NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Famed singer/songwriter/producer Nona Hendryx will address the latest graduates of the Housing Works Job Training Program at their commencement ceremony on Friday, May 29. The New York-based political advocacy group provides homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS and their families with housing, meals, medical care, drug treatment, social support, employment opportunities and other lifesaving services.
Hendryx, one-third of performance supergroup Labelle, has often expressed her concern for the problems affecting our society today. As such, she is presenting a special event, “HopeStock: Music To Bailout Your Soul,” which will take place on Thursday, June 11 at Lincoln Center’s Merkin Hall. Billed as a Night of Hope and Harmony, HopeStock will feature an eclectic mix of NYC-based artists whose songs touch the heart and rouse the soul, creating avenues of awareness.
Housing Works, an organization which is especially committed to serving those who have difficulty obtaining services elsewhere because they struggle with mental illness or chemical dependency, is a sponsor for HopeStock.
Says Charles King, President and CEO for Housing Work: “Through political advocacy, Housing Works and its clients fight to ensure that homeless and low-income people worldwide who are living with HIV/AIDS have access to adequate housing, meals, medical care, drug treatment, social support, employment opportunities and other services fundamental to health and happiness.”
Adds Hendryx: “In these times of economic uncertainty, we are all searching for solutions to everyday problems. Affordable housing, proper healthcare, and financial security are not as easily attainable as they were in our recent past. Music continues to be an inspiring antidote to these kinds of challenges, offering a reservoir of hope, and nurturing the human spirit.”
Grammy nominated indie soul sensation Maiysha, who is one of the artists appearing in the HopeStock concert, will perform at the graduation as well. Other musical artists on the HopeStock concert bill are spine-tingling baritone Giuseppe Spoletini, scintillating song stylist Mark Anthony Lee, and riveting singer-songwriter Beth Arentsen and her piano-cello-drum trio. Genre-bending a cappella group Sirens of Shrine will also lend their voices to the evening. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers