(L-R) Elaine Kwon, Dave Bryan. Photo: Ken Goodman.
Once again, Bon Jovi keyboardist, Grammy award winner, and hardcore Jersey boy Dave Bryan will be performing at Carneige Hall in New York City.
It’s his second Best Buddies benefit, to be held Tuesday May 24, and presented by Klingman & Associates. He’ll be part of an evening of dynamic performances in celebration and support of the Best Buddies mission to promote social inclusion of, and create opportunities for, the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Best Buddies helps them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communications skills, and feel valued by society. All proceeds from the event will directly support programs and initiatives to increase social inclusion through one-to-one friendships, leadership development and integrated employment.
Spearheading the evening once again is Elaine Kwon, a prize-winning concert pianist, martial artist, fitness model, and lecturer in music at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Also performing will be Marlana VanHoose, singer-songwriter, pianist and Best Buddies participant; Lisa Smith, singer; Mykal Kilgore, singer, Postmodern Jukebox; Christopher Erk, tap dancer, Postmodern Jukebox and Tap Dogs; Lainey Silver, Rafal Pustelny, and Gaby Cook, dancers; and Dan Weiner, drummer, America’s Got Talent.
On his Twitter page, Bryan, who won Tony Awards for the Broadway play Memphis, promises not only duets with Kwon (he studied classical piano for 13 years and was accepted by Julliard), but a preview of songs from his next theatrical project Chasing The Song, plus a performance on guitar!