JERSEY BOYS' Jeff Leibow Produces 2nd Annual NF Hope Concert at Harrah's Las Vegas, 10/21
Jeff Leibow of JERSEY BOYS announced the 2nd Annual NF Hope Concert set to take place today, October 21 at 1 p.m. at Harrah's Las Vegas. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to NF Network, a non-profit organization that serves families and individuals with neurofibromatosis, more commonly known as NF. The second rendition of the NF Hope Concert will include performances by some of the biggest names in Las Vegas as well as an impressive live and silent auction.
Tickets prices start at $25 and are available at TicketMaster.com, HarrasLasVegas.com or by calling the Harrah's box office at (702) 369-5111.
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, and cast members from JERSEY BOYS, Absinthe and Vegas! The Show, plus many 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. This year there will also be a live auction with items ranging from original artwork to all-expense-paid vacations.
The concert is inspired by Leibow's daughter Emma, who was diagnosed with NF at the age of nine months. NF is a genetic disorder of the nervous system that results in a mutation on a gene that normally suppresses tumor growth. This allows for tumors to grow on any nerve in the body without warning. Leibow and his wife Melody conceived the idea for the concert upon the realization that they had 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 than 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 see a cure for neurofibromatosis in their lifetime," says Leibow.
The "2nd Annual NF Hope Concert" will take place today, October 21 at the Main Showroom in Harrah’s Las Vegas. The show begins at 1 p.m. Ticket prices range from $25-$75, plus tax and service charges. To purchase tickets, click HERE or call the Harrah’s Box Office at (702) 369-5111.
Jeff Leibow came to Las Vegas as one of the original cast members of JERSEY BOYS and continues to get rave reviews for his portrayal of Nick Massi four years later. Before JERSEY BOYS, Jeff performed in professional theaters all over the country garnishing award nominations for many of his roles. Here in Las Vegas, he has made giving back to the community a priority, involving himself with every charity event and benefit concert he could fit into his schedule. Since 2009 his daughter has become the top priority as has raising awareness of NF. http://jeffleibow.com
Neurofibromatosis (NF) Inc. was established in 1990 and is the leading organization supporting the education, awareness and research through advocacy to help find a cure for NF. You can find more information about Neurofibromatosis, Inc. at www.nfnetwork.org or by calling the office at 630-510-1115.
Founded by Jeff Leibow and his wife, Melody, NF Hope was created to produce fundraising events in the Las Vegas Area to support the efforts of all NF charities. The premiere event was the 1st Annual NF Hope Concert on June 12, 2011, which raised nearly $15,000 for Neurofibromatosis advocacy efforts. For more information about NF Hope, or to stay up to date on upcoming events, visit http://nfhope.org or follow us on Twitter (@vegasnfbenefit).