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Motown Icon Smokey Robinson To Perform at CSHL’s Benefit for the Brain II

Smokey Robinson, the man who gave the world R&B and rock standards like “Shop Around,” “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me,” “My Girl” and “The Way You Do The Things You Do,” will perform these and other hits on November 5, 2005 at the Benefit for the Brain II in the FOTA Pavilion at Planting Fields Arboretum (Oyster Bay) to raise funds for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s neurological research.

“ Having such an esteemed performer for this year’s Benefit will enable us to create a memorable evening that will significantly contribute to the Laboratory’s important research into the understanding Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, autism and schizophrenia,” Sandy Tytel said. Sandy and her husband, Howard, are co-chairing the event with Monique and Doug Morris, who are underwriting the concert.

Photo Credit: Allen Mercer

In 1991, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory solidified its long-standing interest in neurobiology by opening a Neuroscience Center. Recognizing that this is one of the great problems facing biological scientists in the next 100 years, the Laboratory’s neurobiology program has molecular, cellular, physiological and behavioral aspects that surround a unifying theme of neuronal plasticity underlying learning and memory processes and neurodegenerative disease. This effort now includes more than 60 neuroscientists researching the causes of non-dementia age-related memory loss; Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases; fragile X syndrome; neurofibromatosis, autism and more.

Throughout his four decades as a professional singer, songwriter and producer, Smokey Robinson’s accomplishments have included 36 Top 40 hits, a Grammy “Living Legend” award, berths in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame and was given the National Medal of Arts Award – the most prestigious and highest honor an artist can receive – by the President of the United States.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is a private, non-profit basic research institution. Under the leadership of Dr. Bruce Stillman, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society (London), more than 330 scientists at the Laboratory conduct groundbreaking research in cancer, neurobiology, plant genetics, and bioinformatics. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is one of eight National Cancer Institute-designated basic research centers in the U.S. and the only such center in the tri-state area. For more information, visit

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Saturday, November 5: Benefit For The Brain II: FOTA Pavilion, Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay. Featuring Smokey Robinson. Proceeds benefit Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. 6pm. $500. Reservations required. 516-367-5016.

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