CARMEL, Ind. – On September 27, 2014 the Indiana Ballet Conservatory (IBC) will hold its second annual Pointe to the Cure Gala at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) starting at 5:30 p.m., raising awareness and funding for local childhood cancer initiatives. The event was originally inspired by the life of Joey Keller, whose acts of selflessness continue to inspire many.
“The IBC Pointe to the Cure project is ultimately about empowering children to combine their artistic creativity and self-expression with a passion to help others in a very powerful way. It is our hope that this unique kids helping kids initiative makes a true dent in the search for the “creative” cure to end childhood cancer. It is also our hope that we can all gather in support of the families who are directly impacted by childhood cancer and for one night celebrate the beauty of artistic expression and provide temporary reprieve from the battles that they have to face on a daily basis.” Adam Perler, DPM, Founder of the Pointe to the Cure and IBC Board member.
According to Perler, IBC will be expanding on this vision by adding several new features into its childhood cancer outreach program. This includes a new “Create 4 the Cure” campaign to solicit artworks from local school children to show support and raise hope during the month of September, which is childhood cancer awareness month. Students up to the age of 18 years old from the Greater Indianapolis Area are encouraged to participate by submitting art pieces with the theme of “Hope & Heroes”. The art competition even features special divisions for children who are battling cancer and for local professional athletes from the Colts and Pacers organizations. Winning pieces will then be on display for a special event to be held at the Indianapolis Museum of Art called “Create 4 the Cure” on September 27 at 1:00 p.m. at the IMA’s TOBIAS Theatre. The true power of these art pieces will then come to fruition in the evening when they are auctioned off to raise money to support local childhood cancer initiatives. “Create 4 the Cure” is a fee show to any family who has been touched by childhood cancer, any front-line cancer worker, and to children who have participated in the art competition.
In addition, IBC has launched a year-long “Hope Dances” child match program that allows each dancer to be paired with a child who is battling cancer or a family who has lost a child and they will dedicate their performance to them during the evenings Pointe to the Cure Gala. IBC will also host a “ballerina for a day” experience for these children at the studio, and support a new dance therapy program at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent and creative art therapy programs at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.
These events were inspired by Joey Keller who, at the age of seven, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer called Medullobastoma. Although Joey lost his battle to cancer in November 2012, his devotion to serving others continues to inspire those around him, including IBC. Prior to his passing, Joey and his parents initiated TEAM Joey, a Heroes Foundation program, which is committed to raising funds for local pediatric cancer research. IBC will also remember Leah Wasson, a 7 year old who lost her battle with leukemia earlier this year. Leah was a special girl who submitted a painting last year that she created from her hospital bed and it raised $1,250. IBC was able to donate $16,000 last year and hopes to raise and donate over $50,000 this year. Before passing, Leah had accepted an invitation to be our first C-CEO, which stands for Children’s Creativity Executive Officer. Her painting and artistic gift last year is partly responsible for the vision behind the addition of the “Create 4 the Cure” art competition.
The day will then culminate with the featured Pointe to the Cure Gala at the IMA. The evening will kick off with live music by local musical artists, including Jaden Street Jazz Band, talented singers of Musicality Arts, and Michelle Ruben. It will include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the Pulliam Family Great Hall. Guests can participate in an after hours tour of the IMA, a special exhibit of the “Create 4 the Cure” artwork, as well as live and silent auctions featuring several amazing items including winning pieces of artwork from the “Create 4 the Cure” event. Several local celebrities will be making appearances, and a special ballet production created by IBC’s founding artistic director, Alyona Yakovleva-Randall will be shared. We will shed light on four new “Pointe to the Heroes” award winners including a current Colts player who does some amazing work off the field at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. The night will end on a “high note” with featured guest performer, Josh Kaufman, the most recent winner of NBC’s “The Voice”.
This year, American Health Network (AHN) foot & ankle and AHN bone & spine specialty groups have joined efforts to become the title sponsor of both events. Please help us make a big impact on those in the local community that are facing the bully we call childhood cancer. Together, we can make a difference in the pursuit of the “creative” cure.
Tickets for this event are on sale now. Group packages are also available.
For more information about IBC’s Pointe to the Cure Gala and the “Create 4 the Cure” art competition and event, please visit www.PointetotheCure.org