City of Hope
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Virtual event will stream live on Dec. 1, 2020, at 4 p.m. PT
Tickets available now
DUARTE, Calif. — City of Hope announced today that its industry groups, including music, fashion, food, beauty and more, will team up to host a Holiday Benefit fundraiser on Tuesday, Dec. 1 in support of City of Hope’s mission to ultimately eliminate cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Award-winning actor and musician Kiefer Sutherland will be the evening’s featured musical performer. The event will be hosted by comedian Ben Gleib. Inspiring “America’s Got Talent” semi-finalist Caly Bevier will also deliver a special performance. Additional artists and special guests will be announced in the coming weeks.
The virtual Holiday Benefit will feature an extended pre-show experience, musical performances, comedy sets and celebrity guest appearances. The pre-show experience from 4-6 p.m. PT will be an immersive opportunity for guests to walk the digital red carpet, join networking breakout rooms, have their digital caricatures drawn and enjoy additional sponsored content – all leading up to the main show, which will run from 6-7 p.m. PT.
City of Hope’s corporate industry groups reach over 15 industry categories nationwide and traditionally have operated independently of one another. The virtual Holiday Benefit represents the first time in the organization’s history that all of these groups will unite in support of one fundraising event.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our industry Groups for their unity and creative thinking while City of Hope’s historically robust live events are not currently possible. Cancer and diabetes do not stop for a pandemic, and City of Hope’s commitment to compassionate care is more vital now than ever. Efforts like the virtual Holiday Benefit Event are critical to ensuring our patients continue to receive the treatment they so desperately need,” said Richard Gerber, senior vice president and chief of philanthropy operations, City of Hope.
The launch of the Holiday Benefit event is made possible through generous support from GoDigital Media Group, International Paper and Revitalash Cosmetics. “Our partnership with City of Hope is a critical way in which International Paper and the National Business Products Industry (NBPI) are working to create a better future. Now, more than ever, City of Hope is depending on us to help them sustain and advance their efforts to find cures, save lives and transform health care,” added Greg Gibson, International Paper vice president and general manager, and the National Business Products Industry’s 2021 Spirit of Life® honoree.
Kiefer Sutherland is an accomplished musician, specializing in the genres of Country, Americana and Rock. In April 2019, Sutherland released “Reckless & Me” and toured to sold-out crowds across the U.S. and Europe. Shortly after its release, “Reckless & Me” hit No. 1 on the U.K. Country Album and No. 9 on the U.K. Album charts. His debut album “Down in a Hole,” featuring singles “Not Enough Whiskey” and “Can’t Stay Away,” was met with rave reviews and sold out shows nationwide, including his debut appearance at the historic Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. A riveting performer, Sutherland engages audiences with charm and humor and shares stories behind the highly personal songs.
In addition to his music, Sutherland is an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG award-winning actor best known for portraying CIA agent Jack Bauer in the award-winning and critically acclaimed Fox Drama “24.” He starred for three seasons as President Tom Kirkman in the hit drama series “Designated Survivor,” which premiered on ABC and aired its third and final season on Netflix. Sutherland's first major role was in the 1984 Canadian drama entitled "The Bay Boy," which earned him a Daniel Petrie Genie award nomination for best actor. Other notable credits include “Flatliners,” "The Lost Boys," "A Few Good Men” and "Forsaken."
Ben Gleib was named by TBS as one of the "funniest comedians working today.” He’s host of the Emmy nominated "Idiotest," recently trending on Netflix, and airing on Game Show Network, and was one of the stars of “Chelsea Lately.” His Showtime standup special “Neurotic Gangster” is now on Amazon Prime. He hosts “The Social Distancing Social Club” online, and performs virtual shows with Nowhere Comedy Club, including his all crowd work show “Gleib Off the Top” and a monthly show with improv legend Greg Proops called “Greg & Gleib It’s a G Thing.” He’s been on “The Tonight Show,” Comedy Central, “The Late Late Show,” was a regular on “The TODAY Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda,” and is in the films “Jay & Silent Bob Reboot,” “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” and “The Book of Life”. He was also the creator of the “Telethon for America,” which he hosted with Olivia Munn. His website is BenGleib.com, and you can follow him on social media @bengleib.
Caly Bevier grew up in northwest Ohio knowing that she was meant to grow through something bigger than herself. After being diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer in 2015, Bevier realized she needed to feed her soul by creating music and sharing it with anyone and everyone who needs hope, strength or a good vibe. She packed her bags and drove to Los Angeles, beginning her career as an artist. Bevier has a passion for spreading the message of being true to yourself, which comes through in her music. Accompanied by layered synths, pulsating bass lines and catchy melodies, Bevier’s signature sound is sure to attract fans of all styles as she seamlessly creates a genre bending landscape within her releases. Be sure to join the movement Bevier is creating on her way to stardom.
About City of Hope
City of Hope is an independent biomedical research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a leader in bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy such as CAR T cell therapy. City of Hope’s translational research and personalized treatment protocols advance care throughout the world. Human synthetic insulin and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs are based on technology developed at the institution. A National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope has been ranked among the nation’s “Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report for 14 consecutive years. Its main campus is located near Los Angeles, with additional locations throughout Southern California. For more information about City of Hope, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.