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Winehouse family launch singer's foundation in NY

Thursday, April 12, 2012
Amy Winehouse performs at Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007. The three-day festival, headlined by Pearl Jam, includes 130 bands. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)

Amy Winehouse performs at Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007. The three-day festival, headlined by Pearl Jam, includes 130 bands. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey) (AP Photo)

The parents of late singer Amy Winehouse officially launched the U.S. branch of a foundation named for their daughter at New York's Joe's Pub, where the embattled pop star made her American debut five years ago.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation is aimed at assisting disadvantaged youth. It raised $1 million dollars in the United Kingdom, Mitch Winehouse said at Wednesday night's event.

He says in America the organization will focus on children "without access to music education and music therapy." The family announced a donation of $10,000 to the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.

He was joined by his ex-wife and son. He also performed with a jazz band.

Amy Winehouse died of accidental alcohol poisoning in July.

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