Voices of Hope Presents 6th Annual Gala to Benefit Cancer Research

North Shore Music Theatre hosts celebration of artists gone too soon

July 1, 2014
Contact: Sue Tabb Thomson Communications 978-270-3820

Boston, MA (July 2014) – On Saturday, September 6th, Voices of Hope, a local organization dedicated to raising funds for cancer research through music and dance, will pay tribute to some amazing performers with a concert at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly. Proceeds will benefit the Termeer Center for Targeted Therapies at Mass General Hospital.

The musical performance titled, “Unfinished 2: The Music Continues,” pays homage to an incredibly talented pool of artists and dedicated backstage heroes, many of whom remained active in theatre despite their condition, right to the end! Each performance is a tribute to a life well-lived and a legacy worthy of celebration. Though cancer has had an impact on each of them, belief in a cure connects the members of Voices of Hope, 85 of whom will perform for you on September 6th! Since 2009, the organization has brought almost 200 local musical theater performers together to raise more than $250,000 to support cancer research.

“Their hard-raised dollars help support clinical trials for new drug compounds that may save or extend our patients’ lives, and this work helps influence standards of care for patients around the world,” said Dr. Keith T. Flaherty, MD, Director of the Termeer Center. “Voices of Hope is an important partner in this effort.”

Guided once again by master of ceremonies Jordan Rich of WBZ News Radio 1030, audience members will be treated to the classic standards of Harold Arlen, the ‘60s harmonies of the Temptations and Levi Stubbs, the 70’s soul rhythms of Linda Creed and inspirational melodies of Leonard Cohen and Anthony Newly. Additional highlights include final works of Oscar Hammerstein and Walt Disney, and beloved Broadway numbers for all ages from Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Chicago, Aida, Little Shop of Horrors, and Godspell. Special guest performers will include The Andover High School Choir and cancer survivor Charlie Scopaletti.

“Our staff and patients know Voices of Hope and appreciate what this incredible group is doing to help advance cancer research at the Termeer Center,” said Erika M. Rosato, RN, Nurse Director for the Termeer Center. “Many members of the staff and some of our patients attended the spring concert and really enjoyed it. We’re inspired by their efforts and moved by their message of hope.”

Voices of Hope’s sixth annual fundraising gala will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction at 7 pm in the theatre lobby, followed by the performance of “Unfinished 2” and a post-show VIP party. Tickets for the event ($35, $45, and $75 for VIP) can be purchased by contacting the North Shore Music Theatre Box Office by phone at 978-232-7200, online at www.nsmt.org , or in person at 62 Dunham Road in Beverly, Mass. More information is available at www.voicesofhopeboston.org.

About Voices of Hope
Voices of Hope is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to raising funds for cancer research through song and dance. Conceived by local performer, Greg Chastain, who lost his mother in 2009 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, Voices of Hope is comprised of local performers whose lives have all been changed by cancer. Named to Massachusetts General Hospital’s “the one hundred” in 2011 for their efforts in the fight against cancer, Voices of Hope has donated more than $250,000 for cancer research since 2009.

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