Sources: Examiner – By Stephen Thorburn| All Things Michael
The 6th annual benefit concert for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, sponsored by Cadillac of Las Vegas, was held at The Westgate (formerly LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino ) on Saturday, December 13.
“Our goal is to have every child in Las Vegas wake up on Christmas morning and have a new toy,” said Jonathan Scott, Executive Producer of this concert. “It’s great to have the new Westgate Las Vegas carry on the tradition of this great U.S. Marine Corps benefit concert.”
The theme of this year’s event was Pop! Goes Las Vegas!”. Las Vegas entertainer,Zowie Bowie‘s Chris Phillips and violinist, Lydia Ansel acted as host of the show which featured a lineup of Las Vegas entertainers, with many performing popular music. There was also a special tribute to the late Michael Jackson by the young dancers from The Rock Center for Dance.
David Perrico returned as the Musical Director this year, along with his 12-piece band and Pop Evolution’s Naomi Mauro and Laura Shaffer. Performers included comedians Geechy Guy, Dennis Blair and Paul Scally, singer/dancer Adrian Zmed, British singing sensation Ben Stone and former American Idol finalist Jasmine Trias, sultry singer Nieve Malandra, singer/actress Pia Zadora performing a duet with her daughter Katie, accompanied by Frank Sinatra’s conductor and piano player Vinnie Falcone, BBR with Anne Martinez and Savannah Smith, singer Maren Wade, entertainer Eric Jordan Young performing a tribute to Sammy Davis Jr., American Trilogy’s tribute artists Rob Garrett (Neil Diamond) Justin Shandor (Elvis) and Gary Anthony (Frank Sinatra); singer Rosanna Telford, the cast of Purple Reign: THE Prince Tribute Show at the Westgate, actor/singer/dancer Adrian Zmed, powerhouse vocalist Lyssa Lynn, Kent Foote and the Vegas Good Fellas, an emotional rendition of “God Bless America” by Vegas! The Show star Lorena Peril with the Marine Corps Honor Guard, and a special appearance from rocker Vince Neil, the lead singer of Motley Crue.
The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. Proceeds from this concert will go to the Toys for Tots Program.
Tickets to this benefit were $20, or guestd who gave a donation of an unopened toy or stuffed animal valued at $20 or more were given a complimentary ticket. Prior to the 8 p.m show there was a celebrity red carpet at 6 p.m.
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