Frances Allen’s Desert Roundup—Barry Manilow’s ‘Gift Of Love’ Concerts To Benefit 25 Charities | BH Courier

Frances Allen’s Desert Roundup—Barry Manilow’s ‘Gift Of Love’ Concerts To Benefit 25 Charities

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.

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Those familiar with history of the Desert know that before it became a favorite get-away destination for Hollywood’s rich and famous, it was a preferred hideout for some of the county’s most notorious gangsters.
After the Palm Springs City Hall was raided by the FBI just over a year ago, and the arrest of the city’s former mayor and two downtown land developers on multiple criminal counts several months ago–which charges each defendant has denied–“transparency” became the byword in conducting civil affairs. Therefore, it came as no big surprise to learn that a hiatus has been called for placement of any more stars in the Palm Springs Walk of Stars after the 417th star on June 4.
Since 1992, the Walk of Stars is a non-profit that authorized the stars placed in various spots around downtown Palm Springs. The honorees were to be a leader in the arts, philanthropy and civil leadership … and have some past or present contact with Palm Springs.
While there are many world famous honorees’ imbedded in the Walk of Stars, there are some star recipients whose names are only known by their mothers and immediate family. And, oh yes, they also have $10,000, the present going price before the June moratorium for adding new stars takes effect.
So the next time you are in downtown Palm Springs, look up and see the new construction shrouded in criminality; and look down and see the star honorees and their questionable pedigrees.