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The two-and-a-half hour DVD contains 19 powerful songs by 11 top artists with many exclusive performances including:
The Prayer with international superstar Celine Dion and triple p latinum phenomenon Josh Groban; Maybe by Latin singing sensation Enrique Igelsias; Help Me by former Backstreet Boy Nick Carter; Winter Games by Grammy-award-winning composer/producer/musician David Foster; Hits Medley by legendary Chicago singer and songwriter Peter Cetera; I Believe I Can Fly by Gospel superstar Yolanda Adams; Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Nita Whitaker; Spiderman by Warner Bros. crooner Michael Bublé. Also featured is an original song, “Aren’t They All Our Children,” with music by David Foster and lyrics by his wife, Linda Thompson, created in honor of World Children’s Day. This international fundraiser held at McDonald’s restaurants worldwide on November 20, 2002 raised an estimated $15-20 million for RMHC and children’s causes worldwide.
The DVD contains never-before-seen footage of the making of the World Children’s Day anthem; Celine Dion and Nick Carter visits to a Ronald McDonald House and artist comments, interviews, bios and photos.
All performances were created from a high-definition television master with wide screen 16x9 picture and Digital Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound to maximize the home theater experience. They were recorded in the fall of 2002 during the “Concert for World Children’s Day,” performed at the RMHC Awards of Excellence celebration in Chicago. The Concert later aired as a special on ABC-TV.
“By purchasing this unique DVD, people can enjoy a piece of music history and at t he same time, help us help children in critical need around the world,” said Ken Barun, President and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities. “We are especially grateful to all the artists who made this once-in–a-lifetime opportunity available to us.”
Ronald McDonald House Charities, a non-profit, 501(c)3, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children through its network of 174 local Chapters currently serving in 44 countries. Named one of America's Top 100 Charities by Worth magazine in 2001 and 2002, the Charity makes grants to not for-profit organizations and provides support to Ronald McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles worldwide. To date, Ronald McDonald House Charities' national body and global network of local Chapters have awarded more than $340 million in grants to children's programs.
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