Peter Criss To Appear at First Annual World TrAID911 Benefit

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NEW YORK, Nov 1, 2001 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Toys "R" Us Children's Fund, Inc. will be the presenting sponsor for a stellar cast of celebrities to perform at the Hammerstein Ballroom on November 5th to raise cash for educational assistance to the children and spouses of those killed, or permanently disabled as a result of the terrorist attack on 9/11. Chevy Chase will play host to an all star line up which includes Richard Belzer, Tom Cavanaugh, Lenny Clarke, Charlotte Church, Felicia Collins, Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra, Catherine Crier, Peter Criss of Kiss, Hallie Eisenberg, Adam Ferrara, Rod Gilbert of the NY Rangers, Gilbert Gottfried, Carol Kane, Cyndi Lauper, Denis Leary, Carlos Leone, Jackie "the Jokeman" Martling, PM Dawn, Joan Osborne, Mary Louise Parker, Seal, Tony Roberts, Colin Quinn, Treat Williams as well as cast members from The Job, Law and Order, 100 Center Street, Oz, The Sopranos, and Third Watch. (Artists are subject to change.) Other artists will be added to the bill as confirmed.

Also, Saturn is donating an all new 2002 VUE-a compact Sport Utility Vehicle, to be raffled off. Raffle tickets will be sold for $25.00.

The event is being produced by Josselyne Herman Saccio, co-owner of bicoastal management/production company, REVE Entertainment Group, who started the event after being inspired by her 5-year-old daughter, Sophie's efforts to raise cash for the children. A magnificent 20'x40' American Flag, painted with handprints of young New York school children, along with the assistance of the NYFD, will be the spectacular backdrop for the evening. Proceeds from the Benefit and a documentary about making the flag, as well as a book compiled of children's' poems and illustrations, shown and read at the event, will go to the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund (TM). The Fund, with Bill Clinton and Bob Dole chairing key fundraising efforts, will be managed by the Citizen's Scholarship Foundation of America."