NEW YORK, Aug. 10 /CNW/ -- Caped peace crusader and musician, Sir Ivan,
who founded The Peaceman Foundation to combat hate crimes and to assist
sufferers of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), announced today that the
only benefit event for the Foundation this year will be CASTLESTOCK -- a
celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock. The event will be held on
Saturday, August 22, 2009, 40 years after Woodstock occurred. CASTLESTOCK will
recreate the ambiance and spirit of Woodstock and will raise money for the
Foundation. The fundraising event will take place at Sir Ivan's Castle; a
15,000-square-foot, 20-room, three-story, medieval-style castle on a manicured
Sir Ivan, who recently completed his 60's-inspired debut album, I Am
Peaceman, will perform the album's first single, "Kumbaya - Give them Love,"
at CASTLESTOCK for a select group of ticketholders. Sir Ivan founded The
Peaceman Foundation largely in response to his family history. His father,
the late Siggi B. Wilzig, was a Holocaust survivor who spent two years in the
Auschwitz and Mauthausen death camps and endured the murder of 59 relatives at
the hands of the Nazis. Penniless, Siggi Wilzig rose to build a
multi-billion-dollar banking empire. Mr. Wilzig was a world-famous
philanthropist, even establishing the Wilzig Hospital in Jersey City, N.J. At
the request of then-President Jimmy Carter, Mr. Wilzig served with Nobel Peace
Prize winner Elie Wiesel on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Commission.
Although Mr. Wilzig was never formally diagnosed with post-traumatic
stress disorder, he suffered from classic symptoms throughout his adult life.
That largely led to Sir Ivan's deep concern over the plight of veterans of the
Iraq/Afghanistan War. They are attempting suicide at the rate of 1,000 per
month, with about 200 of them actually killing themselves, according to the
chief of mental health services for the Department of Veteran Affairs. Sir
Ivan was particularly jarred by the recent attempted rampage of an elderly
Holocaust denier at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
Conceived as "three days of peace and music," Woodstock was held August
15 through 17, 1969, on the now-famous Yasgur's Farm in Bethel, N.Y., 45 miles
from the town of Woodstock. What was supposed to be a relatively modest event
for about 185,000 people, Woodstock turned into a spectacle of 500,000 people
watching performances by such legendary artists as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin,
The Grateful Dead, The Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Santana, Crosby,
Stills, Nash & Young, among others.
Tickets for the event are available in two tiers: $250 per person for an
open bar and Woodstock ambience from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m.; and $500 per person
for an open bar, buffet dinner and Sir Ivan's singing performance, from 8 p.m.
until 1 a.m.
The Peaceman Foundation is a Not-For-Profit corporation organized under
the laws of the State of New York and is a 501(c)(3) organization. A portion
of the ticket price is a charitable contribution and may be deducted to the
extent allowable under law. A written acknowledgement will be provided which
sets forth the amount of the charitable contribution. A copy of the latest
annual report of The Peaceman Foundation may be obtained, upon request, from
Vista Tax Group, 120 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park, New Jersey 10932 or from
the New York State Attorney General's Charities Bureau, Attn: FOIL Officer,
120 Broadway, New York, New York 10271.
Credentialed media are invited to attend the complete CASTLESTOCK event
as Sir Ivan's guests, with complimentary roundtrip luxury transportation
departing Manhattan (location TBA) and then returning again at the end of the
For all media inquiries, transportation reservations and ticket sales,
please contact Rob Goldstone or David Wilson at Oui 2 Public Relations,
212-541-5698 or email RSVPtosirivan@aol.com.
For further information:
For further information: Rob Goldstone or David Wilson, both of Oui 2
Public Relations, +1-212-541-5698, RSVPtosirivan@aol.com, for The Peaceman