Phem Phat Entertainment Group’s Ebonnie Rowe has managed to keep Toronto’s Honey Jam, the multi-genre female singing showcase at which Nelly Furtado was discovered, alive for 16 years. No matter how difficult that has been, she has always donated partial proceeds from ticket sales to a women’s charity and when Honey Jam has not broken even, she dips into her own pocket.
This year, continuing a relationship that has lasted six years, the recipient of Honey Jam 2011, slated for August 11 at the Mod Club, is YWCA Toronto’s programs for women and girls.
“In 2005, I was given a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award and The Y was very good to me,” Rowe tells Samaritanmag. “It was a difficult time for me. I’d just lost my father and I had a major operation and they really made me feel like a part of their family.”
Previous to that, PhemPhat made donations on behalf of Honey Jam to Big Sisters of Toronto; East One, Teach One’s Sista 2 Sista mentoring group; the Immigrant Women’s Job Placement Centre; At The Crossroads Women’s Art Journal; the Coalition for AIDS Prevention, Breast Cancer Research; Sistering; and the Voices of Positive Women.
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