The Jackson Family Foundation is scheduled to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Michael Jackson’s passing with “Forever Michael,” a red carpet event that will unite “family members, celebrities, fans, supporters and the community to celebrate and honor his legacy,” according to Michael’s official site. The event will take place on June 26th, one day after the year anniversary of the King of Pop’s death, at Los Angeles’ Beverly Hills Hilton. Tickets for the Forever Michael celebration are currently on sale at the website of VoicePlate Productions, who are organizing the event along with the Jackson Family Foundation. So far, no specific family members or celebrities attending have been confirmed.
Proceeds from the celebration will benefit the Jackson Family Foundation, a group that sounds like the trust established for Michael Jackson’s mother and children in his will, but is actually a foundation set up by family patriarch Joe Jackson to “generate capital to build the Jackson Family Museum, Michael’s Performing Arts & Cultural Center in Gary, Indiana.” As Rolling Stone reported last week, the Indiana project will be funded by donations and investments and not taxpayer money. However, the initiative has not received permission from the Estate of Michael Jackson to use the King of Pop’s copyright (Joe Jackson was written out of Michael’s will). It remains unclear whether the Michael Jackson Estate officially sanctioned the Forever Michael celebration. Calls to the VoicePlate offices were not returned by press time.
According to a report on X17, Michael’s younger brother Randy Jackson revealed last week that the family would allow fans to visit Michael’s resting place, an entombment in a mausoleum at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, on June 25th. However, anticipating a massive wave of Jackson fans, the operators of Forest Lawn Memorial Park countered that fans would not be permitted to visit Michael’s plot. TMZ reports that the Jackson family and the cemetery are in discussions to allow at least some fans to drop off flowers and pay their respects to the King of Pop.