., etc., etc. The Power is in the Network!

I am part of a non-profit based in Ossining, NY, called AIDSfreeAFRICA and we are benefiting from a Jazz for Peace concert with The Swim Strong Foundation on June 25th at Iguana Restaurant in Midtown Manhattan. Because of our work in African countries aiding pharmaceutical production, our executive director, Dr. Rolande Hodel, just won the Astellas USA Foundation Award that is administered by the American Chemical Society (ACS). This $30,000 prize is awarded for Dr. Hodel’s pioneering work to help establish facilities for the production of pharmaceuticals, in particular, generic drugs for the African continent. I believe that this event is a great way for anyone who believes in social justice and equality to hear wonderful jazz music, eat good food (at Iguana), and sponsor worthwhile causes. Here is the event information:

Event Date: June 25th, 2009
Meeting Time: 6 pm- 10 pm
Event Title: Jazz for Peace Concert
Event Location: Iguana New York, 240 West 54th Street (bet. Broadway and 8th Ave. ), New York, NY 10019
Event Description: Jazz for Peace concert series (www.jazzforpeace.org) is benefiting AIDSfreeAFRICA and Swim Strong Foundation by hosting a special night with Rick DellaRatta, renowned jazz pianist and vocalist. The event is to be held at Iguana New York and tickets can be purchased through the The Swim Strong Foundation website (www.theswimstrongfoundation.org) for $35.00. Rick DellaRatta and Jazz for Peace play a fusion of Israeli, Middle Eastern, Asian, European, and American jazz music. The concert series chooses organizations that strive to obtain goals that are different from the norm which is perfect for AIDSfreeAFRICA (www.AIDSfreeAFRICA.org) because it is an organization that supports the production of pharmaceuticals in African countries. Most Africans die from the diseases that result from AIDS and not necessarily from the actual disease thus making the treatment of tuberculosis and the flu more attainable than curing AIDS. Through this support, AIDSfreeAFRICA has helped African companies produce necessary medications at reduced prices making the entire process cost-effective. The Swim Strong Foundation (www.theswimstrongfoundation.org) is a non-profit that inspires youth to swim competitively by creating swimming programs and summer camps.

Contact Name
: Dr. Rolande Hodel, 125 South Highland Ave. #3-B1 Ossining, NY 10562
Contact Email: rrhodel@aol.com
Contact Phone: 914-923-2073
Web site URLs: www.AIDSfreeAFRICA.org or www.theswimstrongfoundation.org

If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to email me or Dr. Rolande Hodel (at rrhodel@aol.com). I hope to see you at the Iguana Restaurant on June 25th for the concert. Thank you very much for your time. Have a nice day!


Erika Power

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