The fourth annual Are You Dense? MusicFest is taking place on Saturday, August 25, 2012 4:00–9:00 pm, rain or shine, at Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury.
Headlining this year’s event is smooth jazz artist, Vincent Ingala of Prospect, CT. Ingala has quickly made a name for himself among smooth jazz fans including celebrated musicians of the genre. Among Ingala’s growing fan base is smooth jazz legend, Dave Koz who met the 19 year old wunderkind when he opened for Koz in 2010 when he was 16, at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT. Koz was so impressed he invited Ingala to perform as a solo artist on the Dave Koz & Friends Smooth Jazz cruises. Since then Vincent has experienced an exhilarating 2 years of show stopping appearances, including performing with jazz icons Koz and Peter White. Ingala has also opened for Kim Waters, Jonathan Butler, and Chris Botti. Criss-crossing the nation, he recently made his debut at Spaghettini’s Grill & Jazz Club, was featured on the Dave Koz Alaskan cruise in 2011 and will be on board for Koz’s 2013 Mediterranean. Since the June 2012 release of his critically acclaimed second CD, Can’t Stop Now, Ingala is insuring his future as a musician with a long career ahead of him. Other artists in the day’s line-up of musical entertainment are: recording artists Leila w/ Funkeeboy who have a #1 smooth jazz CD worldwide Philosoulphy , Terri Small Gospel Group, The ROCKIN’ HEARTBEATS, and a hand drumming tent with Master Instructor Bob Bloom. Handling the emcee duties for the afternoon again is Teresa LaBarbera from WTNH News 8.
Proceeds from the event benefit Are You Dense Inc. an organization founded by Woodbury resident, Dr. Nancy M. Cappello to educate women about the importance of knowing their own breast density to prevent later stage cancers and increase survival in the fight against Breast Cancer.
In addition to the wide range of music, the day also includes vendors and exhibitors, as well as fabulous silent auction and raffle items donated by a wide variety of businesses. Music Fest goers are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and picnic baskets.
The Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center is the Event Sponsor. Music Fest Partner Sponsors are: Diagnostic Radiology Associates, the Republican-American and Quassy Amusement Park.
Tickets are available on-line at www.areyoudense.org and at the following locations: Canfield Corner – Woodbury; The Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center – Waterbury; Salon Odette, – Middlebury; The Palace Theater – Waterbury; The Print Shop – Wolcott.
Pre-purchased tickets are available until Aug. 24th at 5PM. Adult tickets are $35.00; children 4-12 $10.00; under 3 Free. Online ticket purchases after 5PM on August 24th and on the day of the event – adults $45.00; children $15.00.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
Are You Dense, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) public charity. In February 2004, Nancy M. Cappello Ph.D. was diagnosed with stage 3c breast cancer two months after her yearly mammogram showed no findings of cancer. What she learned since her late-stage cancer diagnosis is that, like many women, she has dense breast tissue and mammograms have limitations in finding cancer in women with dense breast tissue. There are other screening tools available to women with dense tissue find cancer at its earliest stage when it is most treatable. Since her diagnosis, she has pledged to expose the “Best-Kept Secret” of dense breast tissue to ensure that no woman receives a late-stage cancer diagnosis. She has worked with the CT legislature to enact two laws for insurance coverage of ultrasound screening as a supplement to the mammogram and the first bill in the nation to inform women of their breast density through their mammography report. Cappello, of Woodbury and her husband Joe, producer of the MusicFest, have turned what was a tragedy into a triumph and the MusicFest into a day for letting music be the RX for letting the Best Kept Secret out and getting information about Breast Density into the hands of women and those who love them. A second organization, Are You Dense Advocacy inc. was formally incorporated as a 501 (C) (4) public charity in 2011, and Dr. Cappello is now working with density advocates across the nation as state legislators pass breast density legislation. A federal bill (HR 3102) was introduced in 2011.
For more information about dense breast tissue, the MusicFest line up, events of the day and sponsorships visit www.areyoudense.org.
EDUCATE THE PUBLIC about dense breast tissue and the early detection of breast cancer by raising awareness through a web site, media, speaking engagements, informational materials
IMPROVE THE CONDITION of women diagnosed with breast cancer by raising awareness about the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of living with the disease
ADVOCATE CHANGES TO PUBLIC POLICY and breast cancer detection guidelines and
SUPPORT NEW AND EXISTING RESEARCH in the early detection of breast cancer for women with dense breast tissue.