Join the Spirit: Sunday, June 14, 2015 – 7:00 pm @ The Saban Theater, Beverly Hills
A World Humanitarian Aid concert to benefit Augie’s Quest, an aggressive, cure-driven effort focused on finding treatments and cures for ALS. The gala event will star Grammy-nominated John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting, as well as an inspiring collection of musicians, artists, celebrities, and luminaries. Other performers will include theatre and concert star, Lizzie Weiss, and KindredSPIRITS’ founder, renowned tenor, Ilan Davidson; the NEW Kindred Spirits Orchestra conducted by Dr. Noreen Green and under the musical direction of renowned orchestrator and pianist, Chris Hardin, both of whom have been an integral part of KindredSPIRITS since its inception. Celebrity guest appearances will also add to the excitement of the evening.
The Saban Theatre - Beverly Hills
Originally named the Fox Wilshire, opened its doors on September 19, 1930. Designed by renowned theater architect S. Charles Lee, the Fox Wilshire building serves as an interesting example of Lee’s early Art Deco style. With its rich plaster work and heavy sculpture, this theatre is reminiscent of Lee’s other early work like the Baroque masterpiece The Los Angeles Theater and the Tower. Lee would later become famous for his clean simple Art Deco lines with theaters like the Bruin and the Academy Theater.
Now named Saban Theatre is open for theatrical rentals, concerts, television shoots, parties and more. It has seen many exciting productions including Billy Crystal’s “700 Sundays,” Chris Botti Live in Concert featuring Sting and Paula Cole, The Australian Pink Floyd Show and HBO’s Def Comedy Jam featuring Dave Chappelle.
The purpose of Augie’s Quest has always been to fund research and drug development aimed at ending ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease. Since 2007, Augie’s Quest has raised over $44 million in support of finding effective ALS treatments- making it the largest individual fundraising program for ALS!
All funds raised by Augie’s Quest benefit ALS TDI, the world’s largest ALS-dedicated drug development organization. Support comes from a huge network of national events and promotions, including the BASH for Augie’s Quest, Tradition of Hope Gala and widely successful campaigns within the very generous fitness industry, such as the Clubs for the Quest, as well as a hugely innovative joint-fundraising initiative called the ClubCorp Charity Classic which benefits Augie’s Quest and other local charities chosen by that networks members directly.
The ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) is the world’s leader in ALS research. Our mission has precise focus: to discover and develop effective treatments to end ALS. As a nonprofit biotech, ALS TDI combines the ambition and strategy of a pharmaceutical company with the dedicated spirit of a 501c3, with incredible flexibility to expedite promising potential treatments from lab bench to people living with the disease today. Founded by a patient and his family, and featuring PALS and their loved ones in the highest leadership roles, a sense of urgency and perseverance drives every decision made at the Cambridge, MA-based institute.
Augie Nieto is the co-founder of Life Fitness, the global leader in the fitness industry. Today, Life Fitness continues to be on the cutting edge of technology and fitness equipment design. Augie was one of the original pioneers in the fitness industry and was president of Life Fitness for nearly 25 years. Life Fitness was acquired by Brunswick Corporation in 1997.
Currently, Augie is the Chairman of Octane Fitness, a manufacturer dedicated solely to elliptical fitness machines. He serves as an operating advisor to North Castle Partners, a private equity firm and is on the board of Curves as well as Jenny Craig. Augie formerly served on the board of Quest Software, where he was one of four members of its ‘Special Committee’ that negotiated the sale of Quest Software to Dell Computers in 2012. He also served on the board of Dynavox Systems, a developer of speech generating systems.
Augie is Chairman of the Board of the ALS Therapy Development Institute in Cambridge, MA, the worlds largest ALS dedicated drug development organization. He is the Chief Inspirational Officer for Augie’s Quest, an aggressive, cure-driven, internatonal fundraising effort, having raised over $44 million to date to fund research at the ALS Therapy Development Institute.
Augie lives in Corona del Mar, California with his wife Lynne and dog Hazel. He has four adult, married children and two grand babies.