The chief executive officer of First Financial Resources, Ltd., Kenneth Wirth displays expertise beyond his work in finance. Kenneth Wirth also represents The Midtown Men as the Tony Award-winning group’s business manager.
Comprised of four cast members from Broadway’s Jersey Boys, The Midtown Men tour the country singing hit songs from the 1960s. In a production that features the music of such super-‘60s bands as the Beatles and those from the Motown sound machine, The Midtown Men celebrate the music of a generation.
Tony Award winner Christian Hoff joins Michael Longoria, Daniel Richard, and Tony nominee J. Robert Spencer to represent the first time that a principal musical cast has emerged as a distinctive musical force beyond the status of tribute band.
Before they launched as The Midtown Men, the cast performed more than 1,000 times together in the musical Jersey Boys. These four artists energized audiences in performances on Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve and on late-night television in addition to daytime appearances. They have toured the continent and now begin their forth year where one on the highlights are performing at over twenty of the great Symphonies across the country to include a coming engagement at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
A leading expert in the financial services industry, Kenneth Wirth oversees First Financial Resources, Ltd., as chief executive officer. Aside from work, Kenneth Wirth serves as a board member for Teamwork Foundation, Inc.
Teamwork Foundation aims to provide athletic training, college guidance, and tutoring to underserved kids in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. The organization’s sports and academic programs stand out in an area fraught with challenges such as high unemployment and high school dropout rates.
The New York Gauchos Basketball program is one of Teamwork Foundation’s most prominent initiatives. This program offers youths an elite basketball training experience that is rooted in collegiate advancement and academic excellence. The foundation believes that by making basketball training an incentive for kids to stay in school, youths will be more motivated to perform academically. As a testament to its effectiveness, the program has produced many future NBA players, including Chris Mullin, Taj Gibson, and Kemba Walker.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) raises funding for research and programs that help individuals with blood cancers lead higher quality and longer lives. As the world’s leader in this field, the organization strives to find improved treatments and cures for leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and Hodgkin’s disease.
Since its establishment in 1949, LLS has been a major force behind blood cancer research. LLS supported research that led to the creation of chemotherapy drugs in the 1950s. In the following decade, researchers refined chemotherapy drugs for children with leukemia. In the 1970s, LLS research funded projects that designed the first successful bone marrow transplants. During the 1980s, LLS advisors discovered cancer causing “oncogenes.”
From the 1990s to the present, LLS research has led to greater understanding of genetic and molecular abnormalities that cause particular blood cancers. Researchers have formulated targeted drugs that spare normal cells and selectively kill cancer cells, thereby reducing the side effects of standard therapies. To counteract the negative effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapies, researchers have identified “growth factors” that have the potential to revitalize the patients’ blood systems following these treatments. Other immune-stimulating therapies include vaccines and antibodies.
Each new decade brings exciting advances in blood cancer research. To learn more about the work of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, as well as giving opportunities, visit http://www.lls.org.
About the author: Kenneth Wirth served on the Board of Trustees and held the position of Chapter President of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Westchester. An extraordinarily successful CEO in the financial services industry for four decades, Mr. Wirth also has excelled in raising funds for nonprofit organizations, organizing AAU basketball teams, and serving as a Business Manager for a Broadway musical.