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Chester Bennington performing with Stone Tempe Pilots at the 2013 Stars of the Season benefit concert. Photo courtesy of Lavidge Co.

Chester Bennington to co-chair Stars of the Season

Banner Health Foundation, a philanthropic resource for nonprofit Banner Health, today announced that Chester Bennington, lead singer of the rock bands Linkin Park and Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, has signed on as co-chair of the 5th annual Stars of the Season fundraising soirée for Banner Children’s at Cardon Children’s Medical Center. The event, which will establish integrative cancer care at the medical center, will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia in Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Chester and Talinda Bennington. Photo courtesy of Lavidge Co.

Chester and Talinda Bennington. Photo courtesy of Lavidge Co.

A longtime supporter of the hospital, Bennington will serve alongside his friend David Curran, MD, a pediatrician in the East Valley, immediate past chairman of the department of Pediatric Medicine at Cardon Children’s, and co-founder of Stars of the Season with his wife, Tina.

Bennington and Curran will be supported by event vice chairs Bruce Ektin, DDS, and Mike Fenlon. Stars of the Season advisory chair Tina Curran will work collaboratively with the four gentlemen, all of whom are active members of the Advisory Council of Cardon Children’s Medical Center, the planning committee behind the highly popular Stars of the Season event.

Bennington became involved with Cardon Children’s Medical Center shortly after it opened in late 2009, when his wife, Talinda, began serving as a volunteer. He made several trips to the hospital to support Talinda and visit with patients and families. When planning for the inaugural Stars of the Season began in 2010, the Benningtons immediately pledged their support. On tour and unable to perform at the event, Chester secured friend and fellow rocker Art Alexakis of the multi-platinum band Everclear as the event’s entertainer. Each year since, Chester has performed for guests of the sold-out affair alongside friends and famed musicians, including Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington in 2013.

Recognizing the incredibly generous gifts of time, talent and treasure the Benningtons have given to Cardon Children’s Medical Center and Stars of the Season, the Advisory Council named Chester and Talinda honorary chairs of the 5th annual Stars of the Season.

To learn more about the event and inquire about tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.StarsoftheSeason.org or contact Banner Health Foundation at (602) 747-4483 (GIVE). For more information on pediatric oncology at Cardon Children’s Medical Center, visit www.BannerHealth.com/CardonChildrens.

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Spielberg Benefit Concert Raises more than $600K

On Saturday September 28th The Phoenix Symphony hosted a Benefit Concert Conducted by John Williams with Special Guest Steven Spielberg. This one-night-only performance was a fundraiser that combined two Hollywood titans, iconic music scores and a selection of unforgettable film clips in order to benefit The Phoenix Symphony’s Education and Community Engagement programs.

This special evening began with a pre-concert reception for Sponsors and VIPs held in the Green Room at Symphony Hall. The private reception featured cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and was attended by 150 event sponsors, VIP’s and members of The Phoenix Symphony Board of Directors.

After the reception, over 2,200 attendees entered a sold-out Symphony Hall for an unforgettable evening of music from the movies. The concert featured selections from some of Williams’ most popular scores including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jaws, Schindler’s List, and much more. This special concert also showcased Steven Spielberg presenting the magic of music and cinema along with a selection of film clips projected over the orchestra with clips from Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Indiana Jones. The concert ended with an encore of the theme to Indiana Jones and a triple standing ovation for Maestro Williams, Steven Spielberg, and The Phoenix Symphony.

The evening concluded with an exclusive post-concert VIP Meet & Greet for 50 people. Champagne and desserts were served as the guests relived and reveled in the magical performance and presentation. Maestro Williams and Mr. Spielberg joined the reception where they greeted attendees, posed for photographs and signed autographs.

“What an honor to have such an incredible benefit concert with two of the biggest names from Hollywood Maestro John Williams and legendary film director Steven Spielberg,” said Jim Ward, President and CEO of The Phoenix Symphony. “My sincere thanks to our special guests for donating their time and tremendous talent and to our event sponsors for demonstrating a commitment to music education.”