Thursday, January 3, 2008
Patti and Kelly Lost, but are Still Winners
Ms. Kelly's choir may have come in 5th place on NBC's "Clash of the Choirs," but she still received $50,000 from General Electric to donate to her hometown charity. Team Rowland sang to support the Bread of Life, Inc., a non-profit organization associated with Kelly Rowland's church, St. John's United Methodist in Houston,Texas. Kelly and Beyonce Knowles, donated over $250,000 to augment the church's work and outreach in the community. The organization now has a transitional housing unit named in their honor, "The Knowles-Rowland Temenos Place Apartments," where at-risk families, the homeless, persons with HIV/AIDS, and developmentally disabled receive free temporary or long-term housing.
Patti LaBelle's choir received $50,000 as well, to support her hometown charities The Abramson Cancer Center & With Our Voices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Abramson Cancer Center is a national leader in cancer research, patient care, and education. The monetary contribution will go towards With Our Voices, a special research and outreach program for African Americans in the Philadelphia area to improve their access and usage of cancer screenings in breast, ovarian and prostate cancer.