DNCC - First-Ever Convention Interfaith Gathering to Feature Diverse Array of Leaders from the Faith Community

Top National and Local Religious Leaders to Speak, Richard Smallwood & Vision among Featured Performers

DENVER – At 2:00 PM MT, The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) will kick-off the 2008 Convention with its first ever Democratic National Convention Interfaith Gathering at the Wells Fargo Theater, located inside the Colorado Convention Center.

Bishop Charles E. Blake, Presiding Prelate of the Church of God In Christ, Inc. and pastor at the West Angeles Church of God In Christ; Dr. Ingrid Mattson, President of the Islamic Society of North America; social activist Sister Helen Prejean and Rabbi Tzvi Weinreb, Executive Vice President of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, will keynote the event. Musical selections will be performed by Grammy® award winning gospel artist Richard Smallwood & Vision, The Spirituals Project of Denver and the Trinity United Methodist Church Choir.  Along with remarks from Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Governor Howard Dean, DNCC CEO Leah D. Daughtry and members of the local clergy community will also be featured at the gathering.

WHO:
Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr.
Bishop Charles E. Blake, Presiding Prelate of the Church of God In Christ, Inc. and Pastor, West Angeles Church of God In Christ
Dr. Ingrid Mattson, President of the Islamic Society of North America
Social Activist Sister Helen Prejean
Rabbi Tzvi Weinreb, Executive Vice President of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America
Governor Howard Dean, DNC Chairman
Leah D. Daughtry, DNCC CEO

Imam Abdur-Rahim Ali of the Northeast Denver Islamic Center
Rabbi Steven Foster from Congregation Emmanuel
Dr. Polly Baca, Center for Spirituality at Work
Reverend Lucia Guzman, Director, Human Rights/Community Relations
Richard Smallwood & Vision
The Spirituals Project
Trinity United Methodist Church Choir 
The Denver Indian Singers

WHAT:
First-ever Interfaith Gathering to kick-off the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

WHEN:
TOMORROW, August 24th, 2008
12:30 PM MT Media Access begins
1:45 PM MT Musical Selections Begin
2:00 PM MT Formal Program Begins

WHERE:
Wells Fargo Theater
Colorado Convention Center –
700 14th Street
Denver, CO
*Media entrance on 14th Street and California Street side.*
Note: Power and mult box will be provided. Throw is approx 40’. Satellite truck parking on Ring Road outside the Wells Fargo Theater.