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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

SF Hep B Free Partners with Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon

Portions from Asian Heritage Night show on Friday, Sept. 9 to go towards ending liver cancer.

SAN FRANCISCO, August 8, 2011 - The AsianWeek Foundation is proud to be hosting Asian Heritage Night at Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon on Friday, September 9, 2011 at 8 p.m.

A portion of each ticket sold will benefit San Francisco Hep B Free - a citywide effort to screen and vaccinate all Asians and Pacific Islanders for Hepatitis B, which affects 1 in 10 APIs.

Recently hailed as "A constant cascade of showstoppers" by the San Francisco Chronicle, Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon is the world's longest running musical revue. Packed with hilarious spoofs of pop culture & political characters, spectacular costumes, outrageously gigantic hats and one show-stopping number after another, the show continues to dazzle audiences at Club Fugazi in North Beach.

Asian Heritage Night guests will receive Beach Blanket Babylon: A Hats-Off Tribute to San Francisco's Most Extraordinary Musical Revue, a commemorative book by Janet Lynn. Educational information about Hep B will also be distributed.

San Francisco has the highest rate of liver cancer in the country, primarily among Asian residents. 80% of all liver cancer is caused by Hepatitis B infection. One in 10 Asian Americans is chronically infected with hepatitis B versus one in 1,000 of the general population. Early detection is important, and the hepatitis B vaccine can prevent hepatitis B infection and the consequences of infection.

"Over one third of San Francisco's residents are Asian American, and we're excited to have our very first Asian Heritage Night to honor this community and to help raise funds for Hepatitis B awareness," says Beach Blanket Babylon producer Jo Schuman Silver. "We're pleased to be working with the AsianWeek Foundation and San Francisco Hep B Free, two organizations that are doing great things for the city's Asian Pacific American community."

"Beach Blanket Babylon is a San Francisco institution and to have their support for our city wide campaign is fantastic." said Ted Fang, Director, AsianWeek Foundation and co-founder of San Francisco Hep B Free. "We applaud their efforts in helping us raise awareness and funds to help end Hep B disease and liver cancer. Attendees can also look forward to a special Hep B shout out during their performance!"

To purchase tickets and receive your souvenir, please click here and enter AWF in the discount box, at the bottom of the order page in step 3, or call the Box Office at 415.421.4222 and mention 'AWF' or visit the Box Office at Club Fugazi (678 Green St.) and mention 'AWF'

For groups of 20 or more, contact: 415.421-6788 or email groups@beachblanketbabylon.com and mention 'AWF'.

Persons under 21 will not be admitted to the show.

Community partners for the event include: Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, Asian Business Connectors, Asian and Pacific Islander Cultural Center, California Dragon Boat Association, Center for Asian American Media, ChannelAPA.com, Chinatown Merchants Association, Filipino American Arts Exposition, Kearny Street Workshop, MYX TV, National Association of Asian American Professionals, Nihonmachi Street Fair, San Francisco Asian Peace Officers Association, San Francisco Chinese Club, SF Samoa, South East Asian Cultural Heritage & Musical Performing Arts, and Taiwanese American Professionals -SF.

Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon Asian Heritage Night, benefiting SF Hep B Free

Friday, September 9 at 8 p.m.

Beach Blanket Babylon
Club Fugazi
678 Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard (at Green St. and Columbus Ave.)
San Francisco, CA

About Hepatitis B

Chronic hepatitis B infection is the greatest cause of liver cancer in the world, and one of the greatest health disparities between the Asian and non-Asian communities. Eighty percent of liver cancer worldwide is caused by chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. One in 10 Asians are chronically infected with HBV and are four times more likely to die from liver cancer compared with the general population. Early detection of HBV will benefit the infected individual as well as prevent the infection from spreading. HBV is not only vaccine preventable, but it also has effective treatments that prevent liver cancer.

About Hep B Free

Hep B Free is a multi-faceted and comprehensive campaign to make America free of hepatitis B disease and liver cancer through a nationwide collaboration, and network of localized efforts. The model was begun in San Francisco and is being replicated in Las Vegas, Washington DC, Philadelphia, San Mateo County, Alameda County, Santa Clara County, Los Angeles County, Orange County, and other municipalities. AsianWeek Foundation is a co-founder of Hep B Free with Asian Liver Center at Stanford University and San Francisco Department of Public Health. sfhepbfree.org

About AsianWeek Foundation

AsianWeek Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and develop Asian Pacific American identity, community and diversity. AWF encourages the sharing of differences and appreciation of diversity, working to strengthen relations between all Asian and Pacific Islander cultures, newer and older generations of Asian Pacific Americans, and Asians and non-Asians. AsianWeekFoundation.org

About Beach Blanket Babylon

Recently hailed as "A constant cascade of showstoppers" by the San Francisco Chronicle, Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon follows Snow White as she takes a fast-paced journey around the world in search of her "Prince Charming." Along the way she encounters a star-studded, ever-changing line-up of hilarious characters, including Prince William & Kate and the Queen of England, Lady Gaga, President Barack Obama & Michelle, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, John Boehner, Sarah Palin, Snooki (from "Jersey Shore"), Governor Jerry Brown, Oprah Winfrey, The Cast of "Glee," Mitt Romney & Michele Bachmann, Taylor Swift & Kanye West, Michael Jackson and the San Francisco Giants. beachblanketbabylon.com

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