Tuesday, June 18, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Singing Star Katharine McPhee Lends Her Talents to Salk Institute's Groundbreaking Cancer Research

Singing superstar Katharine McPhee
In the fifth season of American Idol, Katharine McPhee knocked it out of the park with her incredibly powerful but tender voice, stunning beauty, and genuine warmth. She was an instant superstar. But even more impressive than McPhee's talent is her tireless work as a philanthropist. She's supported St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Feeding America and is the celebrity ambassador for Malaria No More

This summer she turns her attention to The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, the world renowned research institution in San Diego that has made so many groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of cancer, as well as Alzheimer's, diabetes, infectious diseases, and more.

On Aug. 24 McPhee, who in addition to her thriving music career is also a popular actress, headlines the 18th annual "Symphony at Salk - a Concert Under the Stars," where she'll perform with the San Diego Symphony and acclaimed guest conductor Maestro Thomas Wilkins.

Funds raised from this event directly support the Institute's scientific research and award-winning community education programs. I've long been an ardent supporter of Salk, which was founded more than 50 years ago by legendary polio vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk. Scientists are living up to the institute's namesake with their studies of neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines. 

Salk research has helped us better understand cancer and a variety of other diseases. Faculty achievements have been recognized with numerous honors, including Nobel Prizes and memberships in the National Academy of Sciences.

McPhee and the Salk Institute are a nice fit. They're both class acts, and both are trying to make a positive difference in the world. Tickets for Symphony at Salk go on sale July 8 for $250 and can be purchased on the Symphony at Salk website or by calling 858-597-0657. Sponsorship packages range from $2,500 to $75,000. 

For additional ticket or sponsorship information, please visit the website at www.salk.edu/symphony or e-mail: symphony@salk.edu. 

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