On Friday, May 14th, Ray Romano headlined an evening, A Ray of Hope, to benefit the early detection, treatment and cure of ovarian cancer. Every year, approximately 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the United States and about 15,000 American women die from the disease.
The goal of A Ray of Hope, was to to raise much-needed research funding for this under-detected, yet highly treatable disease. One hundred percent of the evening’s proceeds will go toward Mt. Sinai Hospital and NYU Medical Center, to help fund their efforts to develop an early detection test, improve health care and treatment practices, and ultimately and ideally discover a cure for ovarian cancer.
Other performers during the evening included Craig Schulman, star of Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables; Ofreh, Tony-Award nominated actress for Legally Blonde; Jon Manfrellotti, co-star of Men of a Certain Age.
The event was hosted by Valerie Smaldone, a 5-time Billboard Magazine Award winner and is well known for her unprecedented success holding the #1 on air position in the New York radio market. Also joining her during the evening was Linda John and Dr. Frank Arena of the SASS Foundation.
The Sass Foundation for Medical Research, Inc. was established in 1986 as a non-profit, non-sectarian foundation dedicated to medical research, education and patient care programs for cancer and related diseases: www.sassfoundation.org.