ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-When the Peabody Opera House hosts its gala opening on October 1, it will benefit thousands of victims of Multiple Sclerosis.

SCP Worldwide Chairman Dave Checketts announced Wednesday that proceeds from the opening night show, will benefit the John L. Trotter MS Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, “I hope maybe we educate people on what an oustanding center this is here at Washington University and Barnes-Jewish, one of the best ones in the world.”

Checketts says he has watched the wife of one of his dearest friend’s suffer with MS and other members of the development team have family members with the disease.

Checketts expects the night to raise a ‘significant’ amount of cash for the Trotter Center. Center Chairwoman, Doctor Anne Cross says putting the spotlight on M-S will also help, “In some ways it’s a silent disease, people don’t talk about it a whole lot. It’s a disease that affects so many people, one in a thousand in the United States, maybe even more than that.”

The opening night gala will feature Aretha Franklin and Jay Leno.

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  1. Ed Golterman says:

    A strong signal the opera house will be used for civic purposes which was so muchh a part of its history. This is a strong ‘opener’, and I am sure other worthy causes will find strength and success in the great place of music.

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