Grammy Award winning band Linkin Park to headline event for Cardon Children's Medical Center

Consider it rocking out to help children for Valley resident Chester Bennington & his band Linkin Park.

For the first time Chester Bennington will team up with his band Linkin Park to deliver a special performance in an effort to raise money for Cardon Children's Medical Center in Mesa.

Bennington has been involved and performed at previous events for the hospital but it's the first time the entire Linkin Park band will perform for the fundraiser.

Bennington is also a co-chairman of the event.

"This isn't just a fundraiser, this is a real event to help children and families in need at Cardon Children's Medical Center," said Dr. David Curran who is a co-chairman of the event. "Chester is a friend of mine and certainly a friend to the hospital and our community, his efforts to help have been tremendous."

The event, Stars of the Season , will be held at the Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia in Paradise Valley Saturday October 25.

Curran, a pediatrician in the East Valley and immediate past chairman of the department of Pediatric Medicine at Cardon Children's, told ABC15 the money raised will benefit pediatric oncology.

"This money will also establish integrative cancer care for our young patients," said Curran. "These children deserve so much and so many of us doctors and friends like Chester want to do our part to continue the  quality care at Cardons."

According to a news release from Banner Health Foundation, Linkin Park's performance comes on the heals of the band's sixth album release and current world tour.

Curran said the event will also include a live auction, DJ and videos from some of the children and the department benefiting from the fundraiser.

"It's exciting, it really is, and really it's fun to give back and help and due to such a tremendous response in the past few years we're allowing more sponsorship availability this year," said Curran. "In the past events, I've seen laughing and crying and so many people joining us to help, especially our sponsors and those like Chester and Linkin Park."

To learn more about tickets and sponsorships, the Stars of the Season Black Out Kids Cancer event go to



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