Press Release

For Immediate Release August 28, 2002
Further Information: 516-621-0790

Celebrity Master of Ceremonies Urgently Needed
for Gala Benefit Concert

The musical charity organization Children Helping Children (C.H.C.) is currently organizing a gala benefit concert to support New York Hospital/Columbia Presbyterian’s Pediatric Unit & Pediatric I.C.U. on Saturday night, March 22, 2003 at 8:00 PM. This high-profile event will be held at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

C.H.C.’s world-class young musicians and vocalists, who have volunteered their talents to this worthy cause, will present the fund-raiser. C.H.C. was founded by 10 year old violin prodigy Jourdan Urbach, student of Patinka Kopec of Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music, and Itzhak Perlman’s International Summer Music Program; winner of two major violin competitions, solo debuts at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, the Tilles Center, Lefrak Hall; opening performer for the junior Tchaikovsky competition winner; annual invited guest artist at Itzhak Perlman’s home.

C.H.C. has arranged and performed for two previous benefit concerts on behalf of Beth Israel Medical Center’s Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery at Carnegie Recital Hall, to packed houses and outstanding press reviews. Over $75,000 was raised to help terminally ill children from all over the world receive the lifesaving and life-prolonging surgery that could only be provided by world renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Fred Epstein and his team.

At the New York Hospital Benefit Concert, C.H.C. is vitally in need of a celebrity to serve as master of ceremonies or say a few opening remarks and show their support for the life saving work of these pediatric surgeons. The celebrity would speak for the first few minutes, and then perhaps say a few words just before intermission. At his or her option, the celebrity could perform a piece solo or with the C.H.C. musicians (of course C.H.C. will provide as many tickets as needed for their friends or family; and agents are welcomed, as there will be some excellent, young talent on stage to be scouted!).

The celebrity search is time-critical. A commitment is needed soon, or New York Hospital will lose use of the concert hall. Interested persons should call C.H.C. at 516-621-0790 or send an email message to

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