REAL Change Productions has announced today that award-winning singer and actress Vanessa Williams has signed on to host the Real Change—Artists for Education telecastairing nationally on April 23*. This one-hour program, in partnership with AdoptAClassroom.org and presenting sponsor Office Depot, combines celebrities with philanthropy, plus exclusive musical performances, touching one-on-one interviews and more.
“Vanessa is the perfect host for the Real Change telecast, and we are honored to have her on board,” said Liam Murphy, Founder & CEO of REAL Change Productions. “As the daughter of two teachers, Vanessa shares our desire to help educators and students by bringing necessary school supplies into the classroom.”
Real Change convenes a class of international music superstars including Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Pitbull, Lady Antebellum, Redfoo, Jason Mraz,Quincy Jones and Glee star,Matthew Morrison. Some visit schools in their hometowns while others discuss the teachers that inspired them and surprise deserving students and organizations along the way.
“Education has always played an important role throughout my life,” said Williams. “Now as a mother of four children, I strive to give them the best education possible and hope that they also encounter an influential teacher of their own. It’s important that young students are inspired to chase their dreams and feel that they can make a difference in the world.”
In addition to filming for Real Change, Williams is currently starring on Broadway in “The Trip to Bountiful” alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. and Cicely Tyson. The Emmy-nominated star of such series as “Ugly Betty,” “Desperate Housewives” and “666 Park Avenue” can also be seen in Tyler Perry’s latest film, “Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor.”
Real Change will also feature other noteworthy groups: Adam Braun’s Pencils of Promise Organization, and Quincy Jones’ Musiq Consortium, all organizations that improve the availability and quality of education for children.
*Real Change will premiere nationally on Tuesday, April 23 (two weeks before National Teacher Appreciation Week). Check local TV listings or watch online at LiveRealChange.com.
About REAL Change Productions
REAL Change Productions, LLC (RCP) is a premiere production/consultant company established in 2008. RCP focuses on the creative and business sides in television, film, music and special social platforms that complement the world and create change.
Founder and CEO Liam Murphy is the son of two career public school teachers and created the Television Special “REAL Change—Artists for Education” to help bring to light educational programs that are helping children, teachers and schools. The Real Change Project annual Television Special will inspire the nation to create change. For The Real Change Project updates, follow on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.
Founder James Rosenberg was a mergers and acquisitions attorney when he was mentoring a student at a school for pre-Kindergarten aged physically and mentally delayed children. James was astounded by the lack of resources in the classroom, especially in contrast to the wealth in corporate America that he witnessed in his professional life.
Inspired to “do something,” and with the assistance of law school friend Max Holtzman, James started AdoptAClassroom.org to provide members of the community with an easy way to help teachers. James left his law job in 1998 and has devoted his full time to the mission ever since.
Today, AdoptAClassroom.org increases the opportunity for student success by empowering teachers with community partners and funds to purchase resources for the classroom.
About Office Depot
Office Depot provides office supplies and services through 1,675 worldwide retail stores, a dedicated sales force, top-rated catalogs, and global e-commerce operations. Office Depot has annual sales of approximately $11.5 billion, employs about 39,000 associates, and serves customers in 60 countries around the world.
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