Los Altos residents Steve and Anne Gill are scheduled to present “The 1950s: When Broadway Ruled,” the 17th annual benefit concerts for LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Menlo School’s Spieker Ballroom, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.
Pianist Linda Jordan, a former Los Altos resident, will join the father-daughter Gill team and other singers as they perform highlights from the Broadway musicals “Guys and Dolls,” “The Sound of Music,” “My Fair Lady,” “West Side Story” and “The King and I.”
In 1997, shortly after Anne graduated from Los Altos High School, she was in a near-fatal car accident that left her blind and with a brain injury. In spring 1998, after a long rehabilitation period, she returned home.
Steve and his wife, Nancy, were frustrated to discover that while many programs serve those with traumatic brain injuries and others help the blind and visually impaired, few resources are designed to help people like their daughter with multiple disabilities. Then they discovered that LightHouse offers a session at its Enchanted Hills Camp for visually impaired adults with other disabilities as well.
The Gills’ desire to support the special-needs session inspired Steve, a veteran Bay Area actor/singer and founder of Menlo School’s Fine Arts Program, to organize the first benefit concert for LightHouse in 1999.
Previous concerts have raised $115,000, enabling dozens of adults with multiple impairments to receive full or partial scholarships to attend Enchanted Hills Camp. Like Anne, they enjoy spending five days in the Napa Hills participating in activities such as horseback riding, swimming and hiking with what the Gills called a “remarkable, inspiring staff.”
Proceeds from this year’s concerts will be used to help rebuild the many sections of the camp destroyed in the 2017 Napa wildfires, including 10 cabins, staff housing and recreational areas.
A $20 donation is requested. Seating is first come, first seated.