Mike Milken and Prostate Cancer Foundation Hosted The 2015 New York Dinner

Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), a nonprofit organization which remains steadfast in its commitment to identify and fund groundbreaking cancer research programs to save the lives of millions, hosted its annual New York Dinner at the The Pierre Hotel on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. The event raised more than $6 million to support groundbreaking discoveries in cancer research.

The dinner honored the 20th Season the Prostate Cancer Foundation has partnered with Major League Baseball and its team owners for the PCF Homerun Challenge, with Baseball Hall of Fame Managers Joe Torre, Tommy Lasorda and Tony La Russa. PCF also presented David Cohen of Comcast an award recognizing his philanthropic endeavors on behalf of PCF’s Philadelphia partners, funding groundbreaking research.

Notable attendees included: Michael & Lori Milken (Founder, Prostate Cancer Foundation), Whoopi Goldberg (Event Host; Co-Host, The View), John O’Hurley (Event Host), David Cohen (Honoree; EVP, Comcast), Mark & Debbie Attanasio (Event Co-Chairs; Owner, Milwaukee Brewers), Seth Bernstein (Event Co-Chair; CEO, Stromberg LLC.),Todd Boehly (Event Co-Chair; Co-Owner, Los Angeles Dodgers), Dr. Richard Merkin (Event Co-Chair; CEO, Heritage Provider Network), Artie & Selma Rabin (Event Co-Chairs), Neal Rodin & Sharon Schutte-Rodin (Event Co-Chairs), Joe & Ali Torre (Event Co-Chairs; Chief Baseball Officer, MLB), John Fogerty (Performer), Forte (Performer), Isabel Leonard (Performer), Forte (Performer), Jerry Cohen (Co-Owner, New York Yankees), Tommy Lasorda (Special Advisor to The Chairman, Los Angeles Dodgers), Scott Minerd (C0-Owner, Los Angeles Dodgers), Tony La Russa (Chief Baseball Officer, Arizona Diamondbacks), Mark Walter (Co-Owner, Los Angeles Dodgers), Fred Wilpon (Owner, New York Mets), David and Sybil Yurman (Jeweler), Dr. Jonathan Simons (CEO, Prostate Cancer Foundation), John Paulson (President, Paulson & Co.), Edward Rendell (Former Governor, Pennsylvania), Bonnie Pfeifer Evans (Trustee, Charles Evans Foundation), Joel Paschow (Trustee, Charles Evans Foundation), Larry Leeds and  Dr. James Allison.

Following a cocktail reception, dinner hosts Whoopi Goldberg and John O’Hurley welcomed attendees to the event before introducing PCF Chairman and Founder Michael Milken. Goldberg, who has hosted numerous PCF events over the years, quipped “I remind him that I do not have a prostate.” Milken opened the evening by discussing the Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tour, a fundraiser hosted in conjunction with the Charles Evans Foundation where high-profile amateurs are paired with tennis professionals in four different tennis tournaments during peak seasons of each of the venues – Palm Beach, Fl., Indian Wells, CA, Westchester County, NY and the Hamptons. Joel Paschow and Bonnie Pfeifer Evans, Trustees of the Charles Evans Foundation, then spoke of Charles Evans’s memory, and shared that they were honored to be a part of what PCF and Mike Milken do.

After the brief presentation of tennis, Milken introduced the baseball theme of the event by quizzing the audience’s knowledge of Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s On First” comedy sketch. Following the quiz, Milken invited MLB attendees including Mark Attanasio, Todd Boehly, Jerry Cohen, Tommy Lasorda, Scott Minerd, Tony La Russa, Joe Torre, Mark Walter and Fred Wilpon to the stage for a special rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” while wearing special Prostate Cancer Foundation baseball jerseys. “If you buy a baseball team next year, you could be up here,” said Milken at the performance’s conclusion. Immediately following the baseball players, opera group Forte from America’s Got Talent performed their version of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” before singing the classic “Il Sole Mio.”

Once Forte finished their performance, Milken began detailing the work of the PCF Home Run Challenge, which invites MLB fans to pledge a donation for every home run hit from June 1st through Father’s Day, before inviting Tommy Lasorda, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa to join him. All three have participated with the program, with Tommy Lasorda having traveled with Milken for over a decade. Since inception, Milken has attended 401 games and raised over $45 million.

Event host John O’Hurley then introduced Prostate Cancer Foundation CEO and President Dr. Jonathan Simons. PCF has been instrumental in funding extraordinary young scientists with multiple year grants. Their work has saved lives and provided better treatments for prostate cancer patients worldwide. Following the presentation, members of PCF brought up a mock baseball scoreboard with the number 173—the number of young investigators PCF has funded. Milken announced he wanted to increase that number to 200, and opened the floor for donors to pledge $75,000 for three years to support more young investigators. By the time everything was said and done, PCF put 202 new young investigators on the board. Following the pledges, the PCF opened the floor for three live auction packages that raised over $500,000.

Following the auction, Former Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell introduced the night’s honoree David Cohen, Executive Vice President of Comcast and Head of the Board of Trustees at University of Pennsylvania. Cohen served as Rendell’s Chief of Staff during his administration, where they collaborated to rebuild Philadelphia’s urban development. Rendell commended Cohen’s support of research to find ways to treat Prostate Cancer. Cohen, a prostate cancer survivor himself, thanked Milken and PCF for their efforts to stop prostate cancer and said he is, “one of tens of thousands of men who’ve benefitted from the funds raised the Prostate Cancer Foundation.”

After the award presentation, Nathan Gunn and Isabel Leonard performed, and were later joined by Forte for a special performance of “Somewhere” from West Side Story, the song the group performed during their Radio City audition on America’s Got Talent. To conclude, John Fogerty performed a special set alongside his son Shane where they performed some of his classic hits, including “Centerfield” which was honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.

Event Co-Chairs Included: Mark & Debbie Attanasio, Seth & Marie Bernstein, Todd & Katie Boehly, Michael Lehrman, Ambassador Earle & Carol Mack, Dr. Richard Merkin, Mike & Lori Milken, Artie & Selma Rabin, Neal Rodin & Sharon Schutte-Rodin, Joe & Ali Torre, Eustace Wolfington.

 

Michael Milken (Photo Credit: Lenny Stucker/LennyStucker.com)

Michael Milken (Photo Credit: Lenny Stucker/LennyStucker.com)

Michael Milken, Tommy Lasorda, Joe Torre (Photo Credit: Lenny Stucker/LennyStucker.com)

Michael Milken, Tommy Lasorda, Joe Torre (Photo Credit: Lenny Stucker/LennyStucker.com)

Jerry Cohen, Ray Chambers (Photo credit: Lieba Nesis)

Jerry Cohen, Ray Chambers (Photo credit: Lieba Nesis)

John Paulson (Photo credit: Lieba Nesis)

John Paulson (Photo credit: Lieba Nesis)

Ariel Hach, Stewart Rahr (Photo Credit: Lieba Nesis)

Ariel Hach, Stewart Rahr (Photo Credit: Lieba Nesis)

Neil Rodin, Scott Minerd (Photo credit: Lieba Nesis)

Neil Rodin, Scott Minerd (Photo credit: Lieba Nesis)

Lisa O’Hurley, John O’Hurley (Photo Credit: Lieba Nesis)

Lisa O’Hurley, John O’Hurley (Photo Credit: Lieba Nesis)

Ali Torre, Joe Torre (Photo Credit: Robin Marchant/GettyImages.com)

Ali Torre, Joe Torre (Photo Credit: Robin Marchant/GettyImages.com)

Ed Rendell (Photo Credit: Robin Marchant/GettyImages.com)

Ed Rendell (Photo Credit: Robin Marchant/GettyImages.com)

Dr. Padamanee Sharma and Dr. James Allison (Photo Credit: Robin Marchant/GettyImages.com)

Dr. Padamanee Sharma and Dr. James Allison (Photo Credit: Robin Marchant/GettyImages.com)

Dr. Jonathan Simons (Photo Credit: Robin Marchant/GettyImages.com)

Dr. Jonathan Simons (Photo Credit: Robin Marchant/GettyImages.com)

David Yurman, Sybil Yurman (Photo Credit: Robin Marchant/GettyImages.com)

David Yurman, Sybil Yurman (Photo Credit: Robin Marchant/GettyImages.com)

David Cohen (Photo Credit: Robin Marchant/GettyImages.com)

David Cohen (Photo Credit: Robin Marchant/GettyImages.com)

Bonnie Pfeifer Evans (Photo Credit: Robin Marchant/GettyImages.com)

Bonnie Pfeifer Evans (Photo Credit: Robin Marchant/GettyImages.com)

Forte (Photo Credit: Robin Marchant/GettyImages.com)

Forte (Photo Credit: Robin Marchant/GettyImages.com)

Fred Wilpon, Joe Torre, Tommy Lasorda (Photo Credit: Robin Marchant/GettyImages.com)

Fred Wilpon, Joe Torre, Tommy Lasorda (Photo Credit: Robin Marchant/GettyImages.com)

John Fogerty (Photo Credit: Robin Marchant/GettyImages.com)

John Fogerty (Photo Credit: Robin Marchant/GettyImages.com)

Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard, Forte (Photo Credit: Robin Marchant/GettyImages.com)

Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard, Forte (Photo Credit: Robin Marchant/GettyImages.com)

Tony La Russa (Photo Credit: Robin Marchant/GettyImages.com)

Tony La Russa (Photo Credit: Robin Marchant/GettyImages.com)

Whoopi Goldberg, John O’Hurley (Photo Credit: Robin Marchant/GettyImages.com)

Whoopi Goldberg, John O’Hurley (Photo Credit: Robin Marchant/GettyImages.com)

Smile Design Gallery & The Ty-Lite Experience Celebrated Women in The Water & Selfie Experience at Hotel Croydon

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The Smile Design Gallery and Ty Hunter presented “Women in the Water” and “The Selfie Experienceon Friday, December 4, 2015 at the Hotel Croydon. Guests viewed works by artists including: BK The Artist, Ivben Taqiy, Tripp Barnes, Steven Swancoat, UR New York, Tonia Calderon, Brent Eastabrook and Robert Peterson.

Notable attendees included: Dr. Lee Grause (Smile Design Gallery), Grady Spivey (Smile Design Gallery), Ty Hunter (Fashion Stylist; Founder, Ty-Lite), Alicia Keys, Swizz Beats, IloveMakonnen (Performer), Alan Lieberman (Co-Owner, Hotel Croydon), Nathan Lieberman (Co-Owner, Hotel Croydon), Josh Gordon (NFL Player), Angela Simmons (Reality TV Personality), Shaun Ross (Male Supermodel),  Michelle Seelinger (EmpireCLS),  Jean Shafiroff, BK The Artist, Ivben Taqiy, Tripp Barnes, Tonia Calderon, Ainy Naim, John Waley Jr.

The Hotel Croydon, owned by Alan and Nathan Lieberman of the South Beach Hotel Group, is the optimal choice for those attending this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach celebration as one it is close to all the action, but far enough to catch one’s breath and settle back after a day exploring the various exhibitions, parties and the nightlife scene throughout the world-famous extravaganza. This whimsical hotel is located in Miami’s Mid-Beach off of the world-famous Collins Ave.

The Smile Design Gallery merges art with the mission of providing dental treatment for people who need care with100 percent of the value of art sold through Smile Design Gallery matched in free dental care for the uninsured. The gallery believes social enterprise can move the great masses of humanity forward, and with a passion for art, its founders have tapped the “art market” to do just that. 

ILoveMakonnen, Dr. Lee Gause (Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez/GettyImages.com)

ILoveMakonnen, Dr. Lee Gause (Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez/GettyImages.com)

 

Grady Spivey, Alicia Keys (Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez/GettyImages.com)

Grady Spivey, Alicia Keys (Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez/GettyImages.com)

 

Ty Hunter, Jean Shafiroff, Alicia Keys (Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez/GettyImages.com)

Ty Hunter, Jean Shafiroff, Alicia Keys (Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez/GettyImages.com)

 

John Whaley Jr., Tripp Barnes, Shawn Ross (Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez/GettyImages.com)

John Whaley Jr., Tripp Barnes, Shawn Ross (Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez/GettyImages.com)

 

Josh Gordon, Angela Simmons, BK The Artist (Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez/GettyImages.com)

Josh Gordon, Angela Simmons, BK The Artist (Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez/GettyImages.com)

 

Ivben Taqiy, Ty Hunter, Swizz Beats (Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez/GettyImages.com)

Ivben Taqiy, Ty Hunter, Swizz Beats (Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez/GettyImages.com)

 

Ainy Naim, Tonia Calderon (Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez/GettyImages.com)

Ainy Naim, Tonia Calderon (Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez/GettyImages.com)

 

Tripp Barnes (Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez/GettyImages.com)

Tripp Barnes (Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez/GettyImages.com)

 

Swizz Beatz, Cole Cook (Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez/GettyImages.com)

Swizz Beatz, Cole Cook (Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez/GettyImages.com)

 

Grady Spivey, Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys, Maxwell, Cole Cook (Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez/GettyImages.com)

Grady Spivey, Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys, Maxwell, Cole Cook (Photo Credit: Johnny Nunez/GettyImages.com)

 

Atmosphere (Johnny Nunez/GettyImages.com)

Atmosphere (Johnny Nunez/GettyImages.com)

Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation “Collaborating For A Cure” 18th Annual Benefit Dinner & Auction Honoring John Varvatos Raised $2.5 Million

Dr. Samuel Waxman, Marion Waxman, John Varvatos, Chris Wragge Photo - Jared Siskin / PMC

Dr. Samuel Waxman, Marion Waxman, John Varvatos, Chris Wragge
Photo – Jared Siskin / PMC

John Fogerty Photo - Jared Spaulding / PMC

John Fogerty
Photo – Jared Spaulding / PMC

Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) hosted its ‘Collaborating for a Cure’ Benefit Dinner and Auction, honoring fashion designer John Varvatos, and featured a special musical performance by legendary American Singer-Songwriter John Fogerty, on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Cipriani Wall Street. The annual event, now in its eighteenth year, raised $2.5 million to support the Waxman Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer.

Notable attendees included Dr. Samuel Waxman (Founder and CEO, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation); Marion Waxman; Michael and Elin Nierenberg (18th Annual Collaborating for a Cure Hosts); Chris Wragge (Co-Anchor of CBS 2 News This Morning); John Varvatos (Honoree; Fashion Designer John Varvatos); John Fogerty (Special Musical Guest); Spencer Waxman (President, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation); Cristina Cuomo (Presenter; Editor-In-Chief, Manhattan Magazine); Hugh Hildesley (Executive Vice President & Auctioneer, Sotheby’s); Kenneth Fishel (Board of Directors, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation); David Hinkelman (Board of Directors, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation); Howard Kurz (Board of Directors, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation);Robert Kantor(Board of Directors, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation); Howard Shlafmitz (Board of Directors, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation); Baron Silverstein (Board of Directors, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation); Mary Kantor (Honorary Board Member, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation); Dena K. Weiner (Board of Directors, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation); Ruth Finley (Founder, Fashion Calendar); Coppy Holzman(Founder & CEO, Charity Buzz); David Burke (Chef, The Wayfarer) and Jean Shafiroff(Philanthropist).

This year’s event was attended by more than 750 corporate executives, board members and their guests. The money raised will support the Waxman Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer by reprogramming cancer cells and to deliver tailored, minimally toxic treatments to patients. The scientists funded by the SWCRF have made significant breakthroughs in cancer research, including identifying pathways to deliver novel therapies to treat cancer.

SWCRF Chairman and Collaborating for a Cure host Michael Nierenberg gave opening remarks welcoming attendees to the Dinner & Auction and thanked the SWCRF’s many supporters for their continued efforts to raise funds for cancer research.  The evening’s Master of Ceremonies Chris Wragge then took the stage to introduce Dr. Samuel Waxman whose remarks highlighted the importance of investing in cancer research and developing less toxic therapies for cancer patients of all ages, which is a large part of the SWCRF’s mission. After dinner, Wragge introduced Cristina Cuomo, Editor-In-Chief of Manhattan and Beach Magazine, to present the SWCRF Fashion Cares Award to John Varvatos. In accepting his award, Varvatos lauded Dr. Waxman’s work and the research of the SWCRF. He also shared that his father battled leukemia, his sister underwent a double mastectomy and his brother recently received a prostate cancer diagnosis.

The evening’s exciting live auction, which was led by Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President of Sotheby’s Auction House. Guests the opportunity to bid on exclusive items such as: a $10,000 shopping spree and lunch with John Varvatos which sold for $17,000; an America’s Cup Yacht Race experience captained by former America’s Cup Team Members, sold twice for $10,000; a private wine tasting at Italian Wine Merchants for $17,000; an exclusive opportunity to meet John Fogerty and receive a flannel shirt autographed by the legendary rock star, which sold to the highest bidder for $10,000. The highest bid of the night, $60,000, went to a five day, four night stay for 10 people at the Ian Fleming Villa at the GoldenEye Hotel in Jamaica via private jet. Other travel packages included a CMH 4-day Heli-skiing trip for 2 in Canada sold for $17,000; A Milwaukee Bucks experience including G4 flight to a game and team memorabilia, which sold twice for $20,000 and an Italian wine and truffle adventure in Italy donated by Palm Bay International, which went for $32,000.

Online auction items, which will be available for bidding online at CharityBuzz.com until November 24, 2015 include:Private Suite for 24 People to See the NFL’s New York Jets vs. New England Patriots on December 27, 2015 at MetLife Stadium; 6-Day/5-Night Charter of the Lady Tatiana of London or Lady Alhena of London for up to 11 Guests; Victory: A Song of Thanksgiving, 1968 Signed Lithograph by Salvador Dali and 2 Tickets to the Tadashi Shoji Fall/Winter 2016 Runway Show​ at New York Fashion Week in February Plus a Dress to Wear to the Show.

After the auction, guests were treated to an exclusive, live performance by John Fogerty, who performed hits from his solo career and from his legendary run as lead singer of Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Known affectionately by New Yorkers as “The Waxman,” the yearly fête is considered to be among the top fundraising events in New York City. In recent years, “The Waxman” has raised several million dollars to support the Waxman Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer. Past musical performers at the Waxman Gala have included the Warren Hayes Band, Kid Rock, Chevy Chase, Steely Dan, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, Ziggy Marley and Counting Crows.

The Event Chairs were: Lynn and Wes Edens, Katie and Scott Eichel, Kristen and Johan Eveland, Maria and Kenneth Fishel, Mary Henry and Howard Rubin, Diane and Adam Katz, Nancy and Howard Kurz, Randal Nardone, Elin and Michael Nierenberg, Mara and Baron Silverstein, Linda Taub, Sandy and Marc Taub, Bettina and Spencer Waxman and Lauren Zwak and James DeMare.

The Dinner Committee included: Eve and Brant Brooks, Sarah and Brian Chin, Tracy and Frank Collins, Staci and Andrew Friedwald, Samantha Santiago and Steve Jones, Andrew Sloves, Nicholas Smith, Laurie and Joseph Steffa, Charles Sorrentino, Marion and Samuel Waxman, M.D., Dena K. Weiner and David Rozenholc, Amy and Matt Zisette.

The Auction Committee included: Nancy Loving and David Hinkelman and Deborah and Howard Shlafmitz.

Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation Board:

CHAIRMAN: Michael Nierenberg

PRESIDENT: Spencer Waxman

VICE PRESIDENTS: Howard Kurz, Dena K. Weiner

TREASURER: Thomas A. Conway

SECRETARY: Laurie L. Schaffran

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:Dale Claman, Kenneth Fishel, James E. Frankel, Gary Gladstein, Clifford Greenberg, Dennis A. Herman, Linda Herman, David Hinkelman, Gary Jacob, Robert Kantor, Matthew Lyons, Howard Shlafmitz. Tony M. Shogren, Baron Silverstein, Riva Ariella Ritvo-Slifka, Samuel Waxman, M.D.

HONORARY BOARD:Maureen Cogan, Martin L. Coyne, Mary Kantor, Abner Levine**, Mildred Levine, Susan W. Rose, Alan P. Safir *, Joan A. Safir *, Edwin C. Scheurer**, Alfred J. Seaman**, Zena Wiener

CHAIRMAN’S COUNCIL:Lawrence Altman, Peter Claman, Ruth Finley, Arminio Fraga, Betsey Johnson, Costas Kondylis, Thomas Marano, J. Jay Mautner, Tadashi Shoji, Bernard Sillins

* Past Chair     **Deceased

About Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation:

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is an international organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. The Foundation is a pioneer in cancer research and its mission is to eradicate cancer by funding cutting-edge research that identifies and corrects abnormal gene function that causes cancer and develops minimally toxic treatments for patients. Through the Foundation’s collaborative group of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, investigators share information and tools to speed the pace of cancer research. Since its inception in 1976, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has awarded approximately $90 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers across the globe.

For more information, visit: www.waxmancancer.org. Like SWCRF on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @WaxmanCancer.

 

Imagine a world in which cancer can be treated without disrupting life, can be cured, or can even be prevented.

 

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Elin Nierenberg, Michael Nierenberg Photo - Jared Siskin / PMC

Elin Nierenberg, Michael Nierenberg
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Marion Waxman, Spencer Waxman and Samuel Waxman Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images

Marion Waxman, Spencer Waxman and Samuel Waxman
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Christina Greeven Cuomo Photo - Jared Spaulding / PMC

Christina Greeven Cuomo
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Marion Waxman, Robert Kantor, Mary Kantor Photo - Jared Siskin / PMC

Marion Waxman, Robert Kantor, Mary Kantor
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John Varvatos, Joyce Varvatos  Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images

John Varvatos, Joyce Varvatos
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David Hinkelman, Nancy Loving Photo - Jared Siskin / PMC

David Hinkelman, Nancy Loving
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 Jean Shafiroff Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images

Jean Shafiroff
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David Burke Photo - Jared Siskin / PMC

David Burke
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Chris Arlotta, Mario Pecoraro Photo - Jared Siskin / PMC

Chris Arlotta, Mario Pecoraro
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Maria Fishel, Kenneth Fishel Photo - Jared Spaulding / PMC

Maria Fishel, Kenneth Fishel
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Nancy Kurz, Howard Kurz Photo - Jared Siskin / PMC

Nancy Kurz, Howard Kurz
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Dena Weiner Photo - Jared Spaulding / PMC

Dena Weiner
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Ruth Finley Photo - Jared Siskin / PMC

Ruth Finley
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James DeMare Photo - Jared Siskin / PMC

James DeMare
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Howard Rudin, Mary Rudin Photo - Jared Siskin / PMC

Howard Rudin, Mary Rudin
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Diana Katz and Adam Katz  Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty

Diana Katz and Adam Katz
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Tiffany Denee Jones, Coppy Holzman Photo - Jared Siskin / PMC

Tiffany Denee Jones, Coppy Holzman
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Samantha Santiago, Steve Jones Photo - Jared Siskin / PMC

Samantha Santiago, Steve Jones
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Karen Amster-Young, Benjamin Young  (c) Rebecca Weiss Photography

Karen Amster-Young, Benjamin Young
(c) Rebecca Weiss Photography

Lisa Winter, Ricardo Winter Photo - Jared Siskin / PMC

Lisa Winter, Ricardo Winter
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Joseph Steffa, Laurie Steffa Photo - Jared Siskin / PMC

Joseph Steffa, Laurie Steffa
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Dr. Samuel Waxman Photo - Jared Spaulding / PMC

Dr. Samuel Waxman
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Hugh Hildesley  Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty

Hugh Hildesley
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John Varvatos Photo - Jared Spaulding / PMC

John Varvatos
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 John Fogerty Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images

John Fogerty
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Atmosphere Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images

Atmosphere
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Gladys Knight Gives the World “Just A Little” Taste of G70 with New Dance Single

 

Just A Little (Single Cover Art)

 

Seven-time Grammy Award winning icon and legend Gladys Knight wants to carry fans away as she announces the release of her upcoming dance single, “Just A Little”.  The upbeat jam, produced by Grammy Award winning producer, Symbolyc “S1” One (Kanye West, Beyonce, Jay-Z) and written/vocal produced by R&B crooner and Knight protégé, Avehre, will be released on Friday, September 25th, 2015. “Just A Little” is the first mainstream dance record from Knight in nearly twenty years.  The song serves as the lead single from her twelfth solo studio album slated to be released in 2016.

Knight is no stranger to the dance floor.  Viewers saw as she hit the floor on the 14th season of the popular show “Dancing With The Stars”.  Songs such as “Taste of Bitter Love” and “It’s Better Than A Good Time” are considered dance/disco essentials.  Flash forward to 2015 and Knight partnered with S1, who is known for hits such as Kanye West’s “Power” and Beyonce’s “Best Thing I Never Had”, to craft her upcoming LP.  By celebrating and highlighting music of the past, present and future, Knight has called the sound the #G70Series.  The G70 Series is in celebration of the last 70 years of music and culture.  The G70 Series is a blend of gospel, soul, funk and sonically refreshing sounds that are nostalgic yet forward-thinking.  “Just A Little” features live instrumentation, horns and percussion while Knight’s voice coos listeners into dancer’s paradise.

It don’t matter who you are / Love can carry you away / Just keep shining you’re a star / Golden like a Summer day,” sings Knight on the infectious pre-chorus.  Bassist, Nigel Rivers, who’s played for the likes of John Legend and Erykah Badu, assists on the uptempo groove.

“S1 and I have been cooking up something that we believe will go down in history,” exclaims singer-songwriter Avehre.  “This album will feature some of the biggest names in musical history; both past and present.  It’s an honor to be a part of the future working on this album.”

“We just wanted to have fun,” says Knight.  “Most of the singles I’ve released prior to ‘Just A Little’ were ballads.  I wanted something new.  Something that we could dance to.”

If “Just A Little” is a taste of what is to come from Knight’s forthcoming LP, it’s no surprise that listeners will be asking for a second helping.  “Just A Little” is available for pre-order (https://itun.es/us/p_Yb-) and will be provided on all digital platforms.  Look forward to the single hitting airwaves the beginning of October.  Knight plans to release the video for the single as well.  In addition to the LP to drop in 2016, Knight is also the newest ambassador for VH1’s “Save The Music” Foundation.  The foundation, established in 1997, is a nonprofit organization devoted to restoring musical programs and raise public awareness about the importance of music and a child’s education.

For all “Empress of Soul” news please follow Gladys Knight via social media at: @MsGladysKnight (Twitter, Instagram, Periscope), www.facebook.com/msgladysknight and www.GladysKnight.com.

Resident Magazine Cover Party Celebrates the September 2015 Issue Featuring ‘Hamilton’ Broadway Star Renee Elise Goldsberry at One57

_SEPTEMBER COVER Renee Elise Goldsberry

Renee Elise Goldsberry, Star of hot new Broadway Play Hamilton celebrated her September 2015 cover of Resident Magazine at One57, one of the most sought-after addresses in New York City on Friday, September 25th, 2015.

Guests mingled while enjoying cocktails and delectable bites by newly opened Tuscan restaurant Il Valentino Osteria where guests enjoyed salads, handmade pasta and fresh made pizzas inside of a One57 residence available for purchase for $35.2 million. The residence, located on the 54th floor, boasts unparalleled views of Central Park and the Hudson River, the 5 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom residence is a gem in what is considered to be New York’s most luxurious residence.

Notable attendees included: Cover girl Renee Elise Goldsberry, Jean Shafiroff (Philanthropist), John Mahdessian (Owner, Madame Paulette), Mirso Lekic (Owner, Il Valentino Osteria), Rob Shuter (Editor, NaughtyGossip.com), Dr. Penny Grant, Jose Salvador (Producer, Fox News);  Michael Travin (Publisher, Resident Magazine), Pamela Jacobs (Editor-In-Chief, Resident Magazine), Lisa Bernstein (Resident Magazine), Melissa Kassis (Resident Magazine).

In the September 2015 issue of Resident, cover girl Renee Elise Goldsberry discusses her career in the theater and on Broadway as well as her life off stage in an interview with Resident Magazine Editor-In-Chief Pamela Jacobs. Currently, she stars in Hamilton, Broadway’s hottest new play about the life of Alexander Hamilton. An oft-forgotten figure in America’s history, Hamilton gives new life to his biography with a mixture of rap, hip-hop, pop and traditional theater music. In the play, Goldsberry plays Angelica Schuyler, Alexander Hamilton’s sister-in-law, a role she was drawn to after hearing a one song demo from show writer Lin-Manuel Miranda.

“When I first heard Lin-Manuel Miranda’s demo of the song I sing in the show, my jaw hit the floor,” she said adding, “I thought ‘this is the motherlode.’ People send stuff all the time to prepare or audition for, but this was unlike anything I’ve ever heard, and I couldn’t even take it in in a single hearing. I was like ‘wow, this is huge, this is it.’”

Current, passionate and informative, Resident Magazine is expressly for high-net-worth residents of Manhattan and visitors to boutique hotels on the island. Whether in a luxury doorman coop or newly built condo building, Resident Magazine reaches the titans of industry, the movers of entertainment and the individuals who can and do make choices for their travel, dining, cultural and real estate needs.

About Resident Magazine:

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Prostate Cancer Foundation Hosted An Evening of Dining, Dancing and Other Surprises in Support of the 11th Annual Charles PCF Pro-AM Tennis Tournament

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Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), a nonprofit organization which remains steadfast in its commitment to identify and fund groundbreaking cancer research programs to save the lives of millions, hosted its annual gala at the Parrish Art Museum in Watermill, NY on Saturday, August 29, 2015. The weekend’s events raised over $4 million, which is a record for this event.

 The gala was hosted in support of the 11th Annual Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tournament being held from August 28 – 30, 2015, named after the successful entrepreneur who constantly turned tragic events throughout his life into philanthropic causes. The gala evening, catered by Robbins Wolfe, was a celebration featuring cocktails, dining and special performances from Natalie Cole and David Foster with special guests including American Idol Winner Ruben Studdard. 100 percent of the funds raised throughout the evening went to supporting groundbreaking discoveries in cancer research.

 The night began with a short quiz by the Founder of the Prostate Cancer Foundation Michael Milken, who asked questions about magic to the crowd of gala guests such as what caused Famous Illusionist Harry Houdini’s Death, Peritonitis, and what was the first book of magic called, The Discoverie of Witchcraft (1584). Fellow performer David Foster then introduced the first performer Natalie Cole, with whom he had just wrapped up an Asian tour.

Once she got onto stage, she began her set by telling the audience, “This is going to be one of the shortest sets I ever did, so listen carefully.” She began her set with her song “Almost Like Being In Love” and did a couple of covers including Renee Olstead’s “What A Difference a Day Makes.” Then she performed “Unforgettable,” her Grammy award-winning duet with her father Legendary Singer Nat King Cole, which was also the first song she had produced by fellow performer David Foster, which was received with loud applause. As she performed, video of her father singing along to the song played on TVs behind her and were interspersed with images of her and Nat while growing up. She closed her set with her father’s famous track “L.O.V.E.”

 Following Cole’s set, Milken discussed the young investigators program and the funding the Prostate Cancer Foundation is doing on their behalf. As he defines them, these young investigators are young scientists in their 30s who have received all of the advanced degrees and research experience to run their own labs, however they lack the funding. It is these investigators, he said, that are leading to groundbreaking advancements in cancer research. Currently, PCF works with 153 of these young investigators who are currently researching 22 candidate molecules for cancer research, and these investigators have impacted the creation of six different FDA- Approved Prostate Cancer drugs. Following the presentation and quiz questions discussing these young investigators, Milken asked gala attendees to pledge $75,000 over the course of three years, then $75,000 for one year and then $25,000 for one year. At the conclusion of the fundraising portion, he said, “next year we will tell you how each of our young investigators changed the world.”

After a video introduction, David Foster began his set, during which he invited many of his friends to the stage to perform as he accompanied on the piano, first being Emily West, a runner-up on Reality TV competition show America’s Got Talent. She performed a couple of songs including “Nights In White Satin,” a song she performed while competing on the show. David Foster & Emily West performed The Prayer, a song David Foster wrote for Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli, and halfway through the song, David Foster cut her off and said that this is meant to be a duet and introduced Forte, another top competitor on America’s Got Talent. Forte participated in a contest to see who could hold the longest note with Foster and Nathan Gunn, a baritone opera singer in the crowd that evening. At the conclusion of Forte’s set, Foster brought Shelea Frazier to the stage, who performed two songs from The Bodyguard including a cover of Whitney Houston’s rendition of “I Will Always Love You.” Halfway through the performance of I Will Always Love You, American Idol winner Ruben Studdard joined them on stage. David Foster said “Ruben Studdard has a talent, he can write a song on the spot. So let’s write one for tonight’s event.” The crowd names the song, ”A Cure Is On the Way” and Studdard improvised the words as he sang. The show ended with a group rendition of Hey Jude, then Michael Milken thanked David Foster and asked everyone to go to the other stage. At the other stage, guests danced the night away to Super Diamond, a Neil Diamond cover band.

 Notable attendees included: Michael & Lori Milken (Founder), Natalie Cole (Performer), David Foster (Performer), Jim Coleman & Cynthia Ott (Host), Bob & Deanna Adler (Host), Seth & Marie Bernstein (Host), Jeff & Mei Sze Greene (Host), Mitchell Modell (Host),  Glenn & Jennifer Myles (Host), Bonnie Pfeifer Evans (Host; Chair, Charles Evans Foundation), Stewart Rahr (Host), Artie & Selma Rabin (Host), Dean Palin (Host), Dr. Joel Pashcow (Host), Leon & Leeza Wagner (Host), John Paulson, Joe Torre, Marla Maples, Jason Binn, Frank Luntz, Richard Kind, Former New York Governor David Patterson, Dr. Jonathan Simons (CEO, Prostate Cancer Foundation), Larry Leeds, Jerry Cohen, Brian Reynolds, Chris Oberbeck, Don Marron, Mark Philippoussis (Pro), Robert Kendrick (Pro),  Danny Govberg, Barry Sternlicht, Arik Kislin, Elaine Wynn, Neal Sroka, Jackie Rogers.

 Weekend hosts and sponsors of the Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tournament include: Bill & Karen Ackman; Bob & Deanna Adler; Seth & Marie Bernstein; Jim Coleman & Cynthia Ott; Larry Gagosian & Chrissy Erpf; Bonnie Pfeifer Evans; Jeff & Mei Sze Greene; The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.; Tom Lee & Ann Tenenbaum; David & Julia Koch; Bill & Phyllis Mack ; Richard Merkin, MD.;Mike & Lori Milken; Modell’s Sporting Goods; Glenn & Jennifer Myles; Dean Palin; Mickey Palin; Joel Pashcow; Artie & Selma Rabin; Stewart Rahr; Jonathan & Sheryl Sokoloff; Lady Sheila Stable; Leon & Leesa Wagner; Mort Zuckerman.

 About Prostate Cancer Foundation:

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is the world’s leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating prostate cancer research. Founded in 1993, PCF has raised more than $615 million and provided funding to more than 2,000 research programs at nearly 200 cancer centers and universities. The PCF global research enterprise now extends to 19 countries. PCF advocates for greater awareness of prostate cancer and more efficient investment of governmental research funds for transformational cancer research. Its efforts has helped produce a 20-fold increase in government funding for prostate cancer.

For further information on the PCF, please visit http://www.pcf.org/

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The MOMS Host A MAMARAZZI® Event With Actor Rick Springfield to celebrate his new film Ricki and the Flash

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THE MOMS, Denise Albert hosted a Mamarazzi® Event with Actor Rick Springfield this Monday, August 3rd, 2015 at The Sony Screening Room. The event brought together influential moms and media for a special advanced screening of Rick’s new movie, Ricki and the Flash, which stars Oscar Winner Meryl Streep as rock star Ricki Rendazzo who is returning home from following her dream of being a rock star and is seeking redemption from the family she left behind. In the film, Rick plays a member of her band The Flash, who is in love with her.

Immediately following the screening, Rick Springfield participated in an audience Q & A moderated by The MOMS’ Denise Albert where he discussed the film, his life and his career. Like his character Greg in the movie Ricki and the Flash, Rick Springfield has also pursued a successful career as a guitarist and musician and for him the role was, “a lot of fun because I love to play the guitar.” However, unlike his character in the movie, who struggles to make ends meet and has multiple jobs, his success gave him a lot of freedom when it came to raising a family.

“I remember when my kids were born I actually got to the point where I could just pull the plug on my career and I spent five years helping raise my kids,” he said adding, “I became kind of a house husband, which has paid off because I have a great relationship with my boys.”

ABOUT THE MOMS:www.themoms.com

Denise Albert and Melissa Musen GersteinTHE MOMS, are co-creators of a multi-platform lifestyle brand featured on TV, online, in print, in taxicabs and now on radio nationwide. The MOMS are hosts of the SiriusXM radio Stars program The MOMS with Denise & Melissa.  Albert and Gerstein have turned motherhood into a platform that reaches millions of parents each year.  The MOMS created a town hall event series that they moderate called Mamarazzi® where they provide influential moms and media with access to celebrities to discuss issues surrounding parenting.  Recent Mamarazzi events have included celebrity guests Sarah Jessica Parker, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Garner, Kevin James, Elizabeth Banks, Tina Fey, Hugh Jackman and Pitbull. THE MOMS regularly partner with film distributors, book publishers and celebrity publicists to present engaging and informative conversations around topics important to parents year round. They have also been spokespersons for Netflix family programming. Albert and Musen Gerstein have presented their fashion show for moms during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week three times called Strut, The Fashionable Mom Show, which they co-founded and showcases a wide range of apparel for real moms.  It’s the first runway show where the models are all moms – in all shapes and sizes – featuring affordable and fashionable options for a diverse audience.  All mom models walk to raise awareness for their favorite cause. From 2010-2011, The MOMS created and hosted a half-hour TV show with NBC called Moms & the City and A Dad Named David.  The MOMS are regular contributors to The Huffington Post Parents and Denise to Huffington Post Divorce and have appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America and Fox News Channel among many others. Albert is an “independent” mom (don’t call her a “single mom”) to two boys and Gerstein is happily married and a mom of three.

ABOUT RICKI AND THE FLASHwww.rickiandtheflashmovie.com

Three-time Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep goes electric and takes on a whole new gig – a hard-rocking singer/guitarist – for Oscar®-winning director Jonathan Demme and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody in the uplifting comedy Ricki and the Flash. In a film loaded with music and live performance, Streep stars as Ricki, a guitar heroine who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom, but is now returning home to make things right with her family. Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer, who plays her fictional daughter; Rick Springfield, who takes on the role of a Flash member in love with Ricki; and Kevin Kline, who portrays Ricki’s long-suffering ex-husband.

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Denise Albert, Rick Springfield

Risa Gosset, Rochelle Schuster, Jill Hochheiser, Dana Levine, Rick Springfield, Denise Albert, Barbara Friedman

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We Are Family Foundation® 2015 Celebration Gala

We Are Family Foundation® (WAFF), a not-for-profit organization founded by legendary GRAMMY® Award winning musician, Nile Rodgers, will honor U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s President & CEO, Caryl M. Stern, SAP’s CEO, Bill McDermott and multiple GRAMMY® Award winning music icon Chaka Khan, at Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Thursday, April 23, 2015. The evening will be hosted by Fox 5 News anchors Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly, and will include a concert featuring Nile Rodgers & CHIC, performing with Chaka Khan for the first time on stage together.

The highly-anticipated event will celebrate three extraordinary global citizens: President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Caryl M. Stern will receive the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award which honors any person who has made a significant contribution toward promoting a peaceful society. Since joining the U.S Fund for UNICEF in 2006, Stern has traveled to more than 30 countries in support of UNICEF’s work to save and protect the world’s most vulnerable children, and spearheaded the organization’s efforts to aid children affected by disasters. Previous recipients of this award include, Dr. Maya Angelou, Paul Simon, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Quincy Jones, Dr. Jeni Stepanek and Deepak Chopra.

Bill McDermott, Chief Executive Officer of SAP, the world’s business software market leader, will receive the Visionary Award, which recognizes a corporation or a person in the corporate world whose philanthropic efforts have made a meaningful difference in our world. McDermott leads SAP’s 74,400 employees and 2+million person ecosystem in executing SAP’s vision and strategy to help the world run better and improve people’s lives. Previous recipients of this award include, Susan and David Rockefeller, Jr., Tommy Hilfiger and Nicole and Matthew Mellon.

International music icon and ten-time GRAMMY® Award winner, Chaka Khan, will receive the Humanitarian Award, which honors a person in the public eye who has made tremendous efforts and inroads into making the human condition better throughout the world. Since she burst onto the music scene in the 1970s as the 18-year-lead singer of the multiracial band Rufus, Chaka Khan has since released 22 albums, racked up ten #1 Billboard Magazine charted songs, developed a vast international fan base and performed on six continents, during an illustrious career spanning 40 years to date. In 1999, she established the Chaka Khan Foundation, a project of Community Partners, which includes a variety of programs and initiatives that assist women and children at risk. Previous recipients of the Humanitarian Award have included Sting & Trudie Styler, Sir Elton John, Steven Van Zandt, Nile Rodgers and Jackson Browne.

“We are inspired by each of our 2015 honorees who show passion to their individual mission and continuous dedication to solving some of the biggest global issues facing our world,” says Nile Rodgers, Founder & Chairman of the We Are Family Foundation. “My song, ‘We Are Family,’ embodies the spirit of our honorees and the We Are Family Foundation, which brings people together to celebrate our differences and share important ideas across borders to make a difference and inspire peace.”

The funds raised will support WAFF’s mission and programs including WAFF’s signature program, Three Dot Dash, which identifies, supports and mentors Global Teen Leaders actively working on programs that address basic human needs and promoting a more peaceful world; and TEDxTeen, a global educational platform for extraordinary teenagers to share their stories and inspire millions.

To purchase tickets, or to make a contribution to the We Are Family Foundation, please visit wearefamilyfoundation.org. Contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Arrivals and reception begin at 6:30pm on Thursday, April 23, 2015 followed by the awards ceremony, dinner and live concert at 7:30pm at the Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom located at 311 West 34th Street in New York City.

About We Are Family Foundation
We Are Family Foundation (WAFF) is a non-profit organization that’s dedicated to the vision of a global family by creating and supporting programs that promote cultural diversity while nurturing the vision, talents, and ideas of young people who are positively changing the world. Through global initiatives like Three Dot Dash and TEDxTeen, WAFF has mentored and empowered extraordinary teens from more than 60 countries on six continents by giving them platforms to share their messages, tell their stories, inspire others, amplify their work and foster respect and understanding across cultures.

For more information and tickets, visit wearefamilyfoundation.org

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Special Screening of R&B Music Documentary, Only the Strong Survive, in New York

A special New York screening of Only The Strong Survive, the 2003 documentary about great stars of R&B music, from Stax, Motown and Chicago Soul, will be held at the IFC Center on Tuesday November 11, 2014.

Directed by ShowBiz 411 entertainment journalist, Roger Friedman (www.showbiz411.com/), along with Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker, the film features the last on-screen performances from music legends such as Isaac Hayes, Wilson Pickett, and Robert “Squirrel” Lester. The excellent film also features performances from the alive and kicking Sam Moore, Carla Thomas (sister of Vaneese Thomas), Mary Wilson and Jerry Butler.

Only the Strong Survive also includes performance footage of Memphis R&B pioneer Rufus Thomas, father of Vaneese Thomas, who passed on at the age of 84, less than two months before the film was screened at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. The film was also selected for Cannes and Telluride.

This is the last film in the IFC Center’s current Pennebaker retrospective.

Watch the trailer for Only The Strong Survive here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-jk7cxxTvo

Screening begins at 8:15pm at the IFC Center, Sixth Avenue and West 4th St. Followed by a Q&A.

Tickets available at the box office on the day or online here.

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Vaneese Thomas sings backing vocal for Aretha Franklin on David Letterman

Soul sensation Vaneese Thomas provided backing vocal to the great Aretha Franklin, who performed a powerful rendition of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” on the David Letterman show last night (Monday, 30 September, 2014).

Thomas, who is a renowned singer-songwriter in her own right, performed alongside the Queen of Soul at the Ed Sullivan Theater, and other 1960s legends backup singers Cissy Houston and Fonzie Thornton.

Showbiz 411’s Roger Friedman was lucky enough to be a part of the audience, who were enthusiastically clapping along and gave the performance a standing ovation.

Friedman was excited to spot Thomas as one Franklin’s backup singers. “Then there was Vaneese Thomas, daughter of Rufus, sister of Carla, a recording artist in her own right. Rev. C. L. Franklin married Vaneese’s parents to each other,” he said.

Thomas, a profound talent, has worked with some of the best in the business, from Phil Ramone, to Luciano Pavarotti, Sting and Stevie Wonder, and she is always Aretha Franklin’s backing vocal of choice.

Aretha, who is releasing her new album, “Classic Diva Songs,” is available today on vinyl, and will drop as a CD on October 21.

Thomas’ album, Blues For My Father, which was launched June of this year, taps into her southern heritage and brings forth a roots album that is authentic and true. Every track adds to the blues and soul legacy that is hers to claim. She dedicates the album to her father who was considered the king of Memphis soul and is currently petitioning for him to be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You can sign the petition here.

Click here to watch the performance on David Letterman. 

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