A benefit concert for the rehabilitation of Typhoon Yolanda victims is slated to take place on December 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Citizen’s Business Bank Arena, in Ontario, California.
Dubbed “Philippines Relief Concert: All Star Charity Show,” the concert was the fruit of a conversation between Mr. John Gummoe of the Cascades, and Mr.Danee Samonte of Steve O’Neal productions. Both Mr.Gummoe and Mr. Samonte had heard about the desperate situation of the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda, and wanted to come up with a fundraising event. American musical artists, most of who have performed in the Philippines, heard about the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan. They immediately wanted to get involved in this concert that would help raise funds for rehabilitation efforts.
More than 10 classic artists are set to perform on December 21. Among them — John Ford Coley, John Claude Gummoe of the Cascades, Rex Smith, Ron Dante (the original lead singer of The Archies), Bobby Hendricks (from the original Drifters), Kyle Vincent, Frank Stallone, Classics UV, Dick and Dee Dee, Chris Montez, The World Famous Platters, Dennis Tufano (the original lead singer of The Buckinghams), and Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods, and a special appearance by the “The Hitman” David Foster.
“Our audience can expect a night of great music and charity. We will walk down memory lane by listening to the greatest hits of these artists,” says Eugene Flores, of All Access Concerts. “We can also enjoy the show knowing that with each ticket bought, 100% of the proceeds will have a direct effect on rebuilding the lives of the victims of typhoon Yolanda.“
“Asian Journal and Balikbayan magazine is of course very proud to be part of this fundraising concert,” publisher Roger Oriel said. “It has always been the aim of our publication to help uplift the Philippines, and this is another avenue by which we can channel our resources towards alleviating a very dire situation.”
Proceeds of the concert will be coursed through Habitat for Humanity Philippines’s Rebuild Philippines program and ABS-CBN foundation international.