Music luminaries will gather for a benefit concert and live auction for Rhonda’s Kiss — a foundation that raises money for cancer patients that can’t afford treatment — on Tuesday, November 3 at The El Rey Theatre (5515 Wilshire Blvd) in Los Angeles (red carpet: 6:00-7:00 p.m., show starts: 8:00 p.m.). Renowned comedian and actor Bill Burr (“Breaking Bad”, “Walk Of Shame”) will emceethe one-night-only event. THE HELLCAT SAINTS — a band featuring a revolving group of musicians created by Dave Kushner (VELVET REVOLVER) — will perform, and will include appearances by Dave Navarro (JANE’S ADDICTION), Juliette Lewis (JULIETTE & THE LICKS), Duff McKagan (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N’ ROSES), Gilby Clarke (GUNS N’ ROSES), Mark McGrath (SUGAR RAY, host of “Extra!”) and Josh Freese (NINE INCH NAILS, DEVO, A PERFECT CIRCLE), with more special guests, including a surprise A-list guest singer, to be announced next month. The show will also feature a VIP Gift Lounge from Double Platinum (Grammy Foundation, VH1 Save The Music, Sundance Film Festival), a talent meet-and-greet and a live auction. The proceeds from the concert and live auction will benefit Rhonda’s Kiss. All VIP packages/donations for the night are on sale now.
Rhonda’s Kiss is supported by the Marc A. And Rhonda L. Stefanski Foundation, a recognized 501(c)(3).
In 2014, Rhonda Stefanski was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. While she lost her battle, one of the greatest gifts she left was to create Rhonda’s Kiss, an event to raise money to help those who receive a cancer diagnosis, but may be unable to make ends meet for treatment and support.
Rhonda’s Kiss provides financial support to decrease late-stage cancer diagnosis in urban communities and for patients in financial need by using a three-pronged approach that integrates outreach (education, awareness and screening), navigation (medical and home) and patient services (treatment and financial assistance and emotional support). All funds will benefit City Of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.
“The goal of the event is to provide an outlet for healing for our family, and to raise money to assist people in need who require financial assistance during cancer treatment,” said Marc A. Stefanski, Third Federal chairman and CEO. “We were able to afford the best of care for Rhonda, and we realize not everyone is as fortunate as we are.”
Musician Dave Kushner adds: “Many people close to us have been touched personally by cancer, as I know firsthand, as the two most important women in my life have been affected by cancer. I believe that regardless of our backgrounds, access to treatment to beat this disease should be available to everyone.”