Five-time Grammy-nominated musician Michael Feinstein will present a special performance at a one-time only event benefiting Opportunity Project, Inc., an organization providing transitional and community services for individuals with brain injury, to be held on Thursday, October 21, 2010, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
 
In addition to the world-class entertainment, four distinguished individuals will be honored at the benefit for their ongoing support of Opportunity Project and commitment to raising brain injury awareness.  The honorees at Opportunity Project’s Evening to Ensure the Future include:
 
Ronald J. Del Mauro, Chief Executive Officer of Saint Barnabas Health Care System in West Orange, N.J., recipient of the Award for Corporate Excellence and Commitment to Quality Healthcare.  Marc E. Berson, Chairman of Opportunity Project, will introduce Del Mauro and present his award.
 
George Martin, Executive Director of the NFL Alumni Association, former Super Bowl Champion and New York Giants Team Captain and Defensive End, of Ringwood, N.J., recipient of the Award for Advocacy on Behalf of Brain Injury Awareness and Prevention.  Martin will be introduced by his former Giants teammate Hall of Famer Harry Carson.
 
Ambassador Clifford Sobel, former United States Ambassador to Brazil and The Netherlands, and his wife Mrs. Barbara Sobel, formally of Short Hills, N.J., and now residing in Miami, FL, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, recipients of the Award for Humanitarian Leadership and Commitment to Opportunity Project, Community and Country.  Their award will be presented by Philanthropist Raymond G. Chambers, who is the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Malaria and an event chair for the evening. 
 
In addition to Michael Feinstein, the evening will feature appearances by special guests of The Actors Fund: Christine Ebersole, Michelle Lee and Debbie Gravitte.  Steve Adubato Jr., WNET Channel 13 Anchor, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
 
The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with cocktails, dinner and a silent auction, followed by the performance and a VIP reception with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dessert.  All proceeds raised from An Evening to Ensure the Future will go directly towards Opportunity Project’s programs and services for individuals living with brain injury.  For event package information and tickets, contact Opportunity Project Event Headquarters at 877-819-3883 or opportunityproject2010@gmail.com.
 
Opportunity Project, Inc. was founded in 1993 by families whose sons had sustained serious brain injuries. Their goal was to fill a very significant gap in community services for individuals with brain injury. These families discovered that while excellent acute medical care and rehabilitation services were available, there was an absence of effective transitional and reintegration services within the community.
 
Opportunity Project grew from serving five members to over 100 individuals affected by brain injury and their families.  Located in Millburn, N.J., Opportunity Project’s Clubhouse is a 14,000 square-foot facility that houses the organization’s administrative offices, library, lounge, conference area, kitchen facilities, computer work stations and office space for related nonprofit organizations.  The Clubhouse provides a network of adults with brain injury who participate in vocational, educational and social activities, and supportive services.  Nobody is turned away due to inability to pay.
 
Opportunity Project’s $3.0 million “Ensuring the Future” development campaign will permit the Clubhouse to be able to service its mortgage, enhance the services provided and “Ensure” that no prospective member will ever be turned away due to lack of funds.
 
For more information about Opportunity Project, visit http://www.opportunityproject.org