Las Vegas' most prominent entertainers will take the stage once again at the sixth annual "NF Hope Concert" October 23 at The Palazzo® Las Vegas.
Benefit organizer Jeff Leibow, formerly of JERSEY BOYS, has brought together a veritable who's who of Las Vegas performers, including Clint Holmes, Gordie Brown, Susan Anton and many others in an afternoon spectacular to raise money and awareness for the Neurofibromatosis Network, an organization dedicated to families and individuals suffering from Neurofibromatosis (NF), and the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation to support NF families in Southern Nevada.
“Every year, we are overwhelmed by the incredible generosity of this town’s headliners,” says Leibow. “There are no words to properly express our gratitude.”
Tickets start at $59 and are available at Palazzo.com or by calling The Palazzo box office at 702.414.9000 or 866.641.7469.
Since the inaugural event in 2011, the “NF Hope Concert” has grown by leaps and bounds and now raises close to $100,000 every year for Neurofibromatosis research and advocacy. This year’s all-star lineup includes: Award Winning Vegas Headliners Clint Holmes and Gordie Brown, Golden Globe nominated actress Susan Anton, American Idol Finalist Jasmine Trias, Ben Stone, newcomers Reckless in Vegas and These Guys, the stars of BAZ: Star Crossed Love as well as some surprise guests. There will also be a final farewell to JERSEY BOYS, Las Vegas’ longest-running Broadway musical on the stage where it all started more than eight years ago.
NF is a genetic disorder of the nervous system that results in a mutation on a gene that normally suppresses tumor growth, which allows for tumors to grow on any nerve in the body without warning. Leibow’s young daughter, Emma, was diagnosed with this condition in 2010 when she was just nine months old. As Leibow and his wife, Melody, learned more about the disorder’s devastating effects, they conceived the idea for the concert with the realization that they had an obligation to both their family and the 140,000 people living with NF to educate others about the disorder. Although it is a common genetic disorder, most people are not aware that one in 2,500 people are born with it and that it is more common than cystic fibrosis, hereditary muscular dystrophy, Huntington’s disease, and Tay Sachs combined.
Every year, Emma has supplied Leibow and his wife all the inspiration they need to make this event a success, but this year, they have even more to fight for.
“In January, doctors discovered a fast growing tumor in Emma’s brain,” said Leibow. “We have spent this year meeting with oncologists and a team of other doctors coming up with an action plan. This new challenge has fueled our drive to make the Sixth Annual NF Concert an even bigger success for Emma and the tens of thousands living with NF in this country.”
A silent auction will be available with noteworthy items, including ticket packages to the top shows on the Strip, hotel stay packages, restaurant gift certificates, spa certificates and more. Participants can access the silent auction beginning Monday, Oct. 10 via NFHope.auction-bid.org. The auction will open for viewing at 11:30 a.m. on the day of the event. For more information on NF Hope, visit NFHope.org. You can follow NF hope on Facebook - www.facebook.com/nfhopeconcert/?fref=ts and Twitter -twitter.com/NFHopeConcert .
**A glimpse into the life of an NF Family. Jeff and Melody share Emma’s story: