Powerhouse vocalist and pop diva MARIAH CAREY delights her aussie fans with her first Australian tour in 15 years, performing the first of three scheduled concerts she’s to do in the country at the Jupiters Hotel & Casino Gold Coast, dazzling her spectators in 3 PAVONI dresses; a silver crystal beaded cocktail dress from the RESORT 2013 collection, and a light gold short cockail with hand beaded sunburst sequin and pearl baroque detailing from the SPRING SUMMER 2013 collection.
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Carey is a philanthropist who has donated time and money to organizations such as the Fresh Air Fund. She became associated with the Fund in the early 1990s, and is the co-founder of a camp located in Fishkill, New York, that enables inner-city youth to embrace the arts and introduces them to career opportunities. The camp was called Camp Mariah “for her generous support and dedication to Fresh Air children”, and she received a Congressional Horizon Award for her youth-related charity work. Carey also donated royalties from her hits “Hero” and “One Sweet Day” to charities. She is well-known nationally for her work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation in granting the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses, and in November 2006 she was awarded the Foundation’s Wish Idol for her “extraordinary generosity and her many wish granting achievements”. Carey has volunteered for the New York City Police Athletic League and contributed to the obstetrics department of New York Presbyterian Hospital Cornell Medical Center. In February 2010, the song, “100%”, which was originally written and recorded for the film, Precious, was used as one of the theme songs for the 2010 Winter Olympics, with all money proceeds going to Team USA. One of Carey’s most high-profile benefit concert appearances was on VH1’s 1998 Divas Live special, during which she performed alongside other female singers in support of the Save the Music Foundation.
In 2005, Carey performed for Live 8 in London and at the Hurricane Katrina relief telethon “Shelter from the Storm”. In August 2008, Carey and other singers recorded the charity single, “Just Stand Up” produced by Babyface and L. A. Reid, to support “Stand Up to Cancer”. In March 2011, Carey’s representative Cindi Berger stated that royalties for the song “Save The Day”, which was written for her fourteenth studio album, will be donated to charities that create awareness to human rights issues. Berg also said “Mariah has and continues to donate her time, money and countless hours of personal service to many organizations both here and abroad”.