Los Altos residents Steve and Anne Gill and current and former members of the Menlo School community have scheduled “The Music of Irving Berlin,” an annual benefit concert for LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Menlo School’s Spieker Hall, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
In 1997, shortly after Anne graduated from Los Altos High School, she was in a near-fatal car accident that left her blind and brain-injured. After a long rehabilitation, she returned home in the spring of 1998.
The Gills said they were frustrated to discover that while many programs serve those with traumatic brain injuries and others help the blind and visually impaired, few resources were designed to help adults with multiple disabilities.
They subsequently discovered LightHouse, which offers a session at its Enchanted Hills Camp in Napa for visually impaired adults like Anne who have other disabilities as well.
The Gills’ gratitude for the camp, their appreciation for the patience and compassion of the staff (many of whom are visually impaired) and their desire to help the special-needs community inspired Steve, a former actor with TheatreWorks, San Jose Stage, Foothill College and San Jose Musical Theater, to organize the first benefit concert for the LightHouse in 1999.
Donations from concertgoers and the participation of former and current Menlo students and faculty members have enabled dozens of adults with impairments to receive full or partial scholarships to attend Enchanted Hills Camp.
Suggested donation is $10.
Those who cannot attend the concert but would like to donate can mail a check, made out to “LightHouse for the Blind,” to the Gill family at 640 Orange Ave., Los Altos 94022.