American Idol Live Announces Partnership With The Heart Foundation
The Heart Foundation, dedicated to increasing awareness of heart disease and raising funds to support lifesaving research, presented a rare musical evening with Grammy award-winning singer and actor Michael Buble, May 10, 2012, at The Hollywood Palladium.
The event honored Kimberly and P.K. Shah, MD, Director of Cardiology and the Oppenheimer Atherosclerosis Research Center at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, with The Steven S. Cohen Humanitarian Award. The evening featured a dinner show and concert by Buble and his orchestra along with a comedy performance by the versatile Dana Carvey. Ryan Seacrest emceed, and multi-award winning composer, singer, songwriter and record producer David Foster presented the award to the Shahs. Shelli and Irving Azoff, Mary Hart and Burt Sugarman and Inge and Franky Widjaja co-chaired.
Highlighting the evening was an announcement by emcee Ryan Seacrest that American Idol Live! is partnering with The Heart Foundation and their One For The Heart campaign by donating $1 of every AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! TOUR 2012 ticket sold to support heart disease research. Tickets went on sale on May 11, and you can purchase them via www.AmericanIdol.com, www.ticketmaster.com and www.aeglive.com. For full tour information, please go to www.AmerianIdol.com. The highly anticipated 45-city tour kicks off July 6 in Detroit.
“We are thrilled to partner with American Idol Live! on The Heart Foundation’s One For The Heart campaign to fight heart disease – the #1 cause of death for both men and women in the United States,” said Mark Litman, Chairman of The Heart Foundation and close friend of the late Steven Cohen, in whose memory the organization was founded. “This partnership will help raise awareness of heart disease and fund the incredible life-saving research being done by P.K. Shah and his extraordinary team of doctors.”
P.K. Shah, MD, Director of Cardiology and the Oppenheimer Atherosclerosis Research Center at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, is a gifted clinician, a brilliant researcher and a world-renowned cardiologist who spends his days sharing his wisdom with the next generation of medical professionals, healing the hearts of his patients in both physical and metaphorical ways, and engaging in life-saving research that will change medical history. Dr. Shah has spoken at conferences all over the world, is published globally, and has received numerous awards.
An accomplished businesswoman, community activist and devoted wife and mother, Kimberly Shah’s greatest joy in life comes from dedicating her time to the service of others. The Shahs’ philanthropy extends not only to heart-related causes but also to KOA (Kashmiri Overseas Association) which provides college tuition scholarships to Kashmiri refuge students in India as well as to women’s cancer and diabetes research and several children’s organizations.
The 2012 gala digital tribute journal is presented by Sony. Sony provided guests of the event with a Reader Wi-Fi pre-loaded with this year’s digital tribute journal and a free book download from Reader Store. Sony Reader Wi-Fi, the world’s lightest 6" eReader, is the first to offer wireless public library downloads from the device.
Established in 1996 in memory of Steven S. Cohen who lost his life to Sudden Cardiac Death at the age of 35, The Heart Foundation’s mission is to save lives by educating the public about heart disease, promoting early detection, and supporting the research of world-renowned cardiologist Dr. P.K. Shah in the quest to find more effective ways to prevent and treat the #1 cause of death in the U.S. For information, call The Heart Foundation at (818) 865-1100 or visit www.TheHeartFoundation.org.