The Amy Winehouse Foundation, the nonprofit created by the late singer’s parents after her death at age 27, will host the first annual Amy Winehouse Inspiration Awards and Gala on October 11, 2012, in New York City.
The event, which will take place at the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria, will honor those whose work has helped “inspire greatness in others,” according to the foundation. Tony Bennett, who sang “Body & Soul” with Winehouse on his Duets II album and donated a portion of proceeds from the recording to support the Amy Winehouse Foundation’s music programs, will receive one of this year’s Inspiration Awards.
Winehouse’s parents, Mitch and Janis Winehouse, launched the U.S. branch of the foundation at Joe’s Pub in New York City in April. While the foundation had already raised a million pounds for U.K.-based children’s hospices, the mission of the U.S. branch is to support music therapy and after-school programs for disadvantaged children.
“We feel that if you put a musical instrument in somebody’s hand, they’re never going to put a gun in their hands,” Winehouse said at the launch. The foundation recently raised $10,000 to support the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s after-school programs for children in districts that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina.