Tour to give support to Cystic Fibrosis Found., Ryan Seacrest Found., St. Jude Children's Research Hosp., Teen Cancer America
LOS ANGELES — This summer, FOX hits the road with the “Red Band Society Tour: Banding Together For Good.” On the tour, fans in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Dallas, Chicago and Atlanta (additional cities to be announced soon) may donate to one of four charities, while being the first to meet the cast and see advance screenings of the new FOX series Red Band Society. The series is a provocative, unconventional and unique coming-of-age dramedy about a group of unlikely and rule-bending friends and the adults who mentor them through the ups and downs of adolescence in Los Angeles’ Ocean Park Hospital.
Fans can attend an advance screening of Red Band Society’s first episode and interact with cast members during a post-screening Q&A, by RSVPing at www.redbandsocietytour.com. Donations are not required to attend. The tour will feature different cast members in each city, such as Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, Astro, Ciara Bravo, Griffin Gluck, Zoe Levin, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Charlie Rowe and Nolan Sotillo, as well as executive producer Margaret Nagle.
In Red Band Society, the characters live their lives while facing a number of illnesses, including cancer, cystic fibrosis, heart failure and eating disorders, which millions of young Americans confront each day. “Red Band Society Tour: Banding Together For Good” will raise awareness and give fans the opportunity to support four amazing charities, including Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Ryan Seacrest Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Teen Cancer America. Fans may donate to the above charities when they RSVP for the events at www.redbandsocietytour.com.
During the tour, the cast members will visit various children’s hospitals to meet patients, participate in arts and crafts, as well as conduct interviews and a Q&A through the Ryan Seacrest Foundation broadcast media centers, Seacrest Studios. In addition, cast members will visit UCLA’s Daltrey/Townshend Teen and Young Adult Cancer Center on which the series’ own pediatric ward is based. Fans may donate to the above charities when they RSVP for the events at www.redbandsocietytour.com. Use the hashtag #redbandsociety at the screening and receive an exclusive Red Band Society T-shirt.
Tell your friends about the event using #redbandsociety and check out the trailer for Red Band Society here: YouTube link.
The free advance screenings and interactive Q&A events will be held as noted below. Fans who would like an opportunity to attend in one of the cities may RSVP now at www.redbandsocietytour.com. Additional cities to be announced soon.
Wed., June 25
Regal Battery Park Stadium 11
102 North End Ave.
New York, NY 10281
Wed., June 25
10850 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Thurs., June 26
United Artists Riverview Stadium 17
1400 Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Fri., June 27
5321 East Mockingbird
Dallas, TX 75206
Tues., July 8
Thurs., July 10
* Additional cities to be announced.
Seating at all screening venues is free. Fans will receive an email notification if they have successfully RSVP’d for the event. Fans who have successfully RSVP’d, will be added to the guest list and will receive a confirmation email. Please note that seating at the venues is not guaranteed. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis at each venue, even if you are on the guest list.
About Red Band Society
From Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and starring Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer (The Help), Dave Annable (Brothers and Sisters, 666 Park Avenue) and a charismatic cast of fresh faces, Red Band Society explores everything from strong friendships and first loves, to humorous mishaps and heartbreaks. Airing Wednesday nights this fall on FOX, Red Band Society is a story of life with an edgy comedic tone all its own.
In the series, 12-year-old narrator Charlie (Griffin Gluck - Back in the Game, Private Practice) is in a coma and introduces us to this band of unlikely friends, including the “new kid,” Jordi Palacios (Nolan Sotillo - Prom), a 16-year-old who illegally crosses the Mexican border into California to seek out treatment at the renowned hospital. What Jordi soon discovers is that it’s not his illness that’s going to change his life, but his new friends. Also at Ocean Park is Leo Roth (Charlie Rowe - Neverland, Pirate Radio), the 16-year-old, charming and independent “leader” of the group. Leo’s best friend is Dash Hosney (Astro, The X Factor), a 16-year-old rebel with a big personality, who is determined not to let his cystic fibrosis stop him from living his life. Also on the ward is 15-year-old “know-it-all” Emma Chota (Ciara Bravo - Big Time Rush), Leo’s on-again-off-again girlfriend who is coping with an eating disorder. Rounding out this group of patients is Kara Souders (Zoe Levin - Arrested Development, The Way Way Back), a “mean girl” cheerleader who shares a room with Charlie. Although her heart is failing, she is realizing for the first time that she actually has one and begins opening it up to her new friends.
The pediatric ward is run by Nurse Jackson (Spencer), a caregiver with a take-no-prisoners approach to helping these teens get the most from their lives. Little do they know that she puts her own life second, and her stern manner hides her incredible heart that secretly makes their lives more ordinary. Overseeing much of their treatment is Dr. Jack McAndrew (Annable), the country’s top pediatric surgeon. Also attending to the patients is the naïve and gullible Nurse Brittany Dobler (newcomer Rebecca Rittenhouse), who allows the teens to get away with things they probably shouldn’t. These mentors’ lives are more complicated than they seem. They are the guiding force for these teens, but in their own personal lives, things might not be so easy.
Red Band Society is produced by ABC Studios in association with Amblin Television. The series is executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, Margaret Nagle, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Sergio Aguero. Nagle wrote the pilot and developed the project for American television from the award-winning Spanish series “Polseres Vermelles.” Alfonso Gomez-Rejon directed the pilot. “Like” Red Band Society on facebook at facebook.com/RedBandSociety. Follow the series on Twitter @RedBandSociety and join the discussion using #RedBandSociety. See photos and videos on Instagram @redbandsociety.
About Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world's leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Foundation funds more cystic fibrosis research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support. Based in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation also supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a donor-supported nonprofit organization. For more information, go to www.cff.org.
About Ryan Seacrest Foundation
The Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education-focused initiatives. RSF’s first initiative is to build broadcast media centers—Seacrest Studios—within pediatric hospitals for patients to explore the creative realms of radio, television and new media. Founded in 2009, RSF currently has Seacrest Studios at hospitals in Atlanta, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Orange County, Calif. and Philadelphia. For more information, visit ryanseacrestfoundation.org.
About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital(r) is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. St. Jude has the world's best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers, and treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Supporters can join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org or following St. Jude on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.
About Teen Cancer America
Teen Cancer America is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer. For more information, visit http://www.teencanceramerica.org/. Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/teencancerusa/, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TeenCancerAmerica, and Instagram http://instagram.com/teencanceramerica/.
*Donations are not required to attend the screening. This is a free event.