Concert highlights MMRF gala

The benefit concert drew acts from all over the generations of Motown to entertain the crowd and help raise more than $2 million for the Multiple Myeloma Research Fund. Above, Chrisette Michele was one of the performers who dazzled the crowd.  — John Ferris Robben  photo

The benefit concert drew acts from all over the generations of Motown to entertain the crowd and help raise more than $2 million for the Multiple Myeloma Research Fund. Above, Chrisette Michele was one of the performers who dazzled the crowd.
— John Ferris Robben
photo

It was a star-studded night this past Saturday in Old Greenwich when more than 1,000 supporters showed their support for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) as more than $2 million was raised at the organization’s 17th annual Fall Gala.

MMRF was founded in 1998 by twin sisters Karen Andrews and Kathy Giusti after Ms. Giusti was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable form of blood cancer. However, Ms. Giusti has been beating the odds since then. At the time of her diagnosis, the survival rate was only three years and she’s standing strong today, continuing to host the fund-raiser here in town, where her sister is a resident.

The gala has brought out some high-profile names in the past, and this year was no exception, as the legendary Berry Gordy was given the MMRF Spirit of Hope Award for his charitable work through the years. Mr. Gordy is the mind behind the legendary Motown sound; he helped guide that label to iconic status, and the evening’s entertainment was a tribute to Motown with a special concert headlined by Grammy-winner NE-YO.

The legendary producer and label head Clive Davis, himself a former Spirit of Hope winner, was also on hand for the festivities, as was NBC news anchor Brian Williams and several music industry luminaries. Charles Goldstuck, TouchTunes president and CEO, was given the MMRF’s Courage and Commitment Award. The gala was held at the Hyatt Regency in Old Greenwich.

The money raised by the event through ticket sales and an auction of premium items like sports jerseys and trips to Rockefeller Center for the Christmas tree lighting will go toward fighting multiple myeloma, including creating an open access data platform to help educate patients and assist researchers and medical professionals.

“It’s awe-inspiring to see so many outstanding people come together to support our mission,” Ms. Giusti said. “The MMRF has always recognized the power of the individual to create change, and that’s how we’re creating a revolution in the treatment of cancer — one person at a time.”

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