Saturday, May 2, 2009

Connie Britton Co-Hosts African Children's Choir Event

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS star Connie Britton co-hosted the 2009 African Children's Choir & Music For Life benefit concert and gala with Aasif Mandvi last night in New York City.

The choir was founded in 1984 by human-rights activist Ray Barnett, who wanted to help abandoned and starving children amid Uganda’s civil war. His contact with a rescued young singer inspired him to start a choir. Originally from Northern Ireland, Barnett is now a Canadian citizen.

Today, the Bellingham, Washington-based Music for Life Institute educates and counsels about 8,000 children in Uganda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya and South Africa.

When they’re not touring, the choir’s members attend school in Raleigh, North Carolina. Students have gone on to become doctors, lawyers, teachers, accountants and journalists.

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