Olivia Newton-John will perform Tuesday, December 11 at 7:30 pm at NJPAC in Newark for the 10th Anniversary of Musical Moments to benefit the New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Proceeds from this event will also benefit the Neurological Institute of New Jersey at New Jersey Medical School and support research, local MS Wellness Centers and MS Clinics as well as critical programs in the community for 13,000 people in New Jersey living with MS and their families.
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Olivia Newton-John’s appeal is timeless. A vibrant and creative individual, she has a career spanning more than four decades, has sold over 100 million albums and she is adored by fans around the world. Her successes include four Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, numerous Country Music, American Music and People’s Choice Awards, ten #1 hits including “Physical,” and over 15 top 10 singles. In 1978, her co-starring role as Sandy Olsson in “Grease” catapulted her to superstardom. This film’s best-selling soundtrack featured the duets "You’re The One That I Want" and "Summer Nights," with John Travolta, as well as her mega-hit, "Hopelessly Devoted To You." To date “Grease” remains the most successful movie musical in history.
For the 2012 Christmas season, Olivia and John Travolta have reunited for the first time in over 30 years and combined their iconic voices for “This Christmas,” available November 13 from Universal Music Enterprises. A true labor of love made specifically for “the giving season,” the CD is the audio equivalent of those classic network TV specials hosted from the stars’ homes, an intimate, warm set of traditional holiday songs and features special guests Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, James Taylor, Chick Corea, Kenny G and Sir Cliff Richard.
Musical Moments was launched in 1998 by philanthropists Lee and Murray Kushner of Livingston, N.J. to support the work of world-renowned neurologist Dr. Stuart Cook, director of the Neurological Institute of New Jersey. They envisioned a high profile event that would raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis, as well as funds to find a cure for the disease and support those living with MS. Mrs. Kushner was diagnosed with MS in the mid-1990s. Musical Moments has featured artists such as Bette Midler, Smokey Robinson, Frankie Valli and the concert events have collectively grossed over $12 million. “Our supporters have provided us with a unique opportunity to make a significant impact on finding a cure for MS and improving the quality of life for diagnosed patients.” says Murray Kushner. “On this 10th anniversary of Musical Moments, we thank them for their commitment to supporting the National MS Society and look forward to another successful event.”
To date, Musical Moments has provided funds to support two endowed chairs for research being conducted by world-renowned MS researchers at New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Stuart D. Cook, internationally recognized for his contributions to the field, holds the Ruth Dunietz Kushner and Michael J. Serwitz chair while Dr. Teresa Wood holds the Rena Warshow chair. Additionally, proceeds have helped to fund all of the MS Centers throughout NJ including CentraState Medical Center, Holy Name Hospital, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, St. Barnabas Medical Center, and UMDNJ. Proceeds have also funded informational programs that educate people with MS and their families, professionals, community leaders and the public about multiple sclerosis; support programs that help people with MS and their families manage the impact of the disease; outreach programs that help people gain access to community resources and quality, specialty health care and advocacy programs that stimulate changes in the community and public policy beneficial to people affected by MS.
“Thanks to the funds raised from events like Musical Moments, we are able to fund important research and provide programs and services to thousands of people impacted by MS,” says Jim Roberts, President of the New Jersey Metro Chapter of the MS Society.
Musical Moments will also honor several individuals who have made significant contributions to the MS movement. Honorees this year will include Richard Lyon, Executive Vice President & Head of Commercial Real Estate, Capital One Bank (Corporate Excellence Award); Leslie Donato, Vice-President and General Manager, Neurology & Hematology, Bayer HealthCare (Humanitarian Award); and John DeLuca, Ph.D., Vice-President for Research Kessler Foundation (Medical Excellence Award).
Tickets to see Olivia Newton-John perform start at $43, and can be purchased through NJPAC at http://www.njpac.org/all_events.asp?viewcode=0&startDate=2012-12-11&Date=2012-12-11 or ordered over the phone by calling the box office at 1-888-GO-NJPAC. Sponsorships are available and include a reception and the show. For more information on Musical Moments visit www.musicalmomentsforMS.com or to purchase a sponsorship, call 908-781-8418 or email MusicforMS@omealia.com. Direct donations to the event can be made through https://secure3.convio.net/nmss/site/Donation2?df_id=35503&35503.donation=form1.
ABOUT OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN
With a career spanning more than four decades, Olivia Newton-John has sold over 100 million albums and her successes include four Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, numerous Country Music, American Music and People’s Choice Awards, ten #1 hits and over 15 top 10 singles. In 1978, her co-starring role as Sandy Olsson in “Grease” catapulted her to superstardom. Other film credits include “Xanadu,” “Two of a Kind,” It’s My Party,” and most recently, “A Few Best Men,” among others. Adding author to her already impressive career, Olivia’s cookbook, “LivWise: Easy Recipes for a Healthy, Happy Life” was recently released and all of her royalties will benefit the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre (ONJCWC) in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia. As a breast cancer “thriver,” and after nearly ten years of fundraising, Olivia is thrilled that the ONJCWC opened its doors to patients on July 2, 2012 – almost 20 years to the day from her own cancer diagnosis. Connect with Olivia Newton-John - Official Website: www.OliviaNewton-John.com Facebook @OliviaNewtonJohn - Twitter @OliviaNJ
ABOUT MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. MS can cause blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, blindness, and more. These problems may be permanent or may come and go. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, although individuals as young as 2 and as old as 75 have developed it. MS is not considered a fatal disease. The vast majority of people with MS have a normal life span, but they may struggle to live as productively as they desire, and often face increasing limitations.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL MS SOCIETY
NMSS is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. They exist to make sure it doesn't. The organization mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS through their 50-state network of chapters. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. For more information, contact the New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National MS Society at: 732.660.1005 or www.nationalMSsociety.org/NJM
ABOUT NEW JERSEY MEDICAL SCHOOL
Founded in 1954 as the Seton Hall College of Medicine and Dentistry, UMDNJ—New Jersey Medical School was the state's first medical school. Today, it is part of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. NJMS has four mission areas: education, research, clinical care, and community outreach. It has 22 academic departments and more than 60 centers and institutes. In addition to offering the MD degree to its students, NJMS also offers, MD/PhD, MD/MPH, and MD/MBA degrees through collaborations with other institutions of higher education.