(From left, Dr. John Trant, Executive Member, Windsor Cancer Research Group, Tim Trombley, Director of Entertainment, Caesars Windsor, Kevin Laforet, Regional President, Caesars Entertainment, and Dr. Lisa Porter, Executive Member, Windsor Cancer Research Group, kicking off Caesars Windsor’s 7th annual Concerts For a Cure campaign where the Windsor Cancer Research Group was announced as one of two organizations to benefit during a press conference at the Essex Centre of Research inside the University of Windsor on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. Photo above by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.)
An exciting diverse entertainment lineup hitting the Colosseum stage this October and November is all part of the Caesars Windsor Cares 7th annual Concert for a Cure series. The campaign kicked off with a press conference naming the Windsor Cancer Research Group as one of two beneficiaries this year. The announcement took place at the Essex Centre of Research inside the University of Windsor on Tuesday (Oct 1).
The first show in the campaign features Canadian Country Music sensations Dean Brody and Dallas Smith on Friday (Oct 4). Tim Trombley, Caesars Windsor Director of Entertainment, told Eyes On Windsor that there is a lot of variety in the list of shows. The Brody / Smith show is one of the shows he is looking forward to most. “I’m very excited for the Dean Bordy and Dallas Smith show that kicks off the campaign this Friday, they are actually performing together during the show.”
In addition, Tim says, “I’m very excited for the Logic show on November 10th, it’s something different and will be a general admission floor show, it’s the first hip hop show in a while. We had Drake a few years ago but this is the first one in a while, we’re very excited about that. Logic is a very socially conscious rapper.”
The North American We Will Rock You Tour, based on the music of Queen, will hit The Colosseum stage at the end of November (Nov 29 & 30). This will be extra exciting for family, friends, and fans of Windsor actor Sean Sennett. He just graduated from the University of Windsor School of Dramatic Art and landed a role in the production days later. We Will Rock You is another show Tim is looking forward to.
“I’m very excited for the Queen We Will Rock You show, there’s three shows, we did that one as all ages so that parents can bring their children that may have discovered the band over the past few years.”
Researchers from the Windsor Cancer Research Group at the University of Windsor are not only excited for the Concerts For A Cure shows but grateful that funds raised will help them with the purchase of Advanced Imaging equipment. This will help bring together medical research facilities to enable ideas and accelerate solutions that impact cancer patients in Windsor-Essex.
Windsor Cancer Research Group Executive Member, Dr. Lisa Porter, is looking forward to attending some of the shows. She told Eyes On Windsor that she usually goes to see Alice Cooper but he’s not in this year’s lineup, so she will be looking at all the shows and deciding which ones she is most interested in.
Dr. Porter says funds raised from Concerts For A Cure is important, “Community money is what is really driving cancer research these days. We’ve come so far, we’ve got a lot of things at our fingertips but this kind of donation that supports infrastructure and allows us to do our work is absolutely critical in making a difference to patients in our community.”
“People don’t know how much research does matter for lives in our community. With every patient we can get on trial, with every research project we move forward, that is potentially more years of life for patients with cancer. It’s a long and difficult road, it’s not as easy as we thought when we first started out and we can’t get there alone.”
The Windsor Cancer Research Group (WCRG) is an assembly of local researchers, healthcare professionals and community partners working together to build teams to strengthen local cancer research programs and bridge collaborations with neighbouring cancer centres.
Since 2013, Caesars Windsor Cares’ Concerts For A Cure has donated $1 from every October and November Colosseum ticket sale to local non-profit cancer-related organizations whose primary goal is to raise awareness or provide support to individuals undergoing treatment. The campaign has raised over $140,000 for Windsor Cancer Research Group, Canadian Cancer Society Windsor-Essex, Hospice of Windsor-Essex, Pajama Angels, Transition to Betterness and In Honour of the Ones We Love.
Since the beginning, Caesars Windsor Cares has proudly supported local organizations that work toward building a better future for the Windsor Essex community and its citizens. From corporate giving, volunteering and fundraising, they work to enrich the community by partnering and contributing to local non-for-profits in long-lasting, sustainable ways. Since 1994, Caesars Windsor Cares has donated over $15 million in funding and in-kind resources to support non-profits in their missions to positively impact the greatest number possible, in the Health
and Wellness, Environment Sustainability and Conservation, Community Enrichment and Seniors.
The full 2019 Concert for A Cure Series includes: Dean Brody and Dallas Smith (Oct 4), Australian Pink Floyd (Oct 6), Million Dollar Quartet (Oct 10), Billy Ray Cyrus and Lil Nas X – All Ages (Oct 17), The Chieftains & Glass Tiger (Oct 18), Daughtry (Oct 24), Jim Gaffigan (Nov 3), Walk off the Earth with special guest, fast rising local pop singer Christie Palace (Christie Palazzolo) opening the all ages concert (Nov 7), Logic – Ages 16+ (Nov 10), City and Colour (Nov 20), Charlie Brown Christmas – All Ages (Nov 23) and We Will Rock You – All Ages (Nov 29 & 30).
For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Caesars Windsor Box Office or online go to https://www.caesars.com/caesars-windsor/shows