Some of Chicago most renowned music artists, politicians and clergy will join forces to raise funds for three nonprofit organizations in Haiti.
“Chicago’s Hope for Haiti” will feature Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Illinois State Sen. the Rev. James T. Meeks and representatives from the hip-hop, poetry, gospel, jazz and R&B music communities. The event will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at The House of Hope, 752 E. 114th Street in Chicago. Charles Jenkins, pastor of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, is spearheading this effort and has enlisted Grammy-winning recording artist/producer Donald Lawrence to organize the music for the “Chicago’s Hope for Haiti” benefit concert.
“I woke up early Tuesday morning and said to myself, I’ve heard what the NFL, the NBA and what the government is doing for Haiti but I haven’t heard anything about what the church community is doing.” Jenkins said in a news release. “I saw the need to have every part of the Chicago community come together for this tragedy.”
“Chicago’s Hope for Haiti” will be aired live on WJYS. The confirmed talent includes actor/rapper Common on behalf of the Common Ground Foundation, Grammy winner Donald Lawrence and Co., the legendary Shirley Caesar, platinum recording artist Marvin Sapp, Urban AC artist Lalah Hathaway, Comedian George Wilborn, Karen Clark Sheard, poet J. Ivy, Tarrey Torae, jazz saxophonist Steve Cole, gospel artist John P. Kee, and BET TV personality Dr. Bobby Jones.
The proceeds will benefit Yele Haiti (www.yele.org), Samaritan’s Purse (www.samaritanspurse.org) and Hospitals for Humanity (www.hospitalsforhumanity.org). All organizations are currently on the ground in Haiti, providing immediate relief (ranging from food and water to medical care) to earthquake survivors.