TAVIS SMILEY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 7TH ANNUAL BENEFIT AND AUCTION SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 6TH IN WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA

Tavis Smiley Foundation’s Annual Salute to Youth Leadership Benefit and Auction is scheduled for Saturday, October 6, 2007 at the Pacific Design Center-Wolfgang Puck Restaurant, located at 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA.

The Salute to Youth Leadership Benefit and Auction celebrates the contributions and accomplishments of young leaders and pioneers in the field of youth development and raises money for the foundation’s leadership development program, Youth to Leaders (Y2L). Many teens in the program have entered and completed college, organized health fairs, voter registration drives, conducted teen town hall meetings, started businesses and worked for mayors as well as presidential candidates. Visit www.youthtoleaders.org for more information.

The cocktail attire fête attracts “A-list” celebrity friends of the #1 New York Times best-seller author of the Covenant With Black America, Tavis Smiley. The 2007 invited guest list includes the who’s who of Hollywood, politics, sports and entertainment. In 2006, the soiree featured guest host actress and comedienne Mo’Nique and a performance by jazz artist Lalah Hathaway. Past attendees have included Sidney Poitier, Arianna Huffington, Sonia Sanchez, Aaron McGruder, Carrie Fisher, Vivica Fox and other power hitters. Following tradition, the event will include a dinner, silent auction, live entertainment and an awards ceremony honoring three exceptional youth leaders as well as the Smiley Scholars scholarship winners.

All donations are tax deductible with the proceeds supporting the Tavis Smiley Foundation. Tickets are currently on sale and are selling quickly. The group anticipates a capacity crowd. Prices range from $250 for individual tickets to $50,000 which includes corporate sponsorship billing.

About Tavis Smiley

TAVIS SMILEY is the host of “Tavis Smiley” on PBS, “The Tavis Smiley Show from PRI” and the author/editor of 11 books, including The New York Times best-sellers the Covenant With Black America and What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America. His latest book, THE COVENANT in Action is in stores now. Most recently Smiley made history for executive producing the democratic “All-American Presidential Forums on PBS” moderated by TAVIS SMILEY marking the first time that a panel comprised of journalists of color were represented in primetime television conducting a presidential debate. The republican format is set to air live on September 27, 2007 on PBS. For more information, visit www.tavistalks.com.

About Tavis Smiley Foundation

TAVIS SMILEY FOUNDATION focuses on youth between the ages of 13 to 18. Its mission is “to enlighten, encourage and empower youth by developing leadership skills that will promote and enhance the quality of life for themselves, their communities and OUR world.” Since 1999, more than 3,000 youths have participated in leadership training workshops and conferences.

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