Michele Abrams lost both her mother and father to cancer. Fueled by her personal connection to cancer, along with her passions for music and philanthropy, Abrams created In Concert for Cancer (ICFC). A successful events producer with experience in the entertainment, business, and non-profit sectors, Abrams hopes to unify and heal a community affected by cancer through the power of music.
The annual charity concert, now in its fifth year, will host two powerhouse jazz saxophonists: Jeff Kashiwa and Steve Cole. Kashiwa and Cole will perform an evening of upbeat and inspiring jazz at the Kirkland Performing arts Center on Nov. 17. Both international touring musicians have recorded multiple albums and continue to impress the contemporary jazz world.
“Music is my passion. Sharing the joy of live music with others, especially for the greater good, is my life’s work,” said Abrams. After working in Los Angeles in the entertainment and music industries, Abrams eventually settled in Seattle. Her company, BrightStar Entertainment, specializes in producing live events and managing music production and marketing. With Abrams’ years of industry experience, it’s no surprise that In Concert for Cancer continues to excel in bringing high quality music through a successful fundraising for cancer research.
Last year’s concert raised $10,000 which funded a life-saving clinical trial at Seattle Children’s Hospital. “It is gratifying to know that we may have contributed to keeping cancer away from a child who was battling the disease,” says Abrams. One hundred perent of the concert’s net proceeds directly benefit Seattle Children’s Research Institute and its continual ground-breaking cancer treatment and research.
Although ICFC is a music-centered charity event, Abrams asserts that the concert ultimately serves as a platform of hope, lifting the spirits of all who’ve been touched by cancer. Centered around a celebration of world class music, the evening brings together survivors, family members, and the greater community to raise awareness surrounding cancer treatment advancements.
Tickets are still available for In Concert for Cancer and range from $48-$75. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. For event details and to purchase tickets visit www.InConcertforCancer.org.