On the heels of The Who’s U.S. tour, the band joined the Foo Fighters, Pink and Kenny Loggins to raise millions for UCLA Health and Teen Cancer America (TCA), the national nonprofit founded by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend.
Held at a private residence in Los Angeles on October 25, 2019, the TCA Backyard Concert netted more than $4 million for UCLA Health autism and breast-cancer programs and Teen Cancer America. “The goal for this evening, and for all of our Teen Cancer America fundraising activities, is to change the national standard of care in the U.S. for teenagers with cancer,” Daltrey said.
Jordan Kaplan, who serves on the TCA board of directors, and his wife Christine Kaplan once again opened their home for the event, which featured Howie Mandel as auctioneer, Judd Apatow as master of ceremonies and all-star live performances. The event also was hosted by TCA board chairman Rebecca Rothstein, managing director of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Beverly Hills.
Attendees bid on rare rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, such as an authentic replica of Buddy Holly’s Gibson J-45 guitar autographed by Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Ed Sheeran, Robert Plant, Dave Grohl, Brian Wilson, Brian May, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen, Dolly Parton, Don McLean, Peter Frampton and others; an original oil painting of Buddy Holly by guitarist Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones; concert experiences with KISS; a one-of-a-kind Bremont chronograph mechanical watch with the face hand-painted by Ronnie Wood; a Dodger-experience package auctioned off by Dodger Justin Turner; and a rare opportunity to play drums that evening with The Who on its classic song “Pinball Wizard.”
“The Backyard Concert has become the marquee event for TCA and UCLA Health each year, and we’re so grateful to The Who and all the amazing performers who donate their time to help our organization raise money,” said Rothstein. “We’re also deeply appreciative of the efforts of our wonderful partners, and, of course, all the patrons who help UCLA Health and TCA fulfill its mission.”
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