Gabrielle Union, Belly, Letoya Luckett, Keisha Chante, Monie Love, Free and Dr. Benjamin Chavis to Participate in the Toronto "Get Your Money Right" Hip-Hop Summit

    The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network's Second International Hip-Hop Summit
    on Financial Empowerment to Convene at the Hummingbird Centre for the
    Performing Arts on August 18, 2007

    TORONTO, Aug. 2 /CNW/ - Following the success of the Hip-Hop Summit
Action Network's (HSAN) first international "Get Your Money Right" Financial
Empowerment Summit in Toronto last year, HSAN is back to help Canadian youth
get their money right!
    On August 18, actress Gabrielle Union, hip-hop stars Belly and Keisha
Chante, R&B/pop star Letoya Luckett, hip-hop radio personality Monie Love and
Gino Cozza, Incoming President & CEO of Chrysler Financial Canada, will join
Summit co-moderators HSAN President/CEO Dr. Benjamin Chavis and hip-hop TV
personality Free for the 2007 Toronto "Get Your Money Right" Summit. HSAN's
partner and title sponsor is Chrysler Financial.
    The Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment is a grassroots effort to
help engage young people in discussions about the importance of personal
finance. The Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment's "Get Your Money Right"
International Tour, now in its third successful year, brings together the
powerful combination of hip-hop stars and Chrysler Financial experts to speak
to students and community members about the importance of financial literacy.
    "Hip-hop is about acquiring power. It is about improvement of the quality
of life in communities. Fundamental to all empowerment efforts is building a
strong financial foundation," emphasized Dr. Benjamin Chavis, President/CEO of
HSAN. "The Toronto Hip-Hop Summit, once again, will display the best of
hip-hop culture with the best of financial literacy expertise. Our theme is
'Get Your Money Right,' and across Canada and, in particular in Toronto, there
are thousands of young adults whose hopes and aspirations will be lifted as a
result of the Summit."
    The Summit will take place at the Hummingbird Centre for the Performing
Arts, located at One Front Street East in Toronto, Ontario. Doors open at Noon
and the program runs from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tickets for the Toronto Summit are
free and available for download at
    "There are three areas of community development that are significant with
respect to the Hip-Hop Summit," said Gino Cozza, President & CEO of Chrysler
Financial Canada. "They are: empowering youth to strive for a better financial
future, increasing the level of financial literacy among our community and
bringing truth to the statement that small steps can lead to great
accomplishments. This is why Chrysler Financial is proud to be the title
sponsor of the Hip-Hop Summit in Toronto."
    The topics to be covered include the basics of banking, home ownership,
repairing bad credit and understanding credit scores, entrepreneurship,
vehicle financing and more. The 2007 "Get Your Money Right" tour will make
four more stops including Greensboro, N.C., September 8; Washington, D.C.,
September 29; Miami, Fla., October 20; and Atlanta, Ga., November 3.
    "The City of Toronto and thousands of Canadians welcomed the Hip-Hop
Summit Action Network last year with open arms. It is only right for us to
return this year to acknowledge Canadians for their continued commitment to
hip-hop culture and the financial empowerment of all people," declared
Valeisha Butterfield, HSAN's Executive Director. "HSAN will return with even
more excitement, vigor and substance on August 18."
    The "Get Your Money Right" workbook, which will be given to all
participants, is available in both English and Spanish and is downloadable on
the site.
    The media partner for the Toronto Hip-Hop Summit is radio station The
FLOW 93.5FM. Community partners include Tropicana Community Services,
Urbanology Magazine, Laidlaw Foundation, Universal Urban and Credit
Counselling Service of Toronto.

    About Chrysler Financial Canada

    Chrysler Financial offers a complete line of world-class automotive
financial products and services for both retailers and consumers of Chrysler,
Jeep(R) and Dodge vehicles. In addition, Chrysler Financial offers vehicle
wholesale and retail financing, capital loans, mortgages and lines of credit
to all 450 Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge retailers. As an industry leader in
automotive financing, Chrysler Financial provides its customers with the most
innovative and efficient methods of doing business. For more information on
Chrysler Financial Canada visit

    About Hip-Hop Summit Action Network

    Founded in 2001, the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) is dedicated to
harnessing the cultural relevance of hip-hop music to serve as a catalyst for
education advocacy and other societal concerns fundamental to the well being
of at-risk youth throughout the United States. HSAN is the largest non-profit,
national coalition of hip-hop artists, entertainment industry leaders,
education advocates, civil rights proponents, and youth leaders united in the
belief that Hip-Hop is an enormously influential agent for positive social
change which must be responsibly and proactively utilized to fight the war on
poverty and injustice.

For further information:

For further information: Jody L. Miller, Pamela Lipshitz, JLM PR, Inc.,
O: (212) 431-5227, C: (917) 770-3970, C: (917) 859-6852,,; Chrysler Financial/Jelena Jelich, O: (519) 561-9627, C: (519)

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