An Evening with Angels
February 25, 2002
On Monday, February 25, 2002, The Elevate Hope Foundation held its First Annual Benefit Gala, "An Evening With Angels". It was a rousing success, and the evening was a memorable occasion for all who attended. Representatives from many different branches of the music industry attended in force.
While being treated to delectable food, fun entertainment, and touching stories, attendees were given various opportunities to support EHF's mission to rehabilitate and care for abused, abandoned, and severely emotionally disturbed children.
Special guest speakers included: Jimmy Smits, Cristina Saralegui and Rodney Peete. The entertainment aspect of the evening began, appropriately, with a performance by Sweet Strings, followed by a dance number with the children from the Debbie Allen Dance Academy (DADA).
Later in the evening, Sheila E. and The E-Kids treated the guests to a live performance of the "One Rhythm in Time" album. Combined with anecdotes from the lives of abused children who have benefited from music therapy, the Elevate Hope Foundation drove home their philosophy that children's lives are always changed for the better by music.
The audience was further enchanted by a Celebrity Fantasy "Moulin Rouge" fashion show with designs by Rebecca Richards.
The fun continued with performances by Sheryl Crow, Yolanda Adams, Coolio, Stevie Wonder, Wendy & Lisa, Terry Nunn (of Berlin), and many others, along with a silent and live auctions.
Most artists have a deep desire to give back to the community, and this event was no different. The subject of abused children is tragic, and people don't want to think about it, but the problems cannot be overcome unless people are educated about it and encouraged to do something positive to fix it. The Elevate Hope Foundation is accepting that challenge.