Midler will perform in concert on Tuesday, June 20, at the New Jersey
Performing Arts Center in a benefit gala to raise funds for
multiple sclerosis (MS) research at UMDNJ. Actor Tony Randall and
television talk show host Montel Williams, who was diagnosed with
MS a year ago, will host the event.
is the second "Musical Moments for MS." The first, held in 1998,
raised $2 million to establish an endowed chair in multiple sclerosis
research at the Neurological Institute of New Jersey at UMDNJ. Stuart
Cook, MD, president of the University and an internationally renowned
multiple sclerosis clinician and researcher, was named to the Ruth
Dunietz Kushner and Michael J. Serwitz chair for multiple sclerosis
research last September at UMDNJ's annual University Day.
and Lee Kushner of Livingston, founding chairs of "Musical Moments
for MS," are also heading up the second gala. Governor Christine
Todd Whitman is the honorary chair.
awards will be given to three individuals at this year's event:
an artistic excellence award to Montel Williams for his commitment
to inspiring and motivating people to excel at what they do; a corporate
excellence award to Robert N. Wilson, vice chairman of Johnson &
Johnson; and a medical excellence award to Dr. Donald W. Nicholson,
senior director at Merck Frosst Canada & Co, for research related
to multiple sclerosis.
about the gala, including how to purchase tickets, is available
on the Foundation of UMDNJ's Web