NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk's Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation has announced it will honor Motown founder Berry Gordy at a November gala.
Berry will be given the Spirit of Hope Award at the foundation's annual fall gala, which will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, 1800 E. Putnam Ave.
Money raised from the event will be used to support the development of life-extending treatments for multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer.
The Spirit of Hope Award is the highest honor presented by the foundation each year, and is given to recognize the extraordinary contributions made by the honoree to the benefit of all.
Gordy has lent his name and support to countless causes around the world and has changed the lives of literally millions of people through his efforts and generosity.
“We have lost far too many people to multiple myeloma and other cancers,” said Gordy in a prepared statement. “It is my hope that funds raised during this incredible event will help the MMRF to advance its groundbreaking and innovative cancer research.”
Gordy also is a songwriter, boxer, producer, director, innovative entrepreneur, teacher and visionary. The “Motown Sound” reached out across a country that was racially divided and politically and socially charged to transform popular music. Actively involved in the Civil Rights movement, Gordy’s contribution to music and popular culture served as a beacon of hope during a turbulent time in our country’s history, the foundation said.
Also being honored at the event is Charles Goldstuck, president and chief executive officer of TouchTunes Interactive Networks and a longtime supporter of the foundation. He will be presented with the foundation's Courage and Commitment Award.
Throughout his career in the music industry, Goldstuck has been committed to participating in philanthropic and social causes. He currently is an active board member of the City of Hope Children’s Hospital Foundation and he also serves as Vice Chair of the Entertainment, Media & Communications Division of the UJA Federation.
“The MMRF is a bold organization that is transforming cancer research,” said Goldstuck in a prepared statement. “By contributing to the MMRF Fall Gala, supporters are actively making a commitment to help the MMRF change the future for cancer patients.”