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Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles to Honor Usher, NBC’s The Voice and Nelson & Christopher Rising of Rising Realty Partners at 2017 Wish Gala


November 03, 2017


Los Angeles, California

James Maslow and Alisan Porter to perform at 2017 Wish Gala

We will honor multi-Grammy winning recording artist Usher, NBC’s Emmy winning show The Voice and Nelson and Christopher Rising of Rising Realty Partners at our 2017 Wish Gala. James Maslow (winner of the prestigious Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star campaign and former Nickelodeon star) and Alisan Porter (winner of NBC’s The Voice Season 10 and headliner for The Voice Neon Dreams live show in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Casino) will perform at the 2017 Wish Gala.

Usher will accept the Shining Star Award for granting 40 wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses through his long-time partnership with Make-A-Wish. Challenging himself creatively and testing musical boundaries are characteristics that have defined Usher's career since he was first discovered twenty years ago on Star Search.  Usher has been ranked by the Recording Industry Assn. of America as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 65 million albums worldwide. He has won numerous awards including 8 Grammy Awards and was named the #1 Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade. Billboard named him the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade, with his career-propelling 2004 album “Confessions” being ranked as the top solo album of the 2000s decade. Usher has attained nine Hot 100 #1 hits (all as a lead artist) and 18 Hot 100 top-10 singles. Recently Usher finished his world tour entitled “The UR Experience”.  Usher also completed 2 seasons as a coach on NBC's Emmy award winning hit TV show The Voice where he proved his top-notch coaching capability by becoming the champion of season 6.

NBC’s The Voice will accept the Power of the Wish Award for granting 20 wishes in addition to the approximately 150 wishes granted by its coaches Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani and Miley Cyrus. The Voice, which has won four Emmys for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, has entered into its 13th season on NBC with the strongest vocalists from across the country competing in the blockbuster vocal competition. Superstar singer, songwriter, actress and pop-culture icon Miley Cyrus has returned as a coach this season with Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe-winning recording artist and Broadway star Jennifer Hudson taking a red chair alongside the show's returning coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton and host Carson Daly. The show's innovative format features five stages of competition: the first begins with the blind auditions, then the battle rounds, knockouts, playoffs and, finally, the live performance shows. The Voice is a presentation of MGM Television, Talpa Media USA Inc. and Warner Horizon Television. The series was created by John de Mol, who serves as executive producer along with Mark Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Lee Metzger, Chad Hines, Amanda Zucker, Kyra Thompson, Jay Bienstock and Stijn Bakkers.

Nelson and Christopher Rising will be recognized with the Philanthropic Leader award for their contributions to the business community and exemplary philanthropic leadership in LA. Rising Realty Partners is a full-service investment and operating platform specializing in creating world-class commercial and industrial properties. Rising executives have been creating value for investors in California commercial real estate markets for over four decades through their dynamic vision and commitment to community. Together, Nelson and Christopher Rising have built some of the most iconic buildings in California and supported numerous public service endeavors through board and community leadership. Rising Realty Partners is among the growing number of development firms and capital providers to the real estate industry that are passionately supporting Make-A-Wish Greater LA’s mission to bring hope, strength and joy to children and families in Los Angeles.

The 2017 Wish Gala will be held on Thursday, November 9th at the Hollywood Palladium. The Risings join past honorees including Robert Downey Jr., Scooter Braun, and the LA Kings in being honored for their support of Make-A-Wish Greater LA. Presenting sponsors for this year’s gala include The Goldwin Foundation and Security Benefit.

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