The core of any charity organization is the people. People that exhibit the passion of the cause and carry its torch every day. The Hard Rock Heals Foundation, through its work with Musicians On Call, celebrates Jeremy Bar-Illan who, after losing his young son to cancer, turned his pain to passion and now brings joy to hospital patients year round. Below is an excerpt from People.com’s human interest story featuring Jeremy and how volunteering with Musicians On Call results in healing of patients and volunteers, alike.
Musician Jeremy Bar-Illan spent over a year watching his 17-year-old son, Zachary, suffer from osteosarcoma — a type of cancer that starts in the bones. After his tragic death, the grieving father vowed to always keep his son’s memory alive…
“Music was always my passion,” says Bar-Illan, himself a life long musician. who is from New York City. “The shock of losing my son was the incentive to say that life is too short and I can’t keep on doing something I detest. I needed to really find where I belonged.”
The last thing he expected was for that passion to bring him right back to the hospital.
After meeting a fellow guitar player, he learned about Musicians On Call, an organization that has been bringing live music to patient’s bedsides since 1999.
All it took was one visit and Bar-Illan was hooked.
“I was completely blown away by not only the experience of what music could do for the patients, but also by how much it filled me up and helped me go forward,” Bar-Illan says. “Instead of feeling like I couldn’t be there, it felt like I belonged there.”
Read full article on People.com
Hard Rock Heals Foundation supporter given the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award!
We’ve talked about Vijay Gupta before on this blog, and for good reason. Ted Talk veteran, killer violinist, humanitarian, and co founder of one of our favorite music charities, Street Symphony, Vijay is an advocate for the power of music to improve lives. Kudos, friend!
If you’ve ever seen “The Soloist,” starring Jamie Foxx, you are already familiar with Nathaniel Ayers’s story. The 2009 film was based on the life of Ayers, a Julliard-educated musician who has struggled with schizophrenia and homelessness throughout his life. After a chance meeting with Los Angeles Times columnist, Steve Lopez, Ayers was introduced to Adam Crane and Vijay Gupta of the LA Philharmonic. This relationship placed Nathaniel on the road to recovery and led to the creation of Street Symphony, a charity focusing on bringing music to the disenfranchised community of Los Angeles’s Skid Row.
Read more about Nathaniel, Street Symphony, and listen to a recent NPR story that includes the story of soldier returning home from Desert Storm and how music has helped him heal.
Limited-Time, Edition 35 Merchandise Benefits SLAM Foundation
Orlando, Fla., January 16, 2017 – GRAMMY® Award-winning, international superstar Pitbull and the Hard Rock Heals Foundation are hitting the stage with the release of the brand’s latest merchandise line on Monday, January 16, 2017. The Pitbull Signature Series: Edition 35 shirt, inspired by the global star, Mr. Worldwide, supports the SLAM Foundation to help advance learning opportunities for children around the world.
“Music and education have always been a driving force in my life,” said Pitbull. “Partnering with the Hard Rock Heals Foundation for my Signature Series shirt will benefit SLAM! (Sports, Leadership, Arts and Management) in its effort to help students from all walks of life achieve their highest potential.”
“Pitbull and Hard Rock understand how imperative it is to invest in our future through the education of children,” said Kellie Brown, Philanthropy Manager for Hard Rock International. “Pitbull has been a supporter of the Hard Rock brand, and we are honored to collaborate with him on this Signature Series program that we know will have an impact on children around the globe.”
A percentage of the retail price of each Pitbull Signature Series shirt sold will be donated to SLAM through the Hard Rock Heals Foundation. The new Signature Series shirt features Pitbull’s famous moniker, “Mr. Worldwide,” in vibrant turquoise and pink lettering in homage to his Miami upbringing. The limited-edition black shirt is available in men’s and women’s sizes and can be purchased online and at participating Rock Shops at Hard Rock Cafe, Hotel and Casino properties around the world.
Following Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a day to focus on giving back to organizations that speak to your passion. Learn more here. Happy giving!!!!
Orlando, Fla., October 24, 2016 – Hard Rock Cafe International (USA), Inc., one of the world’s leading hospitality companies, announced today that Hamish Dodds, its President and CEO, has decided to step down from his position in early 2017 to pursue new opportunities. The company is wholly owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. It has been led by Dodds since 2004.
“It has been an absolute privilege working for Hard Rock over the last 13 years and leading the growth of this amazing brand, while helping to reinforce Hard Rock’s unique character, and its commitment to service and philanthropy. Hard Rock is a place where staff are empowered to deliver authentic guest experiences in a rock and roll environment,” said Dodds. “Today, the business is well positioned with a strong brand footprint and an extensive pipeline of projects in all business units. I wish the Seminole Tribe of Florida and all our Hard Rock employees and partners continued success in the future.”
When you stay at any Hard Rock Hotel, be sure to ask about the opportunity to stay in the our exclusive Hard Rock Heals Suite! The suite is decked out with all things chill, from an iPad® loaded with our curated relaxation playlist and a state-of-the-art JBL speaker to play it on, to a meditation class to take you back to center and a renowned Manduka® yoga mat, fit for your practice.
One Hard Rock Heals Suite is available at each Hard Rock Hotel location worldwide and a portion of the cost of your stay will go to our Hard Rock Heals Foundation efforts to heal lives and promote wellness through the power of music. Learn more
We’re excited to congratulate William Graves, student at Stax Academy, on earning a full scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. Keep rocking William!!!!!!
Read more about William and the Stax Music Academy