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5TH ANNUAL "BELLA BASH" -OCTOBER 11
AN EVENING OF 'MUSIC THAT MATTERS' FOR A WORLD OF SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN

Jason Crabb, Melinda Doolittle, The Martins & Clay Crosse Will Highlight
Event in Franklin




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NEWS SOURCE: MorningStar PR
September 12, 2012

(Nashville, Tennessee) -- September 12, 2012 --Award winning Nashville singer/songwriter/producer Regie Hamm again this year continues the legacy of an evening of great music and special giving that has become synonymous with the annual presentation of the "Bella Bash.”

The event, targeted to bring awareness and support to the generic testing, diagnosis and treatment of Angelman’s Syndrome in children, this year has a special focus. Funds raised through the evening will help provide national distribution of a new video developed by Hamm through his own non-profit organization, The Angel Wings Foundation. The video is being presented with the specific goal of educating medical professionals on the often mis-diagnosed mysteries that surround AS.

On Thursday, October 11 a stellar list of Regie Hamm’s celebrity friends will join forces for Middle Tennessee's 5th Annual Bella Bash.

Artists set to join Regie onstage include Grammy and multi-Dove Award winner Jason Crabb, America Idol’s Melinda Doolittle, Dove Award winner Clay Crosse, and Dove Award winning group The Martins. Tim Akers & The Smoking Section will again this year serve as the always stellar "Bash" house band. The event will be held at the Frankin Theater in historic downtown Franklin. Doors at 7:00 PM will follow a 6:30 P.M. celebrity red carpet. Concert will begin at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $50.00 per person in advance and can be resourced online at www.bellabash.org

The story behind the “Bella Bash” is a very personal one. In 2003, Regie Hamm and his wife Yolanda flew to China to adopt their first child, Isabella Xin Meng Hamm. Unknown to them at the time, baby “Bella” suffered from a rare genetic disorder, Angelman Syndrome--a neuro-genetic disorder that occurs in approximately 1 in 15,000 live births and is often mis-diagnosed as cerebral palsy or autism. Characteristics of AS include developmental delays, lack of speech, seizures, and walking and balance disorders. “Angels” are missing a tiny piece of maternal chromosome that renders them in need of constant care throughout life.

In honor of Bella, the “Bella Bash” was established in 2008 as a evening of music dedicated to raising much needed funds and awareness of Angelman Syndrome and the myriad of rare mental disorders still in the shadows and often mis-diagnosed.

As a further step in his personal quest to raise national awareness of AS, Hamm, a multi-Grammy nominee and four time SESAC “Songwriter of the Year,” with 21 #1 hits to his credit, founded the The Angel Wings Foundation in 2010. The vision is to not only assist in providing diagnoses for those suffering from rare mental disabilities, but to be a complete resource for the families, providing physical, speech/communication and occupational therapies, nutritional, emotional, and logistical ‘real world’ support for those facing the challenge and their caregivers. Registered as a 501(c)(3) non profit, The Angel Wings Foundation is dedicated to a quality of life and care for a segment of children too often under-served.

Particular excitement for this year's event surrounds the release of the new video—an educational tool that holds the potential of offering vital information to a medical community that has too often overlooked Angelman’s Syndrome in the search for definitive identification and treatment of neuro-genetic disorders. Regie will embark on a national media campaign to support awareness for AS and the availability of the new educational video resource.

Notes Hamm: “I meet Angelman families all over the country whose story is similar to that of our family’s. We went through several years without a definitive diagnosis for Bella. The ongoing goal of the foundation and my work personally through the ‘Bella Bash’ is to raise funds that will allow us to increase awareness and help the quality of life for these amazing families and their children.”

As in the four previous presentations of the “Bella Bash,” a full evening of world-class musical artists, delicious food, and fun await all attendees! More than that, it’s an evening in Middle Tennessee of music for a cause that matters.

 

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