When I look back on my life one of the things I’ve been most proud of is my ability to donate my time to help people in need. It’s something that my parents instilled in me as a young child.
I remember back to the 1970s, having a backyard “Carnival for Muscular Dystrophy”. My sister Judy and I, and our next door neighbors Karen and Heidi, created games of chance for our friends to play – for about 10 cents a chance. We sent the money to Jerry Lewis or somebody famous like that. When I was in kindergarten my mom sent me out trick-or-treating as a 3 ft. tall orange UNICEF box on Halloween. There was a slit in the cardboard with a plastic Baggie taped to the inside. People put money in the slit. We sent the money to UNICEF.
In all seriousness, I’m very fortunate to be able to help raise money for those who need some help. Over the years I’ve performed at plenty of benefit concerts and I’m sure there will be plenty more to come. In the spirit of the Pay It Forward motto, here’s a peek at just some of the organizations I’m proud to support.
Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley
An organization dear to my heart is Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley. Turning Point of Lehigh Valley is a safe place where victims of abuse and their children can find refuge. They provide services in Lehigh and Northampton Counties to more than 5,000 victims of domestic violence each year. Their mission is to work toward the elimination of domestic violence; increase community awareness of the problem; and empower victims of domestic violence by providing shelter and support services.
Thanks so much for your help. See you on the flip side – and I mean that.