Press Archives

A PRINCETON CHRISTMAS: FOR THE CHILDREN OF AFRICA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:
Tom Meagher (A Princeton Christmas) / 908-907-3377
Maria Reppas / mreppas@friendsofwfp.org / 202- 530-1694 x 111

HUNDREDS OF PRINCETON STUDENTS HARMONIZE TO HELP HUNGRY CHILDREN IN AFRICA
American Boychoir among performing groups on debut “A Princeton Christmas” album;
Available starting November 14

PRINCETON, NJ (November 14, 2007) – Eight Princeton-based student choral groups – including the famed American Boychoir – are featured on the debut “A Princeton Christmas: For the Children of Africa” album as a way to lift spirits around the world and raise funds for the School Feeding campaign of the United Nations World Food Program in Africa, it was announced today with the release at www.princetonchristmas.org .

Tom Meagher, a Princeton-area resident and moving force behind “A Princeton Christmas,” said the effort “quickly went from idea to album because every school we approached – from high schools to Princeton University – believes in the mission and could not wait to participate.” The 20-song collection was produced in conjunction with the U.S.-based Friends of the World Food Program (www.friendsofwfp.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to building support for the WFP (www.wfp.org).

“All proceeds from the purchase of downloads, from the website and soon through other sites including iTunes, or CDs will go directly to the children of Africa through the WFP,” explained Meagher. “We fully expect this to be the beginning of a new and lasting holiday tradition.” He added, “The $30.00 purchase of this incredible one-hour album will feed one African child for nearly three months.”

The compilation includes signature selections donated by The American Boychoir; The Princeton Girlchoir; Chapel Choir of Princeton University; The Westminster Concert Bell Choir and Westminster Choir of the Westminster Choir College of Rider University; The Tartantones of Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart; The Princeton Day School Choir Madrigal Singers; and The Princeton High School Choir.

Shirley M. Tilghman, President of Princeton University and a one-time secondary school teacher in Sierra Leone, West Africa, said, “Princeton University is proud to be part of this remarkable grassroots initiative to help the children of Africa. The music is enchanting and inspirational, and the message of hope and love is immensely powerful.”

“We are proud to team up with the Princeton community in this timely and inspired effort to help feed the children of Africa,” said Karen Sendelback, President and CEO of Friends of the World Food Program. She added, “We are delighted that every donation from A Princeton Christmas will directly support the fight against childhood hunger in Africa.”

For more information, visit Friends of the World Food Program.
 

home | about | contribute | the music | contact | press | © 2007 A Princeton Christmas