September 19, 2005

Charity Concert

Monday, September 19, 2005

Last night I went to a charity concert in Stamford, Connecticut, to help at-risk women and children and provide shelter for battered families. The 13th annual event was started by Michael Bolton and aided by a hodge podge of different celebrities in attendance.
My friend and I went VIP since I know the road manager's wife. The pre VIP event included a silent auction of autographed guitars by people like Billy Joel and Paul McCartney, plus lots of sports memorabilia as well. The concert included musical performances by Lee Ann Womack (who stole the show with her frank and likable nature plus powerful singing), Nancy Sinatra (who sang and auctioned off two pairs of her boots that are made for walking), Patrick Swayze (I always forget that he sings "She's Like the Wind) and Michael Bolton. The event was opened by Joan Lunden and oh Chuck Norris was there in a Walker Texas Ranger style suit.
There was also a live auction as well, which was fun to watch but the items--like Swayze's song says, were "out of my league." An hour dance lesson with the Dirty Dancing star went for $30,000. A personalized song about you or whatever you choose composed and recorded by Bolton, Paul Williams and Richard Marx went for a mere 70K and for having Bolton sing at your party or fund raising event went for $100,000! Bolton joked to the winning bidder by asking, "you know I'm only singing, right?"
It was definitely an odd group and the earlier open bar caused for more than a few intoxicated socialites who wouldn't stop talking through out the show and for a guy to shout out "You go girl" to Ms. Womack. For more information on the charity go to MBC.
News Photo:
U.S. President George W. Bush writes a note to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a Security Council meeting at the 2005 World Summit and 60th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York September 14, 2005. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (more)

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