NEW YORK, April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Ronald McDonald House® New York announced that it will partner with Stevie Van Zandt as an official friend and ambassador of the House. In his new role, the rock and roll legend, actor and music education advocate will promote the great work of the House and also provide unique mentorship to the cancer stricken children of the organization. As a partner of the house, he will provide the children with access to amazing musical activities and events throughout 2017.
The Ronald McDonald House® has a long tradition of partnering with influential personalities to promote its mission and help brighten the lives of children afflicted with cancer. Prominent friends of the House include musicians, athletes and social impact leaders. "I believe that being part of a band is special and that music can sometimes have healing powers," said Van Zandt. "Through my partnership with the House, I am hoping that I can share this power and love for music with the people that need it most."
Van Zandt will be releasing his first album, SOULFIRE, in nearly two decades, on May 19 and he will personally announce his new partnership with Ronald McDonald House® New York at the annual Heroes Volunteer Event, on June 20, 2017, at Guastavino's in New York City. At the event, Van Zandt will officially present a special gift to the House children. Tickets are available at www.heroesevent.com.
"The House has always been blessed with great friends that help amplify our work here locally in New York," said Ruth C. Browne, President and CEO of Ronald McDonald House® New York. "With the help of other friends like Stevie, we are able to raise awareness for all the programs the House has to offer and help keep families close."
The Ronald McDonald House® is the largest facility of its kind, with more than 300 sites worldwide. In New York, the organization helps keep families close by providing temporary housing for children battling cancer and their families. Afflicted families can visit and receive treatment at 16 different nearby partnering hospitals throughout the city.
To learn more about Ronald McDonald House® New York and the Stevie Van Zandt partnership, please visit www.facebook.com/rmhnewyork. To learn more about how to get involved or to make a donation, please visit www.rmh-newyork.org.
About the Ronald McDonald House New York
Ronald McDonald House® New York is keeping families close by providing temporary housing for pediatric cancer patients and their families in a strong, supportive and caring environment which encourages and nurtures the development of child-to-child and parent-to-parent support systems. Ronald McDonald House® New York is the largest facility of its type in the world. The House can accommodate 84 families, and it is filled to capacity almost every night. The House's location in Manhattan, in close proximity to 16 major cancer treatment centers, draws children and families from across the country and the world, as well as from the metropolitan New York City area. Since its founding, more than 35,000 families have stayed at Ronald McDonald House® New York. For more information, visit www.rmh-newyork.org.
About Stevie Van Zandt
Stevie Van Zandt is a Musician, Performer, Songwriter, Arranger, Music Producer, Music Supervisor, TV Producer, Actor, Director, Broadway Producer, TV and Film Composer, Live Event Producer, International DJ, Activist, Historian, Teacher, member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and is recognized internationally as one of the world's foremost authorities on both Contemporary and Traditional Rock and Roll. Van Zandt is a founding member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, co-producing the band's seminal albums "The River" and "Born in the U.S.A.", and is a renowned musician in his own right recording and performing with his band, Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul. He is also a critically acclaimed writer and producer for many artists including Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Gary U.S. Bonds, Darlene Love, and more. In 1985, Van Zandt formed Artists United Against Apartheid and wrote "Sun City," a song featuring over 50 major recording artists protesting the Apartheid system and considered by most political experts to be one of the fatal blows to Apartheid, leading to Nelson Mandela being freed only a few years later. He has twice been honored by the United Nations for his political activism, including the "Sun City" project and film, and his involvement in "International Peace Day". Stevie Co-Starred in all seven seasons of the Sopranos playing principle character "Silvio Dante." He Starred in, Co-Wrote, Executive Produced, provided the Music Supervision and Scoring, and Directed (the final episode) for the award winning series "Lilyhammer," which was the FIRST original programming for Netflix. In 2001 he launched "Little Steven's Underground Garage," his internationally syndicated radio show and the most successful syndicated Rock music radio show in the past 40 years. Stevie also created and produces the first two channels of original content on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, the Underground Garage (Channel 21) and Outlaw Country (Channel 60). In 2006, he launched his record label, Wicked Cool Records, to further support new Rock and Roll. Van Zandt is chairman of the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation, a non-profit that has developed a History of Rock and Roll curriculum called "Teach Rock", an online educational resource offered free-of-charge to educators and individuals everywhere. Interdisciplinary in nature, it is geared toward middle and high school students but includes resources for learning at all levels.
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