FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The National Catholic AIDS Network Sponsors Concert to Benefit Victims of Hurricane Katrina at Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, IL, September 8, 2005 Stephen Lee, a hurricane victim, will perform an evening of Gospel music and Spirituals.
Stephen Lee, adjunct professor of music therapy at Loyola University New Orleans, will be performing an evening of Gospel music and Spirituals at Madonna della Strada Chapel on Loyola University Chicago Lake Shore Campus at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 15, 2005 to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. Lee is in Chicago as a member of the planning team for the 19th Annual National Catholic HIV/AIDS Ministry Conference.
Until Hurricane Katrina hit, in addition to being a professor, Lee was the Director of Music at St. Paul the Apostle Church in New Orleans. He also owns and operates the Music School Bus, Inc. and Professional Music Services, Inc., a music therapy agency and church music resource center. Lee and his family were forced to relocate to Houston because their home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
“For me, singing and performing are healing. At this time I welcome the opportunity to help brothers and sisters who are experiencing the same thankfulness for being alive and grief over the losses,” comments Lee.
The proceeds will benefit:
* Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston (to provide hurricane relief services)
* Professional Music Services (to provide music therapy to victims of the hurricane)
* National Catholic AIDS Network (to provide national housing referral services for HIV+ individuals made homeless by the hurricane).
Checks can be made out to the National Catholic AIDS Network. The National Catholic AIDS Network is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. All contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
About the National Catholic AIDS Network:
Giving witness to the Lord Jesus Christ who brings light to all darkness the National Catholic AIDS Network assists the Church in recognizing the pain and the unique challenges inherent in the HIV/AIDS pandemic and in living out the Gospel mandate by offering compassionate support, education, referral and technical assistance.
– Adopted by the Board of Directors, October of 1998
The National Catholic AIDS Network, founded in 1989, helps make spirituality and faith a powerful resource for all of us who are living with HIV/AIDS, whether infected or affected. The Network is the only national organization that is devoted exclusively to helping the Catholic Church respond with understanding and compassion to the pain and challenge presented by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. In July 2005, the National Catholic AIDS Network entered into a formal collaboration agreement with Loyola University Chicago to work together to provide educational opportunities for HIV/AIDS ministers. Our work is funded entirely through tax-deductible private donations, grants, membership dues, fundraising, and income from our annual Ministry Conference.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of 14,000 students, which includes 8,500 undergraduates, hailing from all 50 states, as well as 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses, three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include: arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies and social work. Loyola offers 52 undergraduate majors, 59 master’s degrees and 36 doctoral degrees. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” and “best values” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.