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Photos: Max von Essen, Zach Rand, and More Raise Money at Sardi's

On, Monday, June 5th, 2017, many popular and talented Broadway performers shined a light on Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) at the 3rd annual breathless on Broadway benefit at Sardi's Restaurant, NYC.

For one night, some of Broadway's favorites, including Max von Essen (An American in Paris, Evita, Dance of the Vampires, Jesus Christ Superstar), Giuseppe Bausilio (Hello Dolly, Cats, Aladdin, Newsies, Billy Elliot), Kevin Massey (A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder, Memphis, Tarzan), T. Oliver Reid (Disney's Mary Poppins, Follies, Kiss Me Kate), Damon Gillespie (NBC's RISE, Broadway: Newsies, Aladdin), Iain Young(Newsies), Laurissa Romain, aka Lala,(South Pacific, Chris Rock's Top Five), Katie Micha (Gypsy, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Billy Elliot National Tour).

Maia Katz and Liv Rand helped phaware global association raise awareness for Pulmonary Hypertension (PH), a disease that currently has no cure but can be managed with proper care and treatment. The benefit evening includes a Red Carpet, dinner and the show.

Broadway's Zach Rand (Les Miserables & Disney's Mary Poppins) co-hosted the event with his siblings Liv, Ava and Elijah in honor of their sister Chloe. Zach's Grandmother and Mother joined him in a song.

Broadway (and Sardi's) are normally dark on Mondays, but not on June 5th. This Monday night they were all about raising awareness for an incurable disease, to honor those who live with Pulmonary Hypertension and remember those who have died from the disease.

"My family and I are honored to be hosting this event to raise awareness for a very personal cause. And while my sister Chloëisn't here to witness this, we continue our fight for the many other families affected by Pulmonary Hypertension.

We are excited to honor our dear friend Jeffrey Hayzlett (global business celebrity, primetime television and podcast show host, best-selling author, keynote speaker and formerly the Chief Marketing Officer of the Eastman Kodak Company) who has tirelessly helped raise awareness for PH and supported our family and Dr. Evelyn Horn (Director of Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension at the Perkin Heart Failure Center of Weill Cornell). I am thrilled to welcome my talented Broadway colleagues who will perform to help this cause and grateful Phyllis Newman attended and spoke," said Zach Rand.

"The idea for breathless on Broadway began in the car driving home one night when Zach was appearing in "Les Miz" on Broadway.He asked if someday his voice would be big enough to help other people. He was nine years old. Thanks to the support of Jeffrey Hayzlett, just before Zach's eighteenth birthday, the first breathless on Broadwayhappened. We are grateful breathless on Broadway is generously sponsored by Actelion Pharamaceuticals, US, Bayer Corporation, US, Bellerophon Theraputics and C-Suite Network." said Marie Mascia-Rand

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Photo Credit: Raymond Eugenio

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