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    Mon, 18 Nov 2013 10:58:05

    Marissa Lelogeais to Perform at "Vista and Visions" - It's a Cerebral Palsy benefit

    Good music x good cause.

    French-American folk/pop singer-songwriter Marissa Lelogeais, best-known as the frontwoman of Maris and the Merry Rockers, is set to perform with her full band at this year's "Vista and Visions" benefit, an annual fundraiser in support of the Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation (CPIRF).

    Since its founding in 1955, CPIRF has grown into the largest U.S.-based non-governmental funder of cerebral palsy medical research.

    As the daughter of CPIRF board member Jean-Louis Lelogeais and an individual with cerebral palsy herself, Maris' performance will be her official debut as a passionate advocate and role model for the global community of people living with disabilities.

    Hosted by the foundation's Paul A. Volcker, Honorary Chairman, William B. Richards, Chairman, and Akin Gump Strauss and Feld LLP, the benefit will take place on November 21 at the Bank of America Tower in New York City. All proceeds will go toward CPIRF research programs. [Event info].

    Through her involvement with CPIRF, Marissa hopes to educate the general public about cerebral palsy, as well as empower individuals living with developmental disabilities. "With this benefit performance, I'm taking a leap of faith. It's my first philanthropic gig, and I'm going out into the world without fear," she explains. "All the musicians I admire have inspired people in some way, so I want to do that too. And it would make me really happy because I would feel like I was giving back."

    We love when an artist shines a spotlight on an important issue and cause.

    Sample her music on her official Bandcamp page.

    What can you do to support this cause?

    —Maggie Pannacione

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