NEW YORK, Sept. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Pencils of Promise (PoP) a global education non-profit, announced today that Grammy-nominated artist, Wiz Khalifa will be joining musical performers Nico & Vinz, as the 2016 PoP Gala headline performer on Wednesday October 26, 2016 at Cipriani Wall Street. The philanthropic rapper will close the evening with a special performance in support of the millions of children around the globe who don't have access to quality education.
"Kids should be able to chase their dream. Pencils of Promise is allowing them to do that," said Khalifa.
Honorary Event Chair, Grace Raymond, and Creative Director, Luam Keflezgy, will be boldly leading the effort to transform the annual event and take supporters through a world imagined.
"There are 250 million kids around the world who can't read and write. The evening will portray a living world and an environmental utopia, in which all children have access to an education" said Grace Raymond of what guests can anticipate at the event.
The 2016 Gala will feature an awards portion, highlighting the generous partnership with luxury footwear brand Stuart Weitzman. The corporation has supported Pencils of Promise with their Shoes for Schools campaign, through which they funded the construction of three schools -- one in Ghana, Guatemala and Laos. The night will also recognize the long-time dedication of the Womble Family/Collis Foundation.
2016 marks the sixth annual Pencils of Promise Gala to raise funds for children's education in developing countries. Previous honorees and performers have included Justin Bieber, John Legend, Usher, Gary Vaynerchuk, Malala Yousafzai and Scooter Braun. The event will contribute to the organization's efforts of improving access to quality education.
About Pencils of Promise:
Pencils of Promise is a for-purpose organization founded in 2008 with the goal of increasing access to quality education for children in the developing world. PoP works with communities across the globe to build schools and create programs that provide educational opportunities for children. To date, PoP has built over 360 schools and provided access to education to more than 33,000 students throughout Ghana, Guatemala, Laos and Nicaragua, establishing itself as a leader amongst the innovative global nonprofits working toward sustainable social change.
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