Record-breaking $1.7 Million Raised at Holiday Rock & Roll Bash to Benefit The Lustgarten Foundation

Cablevision, Rainbow Media, and Madison Square Garden welcomed more than 1,000 guests to annual fundraising event that benefits pancreatic cancer research

Dec 10, 2010, 14:21 ET from Cablevision Systems Corporation

BETHPAGE, N.Y., Dec. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC), Rainbow Media, Cablevision's programming subsidiary, and Madison Square Garden (Nasdaq: MSG) presented the tenth annual Holiday Rock & Roll Bash on Thursday, December 9, to benefit The Lustgarten Foundation.  The event raised $1.7 million -- the most money raised ever in a single night in New York City for scientific and clinical research related to the diagnosis, treatment and cure of pancreatic cancer. With Cablevision's multi-year commitment to underwrite all of The Lustgarten Foundation's administrative costs, every dollar of the $1.7 million raised goes directly to pancreatic cancer research.

More than 1,000 guests attended this year's event, which was held at the legendary Hard Rock Cafe in the heart of Times Square. The evening's entertainment included a rock-and-roll and blues performance by JD & The Straight Shot and a special appearance by pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph from American funk and soul group Robert Randolph and the Family Band. The night also featured a special performance by the world-famous Radio City Rockettes and their good friend, Santa Claus.

Created in 2001, the Holiday Rock & Roll Bash has become The Lustgarten Foundation's premier annual event and its most important fundraiser.  Since its inception, the Holiday Rock & Roll Bash has raised more than $11.3 million to benefit pancreatic cancer research.

Lustgarten Foundation Executive Director Kerri Kaplan said: "We are extremely appreciative of everyone who comes out each year to support this important event. It means so much to know that 100 percent of every dollar raised for the Holiday Rock & Roll Bash goes directly to pancreatic cancer research, thanks to Cablevision's support. This money will be used to help fund critical research so we can someday find a cure for this deadly disease."

The Lustgarten Foundation was established in 1998 by Marc Lustgarten, the former vice chairman of Cablevision and chairman of Madison Square Garden, along with the help of Cablevision, following his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. He passed away from the disease in 1999. Today, the Foundation that Marc Lustgarten inspired is the nation's largest private foundation dedicated solely to funding pancreatic cancer research, providing more than $32 million to research since its inception.

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About The Lustgarten Foundation

The Lustgarten Foundation is America's largest private foundation dedicated solely 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.

About Cablevision Systems Corporation

Cablevision Systems Corporation is one of the nation's leading telecommunications, media and entertainment companies. In addition to its Optimum-branded cable, Internet, and voice offerings, the company owns and operates News 12 Networks, MSG Varsity and Newsday Media Group.  Cablevision's assets also include Rainbow Media Holdings LLC and its programming and entertainment businesses, AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and IFC Entertainment, as well as Clearview Cinemas.  Additional information about Cablevision is available on the Web at

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