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Write a Love Letter to Luther

The Verve Music Group and the American Diabetes Association will kick off “Write a Love Letter to Luther,” a national fundraising campaign for musician Luther Vandross, on August 3. “Write a Love Letter to Luther” offers fans the opportunity to write encouraging letters to Vandross, who suffered a diabetes-related stroke earlier this year. The letters will be accompanied by contributions to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

August 3 is being called the “Love Letter to Luther Day” and has gained many supporters around the country, including the mayors of Los Angeles, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Raleigh, N.C. and Dallas.

The love letter campaign is being launched in conjunction with Verve’s release of Forever, For Always, For Luther, a benefit CD featuring 10 of Vandross’ greatest hits as performed by fellow soul and jazz musicians. The album will be released on July 27.

On October 22, a gala will be held in New York City to benefit ADA featuring several of the artists on Forever, For Always, For Luther. At the concert, the ADA will present the love letters to Vandross’ family and announce the results of the fundraising campaign.

Supporters can send their love letters to Luther along with their contributions to the American Diabetes Association:

American Diabetes Association Forever, For Always, For Luther Fund

1701 North Beauregard

Alexandria, VA 22311

For more information call 1-800-DIABETES or visit

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