Westport, CT, power couple Craig Melvin of the Today show, and sports reporter Lindsay Czarniak are teaming up with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance Bottoms Up Invitational golf tournament and concert to raise awareness and funds in honor of Craig’s brother Lawrence Meadows, who died from the disease at the age of 43. Despite being more fatal than most cancers, colorectal cancer is less known and less funded. In an effort to duplicate last year’s event which raised $1.1 million, Craig and Lindsay will be joined by notable celebrities eager to make an impact during the Connecticut events on September 24-25.
The opening reception and concert featuring members of Hootie & The Blowfish, the Spin Doctors’ Chris Barron, saxophonist and composer Branford Marsalis, singer, songwriter and guitarist Edwin McCain, The Voice alumni Ray Boudreaux, Javier Colon, and Preston Pohl, and more amazing artists will take place at 6 p.m., September 24, at Total Mortgage Arena in Bridgeport. A celebrity golf invitational will take place at 8 a.m. at Shorehaven Golf Club in Norwalk on September 25, featuring TV Hosts Carson Daly, Dylan Dreyer, Willie Geist, Sterling Sharpe, Harry Smith, and Rutledge Wood, as well as actress Stephanie Szostak, among others.
Bottoms Up Invitational concert tickets are $275, and include dinner, an open bar, mingling with celebrities, a live auction, a concert, and an after party. Proceeds from the events will benefit the community served by the Colorectal Cancer Alliance’s programs that advocate for prevention, magnify support, and accelerate research. To sponsor the golf tournament, purchase concert tickets, or donate, visit ccalliance.org/events.