Stevie Wonder to be honored at MMRF gala

Stevie Wonder, the Motown legend and Grammy Award-winning musician who has earned recognition for his social and political activism, will be honored with the Spirit of Hope Award at the 15th Annual Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Fall Gala at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich on Thursday, Oct. 29.

The fundraiser will feature performances by Michael McDonald, a Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and former member of the Doobie Brothers and Steeley Dan; and Darius Rucker, lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Hootie and the Blowfish.

All funds raised will support research into treatments for multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer.

A longtime supporter of the MMRF, Wonder has pursued many philanthropic endeavors throughout his 50-year career. In the early 1980s, he helped spearhead the initiative that made Martin Luther King Day a national holiday and in 2009, he was designated as a United Nations Messenger of Peace with focus on persons with disabilities. Recently, Wonder performed at Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief and Stand Up To Cancer.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the MMRF – an organization that has helped so many families affected by multiple myeloma,” Wonder said in a press release. “Cancer has touched someone in all of our lives. It is my hope that . . . we can play a role in helping the MMRF bring patients new treatments that will extend their lives.”

Wonder’s first wife and longtime collaborator, Syreeta Wright, died of breast cancer in 2004.

Tickets cost $500 to $1000. To reserve a table at the MMRF Fall Gala, donate an auction item or join the planning committee, email or call 888-584-5463.

Scott Gargan