BETHPAGE, N.Y., Dec. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On Wednesday evening, December 3, Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC), The Madison Square Garden Company, and AMC Networks hosted the fourteenth annual Holiday Rock & Roll Bash to benefit The Lustgarten Foundation, the nation's largest nonprofit funder of pancreatic cancer research. Held at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City, the event raised $2,060,000, breaking its previous all-time fundraising record. Due to the support of Cablevision, 100 percent of every dollar raised goes directly to pancreatic cancer research.
The Holiday Rock & Roll Bash is The Lustgarten Foundation's premier annual event, raising nearly $19 million in the fight against pancreatic cancer since it was created in 2001. More than 1,100 guests attended this year's Bash. The evening's entertainment included live rock-and-roll music, along with special appearances by the world-famous Radio City Rockettes and a very jolly Santa Claus.
"The annual Holiday Rock & Roll Bash is a beloved tradition for an important cause: raising critical funds for more research to beat the most lethal of all cancers. Research is our best weapon to fight pancreatic cancer. And, thanks to Cablevision's support, every single dollar of the $2 million raised goes directly to pancreatic cancer research so we can change the outcome for people diagnosed with this horrible disease," said Kerri Kaplan, executive director and chief operating officer, The Lustgarten Foundation.
Cablevision Chairman Charles Dolan and Chief Executive James Dolan helped establish The Lustgarten Foundation in 1998 in honor of former Cablevision Vice Chairman and Madison Square Garden Chairman Marc Lustgarten before he died from pancreatic cancer. At that time, little was known about pancreatic cancer and research funding was minimal. Cablevision established The Lustgarten Foundation to change those facts and has worked closely with the Foundation throughout its history to support its mission to advance research related to the diagnosis, treatment and cure for pancreatic cancer. The Lustgarten Foundation and Cablevision are also partners in the curePC public awareness campaign.
Since its inception, The Lustgarten Foundation has contributed more than $90 million toward pancreatic cancer research. Research funded by the Foundation today includes clinical trials to develop a blood test and new imaging strategies to detect the disease earlier, as well as clinical trials focused on immunotherapy and new drug combinations to identify more effective treatment options for patients.
Visit curePC.org to learn more about The Lustgarten Foundation and Cablevision's fight to defeat pancreatic cancer.
About Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic cancer is swift and silent, often undetected until it's too late. The overall five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is six percent and most with advanced cancer die within a year. There are no early detection tests, no effective long-term treatments and, unless the cancer is surgically removed in its earliest stages, no cure. It is the fourth-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. For more information about pancreatic cancer, please visit: www.curePC.org/infographic.
About The Lustgarten Foundation
The Lustgarten Foundation is America's largest private foundation dedicated to funding pancreatic cancer research. Based in Bethpage, New York, the Foundation supports research to find a cure for pancreatic cancer, facilitates dialogue within the medical and scientific community, and educates the public about the disease through awareness campaigns and fundraising events. The Foundation has provided millions of research dollars and assembled the best scientific minds with the hope that one day, a cure can be found. Cablevision Systems Corporation, a leading media and telecommunications company, underwrites The Lustgarten Foundation's administrative costs, so 100 percent of every dollar donated to the Foundation goes directly to pancreatic cancer research. The Lustgarten Foundation and Cablevision are also partners in the curePC public awareness campaign in support of the fight against pancreatic cancer. For additional information, please visit www.curePC.org.
About Cablevision Systems Corporation
Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) is a leading media and telecommunications company, serving millions of households and businesses throughout the greater New York area. Providing quality products that keep customers connected, Cablevision offers Optimum-branded digital cable television, high-speed Internet and voice services as well as Optimum WiFi, the nation's most robust WiFi network. Cablevision's Lightpath subsidiary is a premier provider of integrated business communications solutions for larger companies. Through its local media and programming properties – News 12 Networks and Newsday Media Group – Cablevision also delivers news and information created specifically for the communities it serves. Additional information about Cablevision is available at www.cablevision.com.
SOURCE Cablevision Systems Corporation