“GIFT OF LIGHT” FROM MACY’S TO BENEFIT LADY LIBERTY’s 125TH ANNIVERSARY
Song to highlight Macy’s Fireworks on October 28th
New York, NY (October 18, 2011)—The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. announced today that in celebration of the Statue of Liberty’s upcoming 125th Anniversary on October 28th, Macy’s has committed the proceeds from the sale of its newly recorded song “Gift of Light” to benefit the Foundation’s non-profit mission for projects at Liberty and Ellis Islands, working in partnership with the National Park Service.
With music by Grammy- winning composer Doug Katsaros and words by Emmy-winning lyricist William Schermerhorn, “Gift of Light” was first recorded by Ann Hampton Callaway and The Broadway Inspirational Voices as a highlight of the 2004 Macy's 4th of July Fireworks score.
In honor of the anniversary of Lady Liberty's dedication 125 years ago in 1886, the song has been expanded and recorded specifically as a special feature of the musical accompaniment for the Macy's Fireworks display which will be the grand finale of the upcoming October 28th festivities on Liberty Island.
This new version, in English and French, celebrates the Statue as a gift of friendship from France to America, and features Tony Award winning actress Anika Noni Rose and cabaret artist Gay Marshall.
The “Gift of Light” single is available on iTunes with proceeds to benefit The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.
For more information on the work of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, please visit www.ellisisland.org.
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, working in partnership with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior. Its endowment has funded over 200 projects at the islands.
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The Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island
The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886, designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986.
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