A New School Will Be Built In Quincy Jones' Honor
In celebration of Global Day of Giving/Giving Tuesday (Nov. 28), In a Perfect World (IAPW) has announced that it is launching a fundraising drive to build a school in honor of industry icon Quincy Jones. To be located in a country of Jones’ choosing, the school will be erected in 2018.
“Giving Tuesday is such a great opportunity for people to come together as a collective and make a big impact,” says IAPW founder Manuela Testolini. “We can reach children alone, but we can do so much more together. Just $30 sends a kid to school in Los Angeles with a backpack full of school supplies. And $22 sends a kid to school in a developing country for one year. How easy is that?”
IAPW has thus far built 28 schools -- including two in honor of Prince -- in countries such as Malawi, Mali, Senegal, Haiti and Nicaragua. Testolini also notes that the organization will launch its signature arts program in Washington, D.C., in partnership with the Rocketship Rise Academy in January. In addition, IAPW has tapped a new group of youth ambassadors in Los Angeles to help support fellow youth in various communities. The first order of business for these teen advocates is hosting a holiday party and arts festival for 100 homeless children on Skid Row.
Prior to Thanksgiving, IAPW feted Jones’ philanthropic legacy during its first MAP (Music + Art + Philanthropy) event at the Four Seasons Hotel. Producer David Foster presented the organization’s Ambassador of Change Award to Jones, who was saluted by event chair Smokey Robinson and event host/actress Niecy Nash and in song by Greg Phillinganes, Eric Benét, Siedah Garrett, George Benson and Kenny Lattimore, among others.
Each individual who helps raise funds for IAPW (#TheQSchool, #Givefor30) on Facebook on Giving Tuesday can have up to $1,000 matched. To donate, visit iapw.org/donate or facebook.com/inaperfectworldfdn or text "Give" to (310) 620-1515.
This story was originally published on Billboard.