"Calabria pro Zambia: Bridge of Solidarity" Kicks Off its First Fund-raiser with the "Jerome Hines Memorial World Peace Concert"

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Soprano: Ines Salazar. Guest of Honor: former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

On Wednesday, January 17 the "Jerome Hines Memorial World Peace Concert" in Michelangelo's monumental Basilica Santa Maria degli Angeli e Martiri officially opened the fund-raiser campaign for the non-profit "Calabria pro Zambia: Bridge of Solidarity." The event, organized in collaboration with Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, the Foedus Foundation and the Paolo di Tarso Foundation, is a spiritual musical journey, which includes selections from "I Am The Way," by Metropolitan Opera's late Basso Jerome Hines. Featured performers will be world acclaimed Soprano Ines Salazar, the Schola Cantorum of S. Maria degli Angeli and the Orchestra Nuova Filarmonica in Roma, directed by Osvaldo Guidotti.

The charity will use the proceeds of the concert to finance the construction of medical and educational facilities in Zambia, as well as an orphanage and other structures to help relieve the suffering of Zambia's children. Along with Mr. Giuliani as guest of honor, are other distinguished dignitaries, representatives of the Italian cultural and industrial world, spiritual leaders of the Orthodox Church, and the Islamic community.

"We have a moral obligation to continue our mission in Zambia, one of the poorest country in the world beset by unacceptable conditions, causing hunger and widespread devastating diseases like malaria, leprosy, and HIV/AIDS," says H.E. Mons. Domenico Cortese, Bishop of Mileto-Nicotera-Tropea (Calabria) and president of Calabria pro Zambia. "By helping them we better ourselves as humans and as Christians."

For any additional information about "Calabria pro Zambia", donations and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Giuseppe Blanda (Santa Maria degli Angeli) at +39 06 69190249.

Contacts:

Daniela Puglielli (USA) 908 212 7846 t Gilda Bello 348 513 4890

Donatella Bruni 333 213 8144 ttFabio Gallo 349 0700631

Fondazione Foedus: 3394684560

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