First Annual Riverside Benefit New Year’s Eve Gala

Benefiting the planned Community Free Clinic of Newport News and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, one of the most famous popular groups of the British Invasion will be the featured entertainment at the Newport News Marriott on New Year’s Eve.

Peter Noone
Peter Noone leads internationally famous
Herman's Hermits

The British are coming! The pop sounds of the '60s will fill the Newport News Marriott when Herman's Hermits, featuring original lead singer Peter Noone, perform in Riverside Health System Foundation’s First Annual New Year’s Eve Gala.

With Noone as the lead singer, Herman's Hermits formed in Manchester, England, in the early 1960s. They swiftly joined the ranks of the popular and wildly successful British Invasion bands that toured the United States.

Playing such hits as "I'm Into Something Good," "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter," and "I'm Henry the Eighth, I Am," Herman's Hermits built a huge following of fans who enjoyed their clean-cut image and sound. They performed often on national television shows, including The Ed Sullivan Show.

As recently as March, 2007, Noone served as a coach on the British Invasion segment of American Idol, where he sang another of the band's hits, "There's a Kind of Hush."

The fund-raising event also features KATZ, a Richmond group that for over 25 years Katz band had its music throughout the airwaves. They present dance music in Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, and Jazz.

Katz is a Richmond-based dance band

“We’re very excited about calling the attention of the Peninsula to the dramatic need for a Free Clinic in Newport News with this event, as well as to the brilliant work of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization.,” said Riverside Foundation Chairman McKinley L. Price, DDS.

“Thousands of citizens have been dramatically impacted by the economic downturn and nowhere is this more evident than in the southeast community,” notes Riverside Executive Vice President Golden Bethune-Hill, RN, MSN, who is championing the fund drive.

“Our goal is to be there for these underserved citizens and to reach out to the community to help us fund this desperately needed medical and dental care. The New Year’s Eve event will launch this campaign to make the Clinic happen,” Mrs. Bethune adds.

Dr. Price noted that Riverside has donated a 6,000 square foot physician’s office on 25th Street across from Marshall Elementary School for the Free Clinic and W.M. Jordan Co., is contributing renovations to the structure to create the Clinic. Several local dentists have donated clinical equipment.

Also benefiting from the event is the Peninsula Chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure - Tidewater, one of the nation’s most successful charities in fighting breast cancer. The group is planning a major raffle, silent auctions and other opportunities for guests to support the group’s global leadership in the breast cancer movement.

Susan Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and commitment to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer.

Though Susan lost her battle with the disease, her legacy lives on through the work of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the organization Nancy started in her honor. Komen for the Cure is the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1 billion since its inception in 1982. Komen’s promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.

Across the country, that promise is upheld by a network of 123 Affiliate and 3 international offices. At the heart of each Affiliate is a person or group of people who, like Susan, wanted to make a difference. The Tidewater Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure was founded in 1999 by Susan Willis, Nancy Companion, and Eileen Werber.

The Komen Tidewater Affiliate will celebrate ten years of service in September 2009. In 1998, a core group of three volunteers had the vision for an affiliate in the southeastern Virginia area and received affiliate designation from Susan G. Komen in 1999. The first Komen Tidewater Race for the Cure® was held in October 2000 and, with approximately 3,400 participants, was the fifth largest inaugural race in Komen history. In the first year, the affiliate awarded $99,502 in grants and sent $40,500 to the Komen Award and Research Program.

With the support of its signature event, the Komen Tidewater Affiliate Race for the Cure®, and many other events, the affiliate has raised over $2.3 million through fiscal year end March 31, 2008 and contributed over $332,000 to the Komen Award and Research Program. The Board of Directors is fully staffed 257 volunteers raise funds through a wide variety of events, including golf and bowling tournaments, Pink Martini Nights, Pink Tie Gala, Hoops for the Cure (a partnership with the Lady Monarchs Women’s Basketball team from Old Dominion University), and Pink in the Rink (partnered by the Norfolk Admirals Hockey Team). The affiliate also has an active speaker’s bureau, providing breast health education presentations to large and small groups of all sizes.

"This year we feel we can engage the community for these two worthy charitable events and have fun doing it by bringing in one of the best hit-making bands from the 1960s," Dr. Price noted.

Tickets are $275 per couple and corporate ticket packages are available now at For more information, please call (757) 534-7000.

Published: October 1, 2009