PRESS RELEASE: TWIST OUT CANCER LAUNCHES FOURTH ANNUAL BRUSHES WITH CANCER EVENT, CONNECTING THOSE TOUCHED BY CANCER WITH ARTISTS TO CREATE FOR A CAUSE ON MAY 13, 2016

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Contact: Jenna Benn Shersher , Founder and Executive Director of Twist Out Cancer

 jenna@twistoutcancer.org

 TWIST OUT CANCER LAUNCHES FOURTH ANNUAL BRUSHES WITH CANCER EVENT, CONNECTING THOSE TOUCHED BY CANCER WITH ARTISTS TO CREATE FOR A CAUSE ON MAY 13, 2016

February 15, 2016, Chicago, Illinois….On Friday, May 13th, 2016, Twist Out Cancer will host the Fourth Annual Brushes with Cancer Exhibition and Gala at Revel Fulton Market, located at 1215 W. Fulton Market.  Twist Out Cancer is a non-profit charitable organization that offers a platform for survivors, pre-vivers and caregivers of cancer to connect, support each other and heal. The signature event, Brushes with Cancer is a four month program that matches those touched by cancer with artists to create a unique piece of artwork reflected of their journey with cancer.  The artwork will be exhibited and put up for auction at the event with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Twist Out Cancer’s mission.

This year the gala will feature speakers Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder of Twist Out Cancer and Jonny Imerman, Founder of Imerman Angels. Music will be provided by grammy nominated composer, producer and pianist Sam Barsh, jazz vocalist Jesse Palter, and electric violinist Dr. Draw. DJ John Simmons will be spinning throughout the night.

Starting at 6:00 pm, VIP guests will attend a private reception with the program’s participating artists and subjects. Dinner will be provided by Limelight Catering and Entertaining Company.

Due to the success of Brushes with Cancer over the last four years, the program was able to successfully launch in Ann Arbor and Toronto.  If you are interested in participating in the program in one of our sister cities please contact Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder of Twist Out Cancer.

Established in 2011 as a non-profit organization, Twist Out Cancer (TOC) offers the platform, tools and community – both online and offline – for anyone touched by cancer to feel connected to a community, and for many to take action. Since its inception, TOC has touched over 63,000 through its programs and events. A labor of love, TOC is completely volunteer-led, boasting a network of over 200 active volunteers serving as ambassadors in Chicago, Detroit, Tel Aviv, Toronto and Montreal.

What: Brushes with Cancer

Date: Friday, May 13, 2016.

Time:  6:00 -12:00 PM

Location:Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, Illinois.

Tickets:  Tickets are $150 for VIP and $100 for General Admission.  Tickets will be available for purchase online until May 12th at 5:00 pm.

Tickets include open bar, dinner, and the program. To purchase tickets online visit our website.

To learn more about supporting the program, exhibition and gala  please take a look at our sponsorship packages.

For media inquiries please contact Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder and Executive Director  of Twist Out Cancer.

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Spotlight on David Turok, Brushes with Cancer Featured Artist

 

I have always felt that my art needs to tell a collaborative story. My typical paintings include collaborations with children in a collection called “#kidcollab”.  Babies and toddlers will finger-paint on a canvas, and with their parents, I will create a painting on top of their an abstract background that tells a story- a deceased grandparent, the artist of the couple’s first dance, etc.  The result is a timeless art piece.

When Jonny Imerman of Imerman’s angels introduced me to Jenna and the Brushes with Cancer event, I knew it would be right up my alley.    I did not however, foresee just how powerful the connection with someone affected by cancer could be.  I was paired with Ashley, and she told me all about her dad, Doug, and what she learned from him before he passed away.  With both my sister and my wife, I have seen how close a father-daughter bond can be.  It seemed so unfair that Ashley’s relationship was cut short.  When Ashley told me that “Piano Man” was the song they had together, it became obvious that this would be the focus of our piece.  I sort of pictured the song as being their first dance at Ashley’s wedding.  The bright colors and energy in the piece represent the way that Ashley told me her father lived his life.  I only hope I did him justice.

The entire experience with the Brushes with Cancer so far has been amazing.   Jenna is extremely organized and helpful.  I am looking forward to attending my first Brushes with Cancer event and look forward to participating for years to come.

-David Turok

Instagram: @drt_art

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To bid on David’s artwork check out the Brushes with Cancer online auction.

 

Twist Out Cancer Presents: Brushes with Cancer Kick Off- Pairing Artists with Survivors to Create for a Cause

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Twist Out Cancer Presents: Brushes with Cancer Kick Off- Pairing Artists with Survivors to Create for a Cause

Chicago, IL, October 29, 2013…. On Thursday, November 6, 2014, Twist Out Cancer will launch the first ever Brushes with Cancer Kick Off- Pairing Artists with Survivors to Create for a Cause.”  The fundraiser and info-session will feature Brushes with Cancer alumni, notable artists, cancer survivors, pre-vivors and caregivers.

The Brushes with Cancer Kick Off will take place at the Matthew Rachman Gallery, located in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village.  The evening will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres generously provided by Whole Foods and Puzzle Israel, World Jazz provided by the Plotkin Project, and a keynote address from Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder of Twist Out Cancer.  Additional speeches will be made by Hector Nunez, cancer survivor and COO of Imerman Angels, Melissa Garvey, thyroid cancer survivor and Brushes with Cancer alumni, and Bowen Kline and Douglas Jones, Michigan based artists and supporters of Twist Out Cancer.

Brushes with Cancer, is a four-month program that pairs artists with those touched by cancer to create a unique piece of artwork that is reflective of their journey. Each artists’ piece is officially revealed and auctioned online and in person at the Brushes with Cancer Benefit. On February 21st, the Brushes with Cancer Gala and Exhibition will take place at Chez  located at 247 E. Ontario, Chicago. Last year, the event sold out three weeks in advance and attracted over 500 attendees.

Due to the success of Brushes with Cancer, in 2015 and 2016, the program is growing and launching in Ann Arbor, Toronto and Tel Aviv. Survivors, pre-vivors, caregivers and artists are strongly encouraged to apply to participate in one of our programs. Applications are due November 10, 2014.

Established in 2011 as a nonprofit organization, Twist Out Cancer (TOC) offers the platform, tools and community – both online and offline – for anyone touched by cancer to feel connected to a community, and for many to take action. Since its inception, TOC has touched over 53,000 through its programs and events. A labor of love, TOC is completely volunteer-led, boasting a network of over 200 active volunteers serving as ambassadors in Chicago, Detroit, Tel Aviv, Toronto and Montreal.

What: Brushes with Cancer Kick-Off

Date: Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Time:  6:00 -10:00 PM

Location: Matthew Rachman Gallery, 1659 W. Chicago, Ave, Chicago, IL, 60622.

Tickets:  Tickets are $30.00 in advance and $40.00 at the door.  Student tickets are available for $20.00 with a valid student ID. You must be 21 to enter.

All tickets include appetizers, drinks and the program.   To purchase tickets online visit our website.

For media inquiries please contact Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder and Executive Director  of Twist Out Cancer.

 

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Press Release:Twist Out Cancer Presents: Brushes with Cancer- Pairing Artists with Survivors and Caregivers to Create for a Cause

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder of Twist Out Cancer
TO: Assignment Editors, Planning Editors, Community Calendars
Twist Out Cancer Presents: Brushes with Cancer- Pairing Artists with Survivors and Caregivers to Create for a Cause
Chicago, IL, March 10, 2014…. On April 10, 2014, Twist Out Cancer will launch “Brushes with Cancer- Pairing Artists with Survivors and Caregivers  to Create for a Cause.” The fundraiser will feature original works of art using a variety of media inspired by survivor and caregivers’ unique “twists on cancer.” The exhibition will focus on the stories of 25 cancer survivors and caregivers  who have been matched with 25 artists from across the country.
Brushes with Cancer will take place at Chez located at 247 E. Ontario Street, in Chicago. Chez, formerly known as the the infamous Chez Paree nightclub, occupied the building from the 1930s through the 1950s. The club hosted many of the world’s best entertainers, including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and Nat King Cole.  Join us at this contemporary loft with a rich history, while creating a history of our own! The evening will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a keynote address from celebrity cancer survivor and NY Times Columnist, Suleika Jaoud. Anthony Ponce, General Assignment Reporter at NBC5 will be the event’s emcee, and  DJ John Simmons will be spinning the night away! A spoken word tribute by Caroline Rothstein and Ruth Magraff will also be on the night’s agenda. Additional speeches will be made by two time cancer survivor Jonny Imerman, Founder of Imerman Angels, Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder of Twist Out Cancer and Dan Hadad,-Aviad, Twist Out Cancer’s Board Chair. Following the speeches the artwork will be up for auction. All proceeds from the benefit will go towards furthering Twist Out Cancer’s mission.
Twist Out Cancer is a support community with a Twist. Founded by 32-year-old Grey Zone Lymphoma cancer survivorJenna Benn Shersher,Twist Out Cancer, an online support community that leverages social media to help cancer survivors and their loved ones combat the feelings of isolation, loneliness and helplessness that often accompany a cancer diagnosis. Patients who cannot be at the event physically will have their “twists” dedicated and shared throughout the evening, in hopes of spreading awareness of Twist Out Cancers mission.
Twist Out Cancer is working to expand its reach, hoping to provide psychosocial support to an ever-larger community of cancer patients and their supporters in their times of need
Date:  April 10, 2014
Time:  5:30 VIP Reception, 6:30 General Admission.
VIP tickets are available for $75.00 which includes a private meet and greet with the artists and survivors.
Location: Chez, 247 E. Ontario, 2nd Floor Chicago, Illinois, 60610
Tickets: $75.00 VIP, $50.00 General Admission. Please note that prices will increase on March 14, 2014.

 

To learn more about the event and to purchase tickets please visit Brushes with Cancer.
For media inquiries please contact Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder of Twist Out Cancer or Rebekah Marquez, Twist Out Cancer Intern.
For inquiries related to social media please contact Daniel Fricker, Twist Out Cancer Social Media Liason.
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