The Beach Boys to star in benefit concert

music note stock“Fun, Fun, Fun” is what Greenwich-based DART always brings to its annual gala which takes place June 1 this year and is set to feature Rock and Roll Hall of Fame icons The Beach Boys in a benefit concert at the Palace Theatre in Stamford.

Dana’s Angels Research Trust (DART) will kick off the gala with an elegant cocktail reception, followed by World-Famous RAO’s Italian Restaurant pasta bar, and silent and live auctions hosted by Greenwich residents Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford.

The event will mark DART’s eleventh year as a non-profit focused on Niemann-Pick type C (NPC) disease research. Throughout the years, DART has had the support of incredible performers to its cause, such as America, Richard Dreyfuss, Rob Mathes, Smokey Robinson, Frankie Valli and Natalie Cole, who have all performed at DART gala benefits. Mr. and Ms. Gifford are also long-time supporters of DART, hosting each annual benefit. Past supporters and attendees at DART’s annual fund-raisers include Joy and Regis Philbin, Cheryl and Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, Sonny Grosso, Phil Ramone, Richard LaGravenese and Florence Henderson. Once again, Michelle Phillips from The Mamas and The Papas will act as honorary chair.

As The Beach Boys mark more than a half century of making music, the group continues to make musical history, according to DART. The group has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, has received 32 RIAA Platinum and Gold record awards and has performed more concerts than any major rock band in history.

The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Christian Love, Randell Kirsch, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band. This show will arrive on the heels of The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Reunion Tour which was scheduled as a 75 concert limited tour in which the original members reunited and released That’s Why God Made the Radio. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard charts, their highest chart position in 37 years and an unprecedented milestone. The concert will not feature Brian Wilson, Al Jardine or David Marks.

“DART is thrilled to have The Beach Boys headline this year’s gala benefit and concert,” said Phil and Andrea Marella, founders of DART and Greenwich residents. “DART and all of the NPC families have a very exciting 2013. We are launching our third and most promising drug trial at the National Institutes of Health and presenting one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time.”

DART is an organization that funds research into NPC, a rare, fatal cholesterol storage disease affecting children. Two of the Marella’s four children, Dana and Andrew, have NPC. Most children who suffer from NPC die in their early teens, but DART has helped change that fate. As an all volunteer organization, more than 95% of the funds expended are channeled directly into supporting pivotal NPC research; research that may also help millions of people suffering from HIV/AIDS, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders that appear to be related to cholesterol.

The Marella children have been on different treatments that have helped keep the disease at bay — especially for Andrew, who is currently 13 years old and was diagnosed early and started treatment at a young age. His sister Dana, who is now 19, was not diagnosed until she was eight. She is now confined to a wheelchair, no longer talks, and requires complete care, but because of some successful treatment, she is still able to attend school.

To date, DART has dedicated roughly $2.6 million to the search for a cure for NPC. To learn more about DART and to purchase VIP Gala tickets to the June 1 benefit and concert, visit DanasAngels.Org or facebook.com/danasangels. To purchase concert only tickets, visit SCALive.org or call 203-325-4466.

VIP Gala tickets are $350 and higher. Concert tickets are $110, $85, $60 and $50 and are available to the public through the Stamford Center for the Arts Box Office at SCALive.org or by calling 203-325-4466. All proceeds benefit DART.

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