7th Annual “Notes & Words” Benefit Raises $1.5 million for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, Doubling Previous Record

7th Annual “Notes & Words” Benefit Raises $1.5 million for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

The evening of music and spoken word, headlined by Coldplay’s Chris Martin, more than doubles the previous record for the event 


OAKLAND, CA (May 5, 2016) – Musicians Chris Martin and the Stone Foxes along writers Kelly Corrigan, Dave Eggers and BJ Novak, performed at this past Saturday’s Notes & Words benefit for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and raised more than $1.5 million for the hospital. To date, the evening of entertainment with a purpose has raised over $6.5 million dollars for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.  

The seventh annual Notes & Words benefit returned to Oakland’s historic Fox Theater for the first time since 2013. The line-up included Chris Martin, front man of the band Coldplay and recipient of over 60 awards including 7 Grammys; BJ Novak, the witty actor, comedian, screenwriter, director and New York Times best-selling author of One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories; Dave Eggers, the Pulitzer Prize finalist for his memoir, a Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, as well as novelist, screenwriter, and founder of 826 Valencia and McSweeney’s publishing;  The Stone Foxes, a band known for their big sound and dynamic passion; and New York Times bestselling-author Kelly Corrigan, who is also the creative mastermind behind “Notes & Words.”

The performances included a special collaboration with Chris Martin and Oakland School for the Arts singers. Among the songs they sang together was a show-stopping rendition of “Purple Rain,” performed as a tribute to Prince. 

After the main entertainment of the evening concluded, East Bay favorite, MC Hammer DJ’ed a “silent disco” for guests, and local band “Crisis” performed inside the Den at the Fox.

(To see photos from the event: click here).

About UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland (formerly Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland) is a premier, not-for-profit medical center for children in Northern California, and is the only hospital in the East Bay 100% devoted to pediatrics.  UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland affiliated with UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco on January 1, 2014.  UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland is a national leader in many pediatric specialties including cardiology, hematology/oncology, neonatology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, and sports medicine.  The hospital is one of only five ACS Pediatric Level I Trauma Centers in the state, and has one of largest pediatric intensive care units in Northern California.  UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland has 190 licensed beds, over 500 physicians in 43 specialties, more than 2,600 employees, and a consolidated annual operating budget of more than $500 million.  UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland is also a leading teaching hospital with an outstanding pediatric residency program and a number of unique pediatric subspecialty fellowship programs. 

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland’s research arm, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), is internationally known for its basic and clinical research.  CHORI is at the forefront of translating research into interventions for treating and preventing human diseases. CHORI has 250 members of its investigative staff, a budget of about $50 million, and is ranked among the nation’s top ten research centers for National Institutes of Health funding to children’s hospitals.  For more information, go to and

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PublishedMay 2016


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