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African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC Changemakers Gala Hits All The Right Notes

December 12th, 2013 by Andrzej

As I believe it's important to give back into the community, two or three times a year I shoot pro bono for a charity. A couple of months ago I was asked to donate my time to document this years African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala, which was honoring Connie Britton, the star of the hit TV show Nashville. A couple of weeks ago I showed up at the appointed time for the Gala at City Winery in Soho and was delighted by the evening's entertainment, which included appearances from the African Childrens Choir, Sheryl Crow, Big Kenny from Big & Rich, Chad Smith, drummer with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marty Thomas & His Divas, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley from TV Show Nashville and Broadway singer Saycon Sengbloh with the whole shindig hosted by actress Julia Barnett Tracy. The pictures in this post were taken that night.

The African Childrens Choir was started in 1984 by human rights activist Ray Barnett in the midst of Uganda’s civil war. Thousands of orphaned and starving children had been abandoned and were unable to feed or protect themselves. Barnett was inspired by the singing of a small boy to form the first African Childrens Choir  from the large number of orphaned and vulnerable children in the Kampala and Luwero areas of Uganda. After the Choir was trained to perform and readied for living in new and different cultures, the children travelled from Uganda to tour amongst the North American Church communities.

Audiences were so impressed with their vibrancy and musical talent that the choir quickly raised the profile of the community of abandoned children in Africa from which they'd been chosen. The money they raised through donations provided for their own support and education as well as funding the building of an orphanage in Kampala from which a second African Children’s Choir was selected.

In those early years the choir would tour in the USA, Canada and the UK. The proceeds of their tours, and the sponsorship support they would attract, funded the establishment of literacy schools to enable the most disenfranchised children get a proper education. At this time over a thousand vulnerable children have been through the Choir program and the funds they have generated have provided the opportunity of education and hope for many thousands like them in some of the most desperate and needy areas of Africa. You can support this excellent organization by making a donation at their website.

City Winery ready for the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

City Winery ready for the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Silent Auction at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Silent Auction at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Checking in at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Checking in at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Checking in at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Checking in at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Actress Connie Britton with members of the African Childrens Choir at their 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Actress Connie Britton with members of the African Childrens Choir at their 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Sheryl Crow meeting members of the African Childrens Choir at their 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Sheryl Crow meeting members of the African Childrens Choir at their 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Julia Barnett Tracy, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Connie Britton, Sheryl Crow and Big Kenny with his wife Christiev Alphin and members of the African Childrens Choir at their 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Julia Barnett Tracy, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Connie Britton, Sheryl Crow and Big Kenny with his wife Christiev Alphin and members of the African Childrens Choir at their 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Hostesses at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Hostesses at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

City Winery filling up with people at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

City Winery filling up with people at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith with friends at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith with friends at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Dinner at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Dinner at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Dinner at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Dinner at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Sheryl Crow sitting down for dinner at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Sheryl Crow sitting down for dinner at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Davi Vieira playing his drum at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Davi Vieira playing his drum at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

John Angeles, Dan Weiner, Davi Vieira and Keith Middleton playing drums at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

John Angeles, Dan Weiner, Davi Vieira and Keith Middleton playing drums at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

John Angeles, Dan Weiner, Davi Vieira and Keith Middleton playing drums with the African Childrens Choir at their 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

John Angeles, Dan Weiner, Davi Vieira and Keith Middleton playing drums with the African Childrens Choir at their 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Julia Barnett Tracy hosting the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Julia Barnett Tracy hosting the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Marty Thomas & His Divas performing at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Marty Thomas & His Divas performing at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Sheryl Crow applauding at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Sheryl Crow applauding at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Saycon Sengbloh performing / Kimberly Williams-Paisley honoring Connie Britton at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Saycon Sengbloh performing / Kimberly Williams-Paisley honoring Connie Britton at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Ray Barnett honoring Connie Britton prior to presenting her with the ChangeMaker Award at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Ray Barnett honoring Connie Britton prior to presenting her with the ChangeMaker Award at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Connie Britton accepting her ChangeMaker Award at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Connie Britton accepting her ChangeMaker Award at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

The African Childrens Choir performing at their 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

The African Childrens Choir performing at their 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

The African Childrens Choir performing at their 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

The African Childrens Choir performing at their 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

The African Childrens Choir performing at their 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

The African Childrens Choir performing at their 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Big Kenny holding aloft Sheryl Crow's guitar for auction at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Big Kenny holding aloft Sheryl Crow's guitar for auction at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Big Kenny and Sheryl Crow raising money during the auction at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Big Kenny and Sheryl Crow raising money during the auction at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Actor Alan Cumming won the bid for Sheryl Crow's guitar during the auction at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Actor Alan Cumming won the bid for Sheryl Crow's guitar during the auction at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Connie Britton signing the guitar for auction at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Connie Britton signing the guitar for auction at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Kimberly Williams-Paisley paying for an item she bought at the auction at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Kimberly Williams-Paisley paying for an item she bought at the auction at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Sheryl Crow at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Sheryl Crow at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith playing drums at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith playing drums at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith with members of the African Childrens Choir at their 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith with members of the African Childrens Choir at their 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

The audience bidding in the auction at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

The audience bidding in the auction at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Big Kenny, Connie Britton and Kimberly Williams-Paisley raising money during the auction at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Big Kenny, Connie Britton and Kimberly Williams-Paisley raising money during the auction at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Sheryl Crow won the bid for her own guitar during the auction at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Sheryl Crow won the bid for her own guitar during the auction at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Connie Britton with her old college friends at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Connie Britton with her old college friends at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Big Kenny with his wife Christiev Alphin at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

Big Kenny with his wife Christiev Alphin at the African Childrens Choir 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

African Childrens Choir Board member Inna Nicole Cordiale with her friend Elena at the 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala  © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

African Childrens Choir Board member Inna Nicole Cordiale with her friend Elena at the 5th Annual NYC ChangeMakers Gala © Andrzej Liguz/moreimages.net. Not to be used without permission

 

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