We Are Family Foundation 2013 Celebration Gala 2.0

Kate Pierson, Adam Lambert, Taylor Dayne and Nile Rodgers at We Are Family Foundation 2013 Celebration Gala 2.0

Kate Pierson, Adam Lambert, Taylor Dayne and Nile Rodgers at We Are Family Foundation 2013 Celebration Gala 2.0

 

The night kicked off with a star-studded red carpet and cocktail hour where guests mingled and congratulated extraordinary global citizens Adam Lambert and fellow honorees, Jeni Stepanek, Ph.D. and Reservoir Capital Group founder Daniel H. Stern, as well as a group of 21 extraordinary teenagers who are part of WAFF’s Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leader program. Other notable attendees included WAFF President Nancy Hunt; WAFF Director Emeritus & Television Host Montel Williams; WAFF WAFF Director Emeritus & Tommy Boy Entertainment Founder & CEO Tom Silverman; WAFF Board of Governors member & The B-52’s Singer Kate Pierson; Musician & Model Bebe Buell; Musician & Producer Jim Wallerstein; New York Giants Cornerback Justin Tryon; Actress Sean Young; Power 105.1 Radio Personality Angela Yee; Real Housewives of New York City Aviva Drescher, LuAnn De Lesseps, Ramona Singer and husband Mario; The Smiths Bass Guitarist Andy Rourke; The Village People singer Randy Jones; Author & Television Personality Kelly Cutrone; Hip Hop Artist Q-Tip; Celebrity Hairstylist Angelo David; Celebrity Psychic Thomas John; Celebrity Eyebrow Stylist Joey Healy; Television Personality, Founder & CEO, Over 40 Females Judy Goss; Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff; Celebrity DJ & Founder of Rasa Music Donna D’Cruz; Love & Hip Hop Star Lore’l; Singer, Songwriter & Radio Personality Fonzi Thornton; Rock Keyboardist Rob Sabino; Former Ford Models CEO Katie Ford; United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria Ray Chambers; Percussionist & Drummer Gerardo Velez; Architect, Designer, Founder & Rockwell Group CEO David Rockwell; Documentary Filmmaker & Portrait Photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders; Warner Bros. Records Vice President & Sire Records Co-Founder Seymour Stein; and WAFF Board of Governors member & Entertainment Industry Executive Michael Ostin.
Adam Lambert at We Are Family Foundation 2013 Celebration Gala 2.0

Adam Lambert at We Are Family Foundation 2013 Celebration Gala 2.0

 

After an introduction by WAFF Board of Governors members Rosie Perez, who wore a jumpsuit by Lorena Sarbu, and Simon Cohen, 21 Global Teen Leaders from eight different countries spoke about their experiences with the program and how they have been able to affect positive change in the world.

 

Adam Lambert received the Unity Award for his commitment to spreading peaceful messages through their music. This year, Lambert graciously donated his 31st birthday, January 29, 2013, to WAFF, asking his fans, friends and family to donate to the cause. Those who donate $31 or more to the cause will be able to record a 10-second video birthday message to Lambert, which will be included in what WAFF hopes will be the “World’s Biggest Birthday Card.” Those who donate less than $31 will still have a chance to sign birthday card as well. Lambert’s birthday card donations have raised close to $45,000 so far.
Adam Lambert and Nile Rodgers at We Are Family Foundation 2013 Celebration Gala 2.0

Adam Lambert and Nile Rodgers at We Are Family Foundation 2013 Celebration Gala 2.0

 

Jeni Stepanek, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation, received the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award, named in honor of her late son, 13-year-old poet and peacemaker, Mattie J.T. Stepanek, for her significant contribution toward promoting a peaceful society. Daniel H. Stern, founder of Reservoir Capital Group, was honored with the Visionary Award for his extraordinary local and global philanthropic contributions.

 

Celebrating the honor, Lambert later took to the stage with Sam Sparro and music legend Nile Rodgers for their first performance of ‘Shady’, a track which they collaborated on for Adam’s second album “Trespassing”. Afterward, Nile Rodgers and CHIC took over, performing such iconic tunes as “Le Freak,” “Everybody Dance,” “I Want Your Love,” and “Good Times” with Grandmaster Caz, Grandmaster Melle Mel and Russell Peters before the honorees, Foundation team and guests took the stage together to close the evening with a show-stopping rendition of “We Are Family” with Sister Sledge’s Kathy Sledge, the original voice of “We Are Family.”

Rosie Perez at We Are Family Foundation 2013 Celebration Gala 2.0

Rosie Perez at We Are Family Foundation 2013 Celebration Gala 2.0

An exciting live auction attracted bidders with such items a one-of-a-kind, large format Polaroid portrait by Timothy Greenfield Sanders of 20×24 Studios; a private guitar lesson with Nile Rodgers, an autographed Fender Stratocaster & “LeFreak,” his best-selling memoir; a VIP experience at the 2013 Montreux Jazz Festival; a seven-night Caribbean holiday at Amanyara in Turks & Caicos; a visit to the set of America’s Next Top Model and one-on-one fashion consultation with Kelly Cutrone; a limited edition 1990 Stevie Ray Vaughan Fender Stratocaster signed by Jimmie Vaughan, Nile Rodgers and Buddy Guy; access to Sooze Plunkett-Green, Nile Rodgers’ infamous, British spitfire of an Executive Assistant, for one week; and an unlimited number of opportunities to sponsor a Three Dot Dash Global Teen Leader.

Taylor Dayne and Nancy Hunt at 2013 Celebration Gala 2.0

Taylor Dayne and Nancy Hunt at 2013 Celebration Gala 2.0

 

About We Are Family Foundation

 

The We Are Family Foundation® (WAFF) is a New York City based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the vision of a global family by creating and supporting programs that inspire and educate the next generation about respect, understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity – while striving to solve some of our biggest global problems at the same time. Since its inception in 2002, WAFF, founded by legendary songwriter/musician/producer Nile Rodgers, has created Three Dot Dash, a Global Teen Leader initiative that has empowered exceptional teens from 36 countries on six continents working together to alleviate issues related to basic human needs; created worldwide curricula that is currently used on six continents; produced TEDxTeen, an annual conference that gives extraordinary teens an educational platform to share their work, tell their stories and inspire others; built a global coalition of more than 75 organizations; created and distributed the award-winning PSA and early childhood educational DVD program, “We Are Family: A Musical Message for All,” to more than 60,000 schools and youth programs internationally; built 17 new schools, providing an education to more than 3,500 boys and girls in Mali and Malawi, Africa, Nepal and Nicaragua. To date, WAFF has made a positive impact on 15 million+ people worldwide.

Nile Rodgers at We Are Family Foundation 2013 Celebration Gala 2.0

Nile Rodgers at We Are Family Foundation 2013 Celebration Gala 2.0

About Nile Rodgers

 

Four-time Grammy nominee Nile Rodgers is one of the most enduring and prolific artists and producers in the music business. In 1977, he and his late partner, Bernard Edwards, created the group CHIC, whose number-one hit “Le Freak” remains Warner Bros.’ biggest-selling single of all time. Rodgers has produced, written or played for some of the greatest artists in the business, including Madonna, David Bowie, Diana Ross, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Sting, Duran Duran, the B-52’s and Joss Stone. As artist, producer or writer, Rodgers is responsible for the sales of more than 100 million records–including his world-famous “We Are Family,” which he co-wrote with Edwards. Rodgers is currently the only African-American to own a national music distribution company. After a lifetime of supporting charitable efforts and organizations, Nile founded the We Are Family Foundation in 2002.
Adam Lambert at We Are Family Foundation 2013 Celebration Gala 2.0

Adam Lambert at We Are Family Foundation 2013 Celebration Gala 2.0

 

About Adam Lambert

 

After appearing on the eighth season of “American Idol,” Lambert skyrocketed to fame, earning a Grammy nomination for his hit single, “Whataya Want From Me,” and becoming the first openly gay mainstream pop artist to debut at Number One on the Billboard chart with his most recent album, Trespassing. Lambert has channeled his fame into raising awareness about issues close to his heart, advocating on behalf of LGBT causes, The Trevor Project, Equality California, and GLAAD, as well as for charity organizations MusiCares, charity:water and DonorsChoose.org.
Jeni Stepanek Ph.D. (center) at We Are Family Foundation 2012 Celebration Gala 2.0 (photo by © Shahar Azran)

Jeni Stepanek Ph.D. (center) at We Are Family Foundation 2012 Celebration Gala 2.0 (photo by © Shahar Azran)

About Jeni Stepanek Ph.D.

 

Award-winning speaker, New York Times Bestselling author and Executive Director of the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation, Jeni Stepanek, Ph.D., will receive the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award. Named after her late son, 13-year-old poet and peacemaker, Mattie J.T. Stepanek, the award honors any person, regardless of age, who has made a significant contribution toward promoting a peaceful society. The author of “Messenger: The Legacy of Mattie J.T. Stepanek and Heartsongs,” Stepanek advocates for personal and world peace, as well as children’s & families’ needs and rights in health & education, sharing her message of hope, peace, motivation, and inspiration. Stepanek also serves as a National Vice President for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and as a Governor for the We Are Family Foundation.
LuAnn De Lesseps and Aviva Drescher at We Are Family Foundation 2012 Celebration Gala 2.0 (photo by © Shahar Azran)

LuAnn De Lesseps and Aviva Drescher at We Are Family Foundation 2012 Celebration Gala 2.0 (photo by © Shahar Azran)

 

About Daniel Stern

 

Daniel Stern, founder of Reservoir Capital Group, will receive the We Are Family Visionary Award, which honors a corporation or a person in the corporate world whose philanthropic efforts have made a meaningful difference in our world. Stern is President of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, a Trustee of the Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Educational Broadcasting Corporation (PBS Channel 13), Jumpstart for Kids, The City Parks Foundation, Big Apple Circus and several other non-profit organizations.
Jim Wallerstein and Bebe Buell at We Are Family Foundation 2012 Celebration Gala 2.0 (photo by © Shahar Azran)

Jim Wallerstein and Bebe Buell at We Are Family Foundation 2012 Celebration Gala 2.0 (photo by © Shahar Azran)

Jean Shafiroff at We Are Family Foundation 2012 Celebration Gala 2.0 (photo by © Shahar Azran)

Jean Shafiroff at We Are Family Foundation 2012 Celebration Gala 2.0 (photo by © Shahar Azran)

Justin Tryon at We Are Family Foundation 2012 Celebration Gala 2.0 (photo by © Shahar Azran)

Justin Tryon at We Are Family Foundation 2012 Celebration Gala 2.0 (photo by © Shahar Azran)

Ramona Singer, Judy Goss at We Are Family Foundation 2012 Celebration Gala 2.0 (photo by © Shahar Azran)

Ramona Singer, Judy Goss at We Are Family Foundation 2012 Celebration Gala 2.0 (photo by © Shahar Azran)

Touré at We Are Family Foundation 2012 Celebration Gala 2.0 (photo by © Shahar Azran)

Touré at We Are Family Foundation 2012 Celebration Gala 2.0 (photo by © Shahar Azran)

Montel Williams, Tara Fowler at We Are Family Foundation 2012 Celebration Gala 2.0 (photo by © Shahar Azran)

Montel Williams, Tara Fowler at We Are Family Foundation 2012 Celebration Gala 2.0 (photo by © Shahar Azran)

Adam Lambert at We Are Family Foundation 2013 Celebration Gala 2.0

Adam Lambert at We Are Family Foundation 2013 Celebration Gala 2.0

Adam Lambert at We Are Family Foundation 2013 Celebration Gala 2.0

Adam Lambert at We Are Family Foundation 2013 Celebration Gala 2.0

Touré at We Are Family Foundation 2012 Celebration Gala 2.0

Touré at We Are Family Foundation 2012 Celebration Gala 2.0

Randy Jones at We Are Family Foundation 2012 Celebration Gala 2.0

Randy Jones at We Are Family Foundation 2012 Celebration Gala 2.0

Adam Lambert at We Are Family Foundation 2013 Celebration Gala 2.0

Adam Lambert at We Are Family Foundation 2013 Celebration Gala 2.0

Sam Sparro, Nile Rodgers, Adam Lambert at We Are Family Foundation 2013 Celebration Gala 2.0

Sam Sparro, Nile Rodgers, Adam Lambert at We Are Family Foundation 2013 Celebration Gala 2.0

Thomas John, Joey Healy at We Are Family Foundation 2013 Celebration Gala 2.0

Thomas John, Joey Healy at We Are Family Foundation 2013 Celebration Gala 2.0

Angelo David at We Are Family Foundation 2012 Celebration Gala 2.0 (photo by © Shahar Azran)

Angelo David at We Are Family Foundation 2012 Celebration Gala 2.0 (photo by © Shahar Azran)

Anthony Rubio and Sean Young at We Are Family Foundation 2012 Celebration Gala 2.0 (photo by © Shahar Azran)

Anthony Rubio and Sean Young at We Are Family Foundation 2012 Celebration Gala 2.0 (photo by © Shahar Azran)

We Are Family Foundation 2012 Celebration Gala 2.0 (photo by © Shahar Azran)

We Are Family Foundation 2012 Celebration Gala 2.0 (photo by © Shahar Azran)

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