The Second Annual NF Hope Concert on Sunday October 21 will feature some of Las Vegas top performers donating their time and talents to help a good cause. Jeff Leibow of JERSEY BOYS is producing the 1 p.m. event at Harrah’s which was inspired by his own three year old daughter Emma.
In honor of Emma, this is a concert that all ages can enjoy. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to NF Network, a non-profit organization that serves families and those with neurofibromatosis, know as NF. In addition to the talent, attendees can participate in a silent auction. Tickets start at $25 and are available through TicketMaster.com <http://ticketmaster.com/
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Jeff Leibow (left )will welcome Headliner Gordie Brown to the stage at the NF Hope Concert on Sunday, October 21 at Harrah’s
The star-studded concert will include performances by Delious Kennedy from the Grammy Award Winning Band All-4-One, Jeff Timmons from 98 Degrees, Anya Garnis and Dmitry Chaplin from ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, Gordie Brown, Clint Holmes, Chris Phillips, cast members from Jersey Boys, Absinthe, Vegas! The Show and more.
Silent auction items include tickets to Celine Dion, Elton John, Donny and Marie, JERSEY BOYS, show memorabilia, restaurant certificates, spa certificates and much more.
There will also be a live auction with items ranging from original artwork to all-expense-paid vacations. This is a cause that struck not just close to home, but in the home itself. Leibow’s daughter Emma was diagnosed with NF at the age of nine months. This genetic disorder of the nervous system results in a mutation on a gene that normally suppresses tumor growth. This allows tumors to grow on any nerve in the body without warning.
Leibow and his wife Melody conceived the idea for the concert because they feel an obligation to their family and the 100,000 people living with NF to educate more people about the disorder. “In the last year we have found a handful of small tumors on Emma. Fortunately, they don’t seem to be slowing her down, but it reinforces why we do so much to raise awareness of NF,” says Leibow.
NF is one of the most common genetic disorders and affects more than 100,000 Americans, making it more common that cystic fibrosis, hereditary Muscular Dystrophy, Huntington’s Disease and Tay Sachs combined. Despite its commonality, the disorder struggles to get federal support every year. “Last year’s concert was a huge success, but we have learned a lot in the last year about what the cause really needs. So, in an effort to help with advocacy and fundraising efforts, we have continued to produce events in Las Vegas under our organization, NF Hope.
In the last year, NF Hope has raised over $25,000 for NF Network. It is our dream to see NF Hope become a national organization producing events all over the US. Until then, we will do everything we can with the hope that Emma and the more than 100,000 people living with NF may in their lifetime see a cure for neurofibromatosis,” says Leibow.