He DID Survive: A Benefit Concert for Gary Schweikhart
Sunday, August 28, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm$50
He DID Survive: A Benefit Concert for Gary Schweikhart
AUGUST 28 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM $50
Fundraiser Planned for Gary Schweikhart
He DID Survive: A Benefit Concert for Gary Schweikhart headlined by Rich & Jill Switzer, Deborah Silver, Avery Sommers, and accompaniment from Phil Hinton, with a special pre-recorded message from Rob Russell. Arts Garage partners with The Buzz Agency and Pollack Communications for a special evening in Gary’s honor.
Tickets are $50 each and all proceeds raised at this event will go towards Gary’s recovery.
On July 11th, Gary was working from home at his desk when a car traveling twice the speed limit slammed into his home office. He suffered life-threatening injuries and was rushed to Delray Beach Community Hospital for surgery after being extricated from underneath the vehicle. After spending several days in the intensive care unit and two weeks in Pinecrest Rehab Center he is now slowly recovering.
The tragic accident resulted in Gary needing tendon repair and a metal plate in his face, because of a fractured mandible and fracture of his orbital floor. Gary is also without a home for at least the next eight months.
Join us for an evening of music and celebration as we support Gary’s recovery and give back to the much loved “Godfather” of South Florida’s PR community.
Jill & Rich Switzer
Deemed “South Florida’s first couple of the Great American Songbook,” vocalist Jill Switzer and multi-instrumentalist/composer Rich Switzer have been entertaining audiences for almost thirty years. Their chemistry and unique talents are evident whether performing at high-profile venues, on their popular Legends Radio show of eight years The Morning Lounge with Jill and Rich, or from their living room, as they did weekly throughout the pandemic. Jill and Rich have multiple jazz standard, original and commercial recordings and are dedicated to mentoring young artists.
The legendary Quincy Jones says, “Deborah Silver’s strong and sultry vocals are seductive and soul soothing. Her talent and beauty are equally extraordinary. Whatever she sings she owns, making every note matter! One listen and you know… Deborah Silver is the real deal!” Deborah Silver has had a string of hit duets with celebrated artists including Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers, Jack Jones, Freddy Cole, Steve Tyrell, Ann Hampton Callaway and Ray Benson of Asleep At The Wheel. On stage, Deborah has dazzled at countless clubs and performing arts centers around the country, including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, Blues Alley, Feinstein’s 54 Below, Catalina Jazz Club, The Colony’s Royal Room and most recently Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.
Rob Russell was born and raised in Babylon, New York. Rob’s interest in showbiz started at a young age as his neighbor was Bob Keeshan who was famously known as Captain Kangaroo. Rob studied musical theater and business administration at the State University of New York at Fredonia with the outstanding Rockefeller Arts Center. Rob also has a degree from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. After stints as an actor (modeling, bartending, singing etc.), Rob eventually landed in the hospitality and hotel business where he co-founded and managed the renowned Royal Room Cabaret at The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach for nearly 20 years. Rob recently recorded an album and is presently writing a book about his life in Palm Beach working closely with numerous celebrities. He now performs regularly at the Pelican Cafe in North Palm Beach, The Breakers Hotel for several charity events, private parties throughout the country and can be heard on Legends
Phil is a British born pianist, arranger, orchestrator and conductor. He has worked in those capacities for the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) and many of the independent broadcasting production companies. He has also arranged and orchestrated the music, played piano and conducted on over 200 major hit albums for artists such as Shirley Bassey, Anthony Newley, Howard Keel, Vince Hill, Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Paul McCartney, to name just a few. He was personal music director to British singing star, Vince Hill for more than ten years and Shirley Bassey’s pianist for three years. Phil has directed the music for countless theatre shows all over the USA. He was conductor of the Florida Pops Concert orchestra for three years. He was musical director and pianist on Engelbert Humperdink’s 2013 tour of Australia and New Zealand. He was also the resident pianist for the Kravis Pops Orchestra in West Palm Beach under the baton of celebrated singer and entertainer, Michael Feinstein for three years and a regular guest pianist with The Florida Orchestra in Tampa.
Avery starred on Broadway in the long running, critically acclaimed musical, Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Nell Carter) and Showboat (Queenie). Two national tours: CHICAGO (Matron Mama Morton) with Joel Grey and Chita Rivera, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (The Role of Jewel) with Ann Margret. Avery created the recurring role of Regina Dansby on the CBS soap, As the World Turns as well as the role of Evenlyn on the ABC Mystery Movie Series, “BL Stryker” starring Burt Reynolds and Ossie Davis. She also co-starred with Burt Reynolds and Reba Mcintyre in the CBS Movie of the Week, The Man from Left Field. Avery has been nominated for Best Featured Actress in New York’s Broadway World, Carbonell Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical in South Florida Theaters, and Best Supporting Actress in Lost Everything, released by Breaking Glass Pictures. Avery won Best Supporting Actress in the Angel Films International Film Festival for her role in Immigration Tango.
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Make checks out to: Gary Schweikhart Recovery Campaign
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Gary Schweikhart Recovery Campaign
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