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An Evening With Olivia

The inaugural Concert for the Cure, an Evening with Olivia Newton-John made November 11th, a night to remember!

An intimate cocktail reception on the first tier of the Kimmel Performing Arts center, gave guests the opportunity to meet Olivia. KCC advisory Board Member and Australian Ambassador, Dennis Richardson and wife Betty, praised the evening as "a wonderfully enjoyable evening for both the US and Australia. Tonight we are underlining the fact that health issues are borderless and have no boundaries. Only through international collaboration can we get the 'best of the best' working together for common cures" he said.

Guests enjoyed an elegant dinner in the Commonwealth Plaza, followed by Olivia in concert. And what a concert it was! Olivia pleased the audience with old favorites, "Hopelessly devoted to you" and an acoustic version of "Let's get Physical". She donned a black leather jacket for the Grease medley, and calmed the room with "Pearls on a chain" from her new album. (slideshow)

Olivia was thrilled to be involved with the Concert for the Cure. A breast cancer survivor herself, Olivia is establishing a comprehensive cancer center in Australia that heals the Body, Mind and Spirit.

The Kimmel Cancer Center's collaboration with the Olivia Newton-John cancer center in Australia was made possible through our Australian Director, Dr. Richard Pestell. "It was a wonderful evening and a wonderful celebration of the research collaborations that the Kimmel Cancer Center has already established internationally" he said. "Our quest for a cancer cure means we need to work together, pooling our resources means we get the best results".

Dr. Pestell joined the Kimmel Cancer Center in 2005. He is internationally recognized within the academic community as a leading breast cancer physician-scientist with over 400 published works. His expertise means the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is leading the way forward in cancer research in this country and beyond. (video)