What a provocative title!!! Only TMZ.com could come up with a more salacious title than this. On December 15 2017, I, and about 1000 people, will spend the night with Barry Manilow. You’re probably scratching your head and thinking, “What the heck is Harold talking about?” Let me explain.
Local Palm Springs resident and music icon, Barry Manilow, will perform at the McCallum Theatre for 5 nights as a benefit for 25 local charities. The event, called Barry Manilow’s Gift of Love IV Benefit Concerts, will take place on December 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th, and 17th, 2017. There will be singing & dancing in the aisles to songs like “CopaCabana”, and an array of holiday songs.
I attended Barry’s first benefit concert in 2009. According to the 2009 Desert Sun article, the first benefit concert raised $464,750. I remember Mr. Manilow talking about how he used his own money to purchase musical instruments for the various schools in the Coachella Valley.
He said during the concert that he could not imagine a world where children did not have access to music. His charity, Manilow’s Music Project, received $25,000 the first year. Here is a list of the 25 charities that will benefit from Barry Manilow’s generosity in the upcoming year:
- Act for MS
- AAP-Food Samaritans
- Angel View
- Animal Samaritans
- Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center
- Boys & Girls Club of Coachella Valley
- California CareForce
- College of the Desert Foundation
- Desert Aids Project
- Desert Arc
- Desert Cancer Foundation
- The Desert Symphony
- Gilda’s Club Desert Cities
- The Girlfriend Factor
- Guide Dogs of the Desert
- JFS of the Desert
- The LGBT Community Center of the Desert
- The Manilow Music Project
- Martha’s Village & Kitchen
- McCallum Theater Institute
- “Paws and Hearts” Animal Assisted Therapy
- Tools for Tomorrow
- United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire
- The Well in the Desert
Love & Kisses,
For information on this year’s benefit concerts, please go to www.agiftofloveiv.com/
Barry Manilow photo courtesy of Flickr Pretty Woman image courtesy of Pinterest and Touchstone Pictures.