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Summer Benefit Concert Raised More Than $1.5 Million for Feinstein Institute
Date:7/22/2013

MANHASSET, NY (PRWEB) July 22, 2013

The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research held its eighth annual summer concert on Wednesday, July 17, at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay, NY. Taking center stage to perform for this private benefit was multi-platinum singer and songwriter, Kelly Clarkson, who is also known as the original American Idol.

The Feinstein Institute, the research enterprise of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, has made important discoveries in many therapeutic areas including cancer, inflammation, autoimmune disorders, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Ms. Clarkson was drawn to the Feinstein Institute because of its success in shedding light on what triggers those diseases, which affect millions of Americans.

Emceeing the evening was Good Morning America’s weather anchor, Sam Champion. Champion, who shared his thoughts about the benefit on the Thursday, July 18th edition of Good Morning America, also commented at the event on the record-setting $1.5 million raised and the important work being conducted at the Feinstein Institute. “Your attendance here tonight validates the research already in progress at the Feinstein, and now, more than ever, with reduced government funding, tighter budgets and diminished support from the National Institutes of Health, philanthropy is playing a greater role.”

Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president of the Feinstein Institute, said during the program at the concert, “The mission of the Feinstein Institute is to discover the basis for curing disease…There is no better way to celebrate our progress to date, and to rededicate ourselves to the unfinished work – to completing our journey, to discovering cures – than by coming together with music.”

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