Updated: Sep 12
August 4, 2023
This summer marks three decades since Bruce Springsteen first supported the Kristen Ann Carr Fund with a sold-out benefit concert in New York City's Madison Square Garden arena. The fund was organized in memory of the older daughter of former longtime Springsteen co-manager Barbara Carr and music-writer/Springsteen-biographer Dave Marsh. In early January of 1993, Kristen Ann Carr died at 21 of sarcoma.
Recalling that June 1993 concert just a few years after it took place, Marsh wrote, "With a beautiful vase of Kristen's beloved pink roses placed downstage left, as if she herself were present, Bruce opened with a spectral version of Woody Guthrie's 'Lonesome Valley'... Four hours later, the show ended with Bruce singing 'Follow That Dream.' I sat in the loge, the kind of seat where I first saw Bruce with Chicago in 1973, and sobbed. Mainly, I cried for my kid, but partly I cried for the kind of friendship and love that had been poured over us. The concert raised more than $1.5 million, more than twice what was needed to hire our sarcoma researcher. Today, in addition to the fellowship, the Kristen Ann Carr Fund sponsors support services for teenagers, young adults, and sarcoma patients. Each year, our friends at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York work with the Fund to sponsor a Christmas party for all the pediatric patients at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. None of that would be possible without Bruce."
This year, Bruce Springsteen and Jon Landau Management continue to lend their support to the Kristen Ann Carr Fund with a series of ticket-auctions benefiting the Fund. Each winning bidder will receive a pair of premium tickets to an upcoming concert by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. If you win the auction, you'll get your choice of GA pit (if available at the venue) or management-designated seats. (Exact seat location will not be known until a week prior to the concert.) In addition to winning the tickets, if there is an E Street Lounge at your venue, you will receive a pair of passes for that experience, as well.
Shows for which tickets currently are being auctioned include the upcoming dates in Philly, New Jersey, Boston, and Syracuse. Click here to see a complete list of concert-ticket packages currently being sold at auction for the Kristen Ann Carr Fund.
Next month the Kristen Ann Carr Fund will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary in New York City with its annual A Night to Remember gala fundraising event. This year's honoree will be Karen Rosenberg, President of Empire Events Group, Inc., a longtime supporter of the Fund. The event will be held at Tribeca Grill on September 23 and will feature a special musical guest performance by Jackson Browne. Individual tickets to attend, group-table/ad-packages, and raffle tickets all remain available for purchase. Click here for more information.