PROGRAM ANNOUNCED FOR STAR-STUDDED EVENT CELEBRATING PRESIDENT GEORGE H. W. BUSH AND VOLUNTEER SERVICE
“All Together Now - A Celebration of Service” to be Co-Chaired by President Bill Clinton, Feature Performances by Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Cee Lo Green, Reba McEntire, Sam Moore, Brad Paisley, Kid Rock, Darius Rucker and Carrie Underwood
Atlanta, Ga., March 10, 2011– Points of Light Institute today announced a star-studded line up for the upcoming March 21 event celebrating President George H. W. Bush’s leadership in promoting the value of service and volunteerism in American life.
The line up will bring together some of the biggest acts in country music, soul and rock in a unique program celebrating the powerful role voluntary service can play in overcoming the challenges our communities face in the 21st century. Taking place at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., “All Together Now - A Celebration of Service” will feature performances by Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Cee Lo Green, Reba McEntire, Sam Moore, Brad Paisley, Kid Rock, Darius Rucker and Carrie Underwood. Additional performers will be announced shortly.
“I remain optimistic about America precisely because of the countless Points of Light who give so freely of themselves and claim one of society’s problems as their own, helping make life better for those around them in the process,” said President Bush. “The true strength of America has always been, and always will be, our people, and today we can take heart that more Americans of all ages are rolling up their sleeves and joining this movement to serve others.”
The event will bring together all four former presidents for the first time since the inauguration of President Barack Obama. President William J. Clinton will serve as the event’s honorary co-chair. He will be joined by President and Mrs. George W. Bush and President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter. President Obama, who will be out of the country at the time of the event, will also participate through a video message highlighting the critical role of service in America.
NBC will broadcast the celebration on Monday, March 28, from 8 to 9 p.m. Samsung is a supporting partner for the event. Additional sponsors will be announced.
Seventeen-time Emmy winners George Stevens Jr. and Michael Stevens, the architects behind “The Kennedy Center Honors,” “Christmas in Washington” and “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial,” are the executive producers of “All Together Now.” George Stevens (“Thurgood”) will also write the show and Michael Stevens (“Thurgood”) will direct.
“We are excited about the terrific line up for this historic event. These talented performers, as well as NBC and Samsung, are enabling us to pay tribute to President Bush and showcase Points of Light Institute’s mission to inspire, equip and mobilize people to create change. The resounding messages of the evening; inspiration, unity and action, come at a pivotal time for our nation,” said Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light Institute.
In conjunction with the Tribute event, Points of Light Institute is calling on Americans from across the country to recognize individual Points of Light in their communities through their words and actions by posting a Tribute on its innovative Tribute wall. Those who post can immediately begin helping their communities by signing up for local volunteer opportunities. To post a Tribute, and view the Tribute wall, visit www.pointsoflight.org/tributes/wall.
More details, including information on the Tribute Committee and a Tribute Ambassador program that includes an impressive mix of political activists and commentators such as Joe Trippi, Maria Shriver and Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, can be found on Points of Light Institute’s website.
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About Points of Light Institute
Points of Light Institute inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world. The Institute has a global focus to redefine volunteerism and civic engagement for the 21st century, putting people at the center of community problem-solving. It is organized to innovate, incubate and activate new ideas that help people act upon their power to make a difference. To that end, Points of Light operates several dynamic business units that help it fulfill its mission: HandsOn Network, MissionFish and the Civic Incubator, along with AmeriCorps Alums and generationOn, its new global youth service division.
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