A thread where all charitable events Michael is involved in 2016 can be reported.   They can range from MBC involvement to golf competitions to his other charitable work he will no doubt do throughout the year.  

Firstly to be reported is wonderful news concerning the Michael Bolton Charities and their new projects they have announced.  Here is link which gives insight to two Music Therapy programmes they are starting with one being at the Clifford Beers Clinic which is the charity dear to the heart of Michael's late beloved mother, Helen with other being at BH Care-Umbrella Centre for Domestic Violence with both being located in New Haven, CT.

http://www.michaelboltoncharities.com/index.php/2-uncategorised/22-...

They are also launching a programme to start a Family Justice Centre in New Haven.

Both projects are detailed in this poster issued by MBC.

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Oh wow, super and thanks so much for share Gail, thanks !!! :)

Sylvia   Your wee Scottish friend

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This is amazing . Thank you.

Two lovely pics of Michael at the RFK Human Rights Gala Dinner last night.  First shows him on stage singing "Hallelujah" and comes courtesy of RFK Human Rights.  Second shows him with Janos Martin, Director of Policy and Campaigns, and comes courtesy of Janos.

Here is link into video of the guests giving special performance of the Bobby Kennedy speech in Indianapolis just after Martin Luther King's assassination and Michael is the last performer finishing with "Hallelujah" the tune to which you can hear throughout the performance  It was shown live last night on the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights FB page

https://www.facebook.com/RFKHumanRights/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE

Hear is the complete historic speech that Bobby gave that night, 4th April, 1968.

"Ladies and Gentlemen,

I'm only going to talk to you just for a minute or so this evening, because I have some -- some very sad news for all of you -- Could you lower those signs, please? -- I have some very sad news for all of you, and, I think, sad news for all of our fellow citizens, and people who love peace all over the world; and that is that Martin Luther King was shot and was killed tonight in Memphis, Tennessee.

Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice between fellow human beings. He died in the cause of that effort. In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it's perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in. For those of you who are black -- considering the evidence evidently is that there were white people who were responsible -- you can be filled with bitterness, and with hatred, and a desire for revenge.

We can move in that direction as a country, in greater polarization -- black people amongst blacks, and white amongst whites, filled with hatred toward one another. Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand, and to comprehend, and replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand, compassion, and love.

For those of you who are black and are tempted to fill with -- be filled with hatred and mistrust of the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I would only say that I can also feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man.

But we have to make an effort in the United States. We have to make an effort to understand, to get beyond, or go beyond these rather difficult times.

My favorite poem, my -- my favorite poet was Aeschylus. And he once wrote:

Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget
falls drop by drop upon the heart,
until, in our own despair,
against our will,
comes wisdom
through the awful grace of God.

What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love, and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black.

So I ask you tonight to return home, to say a prayer for the family of Martin Luther King -- yeah, it's true -- but more importantly to say a prayer for our own country, which all of us love -- a prayer for understanding and that compassion of which I spoke.

We can do well in this country. We will have difficult times. We've had difficult times in the past, but we -- and we will have difficult times in the future. It is not the end of violence; it is not the end of lawlessness; and it's not the end of disorder.

But the vast majority of white people and the vast majority of black people in this country want to live together, want to improve the quality of our life, and want justice for all human beings that abide in our land.

And let's dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people.

Thank you very much."

Sylvia  Your wee Scottish friend

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Hi Sylvia, I misunderstood your post and thought Michael was singing in the video, but thanks for the share of the transcription. Take care. Hugs, sincerely, Sylvie Qc Canada :D

Michael does sing in the video Sylvie, right at the end.  Possibly because the link takes you into the FB page of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights page and there has been another post added after the live streaming one you are possibly listening to wrong vid.  Here is a link into my page on FB where I have shared the video so see if that helps.  You hear, I believe, two of his granddaughters talking and then in come the special guests who recite the whole of the speech from Indianapolis.  At end you hear, and once again not too sure (too far away) but believe it is his daughter Kerrie Kennedy, saying a few words and then Michael walks on stage and starts singing

https://www.facebook.com/MBaroundtheworld/posts/753273251492034 

Sylvia   Your wee Scottish friend

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Hey Sylvia, thanks a lot: I got it! It's too short, but wonderful none the less, thanks again for sharing. Take care. Hugs, sincerely, Sylvie Qc Canada :D

Here are some of Michael outside the RFK event:

http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Michael+Bolton/RFK+Human+Rights+Ripple...

Thanks for share Gail, thanks !!! :)

Here is another pic of Michael with Elisa All Schmitz which Elisa has shared.  Elisa has asked, when using her pic, if could include link to 30Seconds.com which she founded and here is link as requested.  https://30seconds.com/  

Sylvia   Your wee Scottish friend

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