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Gala event honoured jazz greats, supports Transcendental Meditation for veterans, women, at-risk children
by Global Good News staff writer
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23 April 2013
A new video highlights the David Lynch Foundation's fourth annual Change Begins Within benefit gala—'An Historic Night of Jazz'—held at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
The benefit gala, which took place last December, helped the Foundation begin to deploy a team of young professional instructors bringing Transcendental Meditation to thousands of inner-city students, veterans, and women and girls in the New York City Tri-State* area during 2013.
The fourth annual benefit featured some of the best jazz performers in the world, including Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Corinne Bailey Rae, Esperanza Spalding, and Terri Lyne Carrington.
In addition, the gala honored Dr Mehmet and Lisa Oz for their contribution to perfect health, and shared stories of transformation through Transcendental Meditation (TM) from first responders, survivors of domestic violence, and children on the autistic spectrum.
On the red carpet before the event, several celebrities spoke out in support of Transcendental Meditation and the David Lynch Foundation.
Award recipient Dr Mehmet Oz, a renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, author, and television personality, spoke of his personal experiences with Transcendental Meditation.
He said, 'The David Lynch Foundation has been so supportive of bringing TM into our studio. . . . it's a high-powered and [high-]pressure area and folks are not always polite to each other, and those creative juices don't flow if you don't feel that energy. So TM has allowed our team to stay on track.'
Actress Liv Tyler talked about her personal experience with Transcendental Meditation: 'I started meditating about a year ago and it has been really important for me in my life.'
But the issues the David Lynch Foundation supports are also near and dear to her.
Ms Tyler said, 'These particular issues with women and veterans and people that have had traumas happen to them need help in healing and knowing how to deal with those things. . . . I think it is very important for everyone.'
* New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
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