The Ayala Foundation USA announces that Tony Award Winner Lea Salonga will appear in a special performance for the victims of Typhoon “Ondoy” to be held at The Philippine Center’s Kalayaan Hall on Monday, October 12th @ 7pm. The Philippine Center is located at 556 Fifth Avenue (btwn. 45th and 46th Sts.) in New York.
The typhoon, which resulted to the country’s worst flooding disaster in over 40 years, has displaced over 450,000 people and left 380,000 living in makeshift shelters. There are 246 known to have died in severe flooding caused by the typhoon which struck on Saturday, September 26th.
Victor Lirio, who is co-producing the event with Ayala Foundation USA, said in a joint statement with Lea Salonga: “This was a very quick planning decision over a cell phone conversation last night. Lea will be in town for a brief period of time. She altered her plans to do this. Both Lea and I feel that we have a responsibility to help our kababayans who are suffering and in dire need of relief and assistance. We have to put in our share, no matter how small. Every little bit counts, right?” He added: “We are grateful to the Ayala Foundation for providing the system and for the support of the Philippine Consulate General to make this happen.”
LIMITED NUMBER OF SEATS
Tickets available at http://leasalongaondoybenefit.eventbrite.com
$50 General Admission
$150 VIP Admission/Donation which includes a 6:30pm pre-show cocktail reception
$500 Prime Seats Admission/Donation and 6:30pm pre-show cocktail reception
All proceeds to benefit the typhoon relief fund
AF-USA is waiving any service fee for all Typhoon related donations starting today, October 2, 2009 until end of October 2009. AF-USA is a 501c3 organization. As such, all donations coursed through AF-USA are tax deductible in the US.
For ONLINE donations: Go to http://af-usa.org/donate_now_form.asp Select “AF-USA Typhoon Relief Fund” in the box marked “Donation For.”
For CHECK donations: Make check to payable to Ayala Foundation USA at 255 Shoreline Drive, Suite 428, Redwood City, CA 94065. Please put “flood victims” on the memo portion of your check. For questions, please firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT AYALA FOUNDATION USA
Ayala Foundation USA (www.af-usa.org) is a public charity registered as a 501© 3 tax-exempt organization. As the bridge between US-based Filipino individuals and communities, and Philippine-based social development institutions, AF-USA becomes a mechanism by which donations and other forms of support can reach intended beneficiaries in the Philippines. Ayala Foundation USA is coordinating with Ayala Foundation, Inc and other groups conducting major relief efforts. The donations you send will be brought to areas where the need is greatest and areas that have not yet been reached by groups doing disaster relief mobilization.
ABOUT DIVERSE CITY THEATER COMPANY
Formed in 2003, DIVERSE CITY THEATER COMPANY (“DCT”) develops and produces powerful and thought-provoking works that examine our society’s diversity issues from social, cultural, gender and demographic perspectives. DCT advocates the non-traditional casting of actors to reflect the rich spectrum of the national culture and the universality of the human condition. In 2007, DCT’s production of Snapshots was the New York Times Critics Choice for New and Noteworthy. The company’s 2008 critically-acclaimed production of Cassandra Medley’s Noon Day Sun was selected as Time Out New York’s Critics Pick, featured on NBC’s “Best Bets,” and recipient of Audelco Award nominations for Best Dramatic Production of the Year and Best Play. In addition, DCT is the recipient of two nominations for Actors’ Equity Association’s The Rosetta Lenoire Award for “outstanding contributions made to the universality of the human spirit in the American theatre.” Now in its sixth season, DCT is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) theater organization. For more information about DCT, visit www.diversecitytheater.org.
Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and a multimedia journalist. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for AsianConnections.com. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden. She is currently working on several botanical portrait commissions for the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation Art Collection and on a book of portraits of her favorite Asian American men in the arts and space.
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