[i]Date: Friday, March 26, 2004[/i] [b]Michael Jackson Comes To Washington, D.C.[/b] Recording Superstar Michael Jackson To Be Honored By The African Ambassadors’ Spouses Association For His Worldwide Humanitarian Efforts, Particularly In Africa Thursday, April 1, 2004 Mr. Jackson, who over the years has financially supported programs in Africa to build and equip hospitals, orphanages, homes, schools as well as those relating to Child immunization, HIV-AIDS, Education and Apartheid, will personally travel to Washington, D.C., to accept the Award Washington, D.C. … On Thursday, April 1, 2004, Recording Superstar Michael Jackson, will receive the Humanitarian Award from The African Ambassadors’ Spouses Association, AASA, for his worldwide humanitarian efforts, particularly in Africa. Mr. Jackson, who in the 2000 edition of the Guiness Book of World Records, was listed as breaking the world record for the “Most Charities Supported By a Pop Star,” has given over $50,000,000 worldwide to charities in his lifetime, including The United Negro College Fund, Childhelp USA, Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation, The Carter Center’s Atlanta Project, AIDS Project L.A., Make-A-Wish Foundation, TransAfrica, The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the Brothman Burn Center, Cities and Schools Scholarship Fund, Children’s Institute International, and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. The “We Are The World” project, which he spearheaded with Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie, raised millions of funds which were sent to feed the hungry in Africa. In addition, he has at times given all of the proceeds from his personal concerts to charity. On one concert tour in England, Michael presented to the Prince of Wales, and his wife Diana, a check for 150,000 pounds for the Prince’s Trust, and a check of 100,000 pounds for the children’s hospital at Great Ormond Street. In Africa, Mr. Jackson has financially supported programs to build and equip hospitals, orphanages, homes and schools. He has also financially supported programs relating to Child immunization, HIV-AIDS, Education and Apartheid. He is known for his random acts of giving, and has bought homes, paid for medical treatment, and other acts of financial kindness to perfect strangers. [b]Mr. Jackson is well aware that some of the foundations that he created are non-functional at this time. Because of what have become common problems in celebrity-run foundations, mismanagement and high administrative costs, he decided to suspend his involvement, and give to the charities of his choice directly. [/b] In addition to the African Ambassadors’ Spouses Association event, Mr. Jackson will be attending a host of meetings while in Washington, including private meetings and events. The AASA, with members who represent 51 different nations, was founded 26 years ago with the mission to provide assistance to programs benefiting underprivileged children in the 51 participating countries. Raymone K. Bain :nav Source: [url=http://www.mjjsource.com/index.php?/press/michael_jackson_comes_to_washington_dc]www.mjjsource.com[/url]

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