HEADstrong’s 10th Annual Limelight Gala Goes Virtual On June 19th
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Name: Jennifer Hoffman
Phone: 610-461-5987 ext. 303
Email: [email protected]
HEADstrong Unveils Incredible Event Line-Up, Honorees and Performers For Online Spectacular
Love, Ryan Cabrera, Abby Anderson, Evie Clair, Jesse Ruben and Jessy Kyle HEADline Virtual Event 6/19
(PHILADELPHIA) – On Friday, June 19th the HEADstrong Foundation will bring the magic of their annual Limelight Gala presented by IBEW98 into homes through a virtual LIVE event to benefit local families navigating cancer amidst the global pandemic and those displaced to the Greater Philadelphia Region in pursuit of lifesaving cancer treatment.
This interactive special event will be streamed across YouTube Live at https://youtu.be/-DtFXNfFAxo and on HEADstrong’s social media channels at @HEADstrongFND on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
The virtual event will begin at 7:00PM EST and promises to be an incredible and all-inspiring night of entertainment featuring special guests, honorees and an array of amazing performances from Philly’s own G. Love, pop-star Ryan Cabrera, rising country-star Abby Anderson, America’s Got Talent finalist Evie Clair, singer-songwriter Jesse Ruben, 3x cancer survivor and vocalist Jessy Kyle as well as an exclusive 40th anniversary celebration of Philadelphia’s Original Party Band Jellyroll.
HEADstrong’s virtual event is being hosted by Fox29’s Good Day Philadelphia co-anchor Thomas Drayton and will celebrate the 25-year career of Jacqui Melott, a devoted frontline oncology nurse at the Abramson Cancer Center of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The event will also honor the courageous Delaney Unger, a 14-year old whose dancing career was halted when she was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma and her triumphant return to fulfilling her dream of dancing much in part to receiving rotationplasty surgery. HEADstrong will also recognize the relentless efforts of the Radcliffe family of West Chester, PA, who have embarked on an incredible journey in partnership with the HEADstrong Foundation, through the creation of the Charlotte Grace Fund, to help local families overcome by pediatric cancers in loving memory of their daughter, who bravely battled Medulloblastoma, a malignant form of brain cancer.
Through the virtual event, viewers will have the ability to interact and contribute to the HEADstrong Foundation. Proceeds will underwrite a full year of lodging and comfort at Nick’s House, a guest residence that welcomes families to the City of Brotherly Love during the most critical, vulnerable and desperate time of their lives as they pursue lifesaving treatment only available in Philadelphia. In addition to the online program, the event will feature an unbelievable silent auction featuring packages, memorabilia, experiences, luxury items and much more, which can be bid online.
The COVID-19 pandemic has only added a layer of complexity for those navigating a pre-existing cancer fight and delays in treatment have posed several challenges for those requiring necessary and time sensitive treatments. The economic impact has been equally devastating and the need for funding is at an all-time high.
The HEADstrong Foundation exists to improve lives affected by cancer. The organization was founded by Nicholas “HEAD’ Colleluori, a beloved student-athlete from the Philadelphia suburbs, who was terminally diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and created the organization from his hospital bed to serve as the resource that he wished existed for his own family during their greatest time of need. Colleluori was a D1 athlete at the time of his diagnosis whose battle was chronicled by ESPN, who used his platform to put forth tangible solutions to the everyday challenges of families living the reality of cancer.
Be sure to mark your calendar for Friday, June 19th and join the HEADstrong Foundation as they deliver one of Philadelphia’s most uplifting events in support of those who need it most. For more information please visit www.HEADstrong.org or via social medial @HEADstrongFND.