"Chicago's Hope For Haiti" benefit concert

Rapper Common stops by MTV Studios for a taping of MTV's "Total Request Live", Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007 in New York. The show will air on Thursday, Oct. 25. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

February 4, 2010 10:34:28 AM PST
Mega stars ? including Common, Donald Lawrence, Lalah Hathaway and Marvin Sapp --join forces for a benefit concert and telethon for Haiti relief.(Release) Chicago's influential and vibrant Hip Hop, poetry, gospel, jazz and R&B music communities are sponsoring a benefit for three prominent non-profit groups providing recovering relief in Haiti. Charles Jenkins (Pastor of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church) is spearheading this effort; he has enlisted Grammy-winning recording artist/producer Donald Lawrence to organize the music for the "Chicago's Hope for Haiti" chicagohopeforhaiti.org concert to raise money for the survivors of the earthquake. Mayor Richard M. Daley, Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois State Senator Rev. James T. Meeks are scheduled to attend the fund-raiser on Monday, February 8 at 7pm at The House of Hope in Chicago.

"I woke up early Tuesday morning and said to myself, I've heard what the NFL is doing, for Haiti," Rev. Jenkins says. "I've heard what the NBA is doing. I've heard what the Government is doing, but I haven't heard anything about what the church and the community were doing together. I saw the need to have every part of the community come together for this tragedy."

The concert, also a telethon, will be aired live on WJYS TV from the 10,000 seat, House of Hope at 752 E. 114th Street in Chicago. The confirmed talent includes Grammy winner rapper/actor Common on behalf of the Common Ground Foundation; Grammy winner Donald Lawrence & Co.; Grammy nominated Lalah Hathaway; the legendary Shirley Caesar; Platinum Recording Artist Marvin Sapp; Comedian George Wilborn; Karen Clark Sheard; poet J. Ivy; Tarrey Torae; Jazz Saxophonist Steve Cole, Gospel great John P. Kee, and BET TV gospel personality Dr. Bobby Jones. They will be joined by invited members of the Haitian Community.

The proceeds of the concert will go directly to Yele Haiti (yele.org), Samaritan's Purse (samartianspurse.org) and International Childcare (internationalchildcare.org), which is supported by Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul, who has family in Haiti. All organizations are currently on the ground in Haiti, providing immediate relief (ranging from food and water to medical care) to the survivors of this horrific earthquake. The law firm Pugh, Jones, Johnson & Quandt, P.C. has been retained to oversee the distribution of funds to the selected foundations. For more information, visit chicagohopeforhaiti.org.

Monday, February 8 at 7 pm.
House of Hope
752 E. 114th Street, Chicago