Katy Perry Joins Local Veterans Matter Effort

Posted Jul 21st, 2014 by ken leslie  Category: Arts & Entertainment


July 21, 2014


Katy Perry is partnering with Veterans Matter, the local charity whose focus is homeless veterans, and offering the chance to meet her backstage plus 2 VIP tickets to any one of her six upcoming Midwest concert performances. Fans can bid on this exclusive opportunity beginning today on the eBay Giving Works non-profit platform.

“Shine a Light with Katy Perry to Help House Homeless Veterans” is the theme of a unique fund raising opportunity supported by the award winning perennial superstar. With Katy’s help, you have a chance to light up the lives of homeless veterans and facilitate their being able to get off the streets and into safe housing.

Veterans Matter, a national program of 1Matters, a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit with roots going back to 1990, was started by founder Ken Leslie in 2012 after he learned that the biggest obstacle facing thousands of homeless veterans eligible for waiting long- term housing assistance was simply the lack of a rental deposit. Veterans Matter provides that deposit directly to the landlord and has now housed 350 veterans in six states.

“Katy’s huge heart and compassion for those in need is well documented. Homeless veterans are being beaten, robbed, and even killed on the streets of our nation; we’d be outraged if this happened overseas. In addition helping raise funds, she is also letting these vets know that America has not abandoned them,” said Leslie.

Veterans Matter partners with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veteran Affairs (VA) to provide rental deposits to homeless veterans that qualify for voucher-assisted living but can’t fund the initial housing costs.

Dubbed “Woman of the Year” by Billboard in 2012, Perry has supported a wide range of organizations and causes dedicated to the welfare and betterment of humanity at large.

The winning bidder for this “Shine a Light with Katy Perry” package will be able to choose among 5 Midwest concert locations, part of her ongoing Prismatic World Tour including Chicago (Aug. 7, 8) , Grand Rapids (Aug. 10) , Auburn Hills (Aug. 11) Columbus (Aug. 12) and Cleveland (Aug 14)

Visit VeteransMatter.org/katy and Facebook.com/VeteransMatter for more information and to join the campaign.

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