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Aishel House to hold fourth annual benefit concert on Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Dr. Michael J. Keating and Anna Gratvol to be honored

Houston, TX — Aishel House will be holding its fourth annual benefit concert on Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Guests of honor will be Dr. Michael J. Keating and Anna Gratvol. M-Generation, an acclaimed singing boys show group out of New York will headline the event.

The concert beneficiary, Aishel House, provides support services to in-town and out-of-town patients and their families who come to the Texas Medical Center. With comfortable accommodations, transportation, warm meals, child-care assistance and counseling, Aishel House offers a helping hand to all - regardless of faith or ethnicity.

After three very successful benefit concerts (the last two were sold out in advance!) featuring superstars of Jewish music on debut concerts in Houston – Aishel House decided to once again break new ground. “M-Generation will be a hit,” says Rochel Lazaroff, event committee chair. “They are highly trained talent and know how to put forth a very enjoyable performance. They have introduced a new genre to the Jewish music scene. It’s nice to once again be exposing Houston to more of the wide range of professional Jewish music talent.”

M-Generation first received wide recognition when they won first place at the International Golden Hanukiya Competition in Berlin (which featured competitors from 17 countries in Europe and Asia). This boys show group, based in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, tell a tale in and of themselves. Children of Russian-Jewish immigrants, they proudly carry the torch of Russia’s rich artistic culture to a new world. Adorable, talented and highly professional, they continue to win numerous awards, and enthrall audiences around the world. Their repertoire includes popular favorites, as well as original English compositions delightfully embellished with Russian, Yiddish and Hebrew. M-Generation has performed at the United Nations, Gracie Mansion, Millennium Theater and on national television.

Michael J Keating, M.B., B.S., Professor of Medicine and Internist for the Department of Leukemia at the University of Texas - MD Anderson Cancer Center, will be presented with Aishel House’s Rofeh Yedid (“physician and dear friend”) award. This annual award is presented to a physician who goes above and beyond the call of duty and demonstrates extraordinary individual concern for a patient – as only a true personal friend would.

Anna Gratvol, founder and CEO of Cardioscan, Inc, will be honored as volunteer of the year for her outstanding dedication and very active role in Aishel House’s volunteer corps. In addition to the “routine” activities that  Aishel House volunteers so generously engage in, such as, picking up a family from the airport, delivering a meal, going grocery shopping for a family in crisis and much more, Anna has distinguished herself by spearheading a project to renovate and furnish an apartment from A-Z to make it suitable and welcoming for a patient family. All this while maintaining her own thriving businesses and tending to the needs of her family as a loving and dedicated mother and wife.

The concert will be held at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at 7:00 pm.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, January 1, 2008 and are available at the $36, $54, $72, and $136 levels. Sponsorship packages begin at $500 and include VIP orchestra tickets, a post-concert backstage dessert reception with the artists, valet parking, and a complimentary ad in the concert program. To order a sponsorship package, or to place a congratulatory ad in the concert program, call Aishel House at 713-522-2004, or visit www.aishelhouse.org. For tickets (when not part of a sponsorship package), call the Hobby Center directly at 713-315-2525, or visit www.thehobbycenter.org.

The concert’s main underwriters are Wexler Surgical Supplies and The Stein Family of Triple-S Steel.  Additional sponsorship is provided by Dr. Leonard & June Goldberg, Barbara & Gerald Hines, Drs. Allen & Dianna Milewicz, and Tara Energy. More sponsorship opportunities are available and will be announced as they are confirmed.

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