Media Headliners Grab Stage in Washington

“Capitol CAREaoke” Benefits Childhelp®; Helps Abused and Neglected Children in America”

Washington, D.C. and Scottsdale, Ariz.—(Oct. 2, 2006)  Oblivious to tone, they crooned all night, loudly belting out well-known tunes such as “You’re So Vain,” “I Got You Babe” and “These Boots Are Made For Walkin.’” Many of the nation’s high-profile media members gathered Sept. 27th to perform at the inaugural “Capitol CAREeaoke” benefit for Childhelp in Washington, D.C. Emcees Rebecca Cooper of ABC 7/WJLA-TV and Fox News Channel’s James Rosen (who sang Paul McCartney’s famous hit “When I’m 64”) oversaw the event, which was held at the Sewall-Belmont House.

Participating media luminaries also included: Chris Matthews (MSNBC), Kathleen Matthews (ABC 7 News), Kelli Arena (CNN) Dana Bash (CNN), Steve Handelsman (NBC News), Doug Hill (ABC 7 Meteorologist), Brian Van de Graf (ABC 7), Megyn Kendall (Fox News Channel), and Jessica Yellin (ABC White House Correspondent).

Several lawmakers who attended the fete included Congresswoman Mary Bono (R-Calif.), Congressman Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Florida Congressman Connie Mack (R-Ft. Meyers). One highlight was Rep. Markey’s frightful rendition of “I Got You Babe,” performed with his esteemed wife, Dr. Susan Blumenthal, prompting Rep. Bono to comment that she “would like to buy the royalties to it.”

“It was a great hit – everyone tossed aside any hint of bashfulness and went for the high notes during their turns at the mike. The main thing is that the event spotlights and helps abused children in our country, which too many people don’t realize is an escalating problem, “said ABC’s Cooper. “Four children die from abuse every day in our country, and so the media community banded together and created a platform supporting those who have made it their mission to try and stop it. We wanted to raise awareness for Childhelp – it’s simply the best organization I’ve ever worked with.”

Childhelp, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., is one of the leading national non-profits dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Co-founders and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Nominees Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson were on-hand to savor the festivities.

“We were amazed at the level of warmth and laughter throughout the evening, and so touched by the passion for helping children that filled the night,” said Sara O’Meara. “Childhelp is committed to healing the broken spirits and lives of children who have suffered abuse. We are thrilled that so many wonderful people made this important event a success for the children.”

Event sponsors included Verizon Wireless, St. John, Freddie Mac Foundation, Deloitte, AIG, Adeler Jewelers, FBR and Wachovia.