Amy Winehouse Foundation Planning First US Event
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.25.2013
Expanding their reach...
Billboard reports that the Amy Winehouse Foundation is planning its first US fundraiser.
Mitch Winehouse said the organization was created to continue Amy's practice of taking care of homeless people and needy children. He said: "There's another part to her character and persona very few people knew about, and that was her gentleness and warmheartedness."
The first US fund-raising event will be held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York on March 21, the one-year anniversary of its US launch. The first ever Amy Winehouse Inspiration Awards & Gala will honor Tony Bennett, who recorded "Body and Soul" Amy and donated $220,000 to the foundation. Other honorees include Nas, Salaam Remi and Elhadj "Moe" Kane. Among the performers are Jennifer Hudson and Wyclef Jean.
The organization was created in the UK two years ago after Amy's death. It provides funding to music education programs for young people, as well as drug rehabilitation and prevention tools. The UK charity has earned £500,000 ($755,550). In the US, it provided thousands of dollars to the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.
Winehouse, who also donated proceeds of his 2012 memoir (Amy, My Daughter) to the fund, said: "People say what a great job we've done with the foundation but, really, we've just been continuing the work Amy was doing."
The US executive director of the group, Julie Muraco, added: "We're looking across the country to put a footprint down. It will be in areas that may be overlooked or underserved by larger foundations."
Mitch also says the family may release future Amy Winehouse projects. The last album was 2011's Lioness: Hidden Treasures, which was #5 on the Billboard 200 with 460,000 copies sold. He said: "The music side of it is at an end. I'm not saying there won't be another album, but there's not a lot of unreleased, undiscovered stuff out there from Amy."