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'A Very Special Christmas' Hails 20 Years With DVD

28 Nov, 2007 By: Billy Gil

“A Very Special Christmas,” the holiday-themed music series of CDs to benefit the Special Olympics, is celebrating 20 years with its first-ever DVD, A Very Special Christmas: 20th Anniversary Music Video Collection.The DVD, released through Hipp-O/Universal Music Nov. 20, includes videos from No Doubt, U2, Bon Jovi, John Mellencamp, Sting, Vanessa Williams and Run DMC, as well as live performances by Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Wonder, Wyclef Jean and Tracy Chapman from the 1998 and 2000 “Christmas At The White House.” “A Very Special Christmas is a fitting way to spread holiday cheer, but, more importantly, this gift will help bring the joy of Special Olympics to many more children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing them the chance of a new life — a life of participation, pride, friendship and joy,” said Timothy Shriver, Special Olympics chairman.Sales of the music series have raised more than $100 million, which goes toward grants to Special Olympics Programs worldwide. “A Very Special Christmas” was launched in 1987 by record executive/producer Jimmy Iovine.

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