Queen Noor of Jordan Joins Celine Dion, Enrique Iglesias and Other Top Recording Artists for Ronald McDonald House Charities 'Awards Of Excellence'
Mega Event in Chicago to Herald World Children's Day at McDonald's
Sep 12, 2002
WHO: A gathering of the world's top recording artists, including diva Celine Dion; Latin singing sensation Enrique Iglesias; 14 time Grammy award-winning composer, musician and performer David Foster; pop idol Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys; double platinum artist and sensation Josh Groban (Olympic closing ceremonies, "Ally McBeal" season finale, 9-11 special); legendary singer and songwriter Peter Cetera (lead singer of the group Chicago); Gospel siren Yolanda Adams; R&B performer Nita Whitaker; among others, will perform together for the first time ... Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan; leading pediatric oncologist, surgeon and Harvard professor Dr. Judah Folkman; and adoption philanthropist /McDonald's operator Dawn Degenhardt will receive "Awards of Excellence" for their outstanding work on behalf of children ... WHAT: at the 2002 Ronald McDonald House Charities "Awards of Excellence" black tie celebration and all-star concert Saturday, Sept. 14 at Arie Crown Theatre and McCormick Place. This event launches McDonald's World Children's Day taking place November 20, 2002-an unprecedented worldwide fundraising effort where participating McDonald's restaurants in 121 countries and 46 million people will raise funds to help children. WHEN/WHERE: Two press opportunities - Friday and Saturday this week Fri., Celine Dion & Concert for World Children's Day Performers Sept. 13 Press Conference 2 p.m. McCormick Place, Room 255, outside Arie Crown Theatre Celebrity press conference with Celine Dion and all stars listed in first paragraph, Jack Greenberg, Chairman & CEO of McDonald's Corp. and Ken Barun, President and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities Sat., Photo and Interview Opportunity with Her Majesty Queen Noor Sept. 14 Hyatt McCormick Hotel, 2233 S. Martin Luther King Dr., 5:30 p.m. Regency A room Photo and interview opportunity with Her Majesty Queen Noor, McDonald's Chairman & CEO Jack Greenberg and Ken Barun, President and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities BACKGROUND: Close to 4,000 people will gather at this event to celebrate the work of individuals who make a significant contribution to improve the lives of children. Queen Noor and Dr. Folkman will receive $100,000 each to be donated to the cause of their choice. Renowned recording artists will lend their voices in a special Concert for World Children's Day to help McDonald's worldwide fundraising effort. On November 14, 7 p.m. CST, this all-star concert will be broadcast on ABC-TV leading up to the historic McDonald's "World Children's Day" on Nov. 20. (In the U.S., $1 from every Egg McMuffin, Big Mac, Happy Meal and Mighty Kids Meal will be donated to RMHC to help children). Recently named one of America's top 100 Charities by Worth magazine, Ronald McDonald House Charities has awarded more than $340 million to children's programs. CONTACT: Jill Sterling/Louise Edwards Margie Korshak Inc. (312) 751-5518 (312) 751-5511 (cell: 312/636-7977)
PRNewswire -- Sept. 12
SOURCE: Ronald McDonald House Charities
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