Truth Be Told – Sep 17th in Santa Monica

Over the last few months, IncredibleArtist.Com and Premiere Oncology Foundation have been incredibly busy preparing “Truth Be Told-Stories of Hope, Healing & Courage”, a fundraiser for cancer research and treatment.

Bradley Whitford Hosts an Evening of Moving First-Person Storytelling & Live Performances on September 17 at The Broad Stage to Benefit the Premiere Oncology Foundation

Bradley Whitford

Tickets are on sale now for “Truth Be Told-Stories of Hope, Healing & Courage” the first fundraising event of its kind benefiting the Premiere Oncology Foundation – a world-class cancer research and treatment center specializing in groundbreaking clinical trials and integrative medical services.This unique fundraising gala will offer the audience an intimate glance into the lives of those touched by cancer. More than a dozen compelling and inspirational stories will be told by current patients, survivors, caregivers and health care providers. Musical, theatrical and comedic performances will also be woven throughout the evening. The event includes a cocktail reception, art and jewelry boutique, silent auction with one-of-a-kind luxury items, an evening of live entertainment and dessert reception.

Located in Santa Monica, the Premiere Oncology Foundation is a research and treatment center founded in 2004 by Dr. Lee Rosen, a world-renowned researcher and medical oncologist. Rosen sees this as “a poignant way to honor those who have fought and continue to fight with such courage” and notes “I am often asked how I cope daily with the lives and treatment of cancer patients and I feel the answer lies in these inspiring stories. It’s now time to share them.”

The vignettes will be uplifting, funny and moving. A sampling of those planning to share their stories include cancer survivor and Emmy award-winning comedy writer and comedian Monica Piper, Julie Carruthers, cancer survivor, motivational speaker and one-legged surfer; and performance artist and three-time cancer survivor Jonna Tamases. The evening’s performances also include a wide range of inspirational music from soul, to opera, jazz and even a knockout choir.

Emmy-award winner and three time Golden Globe nominee Bradley Whitford, known best for his roles on The West Wing and The Mentalist will host the event.

“My grandmother had breast cancer, and I have lost dear friends and relatives to the disease,” Whitford said. “I know many people who received what seemed like devastating diagnoses at the time, now they are thriving and have been declared cancer free. Cancer won’t be solved in a moment. I don’t want to be an enabler of mindless optimism. But I do want to support the hard work of hope and real progress.”

Cancer survivor and Emmy-award winner Dottie Archibald produces and directs the show. Co-producer and three-time cancer survivor and Rick Pantele encourages the community to get involved. Pantele shares “Having lost both of my parents to cancer, I see this as an opportunity for those affected by cancer to help make a difference through event sponsorship, by donating to the silent auction and most importantly, attending this not-to-be-missed event.

The gala will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, located at 1310 11th St. Open to the public; the fundraiser will also include a cocktail and dessert reception, art and jewelry boutique, silent auction and live entertainment.

The silent auction will feature one-of-a-kind items including tickets to the 2012 Masters Final Round, Fighter Pilot for a Day, a brand new Lexus jewelry, art and dinner for two at many of the best Santa Monica and West LA eateries.

General Admission tickets cost $150 and reserved seating is $300. Proceeds from this event will make a difference in the lives of cancer patients through supportive services, integrative medicine, education and oncology research. To purchase tickets and get additional information, visit http://www.truthbetold2011.org or email info@truthbetold2011.org or call 800-595-4849.

The Premiere Oncology Foundation is a national 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the care of cancer patients, their loved ones, caregivers and the cancer community through innovative cancer research, psychosocial support, education and integrative medicine. They believe in the science of research and the art of medicine, by providing a complete range of support services and the most innovative treatments available. Visit http://www.premiereoncology.org for more information.