Westport, CT - Power couple Craig Melvin and Lindsay Czarniak are teaming up with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance "Bottoms Up" Invitational golf tournament and concert to raise awareness and funds in honor of Craig’s brother Lawrence Meadows, who died from the disease at the age of 43.
Despite being more fatal than most cancers, colorectal cancer is less known and less funded. In an effort to duplicate last year’s event which raised $1.1 million, Craig and Lindsay will be joined by notable celebrities eager to make an impact during the Connecticut events on September 24-25.
The opening reception and concert featuring members of Hootie & The Blowfish, the Spin Doctors’ Chris Barron, saxophonist and composer Branford Marsalis, singer, songwriter and guitarist Edwin McCain, The Voice alumni Ray Boudreaux, Javier Colon, and Preston Pohl, and more amazing artists will take place at 6 p.m., September 24, at Total Mortgage Arena in Bridgeport. A celebrity golf invitational will take place at 8 a.m. at Shorehaven Golf Club in Norwalk on September 25, featuring TV Hosts Carson Daly, Dylan Dreyer, Willie Geist, Sterling Sharpe, Harry Smith, and Rutledge Wood, as well as actress Stephanie Szostak, among others.
Colorectal cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths for men and women combined, is on the rise in people under age 50. It is the only cancer that is preventable, yet it’s estimated to be the deadliest cancer among 20-49 year olds by 2030, if things remain the same.
“As the largest nonprofit dedicated to colorectal cancer advocacy, the Alliance’s mission is to end this disease in our lifetime,” says Michael Sapienza, CEO of the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. “We're honored to have Craig, Lindsay, and so many talented and influential supporters bringing attention to our cause, and helping raise critical funds.”
Bottoms Up Invitational concert tickets are $275, and include dinner, an open bar, mingling with celebrities, a live auction, a concert, and an after party. Proceeds from the events will benefit the community served by the Colorectal Cancer Alliance’s programs that advocate for prevention, magnify support, and accelerate research. To sponsor the golf tournament, purchase concert tickets, or donate, visit ccalliance.org/events.
For more information, visit ccalliance.org.