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 Celebrities Join Community Women to Battle Poverty
“Oleta Adams and Orlando Pace Lead the Pack ”


“Adams' exquisite voice is an instrument whose high end vibrated

in stunning clarity and whose bottom range resonates richly."
- Rolling Stone Magazine


“These were the cultural things that made a difference in

self-esteem (on cut music programs).”

 - Gloria Taylor, Executive Director, Community Women Against Hardship


What:   18th Annual Charity Benefit:  Community Women Against Hardship  “Notes from Home Concert Series”

  Sunday, November 19th, 4:30 p.m. Auction, 7:30 p.m. Concert

  Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO  63108

  The Oleta Adams Quartet

Auction Chairs:   Mrs. Jack Buck and Orlando Pace, All-Pro Linebacker, St. Louis Rams # 76


General Chair:   Sharon R. Holbrooks, University of Missouri – Extension


Honorary Chairs:   Kathy Conley-Jones, President , The Conley Financial Group, and Michael Jones, Assistant to the Office of the County Executive

Auction Items:   Tickets to the Broadway hit "Color Purple", a one week Florida trip, Laclede Gas Grill, framed autographed picture of Muhammad Ali, original artwork, iPods, restuarant gift certificates, custom built golf clubs, and much more.


How:   For more information or to purchase tickets, call Community Women Against Hardship at (314) 289-7523 or contact Metrotix at or (314) 534-1111



St. Louis, MO, USA - November 2006 With an exciting auction, appetizing array of cuisine, and internationally recognized celebrity talent, the 18th Annual Charity Benefit for Community Women Against Hardship (CWAH) encourages you to reach out to the less fortunate.  Presented and sponsored by American Family Insurance, First Bank, Missouri Lottery with support from the St. Louis Community College – Forest Park Campus and Vector Communications, the gala concert event features Oleta Adams.  A multi GRAMMY ® nominee, Adams offers eclectic, earthy renditions of soul, R&B, and urban music.  The Auction Chairs are Mrs. Jack Buck and celebrated NFL All-Pro Linebacker, Orlando Pace.  Be sure to catch all of these folks at the world-class, acoustically perfect Sheldon Concert Hall on November 19th in historic Grand Center.

About Oleta Adams
Seattle's gifted vocalist-composer-pianist Oleata Adams is known for her tenure in Kansas City along with her alluring gospel-tinged vocals.  Adams' captivating skills burst on the scene in 1990 with her platinum debut album Circle of One. A three-time Grammy nominee, Oleta’s career evolved impressively with a variety of releases. Her unique appeal embarks on journeys of the heart that draw deeply from her roots in gospel, while effortlessly crossing into the realms of soul, R&B, urban and popular music. Oleta's eclectic, earthy renditions will make you swoon, cry, wave your hands, close your eyes and shake your head. Adams recently released her first holiday album, Christmas Time with Oleta on the Koch Record label.

About Orlando Pace

A member of the St. Louis Rams since 1998, linebacker Orlando Pace is unstoppable both on and off the field.  This star has a big heart when it comes to community involvement, and proudly serves as a 2006 Auction Chair for the 18th Annual Charity Benefit of CWAH.   Invited to the Pro Bowl for seven consecutive seasons, Pace spearheads an annual Thanksgiving project to serve dinner to the homeless and low income families.  Each home game he donates five tickets to disadvantaged kids.



CWAH encourages the community to turn around difficult hardships with each referral.  The not-for-profit 501c3 organization offers a resourceful program lineup to help feed, clothe, teach and house families undergoing hardship.  Their Jazz Institute focuses on the development of children in 7th – 12th grades.  With the help of individuals, firemen, and multiple denominations (Muslim, Jewish, Catholic), CWAH has changed attitudes and behaviors in over 5,000 of the women and children it has served. 


Tickets are available to match your level of support.  Enjoy reserved seating, concert cuisine and the auction at a Corporate rate of $100 per person or Individual rate of $75 person.  Guests may attend the Concert Only at $50 per person.   To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Community Women Against Hardship at / (314) 289-7523 or Metrotix at / (314) 534-1111.  All proceeds benefit the CWAH Family Support Center.
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