Broadway powerhouse and Glee! favorite, Idina Menzel will perform Thursday, June 2 at 7:30 pm at NJPAC in Newark for the 9th Musical Moments for MS to benefit the New Jersey Metro Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Proceeds from this event will support research, local MS Wellness Centers and MS Clinics as well as critical programs in the community for people living with MS and their families. Tickets are now on sale for the concert, which is sponsored by WCBS-FM, and will be Menzel’s only New York area appearance this spring.
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Menzel, who has been recognized as one of the great performers of our time, has a brilliant career that spans stage, film, TV and music. Backed by the Musical Moments Symphony Orchestra, she will perform her diverse repertoire of classic pop and musical theater favorites including hits from her starring roles in “Wicked” and “Rent,” along with songs from her album, “I Stand,” and other selections chosen especially for the event. The New York Times praised a recent live show, noting she’s “an entertainer with a phenomenal voice … Diana Ross with 10 times the stamina and lung power.”
Musical Moments for MS was launched in 1998 by philanthropists Lee and Murray Kushner of Livingston, N.J. They envisioned a high profile event that would raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis, as well as funds to find a cure for the disease. Mrs. Lee Kushner was diagnosed with MS in the mid-1990s. To date, Musical Moments for MS has grossed over $10 million and has funded two endowed chairs at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), both dedicated to advancing MS research and treatment. “We are grateful to our supporters whose generosity has improved and or spared the lives of so many,” says Murray Kushner. “We look forward to another successful event.”
The last Musical Moments event, in 2009, supported much needed research and funded all of the MS Centers in the State of New Jersey: CentraState Medical Center, Holy Name Hospital, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, St. Barnabas Medical Center, and UMDNJ. “Musical Moments is a spectacular evening that has an enormous impact on people who are living with Multiple Sclerosis,” says Jim Roberts, President of the New Jersey Metro Chapter of the MS Society. “Advances in research are moving us closer to stopping the disease, restoring function and ending MS forever. It has moved from being an untreatable disease in 1993 to a treatable one today for the vast majority of people now diagnosed, thanks to funds raised from events like Musical Moments.”
Musical Moments for MS will also honor several individuals who have made significant contributions in supporting the 14,000 people in New Jersey living with MS. Honorees this year will include Christopher Martin of Wall Township, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer The Provident Bank (Corporate Excellence Award); Thomas J. Sullivan of Princeton, President and Chief Executive Officer Symmetry Medical Inc. (Humanitarian Award); and John R. Richert, M.D. of Boston, MA Vice President & Senior Neurology Fellow Biogen Idec, Inc. (Medical Excellence Award).
Sponsorships are available and include a reception and the show. For more information on Musical Moments for MS or to purchase a sponsorship, call 908-781-8418 or email MusicforMS@omealia.com. Individual tickets, ranging from $15 to $125, can be purchased at the NJPAC box office at 1-888-GONJPAC or online at http://www.njpac.org/show_events_list.asp?shcode=15736.
Direct donations to the event can be made through https://secure3.convio.net/nmss/site/Donation2?df_id=35503&35503.donation=form1