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CONCERTS BENEFIT LOCAL CHARITIES — NYSPCC & OPERATION SMILE
NEW ALBUM THE CROSSING LAUNCHES JUNE 19TH
NEXT TOUR DATE IS MARCH 24TH FOR THE ASPEN SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL
New York, NY — Grammy nominated singer/songwriter and New York City native Sophie B Hawkins hit the East Coast this past weekend with concerts in Bay Shore, Long Island, Philadelphia, PA and the Iridium in New York City. She also gave a surprise performance at the Canal Room to an enthusiastic room of 90’s music fans. She performed music from her new album at her concerts — The Crossing — which is her first album released in more than five years and will launch June 19th nationwide. Sophie and her incredible voice have long been compared to Janis Joplin and she brought down the house with her covers of Piece of My Heart and Cry Baby on her tour.
Two of the concerts benefited charities Ms. Hawkins is affiliated with — Operation Smile for the Philadelphia concert and the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) for the NYC Iridium concerts. Sophie, best known for her ’92 hit Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover and the blockbuster As I Lay Me Down is releasing The Crossing June 19th with a limited number of CDs sold exclusively at each of the concerts. Next up, Sophie plays at the Aspen Songwriters Festival March 24th. This past December, her song Life is a Bomb was part of Gary Marshall’s New Year’s Eve soundtrack.
Notable attendees at the New York City and Philadelphia shows included: Doug Denoff Broadway Producer,Craig Haffner Broadway Producer, Thomm Hopke, V.P of Harper Collins Publishing, Joe Allen of famed NY restaurant Joe Allen’s, Tony nominated composer Steve Orich, Broadway producer Steve Orisch, fashion exec Amy Rosi & her partner Peter Rosenthal, publicist Lisa Lori and her husband Mat Lori, Dr. Mary Pulido of the NYSPCC and her husband; and Lauri Catena of Operation Smile and her husband.
Follow Sophie at @therealsophieb or find her on Facebook. For a free download of her new single or info about the tour or THE CROSSING, Love Yourself, visit her website www.sophiebhawkins.com
Press Inquiries: Joanna Scholtz, Lisa Lori Communicatins — 203-228-5090 — email@example.com
NEW YORK, Oct. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Two childhood friends partnered with Operation Smile this holiday season to launch the ”Zachary, Luke or Griffin” Teddy Bears, found exclusively on Operation Smile’s Facebook Giving Catalog at www.operationsmile.org/fbcatalog and through the Operation Smile Web site at www.operationsmile.org/bears. These special bears are named after Lisa Lori’s three sons, all born with facial paralysis. After enduring years of surgeries to give her own children their smiles, Lisa Lori, a publicist, partnered with her childhood friend Kathy Van Zeeland, a handbag designer, to design the commemorative bears to bring comfort to children worldwide suffering from facial deformities. The two friends hope the bears will inspire people to give a smile and emphasize how vital these surgeries are for a child’s life.
Those who donate $240 to help provide a life-changing surgery will be giving a bear to a suffering child, AND will receive one of the commemorative bears for their very own. The bears they give will be sent on Operation Smile medical missions in impoverished countries and given to children suffering from clefts.
In the past three years, each of the Lori boys have undergone two muscle transplant surgeries to enable them to smile among many other benefits. The children’s surgeon – Dr. Ronald Zuker at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto – performed the life-changing surgeries for each of the boys. Dr. Zuker is an Operation Smile medical volunteer and inspired the Loris and Makowskys to find a way to comfort other children in honor of the boys.
“Surgery is scary. When a child goes into surgery they can bring one thing – a blanket or stuffed animal – to comfort them; our children always chose a stuffed animal and we wanted to offer this same comfort to children worldwide,” said Lisa Lori. “We know how transforming a smile can be – a teddy bear, like a smile, is a universal sign of love to all children.”
For more about Zachary, Luke and Griffin and the bears, visit www.operationsmile.org/bears. Kathy Van Zeeland and her husband Bruce Makowsky have underwritten 100 percent of the costs for production of the bears.
“To work with my friend and her boys on this project for Operation Smile has been incredibly inspiring and personally rewarding. The Lori family never gave up, and they came through it all with beautiful smiles on their faces, and love in their hearts,” said Kathy Van Zeeland.
Every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft. One in 10 die before their first birthday. Those who survive are often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. With a network of dedicated medical volunteers, Operation Smile provides free reconstructive surgery for children worldwide who were born with clefts to heal their smiles.
“Lisa, her three sons, and Kathy are incredibly passionate and dedicated to helping children worldwide; given all that Lisa’s sons have endured and accomplished, they are truly an inspiration for us all,” said Kathy Magee, Co-Founder and President of Operation Smile.
Once there were Three Little Bears named Zack, Luke & Griffin and whereever they went there were smiles all around.