Michael Jackson will be celebrated in the month of August by his mother Katherine Jackson — and fans and celebrities are invited.
While she has held a birthday celebration for Michael Jackson each year since his death in their hometown of Gary, Indiana, this year Katherine Jackson needs the help of celebrities or fans for performances — and to win a $5,000 prize.
As Music Times points out on July 17, some Michael Jackson tributes can be strange — but this one by his mother is completely different, mainly because it focuses on what was true to Michael Jackson’s heart: charity.
In interviews about Michael Jackson, his mother has explained how charity was extremely important to him. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, in an interview with Good Morning America in 2011, Katherine explained that when Michael Jackson was a little boy, all he wanted to do was help the children of the world.
Katherine Jackson said that he was obsessed with helping other little kids in any way possible, and this continued throughout his life. As well as contributing to countless numbers of charities, there was a shrine to children on display in the home where Michael Jackson last lived.
Along with that, Michael Jackson spread the message of helping children to his own children. Since his death, Michael Jackson’s kids have worked specifically with children in their charity work, and they do it to continue to honor his legacy.
On the anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death in 2014, the International Business Times quotes Prince Jackson as saying the following about “working closely with charities that his father supported in his lifetime, to keep his legacy alive.”
“He was the best father anybody could have. He raised us the right way and there is nothing anyone can do to make us forget about him. He was always concerned about humanity. He helped many charities. In his songs his message was simple — love. We will continue to spread his message.”
Paying homage to the truest dreams of Michael Jackson, his mother organizes an elaborate charity festival each year where kids in need are the stars. Officially called the “Katherine Jackson Presents: ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’ Charity Weekend,” the event is described as an all-ages giveaway and festival for kids in need.
In the past, Michael Jackson fan clubs have described his annual celebration in Gary, Indiana, as taking place outside the home where Michael lived when he was born. The Legendary Michael Jackson fan website stated the following on June 14, 2014.
“The  Michael Jackson Tribute Festival of the Arts will take place in Gary, Indiana on August 28, 29 and 30 at 2300 Jackson Street (the birth home of Michael Jackson)… the event will be showcasing undiscovered talent; in a celebration of The Jackson 5 breakout success from their humble beginnings in Gary.”
For this year’s event theme, Katherine Jackson has a special request for other celebrities, entertainers, or fans who want to volunteer at the Michael Jackson celebration. In a press release published by the Moonwalkers Unite fan website, Michael Jackson’s mom states the following.
“Please let us know if you will be able to donate your time and talents, there will also be several meet and greets, as the children come face to face with their favorite entertainers. Entertainers will do giveaways, sign autographs, speak an encouraging word, or even tell jokes.”
Following the request to join as an entertainer or volunteer at the event, Katherine Jackson gives the telephone number for S.A.W. Productions at 626-378-6076.
The all-ages event honoring Michael Jackson will also include free booths with a “celebrity beauty bar,” haircuts, food drinks, face painting — and lots of music.
Children in need who attend the Michael Jackson event will also get a chance to enter a giveaway to receive free school supplies. Along with backpacks, shoes, and clothing, Michael Jackson’s mother has free computers, cell phones, and iPads.
However, the big news for fans is the $5,000 prize for the Michael Jackson dance contest. To participate in the Michael Jackson dance contest, fans will need to attend the charity celebration in person.
The sixth annual 2015 Michael Jackson Charity event will be held in Gary, Indiana, on August 21 and 22 starting at noon each day. No further information at this time has been published concerning the official 2015 location of the Michael Jackson legacy celebration.
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