THE STARS OF BROADWAY SHINE ON THE DEAEF
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mark Logsdon
Phone: (615) 327-0100
THE DEA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION LAUNCHES ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION WITH “THE STARS OF BROADWAY SHINE ON THE DEAEF” BENEFIT
The Drug Enforcement Administration Educational Foundation (DEAEF) embarks on its 20th Anniversary with a virtual benefit “The Stars of Broadway Shine on the DEAEF” airing on Thursday, March 25 at 8 PM ET. The event will be hosted by Broadway legends Gary Morris (Les Misérables & La Bohéme) and Rema Webb (The Color Purple, The Lion King, The Book of Mormon, etc.). The broadcast will also feature appearances by Max Bartos (Sing Street), Alexandra Billings (Wicked), Danny Gardner (NY Spectacular starring the Rockettes & Dames at Sea), Larry Gatlin (The Will Rogers Follies), Kelli James (Les Misérables), Chrissie Levasseur (Les Misérables), Eric Nelsen (Tony Award Nominee - The Inheritance), Michael James Scott (Aladdin), Emily Skinner (Tony Award Nominee - Side Show, The Cher Show, Prince of Broadway, Billy Elliott & The Full Monty), Rena Strober (Les Misérables) and many more. Special remarks will also be given by the DEAEF’s President and CEO, Jill L. Roberts, and DEA’s Chief of Community Outreach, Sean Fearns.
"The Foundation is thrilled to celebrate 20 years of impact with so many impressive stars from Broadway! Throughout the event we will highlight the work of our inspiring instructors, coaches and educators who strive to make a difference every day so that we can prevent drug abuse and never lose a life or a dream. We will also commend our youth for their bravery and for focusing on positive outlets, especially during these challenging times." -- Jill L. Roberts, DEAEF’s President and CEO
"The work of the DEA Educational Foundation is worthy of global recognition. The lives of young people from New York to LA in cities small and large have been directed away from drugs and replaced with athletics, dance and more. I’m excited to virtually share the stage with friends and truly spectacular talent." -- Gary Morris
"Mentors are everything. They can be one's guiding force, especially when the noise of life is swirling around. Through my own work with youth, I see the impact of positive programming, caring instructors and healthy expression through the arts. Programs such as those offered by the DEA Educational Foundation give children the opportunity to participate in engaging and meaningful activities, all while guiding them to a fulfilling life free of substance abuse."
-- Rema Webb
To register for "The Stars of Broadway Shine on the DEAEF: 20 Years of Inspiring Our Youth & Communities” event, visit broadway.deaeducationalfoundation.org. Admission is free, donations are encouraged.
The extraordinary event will celebrate the DEA Educational Foundation’s two-decade span of making an impact on our youth and communities. Through education and prevention, the DEAEF provides the public with critical information about the dangers of drug abuse and instills hope through our positive and healthy after-school programs. The foundation continues to inspire youth by building their confidence, providing a safe outlet for self-expression, and offering an opportunity to focus on team building, all while under the supervision of a dynamic mentor.
In the words of some of Broadway's most iconic numbers, help the DEAEF guarantee that "we can't stop the beat" (Hairspray) and provide a platform for our youth to be on a path to "defying gravity" (Wicked). There is "no day but today" (Rent) to pledge your commitment and join us by securing these enrichment opportunities for "one day more" (Les Misérables). Don't miss this show highlighting "simply the best" (Tina! the Tina Turner Musical) of Broadway.
About the DEA Educational Foundation
The Drug Enforcement Administration Educational Foundation (DEAEF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a goal to educate the public on the costs and consequences of illegal drugs in society. The foundation supports the DEA through outreach, advocacy and educational programs.
With youth mentorship programs like the Youth Dance Program, the DEAEF provides free afterschool activities to promote fun, healthy and expressive art forms in over fifty cities. Traveling museum exhibits create interactive experiences for students, teachers and parents to learn about the costs and consequences of illegal drug use. The foundation has also been working on a new development called The RX Factor, which is a 1,000 square foot exhibit housed entirely inside a high-tech tractor trailer truck. The RX Factor will tour the U.S. to educate the public on the prescription drug abuse epidemic.
The DEA Educational Foundation completes its mission and goals surrounding drug education and alternatives through contributions, both large and small. Through its many programs and seminars, the DEAEF aims to encourage young people to avoid the consequences of drug addiction. “Behind every gift there is a story filled with compassion, combined with a fervent desire to be a part of an organization that educates our children, our teachers, and our families about the dangers of drug abuse,” - Drug Enforcement Administration Educational Foundation.
For more information on the DEA Educational Foundation, visit www.deaeducationalfoundation.org.
About Gary Morris
Gary Morris is known world-wide for his vocal mastery, able to hold audiences mesmerized and overwhelmed by the pure beauty and inspiration of his voice. His recording career garnered five #1 and 16 Top 10 singles, including “Why Lady Why,” “The Love She Found in Me” and “Baby Bye Bye.” Morris’ original rendition of the classic “Wind Beneath My Wings” won both the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music “Song of the Year” awards. Morris was also named Billboard’s “Male Artist of the Year” early in his career. At the height of his Nashville recording career, the Texas-bred tenor was tapped to play the lead role of Jean Valjean in Broadway’s epic hit “Les Misérables,” to critical acclaim. This role led to a Drama Desk Award nomination. His famous rendition of “Bring Him Home” on the platinum-selling, Grammy Award-winning international cast album resulted in a Command Performance by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Additional Broadway roles include Rodolfo in the production of Puccini’s opera “La Bohéme.”
Morris’ love of the great outdoors, combined with his respect and compassion for veterans, has resulted in his affiliation with Fly Fishers International and its Abilene Fly Fishers club. Gary's passion for wounded veterans also motivated him to make his Mountain Spirit Ranch a place where veterans suffering from PTSD can experience the therapeutic properties of the serene sport of fly fishing to treat PTSD and other combat-related conditions.
Whether he is melting hearts with this voice and music, amazing New York City critics with his acting, using his outdoor experience to teach others respect for the environment, or using his gifts to help our wounded service men and women through a difficult time in their lives, there is no doubt Gary Morris is impacting the world with his gifts and passion.
Morris' most recent album is "Sense of Pride."
AWARDS: Billboards New Male Artist of the Year 1982; ACM Single of the Year 1984 for “Wind Beneath My Wings”
To stay updated on Gary Morris, visit the following:
Facebook: Gary Morris Music
YouTube: Gary Morris
About Rema Webb
This Broadway leading lady most recently appeared with the NJ Symphony Orchestra and anchored her one-woman show titled To Ella & Judy With Love. Throughout her career, her Broadway Credits include: Escape to Margaritaville, The Color Purple, Violet, The Lion King, The Book of Mormon, & Ragtime. Off-Broadway & regional credits include: Speak on it: The Fannie Lou Hamer Story, Unmasked, Footloose, Disney’s Hercules, Little Shop of Horrors, The Cradle Will Rock, The Colored Museum, A New Brain, You’re Standing In My Way: A New Song Cycle and Being Alive. Rema serves as the Founder/Executive of the performing arts school On Broadway Performing Arts Training Program. To discover more visit: www.onbroadway-patp.com.
To stay updated on Rema Webb, visit the following:
YouTube: Rema Webb
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For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Mark Logsdon at firstname.lastname@example.org or (615) 327-0100.