Peridot Foundation awaits Dionne Warwick’s arrival

POSTED: 04/28/11 11:27 AM

St. Maarten – The Peridot Foundation anticipates the arrival in St. Maarten next week of Dionne Warwick, the iconic American singer and actress who became a United Nations ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization and a United States Ambassador for Health. The 70-year-old Warwick is the keynote speaker at the foundation’s annual meeting that is on the agenda for next Saturday, May 7, at the Belair Community Center.

The evening is designed to promote awareness about the consequences of domestic and relational violence. “Eradiation of domestic violence remains a key objective of our organization,” Peridot-founder Gracita Arrindell stated in a press release. “We will continue with our work until we can materially and emotionally see a reduction in crime in and around our homes, schools and businesses.”

Having a personality like Dionne Warwick lending her voice to the Peridot Foundation’s cause, “is not only heartwarming but also extremely encouraging,” Arrindell stated.

She added that for many years Warwick has been a strong supporter of non-profit organizations and charities, including Aids foundations, children’s hospitals, disaster relief organizations and music education. The singer also wrote an acclaimed children’s book (Say a Little Prayer) that won the Mom’s choice award in the United States.

The two hour program next Saturday includes a steel pan rendition by master pan man Neville York and Richeline Arrindell and a performance by the dance theater of St. Maarten.

“Our work continues, relentlessly, to change the minds of the aggressive, the violent and the intolerant, for a safer, more tolerant and friendly society,” Arrindell stated.  She thanked everyone who made the event possible. “We could not have done it without you,” she stated.


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