Jeff Leibow, who portrays “Nick Massi” in the JERSEY BOYS Las Vegas company, is producing the “2nd Annual NF Hope Concert” set to take place on Sunday, October 21 at 1:00 p.m. at Harrah’s Las Vegas. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to NF Network, a non-profit organization that serves families and individuals with neurofibromatosis, more commonly known as NF. The second rendition of the “NF Hope Concert” will include performances by some of the biggest names in Las Vegas as well as an impressive live and silent auction. Tickets start at $25 and are available at TicketMaster.com, HarrahsLasVegas.com or by calling the Harrah’s box office at (702) 369-5111.
The star-studded concert will include performances by Delious Kennedy from the Grammy Award Winning Band All-4-One, Jeff Timmons from 98 Degrees, Anya Garnis and Dmitry Chaplin from ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, Gordie Brown, Clint Holmes, Chris Phillips, cast members from Jersey Boys, Absinthe, Vegas! The Show and more. Silent auction items include tickets to Celine Dion, Elton John, Donny and Marie, JERSEY BOYS, show memorabilia, restaurant certificates, spa certificates and much more. This year there will also be a live auction with items ranging from original artwork to all-expense-paid vacations.
The concert is inspired by Leibow’s daughter Emma, who was diagnosed with NF at the age of nine months. NF is a genetic disorder of the nervous system that results in a mutation on a gene that normally suppresses tumor growth. This allows for tumors to grow on any nerve in the body without warning. Leibow and his wife Melody conceived the idea for the concert upon the realization that they had an obligation to their family and the 100,000 people living with NF to educate more people about the disorder.
“In the last year we have found a handful of small tumors on Emma. Fortunately, they don’t seem to be slowing her down, but it reinforces why we do so much to raise awareness of NF,” says Leibow.
NF is one of the most common genetic disorders and affects more than 100,000 Americans, making it more common that cystic fibrosis, hereditary Muscular Dystrophy, Huntington’s Disease and Tay Sachs combined. Despite its commonality, the disorder struggles to get federal support every year.
“Last year’s concert was a huge success, but we have learned a lot in the last year about what the cause really needs. So, in an effort to help with advocacy and fundraising efforts, we have continued to produce events in Las Vegas under our organization, NF Hope. In the last year, NF Hope has raised over $25,000 for NF Network. It is our dream to see NF Hope become a national organization producing events all over the US. Until then, we will do everything we can with the hope that Emma and the more than 100,000 people living with NF may in their lifetime see a cure for neurofibromatosis,” says Leibow.
The “2nd Annual NF Hope Concert” will take place on Sunday, October 21 at the Main Showroom in Harrahs Las Vegas. The show begins at 1:00 p.m. Ticket prices range from $25-$75, plus tax and service charges. To purchase tickets, click HERE or call the Harrahs Box Office at (702) 369-5111.