Last week, Look to the Stars reported that Atlanta recordings stars Akon and Ludacris united their charitable organizations’ annual Thanksgiving community programs and called upon friends and colleagues to extend a helping hand to those that are less fortunate this holiday season.
The Konfidence Foundation's 2nd Annual Turkey Giveaway program and The Ludacris Foundation’s LudaCares Thanksgiving program teamed up to give back by donating 2,000 holiday turkeys to help metro Atlanta flood survivors and low-income families in need. Each family received a fresh holiday turkey, along with two side items – sweet potatoes and collard greens.
On Tuesday, November 24th, Akon and Ludacris joined their foundations and sponsors to distribute 2,000 holiday food packages to residents from Cobb, Douglas, and Pauling Counties, many of whom were impacted by the Atlanta floods. This private charity event was held at South Cobb High School and the recipient families were pre-selected by 20 partnering community-based organizations including: Cobb Schools Foundation, United Way, Cobb Disaster Recovery, and Christian Aid Mission Partnership (C.A.M.P.), among others.
Contributions and support on behalf of the Konfidence Foundation came from Akon’s longtime friend and business partner Darrick “DeVyne” Stephens on behalf of his youth focused charity DeVyne Intervention; Akon’s brother Bu Thiam, Def Jam VP and founder of record new label BuVision; Martin Bandier, Chairman & CEO of SONY/ATV Music Publishing; Antwan “Big Boi” Patton on behalf of his charity Big Kidz Foundation, Publix, and Sam’s Club.
The Ludacris Foundation received help from sponsors including Straits Restaurant, and celebrity Chef Ashley Clay of The Elegant Experience who prepared 40 cooked meals for Cobb County homeless and senior citizens.
In addition, the Konfidence Foundation donated 100 turkeys and sides to Hosea Feed The Hungry & Homeless for their 40th Annual Thanksgiving dinner at Turner Field.
Founded in 2006, by multi-platinum selling, Grammy-nominated artist/producer Aliaune “Akon” Thiam, the Konfidence Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness of the conditions in Africa and providing underprivileged African youth with access to learning and recreational environments equipped with modern technology, educational materials, recreational resources, and health and wellness services.
The Konfidence Foundation’s vision is that their concentrated efforts in Senegal will one day serve as the international platform to empower individuals, communities, and nations with the tools needed to build the Africa of tomorrow.
In 2008, the Foundation broadened its philanthropic reach to the United States to help local communities in need during the holiday season by providing nutritious meals for Thanksgiving and toys for underprivileged youth. For more information, please visit: www.konfidence.org.