The David Lynch Foundation (DLF) is pleased to announce Change Begins Within, a benefit concert presented by Citi on November 4, 2015, at Carnegie Hall.
Featuring performances by Katy Perry, Sting, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim James, Angelique Kidjo and Sharon Isbin with musical direction from Rob Mathes, the evening will be hosted by George Stephanopoulos and David Lynch. Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber will serve on the benefit committee.
The concert will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the David Lynch Foundation. Proceeds from the event will benefit the foundation’s MEDITATE NEW YORK initiative to provide Transcendental Meditation training at no cost to 10,000 at-risk New Yorkers, including youth in underserved schools, veterans with post-traumatic stress and women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
Transcendental Meditation™ is a simple, easily-learned technique that has been studied and found effective by numerous prestigious institutions, including the Harvard School of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense, the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association. Published research shows the technique reduces symptoms of post-traumatic stress among veterans by 50 percent; decreases hypertension, anxiety and depression; helps individuals overcome drug and alcohol addictions; and improves brain functioning, creativity and memory.
In support of its work, DLF recently received a $125,000 grant from the Wounded Warrior Project to help teach the technique to hundreds of veterans nationwide; a $225,000 grant from the Peter Dodge Foundation to study the effects of TM on preventing relapse among alcoholics; and a $300,000 grant from the University of Chicago Crime Lab in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation and the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation to study the effects of TM on reducing youth violence in Chicago. The foundation has received public support from such artists and thought leaders as Martin Scorsese, Ray Dalio, Ellen DeGeneres, David Letterman and Hugh Jackman.
“It’s an honor for Citi to present this unique event that will benefit thousands of New Yorkers,” said Jennifer Breithaupt, Global Head of Entertainment Marketing for Citi. “We’re proud to offer our cardmembers early access to Change Begins Within and know they will enjoy an unforgettable evening supporting a terrific cause.”
Tickets for Change Begins Within will go on presale to Citi cardholders on September 24, 2015, at 1:00 PM ET here. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on September 29, 2015, at 11:00 AM ET here.