Star-Studded Gala at Wynn Las Vegas featured performance by
Imagine Dragons and appearances by special guests
Photo Credit: Gabe Ginsberg
LAS VEGAS (Sept. 8, 2019) – In an extraordinary, one-night-only experience, the 6th Annual Rise Up Gala raised $3.2 million for the Tyler Robinson Foundation (TRF), Imagine Dragons’ nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting families facing a pediatric cancer diagnosis.
More than 850 guests attended the star-studded, sold-out event held at Wynn Las Vegas which featured a performance by the GRAMMY® Award-winning, multiplatinum-selling band, as well as appearances by master of ceremonies Oliver Trevena and special guests Alexandra Daddario, cast of Le Rêve – The Dream, Concetta “Aunt Chippy” Potenza, Daniel Emmet, Dolph Lundgren, “Impractical Jokers” stars The Tenderloins, Mike Xavier, Sean Giambrone and last year’s TRF Community Impact Award honorees Vegas Golden Knights including Alex Tuch, Brayden McNabb, Cody Eakin, Deryk Engelland, Marc-Andre Fleury, Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, Nate Schmidt, Nick Holden, Paul Stastny, Reilly Smith, Ryan Reeves and Shea Theodore.
TRF supporters and Imagine Dragons fans unable to attend the event once again had an opportunity to join the gala’s festivities from home, catching a livestream of the band’s special acoustic set as well as a livestream of the red carpet arrivals hosted by Celebrity Page TV’s Jaymes Vaughan and of HBO’s Euphoria McKenna Roberts.
Additionally, the Rise Up Gala honored those who have made notable contributions to TRF through direct personal efforts, philanthropic support, or by raising public awareness for pediatric cancer. This year’s honorees included the TRF Community Impact honorees Zappos and Zappos For Good, Team TRF Honoree Corner Canyon High School, TRF Honorary Chair Shaquille O’Neal and TRF Legacy Award honoree artist Tim and Amy Cantor.
In yet another surprise for the evening, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman recognized Imagine Dragons for their philanthropic efforts supporting families battling childhood cancer in support of TRF’s efforts in Las Vegas and beyond, naming Sept. 6, 2019 Imagine Dragons Day in Las Vegas.
The Rise Up Gala offers attendees an exclusive night of entertainment and glamour while celebrating the individuals who have made notable contributions to TRF through direct efforts, philanthropic support, or by raising public awareness for pediatric cancer. Actor and presenter Oliver Trevena serve as master of ceremonies. The evening also featured a special acoustic performance from the GRAMMY Award-winning, multiplatinum-selling band, Imagine Dragons. All proceeds raised benefited TRF, with 85 percent of every dollar raised going directly to families in need. For more information, visit TRF.org.
About The Tyler Robinson Foundation
The Tyler Robinson Foundation (TRF) helps strengthen families financially and emotionally as they cope with the tragedy of a pediatric cancer diagnosis by providing grants specifically to offset out-of-pocket life expenses. TRF is the nonprofit organization of the Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling band Imagine Dragons. TRF meets a critical need in communities across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe and Malaysia. Each year, one in 285 children are diagnosed with cancer. While many pediatric cancer organizations focus on growing awareness and support for families with the physical and emotional toll of a diagnosis, the huge financial hardship cancer treatment places on families is rarely discussed. More than 85-percent of every dollar TRF raises goes right to families in need. For more information visit TRF.org.
About Imagine Dragons
Formed in 2009, Imagine Dragons first revealed their limitless passion and genre-bending sensibilities with a series of independently released EPs that quickly earned a grassroots following. After hitmaking producer Alex Da Kid signed them to KIDinaKORNER/Interscope, the band made their major-label debut with Continued Silence, a 2012 EP featuring the double-platinum breakthrough single “It’s Time.” With their full-length debut Night Visions arriving later that year, Imagine Dragons found themselves on a skyward trajectory that saw the album debut at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, selling more than five million copies worldwide. In addition, Night Visions’ diamond-selling single “Radioactive”hit No. 1 on the Billboard Rock chart and won Best Rock Performance at the 2014 Grammy Awards. From there, Imagine Dragons went on to see their 2015 sophomore album Smoke + Mirrors debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Released in June 2017, their third album EVOLVE was nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album and spawned three No. 1 Alternative radio hits: “Believer,” which topped the Alternative radio chart for 12 weeks and also climbed to No. 3 at Top 40 radio; “Thunder,” which hit No. 1 at Top 40 and  scored a Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Grammy nomination; and “Whatever It Takes,” which was Top 5 at Top 40 radio. The band recently released their fourth album, ORIGINS. The album includes the #1 single “Natural,” which spent nine weeks at No. 1 at alternative radio.