Hollywood & Highland Center's Wine & Jazz Summer Concert Series Helps to Provide 8,000 Meals for
Project Angel Food Recipients
(Hollywood, CA) - September 8, 2009 - Hollywood & Highland Center's Wine, Jazz & Moonlight 2009 Summer Concert Series ends on a high-note for Project Angel Food. Partnering with KJAZZ-FM radio station, Hollywood & Highland Center's annual jazz music extravaganza raised over $40,000 for the Los Angeles County-based charity providing over 8,000 meals to people struggling with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
Throughout the last six years, Hollywood's prominent retail and entertainment center hosts this event raising nearly $180,000 for Project Angel Food This summer concerts attracted a mega crowd of 12,000 people during the 13-week series.
"We are elated that during this time of economic challenges people are still contributing to charitable organizations," said Annette Bethers, Vice President of Strategic and Marketing Alliances. "It has been our pleasure to host an entertainment series that assists thousands of meals for those in need."
Featuring top jazz performers this summer such as Jose Rizo's Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Francisco Aguabella Latin Jazz Band and Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Jazz Band, 2010 summer jazz concert series line-up is bound to climax to new heights drawing more notable performers as well as providing thousands of additional meals to the needy throughout Los Angeles County.
ABOUT WINE, JAZZ & MOONLIGHT SUMMER CONCERTS:
The summer concerts held every Tuesday evening at Hollywood & Highland Center highlights top local and national jazz musicians at no cost to the public. For a $10 donation, patrons are invited to also enjoy a tasting of selected fine wines while nibbling on an assortment of cheeses, fruits and breads prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering. All proceeds from the wine tasting directly benefit Project Angel Food, a non-profit organization commemorating its 20th anniversary this year.
ABOUT PROJECT ANGEL FOOD (www.angelfood.org):
Founded=2 0by Marianne Williamson, Project Angel Food's mission is to nourish the body and spirit of men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses. Volunteers and staff cook and deliver free and nutritious meals prepared with love throughout Los Angeles County, acting out of a sense of urgency because hunger and illness do not wait.
Their meals, prepared by professional chefs and volunteer assistants are nutritiously appropriate, attractive and always made with the freshest ingredients. Their registered dietitians provide clients with individual, nutritional counseling. There is no charge to clients for these services.
Volunteers, who help in the kitchen and make the deliveries, are a crucial component of the program. While the immediate need fulfilled is the prevention of hunger, these caring individuals also deliver compassion and help reduce the terrible isolation that many people living with serious illnesses often experience.
Clients are grouped into 90 geographically based routes, ranging from Lancaster to Long Beach. Volunteers using their own vehicles deliver from 6 to 10 meals per route. Their central kitchen is located in Hollywood. Meals are also distributed via satellite drop-off points in North Hollywood, Pasadena, Silverlake, Santa Monica, South Central Los Angeles and the Antelope Valley.
Since its inception in 1989, the Project Angel Food Program has prepared and delivered more than 5.7 million meals. Last year, the Project Angel Food Program prepared and delivered 597,975 meals to 2,340 individuals.