Criss Angel holds his first annual HELP charity benefit at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

On September 12th, Criss Angel along with the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada hosted the first annual Criss Angel HELP Charity Benefit. National Rock Review’s Howie D was on hand to cover and witness this inaugural event.

The Criss Angel HELP (Heal Every life Possible) charity is dedicated to supporting and bringing awareness to childhood cancer and other pediatric diseases. This cause is personal to Criss as his son, Johnny Crisstopher, was diagnosed with Pediatric Leukemia in 2014. 100 percent of the money raised at this event is going to help fund pediatric cancer research. For more information on Angel’s HELP Charity or to make a donation, visit the HELP website.

The evening started early with a gold carpet arrival that featured a who’s who of well-known musicians, actors, and Las Vegas staples and legends. From Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider, Motley Crue’s Vince Neil, ex-Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach, and ex-Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora to names like Mike Tyson, Andrew Dice Clay, and actor Gary Oldman.

We also can’t forget those who donated their time, including Tony Orlando, Jerry Lewis, and Siegfried & Roy, who made a very special appearance in support of the HELP event and all that Criss has done for so many. The list of attendees was not only stellar; it was impressively versatile in exactly who attended the event and wanted to participate.

In addition to all the celebrities, and the glitz, glamor, and performances, the evening also included live auctions during the show and a silent auction with some very interesting and unique items to be had. VIP evenings with Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, and Brittney Spears, a weekend living in Criss Angels House, and a Maxim Halloween party experience that included a private jet to fly you from LA to the event were some of the major auction items.

Some of the highlights of the evening were comedian, singer, and ventriloquist, Terry Fator, who did an impressive job, Dee Snider and guests doing a special remake of Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” and the words and well wishes from both Jerry Lewis and Siegfried & Roy. For the record, we have to state that not only were we happy to see Roy doing well and still with us, we were blown away by the energy and humor shown by 90-year-old Jerry Lewis. He was about as funny as ever and had the audience in stitches.

In all, the event was a seemed huge success. The event was well-attended, and the auction fetched high bids toward their ambitious fundraising goal of $1,000,000. We must also point out how many of the invited participants were out and about walking among the crowd, talking to friends and fans, and making themselves approachable. An acknowledgment is also due to host and auctioneer, Chet Buchanan, who made the auction both fun and interesting.

Lastly, we can’t forget about the man who made it all happen, Criss Angel, who wasn’t as recognizable with his shorter, slicked-back hair. Not only did Criss spend almost the entire time in the Gold Carpet area, either doing media himself or jumping in with other participants, he came out on stage for many of the different guest appearances and let himself be seen as the good-hearted, fun, and hands-on person that he is. Criss Angel should be happy and proud of how the event turned out and one can only wait with anticipation to see if this event becomes an annual Las Vegas thing.

Other notable appearances at the Criss Angel HELP charity event included Lance Burton, Carrot Top, Corey Feldman, Debbie Gibson, UFC fighters Chuck Liddel and Randy Couture, Orianthi, Imagine Dragons, Robin Leach, Tom Green, Flava Flav, Howie Mandel, and legendary baseball manager Tommy Lasorda.

A special thanks to Olivia Steinberg for allowing National Rock Review to attend and participate in the event on such short notice. It was a pleasure dealing with you and we had an incredible time.

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About The Author

Harold 'Howie D' Herula has over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. He has been involved with some of the best companies, venues and events in the area of Detroit. His experience includes, club disc jockey, event host, booking agent, artist and talent manager, event coordinator, promotions, marketing, and advertising. He currently is the host of Hard Edge Radio in Detroit.

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