THE WHO have sold over 100 million records since forming in 1964; they brought together four different personalities and in effect produced a musical hurricane. Each of them was a pioneer. Wildman drummer Keith Moon beat his kit with a chaotic elegance; stoic bassist John Entwistle held down the center with the melodic virtuosity of a solo guitarist; raging intellectual Pete Townshend punctuated the epic universality of his songs with the windmill slamming of his fingers across his guitar strings; and Roger Daltrey roared above it all with an impossibly virile macho swagger. They exploded conventional rhythm and blues structures, challenged pop music conventions, and redefined what was possible on stage, in the recording studio, and on vinyl. Deep into their 50th year, the band is still going strong, winning rave reviews. Today their line-up includes Simon Townshend (Guitar, Mandolin, Backing Vocals), Pino Palladino (Bass), Zak Starkey (Drums), Loren Gold (Keyboards, Backing Vocals), John Corey (Keyboards, Backing Vocals), and Frank Simes (Musical Director, Keyboards, Backing Vocals).
The Who as a band and its members have been supporting Teen Cancer America since it’s inception in 2012. Together with friends such as Eddie Vedder, Joan Jett, Elvis Costello, Robert Plant, Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh and Rick Nielsen they have performed at or hosted a number of charity shows in aid of Teen Cancer America.
During their 2015-2016 Who Hits 50! North American tour, The Who raised both funds and awareness for Teen Cancer America. They very generously donated $1 from every ticket sold, played PSA videos to the crowd before the show and had a Teen Cancer America activation booth at every show that allowed volunteers to come in and talk to the fans about the charity and collect donations. Simon Townshend and Loren Gold further supported by coming out to the booth at every show to do a signing for fans, all in aid of Teen Cancer America.
To date The Who have raised over 4 million dollars for Teen Cancer America and so far have successfully opened 5 units for teens and young adults going through cancer across the USA.
“The disease should be a mere comma in the lives of teenagers, not a devastating full stop! It’s a big ambition but together we can get there by working together” – Roger Daltrey
Known as the “People’s Champ,” Nolan Smith is one of the most charismatic players to play the game of basketball. Nolan helped lead the Duke Blue Devils to win a National Championship in 2011 and returned the following season to lead the team to the Sweet Sixteen. Nolan’s play during his senior season earned him the coveted ACC Player of the year award in 2011.
After receiving his degree in African and African American Studies, Nolan was selected as the 21st pick overall in the 2011 NBA Draft to the Portland Trail Blazers. Currently, Nolan is a Special Assistant for the Duke Men’s Basketball team.
Matt Barnes is a professional basketball player who currently plays small forward for the Los Angeles Clippers. As an integral part of what many are calling the deepest bench in the NBA, Matt is part of an extraordinary Clipper squad that broke a franchise record for most consecutive wins in December 2012, and finished the 2012-2013 regular season as the NBA Pacific Division Champions. Having a stellar college basketball career with the UCLA Bruins, Matt became the 43rd player in UCLA history to top 1,000 points. In his senior year, he led UCLA in assists (108), was second in rebounds (192) and steals (35).
Off the court, Barnes devotes a great deal of time to philanthropic endeavors with his foundation, Athletes vs. Cancer, in honor of his Mother, Ann Catherine Barnes, who passed away in 2007, just 26 days after being diagnosed with four types of cancer. Athletes vs. Cancer continues to advance its mission to save lives and assist in ending cancer forever. Through Athletes vs. Cancer’s annual charity sporting events, fundraisers, and generous contributions, AVC secures funds for financial support to cancer patients and their families, awarding academic scholarships to high school seniors who have lost a parent to cancer, and generating funds for the growth of Teen Cancer America. Matt’s strong commitment to be an Ambassador for Teen Cancer America is an honorable position he is proud to hold.
Cody Simpson is an acclaimed pop singer, actor and young philanthropist. Cody hails from Australia where he began recording songs in his bedroom at the age of 12. Shawn Campbell, a Grammy-nominated record producer, discovered Cody on YouTube in 2009. Once signed to Atlantic records, Simpson and his family relocated to Los Angeles to record his EP in 2010. Since then, Cody has been incredibly successful, winning several awards for his music as well as having appeared in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 200. Cody announced his involvement as an Ambassador for Teen Cancer America in the summer of 2013. Since then, Simpson urged fans to donate one dollar with each ticket purchased for his Paradise tour in support of Teen Cancer America. Cody was brought on as an ambassador to better relate with those who Teen Cancer America is aiming to help. Finding that “Cancer does not discriminate and it can affect people of all ages” Cody “wants to do [his] best to show [his] support to fellow teens in their battle.”
THE BAND PERRY
Grammy® Award-winning family trio The Band Perry has both achieved massive mainstream success and gained major critical acclaim since delivering their platinum self-titled debut, making them one of the most dynamic acts in music today. Introducing the sibling trio as a powerful new force on the country scene, 2010’s The Band Perry offered up five hit singles, including the sextuple-platinum chart-topper “If I Die Young,” whose video has been Vevo-certified for reaching 100 Million plays and other platinum hits – the #1 “All Your Life” and “You Lie” – as well as “Hip to My Heart” and the gold-certified single “Postcard from Paris.” On the band’s gold-certified second album Pioneer, frontwoman Kimberly Perry and her younger brothers Reid and Neil delved deeper into an edgy, rock-and-roll-inspired sound while staying true to their Southern roots. Featuring the platinum #1 singles “Better Dig Two” and “DONE.” (plus smash hits “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” and “Chainsaw”), Pioneer found The Band Perry widening their appeal and continuing to showcase their breathtaking three-part harmonies.
The group kicked off their first headline tour – the WE ARE PIONEERS WORLD TOUR – in late 2013 and quickly established themselves as a global powerhouse, playing hundreds of venues from Seattle to Sweden. In late 2014, The Band Perry released a spirited rendition of country legend Glen Campbell’s “Gentle On My Mind,” which also appears on the soundtrack for the James Keach-directed documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. In February 2015, the band won the Grammy® Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for this song. They have earned multiple awards from the likes of The Country Music Association; CMT Music Awards; The American Country Awards; and The Academy of Country Music, where they are the reigning Vocal Group of the Year and are nominated again this year in that same category. They have also received multiple nominations from the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards and The American Country Countdown Awards. The Band Perry recently wrapped the WE ARE PIONEERS WORLD TOUR and is currently working on new music for their upcoming third studio album. For tour dates and more on TBP, visit www.thebandperry.com.
Amanda Steele is a young fashion and beauty starlet boasting over 6.5M+ followers across all of her social platforms. She has taken the acting world by storm with her work on AwesomenessTV’s original series Guidance while working with top tier brands on unique partnerships. Amanda Steele is best known as a YouTube personality who rose to prominence for her beauty and fashion expertise and the increasingly popular YouTube channel MakeupbyMandy24 with more than 2.8 million subscribers.
“When I first heard about the great work of Teen Cancer America I felt an immediate connection. At our age we aren’t children or adults. We have our own culture and we are developing our own identities. That’s why it makes so much sense that teens with cancer have their own spaces and specialized programs in hospitals. That’s what Teen Cancer America does. The teen zones we build are designed especially for them and are equipped with computers, gaming systems and the latest audio and visual technology. We want to ensure they can feel relaxed and comfortable going through this terrible disease; where they can benefit from the friendship and support of other teens going through the same challenges. We ensure that they aren’t left isolated in the old fashioned wards that are designed for small children or older people. I feel privileged to have been invited to be an Ambassador for this charity and to represent young people with cancer,” Amanda concluded. “I hope there are others out there like me, who will make the effort to find out about our work, spread the word and get involved.”
Daniel Berger is a professional golfer on the PGA TOUR. One of the sport’s most exciting young stars,Daniel was named 2015 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year, following a season in which he claimed two runner-up finishes and was the only rookie to qualify for the season-ending TOUR Championship.
Daniel, who was born and raised in South Florida, turned professional in 2013 after his sophomore season at Florida State University. He was named a First Team All American as a sophomore, having claimed two victories and a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championship. Daniel graduated to the PGA TOUR after finishing 15th on the Web.com Tour money list in 2014. He competed in the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst – his final round 66 was the lowest final round ever recorded in a championship at the storied course.
Daniel comes from an athletic family – his father played professional tennis and currently coaches theU.S. Men’s Tennis Team. His family also has ties to the fight against cancer – his grandfather was a cancer researcher both in Slovakia and the United States. Only a few years removed from being a teenager himself, Daniel is extremely proud to represent Teen Cancer America and its commitment to providing hope and support to young people battling cancer. As part of his association, he displays the Teen Cancer America logo on his golf bag while competing in golf tournaments around the world.
Scott Dixon is an accomplished motor racing driver and IndyCar Champion. After getting his start racing in New Zealand in the mid 90’s, Scott moved to the United States and signed with the Indy Lights racing team. He would later go on to race on CART teams as well as in the IndyCar Series and eventually race Formula One. Dixon was named one the 50 greatest drivers to have ever raced in Formula One by Autosport magazine. Scott is especially drawn to organizations supporting teens that have cancer because he feels that they are often overlooked as a group, and he recognizes that hormonal changes in teens can sometimes trigger more aggressive forms of cancer. Scott Dixon is a committed and valued supporter of Teen Cancer America.
Joan Jett is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, with whom she has become a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” and “Crimson and Clover.” She sits at the head of her own independent label, Blackheart Records. Jett has acted in movies and television, including 1987’s Light Of Day, and in a Tony-nominated Broadway musical, The Rocky Horror Show. She has appeared on such acclaimed television shows as Oprah (the last season) and Law and Order.
As a producer, she has overseen albums by Bikini Kill, Circus Lupus, as well as the Germs’ LA punk masterpiece, GI.
Her music has become a permanent force in mainstream culture. A version of “I Hate Myself for Loving You” has been NBC’s Sunday Night Football, performed this past season by Carrie Underwood, and her music is heard in countless films and TV shows including Easy – A, Kick Ass, The Runaways, Shrek, Baby Mama, and many more.
Since co-founding the Runaways, the pioneering all-girl punk quintet, at age 15, Jett’s determination and drive have kept her in the public eye. Jett was able to see her story told in The Runaways, the film based on (lead singer of The Runaways) Cherie Currie’s book Neon Angel starring Kristen Stewart as Jett, and her fellow A-lister Dakota Fanning as Currie. Jettwas close to the project: She served as an executive producer.
Jett and the Blackhearts released their latest record, ‘Unvarnished,’ in 2013 and continue touring the globe to throngs of adoring fans.
Joan Jett has spent her lifetime breaking barriers and challenging expectations – this is, after all, a woman who is both a spokesperson for PETA and a devoted supporter of the US Military. She’s fought hard for all of her historic accomplishments, yet she remains humble and appreciative.
“I’ve had a blessed career,” she says. “I consider myself so lucky to have been able to do things my own way.”