Frankie Valli To Headline CAN Gala
Fresh from a limited Broadway engagement, where they celebrated their 50th anniversary, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have arrived in Orlando to entertain NBAA members and guests at the NBAA/Corporate Angel Network (CAN) gala on Wednesday night. The event, billed as an Evening with Angels, will be staged at the Peabody Orlando’s Grand Ballroom from 6 to 11 p.m. Individual tickets, which include admission to the cocktail reception, dinner, entertainment and live and silent auctions, are $350. For members who want to attend just the concert, the entertainment-only ticket is $150. Tickets can be bought online through NBAA’12 registration.
The event and the auctions will benefit CAN, which provides free flights for cancer patients. The flights use empty seats on corporate aircraft flying on routine business. CAN, based at Westchester County Airport in New York, in an office donated by the airport, has five paid staff members and 50-part-time volunteers who work with the patients, their doctors and treatment facilities and corporate flight departments to arrange 2,500 flights a year.
The CAN program is open to all cancer patients, regardless of financial need, who need specialized treatment not available in their local area. It allows those with immune deficiencies to avoid the dangers of commercial flights. The generous cooperation of 500 of America’s top corporations, including half of the top 100 in the Fortune 500, has allowed Corporate Angel Network to offer this service since its founding in 1981. More than 40,000 flights have been provided. The CAN Web site is www.corpangelnetwork.org.
Valli, lead singer of the Four Seasons since their first hit, Sherry, in 1962, is marking the silver anniversary of the song with a tour of England, Australia and New Zealand, plus the U.S. The Tony-winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys, about the group, is in its seventh year on Broadway, and five other casts are performing Jersey Boys at venues from Las Vegas to London.–M.F.S.