The Friends of Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation Midsummer Angel Gala was born from the desire of young professionals to give back and make a difference in the fight against cancer. Chaired by Hugh Barton, Chimere Cisse, Julia Nikonovaite, Thomas E. Pierce II and Alexander Ulvsgard, the event on June 24th will feature cocktails and a DJ in a dreamy midsummer night’s setting. The event committee features many young professionals with extensive social media reach and engagement which will be actively utilized for event and sponsor promotion. All proceeds will go towards Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation’s support of music therapy. Music therapy provides one on one patient and family care with bedside visits. Music helps to relieve symptoms such as pain, anxiety, isolation and provides solace to patients at end stage of their disease. Gabrielle believed that “Music Heals the Soul” and this program was created with her love of music and of helping others in mind. Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research was created in memory of Gabrielle Rich Aoaud who died of leukemia in 1996 at the age of 27. It was her wish and vision to fund research so that others would not suffer as she did. Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation funds the best and brightest young scientists who are searching for better treatments, preventions and cures for leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers. The Foundation also funds music and art therapy.