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Artist Ben Folds Supports Music Therapy

January 16, 2013 01:15 PM

A Message from Ben Folds In Honor Of National Day Of Service January 19th

In honor of National Day of Service, January 19, 2013, Ben is performing on the Mall in Washington, D.C. that day in front of a crowd of thousands of community service volunteers who are gathering from around the country. The community service he has chosen to represent is Music Therapy, and he would like to encourage others to post what their community service passion is at




National Day of Service 2013 – Washington DC

A National Day of Service will kick off the 2013 Presidential Inauguration with a Service Summit on the National Mall in Washington DC on Saturday, January 19, 2013. The public is invited to participate in service projects and special programming from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Speakers and performers at the Service Summit will include Honorary Chair Chelsea Clinton, PIC Co-Chair Eva Longoria, singer-songwriter Ben Folds, Iraq war veteran and Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, American Heart Association spokesperson and television personality Star Jones, actress Angela Bassett, gospel singer Yolanda Adams, U.S. Rep and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, and the Washington Children's Choir. The event will be emceed by 94.7 Fresh FM host Tommy McFly.

The National Day of Service will highlight the following themes: community resilience, economic development, education, environment, faith, health, and veterans and military families. The public can sign up for the Service Summit on the National Mall at Nearly 100 service organizations will be on hand conducting service projects and training citizens to serve in their communities throughout the coming year. Volunteers can paint a portable mural for a local school with Greater DC Cares or work with faith-based organizations to craft cards for hospitalized and foster care children. The Red Cross will offer CPR and AED training, and First Book will fill backpacks with new books for children in need. With a series of hands-on activities, Share Our Strength will teach ways to select healthy foods on a budget.