Author: Connie Mills

Steven Tyler’s Grammy Gala raises $2.4 million for Janie’s Fund

Steven Tyler brings together Hollywood and rock legends to help to girls through Janie’s Fund, philanthropic partnership with Youth Villages   LOS ANGELES, CA (January 28, 2018) – Earlier this evening, iconic singer, songwriter, humanitarian, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and four-time GRAMMY Award winner Steven Tyler, and Live Nation celebrated the inaugural Janie’s Fund Gala with an exclusive live viewing of the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, elegant dinner, and unforgettable night of performances at the historic RED Studios Hollywood.   The inaugural event raised over $2.4 million dollars for Janie’s Fund, a philanthropic initiative created...

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Mentoring changes lives at Youth Villages-Inner Harbour Campus

James Harper, a happily married father of three, was relaxing in his living room a few hours after dinner time. It was raining and his daughters were baking cookies in the kitchen.   “It was late and we weren’t expecting company,” Harper said. “When my girls called out to me about a stranger walking up our long driveway, we were all concerned.”   Harper opened the front door to a wet, frightened boy standing on his porch. His name was Tyler and he had left the Youth Villages-Inner Harbour campus without permission. Tyler regretted his decision and asked if...

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Steven Tyler and Live Nation presents inaugural gala benefitting Janie’s Fund

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 26, 2018) – Iconic singer, songwriter and humanitarian, Steven Tyler, and Live Nation will present the inaugural Janie’s Fund gala and GRAMMY Awards® viewing party on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the historic RED Studios Hollywood. The exclusive event will include a star-studded red carpet, live viewing of the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, live auction, dinner, and a musical performance.   Attendees will be treated to a multi-course dinner menu designed by GRAMMY Award-winning singer, best-selling cookbook author and lifestyle expert Trisha Yearwood. Following the dinner and telecast, Steven Tyler and his Nashville based band, LOVING MARY, will take the stage for a can’t-miss special live performance to close out the night.   Co-chair supporters for the event include Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Andrea Bocelli, Bo Derek, Britney Spears, Sir Elton John, Jim Carrey, Joaquin Phoenix, Joe & Marjorie Walsh, Kate Hudson, Lionel Richie, Sharon Stone, Whoopi Goldberg, and Yoko Ono.   Proceeds from the event will benefit Janie’s Fund, a philanthropic initiative created by Tyler in partnership with the national family services nonprofit Youth Villages to bring hope and healing to girls across America who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect. Tyler first gave voice to this cause with his hit “Janie’s Got a Gun,” and his establishment of the fund ensures that these vulnerable girls will have an enduring voice for...

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Jahnia overcomes her anger, learns to express her feelings

When Jahnia, 15, arrived at Youth Villages-Inner Harbour campus, she didn’t want to speak to anyone. At home, she had been hanging out with a tough crowd. Then, she ran away, ending up in a local youth detention center. By the time, she came to campus, Jahnia was defiant, aggressive, and unmotivated. “All it took was one wrong word for Jahnia to become angry or shut down completely,” said Ann Demian, her Youth Villages therapist. “She had a negative attitude toward everyone, including myself, but I knew there was more to her than that.” Demian and Jahnia met for...

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Tommy finds a turning point at Youth Villages residential campus

Tommy, 16, was brought to Youth Villages-Inner Harbour campus by his mother. But he didn’t see it coming. “When my mom and I pulled up to the campus, I had no clue what was going on,” Tommy said. “I didn’t even know what Youth Villages was.” Tommy’s mother had a reason for not warning her son that she was taking him to residential treatment. She was afraid of how Tommy would react. “When Tommy first came to us here at Inner Harbour, he was extremely volatile,” said Haley Gresham, Youth Villages family intervention specialist. “He was verbally aggressive and...

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