Summer Benefit Concert Raises More Than $1.5 Million for Feinstein Institute

Manhasset, NY – Multi-platinum recording artist Kelly Clarkson, the original American Idol, took center stage recently at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay, NY, during a private benefit for the The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research that raised a record-setting $1.5 million.

The Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter was the headliner at the Feinstein Institute’s eighth annual summer concert, held Wednesday, July 17.

Money raised at these events has helped the Institute, the research enterprise of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, make important discoveries in many therapeutic areas, including cancer, inflammation, autoimmune disorders, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Ms. Clarkson said she was drawn to the Feinstein Institute because of its success in shedding light on what triggers those diseases, which affect millions of Americans.

Emceeing the evening was Sam Champion, Good Morning America’s weather anchor. Champion, who shared his thoughts about the benefit on the Thursday, July 18th edition of his program, also commented at the event on the record-setting $1.5 million raised and the important work being conducted at the Feinstein Institute.

“Your attendance here tonight validates the research already in progress at the Feinstein, and now, more than ever, with reduced government funding, tighter budgets and diminished support from the National Institutes of Health, philanthropy is playing a greater role,” said Sam Champion.

Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president of the Feinstein Institute, said during the concert program that the mission of the Feinstein Institute is discovering “the basis for curing disease…There is no better way to celebrate our progress to date, and to rededicate ourselves to the unfinished work – to completing our journey, to discovering cures – than by coming together with music.”

The evening also included the announcement of the 2013 Fellowship Award, named in honor of Barbara and Donald Zucker, who are longtime supporters of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Ms. Zucker serves as the chairwoman of the Feinstein Institute Board of Directors and a trustee of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, while Mr. Zucker serves on the executive committee of the health system board of trustees.

This year’s fellowship award was presented to Bart Peters, MD, PhD. Dr. Peters is a trainee in the Zucker Hillside Hospital and does research on schizophrenia, a major disease that affects young people in the prime of their lives with devastating and debilitating consequences. His promising work is opening a path for not only a bright future for him, but hope for people with this devastating disease.

About The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Headquartered in Manhasset, NY, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is home to international scientific leaders in Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, psychiatric disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, sepsis, inflammatory bowel disease, human genetics, pulmonary hypertension, leukemia, neuroimmunology, and medicinal chemistry. The Feinstein Institute, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, ranks in the top 5th percentile of all National Institutes of Health grants awarded to research centers. For more information visit

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Director of Communications, North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation