What is The DIVA Foundation?
The DIVA Foundation is an international 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Sheryl Lee Ralph in 1990 as a memorial to the many friends she lost to AIDS. The organization focuses on generating resources and producing events that raise awareness and educate millions of people around the world affected and infected by HIV/AIDS. The DIVA Foundation utilizes music, entertainment and voice as a vehicle to inform, educate and reduce the stigma attached to this deadly disease that affects us ALL.
For over 20 years The DIVA Foundation has presented, with sponsorship from caring companies, DIVAS SIMPLY SINGING! - a magical evening of song and entertainment created to raise funds for HIV/AIDS awareness, allowing The DIVA Foundation to continue to help and support those in need. The DIVA Foundation has acted locally but is widening its sphere of influence to include more HIV/AIDS programs around the country and globe.
The DIVA Foundation awareness campaigns have grown to include: "Sometimes I Cry" a one woman-show written and performed by Sheryl Lee Ralph, "Sisters Circle", town hall meetings, prevention seminars, free HIV testing and counseling, and free healthcare materials. Along with community leaders and health experts, Sheryl Lee Ralph hosts a sponsored luncheon where gloves must be worn to drive home the slogan: "No glove, No love!" This event provides a non-threatening, intimate atmosphere where guests can get much needed information, address critical issues, ask questions and be assured of an educated and informed answer. Sheryl Lee Ralph has also recorded a series of HIV awareness PSAs for grass roots organizations in need of assistance.
The Sheryl Lee Ralph's Home Fragrance Collection provides another way for others to help light the candle of compassion to guide us in our fight against HIV/AIDS. Partial proceeds from the sale of these candles go to support The DIVA Foundation and its programs.
The Sisters Circle is an unprecedented four-day HIV/AIDS summit held in South Africa bringing together a community of infected and affected women of African decent to share their stories and plan action.
About CEO and Founder Sheryl Lee Ralph
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With continued success on stage, screen, television and music along with her philanthropic endeavors, Sheryl Lee Ralph has never been one to rest on her laurels. A triple threat dreamgirl, Ralph is an acclaimed veteran of film, television and the Broadway stage. Her award-winning work includes creating the role of Deena Jones in the legendary Broadway musical, "Dreamgirls," and earning Best Actress nods for Tony and Drama Desk Awards. Recently, she returned to Broadway for a 12-month stint in the Tony-award winning musical, "Thoroughly Modern Millie,' portraying the sassy chanteuse Muzzy Van Hossmere.
Currently, she is touring the one-woman play, "Sometimes I Cry," a production written and performed by Sheryl Lee Ralph, which explores the lives, loves, and losses of women infected and affected by HIV.
No stranger to television, Sheryl Lee Ralph credits include "It's a Living," "Designing Women," "The District," and most notably, "Moesha." On the big screen, she has worked with some of Hollywood's leading and award-winning men with film credits that include "The Mighty Quinn" with Denzel Washington; "Mistress" with Robert de Niro; "To Sleep With Anger" with Danny Glover and "The Distinguished Gentlemen" with Eddie Murphy. Ralph picked up a win for Best Supporting Actress at the Independent Spirit Awards for her performance in "To Sleep With Anger."
Finding success in writing and directing, Sheryl's award-winning short film, "Secrets," co-starring award-winning actress Alfre Woodard and Robin Givens was a finalist in the HBO Film Short Competition, Showtime's Filmmaker Award Series, and the BET Filmmaker Award Competition. The film was also selected as the audience favorite at the Outfest Film Festival. "Secrets" was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, as well as the Hollywood Film Festival, the Acapulco Film Festival and the Urban World Film Festival.
Sheryl Lee Ralph is also the creator of the Jamerican Film and Music Festival.
Wearing beautiful handmade one of a kind jewelry from South Africa, Sheryl Lee Ralph is also the creator of the "DIVA Bead Project." Visit the "Sisters Circle" for more details and make a life changing donation TODAY!