Tribute Concert at the MMRF Fall Gala

Jennifer Hudson, Earth, Wind & Fire and Jermaine Paul to perform at 15th Anniversary of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation



Photo Courtesy of Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

Jennifer Hudson, Earth, Wind & Fire and Jermaine Paul will be the featured performers at the 15th Anniversary of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Fall Gala, to be held October 27, 2012, in Old Greenwich.  The MMRF will be honoring the five-time Grammy Award winner and noted music industry executive Clive J. Davis with the MMRF Spirit of Hope Award, presented annually to individuals who inspire hope with their perseverance in overcoming personal obstacles. All funds raised will support the development of life-extending treatments for multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer.

An Academy Award-winning actress, Grammy Award-winning recording artist, best-selling author and clothing designer, Jennifer Hudson is an extraordinary talent. In 2004, she gained national acclaim as a contestant on the third season of American Idol. Hudson made her award-winning film debut in the 2006 production of Dreamgirls and her chart-topping music debut in 2008 with Arista Records, which was founded by Davis. Hudson became the national spokesperson for Weight Watchers in 2010.

Earth, Wind & Fire is one of the most innovative Pop and R&B music forces of the 20th century. The group was signed to Columbia Records in 1972 by Davis. With a career spanning over four decades, six Grammy Awards, eight #1 R&B singles, eight Double Platinum Top 10 Pop albums, and more than 90 million albums sold, VH1 ranked Earth, Wind & Fire as number 60 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.

Winner of the second season of NBC’s The Voice, Jermaine Paul is currently recording his debut album set for release at the top of December. Paul, a world renowned vocalist, previously sang background vocals for superstar Alicia Keys. Paul notably performed on Keys’ Grammy-Award winning album The Diary of Alicia Keys, which was released by Davis’ J Records and was nominated himself for a Grammy for a duet.

“I am proud to participate in this tribute concert for Clive Davis to benefit the MMRF – an organization that has helped so many patients and families affected by this devastating cancer,” said Hudson. “I hope my involvement will help the MMRF in their role of bringing new treatments and hope to cancer patients worldwide.”

The MMRF has been recognized as one of the nation’s most groundbreaking cancer research organizations. Significant MMRF achievements made possible by funding from programs like the MMRF Fall Gala include: opening more than 40 clinical trials with 21 novel treatments, sequencing the multiple myeloma genome, and helping to bring five new myeloma drugs to market in less than 10 years – including the July 2012 FDA approval of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s KyprolisTM, to which the MMRF provided pivotal support to advance its development. N. Anthony Coles, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Onyx Pharmaceuticals will receive the MMRF Corporate Leadership Award at the gala.

Despite the advancements made by the MMRF, the five-year survival rate for myeloma remains one of the lowest of all cancers and multiple myeloma remains incurable. The funds raised by the MMRF are critical in continuing to advance research and the progress being made.

“We are so thankful to have Jennifer Hudson, Earth, Wind & Fire and Jermaine Paul joining the MMRF to help honor Clive Davis and support our urgent work,” said Kathy Giusti, Founder and CEO of the MMRF and a myeloma patient. “The endorsement of our mission by these talented musicians, who are joining us to celebrate this momentous event, is critical to raising awareness for this rare cancer.”

The MMRF Fall Gala is the largest benefit in Fairfield County and is attended by more than 1,200 people, including many celebrities and the nation’s most prominent business executives and high-impact philanthropists. It is anticipated that this event will be sold out.  To reserve a table for the MMRF Fall Gala, donate an auction item or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please email mmrf@benefitoffice.org or call 888-584-5463.

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
383 Main Avenue, Fifth Floor
Norwalk, CT

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