Patricia and I worked closely with our friends Andy and Lois to coordinate a benefit event to raise money for Doctors without Borders, a cause I fully support. Andy and Lois offered to host the event in their beautiful, transformed barn complete with glass doors, intimate lighting and a Steinway piano. Accomplished singers volunteered to perform in the spirit of supporting the event and John Mathews, our own Doctor without Borders will attend to share his story.
Update: The concert was a big success, thanks to our generous patrons and the performances of such wonderful artists in a lovely and intimate setting. We raised $24,000 for Doctors Without Borders and best of all, Dr. Matthews returned home safely from his mission. --JW
Cast of Benefit Concert
From left to right: Leesa Dahl, Michael Maliakel, Ron Raines, Don Pippin, Mikki Sodergren, and Jim Wann
Our Doctor Without Borders: John Mathews
John is an anesthesiologist at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson and has been on a number of missions in places you don't want to go--and is scheduled for another deployment right after this event.
Meet John at the Restored Barn and hear a few of his stories, then enjoy some great music featuring the following:
Ron Raines, Broadway leading man (Tony Nominee, FOLLIES) and soloist for many world-class orchestras, including Boston Pops, BBC Orchestra and Jerusalem Symphony, will sing musical theatre classics accompanied by Don Pippin, Tony-winning conductor (MAME).
The concert will be emceed by Jim Wann, lead composer and leading man of Broadway's Tony-nominated (Best Musical) PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES. Jim will also sing, accompanied by John Lewis (Broadway's BIG RIVER).
Mikki Sodergren and Michael Malakiel
Two acclaimed singers of American Songbook standards and contemporary musical theatre, Mikki Sodergren and Michael Malakiel--each a winner of the prestigious Gold Medal at Savannah's American Traditions Competition--will perform solo and in duets.
Thank You to Our Host Committee
Thank you to everyone who has graciously committed to be a part of our host committee:
- Richard Weininger and Gretchen Stearns
- Maynard and Kay Toll
- Anne and Michael Golden
- Laurel Durst and Ed Strong
- Harlan Root
- Al and Betsy Scott
- John and Denise Dunne
- Martin Monas and Teresa Reyes
- Steve Clearman and Renee Iacone
- Andy Humphrey and Lois Dickson
- Aven Kerr
- Charlie and Joanne Knauss
- Rick McCarthy and Jean Hamilton
- Sheldon Evans and Martha McMaster
- Jim and Patricia Miller Wann
- Joel Buchman
- Jim and Arsinee Hermiston