GCF’s first New York City event, a benefit concert featuring world-renowned singer Michael Feinstein, is set for the evening of September 6 at Loews Regency hotel. In a phone interview with GCF, Feinstein said he hopes the event will “raise awareness and in some small way help find a way for this disease to be less mysterious, and ultimately manageable and curable.”
Feinstein is the cousin of GCF board member Wayne Feinstein, who lost his 20-year-old son, Ben, to gastric cancer. “Like many people, I didn’t have an awareness of this particular disease until it struck close to home,” Michael Feinstein says. “Seeing what happened with Ben made me deeply want to do whatever I could do.”
The benefit will take place at the intimate Feinstein’s nightclub and will include a meal and concert featuring Feinstein, a five-time Grammy nominee who has been called “the ambassador of the Great American Songbook.” Feinstein says some of the songs he’s planning for the evening will be part of a new show he’s putting together for the club.
Feinstein says he may also treat the audience to some anecdotes from his upcoming book, The Gershwins and Me, a history of the legendary songwriting brothers that will hit bookstores in October. Feinstein worked for Ira Gershwin from 1977 to 1983 and says the book “has been several years in the making.”
Feinstein hopes the proceeds from the evening will go a long way towards furthering the goals of GCF, particularly the gastric cancer registry. The registry, which was established in April 2011 and is managed by Stanford Cancer Center, is a comprehensive database containing information about gastric cancer patients. The ultimate goal is to combine the data with genomic information from blood and tissue samples, so that researchers can determine new strategies for preventing, detecting, and treating the disease.
“It’s really extraordinary what the foundation is doing, because this registry is establishing fundamental information that’s essential for moving forward,” Feinstein says. “To have it housed at Stanford is another wonderful connection that will benefit so many. I’m hopeful that this concert will bring more people together to create a healing paradigm to end gastric cancer.”
Tickets for An Evening with Michael Feinstein to benefit GCF are available for $750 (general seating) or $1,000 (premium seating) per person. All contributions are tax-deductible, less $250. Visit www.gastriccancer.org/michaelfeinstein2012 for more information and to pay by credit card. Please join us for this special NYC event!