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The Oakland Youth Chorus will Open the First Annual “Applause for the Cause”
Benefit Concert featuring Dionne Warwick and Sinbad

Proceeds to Benefit The Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center

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The Oakland Youth Chorus will open the First Annual “Applause for the Cause” Charity Concert featuring Dionne Warwick and Sinbad, June 6, 2009 at the Oakland Convention Center.  

Dionne Warwick, above, will make a very special concert appearance June 6, 2009, in Oakland, to benefit the new Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland.
The legendary Sinbad will co-headline this amazing live charity concert event.

May 27, 2009, Oakland, California Alta Bates Summit Foundation, in cooperation with Comcast and KBLX-FM 102.9, is proud to announce the Oakland Youth Chorus will open the First Annual “Applause for the Cause” Charity Concert featuring Dionne Warwick and Sinbad , June 6, 2009 at the Oakland Convention Center.   Proceeds will benefit the new Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland.

Founded in 1974 to nurture the talent of Oakland's youth, as well as support friendship among its many cultural groups, the Oakland Youth Chorus' music education and performance programs fosters talent, confidence and community.   The Oakland Youth Chorus annually serves over 1,000 children who might otherwise not be able to experience the joy of making and performing music with others.

According to Sharon Dolan, executive Director of the Oakland Youth Chorus, “It's an honor for Oakland Youth Chorus to be involved in the ‘Applause for the Cause' event which will help so many in our community.   These singers appreciate the support they have received and they enjoy sharing their gifts whenever they have the opportunity, as singing is the most heartfelt gift they have to offer.   The invitation to perform at the first annual ‘Applause for the Cause' event will truly be a once-in-lifetime privilege for the Chorus.”

The 2009 “Applause for the Cause” Dionne Warwick and Sinbad concert joins an ever-growing list of unique and innovative charity fundraising event experiences sponsored by the Alta Bates Summit Foundation.   These events allow participants to indulge in top-tier music and comedy entertainment, dancing, live auctions, and the wonderful company of old and new friends throughout the East Bay community while doing a good turn.

The new, state-of-the-art Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center opened in March 2008, in Oakland, California, and was built largely through the generosity of donors from the community.   It is staffed by breast health specialists devoted to reducing a woman's risk of breast cancer by expediting delivery of mammography and other test results, as well as providing state-of-the-art treatments, support services and breast cancer research.   The Center's objective is to provide unrestricted access to the best medical care for all women.

Individuals and corporations who wish to participate and support the “Applause for the CauseDionne Warwick and Sinbad event through sponsorships will be acknowledged on Comcast TV spots, on KBLX promotional announcements, in newspaper ads, and in the event program and other materials.   (For sponsorship info, please download the information HERE).   Tickets are available through www.tix.com at $65.00 for general admission and $90 for preferred general admission seating.   A limited number of VIP tickets are $275.00 each and include pre-concert VIP reception, VIP table seating closest to the stage with adult beverage included and can be ordered by phone through the Alta Bates Summit Foundation main office by calling 510-204-1667.

Proceeds from the 2009 “Applause for the Cause” event will benefit the ongoing needs of the Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center, including:

  • The Nurse Navigator Program that provides cultural and linguistic assistance to patients and families who speak limited English, support and guidance to all patients as they undergo diagnosis and treatment, and outreach and education about breast health, screening and early detection to underserved communities.
  • Weekly patient education sessions and materials.
  • Monthly community education sessions at the Center, particularly for women in the East Bay at high risk for breast cancer.
  • Training of volunteers for the Center's Compass Program.   These volunteers are breast cancer survivors who mentor new patients and provide support, sympathy and hope.

The First Annual “Applause for the Cause” Charity Concert featuring Dionne Warwick and Sinbad

  • Where:          The Oakland Convention Center, 463 11th Street, Oakland, CA 94607 (www.oaklandcvb.com)
  • When:           Saturday, June 6, 2009
  • Time:             Doors: 6:15 p.m.   Showtime: 7:30 p.m.
  • Price:             General Admission: $65.00 - Preferred General Admission: $90.00 - VIP Seating: $275.00

To Order Tickets:          

  • General Admission and Preferred General Admission Seating – www.tix.com
  • VIP Tickets can be ordered by phone through the Alta Bates Summit Foundation main office by calling 510-204-1667. Address: 2855 Telegraph Ave., Suite 601, Berkeley, CA 94705

For info, please contact Christopher Buttner, contact info above.  

For more information about the Oakland Youth Chorus, please visit http://oaklandyouthchorus.org or contact Sharon Dolan at tel: 510-287-9700 or email: sharon@oaklandyouthchorus.org

For more info about the Alta Bates Summit Foundation, please visit: www.InvestmentInMiracles.org
Visit this link for info about the Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland.



For more info, please contact Christopher Buttner, contact info above.  

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