Archive for May 2011
Miami, FL – April 2, 2011 – Delray Beach executive and philanthropist Arthur E. Benjamin served as top tier sponsor for the Blacks’ Annual Gala – hosted by Lea & Roy Black – one of Miami’s most prestigious, star-studded charity event, back for its 17th straight year on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach. The gala benefits at-risk kids through a dynamic public / private alliance with the Miami-Dade County Juvenile Services Department.
According to Benjamin, president and founder of The Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation, “Having contributed to the education of at-risk youth for almost three decades, it was a natural fit to support the Blacks’ Annual Gala, benefitting such an important and much-needed organization as The Consequences Foundation. The Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation was pleased to be a part of such an event that raises awareness for the need to help Miami-Dade youth-at-risk achieve their optimal potential and to help each of them rise to the occasion and become the outstanding citizens they were meant to be.”
Celebrity notables for the evening included Hosts Roy & Lea Black, Adriana De Moura, Alexia Echeverria & Marysol Patton, Adam Gaynor, Gabrielle Anwar, Jeffrey Donovan, Joe Francis and Designers Lisa & Donald Pliner. Business icons and philanthropists spearheaded the fundraising, including Arthur E. Benjamin and his foundation. Guests enjoyed cocktails courtesy of GREY GOOSE vodka; an exquisite array of edibles presented by award-winning culinary genius, Two Taste Catering; a gourmet meal prepared by Chef Thorsten Leighty of Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach; and the musical stylings of DJ Irie, the Official DJ of the Miami Heat.
The Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation
The Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization created to assist the building and growth of other foundations through leadership, management, marketing, and public relations. Established by Dallas-area business leader and philanthropist Arthur E. Benjamin, the Foundation’s core focus is to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children and animals, support young adults through educational efforts, and aid women in breast cancer recovery. For more information, please visit www.arthurebenjamin.com.
Legendary singer/songwriter’s “Last House on the Block” recognized for its impact in helping to shed a light on substance abuse and mental health issues
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL (April 29, 2011) – Legendary singer/songwriter and South Florida resident Richie Supa won the award for best song in the category of “Music or Music Video” at the 2011 PRISM Awards on April 28, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.
Supa won for his song, “Last House on the Block.” He was not on hand to accept the award, so his longtime friend and colleague, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, accepted on his behalf. Supa has been a behind-the-scenes voice in the legendary rock band Aerosmith for years, including being a touring member. He co-wrote several of their number one rock hits including “Chip Away The Stone,” “Lightning Strikes,” ”Pink” and “Amazing.” He previously won a PRISM Award for “Best Song” in 2009 for “In the Rooms.”
“God had control of the pencil on this one” said Supa. “This was an incredibly personal piece for me to produce. It is an honor to be recognized by the PRISM Awards for doing what I love – writing and performing music that not only touches people, but hopefully aides those in whatever struggles life may bring.”
The PRISM Awards, which are produced by the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and FX, honor actors, movies, music, media and television’s top shows that accurately depict and bring attention to substance abuse and mental health issues, including prevention, treatment and recovery.
Honorees are selected by an 80-person committee of entertainment industry professionals and technical experts from the fields of medicine, mental health, and addiction. In addition to the ceremony, a magazine format show will be telecast on flagship airing partner FX as well as National Geographic Channel, ReelzChannel, E! On Demand, and other networks, and will be featured at a special Capitol Hill Showcase in Washington, DC in September as a celebration of National Treatment and Recovery Month. Variety is a media partner for the PRISM Awards.
About Richie Supa
Richie Supa is a legendary singer/songwriter with over 200 cuts and 5 solo albums to his name. Supa’s career was launched via the legendary Long Island Band “The Rich Kids” who were signed by Clive Davis to Columbia Records. Supa also went on to a career on Broadway where he had the lead role in the hit musical “HAIR”. He became a household name in the Northeast which helped to launch his now 30+ year career.
The list of artists who have cut his songs reads like a who’s who of the music industry, with over 50 million records sold. Artists who have recorded Supa’s songs include Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osborne, Mika, Pink and legendary artists such as Johnny Winter, Tom Jones, Air Supply, Glen Campbell, Willie Nelson, to name a few. Supa’s songs have appeared in Disney movies, feature films and on network television, including the hit show Melrose Place.
Supa has been a behind-the-scenes voice in the legendary rock band Aerosmith for years, including being a touring member. He co-wrote several of their number one rock hits including “Chip Away The Stone,” “Lightning Strikes,” ”Pink” and “Amazing.” Supa co-wrote with Richie Sambora on his most recent solo album and tours with Sambora on his solo project. In 2009 Richie wrote “In the Rooms” and won the PRISM Award for “Best Song.”
With a primary residence in South Florida, he currently makes Nashville his home away from home working with some of the best writers in town bringing his rock and blues edge to the modern Nashville sound. Supa collaborates with hit song writers such as Brett James, Stephony Smith, James Slater, Big Kenny of Big and Rich, and more. His love for music keeps him writing and producing in the studio whether it’s rock, pop, or country. Supa keeps his playing skills honed by keeping busy playing his hits live at songwriter events all over the country, along with his passion for helping with charities involved with children.
About Entertainment Industries Council
EIC, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1983 by leaders of the entertainment industry to bring the power of the industry to bear on communication about health and social issues. The organization is considered to be the chief pioneer of entertainment advocacy outreach and one of the premiere success stories in the field of entertainment education and information resources for entertainment creators, through innovative and time-proven services and methods of “encouraging the art of making a difference” from within the entertainment industry. EIC also produces the simulcast national television special PRISM Awards Showcase which addresses issues such as drug, alcohol, and tobacco use and addiction; as well as mental health and mental illness, including bipolar disorder, depression and suicide.