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Patti Austin to Sing at Race for the Cure D.C.

The sweat is pouring down your face as you pound out the home stretch of a 3.1-mile run through Washington, D.C. Just as you hit the finish line, the wind carries a voice, yes, a Grammy-nominated voice, across the National Mall-it’s Patti Austin.

Many a runner in the 18th annual Komen National Race for the Cure, scheduled for June 2, will have an opportunity to live out this scenario as the jazz and R&B star takes to the stage during the 5K jaunt. Organizers anticipate 50,000 participants from across the country, including 3,000 breast cancer survivors.

“I am proud to join in the fight to find a cure for breast cancer-it is an honor to be given the opportunity to perform in front of thousands of inspiring breast cancer survivors, their loved ones, friends and a community that cares,” said Ms. Austin in a press statement.

The 9 a.m. performance is open to all race registrants and will take place along with the other post-Race activities between 3rd and 7th St, NW in the district. Austin will perform songs off of her recently released album, Avant-Gershwin. The album features adventurous interpretations of George Gershwin tunes with backing by the WDR Big Band, who also performed on Austin’s Grammy-nominated tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, For Ella.

Komen president and CEO Hala Moddelmog said the organization is excited to have Austin participating as guest artist. “We are expecting one of the largest Races this year and we welcome all of Ms. Austin’s fans to enjoy her performance and contribute to the ongoing fight against breast cancer,” she added.

Founded in 1982, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation has invested nearly $1 billion in breast cancer research as the largest nonprofit source of funds fighting breast cancer in the world. To find out more about the organization, visit its official Web site.

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