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Whole Planet Foundation® and partners to host (unofficial) pre-Grammy® benefit at historic East West Studios

Presented by Sambazon, featuring Grammy-winner Ozomatli and Meiko and honoring cultural icons Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Jessica Alba and Daryl Hannah

(LOS ANGELES, CA, January 29, 2012) -- On Wednesday, February 6, 2013, Whole Planet Foundation, Whole Foods Market® West Hollywood, presenting sponsor Sambazon and other valued partners will honor Daryl Hannah, Jack Johnson, Jessica Alba and Jason Mraz for their commitment to promoting sustainable practices and changing global environments. The celebration will take place at Whole Planet Foundation’s inaugural pre-GRAMMY® benefit, which will be held at the historic East West Studios in Hollywood, (an unofficial benefit event not affiliated with the Recording Academy).

GRAMMY winners Ozomatli and leading artists including Meiko and Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction will perform at the benefit, which will also feature celebrity presenter Ed Begley, Jr., emcee Geno Mitchellini and more.

The event coincides with Whole Planet Foundation’s annual fundraising campaign. Proceeds from the evening will go directly to the foundation to support its efforts to alleviate global poverty through microcredit and entrepreneurship programs in 55 countries around the world, including the United States.

“We are honored to celebrate these amazing leaders who share our commitment to making the world a better place and are inspiring others to get involved,” said Joy Stoddard, executive development and outreach director of Whole Planet Foundation. “And with the launch of our annual fundraising campaign on February 20, 2013, the timing of this event couldn’t be more perfect. Hosting a benefit event during such a high-profile music week is a great opportunity to raise awareness about how by donating small change, shoppers can make a big difference for poor entrepreneurs around the world.”

Whole Planet Foundation will honor recipients of the Whole Planet Foundation Vanguard awards: Daryl Hannah, a cultural icon who has been a life-long activists in promoting sustainable practices. The foundation will also recognize the recipients of the Whole Planet Foundation Trailblazer awards Jack Johnson, Jessica Alba and Jason Mraz who have been proactive leaders in the changing global environments.

The event will be held in historic East West Studios. Recently updated by renowned designer Philippe Starck, this venue is where legendary artists including Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and many others have recorded their iconic hits.

“As entrepreneurs operating under the Triple Bottom Line philosophy, measuring our success economically, socially and environmentally has always been the foundation for everything we do,” said Ryan Black, Sambazon co-founder and chief executive officer.  “We deliver on this mission through our partnership with over 10,000 independent family farmers and bio-diversity protection efforts in the Brazilian Amazon, which is why we’re so stoked to align with Whole Planet Foundation and its purpose.”

The event is also sponsored by Whole Foods Market West Hollywood, Chivas Regal and Gibson Pro Audio brands Cerwin Vega and Stanton, and is produced by Planet LA Music and Clamorhouse. The event will feature innovative cross-promotional efforts between the Whole Planet Foundation, Whole Foods Market, artists, brand partners and technology platforms including Talenthouse, Thrillcall and Viddy apps.  In addition, brand partners including Sambazon, popchips, KIND Healthy Snacks and others are launching cross-promotional campaigns to raise awareness for the benefit and their continuing support of Whole Planet Foundation.

Event partners include Hubert’s Lemonade, Tito’s Vodka, popchips, KIND Healthy Snacks, VOSS Water, Ciao Bella Gelato Co., Stone Brewing Company, Uber Cars and Wild Soul.  Other supporters include Essentia, Hand in Hand Soap, Hint, Justin’s, Late July Organic, PACT, Pretzel Crisps, Reason, The Republic of Tea, Steaz, Tasty Brand, VOS, World Centric, Zevia and others. 

Media interested in learning more about this exclusive celebration, please email: chandler@whitebearpr.com. All other inquiries can be directed to: contact@planetlamusic.com.  Twitter:  @WPFGrammyParty

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Joy Stoddard

Executive Partnership Development and Internal Programs Director, Whole Planet Foundation

Joy joined Whole Foods Market in 2000 and Whole Planet Foundation in 2006. She develops strategic partnerships, fundraises for microcredit, and connects Whole Foods Market shoppers, suppliers and team members to Whole Planet Foundation.

Philip Sansone

President and Executive Director, Whole Planet Foundation

Philip is the President and Executive Director of Whole Planet Foundation, overseeing operations, programmatic direction and financial management.

Whole Planet Foundation Pre-Grammy(r) Party