A celebrity photographer, Jerritt Clark, not a paparazzi like me, that I follow on Twitter was promoting a party in NYC that benefits kids in Camden, NJ. So I wrote him and asked him about it.
I went on a 3day trip with a gentleman by the name of Tony Campolo who recommended the program to me as something I may want to get involved in. Tony is the founder of the EAPE and was religious advisor to the Clinton family during his presidency. I got involved in the summer of 2004 when I stayed in Camden and worked with Urban Promise for 13 weeks. I have stayed close with the kids in Camden and the program itself and I try to help out when possible. NYC is my home but Camden will always have a part of my soul and heart because being there has changed my life in so many ways.
Attached is the information and invite to the fundraiser I am doing April 1st at The Eldridge to send 15 poverty stricken youth to DisneyLand in California. We are looking to raise as much of the $13,000 needed to fund this trip as possible. If you have any items you would like to donate for auction or if you or anyone you know has a way to offset some of the costs of this amazing trip (i.e. park entry tickets etc) let me know. The children range in age from 11-14 years old and will be accompanied by 7 young adult staff members at UrbanPromise some of whom have grown up though the program and have returned to ensure that those younger than them can see that it is possible to succeed even in America's most negative environment. I would love it if you were able to stop by and help show support. This charity and these kids mean a lot to me and I've worked closely with them for 6 years now. I look forward to seeing you April 1st. My contact info is below should you have any questions or to coordinate on donations.
When: Thursday, April 1st 2010
8:00pm -11:00 pm (Open Bar 8-9pm)
Music By: DJ Cassidy
Where: The Eldridge
247 Eldridge St
New York, NY
Cost: $20 Donation at the door.
So even if you can't attend the party on April 1, perhaps check out UrbanPromise and see if you can help them reach their goal of going to Disneyland.
(And for some celebrity drama follow jerrittclark on Twitter.)