BLACK THOUGHT OF THE ROOTS AND THE GrassROOTS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION PRESENTS: POWER FORWARD COCKTAIL FUNDRAISER AND CONCERT
NEWARK, NJ –Co-founder of GrassROOTS Community Foundation, (GCF) and lead MC of the Grammy-Award winning band The Roots, Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter, will partner with New Jersey policymakers and citizens on October 6th, at 7 pm for the Power Forward Cocktail Fundraiser & Concert at the Newark Museum at 49 Washington Street, in Newark, NJ.
GrassROOTS is committed to creating a world where all girls can grow up to be healthy women, and the Power Forward Cocktail Fundraiser & Concert will raise funds to support this noteworthy cause. Essex County city officials, business professionals, philanthropists, and residents of North New Jersey and the greater NYC metropolitan area will join forces for a festive night of music and health advocacy. The event will include dynamic performances from Black Thought, along with Malene Younglao, Maya Azucena, and Nneka Best, as well as special surprise guests. Trotter is also bringing his hometown with him as members of The Roots and Philadelphia mayor, Michael Nutter, are confirmed to be in attendance.
“For me GrassROOTS is unique because it’s not just another celebrity charity that functions as a tax break effort,” says Trotter. “I am connected to the operations of the foundation; GrassROOTS’ mission and work is real for me. I have a daughter and I want her and all girls to grow up to be healthy women. GrassROOTS is my investment in ensuring that future.”
Renaissance woman and Actress Amanda Seales will serve as the host, while DJ Spinna will keep the crowd warmed up in between performances. Sponsored cocktails will be provided by 1800 Coconut Tequila, Three Olives vodka, and Courvoisier. In addition, premier luxury brand Reed Krakoff has donated one of their coveted, signature boxer bags to be raffled off. Other special supporters include Allhiphop.com, HLS Restaurant, Okayplayer, Palo Root Tea, and St. Barnabas Health System.
Power Forward starts at 7pm, with the concert beginning at 9pm. To purchase tickets, please visit http://powerforwardcocktailfundraiser.eventbrite.com/.
Proceeds from the cocktail fundraiser will benefit the following GrassROOTS programs:
H.E.A.L. (Health, Education and Literacy)is a family program that teaches parents and children about the joys and health benefits of yoga and cooking together. The program welcomes parents with children (K-3rd grade) to practice Ancient Kemetic yoga to experience the benefits of increased focus, agility and higher energy: keys to educational and professional achievement. For more information on the program, please visit grass-rootsfoundation.org/heal/heal.
S.H.A.P.E (Strong, Healthy, and Powerful Everyday)is an after school program for 9th and 10th grade high school girls at Central High School in Newark, NJ. The program focuses on health literacy, wellness, self-esteem and professional skill development. Begins Fall 2012. Co-sponsored by HealthCorps, Barnabas HealthCare System and the American Heart Association.
SUPER CAMPis a summer day camp for girls 5 to 9 years that provides focuses on mathematics, science and reading through a cultural lens. For more information, please visit grass-rootsfoundation.org/supercamp
GrassROOTS Community Foundationis a collaborative effort of Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter, co-founder and lead MC of the Grammy Award Winning group, the Roots, and sociologist, Dr. Janice Johnson Dias. GrassROOTS is committed to contributing to the health and well-being of vulnerable populations and disadvantaged communities. Merging the talents of socially conscious artists with those of a rigorous scientific research and creative team, we are investing our energies to developing the capacity of community based organizations that offer educational and recreational services to disadvantaged women and girls. We see women and girls as the foundation of our society. An investment in them, their families, and the organizations that work with them is an investment in our futures.
For additional information on The GrassROOTS Foundation and its programming, please visit www.grass-rootsfoundation.org.