RHONDA’s KISS, an organization that helps cancer patients in need, put on its annual all-star benefit concert at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday, November 3rd. The event featured a headline performance from the rock group WEEZER, and Academy Award-nominee, actor, producer and musician Johnny Depp was presented with the first “Healing & Hope Award.” The award honors an individual or group of local heroes who have a positive impact on cancer patients, survivors and those in need. The L.A. collective The Hellcat Saints performed a special opening set and featured Chester Bennington (Linkin Park), Scott Shriner (Weezer), Joey Castillo (Queens of the Stone Age), Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver) and special guests Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), Juliette Lewis (Juliette and the Licks), Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray) and Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine). At the end of the night, Johnny Depp’s signed guitar was auctioned off for RHONDA’s KISS.
“Our second-annual Rhonda’s Kiss event in Los Angeles exceeded our every expectation,” said Kyle Stefanski, executive director of RHONDA’s KISS. “We are humbled by the support we’ve received and we are proud to be able to give back locally by supporting the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute.”
Proceeds from the concert event will benefit the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and further the mission of RHONDA’s KISS, supporting programs to assist cancer patients in need, and helping those who receive a cancer diagnosis make ends meet during treatment. To date, the charity has donated more than $750,000 to hospitals to support cancer programs and patients. Amin Mirhadi M.D. from the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute was on hand that night to give a speech regarding RHONDA’s KISS.
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