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Aid for the World, the global humanitarian organization that uses everyday resources to meet the most basic needs of people worldwide, will be hosting its first annual gala benefit “Leader In Action” featuring keynote speaker General Colin Powell – who will speak on " Diplomacy: Persuasion, Trust and Values" – and honoring His Excellency President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi.

71-year-old Colin Powell was the 65th United States Secretary of State (2001-2005), serving under President George W. Bush. He was the first African American appointed to that position. During his miltary career, Powell also served as National Security Advisor (1987–1989), as Commader-in-Chief, U.S. Army Forces Command (1989), and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989–1993), holding the latter position during the Gulf War.

General Powell is the recipient of numerous U.S. military awards and decorations including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with three Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Soldier’s Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and the Purple Heart.

There will be only 1000 seats available for this unforgettable evening which will take place on Wednesday, February 4, 2008 from 6.30 pm to 10 pm at the America Museum of Natural History of New York. The program also includes performances by the Grammy and CMA award winning Peasall Sisters and The Orphan Unification Drummers of Burundi. Orphaned by war, the twelve children come together – each from a different province of the nation – and create drum music as part of a unification, reconciliation and healing.

For more information, sponsorship opportunities or VIP inquiries contact: Melissa Hoffman: mhoffman@aidfortheworld.org or call 347-522-1742.

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