Amy Winehouse Foundation Has Raised More Than $372,000 Since Her Untimely Death
The Amy Winehouse Foundation, established after the singer's death in 2011, has raised more than $372,000 in its first 12 months and plans to double that figure by the end of 2012.
U.K. news site Metro reported the financial details, as well as the foundation's goal to up its earnings to more than $800,000 by the end of the calendar year. The organization's income has come from both private donations and fundraisers, including the sale of Winehouse's 'Back to Black' dress, which sold for $68,000 at auction, and a painting soaked with Amy's blood, which fetched $56,000.
Amy's dad Mitch has been aggressively soliciting donations over the past year. At the 2012 Grammy Awards, where he accepted Amy's posthumous award for her duet with Tony Bennett, Mitch explained the foundation's goal: "Our job is to help children in her name, primarily in the United Kingdom and the U.S.A. … There’s lots of kids in the U.S.A. and the U.K. that need Amy’s help and your help."
Where has the money gone so far? The Foundation has been especially active in funding activities for kids and teens, such as the New Horizon Youth Centre and Fitzrovia Youth In Action. It also provided a scholarship for the Sylvia Young Theatre School, which Winehouse once attended.
Today (Sept. 14) would have been Winehouse's 29th birthday. Plans are already in the works for a series of events in 2013 to celebrate her 30th.