Steven Van Zandt Presents Teen Band “Creation” with Special Honor from We Are Family Foundation

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Steven Van Zandt presented the teen band Creation with a Special Recognition Award from the We Are Family Foundation (WAFF) at the Foundation’s Fourth Annual Celebration held April 25th at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.

Creation, comprised of six 13-year-olds, was honored by We Are Family Floundation for their commitment to making a difference in the lives of children and their global message of peace and tolerance. 100% of the proceeds from their new World Without Windows CD is being donated to WAFF -- a charity organization that is dedicated to promoting diversity, understanding, respect and the vision of a global family.

Steven Van Zandt presented the teens their award at the Fourth Annual We Are Family Annual Celebration.

In December 2005, these extraordinary children performed at a benefit concert in New York City and raised over $55,000; enough money to fund the building of a school being built by Building with Books (BwB) in Mali, Africa, send 10 U.S. high school students from BwB after school programs along to assist with building the school, and fund other WAFF educational programs.

“It was an honor to be acknowledged for all of our hard work with such a beautiful award in the setting it was held,” said Raechel of Creation. “We felt so special to be honored at the same time as honorees, Quincy Jones, Sir Elton John and Tommy Hilfiger, people we've looked up to our entire lives. The warmth we received added to our already strong ambition to continue our mission and help change the world, one beat at a time.”

Former President Jimmy Carter and Rosalyn Carter sent a letter to WAFF calling the teens “…truly inspirational individuals who have become positive role models to their peers through their music and message of bringing people together.”

Also honored at the event, hosted by talk show host Montel Williams, were Sir Elton John, Tommy Hilfiger, Quincy Jones and The Comcast Family of Companies. A host of other celebrities attended the cocktail party before the awards ceremony including Katie Couric and Gayle King.

Creation’s fan base includes former president Bill Clinton, legendary saxophonist Clarence Clemons and world renowned songwriter/producer Nile Rodgers, who co-wrote the hit song “We Are Family,” recorded by Sister Sledge in 1979, and founded the We Are Family Foundation (WAFF) in 2002. Most recently Creation performed at the US Doctors for Africa Gala Benefit in Washington DC, where they also met with Congressman Towns and toured Capitol Hill, and were interviewed on his television show.

Creation – seventh graders Thomas (bass/vocals), Raechel (lead vocals/guitar), Peter (keyboards), Sam (drums/percussion), Molly (lead vocals/guitar) and Josh (lead guitar) – formed two years ago to rock out their message of diversity and multiculturalism, and that they do in full force in World Without Windows.

Produced by Kids Creation Music LLC, the CD is filled with 10 original tunes of engaging, dance-inducing rock anthems ripe with passionate, thought-provoking lyrics. The CD retails for $15.00.

About We Are Family Foundation

We Are Family began in response to tragic events of September 11, 2001. Legendary songwriter/producer Nile Rodgers and Tommy Boy Music president, Tom Silverman, gathered 200 celebrities on the weekend of September 22nd to re-record Nile’s world renowned hit song “We Are Family” to commence the healing process. The event was captured on film as a documentary by director Danny Schechter entitled “The Making and Meaning of We Are Family” and a music video by director Spike Lee. The music video aired as a public service announcement simultaneously on Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and PBS on March 11, 2002 with a unified message of the importance of a global family. Nile had no idea that the hit song he and his late music partner Bernard Edwards wrote for Sister Sledge in 1979 would be a part of history again by helping to bring people together and give them hope that we can live together in a peaceful world. The We Are Family Foundation was formed in 2002 and celebrates our common humanity and the vision of a global family by creating and supporting programs, which inspire and educate individuals of all ages about diversity, understanding, respect and multiculturalism and to support those who are victims of intolerance.

About Building with Books

Building with Books (BwB) is a not-for-profit organization that engages primarily urban youth through after-school programs and in their classrooms. BwB integrates global education presentations into social studies classes, and through their after-school programs students contribute intensive community service while helping to actually build schools in developing countries around the world. BwB has established these programs in schools in New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California and Illinois. In the past year, students in the U.S. contributed nearly 60,000 hours of service working with elders homeless and young children through BwB. Since BwB began in 1991, BwB has built schools in remote villages of developing countries on four continents. BwB has just completed construction of their 150th school. There are now more than 65,000 children and parents that have attended BwB schools built world-wide.

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