A Night To Remember’s Meet And Greet With Jennifer Hudson At The Winspear Was A Warm Get Together For CitySquare

The Winspear green room was more like a hot house on the night of Saturday, September 9. With at least three portable mini-heaters blowing away, it would have made an orchid feel right at home.

On the other hand, for guests preparing for CitySquare’s meet-and-greet with A Night To Remember concert headliner Jennifer Hudson, it was a bit toasty.

The reason for the hot times was the songbird’s concern for her voice. And anyone who had heard Hudson’s singing, they would understand and downright defend her need for warmth.

Stephanie Fox and Nick Sowell

After briefly cocktailing in the Hamon’s suite that was truly decked out, the top-drawer types like Stephanie Fox and Nick Sowell, Caleb Tam and Vy Duong, Jillian Jaccar Conry and Gerardo Diaz Blanco,  Erica  and Jack Thomason and Gernise and Terry Flowers lined up for the grip-and grin outside the green room. Inside Co-Chairs Wendy Messmann, Sherel Riley and Tiffany Touchstone-Hawkins were joined by CitySquare’s Brenda and Larry James.

Sherel Riley, Wendy Messmann and Tiffany Touchstone-Hawkins

On cue, Jennifer arrived in a denim shirt over a black top. While her smile was nearly blinding, her skin was what the cosmetic industry only wishes to achieve. She looked so rested and relaxed.

Without hesitation, she walked up to one and all in the room and greeted them. It was almost like she was ready to settle back and spend the evening chatting with them.

Larry James, Jennifer Hudson and Brenda James

But the handlers recognized there were dozens of big spenders waiting for a brief howdy-do and a quick photo. Jennifer’s one request as she walked over to the backdrop was, “Don’t shoot my feet.” All eyes shot to her feet. Were there extra toes? A tattoo? Nope. They looked as normal as could be. But who cared? It was the face, the smile and the voice that mattered.

And the concert proved that all three were in marvelous shape. For her reward, Jennifer and her crew toddled back to The Joule for a good night’s sleep, knowing that they had raised funds to help combat homelessness in Dallas.

JUST IN: Multi-Award Winner Jennifer Hudson To Headline CitySquare’s 2017 A Night To Remember On September 9 At The Winspear

Leave it to the CitySquare fundraisers. They always manage to come up with a performer who guarantees a sell-out. Last year’s Jerry Seinfeld was nearly a done deal before the ink on the contract was dry. Others who have been filled the Winspear Opera House for CitySquare have been Gladys Knight, Vince Gill, LeAnn Rimes, Clint Black, Steve Martin, Kirk Franklin, Jay Leno, Lyle Lovett, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin and Hall and Oates.

Jennifer Hudson (File photo)

And the stellar talent roll-call keeps coming in, with the reveal that the headliner for A Night To Remember 2017 will be all-around winner (Academy Award, Grammy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award) Jennifer Hudson.

Her voice is incredible and her presence on stage is memorable.

Co-chairing the event for the Saturday, September 9th fundraiser will be Wendy and Boyd Messmann,Tiffany Touchstone-Hawkins and Brandon Hawkins and Sherel Riley.

Tickets and sponsorships are available now. Proceeds from the event will support CitySquare’s “17 social service programs that address hunger, health, housing and hope with more than 50,000 human touches annually.”

So, while you’re chilling on your vacation, make plans now for a cool evening with Jennifer. Keep your fingers crossed that she might sing “Hallelujah.”

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld Wasn’t The Only Entertainment Legend In The House For CitySquare’s “A Night To Remember”

It seemed like there were a lot of last minute arrivals at the Winspear on Saturday, September 10. And unlike the usual opera lovers and Broadway aficionados, this crowd was a more comfortably dressed type in jeans, sneakers and adorable sundresses. But it was CitySquare’s “A Night To Remember” with a double dose of comedian Jerry Seinfeld on stage. Yes, the first show had been a sell-out before the starting gun was even triggered. But somehow Co-Chairs Cindy and Scott Collier, Wendy and Boyd Messmann, Kara and Ross Miller and Tiffany Touchstone-Hawkins and Brandon Hawkins managed to get a second show at 9 p.m. and it was a done deal immediately, too!

Ross Miller, Scott Collier, Jerry Seinfeld, Tiffany Touchsteon-Hawkins and Wendy Messmann

Ross Miller, Scott Collier, Jerry Seinfeld, Tiffany Touchstone-Hawkins and Wendy Messmann

While the Winspear looked as filled as the State Fair’s Midway with photo booths, promos for the Del Frisco’s 5K Walk and Run and lines for the beverage bars, there were two behind-the-scenes activities underway.

One was in Hamon Hall, where in years past there had been a very seated dinner for patrons. Instead it was a filled-to-bulging-capacity cocktail party with curtained off arrangements of couches, open bars and music. It was here that the patrons learned that an incredible $1.3M had been earned so far by the event. Still they were hoping to top that marker by the end of the evening.

The other event was far more limited to the very top supporters. To gain access was harder than getting into a speakeasy next door to the temperance league. Once you passed muster, you were led down a long hallway leading to the bowels of the Winspear. Behind glass doors was a receiving room. Initially, there were just a handful of staffers and a man in a suit and tie. He was small in stature, but unbeknownst to others he was a giant in the entertainment industry. But more about him later.

As 100 people lined up on the other side of the glass door, Seinfeld entered the room. In a beautifully tailored suit and tie he introduced himself to the photographers and discussed the plans. It was obvious that he was an old hand at meet-and-greets and immediately agreed to the POA and set up. The little man stood on the sidelines. This was definitely not his first rodeo at grip-and-grinning, nor working with Seinfeld. But still he took everything in, monitoring the situation like a mother hawk watching her chick.

Jerry Seinfeld and Brenda and Larry James

Jerry Seinfeld and Brenda and Larry James

Jerry Seinfeld and Farrai and Steve Smith

Jerry Seinfeld and Farrai and Steve Smith

Jerry Seinfeld and Stephanie Fox and Nick Sowell

Jerry Seinfeld and Stephanie Fox and Nick Sowell

Jerry Seinfeld and Kara and Ross Miller

Jerry Seinfeld and Kara and Ross Miller

Then the doors opened and the crowd including Brenda and CitySquare’s Larry James and Farrai and Steve Smith queued up for a howdy-and-handshake with Seinfeld. The comedian was smooth and gracious. He directed a couple of dozen arrangements, positioning the female guest in the middle between him and her escort. Nick Sowell admitted that he was more than nervous in meeting Seinfeld. But it happened so fast that the jitters didn’t have time to cause a problem.

Bailey Balderson, Ella Jay, Merritt Jay, Jerry Seinfeld, David Siburt, Tyler Gaylor, Katie Siburt and Hanna Pool

Bailey Balderson, Ella Jay, Merritt Jay, Jerry Seinfeld, David Siburt, Tyler Gaylor, Katie Siburt and Hanna Pool

When a gaggle of kids arrived for a group shot, he shook each one’s hand. He advised an adorable blonde tyke to provide a firmer handshake. When an extra photo was taken of the kids, the little man urged the photographers to move on.

When the final photo was taken, Seinfeld bid farewell and disappeared through a door. No muss, no fuss.

Sunie Solomon

Sunie Solomon

Chris and Ashlee Kleinert

Chris and Ashlee Kleinert

Emilie Gioia, Jane Rozelle and Bob and Kathleen Rozelle

Emilie Gioia, Jane Rozelle and Bob and Kathleen Rozelle

Out in the lobby as notice was alerting the full house to move into the hall, guests like Sunie and Steve Solomon, Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, Jane Rozelle with her bud Emilie Gioia, and Jane’s folks Kathleen and Bob Rozelle arrived.

As Seinfeld took the stage for the first show of the night, raising the roof with laughter, the behind-the-scenes story was starting to sink in. The diminutive gent was far more than a friend accompanying the legendary comedian. He was George Shapiro, whose life and input in the entertainment industry was the type that others just imagine or dream of experiencing.

George Shapiro*

George Shapiro*

Sure, his uncle is Carl Reiner and his cousin is Rob Reiner, but George was his own man. He was the wizard behind the showbiz curtain.

After graduating from the New York University, he and his childhood best friend Howard West got jobs in the William Morris mailroom. As George told Deadline Hollywood,“We were best friends and partners since we were 8. Old people don’t usually remember things so well, but I still have a vivid memory of him sitting alone in the schoolyard on his first day at P.S. 80 in the Bronx. I asked him to play basketball, and we just stayed as friends. We went to the movies every Saturday, we read comic books together and we chipped in to buy one car, a 1940 Olds called the Cream Puff. It needed a lot of work — that’s why we had to work so hard as busboys and waiters, always together.”

Soon George worked his way up to being an agent. One of his early assignments was to accompany a young singer to the Ed Sullivan Show. The singer was Elvis Presley.

Eventually he and Howard headed to Los Angeles and broke off on their own forming Shapiro/West Productions resulting in Emmys, Peabodys and Golden Globes.

As Jerry Oppenheimer said, “It was in Hollywood that Shapiro made a name for himself, ‘handling deals for Steve Allen; introducing new talent like Bill (Jose Jiminez) Dana, overseeing the creation of ‘That Girl,’ the long-running Marlo Thomas sitcom and discovering a range of talent from Jim Nabors to Andy Kaufman.”

It was in 1980 that George and Howard took in a show at The Comedy Store featuring a young comedian. The two were immediately struck by the youngster’s talent. Yup, you guessed it. The comedian was Jerry Seinfeld. The trio hit it off. So much so, they ended up becoming the executive producers of “The Jerry Seinfeld Show.”

After nine years on air and still growing in popularity, the network approached them with a deal that would result in $5M per episode for 22 episodes. Despite the mindboggling offer, Seinfeld wanted out. According to George, the trio went for a walk in Central Park and Jerry explained, “You know, as a standup comedian, you know, you feel you’re getting a standing ovation. And that’s the time to leave. You don’t want to stay on stage too long. You don’t want to stay on like another fifteen minutes so they say ‘Oh he was good but he was on a little long.’ My deepest gut, you know, is to leave now. Despite the offer and everything else.”

The final show aired on May 14, 1998, with an estimated 76.3M viewers (58% of all viewers that night) making it the fourth most watched regular series finale in U.S. TV history.

That was 18 years ago. But on this night the friendship and loyalty between Jerry and George was still as strong as ever with the 62-year-old comedian dazzling the audience and the 80-something George standing watchfully on the sidelines. The only thing missing was Howard, who had died this past December.

Just sometimes the action behind the curtains is as entertaining as the one onstage.

* Photo credit: Kristina Bowman

CitySquare Fundraisers Held A “Primary” Celebration For Its Sold-Out “A Night To Remember” Featuring Jerry Seinfeld

Those CitySquare folks should just be sitting back loving the fact that their “A Night to Remember” was sold out the moment it was announced that Jerry Seinfeld would be the headliner on Saturday, September 10, at the Winspear. But, oh, no! They decided to take full advantage of the election year and held a party with the theme “Seinfeld for CitySquare” on Saturday, June 25.

BTW, after the party-goers had recovered from their celebration, they managed to have a second show with Seinfeld scheduled at 9:30 on the 10th. But those tickets are going, going and nearly gone.

Here’s a report from the field on the June 25 festivities:

Seinfeld for CitySquare*

Seinfeld for CitySquare*

CitySquare hosted a gathering at Brookhaven Country Club Saturday night to celebrate 2016 “A Night to Remember” featuring the legendary comic Jerry Seinfeld. The annual fundraiser benefits CitySquare’s poverty fighting programs and has hosted other famous comedians like Steve Martin and Jay Leno, and music luminaries like Hall And Oates, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, BB King, Lyle Lovett, Gladys Knight, Clint Black and Vince Gill.

Brenda and Larry James*

Brenda and Larry James*

CitySquare party planners have cleverly themed marketing to coincide with the upcoming election. The Saturday evening carried out that theme. The room was festooned in red, white and blue. A photo booth took pictures of guests as Uncle Sam and desserts included red, white and blue cake pops. “Campaign” buttons were scattered on tables and posters were placed throughout the room.

Co-chairmen of this year’s “A Night to Remember” are Cindy and Scott Collier, Wendy and Boyd Messmann, Kara and Ross Miller and Tiffany Touchstone-Hawkins and Brandon Hawkins. They and a host committee of more than 100 are promising the best event ever!

From the left (front row) Wendy Messmann and Tiffany Touchstone-Hawkins; (back row) Jill Williams, Shawn Wills, Anna Harris and Sarah Carroll*

From the left (front row) Wendy Messmann and Tiffany Touchstone-Hawkins; (back row) Jill Williams, Shawn Wills, Anna Harris and Sarah Carroll*

“A Night to Remember” featuring Jerry Seinfeld takes place on Saturday, September 10, at Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. And, while public seating is sold out, there are still sponsorships available that include various levels of sponsor benefits.

For more information, go to Seinfeld4CitySquare.org or call Jill Williams at 214.303.2138.

* Photos provided by CitySquare

JUST IN: Jerry Seinfeld Will Headline CitySquare’s “A Night To Remember”

Jerry Seinfeld*

Jerry Seinfeld*

Poor old Jerry Seinfeld. He sold off 17 of his classic Porsches and Bugs back on March 11. The projected estimate for the auction was a whopping $32M, but it only brought in $22M. But don’t go feeling way too sorry for Jerry. He’s still the comedian/writer/actor that pulls ‘em in whenever he hits the road.

And that’s exactly what’s gonna happen on Saturday, September 10, at the Winspear for “A Night to Remember.”

Yup, those wonderful folks — Co-Chairs Cindy and Scott Collier and Kara and Ross Miller — who have brought Steve Martin, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Lyle Lovett and Hall & Oates in the past five years benefiting CitySquare have arranged to have Jerry in town for a one-night-only stand-up.

But this year the foursome have added Wendy and Boyd Messmann and Tiffany and Brandon Hawkins to join the co-chairing in raising the curtain and the funds. (“A Night to Remember” trivia: Wendy and Boyd co-chaired with Cindy and Scott back in 2011 when Jay Leno was the headliner.)

Boyd and Wendy Messmann, Ross and Kara Miller, Cindy and Scott Collier and Tiffany and Brandon Hawkins*

Boyd and Wendy Messmann, Ross and Kara Miller, Cindy and Scott Collier and Tiffany and Brandon Hawkins*

According to CitySquare Chief Development Officer Shawn Wills, “We have found a winning combination and are thrilled that the Colliers, Millers, Messmanns and Hawkins are teaming up to benefit CitySquare again. They have been instrumental in growing A Night to Remember into the one of the city’s most successful events.”

In keeping with the election mayhem in progress this year, this year’s theme is “Seinfeld for CitySquare 2016.”

CitySquare*

CitySquare*

Tickets don’t go on sale until Wednesday, April 13, but sponsorships are available. And, since it is Seinfeld, the sponsorship levels have been tagged with humor (“Yada Yada Yada”, “No Soup for You”, “Hello…Newman”, “The Double Dipper” and “The Close Talker”).

Suggestion: This time the sponsorship opps should be taken seriously, since last year’s Hall and Oates concert was a done deal within a week of going on sale. Rumor has it that ticket availability may be scant at best.

* Photos provided by CitySquare

Despite A Damp Start, CitySquare’s “A Night To Remember” Shone With The Queen Of Soul And Help For Dallas’ Homeless

Sponsorships really paid off Saturday, September 6. Those who had coughed up some extra bucks for CitySquare’s “A Night To Remember” arrived at the Winspear just before 7 for a cocktail reception and seated dinner in the Hamon Hall.

In addition to having curbside valet, a photo taken in front of the sponsor board and the dinner, they also missed the waterfall of rain that seemed to have the Winspear as ground zero.

Guests with umbrellas

Guests with umbrellas

As perfect as the Winspear may be, the designers didn’t allow for shabby weather. Unfortunately, one lady trying to make her way from her car in the rain down the steps to the walkway leading to the Winspear missed a step. As onlookers gasped at the fall and the very slow recovery with three valets in assistance, a red canvas wheelchair was Johnny-on-the-spot with a gracious attendant explaining that they would have first aid check the guest out. Don’t know if that included a repair of the runner in her stocking.

The rain also brought out staffers with brooms to whisk away the ponds of water on the walkway. Sisyphus had a better chance getting that boulder up a hill. So, that’s no big deal if you’re heading to a football game, but when you’re wearing your party clothes and dress shoes, puddle skipping just ain’t good.

Wet walkway leading to the Winspear

Wet walkway leading to the Winspear

But the purpose of the evening was not to test the Winspear waterwalk. It was to raise funds for CitySquare and to enjoy a concert by Aretha Franklin. She joined a stellar group of entertainers who had graced the annual event including Diana Ross, Lyle Lovett, Jay Leno, Kirk Franklin, Steve Martin, Clint Black, LeAnne Rimes, Vince Gill, Gladys Night, Patti LaBelle, B.B. King and Bill Cosby.

Aretha Franklin*

Aretha Franklin*

Since the Queen of Soul does not do airplanes, her bus had brought her to Dallas Thursday and allowed her to rest up Friday.

Saturday morning Co-Chair Scott Collier, who had postponed a trip to Europe with his Co-chair/wife Cindy, got a request from Aretha for 10 more tickets for relatives and friends. Scott told the diners that to find 10 seats meant that some in the room might have to be axed. Not to worry. He said it with a big old grin. But Rev. Vincent Gaddis said just before the invocation, “I’m probably one of those who got the axe.” More laughter.

All kidding aside, Scott had indeed managed to find those extras seats despite the event having been sold out for months.

Ross and Kara Miller and Cindy and Scott Collier

Ross and Kara Miller and Cindy and Scott Collier

But that’s the kind of wizardry that Scott, Cindy and Co-Chairs Kara and Ross Miller had undertaken to make their goal for CitySquare that is in the trenches fighting the “cause and effect of poverty thought four pillars — hunger, health, housing and hope.” Just this past year, it had “touched 50,000 lives.”

Scott told how CitySquare had broken ground on Hickory Square, a collection of 50 cottages for Dallas’ most expensive homeless people. What did he mean by “most expensive homeless people”? He pointed out, they use $30,000-50,000 a year in community services — hospitals, jail, community centers. CitySquare’s goal is to make them independent and contributing members of the community. “Once you put a roof over somebody’s head, that’s the first step in getting them out of poverty.”

Larry James

Larry James

This year’s fundraiser for the 25-year-old organization had started a year ago on the heels of achieving their goal. Then the following Monday a handwritten note had arrived with a personal check from a guest for $1M.

CitySquare President/CEO Larry James told the guests including Ellen McStay, Brill Garrett, Brenda James and Annette Simmons that between 2000 and 2012, the population of Dallas grew by 5%. But during that same time those living in poverty in the area had increased by 41%. 38% of the children in Dallas live below the poverty level. There are people who are living in “toxic stress” — it takes everything they have just to survive.

Annette Simmons

Annette Simmons

Following dinner the top-tier sponsors joined the rest of the guests in the Margaret McDermott Performance Hall for a blonde Aretha on stage. Despite some technical “oops!”, the crowd got their Aretha fix. In fact, Jennifer and Jack Carter had their names drawn to have their photos taken with Aretha. It just proved that third time is indeed a charm. Seems Jennifer had “tried twice before to see the Queen of Soul. One time the show was cancelled and the other time [her] friend who was supposed to accompany [her] was having a baby and could not travel.”

Jack Carter, Aretha Franklin and Jennifer Carter*

Jack Carter, Aretha Franklin and Jennifer Carter*

As for the fundraising, the night raised “a record $850,000.”

* Photo credit: JBeck Photography

Just In: If You Were Planning On Attending Hollywood Dominos Dallas Saturday With Johnny Depp’s Main Squeeze, Scratch That Plan

If you were picking out your cutest frock for Saturday night’s Hollywood Dominos with Amber Heard at FIG, put the dress back on the rack. Seems Johnny Depp’s fiancée has had a conflict of scheduling for the Texas Scottish Rite/The Art of Elysium fundraiser. Organizers say, “Yeah, the fundraiser is still on…just not Saturday.”

That’s as awkward as being the only guest to show up for a bridal shower.

Maybe the blonde, Austin Amber is trying to explain to Johnny about the rumors about James Franco. Don’t you just love TMZ kind of stuff?

Will let you know when the new date is picked and if Ms. Amber will be in attendance.

In the meantime, that cute dress doesn’t have to stay in the closet. See if there are any tickets left for the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin’s appearance for CitySquare’s “A Night To Remember” at the Winspear.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: A Night To Remember

According to A Night To Remember Co-Chairs Cindy and Scott Collier and Kara and Ross Miller,

Ross and Kara Miller and Cindy and Scott Collier*

Ross and Kara Miller and Cindy and Scott Collier*

CitySquare’s annual fundraiser is called A Night to Remember for good reason. The memorable performances of entertainment legends like Clint Black, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, B.B. King, Steve Martin, Bill Cosby, Jay Leno, Lyle Lovett and Diana Ross have all graced the stage on behalf of CitySquare. This year’s performance features one of the all-time greats, the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin.

“We have co-chaired A Night to Remember for three years in a row and are especially pleased to have Annette Simmons and her daughter, Amy, as our Honorary Chairmen this year. While we have no tickets left for this year’s concert, we have withheld some seating for sponsors, so if you want to see Aretha, You Better Think and give Jill Williams a call at 214.303.2138 or email her [email protected] to sponsor today. There are many sponsor benefits like a cocktail reception at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House before the curtain rises and major sponsors enjoy a candlelight dinner a la Wolfgang Puck before they take their seats. We promise it will be A Night to Remember.

“CitySquare has been fighting the causes and effects of poverty in Dallas through service, advocacy, and friendship for over 25 years. Working in the community to change the trajectory of people’s lives, CitySquare feeds the hungry, heals the sick, houses the homeless, and brings hope to the heart of the city. Many CitySquare volunteers are folks who once received help from the organization. Proceeds from A Night to Remember support CitySquare’s poverty-fighting programs and the neighbors who benefit from them.

“We are grateful to our many generous sponsors like South Bay Partners, Betsy and Jim Sowell, Brentwood Foundation, The Rosewood Corporation, Lynn and Bruce Cope, Valerie and Phillip Keener, PlainsCapital Bank, Gene and Jerry Jones, Shelle and Michael Sills, Skin Specialists of Allen/Addison, Joanna and Carl Couch, Sue and Dan Hopkins, Jean & Al Carrell Foundation, Inc., Anita and Mark Rednick, Stephen Pyles Concepts, Morning Star Family Foundation, Move Solutions, LTD, and many others who make the evening benefiting CitySquare a success.

“While we are proud to chair A Night to Remember, we take the most pride in helping to raise funds and awareness to support an organization that positively effects the lives of so many of our neighbors every year. For more information on CitySquare, please go to www.CitySquare.org.”

* Photo provided by CitySquare

MySweetCharity Opportunity: A Night To Remember

According to A Night To Remember Co-Chairs Cindy and Scott Collier and Kara and Ross Miller,

Ross and Kara Miller and Cindy and Scott Collier*

Ross and Kara Miller and Cindy and Scott Collier*

“We are honored to co-chair A Night to Remember benefiting CitySquare and especially to celebrate the 25th anniversary of CitySquare’s service to the city of Dallas. Co-chairing A Night to Remember again this year has already been an exciting and rewarding experience – starting with the decision as to who would be our featured artist. How do you follow Steve Martin, Jay Leno and Lyle Lovett?  Everyone agreed that Diana Ross would be perfect for such an important milestone for CitySquare. We have been thrilled with the outpouring of sponsorships.

“A Night to Remember produces surprises every year. In 2011, Jay Leno wrote a check back to CitySquare following his performance. Last year, we auctioned a Lyle Lovett autographed guitar that went so well, he signed another and we doubled his gift!

“We and the dedicated host committee for A Night to Remember promise a shimmering evening of wonderful music and of course, surprises, on Friday, September 13th at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. We are anticipating another sell-out but there are seats still available at all sponsor levels.

“All of us working on behalf of CitySquare whole-heartedly believe in CitySquare’s mission and have seen first-hand the positive influence on our city. CitySquare’s programs fight the root causes of poverty and offer a way out and a way up to individuals caught in unfortunate circumstances.

“For CitySquare, A Night to Remember is an important fundraiser. For Dallas, it is a night to stand in support of the great people and work of CitySquare. We invite everyone to come see a legend, to learn about CitySquare’s work fighting poverty in the heart of our city, and to be a part of an evening that will truly be ‘A Night to Remember.’

“For information on sponsorships and tickets, go to www.CitySquare.org/DianaRoss.”

Photo provided by CitySquare

“Do You Know” Diana Ross Is Coming To Town For CitySquare

The organizers for A Night To Remember always seem to come up with outstanding talent for their CitySquare fundraiser. Needs a for instance? How about B.B. King, Steve Martin, Bill Cosby, Patti LaBelle, Clint Black and Jay Leno.

Ross and Kara Miller and Cindy and Scott Collier

Ross and Kara Miller and Cindy and Scott Collier

Why, last year’s Co-chairs Cindy and Scott Collier‘s and Kara and Ross Miller‘s Lyle Lovett concert raised $550K.

The two couples have gotten together again for this year’s fundraiser and have hit the ball out of the park.

For the Friday, September 13th (yup, Friday the 13th) concert at the Winspear, the performer on the stage in all her glamorama splendor will be the woman whom Beyonce, the Jennifers (Hudson and Lopez) and every other SRO songbird holds as their idol — Diana Ross.

Only problem? It’s already hitting the nearly sold-out stage thanks to the Colliers, Millers, 50 committee members, presenting sponsor South Bay Partners, LTD and other sponsors.

In other words, hop on the sponsor wagon or hit the ticket button ASAP.

Photo provided by CitySquare