Gordy to be honored at foundation benefit

Berry Gordy

Berry Gordy

Members of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) will be in good ‘spirits’ at its Nov. 9  annual Fall Gala in Old Greenwich, where Berry Gordy, founder of the legendary Motown record label, will be honored with the Spirit of Hope Award.

The Spirit of Hope Award is the highest honor presented by the MMRF each year at its signature annual event, and is given to recognize the extraordinary contributions made by the honoree to the benefit of all.

Mr. Gordy has lent his name and support to countless causes around the world and has changed the lives of literally millions of people through his efforts and generosity, the organization said. He joins the distinguished company of Diana Krall, Stevie Wonder and Clive Davis as the past recipients of the prestigious award.

The event will take place Nov. 9 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich hotel in Old Greenwich.

“We have lost far too many people to multiple myeloma and other cancers,” Mr. Gordy said. “It is my hope that funds raised during this incredible event will help the MMRF to advance its groundbreaking and innovative cancer research.”

Mr. Gordy is also a songwriter, boxer, producer, director, innovative entrepreneur, teacher and visionary. The “Motown Sound” he created reached out across a country that, at the time, was racially divided and politically and socially charged, to transform popular music. Actively involved in the Civil Rights movement, Mr. Gordy’s unparalleled contribution to music and popular culture served as a beacon of hope during a turbulent time in American history.

In addition to Mr. Gordy, Charles Goldstuck, president and CEO of TouchTunes Inter-active Networks and a long-time friend and supporter of the MMRF, will be presented with the MMRF Courage and Commitment Award.

“We are thrilled to have Berry and Charles joining what promises to be an unforgettable night,” said Kathy Giusti, founder and CEO of the MMRF and a myeloma patient.

One of the highlights of the evening will be a star-studded tribute concert in Mr. Gordy’s honor, as has been done at past years’ events for Clive Davis and Stevie Wonder. More than 40 prominent music industry executives serve on the MMRF Fall Gala Entertainment Committee. Monte Lipman, founder and CEO of Republic Records, and Rick Krim, executive vice president of Talent and Music Programming for VH1, serve as this year’s Entertainment Committee chairs.

To reserve a table, donate an auction item or inquire about sponsorship opportunities at the Fall Gala, visit Benefitoffice.org/mmrf, email [email protected] or call 888-584-5463.

Funds raised at the MMRF Fall Gala will be used to support the development of life-extending treatments for multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer.

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