Ben Vereen to headline benefit for UAMS' Psychiatric Research Institute

Jul 16, 2008

Tony Award winner Ben Vereen is in Little Rock using his vocal, dancing, and acting talents to raise money for a project and a cause that he deeply cares about.

Ben Vereen

"I want to raise awareness about the importance of attending to the ailments of our young men and women who are returning from war with post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injuries," said Vereen.

The critically acclaimed performer suffered a devastating brain injury in 1992, when he was struck by a truck while walking along the Pacific Coast Highway. After intense physical therapy, Vereen returned to Broadway and now his theatrical talents will be on display July 18th during An Evening with Ben Vereen, a benefit performance for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' Psychiatric Research Institute.

A portion of the proceeds from the event, which will include a special tribute to members of the U.S. military and their families, will be earmarked specifically for the treatment of patients who have traumatic brain injuries and are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

FM 89's Malcolm Glover talks with Ben Vereen about his upcoming benefit performance at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in downtown Little Rock.