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Sabian And Phil Collins Present Check To Children Affected By Aids Foundation

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Photo: (L-R) David Via, SABIAN vice president sales and marketing; Phil Collins; Tom Ladd, Development Director for The Children Affected by AIDS Foundation


In January, 2000, SABIAN and Phil Collins joined forces to launch a charity initiative. To raise funds SABIAN introduced Phil’s Choice, a limited edition 21" Hand Hammered Raw Bell Dry Ride cymbal stamped with the signature of Phil Collins.

In Los Angeles recently, Phil Collins and David Via, SABIAN vice president sales and marketing presented a donation of $35,000 U.S. to the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation. The money, raised through the sale of the Phil’s Choice cymbals will be used by the charity to improve the quality of life for children affected by HIV and the AIDS virus.

Accepting the check was Tom Ladd, development director for the Foundation, who commented: "We are thrilled to be receiving this extraordinary gift. 2001 has been a challenging year for fundraising. Your gift of $35,000 will help many children with items such as clothing, medications, mental health care and permanency planning. This amount will go so very far to help so many. On behalf of the children we serve, you have our deepest gratitude."

Added Collins: "As a parent I appreciate how precious a child is, so I was very happy to join with SABIAN in making this donation become a reality."

In addition to the check, The Children Affected by AIDS Foundation was presented with six Phil’s Choice cymbals – all autographed by Collins – to be auctioned later in the year.

Concluded Via: "SABIAN was delighted to undertake this fundraising role. For us to be able to contribute to such a worthy cause is very humbling. We thank drummers around the world who supported this initiative by purchasing a Phil’s Choice cymbal. They have joined us in making a difference for these children and their families. We particularly thank Phil Collins, who has been most gracious in his involvement with this project. He is a real gentleman and we are honored to have him associated with SABIAN."

For more about The Children Affected by AIDS Foundation: www.CAAF4KIDS.org

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