ray j (bow tie)

*Los Angeles  — The ASHÉ Foundation in collaboration with R&B Recording Artist Kenny Lattimore, Recording Artists Ray J, Pastor Toure Roberts and over 100 volunteers of One Church International are expected to wash and place adequate shoes and socks on the feet of hundreds of displaced individuals Easter Saturday, April 19, 2014, in the courtyard of The Midnight Mission on Skid Row.

Dion Fearon founded the organization in March 2008 because of a passion to provide sensible shoes for millions of children orphaned by AIDS, Poverty and War in African nations. John Singleton said “The ASHÉ Foundation has been doing great work in African countries and here in Los Angeles since 2008 and I am honored to be a proud supporter of such a world changing organization.”

The ASHÉ Foundation gathers and distributes shoes, clothing, basic necessities, and services to aid the disadvantaged and underprivileged children of African nations. With the help of her then church family, “Living Waters of the San Fernando Valley”, The Kanimambo Foundation, Facebook friends, and many others from the community, Fearon was successfully able to hand deliver over 3500 pair of shoes to a crowd of 7000 in Maputo, Mozambique in January 2009, which marked the first mission trip for the foundation.

While The ASHÉ Foundation was founded to help the less fortunate of African nations, Fearon’s heart longed to support the displaced, disadvantaged, and under privileged right here in Los Angeles’s own backyard. Therefore, The Midnight Mission Feet Washing was born. “The outpouring of support from church families like One Church International Family, ASHÉ board members and the Los Angeles community has been amazing”, Fearon said.

Clancy Imislund, Managining Director of The Midnight Mission has been a leading force for the organization through the dramatic changes that occurred on Skid Row over the last thirty years. The Midnight Mission offers a bridge to self-sufficiency for homeless people through counseling, education, training and job placement. The mission makes available the necessities of life to homeless people; food, shelter, clothing, personal hygiene needs, and medical care.

Event Details: Midnight Mission
601 S. San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014\
April 19, 2014

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

“We are ecstatic to be a part of this event and look forward to growing with this amazing movement.” – Daron Destiny, CEO/Co-Founder of Bedloo

Current and Previous Celebrity Talent Participation

Kenny Lattimore – R&B Recording Artist
Ray J – American singer, songwriter, record producer and actor
Brandon Fobbs -“The Walking Dead”, “The Wire,” “Pride” and “This Christmas”
Gifted Nations – American Pop/R&B Female Group
Dylan Allen – Actor, Sony RCA recording artist
RAZON – Performing Artist
DJ Kiss – Dj/Entertainer
Shane Sparks – Dance Choreographer
Chaz Marcus – Entertainer
Ernest Thomas – Actor
Ananda Lewis – Television personality
Harry Smith – Industry Executive and brother to actor Will Smith
Ray Leonard, Jr. – Son of Boxing Great Sugar Ray Leonard
Jonathan Bennett – “All My Children”, Dukes of Hazard (the movie)
Claudia Wells – “Back to the Future”
Essence Atkins – “Dance Flick
Antonio Cromartie – Cornerback for the San Diego Chargers
Derek Strong – Former LA Laker/Clipper and current race-car driver
Trenyce – Singer/American Idol
Erica Hill – (Strong Racing owner)
Los Angeles Police Captain Ann Young

Additional Supporters
Pastor Charles Humphrey-Hope House Ministries
Rev. John W. Miller-Community Lutheran Church of Los Angeles
Daron Destiny – Bedloo Co-Founder/CEO

Media interested in covering this event should contact The ASHÉ Foundation Publicist Tonya Carmouche’ at 562-551-8277 or [email protected]