BETHPAGE, N.Y., Dec. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On Thursday evening, December 5, Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC), AMC Networks, and The Madison Square Garden Company hosted the thirteenth 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 more than $1.95 million, which is an all-time high for The Lustgarten Foundation's annual holiday fundraiser. Cablevision underwrites the Foundation's administrative expenses so every dollar raised goes directly to pancreatic cancer research.
Created in 2001, the Holiday Rock & Roll Bash serves as The Lustgarten Foundation's premier annual event. More than 1,300 guests attended this year's Bash. The evening's entertainment included live rock-and-roll music, along with a special appearance by the world-famous Radio City Rockettes and their good friend, Santa Claus. Since its inception, the Holiday Rock & Roll Bash has raised nearly $17 million for pancreatic cancer research.
"Anyone can get pancreatic cancer, the most lethal of all cancers, and that's why we need everyone to join the fight. Every single dollar counts and, thanks to Cablevision's financial support, all of the record-breaking $1.95 million raised goes directly to pancreatic cancer research so we can find a cure," said Kerri Kaplan, executive director of The Lustgarten Foundation.
Together with Marc Lustgarten, the former vice chairman of Cablevision and chairman of Madison Square Garden, Cablevision Chairman Charles Dolan and Chief Executive James Dolan established The Lustgarten Foundation in 1998. Mr. Lustgarten died from pancreatic cancer in 1999. Since its inception, The Lustgarten Foundation has contributed more than $75 million toward pancreatic cancer research to detect the disease earlier, develop better treatments, and ultimately, to find a cure.
The Lustgarten Foundation and Cablevision are also partners in the curePC public awareness campaign. Visit curePC.org to learn more about The Lustgarten Foundation and Cablevision's fight against pancreatic cancer.
About The Lustgarten Foundation and Pancreatic Cancer Pancreatic cancer is swift and silent, often undetected until it's too late. More than 38,000 people will die from it this year. 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.
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. Additional information about The Lustgarten Foundation is available at 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 phone services as well as Optimum WiFi, the nation's most robust wireless Internet 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, Newsday Media Group and MSG Varsity – Cablevision also delivers news and information created specifically for the communities it serves. Additional information about Cablevision is available at www.cablevision.com.
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