Neuro Night event to raise funds for neurological care, research

Star-studded fundraiser will take place Oct. 27 in Scottsdale, Arizona

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Neuro Night, a philanthropic event set for October in Scottsdale, Arizona, is raising funds for the Barrow Neurological Institute and its mission of supporting the lifesaving care, medical education, and research for neurological diseases.

The star-studded night of music, dancing, and fundraising, hosted by the Barrow Neurological Foundation, will take place at The Clayton House, Friday, Oct. 27. Tickets are available.

The event was founded by Sharon Stone, an award-winning actress and activist, who’s also a Foundation board member.

Stone was treated at the Barrow Neurological Institute in 2001 after having a rupture in a brain aneurysm — a bulge in a blood vessel caused by a weakness in the blood vessel wall — that led to a massive stroke. When a brain aneurysm bursts, it leads to bleeding — called hemorrhagic stroke — that can cause extensive brain damage.

“The majority of people who go through what happened to me do not survive, let alone recover. I’m able to be here today walking and talking because of Dr. [Michael T.] Lawton,” Stone said in a Barrow press release. “I am extremely proud to continue supporting Neuro Night and all the miraculous work that happens every single day at Barrow Neurological Institute.” Lawton, MD, the president and CEO of the Barrow Neurological Institute, was the physician who treated Stone.

The Barrow Neurological Institute, located in Phoenix, is an internationally recognized institution in neurology, neurosurgery, and neurological research. It offers treatment to people with a range of neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, epilepsy, brain injuries, and brain and spinal tumors.

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A big night for neurological care, research

Neuro Night hails the advancements in treating neurological diseases at the Barrow Institute and raises funds for clinical care, medical education, and innovative research. All its proceeds will be channeled to support this mission.

A number of world-famous celebrities, including the headliner Mark McGrath and his band Sugar Ray, the magician and entertainer Max Lukian, musicians from Dean Michaels Entertainment, and the aerialist Vanessa Nichole, will perform.

The night will also feature experiential art installations, a Barrow Blue Carpet presented by the digital creator McKenna Wesley, and a live auction to raise funds for research and care.

“The innovative physicians and scientists here at Barrow Neurological Institute continuously accept challenges, reject norms, and push boundaries in neuroscience to improve outcomes for patients worldwide,” Lawton said. “Events like Neuro Night showcase the Foundation’s dedication to funding our mission of saving lives through cutting-edge research and treatment. This event also showcases the community’s philanthropic commitment to the important work that we do here.”

Tickets range from $1,000 for a single ticket to $25,000 for a reserved preferred table for four guests. VIP table packages are also available, ranging from $40,000 for two tables of four guests each, to $100,000, which includes two premier tables for eight guests each. More information on tickets and sponsorship packages is available here.

Those unable to participate in Neuro Night can also contribute to support Barrow’s mission.

“I had the opportunity to tour Barrow Neurological Institute and was blown away by the knowledge and compassion exuded by all of the physicians and staff. Even more inspiring was the sheer determination of its scientists in working toward finding new and better treatments for the worst brain and spine conditions,” McGrath said.

The most prominent sponsors will be able to attend an exclusive Chairs VIP Dinner Party on Oct. 26, where they’ll have the opportunity to interact with McGrath. They will also enjoy a brain health-inspired dinner by celebrity chef Beau MacMillan and enjoy a performance by soul singer Brandon Wattz.