Since first hitting it big in 1951 with his number-one recording of “Because of You,” Bennett has sold about 50 million records. In 1962, his signature classic, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” was released. Bennett has received two Emmy Awards and was a Kennedy Center Honoree.
Featured as master of ceremonies will be the Tony Award-winning star of theater, film and television, James Naughton.
The foundation will be presenting its Spirit of Hope Award to the founders and chief officers of Republic Records, Avery and Monte Lipman. The award is presented to patients, caregivers, family members or advocates who inspire hope through their resilience, perseverance and dedication to the foundation and its mission. The Lipmans said, “Our support of this foundation remains personal since our best friend not only participates in the search for a cure, but fights his own battle of this disease every day.”
Ryan Anthony, who is acting principal trumpet player of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, will receive the Courage and Commitment Award. Anthony began playing the trumpet at age 7 and has performed as a soloist with more than 100 ensembles internationally. He also founded a fundraising organization called CancerBlows, and has lived with multiple myeloma for the past five years.