Meet Nelly Furtado, Have Dinner With Drake Or Kardi...And Help Their Friend

By Karen Bliss 12/1/10 |

Have dinner with Drake, meet Nelly Furtado or attend a music video shoot by Director X. These are just some of the cool auction items up for bid in support of Toronto's Lincoln J. Russell who has lifelong and loving friends in the music world.

Besides the auction, X, whose has directed videos for Eminem, Furtado, David Guetta, Nicki Minaj, Korn, Kanye West, and more, is putting together The Lincoln Rising's Fundraising Dinner and Birthday Party on December 26 and has invited Drake and Kardinal Offishall to join him.

Russell is a former stunt man and was a rising star in Toronto's martial arts community when he was diagnosed with Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP), an acquired immune-mediated inflammatory disorder of the peripheral nervous system.  This debilitating disease is believed to be due to immune cells, which normally protect the body, doing the opposite and attacking the nerves.  

"Lincoln has gone from lost feeling in his legs to a wheelchair to a hospital bed and not being able to sit up, unassisted," the press release says. "…Canada's health care system is exceptional, but does not cover the cost of all treatments or the operations that would allow Lincoln to get back on his feet again."

Kardinal Offishall
Kardinal Offishall
Taking place while all these internationally acclaimed Canadians are home for the holidays, the fundraising dinner starts at 7:30 p.m. at 398 West (398 Eglinton Ave. W) and will be hosted by Drake, including a performance by Ajon Clarke and Noah "40" Shebib on keyboards; and Russell's birthday party will be held after at 10 p.m. at Lot 33 (332 Richmond St. W), hosted by X and featuring a performance by Kardi.  The Master of Ceremony is Taj The Black Lion with music by DJ Wicked.

Tickets are $25 for the birthday party; $500 for the dinner. Auction items include two VIP tickets to a K'naan concert with a meet and greet; two VIP tickets to a Nelly Furtado concert with a meet and greet; an opportunity to sit alongside Director X on a music video shoot for two; two 2011 MTV Movie Awards tickets, hotel and airfare for two; dinner with Drake; and dinner with Kardi.

To purchase tickets and to bid on the auction items, go to

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