Amy Winehouse Mural

Planning on being in New York City tonight and have a few thousand dollars lying around (I’m just guessing on that – don’t get excited, it’s probably booked up)?

Maybe you’ll want to swing by the Amy Winehouse Foundation Inspiration Awards & Gala.

The Foundation’s inaugural gala not only will feature performances from award-winning singers like Jennifer Hudson, but also it will present its own awards.

That’s right. Tony Bennett, who’s been a huge supporter of of the Foundation and has donated more than $200, 000 to it, will receive The AWF Inspiration Award for Lifetime Achievement. NAS, who described Amy as being “like a little sister to [him]” (I had No Idea), will receive The AWF Inspiration Award for a New Generation.

According to Amy’s father and mastermind behind the Foundation, Mitch Winehouse, the Foundation hasn’t really gotten the ball rolling on fundraising just yet, but is already present in 200 schools and has given 10 scholarships to the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra also has been on the receiving end of the Foundation’s charity, to the tune of $10,000.

So, what’s Mitch think the Foundation’s once-troubled namesake would think?

A lot of what we do is what we think she would like. She was always helping disadvantaged young people. She took somebody who was homeless into her own home. So it’s straightforward: We need to be helping disadvantaged young people – with music. (Rolling Stone)

Amy Winehouse’s death was tragic, but the steps her father has taken to try to give hope to and possibly improve the lives of others is inspirational.

Learn more at The Amy Winehouse Foundation Inspiration Awards & Gala.