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On June 10th a few famous girls rocked New York to raise money and awareness for AfricAid.

The event was a benefit concert for She’s the First, a media campaign that promotes education for girls. Their belief is “with an education, girls can break barriers, and every girl deserves her chance to be a First.”

Seven recording artists – Kat DeLuna, Lenka, Shontelle, MoZella, Kelli Pyle, Vita Chambers and Cara Salimando — along with DJ Kalkattua and host Chris Bashinelli, Executive Director of the “Bridge the Gap” web documentary series, entertained a crowd of 400 at Santos Party House in downtown Manhattan. In addition to the music, the program featured a special video shout out from Platinum-recording artist Gavin DeGraw, livestreaming, live tweets, a special birthday presentation to Vita Chambers, and a fundraising raffle. The concert was an Internet Week NY event and they do plan on rocking out again in 2011!

The proceeds from the event will sponsor the high school education of four girls in the AfricAid program. AfricAid is one of many grassroots programs She’s the First supports. AfricAid was chosen as the beneficiary because the organization recently piloted The Kisa Project, an initiative that enrolls girls in leadership training and digital storytelling workshops, where they learn to share their lives with sponsors through rich, vivid videos.

Online donations to She’s the First sponsorships for AfricAid can still be made at giveforward.org/girlswhorockny. The girls sponsored through GIRLS WHO ROCK will be communicating to all of their co-sponsors on the She’s the First blog throughout the year at www.shesthefirst.org/blog.

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