SOURCE: National PTA

October 20, 2008 23:01 ET

Mathew, Tina Knowles to Receive National Award From PTA During Gala in Chicago

Also, Special Performance by CeCe Peniston

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - October 20, 2008) -


WHAT:   Mathew and Tina Knowles will receive the esteemed National PTA
        Commitment to America's Children Award for their work across the
        country on behalf of families and children in need. The award
        presentation will take place during National PTA's Commitment to
        America's Children Gala. The event will feature a special
        performance by recording artist CeCe Peniston.

WHERE:  Palmer House Hilton Hotel; 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago

WHEN:   Thursday, October 30
        6:30 p.m. Reception
        7:30 p.m. Dinner & Awards

WHO:    Hundreds of education, business and community leaders from across
        the country will gather in Chicago to honor this year's recipients,
        as well as reaffirm their commitment to America's children.
        VIPs include:

        -- Mathew Knowles -- a record executive and manager from Etowah
           County, Alabama. He is the father and manager of R&B star
           Beyoncé Knowles and her sister Solange Knowles.

        -- Tina Knowles -- a fashion designer for her House of Deréon
           brand. She served as the designer of costumes for her
           daughter's musical group, Destiny's Child.

        -- CeCe Peniston -- a multi-platinum recording artist and
           Billboard star. Her long-line of hits features numerous #1 dance
           songs, including: "Finally"; "Keep on Walkin'"; and
           "Hit By Love."

           NOTE: Available for in-studio interviews prior to event.

        -- Byron Garrett -- National PTA's recently appointed and
           first-ever male, African-American Chief Executive Officer.

        -- PTA National Board of Directors -- The elected Board of
           Directors from PTA's across the country direct the
           organization's efforts in child education, health, and welfare
           of children and youth.

WHY:    Mathew and Tina Knowles, along with their daughters Beyoncé and
        Solange and Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland, as well as in
        conjunction with St. John's Church, are passionate about helping
        the homeless and youth. Their combined efforts to help families
        and children include:

        -- Building The Knowles-Rowland Center for Youth in Houston;

        -- Establishing The Survivor Foundation;

        -- Establishing the Knowles-Rowland Temenos Place Apartments in
           Houston;

        -- Launching The Beyoncé Experience Tour Food Drive in the United
           States and a Beyoncé Experience Global Food Drive around the
           world to help;

        -- Donating to numerous nonprofit organizations throughout the
           world.

MEDIA RECEIVE COMPLIMENTARY ADMITTANCE.

TO REQUEST INTERVIEWS OR FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact James Martinez; National PTA Media Relations Manager
Phone: 312-670-6782, ext. 325; Cell: 773-339-4533;
E-mail: jmartinez@pta.org.

About PTA

As the nation's largest volunteer parent organization, PTA comprises more than 5 million members, including parents, students, educators, school administrators, and business and community leaders. With more than 25,000 local units, PTA flourishes in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense schools in Europe and the Pacific. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who is concerned about the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

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Contact Information

  • Contact:

    James Martinez
    National PTA Media Relations Manager
    Phone: 312-670-6782, ext. 325
    Cell: 773-339-4533
    E-mail: Email Contact