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Murphy Karges, bassist for Sugar Ray, and his celebrity musician friends talk about music’s healing effects and its power to transform lives on their latest Music for a Cure video. Murphy and his wife, Julie founded Music for a Cure, an OC based non-pro?t organization that raises funds to share music with critically ill children and support music therapy programs at CHOC and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.“We founded in 2000 in the memory of Ryan Bates, a Sugar Ray fan who had terminal cancer. Ryan lost his battle but we began our organization in his memory. We have been supporting music therapists in LA and Orange County for nearly decade,” says Julie. “We also put instruments into hospitals for kids who desire them. Music seems to reach kids in the most incredible ways, and research has shown that music has the ability to heal children who are suffering in certain situations. We want to continue spread this gift to all children.” Here’s the OC based Music for a Cure video filmed by Karges with Mark McGrath, Rodney Sheppard and Stan Frazier of Sugar Ray; singer, songwriter Christopher Cross; AJ and Jeremy Popoff of LIT; John Maurer of Social Distortion; Jack Grisham of TSOL; Michael Ward, guitarist for Ben Harper and author of “Mike the Bike”; Adrian Young of No Doubt.

Dinner with Disney

Join Bloomingdale’s Thursday for exclusive appearances by Disney chefs preparing their favorite recipes paired with the perfect wines at Fashion Island at 1 p.m., and South Coast Plaza at 6 p.m. Plus, enter to win a 4-pack of Disney Park Hopper tickets at both events. There is a $25 reservation fee, which is redeemable with a $25 gift card to use in the store. The chefs are at Bloomingdale’s in celebration of the upcoming 5th Annual Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival, The Art of Flavor, April 16–May 31 at Disney’s California Adventure and Disneyland. Bloomingdale’s Newport Fashion Island, at 1 p.m. The Demo Kitchen on the Atrium Level featuring Chef de Cuisine Christopher R. Faulkner of Storytellers Café, Disney Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. RSVP 949.729.6816. Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza at 6 p.m. the Demo Kitchen, level one featuring Chef de Cuisine Jason Martin of Steakhouse 55, Disneyland Hotel. RSVP at 714.824.4839.

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