Chester Bennington Co-chairing Hospital Benefit
Local rock star Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, who recently assumed Scott Weiland's former role as lead singer in Stone Temple Pilots, has signed on to co-chair of the fifth annual Stars of the Season fundraiser for Banner Children's at Cardon Children's Medical Center. The event, which will establish integrative cancer care at the center, is Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia in Paradise Valley.
Bennington became involved with Cardon Children's shortly after it opened in late 2009, when his wife, Talinda, began serving as a volunteer. Touring commitments meant Bennington couldn't play the inaugural Stars of the Season benefit in 2010, so he brought in Everclear's Art Alexakis to perform. But Bennington has played every benefit since, fronting Stone Temple Pilots at last year's event.
The multi-platinum rocker was born in Phoenix and lives in Gilbert with Talinda and their children. He told the Republic Talinda got involved before the hospital was even built.
"She initially wanted to do the dog therapy program," he said. "So we got one of our dogs involved. But my wife is very charismatic and outgoing, so immediately, she was on the board. And she helped organize the entertainment for the benefit. I, of course, support her in all the things she loves to do and she's a really giving person. So it's hard not to be excited about that."
Bennington said, "The best part of doing these benefits is when you're at the event and you see all these people really excited about contributing and then watching the hospital grow. This place didn't even exist four years ago. And now it's the epicenter of care for all these children. Four years ago, they would've been sent to another state. They would have to be turned away because there wasn't enough room in the one floor that was here before. So this has really become quite an amazing place for these kids."
This year, Bennington and his wife will co-chair with David Curran, an East Valley pediatrician.