Today, "So You Think You Can Dance" Winner Joshua Allen and partner Katee Shean performed a tribute dance to the song "No Air." They will be performing "live" at the the 2nd Annual Life Changing Lives Gala at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort tonight.
Life Changing Lives was founded by philanthropists Glenn and Mindy Stearns to raise money for multiple deserving non-profits each year on September 11th, while honoring the memory of the men, women and children who passed away on September 11, 2001. This year's theme is One Nation. One Heart.
Sugar Ray Leonard, NASA's Charlie Duke and Holocaust survivor and Medal of Honor recipient Tibor Rubin for their personal and professional achievements and incredible humanitarian work.
* The proceeds from the Gala will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Orange County www.wishoc.org and the Boys & Girls Clubs Orange County Alliance http://www.bgccapo.com. Life Changing Lives is also hosting a silent and live auction, featuring special packages and once in a lifetime experiences donated by some very recognizable names. Artists such as John Mayer, Carrie Underwood, Chris Botti, No Doubt, Michael Buble, The Killers, John Popper, Gavin DeGraw and more have donated items that were available nationwide for proxy bidding.
* The evening will feature performances by "American Idol" finalists and fan favorites Bo Bice, Brooke White & Elliott Yamin, with a very special rendition of the national anthem performed by actress and Broadway star Jenifer Lewis. "So You Think You Can Dance" 2008 Winner Joshua Allen and the top female dancer of the 2008 season Katee Shean, will perform the dance piece "No Air" choreographed by the EMMY nominated duo of Tabitha and Napolean Dumo, about a service member getting his papers saying he's going off to war. Napolean is very excited that their piece will be performed in honor of the men and women who have served this country, as he is a U.S. Army veteran himself having been stationed at 34th General in Augsburg, Germany. Emmy-Award winning host Roy Firestone will serve as emcee throughout the night, along with Co-Chair Mindy Stearns, a former red carpet reporter for KTLA, and one of Oprah Winfrey's favorite guests.
* Tony Sirico, a dedicated supporter of Wounded Warrior Project will begin the day raising money at BGC partners Charity Day in New York before traveling, along with his cast members from the EMMY award winning HBO show "The Sopranos"; Lorraine Bracco, Steve Schirripa, Michael Imperioli, Vince Curtola and Vincent Pastore, to end the day on the West Coast by attending the Life Changing Lives gala.
* During the day, leading up to the Gala, P3 Beauty founder and make up artist to the stars Terri Apanasewicz (clients include Cindy Crawford, Bridgette Wilson Sampras, and Gisele Bundchen) and LCL will partner to host The Caregivers' Day of Appreciation which will honor those who stayed behind and those who are helping to heal. A team of Hollywood's top celebrity make up and hair stylists, coupled with an array of spa services courtesy of the St. Regis Spa Gaucin and Vogue Salon, will be available to consult and work with wives, significant others, siblings of injured veterans & California firefighters hurt in the line of duty, and the families of children facing life-threatening illness. All too often, their sacrifices are overlooked and Life Changing Lives will give them the afternoon to relax and network with each other and some of the celebrity attendees of the gala, such as Cindy Crawford & Bridgette Wilson Sampras who are scheduled to attend and lend their support.
For more information:
So You Think You Can Dance 9/11 Tribute
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