Summer Benefit Concert Raises More Than $1.5 Million for Feinstein Institute

MANHASSET, NY –Multi-platinum recording artist Kelly Clarkson, the original American Idol, took center stage recently at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay, NY, during a private benefit for the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research that raised a record-setting $1.5 million.

     The Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter was the headliner at the Feinstein Institute’s eighth annual summer concert, held Wednesday, July 17.

     Money raised at these events has helped the Institute, the research enterprise of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, make important discoveries in many therapeutic areas, including cancer, inflammation, autoimmune disorders, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Ms. Clarkson said she was drawn to the Feinstein Institute because of its success in shedding light on what triggers those diseases, which affect millions of Americans.

     Emceeing the evening was Sam Champion, Good Morning America’s weather anchor. Champion, who shared his thoughts about the benefit on the Thursday, July 18th edition of his program, also commented at the event on the record-setting $1.5 million raised and the important work being conducted at the Feinstein Institute.

      “Your attendance here tonight validates the research already in progress at the Feinstein, and now, more than ever, with reduced government funding, tighter budgets and diminished support from the National Institutes of Health, philanthropy is playing a greater role.”

     Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president of the Feinstein Institute, said during the concert program that the mission of the Feinstein Institute is discovering “the basis for curing disease. … There is no better way to celebrate our progress to date, and to rededicate ourselves to the unfinished work – to completing our journey, to discovering cures – than by coming together with music.”

     The evening also included the announcement of the 2013 Fellowship Award, named in honor of Barbara and Donald Zucker, who are longtime supporters of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Ms. Zucker serves as the chairwoman of the Feinstein Institute Board of Directors and a trustee of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, while Mr. Zucker serves on the executive committee of the health system board of trustees.

     This year’s fellowship award was presented to Bart Peters, MD, PhD. Dr. Peters is a trainee in the Zucker Hillside and does research on schizophrenia, a major disease that affects young people in the prime of their lives with devastating and debilitating consequences. His promising work is opening a path for not only a bright future for him, but hope for people with this devastating disease.

About The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research 
     Headquartered in Manhasset, NY, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is home to international scientific leaders in many areas including Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer’s disease, psychiatric disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, sepsis, human genetics, pulmonary hypertension, leukemia, neuroimmunology, and medicinal chemistry. The Feinstein Institute, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, ranks in the top 5th percentile of all National Institutes of Health grants awarded to research centers. For more information, visit

 About Kelly Clarkson
     Since bursting onto the music scene 10 years ago, Kelly Clarkson has released five studio albums (Thankful, Breakaway, My December, All I Ever Wanted, Stronger), one greatest hits album, sold more than 20 million albums worldwide, 10 million albums in the US and has had 10 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. She won three Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, one Country Music Association Award and 12 Billboard Music Awards. Clarkson’s last studio effort, Stronger, debuted at No. 2 on both the Billboard Top 200 and Digital Albums Chart. The album produced the smash singles, “Mr. Know It All” and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” which marks Kelly’s ninth and tenth Top 10 hits. “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” was No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart for two consecutive weeks (three weeks total) marking her third No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart. Kelly spent last summer touring the US and appearing as a mentor on ABC’s Duets as well as a guest mentor for Team Blake on NBC’s The Voice. Clarkson’s Stronger was recently certified Platinum by the R.I.A.A. and won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album. Clarkson released Greatest Hits – Chapter 1, which features three brand new tracks, including current single “People Like Us,” as well as a compilation of some of her greatest hits to date. Kelly recently released her country single, “Tie It Up,” which is rising on the Country Music charts.

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