Akon To Perform at Step By Step Benefit for Paralysis and Stem Cell Research 3/28/09


Gala Event Hosted By the SSSN Stepping Forward Foundation, Inc. to Benefit Families Affected by Paralysis

Saturday, March 28, 2009
The Gansevoort South Hotel
7PM – 11PM


Miami, FL- On Saturday, March 28th, Grammy nominated and triple platinum music artist Akon will perform at the highly anticipated gala fundraising event “The Step By Step Benefit for Paralysis and Stem Cell Research” The charity gala is hosted by Tara Christie; founder of The SSSN Stepping Forward Foundation, Inc. 100% of the proceeds raised will benefit SSSN’s target families affected by paralysis.

Celebrities, music artists and Miami’s elite will be rocking the night away at the chic Gansevoort Hotel South, with a not-to-be-missed live performance by rapper, Akon. Walk the red carpet with celebrity guests Nicky Hilton and Paris Hilton in attendance to show their continued support for this crucial cause, as Nicky Hilton was previous host for the first Step By Step Benefit for Paralysis that was held on exclusive Star Island. Get caught in the lens with Brooke Hogan, Emmy nominated Glenn Douglas Packard and Ashley Menendez, as The Untouchables Teen Dance Troop performs, well known for their appearances on VH1’s “Brooke Knows Best” Reality Show.

This year’s gala event will honor two target families affected by paralysis. Mr. Stephen Cardea is a quadriplegic, unexpectedly and instantly paralyzed from the neck down by a rare hemangioma bleed in his cervical spine. As a husband and father, Stephen’s tragic turn has left his family in desperate need of assistance. Recovery is a definite possibility for Stephen and proceeds from the gala event will go to fund treatment and therapy his insurance won’t cover.

Jeremiah Jones was an award-winning, professional Motor Cross driver until a horrible ATV accident left him a paraplegic, paralyzed from the waist down. His family too, has suffered in the wake of his this tragedy. “The Step By Step Benefit for Paralysis and Stem Cell Research” will help to fund the locomotive program for the Frazier Institute to allow Jeremiah to receive physical therapy and rehabilitation.

Corporate sponsors for this year’s gala include The Gansevoort South Hotel, The One Group, STK, GREY GOOSE Vodka, Eric Milon and The Opium Group, South African Jewels, Prestige Imports and Blue Star Jet.

Up for bid in the live and silent auctions are a Custom Motorcyle, one of a kind, beautiful piece of jewelry donated by South African Jewels, a Helicopter Ride to the Keys with BlueStar Jet, a Weekend on the Yacht, an Aspen Get-A-Way and many more hot items.

Tickets for this starlit fundraiser are $500 and include a champagne cocktail, a live performance by Akon, a 3-course gourmet dinner, live performance by The Untouchables Teen Dance Troop and live and silent auctions. Mix and mingle with the celebrities and get your picture taken. Tickets and tables can be purchased by contacting Tara Christie at 305.335.0502 or Susan Christie at 786.546.8018. For dinner and photo-ops with one of our music artists or celebrity guests, exclusive VIP tables are available starting at $5,000.

The SSSN Stepping Forward Foundation, Inc is dedicated to supporting financial resources, physical therapy, rehabilitation, alternative forms of therapy (i.e. acupuncture, biofeedback, Stem Cell Research) for families who suffer from Paralysis and other debilitating diseases that affect us all or someone we love. “SSSN” was founded and incorporated in December 2006 and is a recognized 501(c)(3) organization. SSSN has within its organization “The Step By Step Benefit for Paralysis.” 100% of the proceeds are donated to SSSN’s targeted causes. The SSSN Stepping forward Foundation, Inc.

For information regarding SSSN or the purchase of tickets and tables, please contact Tara Christie at 305.335.0502 or email TChristietlc@aol.com.