We were lucky to get a sneak peak of Dave Matthews playing with a few of his talented band members at an up close and personal show at the Dolby Theater for Stand Up to Cancer. Dave showcased his musical talents, especially as he passionately belted out Crush for this intimate audience. We all jumped to our feet to give him a standing ovation. Dave, just like his live albums, told funny stories between songs as camera crews made sure guitars were switched and all was ready for national TV. After seeing Dave play at countless shows over the year, it was incredible to see him so close show such emotion as he sang each thoughtful lyric.
Stand Up to Cancer returned to primetime for the 4th star studded broadcast live, including a one hour fundraising event to air commercial free on every channel imaginable. Some of the stars that came out to support this event included Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Ben Stiller, Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Jon Hamm, Kiefer Sutherland, Mark Harmon, Rob Lowe, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tony Hale, Dane Cook, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Marg Helgenberger, Matt Passmore, Rob Riggle, Italia Ricci, Bree Turner, Jennifer Hudson, Common & Lupe Fiasco and Ariana Grande.
SU2C raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry’s resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about cancer prevention as well as progress being made in the fight against the disease.
Co-executive produced by Gwyneth Paltrow and Joel Gallen of Tenth Planet Productions, the September 5 event broadcasted live and commercial-free on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, along with ABC Family, American Forces Network, Bravo, Cooking Channel, Discovery Fit & Health, E!, Encore, Encore Espanol, EPIX, ESPNEWS, FOX Sports 2, FXM, HBO, HBO Latino, ION Television, LMN, Logo TV, MLB Network, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, Palladia, Pivot, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, Starz, TNT and VH1. The show also streamed live on both Hulu and Yahoo.
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To learn more, or to follow Stand Up to Cancer, find them online at www.standup2cancer.org, on Facebook – Facebook.com/su2c, on Instagram @SU2C, and Twitter @SU2C.