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Vince Gill to Headline Cleveland's Must-Attend Fundraiser 11th Annual An Evening with Scott Hamilton & Friends on Nov 6

Skaters Perform with Cleveland’s Favorite Olympian Scott Hamilton

9/14/10

Plans are set for Cleveland’s biggest and most popular fundraiser, and, the Taussig Cancer Institute at Cleveland Clinic is proud to announce the star-studded lineup for the 11th annual “An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends” ice show and gala. This must-see event, planned for Saturday, Nov. 6, at Quicken Loans Arena, raises funds for The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship) at Cleveland Clinic.

Last year’s ice show featured Scott Hamilton’s return to the ice at age 51, complete with his signature back flips, which brought him several standing ovations. So how is Hamilton planning to top last year’s event?

Hamilton has not only lined up dozens of his Olympic and World Figure Skating champion friends to show off their talents, like Dorothy Hamill, Evan Lysacek, Sasha Cohen, Todd Eldredge, Michael Weiss, Steven Cousins, Ryan Bradley, Christina Gao, Sinead & John Kerr, Melissa Gregory & Denis Petukhov and Dan Hollander – he’s also arranged for this year’s live musical talent to be Grammy award-winning recording artist Vince Gill.

Gill has sold more than 26 million albums. He’s earned 18 CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year in 1993 and 1994. He is tied with George Strait for having won the most CMA Male Vocalist Awards (five), and is second only to Brooks and Dunn for accumulating the most CMA Awards in history. Gill has received 19 Grammy Awards to date, the most of any male Country artist. In 2007, the Country Music Association inducted Gill into the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame.

This impressive array of talent will come together for one special night to raise funds for The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative. Scott turned his experience with testicular cancer and then a benign brain tumor into an opportunity to help others with cancer and is now a lifetime spokesperson for the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, where he founded the CARES Initiative in 1999. The CARES Initiative is comprised of three major components; the 4th Angel Mentoring Program designed to match newly diagnosed patients with trained volunteers who are also cancer survivors; Chemocare.com, a unique website designed to help patients better understand the chemotherapy experience; and research funding.

This year’s “An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends” will kick off with an ice show at 5 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena. A black-tie gala follows at 7:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Tickets for the ice show will go on sale Sept. 27 and start at $24.50. Tickets are available by visiting www.theqarena.com or calling 1-800-332-2287 or 216-420-2200. Tickets to the gala benefit dinner are available by calling Liz Lindecke, Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland Clinic at (216) 445-0099. More information on The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative is available by calling the CARES hotline at (216) 445-2573 or visiting www.scottcares.org.

About Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute

The Taussig Cancer Institute is one of 25 institutes at Cleveland Clinic that group multiple specialties together to provide collaborative, patient-centered care. More than 250 cancer specialists annually serve 26,000 cancer patients, applying the most effective techniques to achieve long-term survival and improved quality of life. Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit, multispecialty academic medical center. Founded in 1921, it is dedicated to providing quality specialized care and includes an outpatient clinic, a hospital with more than 1,000 staffed beds, an education institute and a research institute.

Media Contact:

Megan Ferington Pruce, 216.445.7452; prucem@ccf.org