World renowned for her voice, her beauty and her innate talent, music icon DIONNE WARWICK will be honored by the United Nations Women For Peace with its 2016 VOICE OF PEACE Award as she and U.N. Secretary –General Ban Ki-moon lead thousands in a march to end violence against women. Seventy (70) members of Brooklyn’s own Christian Cultural Center Choir will march right behind them singing “What The World Needs Now,” the hit song made famous by Warwick, written by the legendary songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
The annual historic Peace March and rally to end violence against women , attracting thousands of marchers, will be held on Saturday, March 5 at 11:00am at the U.N. at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 47th St. between First and Second Avenues .
Warwick was appointed the first United States Ambassador of Health in 1987 and, in 2002, served as Global Ambassador for Health and Ambassador for the United Nations’ Food & Agricultural Organization.
Warwick said EXCLUSIVELY to HIGHLIGHT HOLLYWOOD: “I am so grateful to have been asked by this most incredible group to be honored with this prestigious award, and moreover, to be the Grand Marshall of this historic march! What greater honor could there be! I am truly beside myself with joy and look forward to lead this rally to the U.N.!”
U.N. and honored participants in this year’s event include Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, Patron the UN Women for Peace Association, HRH Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Francine LeFrak, Founder of Same Sky, Eugenio Lopez Alonso, President of Fundacion Jumex Arte Contemporaneo, Commissioner Cecile Noel, Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, Deputy Chief Juanita Holmes, NYPD Domestic Violence Unit, Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo, National Committee American Foreign Policy, Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of the U.N., and Deputy Executive Director; and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcukva, Under-Secretary General of the United Nations.
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