The motivation that enabled
the "America Speaks" CD project was one of charity. The
goal of all the artists involved was that this nonprofit effort
would help benefit 9/11 survivors and others in need.
The nonprofit venture
has been facilitated through the auspices of NAMASTE, an interfaith,
self-realization and spiritual awareness church. The Namaste organization,
founded by Rev. Dr. J. Robert Prete, is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit. The
organization provides support in its local community of San Fernando
Valley for a battered women's shelter, homeless shelters, a pet
orphan shelter, and promotes an ongoing community outreach program
that provides food and clothing to those in need. Namaste also has
established an annual volunteer special effort to serve Thanksgiving
Dinner to those in need, and to collect holiday toys.
We licensed the "America
Speaks" CD through Namaste in order that proceeds would be
shared with 9/11 causes, the first of which was the Firefighters
And Police Officers Victims Fund. However, with the duplication
and overlapping of many similar fundraisings, the latest assessment
is that this group is adequately funded.
Accordingly, we are now
designating THE TWIN TOWERS ORPHAN FUND, one of the charities recognized
by Congress and President, George W. Bush, as part of the Liberty
Partnership. The Twin Towers Orphan Fund operates to serve the surviving
children of parents who perished in the Twin Towers, Pentagon or
Somerset, Penn. air disasters. Those parent victims included business
people, custodians, restaurant workers, airline personnel and others
from all walks of life.
The Twin Towers Orphan
Fund helps provide these surviving children with long-term mental
and physical health care support and higher educational assistance.
It is interesting to
note that The Twin Towers Orphan Fund was created by 40 public relations
professionals from around the nation and is 100 percent volunteer
supported; therefore no donations to the fund are spent on administration,
marketing, public relations, printing, postage, legal/accounting,
You have helped by ordering
the America Speaks CD. We know you will enjoy it and we welcome
your comments and encouragement. There is yet one other thing that
you may be able to do: America Speaks CD project is looking for
corporate sponsors to help us defray the cost of CD duplication,
packaging and fulfillment. Maybe you could talk to your company
about becoming involved.