Legendary musician, singer, songwriter and passionate activist Pete Seeger is the recipient of the 2010 WhyHunger Chapin Award. Thirty-five years ago Pete, along with Harry Chapin and Tom Chapin, performed the very first benefit concert to raise money for World Hunger Year. Pete taught us to think globally and act locally. Through his music and life, Pete focused the world’s attention on poverty, hunger, racism, the environment, waterways, war and peace.
On Monday, June 21 at Gotham Hall in New York City, WhyHunger will celebrate its 35th anniversary by paying tribute to the 2010 WhyHunger Chapin Award honorees including the grassroots winners of the Harry Chapin Self-Reliance Awards. These awards will be given in recognition of their inspiring work and dedication on issues of hunger and poverty on a local, national and global level. The annual dinner will be hosted by three-time Grammy Award winner Tom Chapin. Founded in 1975, WHY is a leader in the fight against hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.
Fellow recipients at the event also include Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson, as well at Growing Home.
Growing Home is an organization that provides job training for homeless and low-income individuals in Chicago through a social enterprise business based on organic agriculture. Ashford and Simpson, 2010’s ASCAP-Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award recipients, are one of the most successful songwriting duos in the history of pop music and have earned 22 gold and platinum albums over the course of their career. In the tradition of WhyHunger cofounder Harry Chapin, the duo steeped themselves in humanitarian projects. They performed at Live Aid in 1985 and Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday. Val is on the ASCAP Board of Directors and is a spokesperson for the Speaking of Woman’s Health organization. Nick serves on the Board for George Faison’s Firehouse Theatre. They regularly perform at charity events, such as Atlanta’s 24th Annual Mayor’s MASKED Ball; and in support of the United Negro College Fund.
For more information on the event, go to www.whyhunger.org/dinner