The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF), the oldest and largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of myeloma patients while working toward prevention and a cure – has announced the lineup for the 10th Annual Comedy Celebration, the foundation’s premier fundraising gala, taking place on Saturday, November 5 at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre.
Actor and comedian Ray Romano returns to host a memorable night of comedy with featured performers that include Bill Burr, Jeff Garlin, Dom Irrera, Larry Miller, Kevin Nealon, JB Smoove, Fred Willard and more to be announced. All performers are subject to availability.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Peter Boyle Research Fund and support the Black Swan Research Initiative (BSRI). Renowned actor Peter Boyle died in late 2006 after a four-year battle with myeloma, an incurable cancer of the bone marrow and one of the fastest growing blood cancers in the world. Through laughter, the event honors Boyle and raises money for research to find a cure.
In celebration of the event’s 10th anniversary, the evening will honor Boyle’s widow, Loraine Alterman Boyle, for her extraordinary work as the event chair for the last 10 years and unwavering dedication to raising funds towards a cure for myeloma. Since the first event in 2007, the annual celebration has featured over 50 celebrity comedians and musical performers, and raised over $5 million for the Peter Boyle Research Fund, which has supported the International Myeloma Foundation’s research. For the fourth year, the Fund is focused on the IMF’s Black Swan Research Initiative®, a bold approach to finding a cure for myeloma by detecting and eradicating the disease at the earliest time point.
Additionally, the IMF developed a research arm, the International Myeloma Working Group comprised of the top myeloma researchers from 35 countries, working collaboratively with one goal – to find a definitive cure for myeloma. This year the IMF has achieved the unprecedented ability to launch two targeted Cure Trials.
The evening will include a pre-show cocktail reception and silent auction for VIP guests, the Comedy Show, and a Post-Show Party featuring a live swing band and dancing for VIP ticket holders. Tickets are on-sale now at comedy.myeloma.org.
The International Myeloma Foundation 10th Annual Comedy Celebration is presented by Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene, Takeda Oncology and Janssen.