Posted: Thursday, June 1, 2017 – 7:30 PM
It isn’t often that the purchase of a concert ticket gives the purchaser the right to designate who will be the recipient of the ticket price. But, that’s the way it is done when Palm Springs resident, philanthropist and mega-talented Barry Manilow gives his now traditional Christmas-time concert series, “A Gift of Love.”
The concept is simple. When a concertgoer buys a ticket, he or she gets to name one of the 25 benefiting charities designated to receive the proceeds. Any designated funds are put in a general fund and distributed equally. Manilow’s performances are free, and the shows are sold-out months in advance, raising about $500,000 for each series.
The charities benefiting the 2017 series of “A Gift of Love” are: 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 Theatre Institute, “Paws and Hearts” Animal Assisted Therapy, S.O.S., Tools for Tomorrow, United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire and The Well in the Desert.
This year’s “A Gift of Love” concert dates are Dec. 12-13 and Dec. 15-17 and will be performed at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert. However, tickets for the performances are not sold through the McCallum Theatre box office; contact your favorite charity from the list above or call for more information at 424-298-4818.
Ticket prices range from $30 to $300, with special access and perks VIP tickets running from $400 to $2,000.