The first annual Sounding Off For A Cure was held on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 7:00 PM at the Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater. Funds raised from the Benefit Concert will go toward research to find a cure for brain cancer. A huge thank you to everybody who attended, donated, volunteered, and performed!The event featured a full roster of musicial performers who’ve been affected by brain cancer:
- The Beach Boys (Founding member Carl Wilson passed away from brain cancer in1998)
- Lou Gramm of Foreigner (brain cancer survivor)
- The Osmond Brothers (Wayne Osmond is a brain cancer survivor)
- Gloria Gaynor (her brother in law is a brain cancer survivor)
- Accompanied By: The Frost School of Music Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and Shelly Berg, Dean of the Frost School of Music.
- Tribute musicians also performed in memory of artists who have passed away from brain cancer: George Harrison (performed by Anthology), Celia Cruz (performed by Aymee Nuviola), Bob Marley (performed by his son Ky-mani Marley) and Nara Leão (performed by Rose Max).
- The event’s VJ was Psyber Pixie (world’s leading female VJ).
The following individuals were honored with awards at the concert:
- Joseph D. Rosenblatt, MD (Interim Director at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami) with the 2011 Gary Lichtenstein Humanitarian Award
- Pedro Martinez (Major League Baseball All Star) with the 2011 Voices Award
- Jorge Plasencia (Chairman and CEO of República and Co-Founder of Amigos for Kids) with the 2011 Vision of Hope Award
- Jon Stoll, In Memoriam (Founder, Fantasma Productions) with the 2011 Sounding Off For A Cure Award, accepted by his son Jesse Stoll
- 2011 Courage Awards were presented to individuals who have bravely battled brain cancer.
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