Because of Ezra’s 4th Annual Fundraiser benefits childhood cancer research
TAMPA, Fla. (July 28, 2015) – Because of Ezra will host its fourth annual Karaoke for the Kure event on Saturday, September 26, 2015 (7-11pm) at The Orpheum in Ybor City. The fundraiser event features an upbeat evening of live-band karaoke, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and more. Because of Ezra donates all proceeds from Karaoke for the Kure towards patient-affecting research for neuroblastoma and other solid-mass childhood cancers.
Local Tampa couple, Robyn and Kyle Matthews founded Because of Ezra in 2011 after losing their two-year old son, Ezra to stage IV neuroblastoma, the most common cancer in infants. Children just like Ezra are diagnosed with neuroblastoma and other solid-mass childhood cancers every day. The survival rate for stage IV neuroblastoma (which accounts for 2/3 of diagnoses) is only 30-40%. Because of Ezra is committed to changing these statistics. Through the annual Karaoke for the Kure event, meaningful research and clinical trials are funded that help to prolong life, provide innovative new treatments, keep kids in remission and ultimately seek to find a cure.
“Karaoke for the Kure is really the core of our fundraising efforts for Because of Ezra,” said Kyle Matthews, Executive Director for the organization. “We created this event in celebration of Ezra’s life because he loved music so much. Not only is it a super fun event, but it’s also an important vehicle for us to raise awareness and funding for crucial research to find a cure for the cancer that took his life.”
The event has garnered the support of the local Tampa Bay community. Sponsors include: Deliver Media, Cigar City Brewing, Clear Channel Outdoor, EWI Construction, Florida Blue, Grow Financial, Hivelocity, Hill Ward Henderson, Muniz & Associates, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Times, TECO Energy and others.
Tickets to Karaoke for the Kure are $75 and include open bar and an evening full of live entertainment. For more information, to view sponsorship opportunities, become a volunteer or purchase tickets, please visit becauseofezra.org/k.
About Because of Ezra
Because of Ezra is a 501c3 non-profit organization seeking to raise funds and awareness for neuroblastoma cancer research making a difference in kids’ survival today. We want to change the story for the next family by finding viable treatments and ultimately, a cure for neuroblastoma. Children just like Ezra are diagnosed with neuroblastoma and other solid-mass childhood cancers every day. We partner specifically with researchers, physicians, and scientists who fit our goal of making a difference in survival today. We are committed to knowing the neuroblastoma research landscape and specifically funding patient-affecting trials and research. Since 2011, Because of Ezra has been able to give over $450,000 to innovative research helping kids with cancer across the globe. For more information about Because of Ezra, please visit: www.becauseofezra.org.