(AllHipHop News) Entertainment mogul Devyne Stephens ended 2009 with a sizable $300,000 donation to Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta, and a pledge to launch a year-long awareness campaign throughout 2010.
Stephens, who is credited with signing and discovering Akon and T-Pain, is also vice president of Akons Konvict Muzik record label.
The announcement and donation were made on December 29 at the organizations Annual Christmas Gala, named Puttin on the Ritz: The Top Hat Affair, which also featured Atlanta notables Jermaine Dupri, Monica, Yung Joc, and Mayor Kasim Reed.
"Helping to make the Children's at Hughes Spalding dream a reality means the world to me," explained Upfront Megatainment chairman and founder Devyne Stephens to AllHipHop.com. "I've always been a strong believer in investing in the future, and the future is our children. I'm extremely honored to be collaborating with Children's at Hughes Spalding and to officially launch Devyne Intervention around such a worthy cause. I look forward to the months ahead and working with the Children's team."
Stephens Devyne Intervention foundation aims to inspire and empower young people through music education. Based primarily in the state of Georgia, the organization will offer writers workshops that focus on song construction, arranging, and performance.
The Childrens Healthcare Chair of Trustees praised Stephens efforts, detailing that their goal to raise $43 million in capital was secured mostly through the efforts of private citizens.
"With a long history as the medical home for many families, Children's at Hughes Spalding will be able to continue to lead the community to a healthier future," stated Stephanie Blank, Chair of the Children's Foundation Board of Trustees. "This bright future is secured through the unyielding support for Children's from the generous contributions from our donors."
The new pediatric facility will feature an improved Emergency department, child-friendly impatient beds, and specialty clinics (sickle-cell, asthma, and child protection).
The hospital will retain its services for cancer, cardiac, neonatal, orthopedic, and transplants.