Matt’s Promise is dedicated to making a difference
in the lives of young people affected by terminal illnesses.
Our cornerstone project is to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

Matt’s Promise is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of young people affected by terminal illnesses.
Our cornerstone project is to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

Past Events

11th Annual Benefit Concert Featuring The Marshall Tucker Band


10th Annual Benefit Concert Featuring Snoop Dogg


Thank you to all of our Co-chairs, Sponsors, Participants and Donors! A spectacular and successful evening that could not have happened without all of you!. Our heartfelt gratitude for your incredible support! (more…)

9th Annual Benefit Concert | Featuring Chicago

For the first time in history, a treatment for DMD is more than a dream. We have a very real chance of saving a growing population of boys who share the grimmest prognosis imaginable – to be wheelchair bound by early teens and heart failure by 20.

Your seemingly endless loyalty and support of our Annual Benefit Concert remains the driving force behind the enormous advances of finding a treatment or a cure to stamp for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The proceeds raised from this event will go directly into the hands of those working to make DMD the FIRST childhood illness we eradicate in time to save tens of thousands of kids.

Ace Greenburg

Matt’s Promise Remembers Alan “Ace” Greenberg.

Thank you Ace.

Dear Friends and Supporters: As most of you know, Alan “Ace” Greenberg passed away last week and was laid to rest today. Ace was a unique and extraordinary individual. An icon in the finance world, an unprecedented philanthropist, a devout family man, a gifted leader and an uncommon friend, Ace’s philosophies in business and in life touched and inspired most everyone who knew him. It has been one of the great privileges of my life to be among the many guided by his wisdom and leadership and I am proud and grateful to have called him a mentor and a friend. (more…)

8th Annual Benefit Concert | Featuring David Gray

Click here to see the photo gallery from this event, and enjoy some select memories below.

President Randy Reiff talks about his friend Matt, Charley, and why we give to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Benjy shares our successes and the work still to be done.

7th Annual Benefit Concert | Featuring Maroon 5

maroon1Adam Levine and James Valentine of Maroon 5, a pop rock heavyweight band with three Grammy Awards under their belt, 17 million albums sold worldwide, and releases that have gone gold and platinum in over 35 counties, will rock the house at Matt’s Promise 7th Annual Benefit Concert on Thursday, May 10, at Cipriani Wall Street.

The Event | The event is the single most significant way that Matt’s Promise raises funds to fulfill its mission of making a difference in the lives of young people affected by terminal illnesses. Our cornerstone project, finding a treatment and cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, has made huge advances through the overwhelming generosity of our sponsors and friends. We are involved in several innovative clinical trials that hold enormous promise for the 100,000 boys, worldwide, who pray each day that they can live one more. (more…)

6th Annual Benefit Concert | Featuring John Mayer

johnmeyerSupport for Matt’s Promise reached an all time high on May 12, 2011 when close to 1,000 friends, family and colleagues attended our 6th Annual Benefit Concert featuring John Mayer. A heartfelt thank you to all who came out and enjoyed our most successful event to date, helping us reach new milestones to fund the most current and cutting research being initiated in partnership with Charley’s Fund.

Matt’s Promise President Chairs Randy Reiff together with Jennifer Wiederkehr Rothberg kicked the evening off with a presentation of the Matthew Wiederkehr Leadership Award to Caroline Budner, a long-time volunteer who year after year has tirelessly ensured so much of our success. Congratulations Caroline and thank you for all you do!

We were fortunate once again to hear from Benjy Seckler, founder of Charley’s Fund and father to Charley Seckler. Benjy provided an update on current initiatives underway and the incredible advances being made in gene, drug and stem cell therapies, due in no small part, to your continued and generous support. Benjy additionally spoke to the continued need for urgency and for major sources of funding as we race against the clock to find a treatment for Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy (DMD). (more…)

5th Annual Benefit Concert | Featuring The Fray


From America’s Mile High City comes THE FRAY, a foursome whose melodic pop-rock songs and soaring vocals resonate with sprawling tapestries and tales of hopefulness and heartache. Formed in 2002 by high school friends Isaac Slade (vocals, piano) and Joe King (guitar, vocals), THE FRAY earned a loyal grassroots following through impressive Denver area gigs and the support of local radio which led a listener-driven campaign to get the band a record contract. With strong word-of-mouth the band won “Best New Band” honors from Westword magazine and garnered substantial airplay on two of Denver’s top rock stations with a demo version of “Cable Car (Over My Head).” The band signed to Epic Records in 2004 and released their debut album How To Save A Life in September of that same year. (more…)

4th Annual Benefit Concert | Featuring Gavin DeGraw

4thThe atmosphere was electric and there was a pronounced buzz as 500 people swarmed to the 4th annual Matt’s Promise Benefit Concert on Thursday, May 14 at Cipriani Wall Street. The triumphant Greek revival architecture, as well as the grand and luxurious venue created a backdrop for an outstanding and successful evening that featured Gavin DeGraw who, in just a few short years, has become one of today’s premier singer-songwriters. On the merits of his creative abilities, perseverance and a healthy, homegrown perspective, DeGraw has established himself as a magnetic voice in popular music. (more…)

3rd Annual Benefit Concert | Featuring Squeeze

On Thursday, May 15, nearly 700 people attended the 3rd annual Matt’s Promise benefit concert at the prestigious Cipriani Wall Street. The room was awash in warm lights and the Matt’s Promise logo held a prominent place to remind us all why we were there – to fulfill Matt Wiederkehr’s dying wish to help young people battling terminal diseases. His passion has become our vision and everyone who attended the event had a hand in helping us raise more than $800,000! Our 2008 event honored Morgan Procida, the 17-year-old who launched our 5K Memory Run that raised $40,000 to fund research into synovial sarcoma. We also honored the cast and crew of Darius Goes West, featuring Darius Weems, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. A highlight of the event was showcasing the songs by 80s band, Squeeze, which had the audience up on its feet and singing along. And all of our guests walked away happy after visiting the Judith Ripka jewelry bar and fishbowl raffle, or by participating in the live auction which featured dinner at Rao’s, a weekend in Napa Valley, and US Open tickets, to name a few. (more…)

2nd Annual Benefit Concert |Featuring The Steve Miller Band

Matt’s Promise Hosts 2nd Annual Concert Benefit Featuring The Steve Miller Band

On Wednesday, May 16, 2007, more than 700 people supported Matt’s Promise by attending the 2nd annual concert benefit featuring The Steve Miller Band at Skylight Studios. There wasn’t an open seat in the house!

The honoree was the venture capitalist Ron Conway, whose brilliant career, entrepreneurial spirit and philanthropic nature, made him the perfect candidate for this recognition. Ron spearheaded the funding for the Matt Wiederkehr Laboratory at the Mission Bay campus at the University of California, San Francisco. The team working in the laboratory is focusing their research on proteins found in the body that mark the progression of cancer from the development of a healthy cell into a precancerous and, at times, a malignant one.  (more…)

1st Annual Benefit Concert | Featuring Seal

On Wednesday, May 17, 2006, more than 500 of Matt’s friends, family, and colleagues came together to honor his memory and celebrate his life. In every way, it was one of the most remarkable evenings. Several board members of Matt’s Promise had been thinking for months that an event would allow us to shed light on our mission and keep Matt’s memory alive. This event surpassed its goal in every aspect. It was a thrill to honor Tim Armstrong of Google, who gave so much of his love and attention to Matt when he was ill. Tim was a wonderful mentor to Matt, who not only taught him the “ropes” but also gave Matt hope and encouraged strength.A high point of the evening was having Seal, Britain’s most popular soul vocalist of the decade, who performed his fusion of soul, folk, pop, and rock that has brought him success on both sides of the Atlantic. His wife, model Heidi Klum, was also present and, together with Seal, they brought a lot of excitement to the evening. (more…)