INTERNATIONAL MYELOMA FOUNDATION TO PRESENT
10TH ANNUAL COMEDY CELEBRATION
ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 AT THE WILSHIRE EBELL THEATRE
HOSTED BY RAY ROMANO, SCHEDULED PERFORMERS INCLUDE BILL BURR, JEFF GARLIN, DOM IRRERA, LARRY MILLER, KEVIN NEALON, JB SMOOVE & FRED WILLARD
PLUS SPECIAL MUSICAL GUESTS MICHAEL MCKEAN & ANNETTE O’TOOLE
Celebration to Honor Event Chair Loraine Alterman Boyle, and Benefit the
Peter Boyle Research Fund and Support the Black Swan Research Initiative®
WHO: Host Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond, Vinyl), scheduled performers Bill Burr (Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast), Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs), Dom Irrera (The Bronx Bull), Larry Miller (Rock Steady Row), Kevin Nealon (Dumb Prince), JB Smoove (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and Fred Willard (Mascots), plus special musical guests Michael McKean (Better Call Saul) and Annette O’Toole (Women Who Kill).
Additional guests include Peter Gallagher (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), Patricia Heaton (The Middle, Everybody Loves Raymond), Alex Meneses (Telenovela, Everybody Loves Raymond), Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey), and more.
WHAT: The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF), the oldest and largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of myeloma patients while working toward prevention and a cure – will hold its 10th Annual Comedy Celebration, the foundation’s premier fundraising gala, on Saturday, November 5 at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Peter Boyle Research Fund and support the Black Swan Research Initiative® (BSRI). Renowned actor Peter Boyle died in late 2006 after a four-year battle with myeloma, an incurable cancer of the bone marrow and one of the fastest growing blood cancers in the world. Through laughter, the event honors Boyle and raises money for research to find a cure.
In celebration of the event’s 10th anniversary, the evening will honor Boyle’s widow, Loraine Alterman Boyle, for her extraordinary work as the event chair for the last 10 years and unwavering dedication to raising funds towards a cure for myeloma. Since the first event in 2007, the annual celebration has featured over 50 celebrity comedians and musical performers, and raised over $5 million for the Peter Boyle Research Fund, which has supported the International Myeloma Foundation’s research. For the fourth year, the Fund is focused on the IMF’s Black Swan Research Initiative®, a bold approach to finding a cure for myeloma by detecting and eradicating the disease at the earliest time point.
Additionally, the IMF developed a research arm, the International Myeloma Working Group® comprised of the top myeloma researchers from 35 countries, working collaboratively with one goal – to find a definitive cure for myeloma. This year the IMF has achieved the unprecedented ability to launch two targeted Cure Trials.
The evening will include a pre-show cocktail reception and silent auction for VIP guests, the Comedy Show, and a Post-Show Party featuring a live swing band and dancing for VIP ticket holders. Tickets are on-sale now at comedy.myeloma.org.
The International Myeloma Foundation 10th Annual Comedy Celebration will be presented by Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene, Takeda Oncology and Janssen.
WHERE: The Wilshire Ebell Theatre & Club – 743 South Lucerne Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90005
WHEN: Saturday, November 5, 2016
5:30pm Media Check-in Begins
6:00pm Red Carpet Arrivals / Cocktail Reception / Silent Auction
8:00pm Comedy Show
MORE: ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL MYELOMA FOUNDATION (IMF)
IMF is the global leader in conducting collaborative, results-driven research to find a cure for multiple myeloma, the second most common blood cancer. Founded in 1990, the IMF provides myeloma patients with comprehensive education, support, and advocates on their behalf. The IMF is on the cusp of finding a cure for myeloma through its Black Swan Research Initiative®. The IMF can be reached at (800) 452-CURE (2873). The global website is myeloma.org. Follow the IMF on Twitter @IMFmyeloma.