The Rainforest Fund has announced its 2012 benefit concert on April 3rd, 2012 at the world renowned Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage followed by a gala dinner.

The evening, sponsored by Revlon, will include performances by Sting, Elton John, James Taylor, Meryl Streep, Katharine McPhee, Bryn Terfel, Rosanne Cash, and Vince Gill, along with other surprise guests, and will feature live and silent auctions at the gala dinner following the concert.

Box office tickets will be available on Monday, February 27 at 11am EST through the Carnegie Hall Box Office or CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800.

The Rainforest Fund was founded in 1989 by Sting and Trudie Styler in response to a direct request for help from a Kayapo Indian leader in Brazil who was seeking to protect his people’s land and culture. Over the past 23 years, the Rainforest Fund has worked in partnership with more than 100 local organizations in all major rainforest areas and successfully protected over 115,000 sq km of forest. In 2012 the Rainforest Fund continues supporting a range of long term projects including comprehensive policy programs, empowerment of the indigenous groups, mapping of territories, securing their rights, improving forest management, lobbying governments, creating law reform, and developing organizations, with a particular focus on climate change initiatives.

“Sting and I founded the Rainforest Fund after seeing with our own eyes the destruction of one of the world’s most precious resources,” said Trudie Styler. “We’re so thankful for artists like Elton John, James Taylor, and the many others who are doing their part to support the Rainforest Fund in its quest to raise awareness of the global environmental crisis we’re facing. If we all take action, we can help save the planet and prevent further harm to the rainforests and the indigenous people who live there.”

“The concert at Carnegie Hall is not only a fantastic musical event, it is also an opportunity for all of us to continue giving support to our indigenous partners in the rainforest regions of the world,” said Franca Sciuto, chairwoman of the Rainforest Fund. “These people are struggling for their rights and survival at a time when we are facing so many grave challenges – from accumulating evidence of climate change and its visible impact on our planet, to the loss of biodiversity and species extinction, to further degradation of land surface and deteriorating quality of waters and oceans. It is a bitter irony that the indigenous people suffer the worst impact of this destruction, even though they contribute the least to greenhouse emissions and manage their land in a sustainable way. Together we can steer the world towards a more sustainable and equitable path. The environmental dial continues to head into the red for our indigenous partners and ourselves. Let’s change ‘business as usual.’”

For gala and super seat ticket information please contact Tamara Leuchtenburg at Event Associates at 212-245-6570 or rainforest@eventassociatesinc.com. For sponsorship and in-kind donations please contact Michele Petri at 212-431-9098 x5 or mpetri@rffny.org. To learn more about the Rainforest Fund, please visit www.rainforestfund.org

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