Ne-Yo – Multi-Platinum Recording Artist, Songwriter, Actor and Philanthropist – completed a whirlwind charitable tour beginning in Las Vegas and concluding in Washington, DC, with stops in Chicago, Boston and Orlando along the way. Ne-Yo and the Compound Foundation were welcomed into the Boys & Girls Club and The Kids House in Orlando to present the Compound Foundation’s ‘Giving Tour’ for 4,000 children of the Foster Care and Group Home systems. Ne-Yo, joined by Adrienne Bailon (Actress/Singer), Angela Simmons (Entrepreneur), LaShawn Merritt (2-time 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 400m), Lt. Col. Alex Cole (pilot for First Lady Michelle Obama) and Darren Henson (Professional Skateboarder and SE Washington, DC native) in his successful efforts of sharing holiday cheer to children across the country.
“This Giving Tour is needed, and it is my pleasure and my responsibility to show our future leaders, dreams can come true and I am living, breathing proof of this,” said Ne-Yo “No child should be deprived of the celebration that comes with the holiday season”.
“The Giving Tour is rooted in our commitment to the uplift youth growing in the welfare system within underprivileged communities. The Christmas season is all about giving of yourself – That’s the true meaning of Christmas. Helping those that are less fortunate than ourselves – That’s what this time of year is all about. We are pleased to continue the program for a fourth year and are excited to enter new markets in 2011. Our annual events aim to ensure that foster youth experience the rights and privileges of childhood all children are entitled to, such as holiday giving and traditions.” says Ne-Yo “I am also pleased to be joined, for the second year, by Angela and Vanessa Simmons. They will join us and actively sign autographs, taking photographs with those in attendance and distributing their Pastry products.”
The four-city celebration tour kicked off in Las Vegas on Wednesday, December 7th; then moved to Chicago on Thursday, December 8th; and then to Boston on Friday, December 9th; Orlando on Saturday December 10th and finally to Washington D.C. on Sunday, December 11th.
About The Compound Foundation
The Compound Foundation was founded in 2007 by Shaffer “Ne-Yo” Smith and his business partner Reynell Hay to enhance the well-being of youth growing up in foster care and group homes. The Foundation’s goal is to support bright futures for young people by helping them to forge healthy relationships, pursue education and training, and realize their dreams. For additional information visit: www.compoundfoundation.org