LG Mobile Phones sponsored the VH1 Save The Music Foundation’s Gala 2010 on Monday, to celebrate the power of music and to support the restoration of public school music programs.
Held at the Cipriani Wall Street, LG joined forces with VH1 Save The Music to transform a night of spectacular entertainment into a fundraising success by donating an additional $50,000 to help raise a total of $100,000 for the Foundation.
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Hosted by Glee star and Broadway veteran, Cheyenne Jackson, the evening featured tributes to music legend Julie Andrews, The ASCAP Foundation, long-time arts advocate John Legend and seven time Grammy Award winner John Mayer.
Atlantic recording artist Jason Mraz stunned attendees at last night’s Gala by announcing the $100,000 donation, which will benefit both The ASCAP Foundation and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.
The Grammy Award-winning tunesmith is partnering with LG Mobile Phones to make the contribution, which was unveiled as Mraz presented honors to The ASCAP Foundation, represented by songwriter and Foundation president, Paul Williams.
In addition to special performances by VH1 Save The Music Foundation Alumni Ambassador Natasha Bedingfield and Good Charlotte frontmen Benji and Joel Madden, the evening also featured a 45th Anniversary tribute to Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music.
Contributing to this once-in-a-lifetime performance, Gala attendees were given the opportunity to vote for one of three popular film songs using the LG Optimus T with Google from T-Mobile and “TXT to Talk” Voice Actions for Android.
By simply speaking directly into the handset, guests placed their votes for I Have Confidence, The Lonely Goatherd, or The Sound of Music and their entry was automatically sent via text message for tallying.
In the end, a close race of favorites led to a winning medley performance of the three songs by Emmy and Tony award winner, Kristin Chenoweth.
LG Optimus T, Android 2.2 touch screen smartphone, is now available at T-Mobile retail stores and online at www.t-mobile.com for $29.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and with a two year service agreement and qualifying data plan.