Rock icons THE HELLCAT SAINTS performed at the inaugural celebration of RHONDA’S KISS–a foundation which raises funds for cancer patients who can’t afford treatment. The all-star benefit concert at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles (11/3) featured performances from some of the most influential and respected musicians in rock. An array of music and entertainment industry talent attended RHONDA’S KISS which brought a new element of excitement in the benefit world with the goal of becoming a recurring event in Los Angeles.All proceeds from the concert and silent auction will be donated to City of Hope in Los Angeles, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.
The first-ever Los Angeles celebration exceeded all expectations.Stand-up comedian BILL BURR performed a rousing short comedy set and served as host. Following BURR’s performance, Kyle Stefanski (Rhonda’s son) addressed the crowd of music-lovers, introduced the RHONDA’S KISS foundation and their mission to help those who receive a cancer diagnosis. The night was highlighted by a stellar line-up of live performances from some of the most exciting and respected artists in rock. THE HELLCAT SAINTS–a multitude of illustrious rockers–performed a hard-hitting and musically diverse all-star concert. THE HELLCAT SAINTS aka BILLY IDOL, DAVE NAVARRO (Jane’s Addiction), KESHA, JULIETTE LEWIS (Juliette & The Licks), DUFF McKAGAN (Velvet Revolver, Guns N’ Roses), DAVE KUSHNER (Velvet Revolver), GILBY CLARKE (Guns N’ Roses), MARK McGRATH (Sugar Ray), JOSH FREESE (NIN, Devo, A Perfect Circle), DONOVAN LEITCH, BILLY MORRISON (Billy Idol, The Cult), STEVE STEVENS (Billy Idol) and JAMIE N. COMMONS thrilled the sold-out crowd with a selection of hits in addition to a memorable performance by special guest BILLY GIBBONS (ZZ Top).
Guests were treated to a silent auction, a talent meet-and-greet as well as an open bar and appetizers from Wolfgang Puck. Upstairs a VIP gifting lounge from Double Platinum (Grammy Foundation, VH1 Save the Music, Sundance Film Festival) featured luxury products fromMonster headphones, Von Zipper eyewear, Slow Watch timepieces, Ax + Apple jewelry, Arbonne skincare and more for attendees to enjoy.
“The event was an inspiring tribute to my mother’s legacy,” said Kyle Stefanski, Rhonda’s son. “The effort of all those involved, and the energy of the crowd made the evening an amazing success. My family is grateful to all of those who made it possible to raise funds to help those less fortunate who receive a cancer diagnosis and need help with treatment and care.”
In 2014, Rhonda Stefanski was diagnosed with stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. While she lost her battle, one of the greatest gifts she left was to create RHONDA’S KISS an event to raise money to help those who receive a cancer diagnosis, but may be unable to make ends meet for treatment and support. RHONDA’S KISS is supported by the Marc A. and Rhonda L. Stefanski Foundation, a recognized 501(c)(3). For more information, visit: http://rhondaskiss.org. To make a direct donation to RHONDA’S KISS, click (here).
RHONDA’S KISS featuring THE HELLCAT SAINTS set list:
- “HELLO THERE” (Cheap Trick), Performed by: Donovan Leitch, Duff McKagan, Josh Freese, Dave Navarro and Dave Kushner.
- “SURRENDER” (Cheap Trick), Performed by: Donovan Leitch, Duff McKagan, Josh Freese, Dave Navarro and Dave Kushner.
- “ROCK N’ ROLL ALL NITE” (Kiss), Performed by: Mark McGrath, Dave Navarro and Dave Kushner, Josh Freese.
- “FLY” (Sugar Ray), Performed by: Mark McGrath, Dave Navarro, Dave Kushner).
- “DIRTY DEEDS” (AC/DC), Performed by: Juliette Lewis, Gilby Clarke and Dave Kushner.
- “PROUD MARY” (Creedence Clearwater Revival), Performed by: Juliette Lewis, Gilby Clarke and Dave Kushner.
- “WISH YOU WERE HERE” (Pink Floyd), Performed by: Jamie Commons, Gilby Clarke and Dave Kushner.
- “WHOLE LOTTA LOVE” (Led Zeppelin), Performed by: Kesha, Bill Burr, Gilby Clarke and Dave Kushner.
- “LA GRANGE” (ZZ Top) Performed by: Billy Gibbons, Dave Navarro, Duff McKagan, Josh Freese.
- “WHITE WEDDING” (Billy Idol), Performed by: Billy Idol, Steve Stevens, Billy Morrison, Duff McKagan and Josh Freese.
- “L.A. WOMAN” (The Doors), Performed by: Performed by: Billy Idol, Steve Stevens, Billy Morrison, Duff McKagan and Josh Freese.
- “REBEL YELL” (Billy Idol), Performed by: Billy Idol, Steve Stevens, Billy Morrison, Duff McKagan and Josh Freese.
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RHONDA’S KISS Press Releases & Assets:
Watch RHONDA’S KISS founder Marc Stefanski interviewed on “KTLA Evening News” (here).
Watch Mark McGrath talk RHONDA’S KISS on “KTLA Morning News” (here).
About RHONDA’S KISS:
As a tribute to his late wife Rhonda, who passed away last November 2014 from pancreatic cancer, Marc A. Stefanski, and his children, hosted inaugural event on July 10, 2015 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame called RHONDA’S KISS which raised over $600,000. Rhonda’s Kiss raises money to help those who receive a diagnosis of any type of cancer, but are unable to make ends meet for treatment and support. Through The Marc A. and Rhonda L. Stefanski Foundation and in partnership with City Of Hope, proceeds from RHONDA’S KISS will provide financial support to increase cancer screenings in urban communities, and to assist patients diagnosed with cancer who are in financial need, by using a three-pronged approach, integrating outreach (education, awareness and screening), navigation (medical and home) and patient services (treatment and financial assistance, and emotional support). For more information or to donate directly, contact: www.rhondaskiss.org.
About City Of Hope:
City of Hope is proud to be the beneficiary of the RHONDA’S KISS FOUNDATION fundraising event to be held November 3, 2015. City of Hope is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Our researchers discover treatments that revolutionize how patients across the nation battle their diseases. And our physicians, surgeons and expert staff give life-saving care with compassion and comprehensive support. Since its beginning more than a century ago, City of Hope has touched the lives of countless individuals facing the challenge of disease and has given them hope. For more information, visit: www.cityofhope.org.
About Double Platinum:
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