On October 22nd, Natalie Merchant will perform for an annual Pink October fundraiser benefiting breast cancer research at the Dyson Center for Cancer Care at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. She will play twice for the event. Last year it raised $50,000. Elizabeth Mitchell will also play. “Elizabeth Mitchell and I have been making music together over the past year and I feel like I’ve found a true kindred spirit. We both share a passion for this cause,” said Merchant. (Source: nonesuch.com)
Her her two shows will take place at the historic Old Dutch Church in Kingston, NY. The structure is the tallest in Kingston and was constructed in 1852. Tickets range from $35 to $99, with children ages 3-12 getting in for $10 and children under three free. The fundraiser is being held in collaboration with Radio Woodstock.
In the United States an estimated 230,480 female and 2,140 male cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed. In 2010 there were an estimated 39,520 female and 450 male deaths from breast cancer. (Source: National Cancer Institute) Yes, that’s right – males get breast cancer too, just at much lower rates. (Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans.)
Merchant has also supported these other charities during her career: Scenic Hudson, Riverkeeper, The Center for Constitutional Rights, Doctors Without Borders, Tibet House, Greenpeace, The Southern Center for Human Rights and Planned Parenthood.
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