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Upstate Foundation reimagines Gala with live concert featuring The Manhattan Transfer

The Upstate Foundation is re-imagining its 32nd annual Gala as a live, in-person concert to be held Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St. in downtown Syracuse beginning at 7 p.m. The Upstate Benefit Concert will feature the 10-time Grammy award winning and world-renowned jazz quartet The Manhattan Transfer.

Proceeds from the event will support the Upstate Cleft and Craniofacial Center, and Upstate Vision Care and Research Centers.

“Upstate Medical University has been a leader in our community during the Covid pandemic with the development of diagnostic testing, participation in vaccine clinical trials, and the sharing of factual information from our doctors and scientists,” said Eileen Pezzi, vice president for development at Upstate. “We are continuing that leadership by hosting a safe, in-person fundraising event where Covid protocols will be in place according to state, county and CDC guidelines, and Landmark Theatre policy.”

Pezzi added that proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test will be required, as will mask wearing. She noted that the Landmark Theatre has installed a new ventilation system, and there will be a limited number of tickets distributed to allow for social distancing while seated.

With sold-out world tours and worldwide record sales in the millions, The Manhattan Transfer will bring unique and extraordinary melodic and jazz-infused vocals to new and established audiences that span generations. The group’s best known hit is a song called “The Boy from New York City.”

Like last year’s event, the concert is sponsor supported, with artist sponsor Nascentia Health, patron party sponsor Sutton Real Estate Company, and Upstate University Hospital clinical departments, led by “esteemed benefactor” Radiation Oncology.

Sponsors receive the appropriate number of admission tickets commensurate with their patronage level; tickets are not being sold to the public.

There will be a patron party in the lobby of the Landmark Theatre when doors open at 7 p.m., followed by the concert at 8:30. In addition, the band just recently authorized a streaming option for Upstate employees only. For more information, call the Upstate Foundation at 315-464-4416 or visit www.UpstateFoundation.org/BenefitConcert