NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Children’s Health Fund (CHF) will mark its 25th year of bringing pediatric mobile medical care to tens of thousands of underserved children in urban and rural areas throughout the United States with a benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, October 4.
The evening will underscore the crisis facing many of the nation’s children who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to receive proper medical care. Children’s Health Fund has operated 50 state-of-the-art, fully-equipped mobile medical units through 25 National Network projects in 17 states and Washington, DC. In 2011, Children’s Health Fund’s National Network provided more than 250,000 medical encounters to children of all ages. While this number is significant, it is only but a portion of the thousands of children across the country that could benefit from such a program.
“When I started Children’s Health Fund with Paul Simon in 1987, we didn’t know how long we would need mobile medical clinics to care for underserved children. While we have made major strides and have provided almost 3 million medical encounters to children, there is still much to be done,” said Dr. Irwin Redlener, Children’s Health Fund co-founder and president. “We are truly grateful to the incredible line up of talent assembled for this concert, and know the funds raised through this event will allow us to do even more in the future.”
The benefit concert will bring together well-known artists who will perform as couples or with members of their families. They have all donated their time out of the shared concern for the health and well-being of underserved children in the United States.
The concert will include performances by:
Ruben Blades & Luba Mason
Amy Grant & Vince Gill
Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers
Paul Simon & Edie Brickell
Sting & Trudie Styler
James Taylor & Caroline Taylor
Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson
Stevie Wonder & Aisha Morris
With special appearances by:
Tina Fey & Jeff Richmond
and other special guests
At a pre-concert gathering, Simon Fuller, creator and executive producer, American Idol founder, and CEO of XIX Entertainment, will receive the Founders’ Award to acknowledge the strong support of “Idol Gives Back” to Children’s Health Fund. David Pulman, Ph.D., president of Global Manufacturing and Supply, GlaxoSmithKline, will also be presented with the Corporate Award.
The concert promises to be a unique and memorable night of entertainment. For tickets, please visit Ticketmaster: http://www.ticketmaster.com/Paul-Simon-tickets/artist/736119
For more information about Children’s Health Fund, please visit www.childrenshealthfund.org.
Children’s Health Fund
Founded in 1987 by singer/songwriter Paul Simon and pediatrician/advocate Irwin Redlener, M.D., Children’s Health Fund (CHF) is the nation’s leading pediatric provider of mobile-based health care for homeless and low-income children and their families. CHF’s mission is to bring health care directly to those in need through the development and support of innovative medical programs, response to public health crises, and the promotion of guaranteed access to health care for all children. CHF currently has 50 mobile clinics serving hundreds of locations across the country. Over the past 24 years, the organization has supported more than two million health care visits for disadvantaged children, often in places where doctors and health care providers are in short supply. For more information about CHF, visit www.childrenshealthfund.org.