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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.