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Celebrity Relief Benefit Concert for Syria's Children

March 2015

Location to be announced

The #RestoreHappy concert will be an unforgettable evening of social good with a state-of-the art production coupled with a dynamic line up of powerful performers and presenters. #RestoreHappy benefit concert series aims raise awareness and support global humanitarian causes. The 2014 #RestoreHappy concert will raise $5 million USD to support education and mental health programming for Syria’s 1.3 million refugee children.

In partnership with leading international organizations and foundations, the concert integrates digital engagement tools and social media to magnify the concert far beyond the music hall. The #RestoreHappy concert is part of a larger #RestoreHappy public awareness campaign organized by Barmada Consulting and Beats, Rhymes and Relief to humanize the plight of children in conflict that has to date, has engaged over 200,000 people.


The #RestoreHappy Campaign

#RestoreHappy is a public affairs campaign to humanize the plight of children in conflict organized by Beats, Rhymes and Relief and Barmada Consulting. The campaign uses positive engagement through social media, diplomacy initiatives and other public events including art shows, music videos, sporting events, and cultural initiatives. The goal of #RestoreHappy is to engage the international public in supporting humanitarian causes that they may not be familiar with. The focus of the 2014 #RestoreHappy campaign is the children of Syria.

The 2014 #RestoreHappy celebrity benefit concert, organized by Beats, Rhymes and Relief, is the culmination of a larger year-long public relations campaign aimed at highlighting the plight of Syria’s children impacted by over 3 years of conflict, namely advocating for support for education and mental health programming.

Since March 2014, there have been a series of events most notably:

  1. (Restore)Happy music video created as a spin off to the famous Pharrell William’s Happy, featuring refugee Syrian in Jordan (watch);
  2. a 1/3 mile (1,760 ft) long mural “Peace & Hope” painted by over 1,000 Syrian Refugee children in Jordan displayed on the National Mall in Washington DC visited by 10,000+ people over 5 days, 30+ event partners & 100k walking by; &
  3. “To the Children of Syria” messages from American public to send to the Syrian children, with over 300 photo messages collected to date.


Host Committee

Congressman-CarsonCongressman André Carson

First elected as part of a special election in early 2008, Congressman André Carson is now serving in his 3rd full term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Since taking office, he has established himself as an influential leader and respected public servant, fighting for good paying jobs, economic growth, and safer communities for Indiana’s working families. During the 113th Congress, Carson serves as a Senior Whip for the House Democratic Caucus and as a member of the Congressional Black Caucus’s Executive Leadership Team, allowing him to fight for Indiana’s 7th Congressional District at the highest levels of political leadership.
Congressman Carson has consistently fought for the Middle Class, securing more than $500 million for investments in public safety, education, infrastructure, and the creation and protection of thousands of good paying jobs. Additionally, the Congressman has made accessibility a priority for his office, holding regular meetings around the district and hosting Congress on Your Corner events to ensure constituents have easy access to the resources and information they need.In Washington, Carson fought to pass the historic health care reform law, which provides families and business with better health insurance options and makes health care more affordable and accessible for tens of millions of Americans. As a former member of the House Financial Services Committee, he also helped pass Wall Street Reform, which protects consumers by ending government bailouts and the risky lending practices that almost destroyed our economy.In the 113th Congress, Rep. Carson serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as well as on the powerful House Armed Services Committee – a fitting appointment as Congressman Carson has already experienced notable legislative success in the issues surrounding our armed forces. In 2011, President Obama signed two pieces of Carson legislation into law: The Service Members Mental Health Screening Act, which ensures comprehensive evaluation of mental health assessments before and after deployment, and the Military Families Financial Preparedness Act, which provides service members and their spouses with financial counseling before leaving the military.Congressman Carson is a proud Indianapolis native, having grown up on the city’s east side. He is a graduate of Arsenal Tech High School, and he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management from Concordia University-Wisconsin and a Masters in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University.Before taking office, Congressman Carson served on the Indianapolis City-County Council and worked full-time in law enforcement. Carson previously worked for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security in the anti-terrorism unit.Congressman Carson is married to local educator Mariama Carson. They are the proud parents of a seven-year old daughter, Salimah, and live in Center Township.http://carson.house.gov/

Congressman-KeithCongressman Keith Ellison

Rep. Ellison has represented the Fifth Congressional District of Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives since taking office on January 4, 2007. The Fifth Congressional District is the most vibrant and ethnically diverse district in Minnesota with a rich history and traditions.The Fifth District includes the City of Minneapolis and the surrounding suburbs.Rep. Ellison’s philosophy is one of “generosity and inclusiveness.” His roots as a community activist and his message of inclusivity through democratic participation resonates throughout the Fifth District. His priorities in Congress are: promoting peace, prosperity for working families, environmental sustainability, and civil and human rights.

Honey Al SayedHoney Al SayedRadio host/producer and Media & Creative Consultant

Ms. Al Sayed is an an award-winning media presenter; and an accomplished bilingual communications professional and media veteran with varied background in all aspects of media, art and culture consultancy, and public speaking. She was the host and producer of the most popular Syrian radio show, Good Morning Syria, an award-winning program with six million listeners. Co-founder of RO’YA Association and SouriaLi radio. She is an ideas person with an entrepreneurial spirit.
She has a Bachelor of Science in Communication Media & Liberal Studies from the Lebanese American University 1997. Currently attending the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University to do her Global Master of Arts Program in International Affairs. http://www.honeyalsayed.com, http://souriali.com

Young Humanitarian Host Committee

Christy-DelafieldChristy DelafieldNGO Advisor

Christy Delafield has served in executive roles for many Syrian organizations advocating for the capacity building of Syrian NGOs in humanitarian aid packages. She has designed professional development, legislative strengthening and technical assistance programs in parliaments in the Middle East and North Africa. Delafield studied French and International Relations at The Pennsylvania State University and was subsequently awarded a Fulbright teaching grant.

Samar-AliSamar AliDirector, Lodestone Advisory Group

Samar Ali serves as a Director with Lodestone Advisory Group. She supports clients with international engagements, business development and market entry strategy. Samar is also a Senior Advisor to GSIS, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm specializing in security and data analytics, and serves as an Adjunct Professor with Vanderbilt University. Samar also practices at the firm of Bone, McAllester, Norton, PLLC, where she specializes in private diplomacy and cross-border transactions.

Samar was most recently nominated as the co-chair of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s Tennessee Initiative. She is a member of the Leadership Nashville Class of 2013-2014; served as a 2012 U.S. delegate to the U.S. – Italy Young Leaders Summit; and as a U.S. delegate to the World Islamic Economic Forum. Samar also serves on the following boards: the Vanderbilt Alumni Board, the Vanderbilt Law School Board of Trust, the International Business Council of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors to the St. Thomas Medical Center, the Tennessee Justice Center, and the Women In Numbers Junior Board.

Previously, Samar served as the Assistant Commissioner for International Affairs to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s administration in the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD). In this position, she was tasked with managing Tennessee’s global relations through the establishment of ECD’s International Division; creating ECD’s Five-Year International Strategy for job growth amongst small- and medium-size businesses; working with Tennessee entrepreneurs to expand their access to global opportunities; and opening and managing investment recruitment and export development offices in key locations around the world.

Before joining ECD, Samar served as a White House Fellow in President Barack Obama’s administration and worked closely with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, where she focused on both foreign and domestic policy issues relating to national security in the US, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. In this position, she also co-led the 2010 White House Fellows Delegation to China and served in an advisory position on the White House Arab-American Kitchen Cabinet to the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. Immediately following this appointment, Samar joined President Jimmy Carter on an International Election Monitor Delegation to witness the Presidential Elections in Egypt.

Prior to her receiving the White House Fellowship, she was an Associate with the firm Hogan Lovells US LLP’s Washington, D.C. office where she was responsible for counseling clients on mergers & acquisitions, Shariah compliant transactions, cross-border transactions, finance and international business matters. During her time with Hogan Lovells, she was also a founding member of the firm’s Middle East office located in the United Arab Emirates. Samar clerked for The Honorable Gilbert S. Merritt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and for The Honorable Edwin Cameron, now of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, where she also worked extensively on editing his book, Witness to AIDS.

Samar received a J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School and a B.S. in Political Science with Honors from Vanderbilt University, where she served as Student Body President. Samar also chairs the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s Tennessee Initiative.

Trystin Kier FrancisTrystin Kier FrancisPrincipal and Chief Creative Officer, Trystin Kier Company

Trystin Kier Francis, Allied ASID is Principal and Chief Creative Officer for the Trystin Kier Company an Interior Design firm specializing in Residential and commercial interiors, design education and design therapy. Armed with the creative genius of some the greatest Parisian couturiers’, Trystin is a gifted Artist, Designer, and Television Personality. He is one of the most noted young African American professional designers on the east coast. He is known among Washington movers and shakers as the “48 Hour Designer” as a result of his 2010, rapid redesign of current D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s Executive Office Suite. A consummate professional and perfectionist, Trystin has an obsession with elegance, style, and possesses an incredible eye for great detail. Trystin has an impressive professional background having rubbed shoulders and worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment and politics formerly as an Event Designer. He has been profiled in the Style and House call sections of the Washington Post, is a recipient of the Envest Foundation’s 2013 top “40 under 40 award, the winner of the Washington City Paper’s Best of D.C. 2013 “Best Interior Designer” and Radio One’s 2011 top “30 under 30” award. Trystin was recently ranked among Washington, D.C.’s Black Elite in the 2013-2014 addition of “Who’s Who in Black Washington, DC “.

Trystin attended the world-renowned National Academy of Fine Arts while in high school and studied under legendary artist Doris Stahl and Joan Harmon respectively. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree Mass Communications Television Broadcasting from Benedict College, a Master of Arts degree in Mass Communications and Media Studies from the Howard University John H. Johnson School of Communications, and a Diploma of Interior Design from the Interior Design Institute of San Francisco.

The Concert

March 2015
Stay tuned for more concert details and ticket information


Music+Syria+SocialGood digital conversation
VIP Diplomatic & Celebrity Reception
#RestoreHappy Concert
Intermission #RestoreHappy Photo pop-up booths & merchandise sales
After Party
March 2015 Location to be announced

#RestoreHappy Components

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A digital conversation hosted by Beats, Rhymes & Relief in partnership with the Youth and Livelihoods group of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the Plus Social Partners including United Nations Foundation, Case Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Cisco, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The 1 hour panel, made possible with a donation from the United Nations Foundation, will feature 4 experts and is expected to reach 100,000 people online.

Peace & Hope

On October 23-27, a 1/3 mile (1,760 feet) canvas painted by 1000+ Syrian refugee children will be displayed on the National Mall, Washington DC. The exhibit is a non-political cultural diplomacy initiative aimed at educating the public about the plight of Syrian refugees, promoting education and mental health initiatives for children. It will be displayed during the Marine Corps Marathon.


Opening event: October 23, 5-7pm
Exhibit: October 24-27, 8am-6pm daily.

For Additional information:

VIP Reception

A host committee of notable influencers will join us in welcoming VIP guests to a private cocktail reception and live jazz performance, by Luis Faife Quartet. The reception will provide a space for exclusive access to with celebrity guests, performers, sponsors and benefactors, including professional photo opportunities, meet-and-greet, and a chance to mingle with DC influencers.

Livestream & Online engagement

The full concert will be streamed live online with engaging simultaneous live tweeting. The concert will launch a text-to-donate and click-to-donate campaign that will run in parallel to the concert to promote individual contributions from in person attendees and online audience.

Performers & Celebrities

The #RestoreHappy celebrity relief benefit concert will feature performances by popular hip hop and top billboard artists. More information coming soon.

Art Installation Global Debut

October 23-27, 2014 - National Mall, Washington DC

Additional information on Eventbrite

On October 23-27, 2014 ‘Peace & Hope: A Gift From the Children of Syria to the World’ will make a global debut on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The 1,760 foot canvas (536 meters) shares the stories of over 1,000 Syrian refugee children and youth. The art exhibit is an apolitical cultural diplomacy exhibit aimed at educating people about the plight of Syrian children & youth displaced by over 3 years of conflict that has left millions in need of life-saving aid. These are their stories. Of hope. Pain. Peace. Dreams. Innocence. Devastation.

Exhibit open daily from 8:00am – 6:00pm between October 24-27

Global Debut & Ribbon Cutting :
October 23, 2014 – 5:00pm – 7:00pm
National Mall, Washington DC
Featuring a fusion jazz performance by Luis Faife Quartet
Event is FREE and Open to the public
More details and RSVP: http://restorehappy.eventbrite.com/
Questions: hazami@barmadaconsulting.com
Join us on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/events/562815737179094/

For Additional informationhttp://restorehappy.eventbrite.com/



All proceeds from #RestoreHappy will support 5 carefully selected US-based 501(c)3 charitable organizations working on education and mental health programming for Syrian children in Syria, Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon. Selected organizations have no political affiliations, are non-religious and neutral.

UNHCRsave-the-childrenmercycorps    unicefsrd

Partners & Sponsors


Beats, Rhymes & Relief is working with corporate sponsor partners, NGOs, government agencies and private philanthropists on ensuring a successful concert.

We look forward to working with corporations and organizations interested in gaining exposure and support in one of the most sought after demographic niches in the U.S. The #RestoreHappy concert will be a great opportunity for you to expand your network among some of the biggest names in arts and international relief. We have customized sponsorship packages and look forward to working with you to ensure you receive optimum branding and the results you desire. Sponsorship exposure may include promotional videos, press release, digital media, #RestoreHappy concert stage branding, VIP reception sponsorship, #RestoreHappy concert swag bags and celebrity acknowledgments.

For enquiries regarding partnership opportunities for #RestoreHappy concert, please contact concert@beatsrhymesandrelief.org.

If you wish to partner and/or sponsor the larger #RestoreHappy campaign, including the art installation, kindly email partner@beatsrhymesandrelief.org or hazami@barmadaconsulting.com.


About Beats, Rhymes and Relief

Beats, Rhymes & Relief is a US based NGO that utilizes the arts to inspire actions for social good.

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