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Legendary Singer Nancy Wilson Stars in AIDS Benefit Performance

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International HIV/AIDS Organization with Mission to Stop AIDS Presents, "A Holiday Evening At The Waldorf with Nancy Wilson" Hosted by Actress Lynn Whitfield.

Legendary song stylist Nancy Wilson presents "A Holiday Evening At The Waldorf With Nancy Wilson," a benefit performance for The Balm In Gilead, Inc. a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization with an international mission to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS throughout the African Diaspora.

This benefit gala, hosted by actress Lynn Whitfield, will be held in the Starlight Roof of New York's historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Saturday, December 6, 2003. The reception, commencing at 6:30PM, and the after party will be held in The Palm Room. Individual tickets for this fundraising event are $1,200. For ticket information please call 212-730-7381.

Ms. Nancy Wilson is the evening's guest star performer. Her career spans more than four decades during which she recorded for Capitol records and was second only to the Beatles in sales, surpassing other Capitol artists including Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee and the Beach Boys. Today, the Grammy-winning artist is in demand for concerts around the world. One of the evening's highlights will be Ms. Wilson's original musical medley tribute to the legendary Lena Horne.

Actress Lynn Whitfield, who currently stars in Disney's The Cheetah Girls with actress Raven-Simone, gained recognition for her work in a number of TV dramas, including The Women of Brewster Place (1990). But it was her starring performance in the HBO biopic The Josephine Baker Story, in 1991, that won the actress an Emmy and international acclaim. In 1999, Ms. Whitfield earned an NAACP Image Award nomination for her work in Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Wedding, a 1950's drama in which she was cast as the wealthy mother of a young woman (Halle Berry) intent on marrying a poor White musician.

"This elegant evening not only celebrates one of the world's greatest artists, but increases awareness and raises funds to help stop the HIV/AIDS pandemic that is taking the life out of our communities around the world," says Pernessa Seele, Founder and CEO of The Balm In Gilead, Inc.

The gala has a who's who list of celebrities supporting the event, including legendary actor and entrepreneur Paul Newman, philanthropist and BET co-founder Dr. Sheila Crump Johnson and Essence's Susan L. Taylor. The Honorary Chairperson for this event is renowned American opera singer Jessye Norman, who in 1996 performed Jessye Norman Sings For The Healing of AIDS. That benefit gala included among its special guests Whoopi Goldberg, Elton John and Maya Angelou. The television airing of Jessye Norman Sings For The Healing of AIDS was an Emmy-award winning PBS broadcast special.

The Balm In Gilead, Inc established in 1989, is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization with an international mission to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS throughout the African Diaspora by building the capacity of faith communities to provide HIV/AIDS education and support networks for all people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

The organization currently works in five African countries (Côte d'Ivoire, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Kenya) addressing the devastation of HIV/AIDS. The Balm In Gilead's pioneering achievements have enabled thousands of churches to become leaders in preventing HIV by providing comprehensive educational programs and offering compassionate support to encourage those infected to seek and maintain treatment.

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