CONGREGATION RODEPH SHOLOM AND THE RIVERSIDE CHURCH PRESENT “CELEBRATING
LIFE,”A CONCERT FOR SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN & CHILDREN
Manhattan’s Congregation Rodeph Sholom and The Riverside Church are proud to
jointly present Celebrating Life!, a concert to raise funds for the Project People
Foundation (PPF) and the women and children of South Africa’s townships.
PPF is a New York-based non-profit organization founded in 1995 that builds bridges
between caring communities in the United States and women and students in South
Africa. PPF is helping South Africans as they strive for economic independence and
access to education despite the challenges of apartheid’s legacy, AIDS and poverty.
The concert will be held on October 29, 2009 at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 West
83rd Street, Manhattan, starting at 6:30pm. It will feature a number of distinguished
musical artists, among them Diana Solomon-Glover, noted soprano soloist at The
Riverside Church, and Rebecca Garfein, Senior Cantor at Rodeph Sholom.
Tickets for the October 29 concert are either $36 for reserved seating or $18 for
general admission, and are available on the Project People Foundation website at
For more information contact: Cheryl Pollard, PPF Advisory Board Member —212.870.6702
PPF is proud to welcome Dr. Leon Wessels as the Concert Honorary Patron. Dr. Wessels
embodies the ideals and integrity of PPF. In 1999, Mr. Wessels was appointed by Nelson
Mandela, former President of South Africa as a Commissioner to the South African
Human Rights Commission.
PPF launched its cross-country “Celebrating Life Concert Series” in 2007. The concerts
bring people together to celebrate the diversity within their local communities, and to
build bridges of hope and promise to the people of South Africa. Funds raised from
these concerts help PPF to expand educational and job training programs for women
and youth in the townships surrounding Johannesburg and Cape Town. Concerts held
in Delray Beach, FL, in St. Louis, MO, and at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in
Atlanta, GA have generated over $200,000 for PPF and its work. Past Honorary Chairs
and Patrons have included such luminaries as journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault; former
UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, Stephen Lewis; and Archbishop Desmond Tutu of