The Ray of Hope Project

Red Hot and Blue

The Philadelphia Inquirer - February 2008

The Blue Hair Studio, a Huntington Valley hair salon by day, became a Cuban jazz club at night when it sizzled with the jazz sound of the Elio Villafranca Quintet at a fund-raiser on Feb. 16 for the Ray of Hope Project. Among the quintet's performers were Grammy-nominated jazz flutist Dave Valentin and 2003 Grammy-winning Cuban drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez. The benefit was attended by 150 guests and raised more than $10,000. The Ray of Hope Project, founded in 2002 by Blue's owner Will Bostock and Raymond Gant provides home repairs to low-income families in Philadelphia.