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Grammy Tony Award Winner Cyndi Lauper to Headline 14th Annual An Evening with Scott Hamilton & Friends

Fundraiser Supports Cancer Research at Cleveland Clinic

September 23, 2013

Tickets are on sale today for the 14th Annual “An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends” ice show and gala scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2, at Quicken Loans Arena. Every year, Scott Hamilton reaches out to his closest friends in the music and skating worlds to pull off a truly must-see event, which raises funds for The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship) at Cleveland Clinic.

This year’s event promises to be spectacular with Grammy and Tony award winner Cyndi Lauper as the musical guest. Lauper was one of the earliest female icons to harness MTV’s influence and become a pop star. Her debut album She’s So Unusual was the first in history by a woman to have four Top Five singles. After a musical career that spanned three decades and $50 million in album sales, Lauper turned to Broadway where she composed the music and lyrics for Kinky Boots – and became the first female solo artist to win a Tony award for Best Original Score in 2013.

Performing with Hamilton and Lauper at the event will be more than a dozen Olympic, Canadian, U.S. and World skating champions, including Dorothy Hamill, Jeffrey Buttle, Joannie Rochette, Nicole Bobek, Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, Alissa Czisny, Ryan Bradley, Lindsay Davis and Rockne Brubaker, Shawn Sawyer, and Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre. Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi will co-host the event with Scott Hamilton.

The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative – founded in 1999 after Hamilton’s experience with testicular cancer and then a benign brain tumor – 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, as well as matching new caregivers with a mentor; Chemocare.com, a unique website designed to help patients better understand the chemotherapy experience; and research funding. Since its inception, more than $14 million has been raised to fund 37 innovative cancer research projects. Funds generated from this year’s event will be used to support ongoing research projects, including a genomic sequencing study of specific solid tumors with historically poor prognosis or limited treatment options.

This year’s “An Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends,” presented by Medical Mutual of Ohio, will kick off with an ice show at 5 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena. A black-tie gala, hosted by philanthropist Maria Miller, follows at 7:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Tickets for the ice show are on sale today and start at $29.50. Tickets are available through http://www.theQarena.com, Quicken Loans Arena Box Office, all northern Ohio Discount Drug Marts or by calling 888.894.9424.

Tickets to the gala benefit dinner are available by calling Carrie Emch at 216 .444.0611. More information on The Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative is available by calling the CARES hotline at 216.445.2573 or visiting http://www.scottcares.org/events.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. More than 3,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, more than 75 Northern Ohio outpatient locations, including 16 full-service Family Health Centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and, currently under construction, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2012, there were 5.1 million outpatient visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 157,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 130 countries. Visit us at http://my.clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at http://www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.

Media Contact

Stephanie Jansky, 216.636.5869, janskys@ccf.org
Tora Vinci, 216.444.2412, vinciv@ccf.org