SOURCE: Michael Russell Group

November 12, 2007 15:41 ET

Cher Presents "Love Sees No Color" Premiere at Los Angeles Fundraiser Party

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - November 12, 2007) - Cher, the Oscar®, Emmy® and Grammy® Award-winning singer, songwriter, actor, author and humanitarian, and the Cher Charitable Foundation will hold the inaugural west coast benefit of the Foundation on Wednesday, November 28, at 2000 Constellation Avenue, outdoors in the plaza area, between Avenue of the Stars and Century Park East in Century City. The event will include a VIP reception from 6:00-7:00 pm, followed by an elegant dinner and the premiere of the short film "Love Sees No Color."

"Love Sees No Color" is an ambitious 12-minute film starring songwriter, recording artist and international peace activist Nassiri. The music in the film is sung by thousands of children in 15 languages in 18 countries, and was filmed by 18 of the world's most talented directors and producers.

"The premiere of 'Love Sees No Color' will be a joyous occasion to celebrate the mission of achieving world peace," said Cher. "As the film shows, music can play a vital role in spreading a message of peace, love and unity."

The film will be shown outdoors on a portable screen and projection system provided by Open Air Cinema (http://www.openaircinema.us/).

Tickets are available for $500 each, or $1,000 each for VIP Tickets. They may be purchased by calling The Allison Jackson Company at (323) 549-9920 or emailing allisonjackson@aceweb.com. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and includes an elegant dinner followed by the screening and celebrity performance.

ABOUT CHER'S PHILANTHROPY

Cher's primary philanthropic endeavors have included support of health research and patient quality of life, anti-poverty initiatives, veterans' rights, and vulnerable children. Beginning in 1990, Cher served as a donor and the National Chairperson and Honorary Spokesperson of the Children's Craniofacial Association, whose mission is to empower and give hope to facially disfigured children and their families. The annual Cher's Family Retreat is held each June to provide craniofacial patients, their siblings and parents an opportunity to interact with others who have endured similar experiences. Cher also supports and actively promotes Get A-Head Charitable Trust, which aims to improve the quality of life for people with head and neck diseases.

Cher has been a passionate and vocal supporter of American soldiers and returning veterans. She has actively contributed time and resources to Operation Helmet, an organization that provides free helmet upgrade kits to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Cher has also contributed to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund which serves military personnel who have been catastrophically disabled in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and those severely injured in other operations.

Cher has engaged in the construction of houses with Habitat for Humanity and served as the Honorary National Chair of a Habitat's elimination of poverty housing initiative "Raise the Roof," an effort to engage artists in the organization's work while on tour. Cher is also a donor, fundraiser and international spokesperson for Keep a Child Alive, an organization that seeks to accelerate action to combat the global AIDS pandemic, including the provision of Antiretroviral medicine to children and their families with HIV/AIDS.

Most recently, Cher has become the primary supporter of the Peace Village School (PVS) in Ukunda, Kenya. PVS provides nutritious food, medical care, education and extracurricular activities for more than 300 orphans and vulnerable children, ages 2 to 13. Cher's support is enabling the school to acquire land and build permanent housing and school facilities, and in partnership with Malaria No More and other organizations, she is piloting an effort eliminate malaria mortality and morbidity for the children, their caregivers and the surrounding community.

ABOUT NASSIRI'S PEACE MOVEMENT

As a peace activist, Nassiri focuses his efforts on spreading peace, harmony and love to the world. He believes the format to share these messages can be done through children, film, music and education.

Nassiri's peace efforts have been the catalyst to meet with leaders of the world including former President Bill Clinton, Nobel Prize winners Nelson Mandela, Shimon Peres, and Kim Dae-jung. Nassiri met with Pope Benedict XVI in Rome and the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano. Nassiri devotes endless energy to help bring about world peace by enlisting the aid of Senate Majority leader Harry Reid volunteering to mediate talks between Iran and the US.

During the filming there were many obstacles to overcome and the crew received warnings of danger in Palestine, Iran, Israel and the DMZ zone between North and South Korea; in the midst of flying to Iran, the crew's plane had to make an emergency landing and return to Rome.

While on location in Agra, India, Nassiri adopted a village of 600 homeless people after he saw the poor conditions and immediately sent in food, clothing, blankets, built bathing and restroom facilities, provided clean water supplies and maintains a monthly commitment.

Nassiri worked with the Public Education Foundation and the Clark County (Nevada) School District in creating an ethnic diversity curriculum that partners songs from his album with character traits focusing on peace, harmony, and compassion. This new curriculum played a part in meeting higher standards and remains an actively taught program.

While filming in Rio de Janeiro, Nassiri came across a school where children were creating art from items they had found on the street. The location was a single room, which was asbestos ridden, smelled of foul odors and extremely unsafe. As an artist himself, Nassiri could not turn away and he is in the process of creating the "Nassiri Cultural Center" where the children will have a safe place to create, and will not be in danger or out on the streets alone.

Contact Information

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