Multiple Myeloma gala to feature Ne-Yo, Motown greats

You won’t find Grammy winning artist Ne-Yo in Hollywood this weekend — instead he’ll be one of the 1,300 people expected to attend the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation’s (MMRF) Fall Gala on Nov. 9 at 6 p.m.

The gala is Fairfield County’s biggest charity event to take place at the Greenwich Hyatt Regency.

Recording legend Berry Gordy, founder of the iconic Motown Records, will receive the Spirit of Hope Award from the MMRF, which is a Norwalk-based nonprofit leader in the research and treatment advocacy of this incurable blood cancer.

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

Other performers will include Motown artists Chrisette Michele and Kevin Ross, as well as Charl Brown, who currently appears on Broadway in Motown: The Musical.

The Spirit of Hope Award is the highest honor given by the MMRF in recognition of extraordinary contributions for the greater good. Mr. Gordy has given his name and support to countless causes around the world and has literally changed the lives of millions of people through his care and generosity. Past recipients of this distinguished award include Clive Davis, Diana Krall and Stevie Wonder.

Along with honoring Mr. Gordy, the MMRF will bestow its Courage and Commitment Award on music industry executive and philanthropist Charles Goldstuck. He is currently president and CEO of TouchTunes Interactive Networks, and has been a longtime friend and supporter of the MMRF. A current board member of the City of Hope Children’s Hospital Foundation, he also serves as vice chair of the Entertainment, Media & Communications Division of the UJA Federation.

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