Mayor Willie Brown to speak and X-Factor’s star Jason Brock to perform at Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo gala Nov 1st


Presenting an evening of fine dining, live performances and auctions

SAN FRANCISCO (October 13, 2014) — Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo (RTR4C), a nonprofit organization devoted to transforming chemotherapy rooms into beautiful, inspiring spaces will host its Inaugural Gala on November 1, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to midnight at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco.

“We are honored and so happy to have the Honorable Mayor Willie Brown support our cause, this is a dream come true for us,” shares Lisa Kang, RTR4C Gala Co-Chair and Board Member.

The black tie fundraising event will feature fine dining, X-factor TV star Jason Brock, San Francisco rising stars and violonists Lea Bourgade and Shanmugan, DJ Platurn and a couture fashion show by San Francisco fashion star, Vasily Vein, as well as silent and live auctions.

Guests will have an opportunity to learn about and support RTR4C’s vision of transforming every chemotherapy room, in every hospital, in every city around the world.

Don Sanchez, San Francisco Bay Area’s beloved veteran anchor and KGO reporter will host the event alongside auctioneer Abra Annes who will auction off once-in-a-lifetime experiences, vacations and dinners to raise funds for RTR4C.

The Honorable Mayor Willie Brown will focus on the impact Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo has made in the city of San Francisco.

Jason Brock, a television, film and stage star will perform. He was seen in homes all over the world as a finalist on X-Factor singing songs like Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind.” Jason also starred in the film, “Love is not Enough,” which played at film festivals all over the world. Jason is well-known as a cabaret star and performs original shows regularly in San Francisco, New York and LA.

San Francisco rising stars Lea Bourgade and Maya Shanmugan will entertain us with favorite classical tunes. They are both part of the pre-college program at the SF Conservatory of Music. Maya is a member of the SFCM chamber orchestra and Léa is actively involved in San Francisco chamber music.

Musical entertainer, DJ Platurn, a 20-year veteran with clients that include Pandora, Adidas, Pixar, MTV and the Golden State Warriors has played alongside some of the biggest names in the industry. He has also produced music for and collaborated with award-winning documentarians, Grammy- nominated vocalists and visual artists.

The gala’s headliner, Vasily Vein, will showcase a collection of his exquisite couture gowns and launch his 2015 spring collection.

Fashion icon, Sonya Molodestkaya who has made the cover of many magazines such as San Francisco Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, 7×7 to name a few, will be part of the fashion show donning one of his superb creations.

Vein’s high-end, sustainable fashion for men and women has been featured in Marie Claire, The San Francisco Chronicle, 7×7, San Francisco Magazine and STEPin2.

“I am thrilled and grateful that Sonya Molodestakaya will be part of our fashion show; it sure will be one of the highlight of the show. She wears Vasily Vein’s dresses like no one else,” said Sophie Azouaou, San Francisco Green Leader, RTR4C Gala Fashion Chair and Board Member.

“I am excited that Vasily Vein has chosen our event to launch his 2015 spring collection,” Azouaou adds.

“Our Gala represents a major milestone for Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo,” said Judy Davies, RTR4C Gala Co-Chair and Board Member. “In 2014 alone, there will be an estimated 1.6 million new cancer cases diagnosed. There has never been a more important time to make an immediate and impactful difference in the recovery and healing process for patients with cancer.”

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About Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo

Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo (RTR4C) is a nonprofit devoted to creating positive, healing and uplifting spaces for chemotherapy patients. Artist and author Nancy Linebarger Ballard founded the organization. Supported by a team of talented interior designers, community and corporate sponsors, RTR4C has transformed 154 chemotherapy rooms in 15 facilities in the United States and El Salvador, offering patients and their loved ones respite from an often sterile and scary environment. As the hospital atmosphere is improved, the patient’s emotional wellbeing is positively impacted. For more information, visit

About Vasily Vein

Vasily Vein Art Design, a US-based company, was founded in 2009. Born in the former Soviet Union, Vasily created stage images for Russian rock and pop stars while living in Moscow, — most notably, the Russian Rock Singer LINDA. His designs were often seen on Russian red carpets, worn by T.A.T.U., Smash, Larisa Dolina and Kristina Orbakaite — stars on the level of the April Avigne and Christina Aguilera. Often called “San Francisco Fashion Star,” he is known for creating exquisite gowns for numerous San Francisco VIPs and socialites for the Opera, Symphony and Ballet openings. For more about Vasily Vein, visit