Hunter Hayes will be in Stamford CT on November 11th to headline the Dana’s Angels Research Trust Gala Benefit & Concert.
Five-time Grammy nominee, CMA Award Winner for New Artist of the Year in 2012 and the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Country Artist in 2015, Hunter Hayes is bringing his incredible talent and energy to headline the Dana’s Angels Research Trust (DART) Gala Benefit and Concert at the Palace Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut, on Saturday, November 11, 2017.
“DART is so excited to be bringing another Country Music Superstar to Stamford this year and thrilled to have such an amazing musical talent as Hunter Hayes,” said Phil and Andrea Marella, founders of Dana’s Angels Research Trust. “He is young, fun and full of energy – exactly what we need to get the audience on their feet and have a great night supporting DART.”
This actually isn’t Hunter’s first time performing at the Palace Theatre. On May 9, 2014 Hayes stopped in Stamford as part of his 24-Hour Road Race to End Child Hunger. Hayes broke a Guinness World Record by playing 10 shows in 10 cities in 24 hours, including a sold-out performance at the Palace.
Hunter has always stressed the importance of helping others. In a press release announcing his latest single, Rescue, he said, “I’ve always loved what music and charity organizations can do together, and I think the tie in with this song is undeniable. We’ve had the opportunity to work with so many awesome charities over the years and I realized that, to me, they are exactly that: rescues. They are places of refuge for so many people who need a friend to help them through something or to be there for them. We’ve seen the power of music in so many ways and I wanted ‘Rescue’ to be a song that we used for good.”
The DART Gala will kick off with an elegant cocktail reception, featuring a Rao’s pasta bar, with silent and live auctions. Gala Reception/Concert tickets start at $350 and are available at dartconcerts.org. Concert-only tickets start at $40 and are on sale now at palacestamford.org or by calling the Palace Theatre Box Office at 203-325-4466. All proceeds benefit DART.
About Dana’s Angels Research Trust
Dana’s Angels Research Trust is a non-profit organization that funds research for a rare disease, Niemann-Pick type C (NPC), a fatal, cholesterol storage disease affecting children. Two of the Marella’s four children, Dana and Andrew, were/are afflicted with NPC. Most children who suffer from NPC die in their early teens, but DART has helped change that fate. As an all-volunteer organization, over 95 percent of the funds expended are channeled directly into supporting pivotal NPC research; research that may also help millions of people suffering from HIV/Aids, Ebola, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders that appear to be related to cholesterol.
Sadly, the Marella’s daughter, Dana, passed away at the age of 19 in the summer of 2013. When Dana died, she was confined to a wheelchair, no longer talked, suffered from frequent pneumonia and required constant care, but she always had a smile on her face and was an inspiration to many, both here and around the world. The Marella’s youngest child, Andrew, now 18, is battling seizures and has walking and swallowing issues. However, Andrew has benefited from two experimental medications and has participated in the latest drug trial for almost four years, first conducted by the NIH and now managed by Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; all due in large part to DART’s efforts.
To date, DART has raised almost $4.25 million toward the search for a cure for NPC. DART is particularly proud of its commitment as a founding member of a unique, collaborative drug development program called SOAR-NPC or Support Of Accelerated Research. Working with other NPC families and research institutions, SOAR’s collaborators have four clinical trials already to their credit.
For more information on DART visit danasangels.org