Back in September I had the honor and pleasure of performing for the second time a the 3rd Annual Charity Fundraiser cut-a-thon to benefit the Citrus Valley Hospice. The Citrus Valley Health Foundation and the city of Covina co-host Dare to Care, a charity cut-a-thon. Stylists volunteer their time to provide the haircuts at the event. The fund-raiser is held in memory of Patricia Allen, the Wife of Walt Allen III, the former mayor of Covina, CA. It is also co-founded by Albert Cortez and participated by the local salons in Covina’s historic downtown district.All the proceeds benefit Citrus Valley Hospice.

Pat Allen, a longtime Covina resident who supported many community organizations and causes, died at Hospice on may 19, 2010 after a 16-yeat battle with cancer. She was 57. If you would like to make a donation in the memory of Pat Allen, please call the Citrus Valley Health Foundation at 626.814.2421 or donate online by visiting www.cvhf.org.

The following salons are participating in the Cut-a-thon:
Uptown Image Salon & Spa   221 N. Citrus Ave.   (626) 967-4247
Tantrum Salon   131 N. Citrus Ave.   (626) 732-9444
Salon Lavish   147 S. Citrus Ave.   (626) 732-5813
Imara Hair Salon   127 W. Badillo St.   (626) 915-3388
Salon Cielo   125 N. Citrus Ave.   (626) 332-4210
Studio 116   116 E. Badillo St.   (626) 485-3240
Velia Boutique & Skin Care   147 S. Citrus Ave.   (626) 732-5813
Entourage   445 N. Azusa Ave.  W. Covina   (626) 858-2326

Fundraiser Group

Providing Music For The Event:
It is always an honor to perform at this event. Walt Allen and I share a very common thread and purpose in life. Below is pictured, myself, Walt Allen (right) and Brian Shyer on Keyboard (bottom). I also must say that it was a pleasure to perform with Brian Shyer. Brian is an awesome pianist. I mean, this guy can play. There is no song that he does not know.  Look for Brian on my Artists Master Class in the near future.


Walt Allen:
I must say that I am very blessed to know Walt. I first met Walt at an event I was doing for the Chamber in West Covina. He saw me and I saw him, but we never really connected. A week or so later, I received a call from him asking if I could fill in for his birthday celebration, as another group has canceled out. I eventually played at his birthday event and thus a wonderful friendship began. Last year in 2010, Walt asked me to perform at the 2nd Annual Cut-A-Thon, a relationship that continues to this day.

Walt, let me just say… you are a true ‘Gem’ of a person and I am glad to know you and honored to call you my friend. B-Blessed my friend!