Criss Angel Issues Million-Dollar Challenge

HELP Make Pediatric Cancer Disappear

Entertainers, Comedians, Music and Sports Legends Join Forces for One

Night Only Benefit Performance at Luxor Las Vegas Sept. 12, 2016


LAS VEGAS – Superstar magician Criss Angel will bring some of the world’s

biggest stars together this fall as he embarks on the challenge of a lifetime:

finding a cure for pediatric cancer. Angel will host HELP (Heal Every Life

Possible), a star-studded one-night only performance benefitting pediatric

cancer research and treatment with the aim of finding a cure at Luxor Las

Vegas on Sept. 12, 2016 with performances and appearances from Jerry

Lewis, Tony Orlando, Seigfreid & Roy, Gary Oldman, Wayne Newton, Mike

Tyson, Floyd Mayweather, Gene Simmons, Andrew Dice Clay, Chuck

Liddell, Richie Sambora, Vince Neil, Dee Snider, Tom Green, Randy

Couture, Carrot Top, Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil, to name a few.

Tickets are available now at

With the same passion and grandeur Criss lends to his craft, he is setting

the ambitious goal to raise $1 million in a single evening. Every dollar

generated will benefit pediatric cancer research, treatment and ultimately a

cure through the Johnny Crisstopher Children’s Charitable Foundation, a

nonprofit organization named after Criss’s young son who was diagnosed

with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) last year.

“Every three minutes a child will be diagnosed with cancer, and less than 70

cents out of every $100 raised by the American Cancer Society goes to

pediatric cancer,” Criss said. “We must bring awareness and funding now to

help these children and families living with this nightmare.”

Rallying his celebrity friends and fellow entertainers, Criss has assembled a

superstar line-up for this one-of-a-kind event with appearances and

performances by: iconic actor and comedian Jerry Lewis; singer and artist

Tony Orlando; legendary magicians Siegfried & Roy and Lance Burton,

comedians Howie Mandel, Andrew Dice Clay and Tom Green; fellow Las

Vegas headliners Blue Man Group, Carrot Top, Cirque du Soleil artists,

Gordie Brown, Terry Fator and Mr. Las Vegas, himself – Wayne Newton;

actors Gary Oldman and Miles Brown; music legends Gene Simmons,

Richie Sambora, Dee Snider, Vince Neil, Taboo; and World Heavyweight

Championship Boxers Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather and MMA

champions Randy “The Natural” Couture and Chuck Liddell. Other exciting

stars and performances will be announced as they are added to the lineup.

In addition to celebrity performances, attendees will have the chance to

win priceless experiences and memorabilia in HELP’s live and silent

auction. One-of-a-kind experiences including a weekend at Criss’ personal

estate, Serenity, with all the VIP trappings; a private magic lesson and

behind the scenes backstage pass to see how Criss pulls off the spectacular

illusions in MINDFREAK! Live; a luxurious Caesars Palace Celine Dion

weekend including dinner at Restaurant Guy Savoy, a two-night stay and

tickets to see and meet Celine Dion; a UFC 207 VIP package with tickets and

a meet and greet with Dana White; show tickets and meet and greets with

Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears; autographed memorabilia from Oprah

Winfrey, Shaquille O’Neal, Floyd Mayweather, Elton John, Mike Tyson and

many more. Additional experiences and items will continue to be added.

“I can promise this will be a night to remember,” said Criss. “Thanks to my

celebrity friends, many unsung heroes and my insanely generous partners,

Cirque du Soleil and MGM Resorts/Luxor Hotel & Casino, for the outpouring

of love and support and making this incredible night possible,” Criss said.

HELP will be held at the Criss Angel Theater at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in

Las Vegas on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. Doors open for the silent auction and

the gold carpet begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a celebrity auction at 7 p.m.

and the live show at 8 p.m.

Please go to for more information and to join the fight

against pediatric cancer.


About Criss Angel

For more than a decade, Criss Angel has been tireless in his efforts to help

children. As a result of his work and dedication to the Make-A-Wish Foundation,

he has received the Make-A-Wish Grantor of the Year Award and the Chris

Greicius Celebrity Award.

Unlike many organizations, the Johnny Crisstopher Children’s Charitable

Foundation donates 100% of every dollar raised. No expenses are deducted

out of any donation.

Criss has funded the charity out of his own pocket since the foundation was

formed on March 11, 2009 (originally named Believe – Anything Is Possible) in

honor of his father, John Sarantakos, who passed away from stomach cancer on

February 12, 1998. The foundation was renamed and refocused last fall when

Criss received the horrible news that no parent ever wants to hear: “Your child

has cancer.”

Criss and Shaunyl Benson, the parents of two-year-old Johnny Crisstopher, were

devastated when he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). It

was at that moment when Criss decided to revitalize his commitment to cure

pediatric cancer.

Now, Criss’s mandate is to raise awareness about pediatric cancer and expose the

disproportionately low amount of dollars spent on this leading cause of death by

disease in the U.S. “The National Cancer Institute’s federal budget was $4.9

billion in 2015,” Criss said. “Less than 3% of those funds were spent on the 12

major groups of pediatric cancer combined. This needs to change and I’m

committed to do whatever it takes to get it done. I hope that you’ll join us in our

mission to shine a light on a very difficult reality. Innocent children and their

families are dealing with life and death every moment of every day. We can all

play a part together to one day make this dreadful disease disappear.”

Criss and Shaunyl are currently shooting a documentary about their son’s battle

with cancer entitled 1095 for the amount of days he will undergo treatment for

his leukemia.


Kate Whiteley

Kirvin Doak Communications