Grammy Award Winner Al Green to Headline ACRC Gala for Life Sept. 28

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LITTLE ROCK – Nine-time Grammy Award-winning soul and gospel singer Al Green will perform at the Gala for Life, an annual event benefiting the Arkansas Cancer Research Center (ACRC) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).


The 12th annual ACRC Gala will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Wally Allen Ballroom of the Statehouse Convention Center and will include a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing and entertainment by headliner Green. Organized by the ACRC Foundation’s Board of Directors, the black-tie event will raise funds for cancer research and patient care.


In addition, Little Rock philanthropists Joe and Jo Ellen Ford will be named the second annual Pat and Willard Walker Tribute honorees for their longtime support of the ACRC and other programs at UAMS. Joe Ford is chairman of the board of Little Rock-based Alltel Corp. and a former state senator. Jo Ellen Ford is a founding member of the ACRC Foundation Board of Directors and was the first chairwoman of the ACRC Auxiliary.


Tables of 10 start at $3,000; individual tickets are $300 per person. For information about the event or to make a reservation, contact Jeanette Shack at the ACRC Foundation at (501) 526-2277.


A native of Forrest City, Ark., Green earned his first Grammy Award in 1981. His hits include R&B classics such as “Tired of Being Alone,” “Let’s Stay Together” and “Call Me.


Green has served as pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis, Tenn., since 1979 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. His latest album is titled “Everything’s OK.”


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,430 students and 715 medical residents. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,400 employees, including nearly 1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $5 billion a year. For more information, visit