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CHAIR AND SPOKESPERSON FOR TIES NEVER BROKEN CAMPAIGN -- Chris Broussard
and Fred Hammond to lead the effort of the "Ties Never Broken" Blue Bow
Tie Campaign --
New York, NY (BlackNews.com) -- Inspired by
President Barack Obama's 2010 Father's Day address, Fathers Incorporated
(FI) has launched its Ties Never Broken campaign. Fathers Incorporated,
a not-for-profit organization in New York is committed to eliminating
fatherlessness and increasing the commitment of men to become mentors.
Over the last several months, the campaign has garnered international
attention and is supported by The White House and several major urban
cities. The Ties Never Broken campaign is symbolized by the social
marketing icon of a "blue bow tie."
New to the team in championing
the mission of responsible fatherhood is Fred Hammond, Grammy Award and
multiple award-winning performer, producer and writer. Hammond joins
fellow co-spokesperson Chris Broussard, journalist and sports analyst
for ESPN. "I am excited to serve in this honorable capacity of saving
our children," states Hammond. "I've spent my life striving to be a
responsible father and man, and I find it unacceptable what's happening
to our children because of the disengagement of fathers and able bodied
"For years, FI has been working in the field of responsible
fatherhood, with the goal of creating effective service models to serve
men," says Kenneth Braswell, executive director of Fathers Incorporated.
"Our biggest struggle in combating both father absence and the lack of
viable mentors is our inability to raise the societal level of
conciseness regarding the importance of responsible male involvement."
is our hope to garner the support of other influential men in sports,
entertainment, business and in our faith-based communities to champion
our efforts. Particularly those who have played impactful fatherhood
roles in television and screen, as well as those who have a passion for
elevating the image of responsible fatherhood and family values," adds
co-spokesperson, Chris Broussard.
About Fred Hammond:
Hammond is a multi-faceted Award-winning contemporary gospel artist,
producer and musical arranger. For more than four decades, he has shared
his musical gift to the world; an accolade few gospel artists can
boast. As a solo artist and member of the pioneering urban group,
Commissioned, he has sold more than 2 million albums. Hammond is a
Grammy Award winner and multiple Stellar Award winner. He has also been
nominated for every major award including the NAACP Image Award, BET
Award and Dove Award. Hammond's first love album, a double-CD set
entitled, "God, Love, & Romance," released earlier this year on
January 31, 2012.
Fathers Incorporated will be engaged in several
projects within the coming months including the kick-off of Fatherhood
Buzz, an initiative with the National Responsible Fatherhood
Clearinghouse (NRFC) and the U.S. Department of Health & Human
Services in support of President Obama's Responsible Fatherhood and
Mentoring Initiative. The NRFC Fatherhood Buzz is an effort to promote
responsible fatherhood and disseminate parenting information to fathers,
families, and the community at-large via one of the most trusted
community resources for men - Barbershops. In honor of Father's Day,
seven targeted cities across the country (Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Los
Angeles, CA; Milwaukee, WI; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; and
Washington, DC) will participate in the inaugural Fatherhood Buzz event
on Saturday, June 16, 2012. FI has also teamed with the McDonald's
Gospel Fest to promote the organization's weMentor campaign in three
cities: Newark, NJ; Chicago, IL; and Philadelphia, PA.
FI partnerships and initiatives include: "Power Down," a campaign to
encourage parents to acknowledge their children's technology habits and
"Rumble Young Man Rumble," mentorship development strategies at the
Muhammad Ali Center and several other activities to highlight the
importance of father involvement. FI is working in partnership with ICF
International, Ad Council and BLH Technologies.
For additional information and updates on the campaign, please visit www.fathersincorporated.com.
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