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3rd Annual WHY-Chapin Awards Dinner to be Held in NYC

April 16, 2002

Thanks, once again, to Mike Grayeb for submitting the following:

3rd Annual WHY-Chapin Awards Dinner

I wanted to let you know about the 3rd annual WHY-Chapin Awards Dinner, happening Monday, June 3rd, at 6 p.m. at the beautiful Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers (alongside the Hudson River) in New York City.

This year's dinner will recognize several well-deserving honorees, including:

* Jim Chapin (Harry's older brother), who has been a member of WHY's Board since its founding in 1975, was our Chairman of the Board of Directors for 22 of WHY's 27 years, and continues his support of WHY today.

* Senator Bob Dole, who, among other things, supported Harry's efforts to establish a Presidential Commission on World Hunger and became a champion for the disabled and America's farmers. Mr. Dole received the Medal of Freedom from President Clinton in 1997.

* Robert Egger, the Director of the DC Central Kitchen, a non-profit organization committed to the idea that waste is wrong, be it food, money, or the potential for productive lives for the men, women, and children they serve every day.

* Kelly Hayes, a fourth grade teacher in Gorham, Maine, who believes that in addition to teaching traditional academic subjects, as an educator she has a responsibility to help students understand the root causes of hunger and poverty. She has been involved with the Kids Can Make a Difference program (a program of WHY) since 1996.

* Ambassador George S. McGovern, who, in his two terms as a Congressmember, was an advocate for the American farmer. He was also the first director of the Food for Peace Program. Then he served three terms in the U.S. Senate, and in 1998, was appointed Ambassador to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome. He continues today his leadership in the battle against world hunger.

* Cathy McClelland, the Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Detroit Entrepreneurship Institute (DEI), which provides entrepreneurial training, technical assistance, economic literacy training and start up capital to individuals with limited financial resources.

As you can see, the attendees cover a nice range of talented people who've made a difference, which is what the event is all about. This is a great opportunity to see the kinds of programs and people that make World Hunger Year a leader in the anti-hunger movement. With their help, WHY is addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty and affecting change.

Senator Patrick Leahy, the honorary Chair of the dinner, will also join us, and Grammy Award winning artist Tom Chapin will be the emcee and will provide the entertainment.

Individual tickets to the dinner are $250, and sponsorships/full tables of 10 start at $5,000.

Individuals and/or groups who would like information about single seats or full sponsorships can drop me an email and I'll send out an invitation package.

If you can't make it to the dinner but would like to support WHY with an ad in our printed journal for the evening, distributed to all attendees, drop me a note and I can send you the details. (You can get your name listed in the journal for just a $50 donation; a business card sized ad with any message is just $150, other sizes are also available)

Or, you can simply make a contribution to WHY (any amount, from $5 on up...), and that would be a great way to help too.

As it says on the invitation, the WHY-Chapin Awards are "dedicated to the activist tradition of WHY co-founder Harry Chapin."

You can make a difference!

Brian, as always, thanks for your support and helping us to keep the great work of WHY, and Harry's spirit, alive and well.


Mike Grayeb
WHY Board Member


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Originally given a working title of Sweet City Suite, the album tells the story of various characters one might run into in a city. The album features the original studio versions of Chapin classics "A Better Place to Be" and "Circle." But perhaps more importantly (as those songs are already well-distributed on compilation CDs), the album features seemingly lost Chapin stories, including "And the Baby Never Cries," "Burning Herself," "Barefoot Boy," and "Woman Child."

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