Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) to Honor Motown Founder Berry Gordy with Tribute Concert at Annual Fall Gala to Benefit Cancer Research

Touchtunes Interactive Networks’ Charles Goldstuck to Receive Courage and Commitment Award from MMRF

Norwalk, CT — August 15, 2013

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) today announced that it will honor Berry Gordy, Founder of Motown, with the Spirit of Hope Award at the annual MMRF Fall Gala to be held on November 9, 2013, in Greenwich, Connecticut. Funds raised at the MMRF Fall Gala will be used to support the development of life-extending treatments for multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer.

The Spirit of Hope Award is the highest honor presented by the MMRF each year at its signature annual event, and is given to recognize the extraordinary contributions made by the honoree to the benefit of all. Mr. Gordy has lent his name and support to countless causes around the world and has changed the lives of literally millions of people through his efforts and generosity. He joins the distinguished company of Diana Krall, Stevie Wonder and Clive Davis as the past recipients of this prestigious award.

“We have lost far too many people to multiple myeloma and other cancers,” said Mr. Gordy. “It is my hope that funds raised during this incredible event will help the MMRF to advance its groundbreaking and innovative cancer research.”

Mr. Gordy is also a songwriter, boxer, producer, director, innovative entrepreneur, teacher and visionary. The “Motown Sound” reached out across a country that was racially divided and politically and socially charged to transform popular music. Actively involved in the Civil Rights movement, Mr. Gordy’s unparalleled contribution to music and popular culture served as a beacon of hope during a turbulent time in our country’s history.

Mr. Charles Goldstuck, President and Chief Executive Officer of TouchTunes Interactive Networks and a longtime friend and supporter of the MMRF, will be presented with the MMRF Courage and Commitment Award.

Throughout his illustrious career in the music industry, Goldstuck has been committed to participating in philanthropic and social causes. He is currently an active board member of the City of Hope Children’s Hospital Foundation and he also serves as Vice Chair of the Entertainment, Media & Communications Division of the UJA Federation.

“The MMRF is a bold organization that is transforming cancer research,” said Goldstuck. “By contributing to the MMRF Fall Gala, supporters are actively making a commitment to help the MMRF change the future for cancer patients.”

“We are thrilled to have Berry and Charles joining what promises to be an unforgettable night,” said Kathy Giusti, Founder and CEO of the MMRF and a myeloma patient. “The generous support of these music industry innovators will help the MMRF lead the way in accelerating the development of personalized treatments that patients so urgently need.”

The MMRF Fall Gala is the largest benefit in Fairfield County and is attended by more than 1,300 people, including many celebrities and the nation’s most prominent business executives and high-impact philanthropists. One of the highlights of the evening will be a star-studded tribute concert in Gordy’s honor, as has been done at past years’ events for Clive Davis and Stevie Wonder. Over 40 prominent music industry executives serve on the MMRF Fall Gala Entertainment Committee. Monte Lipman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Republic Records, and Rick Krim, EVP, Talent and Music Programming for VH1 serve as this year’s Entertainment Committee Chairs.

To reserve a table, donate an auction item or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.benefitoffice.org/mmrf, email mmrf@benefitoffice.org or call 888-584-5463.

About Multiple Myeloma
Multiple myeloma is an incurable blood cancer. The five-year relative survival rate for multiple myeloma is approximately 41 percent, one of the lowest of all cancers. In 2013, more than 20,000 adults in the United States will be diagnosed with multiple myeloma and nearly 11,000 people are predicted to die from the disease.

About the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF)
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) was established in 1998 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by twin sisters Karen Andrews and Kathy Giusti, soon after Kathy's diagnosis with multiple myeloma. The mission of the MMRF is to relentlessly pursue innovative means that accelerate the development of next-generation multiple myeloma treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure. As the world's number-one private funder of multiple myeloma research, the MMRF has raised over $225 million since its inception and directs 90% of total budget to research and related programming. As a result, the MMRF has been awarded Charity Navigator’s coveted four-star rating for 10 consecutive years, the highest designation for outstanding fiscal responsibility and exceptional efficiency. For more information about the MMRF, please visit: www.themmrf.org.

Media contacts:
Anne Quinn Young, MPH