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MARTIN SHORT TO JOIN DIANA ROSS AT BOB COSTAS EVENT TO BENEFIT CANCER CENTER

ST. LOUIS – Comedian Martin Short has been added as the special guest on the Diana Ross show at the 26th Annual Bob Costas Benefit for SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center on Saturday, May 23, at 8 p.m. at the Fox Theatre.

Martin-Short-web_squareA celebrated comedian and actor, Short has won fans and accolades in television, film and theater since his breakout season on “Saturday Night Live” almost 30 years ago. He became a fan-favorite for his creation of characters such as uber nerd Ed Grimley, shady lawyer Nathan Thurm, and clueless talk show host Jiminy Glick. Short has also starred in feature films such as the Three Amigos and Father of the Bride. An accomplished stage performer, Short took home an Outer Critics Circle Award for the musical version of Neil Simon’s The Goodbye Girl and later won a Tony for his role in the revival of Little Me. More recently his one man Broadway show was also a huge hit. His TV credits include, the The Martin Short Show, which in just two seasons garnered 7 Emmy nominations. Short also wrote, produced, and starred in three comedy specials, winning two Cable ACE awards and an Emmy, as part of a career that includes 19 total Emmy nominations.

As previously announced, this special night stars Diana Ross. Ms. Ross is an Academy Award nominated actress, a Tony and Golden Globe winner, a bestselling author, winner of 8 American Music Awards, a recipient of The Kennedy Center Honors and sold over 100 million records and recorded 18 #1 hits. Ms. Ross has had a profound influence on American popular culture and has become an icon in the entertainment industry.

Tickets prices include $150, $125, $95, $75, $50, and $35. Tickets may be purchased by calling MetroTIx at 314-534-1111 or online at www.metrotix.com. Sponsorship opportunities, which include pre-show dinner options, are available by contacting the Foundation office at 314-577-5605.

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About the Bob Costas Cancer Center
The Costas Center was built and is supported through the Bob Costas Benefit, which has raised millions for cancer care and other diseases treated at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. The latest renovations have been made possible, in part, through generous donations from individuals and grateful families to The Costas Center. The Costas Center includes a 16-bed inpatient unit, day hospital and stem cell transplant unit and provides a comfortable setting for children to receive prolonged treatment in quiet, private accommodations welcome to family and friends.

About Bob Costas
Bob Costas has been one of the most valuable assets at NBC since he joined the network in 1979. He has hosted or called just about every major sporting event, including the Olympics, the Super Bowl, the Kentucky Derby, U.S. Open Golf Championships, the World Series, and the NBA Finals. He is well known as NBC’s primetime host of the Olympics, with this winter games in Sochi, Russia marking his eleventh Olympics. Bob has won twenty-six Emmy awards – more than any sports broadcaster. His versatility has been recognized with awards and nominations in the categories of hosting, play-by-play, writing, journalism, news, and entertainment. He is the only person ever to have won Emmy’s in news, sports, and entertainment. His news Emmy was awarded for his interview with Jerry Sandusky, the central figure in the Penn State scandal. His entertainment Emmy came in 1993 for his acclaimed late night program “Later with Bob Costas.” At present, Bob hosts “Football Night in America” on NBC, continues to be the prime-time host of NBC’s Olympic coverage, while also contributing to NBC News programs such as “Nightly News” and the “Today Show.” At MLBN, Bob has been able to return to his first love, baseball – contributing interviews, commentaries, and play-by-play to the new network.