Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Night to Remember

October 19, 2012


"We Are Family" A Musical Message for All

I'm busier than usual because I'm directly involved with a number of charitable commitments as well as my normal job. I started this blog because there are many people who, like myself, are struggling with cancer problems specifically, but hardships in general. Life is mainly hardship with moments of happiness.

I try and find good in the most difficult times so I can experience as much happiness as I can control. I try and think of working and giving as fun and rewarding.

I've traveled all around this world since I was a child and I've seen acts of kindness where you'd least expect to find them. People have a great ability to be kind. Regardless of whatever health issues I'm dealing with, my life is fun and rewarding. I've created many songs that have changed my life. "We Are Family" is even the inspiration for my own charitable foundation - and like the song, our programs have reached millions and what we've accomplished in the first eleven years humbles me.

The whole We Are Family Foundation team is working overtime on our upcoming gala. It will take place on Monday, October 29, 2012 at Manhattan Center's Hammerstein Ballroom. We're honoring a few visionary humanitarians: Sting and Trudie Styler, Jeni Stepanek, Ph. D., and Daniel Stern of Reservoir Capitol. Many of my friends will be performing. If the past can forecast the future, it will be A Night to Remember ».

 


Dora The Explorer producer Brown Johnson & me at Peter Gabriel's Witness Gala


I attended and performed with the Oscar nominated IMPACT Repertory Theatre, of which I'm a board member


I try and think of working and giving as fun and rewarding


The building of one of our We Are Family Foundation schools - People have a great ability to be kind


The completed WAFF school with students


Copy of original We Are Family leadsheet


WAFF and Court TV collaborated to produce "Empowering Children in the Aftermath of Hate" in 2002, a 30-minute special that won two Beacon Awards


TEDxTeen is another one of our WAFF programs


Teens from WAFF's Three Dot Dash program listen to presentations from Rachael Chang (Catchafire), Celeste Borttorff (Coca-Cola), Rose J. Flenorl (FedEx)


This almost sums us up in a nutshell because we also have fun


Sting & Trudie Styler WAFF 2012 Humanitarian Honorees


Mattie J.T. Stepanek and his mom Jeni - He was our first and she's our current WAFF Peacemaker Awardee


Daniel Stern President of the Film Society of Lincoln Center


Me and Sir Elton John performing with CHIC at a WAFF gala


Me, Little Steven and Jackson Browne at a WAFF gala


The B-52s at the WAFF gala last year


Me and Miss Piggy at a WAFF gala