MBC Network Teams Up with the Walter Payton Cancer Fund

Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from MBC Network

    ATLANTA, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Major Broadcasting Cable Network
 (MBC Network) founder and Senior Managing Partner, Alvin D. James will serve
 as producer of the first annual "A Celebration of Life" Benefit Concert.  The
 event is being held in honor of a special cancer fund established in memory of
 Chicago Bear's running back, Walter Payton -- the Walton Payton Cancer Fund.
 According to James, the involvement in this worthwhile event is an extension
 of MBC Network's "Above and Beyond" campaign.  A grassroots program that
 extends support to the African-American community in a variety of ways, "MBC
 Network was founded on the principles of eMpowering, eMbracing and iMpacting
 the community.
     The celebrity night gala includes entertainment by R& B diva Patti LaBelle
 and the smooth vocals of Jeffrey Osborne.  The event will kick-off with a
 6:30pm VIP reception on Saturday, April 21, 2001 at The Park West in Chicago,
 IL.
     The private concert will pay homage to Payton.  The record breaking
 Chicago Bears' running back succumbed to cancer on November 1, 1999.  Payton
 not only left behind his loving wife, Connie and their two children Jarrett
 and Brittany, but also a football legacy that will go unchallenged for years
 to come.  Payton set the NFL's all-time record for total yards gained
 (21,803), rushing yards (16,726) and rushing attempts (3,838) and many other
 records.  His sincere love and dedication for the game was consistently
 witnessed by his teammates and fans alike throughout his career.  During his
 13 years playing professional football, the Chicago Bears running back missed
 only one game.
     Another highlight of the evening will be the unveiling of two original oil
 paintings by Stephen Holland and Steve Allen, to be submitted as a new design
 for a 1st class stamp (34 cents).  MBC Founder Alvin James will also take the
 lead in proposing the stamp request to the United States Postmaster General in
 honor of the jersey number "34" worn by the record breaking Payton.
     At a cancer hearing held in Washington, DC earlier this year before the
 House Committee on Government Reform regarding "Integrative Oncology:  Cancer
 Care for the New Millennium" Mrs. Connie Payton testified about her emotional
 ordeal with her husband.  Also on the panel was Dr. Harold Freeman, a noted
 expert on the disparities in the quality of cancer treatment for
 African-Americans and other minorities.  Dr. Freeman testified that
 African-American patients in the early stages of cancer are far less likely to
 have surgery than white patients with the exact same diagnosis.
     "As concerns such as disparity in treatments for African-Americans and
 other issues continue to plague our community, MBC Network will be at the
 forefront of addressing the issues.  Since cancer does not discriminate by
 color or economics, it is obvious why so many have come out in support of the
 event" James stated.  Many of the participants of the gala have been
 personally touched by cancer and prior to the concert many have agreed to make
 themselves available to talk with the media about their experiences.
     Our programming evolves around these principles on various levels.
 Whether it is watching health issues on our original program "Health for the
 Nation" hosted by Dr. Vicki James or hearing the testimony of a battle fought
 and won by a celebrity on "Spiritual Impact" hosted by the network's CEO and
 Chairman Willie Gary, we are there presenting intelligent programming for our
 African-American viewers.  Walter "Sweetness" Payton is an African-American to
 be remembered on and off the field "
 
     About MBC Network
     Major Broadcasting Cable Network, (MBC Network) is America's first
 African- American, owned and operated, 24-hour cable network committed to
 providing wholesome entertainment for the entire family. Founded by attorney
 and philanthropist, Willie E. Gary, four time heavyweight boxing champion,
 Evander Holyfield, former New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers all-star Cecil
 G. Fielder, Marlon D. Jackson, formerly of the Jackson 5, and broadcast
 veteran, Alvin D. James, the vision of MBC Network is to provide intelligent,
 family oriented programming that embraces values in the business,
 entertainment, sports, non-profit and government sectors.  Although MBC
 Network is committed to programming for African-American households, its
 services and offerings are non-exclusive and designed to positively impact the
 entire community.  MBC Network demonstrates this commitment by providing and
 reinforcing positive messages in program content and through direct engagement
 in the community.
 
 

SOURCE MBC Network
    ATLANTA, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Major Broadcasting Cable Network
 (MBC Network) founder and Senior Managing Partner, Alvin D. James will serve
 as producer of the first annual "A Celebration of Life" Benefit Concert.  The
 event is being held in honor of a special cancer fund established in memory of
 Chicago Bear's running back, Walter Payton -- the Walton Payton Cancer Fund.
 According to James, the involvement in this worthwhile event is an extension
 of MBC Network's "Above and Beyond" campaign.  A grassroots program that
 extends support to the African-American community in a variety of ways, "MBC
 Network was founded on the principles of eMpowering, eMbracing and iMpacting
 the community.
     The celebrity night gala includes entertainment by R& B diva Patti LaBelle
 and the smooth vocals of Jeffrey Osborne.  The event will kick-off with a
 6:30pm VIP reception on Saturday, April 21, 2001 at The Park West in Chicago,
 IL.
     The private concert will pay homage to Payton.  The record breaking
 Chicago Bears' running back succumbed to cancer on November 1, 1999.  Payton
 not only left behind his loving wife, Connie and their two children Jarrett
 and Brittany, but also a football legacy that will go unchallenged for years
 to come.  Payton set the NFL's all-time record for total yards gained
 (21,803), rushing yards (16,726) and rushing attempts (3,838) and many other
 records.  His sincere love and dedication for the game was consistently
 witnessed by his teammates and fans alike throughout his career.  During his
 13 years playing professional football, the Chicago Bears running back missed
 only one game.
     Another highlight of the evening will be the unveiling of two original oil
 paintings by Stephen Holland and Steve Allen, to be submitted as a new design
 for a 1st class stamp (34 cents).  MBC Founder Alvin James will also take the
 lead in proposing the stamp request to the United States Postmaster General in
 honor of the jersey number "34" worn by the record breaking Payton.
     At a cancer hearing held in Washington, DC earlier this year before the
 House Committee on Government Reform regarding "Integrative Oncology:  Cancer
 Care for the New Millennium" Mrs. Connie Payton testified about her emotional
 ordeal with her husband.  Also on the panel was Dr. Harold Freeman, a noted
 expert on the disparities in the quality of cancer treatment for
 African-Americans and other minorities.  Dr. Freeman testified that
 African-American patients in the early stages of cancer are far less likely to
 have surgery than white patients with the exact same diagnosis.
     "As concerns such as disparity in treatments for African-Americans and
 other issues continue to plague our community, MBC Network will be at the
 forefront of addressing the issues.  Since cancer does not discriminate by
 color or economics, it is obvious why so many have come out in support of the
 event" James stated.  Many of the participants of the gala have been
 personally touched by cancer and prior to the concert many have agreed to make
 themselves available to talk with the media about their experiences.
     Our programming evolves around these principles on various levels.
 Whether it is watching health issues on our original program "Health for the
 Nation" hosted by Dr. Vicki James or hearing the testimony of a battle fought
 and won by a celebrity on "Spiritual Impact" hosted by the network's CEO and
 Chairman Willie Gary, we are there presenting intelligent programming for our
 African-American viewers.  Walter "Sweetness" Payton is an African-American to
 be remembered on and off the field "
 
     About MBC Network
     Major Broadcasting Cable Network, (MBC Network) is America's first
 African- American, owned and operated, 24-hour cable network committed to
 providing wholesome entertainment for the entire family. Founded by attorney
 and philanthropist, Willie E. Gary, four time heavyweight boxing champion,
 Evander Holyfield, former New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers all-star Cecil
 G. Fielder, Marlon D. Jackson, formerly of the Jackson 5, and broadcast
 veteran, Alvin D. James, the vision of MBC Network is to provide intelligent,
 family oriented programming that embraces values in the business,
 entertainment, sports, non-profit and government sectors.  Although MBC
 Network is committed to programming for African-American households, its
 services and offerings are non-exclusive and designed to positively impact the
 entire community.  MBC Network demonstrates this commitment by providing and
 reinforcing positive messages in program content and through direct engagement
 in the community.
 
 SOURCE  MBC Network